Arkansas Deer News

CWD regulations now in effect July 21, 2016 Arkansas, Harrison Daily 
... new regulations focus on hunting seasons and bag limits, but a few, particularly those on feeding wildlife, moving deer and deer parts and rehabilitating deer became effective July 16 ...

... Commissioners voted for .. Creating a 10-county chronic wasting disease management zone ... Deer and elk killed in the zone would be required to remain in the zone ... Restricting deer feeding except during hunting season... Increasing the bag limits and removing antler restrictions ... Prohibiting the use of scents containing natural deer urine...

Arkansas Special Chronic Wasting Disease Meeting. Meeting starts 5 minutes and 30 seconds into the Youtube video. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Special-Called Meeting - June 24, 2016

... Commissioners voted unanimously today during a special meeting to approve a Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone made up of Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell counties.  CWD has been found in five of these counties since first being discovered in Arkansas in late February...

Group working to rehab baby deer petitioning AGFC plan June 22, 2016 Arkansas, THV11.com
... -A network of rehabbers in Arkansas are petitioning the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's proposed plan to fight Chronic Wasting Disease. AGFC's plan includes prohibiting the rehabilitation of deer statewide ... see the petition on Change.org

AGFC to vote on CWD proposals Friday June 22, 2016 Arkansas, Baxter Bulletin
... ...  proposal would create a non-commercial hunting enclosure permit for all high-fence deer facilities. Facility owners would be required to submit samples of all deer that die inside the facility for CWD testing ...

Chronic wasting disease moving in ... June 21, 2016 Arkansas, Times Record (blog)
... On Friday, the Game and Fish Commission will vote on a set of regulations meant to limit the spread ...  would require landowners who erect high fences to leave openings so deer can move freely in and out. The idea is to reduce the chances that a deer will be stuck in captivity in an enclosed area, where it would be more likely to come in contact with an infected deer ...

Registration open for urban archery deer hunts June 21, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
... All urban hunts follow guidelines to ensure the safety of hunters and local landowners. ..  "But when you open up a season so close to people's homes, you want to make sure everyone participating is responsible and ethical." ...

Commissioners To Vote On Regulations To Combat Fatal Deer Disease , Chronic Wasting, June 20, 2016 Arkansas, KUAR
... potential regulations that would affect the five affected counties ... To decrease deer density, AGFC would establish a 10-county management zone where landowners would be issued extra deer tags. Landowners would be required to submit samples of the deer they kill for testing...

THV11.com
... Five counties in Arkansas are facing problems with chronic wasting, including Boone, Carroll, Madison, Pope and Newton counties... Their most recent proposal threatens to cancel one program that has some Arkansans upset.   The proposal would ban rehabilitating deer statewide to help stop the spread of the disease...

Game and Fish Commission approves plan to manage disease June 17, 2016 Arkansas, El Dorado News-Times
... Landowners within the 10-county management zone will be issued extra tags to help decrease deer density and landowners will be required to submit samples of harvested deer for CWD testing. Deer and elk killed within the zone must remain in the zone, with the exception of “deboned meat, cleaned skull plates, hides, teeth and taxidermy products.” ...
     AGFC modifies proposals for chronic wasting disease management June 16, 2016 Arkansas, THV11.com
... modified proposals will be voted on during a June 24 special meeting of the Commission:  ·  Establish a CWD management zone consisting of Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy and Yell counties... ·  Prohibit feeding within the CWD management zone, except ...  Baiting will be allowed Oct. 1-Dec. 31 for hunting...

A killer in the herds, chronic wasting disease June 5, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... As of Friday the Game and Fish Commission had confirmed 93 cases in five counties: Newton, Boone, Madison, Pope and Carroll. The most recent positive test results were from May 27.  "I don't think any of us would have imagined there would be this number," Wild said. The National Park Service veterinarian has studied chronic wasting disease since the 1980s and is one of several national experts advising Arkansas on how to respond to the outbreak...
     New rules aim to limit spread June 5, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Require all hunter-killed elk to be submitted for testing...  Greatly reduce the number of deer and elk in known contaminated areas... Prohibit the use of natural deer- or elk-urine scents and lures...  Prohibit the rehabilitation of injured deer statewide...

Commissioners to vote on proposed CWD regulations June 24 May 27, 2016 Arkansas, Baxter Bulletin
... Arkansas Game & Fish ... Some of the regulations include prohibiting feeding of wildlife statewide, requiring elk to be submitted for chronic wasting disease testing and increasing private land antlerless elk quota from 24 to 40 ...

Arkansas Sportsman Baiting hot topic at CWD forums May 26, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Many people have corn feeders in their backyards to attract deer, but they do not hunt in their yards. ... One regulation prohibits feeding wildlife statewide with some exceptions, like bird feeders. The purpose is to discourage people from unnaturally concentrating deer with feeders in places where hunting does not occur...


... A desire to attract deer has led a St. Francis man to try and build an orchard of a hybrid tree whose breeders hope can bring chestnuts, in some form, back to North American shores... American Chestnut trees by the millions were felled more than a century ago when an invasive blight swept through the country...

Feeding, baiting topics at CWD talks May 25, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... testing revealed 23 percent of deer in a 125,000-acre portion of Searcy County near the Buffalo River were infected... One proposal would prohibit people from feeding wildlife year round, but a related proposal will allow deer hunters to use bait from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 ...

Chronic wasting disease strikes Arkansas deer, elk May 7, 2016 Memphis Commercial Appeal
... "What separates CWD from other (diseases) is that it is not a virus," Gray said. "It's not like hemorrhagic disease or blue tongue where it is a virus and it will run its course and it is over with. It is always fatal. There is no cure."  The disease withstands heat, chemicals, enzymes and time. Nothing seems to break it down. Also, it can stay dormant in the animal's body for up to 18 months...

Elk disease cause for study, not panic May 2, 2016 Arkansas, Times Record
... , Arkansas found Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) for the first time by way of a wild elk cow ... One reason it went unnoticed is because Arkansas wasn't looking for it very hard ... Arkansas and neighboring states must increase their testing of free-ranging deer and elk in order to get a better idea of where CWD is ...

3 men fined for roles in videotaped deer beating April 30, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
...  passengers in a a yellow Ford Escort when it struck the deer, and the men loaded the stunned and injured animal into the car ... The deer revived in the car, and the video shows one of the men repeatedly striking the animal on the head  ... The car pulled over eventually, and the men dragged the deer into a ditch along the highway and left it ...
... The video surfaced in January, showing 20-year-old Joshua Rewis of Villa Rica, Georgia, in the back of a vehicle hitting a deer with a textbook. Rewis was charged with a misdemeanor offense of cruelty to animals and wasting wildlife...
     Men Charged In Hitting Deer With Book Appear in Court April 29, 2016 Arkansas, KARK
... a $2250 fine ... ordered to have a psych evaluation within 90 days...

... A deer in Madison County and another deer in Pope County were positive for the fatal disease. Both deer were road kills that were reported by the public... Eighty-one deer and three elk have been found to be positive....

... the pontoon drove in front of the deer, causing the animal to swim farther into the lake.  The deer drowned shortly thereafter... The agreement required Timm to pay $500 in restitution...

Local AG&FC lands biologist speaks to Lions on CWD April 24, 2016 Arkansas, Harrison Daily 
...  two deer in Boone County and three elk and 37 deer in Newton County which have been tested positive for CWD. Mills said, “This is a serious disease ... He urged the members to call (800) 482-9262  if they see a deer which had been killed on the road so that deer could be tested...

State hunters play big role in controlling CWD April 24, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
...  The fastest and most efficient way for CWD to colonize new areas is to be transported in by hunters... No matter where you kill it, process the deer or have it processed there. Don't transport it to other counties.  CWD will not annihilate our deer and elk ...

AGFC releases prevalence rate for CWD April 21, 2016 Arkansas, Baxter Bulletin
...  the first phase of sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease and has found a 23 percent prevalence rate in Newton and Boone counties. Of 266 randomly collected wild deer, 62 were found to have the fatal disease ... AGFC Director Mike Knoedl has proposed to ban the practice of baiting deer  ... the deer herd in Arkansas, which is estimated at one million ...

Wasting disease prevalent in early tests April 21, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... To limit the spread of the disease beyond north Arkansas, Game and Fish Commission Director Mike Knoedl recommended that the commission consider banning the baiting of deer with corn and eliminating mineral blocks, a known transmission medium for the disease... Of the 77 bucks sampled, 25, or about 30 percent, tested positive...

CWD rate exceeds acceptable threshold in north Arkansas April 20, 2016 Arkansas Online
...  the prevalence rate of chronic wasting disease in wild whitetailed deer is 23 percent after completing the first phase of testing in north Arkansas... Such a high prevalence rate, coupled with a high infection rate among fawns, strongly suggests the disease has been present for a long time ...

Statewide CWD testing to begin April 13, 2016 Arkansas, The News
... he first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Arkansas in an elk harvested last October in Newton County ... Deer hunting is a $370 million industry in the state... plants can uptake prions from contaminated soil and transport them to different parts of the plant. By doing this, the plants can act as a carrier of CWD....

... AGFC will take samples from any sick or dead deer reported throughout the state. A primary focus will be on road-killed animals.  “There’s no need to sacrifice possibly healthy animals for this phase, Samples taken from road kills have a greater chance of testing positive than random samples from healthy animals,” ...

... Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said recently that 18 out of 48 white-tailed deer tested in Newton County in March were found to have Chronic Wasting Disease, also known as CWD... Symptoms include weight loss to the point of emaciation, excessive salivation, loss of coordination ...

23 more chronic wasting disease cases found in Arkansas April 8, 2016 Oklahoma News
... there have now been 79 positive tests for CWD since the first case was confirmed Feb. 23 ...

... there's been 56 confirmed cases, a shocking number he says for a state that's never tested positive for the disease... About new 50 samples will be tested, as the AGF now hunts to find if the disease has spread to other parts of the state ...

... What if I see a deer or elk that I think has CWD?  Arkansas Game and Fish encourages anyone who thinks they see an animal with the disease to contact them at (800) 482-9262.

Chronic wasting disease cases in state climb to 56 April 1, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Six more deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total number of cases in Arkansas to 56 ... All infected deer came from a sampling area in Newton County...

Arkansas chronic wasting disease cases pouring in April 1, 2016 Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... Almost 30 tissue samples sent to a lab for testing were confirmed this week to have CWD and bring the total number of cases to 50...  we're trying to determine spatial distribution ...

CWD has found its way to the Natural State March 29, 2016 Arkansas,  Russellville Courier
... chronic wasting disease (CWD) ... CWD was first detected in captive deer in 1967 and in the mid-1980s in free-ranging elk and deer in Colorado and Wyoming. In 2001 it was found in Nebraska and Wyoming. In 2002 CWD was found in Wisconsin, Illinois, and New Mexico. In 2005 testing positive was New York and West Virginia, followed by Michigan in 2008...

...  it's not necessary to continue a mass harvest of elk and white-tailed deer around the Buffalo National River.  That's because recently-received test results show chronic wasting disease is prevalent in the animals, and has been in this area for 10 years or more...

Map shows location of deer, elk taken for sampling March 25, 2016 Arkansas, Harrison Daily 
... the map shows, most of the positive results came from Newton County ...

More AR Deer, Elk Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease March 24, 2016 Arkansas, ArkansasMattersArkansas
...  tissue samples from 49 deer and elk taken in and around the 125,000-acre focal area ...  Out of the 18 positive deer samples, four were found just outside of the AGFC’s focal area... Arkansas now has 22 CWD [chronic wasting disease] positive samples ...The public can report sick deer and elk by calling 800-482-9262 or by email at cwdinfo@agfc.ar.gov ...

3rd case of CWD identified March 23, 2016 Arkansas, NWA Online
... a second white-tailed deer in Newton County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease... Also, an elk killed near Pruitt in October was confirmed to have the disease on Feb. 23. All three locations are in northern Newton County ...
... “This positive sample falls squarely in the middle of our sampling area so we will not have to make any adjustments at this time," Carner said in a statement. "We will try to intensify our sampling in the immediate vicinity of this detection.” ...

... “This week we sampled (shot) 126 deer, which is a good ways toward our target of 300 deer,” said Cory Gray, deer program coordinator ...  hunt for animals that might be affected with deadly Chronic Wasting Disease...

AGFC says human, animal diseases not linked March 17, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
...  The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at its monthly meeting Thursfay in Little Rock said there is no link between a case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease reported Wednesday in Fayetteville and chronic wasting disease in Newton County.  Both diseases are forms of spongieform encephalathy ...

Comment period open on hunting regulations March 15, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
... [proposals include]: Eliminate the use of or possession of all deer scents/lures that contain natural deer urine or other deer body fluids effective July 2017. Implement private lands antlerless only modern gun deer hunt for deer zones 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 5A, 5B, 7 and 11. Extend archery deer season to the end of February ... [comment by April 19]

Disease has hunters pondering future March 15, 2016 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas News
... Chronic wasting disease has been found in states all around us, including Missouri. It was almost a given that the disease would be discovered in Arkansas...  What will become of the elk herd in Boxley Valley and the rest of the Buffalo River country where elk roam? ...
... With two confirmed cases already, if CWD is widespread along the Buffalo National River, it could have a huge impact on the elk population.  "It could be really devastating; obviously we don't have a giant elk herd.  It could really knock it down pretty quick," ...
     Elk, deer sampling for CWD begins Monday March 12, 2016 Arkansas, Harrison Dail
... When officials initially thought CWD was confined to the area where the elk was killed at Pruitt, they believed they could take 30 to 40 animals from the elk herd that was in close contact. The elk strategy changed when the deer at Ponca tested positive... The plan now calls for targeting elk that appear to be sick throughout the elk range ...
     Wasting disease found in state deer March 10, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disorder known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that affects cervids like white-tailed deer ... could devastate Arkansas' deer herd, which is estimated at about 1 million animals ... About 308,000 Arkansans hunt deer annually in the state ... 
     Chronic wasting disease confirmed in deer at Ponca March 9, 2016 Arkansas, AGFC News
   A white-tailed deer in Ponca recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The disease is fatal to deer and elk.  The positive CWD test from a deer comes on the heels of an elk near Pruitt, about 12 miles east of Ponca, that was confirmed to have the disease Feb. 23. Both areas are in northern Newton County.  The AGFC took tissue samples from the 2½-year-old female deer, which was found dead. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the test today...
... To combat the disease, AGFC will sample 300 deer from the region to determine how prevalent the disease is among the animals... Anyone who believes they have found a sick deer or elk is encouraged to call (800) 482-9262 to report it...

   ... A hunter harvested an elk that was infected with the disease near Pruitt ... the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking nearby landowners to help kill about 300 deer and about 50 elk within a five mile radius ...

Arkansas Sportsman AGFC laying out CWD reality March 3, 2016 Arkansas Online
... The commission supplied forms that landowners could fill out, allowing AGFC personnel to enter their land to kill deer and elk for CWD sampling ... The AGFC will attempt to kill about 40 elk and 250 deer in the 5-mile core zone in just 26 days ... If CWD is found to be prevalent in that area's elk herd, the AGFC likely will suspend the three-point rule for legal bucks next season and significantly increase bag limits ...

AGFC addresses state's CWD issue March 1, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... The AGFC held the meeting to brief the community on the CWD sampling efforts, which will occur largely on private land. To that end, the AGFC also sought permission from landowners to allow AGFC personnel to their land for sampling, or to kill deer and elk on their property for sampling themselves...

Arkansas has first case of chronic wasting disease February 24, 2016 Baxter Bulletin
...  the state's Game and Fish Commission is advising residents to look out for deer and elk staggering about with drooping heads and thousand-yard stares... It's like mad cow disease for cervids ...
     Chronic wasting disease reported in elk in Arkansas February 24, 2016 Arkansas Online
...  a cow elk killed by a hunter in October in Newton County tested positive for chronic wasting disease, and that on March 7 the agency will begin killing deer and elk in a five-mile radius of where the elk was killed for further sampling... "It just doesn't make sense that this one popped up out of the blue like it did," ...
     Cow Elk Diagnosed With CWD February 24, 2016 Arkansas, nhv.us 
...  this elk might have contracted CWD from an infected carcass that might have been killed in another stated and illegally thrown in Arkansas... CWD is a contagious disease caused by mutant proteins, known as prions ...
... An elk found dead near Pruitt on the Buffalo National River in October has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first recorded case in the state ...

Deer management garners national award February 23, 2016 Arkansas, NWA Online
... The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission accepted the national title of Agency of the Year at the Quality Deer Management Association’s 16th annual convention ... recognizes progressive deer management techniques ...

3 Georgia men charged after investigation into deer beating video February 5, 2016 Arkansas, Atlanta Journal Constitution
... Despite the deer’s cries, the man hits the deer four more times before the recording stops... “the group pulled over and the men dragged the deer to a ditch along the highway and left it.”...
     Deer Attack Video Traced to Arkansas January 29, 2016 Arkansas, ArkansasMatters
... The video, which was anonymously posted on vid.me and is considered graphic, shows the man hitting a deer with a book several times [they put the deer inside the
car].  
"The story of the young man involved, is that they were traveling there in Arkansas, struck the deer... [warning, graphic video]
     Authorities investigate video showing deer being hit with book January 29, 2016 Arkansas, fox7austin.com
... Last night the Department of Natural Resources responded to the complaints about a video being circulating on Facebook showing a deer being beaten with a textbook. During the investigation the Department of Natural Resources have discovered that this video was filmed in Arkansas...

Late-season deer January 17, 2016 Arkansas, Arkansas Online 
... In 2003-05, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission closed the season on Feb. 15 over concerns that hunters were killing adult bucks that had shed their antlers... in 2006 the AGFC restored the Feb. 28 closing in response to hunters' requests.  ... hunters probably do kill a few adult bucks that have shed their antlers, but the number is inconsequential...

Arkansas Deer Hunters Top 200,000 in Harvest January 8, 2016 Sporting Life Arkansas
... With seven weeks of archery hunting remaining, hunters have taken 208,951 deer... The high mark was set in the 2012-13 season with 213,487 ...

AGFC director talks of agency’s 100th year December 31, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... the AGFC owns 24,000 acres of lakes, 400,000 acres of wildlife management areas ... About 200 deer were harvested legally in Arkansas in 1938, and more than 192,000 were harvested during the 2011-12 season. For the past three years, we’ve harvested over 200,000 deer. We’re on pace to again surpass the 200,000 mark...

AGFC should look at size of deer herd December 21, 2015 Arkansas, El Dorado News-Times
... Each summer, we learn from the official sources that the state’s deer herd is strong and plentiful, but hunters in the woods tell us that’s not the case... It’s not in the Game and Fish Commission’s interest to explain that the state’s deer herd is shrinking, but it is a responsibility... The Game and Fish Commission should rein in the annual bag limit in South Arkansas from six to four deer...

Flood-prone regions closed to deer hunting December 15, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... High water on the White, Cache, St. Francis and Black rivers has forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to temporarily close deer season in portions of eastern Arkansas...

A layman's and an expert's view on deer numbers December 9, 2015 Arkansas, El Dorado News Times 
...  one of the best things to ever happen to the deer herd in the area I and my family and friends hunt ... is the three-point rule.  Before the 1998-99 deer season, AGFC implemented the rule, which requires that a buck have three points on at least one side of its antlers to be legal... after the three-point rule went into effect, we almost immediately started seeing more and bigger bucks ...

Arkansas Deer Hunter Bags Doe with Antlers November 25, 2015 Ozarks First.
... Arkansas Game and Fish says hormone abnormalities have something to do with a doe growing antlers...

500,000 on hunt for deer November 13, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Of the 208,075 deer that hunters checked in the 2014-2015 deer seasons, nearly 70 percent were killed during the modern gun season... Arkansas offers more than 3 million acres of public hunting in the Ozark and Ouachita national forests. About 25 percent of Arkansas' deer hunters pursue their game on public land.

Season outlook good for NWA modern gun deer season November 3, 2015 Arkansas, NWA Online
... deer hunts ... on par with last year, he said. So far hunters have killed about 48,000 deer during archery, muzzle-loader and antlerless deer hunt. The total deer harvest for 2014-2015 was 208,075 for all seasons combined... We've got lots of acorns this year ...

Local deer population booms October 18, 2015 Arkansas, NWA Online 
... Northwest Arkansas deer depend heavily on acorns and other highly seasonal forage ... South Arkansas, which "is a deer factory" according to Gray, has a greater variety of plants for deer to eat that gives a more reliable supply of food. A bad year for any particular food source in south Arkansas doesn't leave the deer looking for food ...

Camera tells tale of deer visits, dry conditions October 15, 2015 Arkansas,
Arkansas Online
... An extended drought has made the woods in the southern half of the state dry and brittle... We've seen this before, notably in 1997, when conditions were so bad in the Ouachitas that hunters in south Sebastian County wondered if the Game and Fish Commission would suspend modern gun deer season...

Keep an eye on Arkansas’s deer harvest October 9, 2015 NewtonCountyTimes
   Bowhunters checked 2,595 deer during opening weekend, Sept. 26-27. The bow opener has been a near mirror image of itself the last three years, with 2,682 deer checked in 2014 and 2,576 deer checked during opening weekend in 2013.

Deer hunters warned about Chronic Wasting Disease October 8, 2015 Arkansas, KTBS
... the agency has not had a deer test positive for CWD in Arkansas ...  but it has spread to several other states including Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas... Symptoms associated with the disease include droopy ears, loss of fear and animals being abnormally thin or weak and confused...

Chronic wasting disease could affect state hunting October 4, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... The rapid spread of the disease is attributable to captive deer breeders and commercial hunt facility operators transporting infected deer to new areas, Gray said [deer program leader for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission] ... Troy Landry, star of the Swamp People television show, was cited in 2012 for transporting deer in Arkansas that he and his sons killed in Nebraska... Wisconsin has spent $49 million fighting CWD since 2002 ...

Deer crossing Bull Shoals Lake - September 26, 2015


... Typically, we see food plots are more beneficial in late season, or late winter, when the native food sources are scarce or depleted. This is when a wheat and oats and clover patch really shines. These supplements can aid the deer from the period prior until spring green-ups ...
... 

Quail restoration depends on habitat June 21, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Aaron Jeffries, the former quail biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, explained how simple quail management techniques benefit deer, turkeys and other species in an MDC blog ...

State again tries manly catch/release deer program June 20, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... the sport of catch and release began in 1997 in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest northeast of Asheville by a group of hunters who were tired of sitting on their butts for hours and hours in tree stands... "It takes a real hunter to draw in the critters and take 'em from behind," he said. "It's the quintessence of pack teamwork and the way our primeval ancestors hunted." ...

Food plots give boost to deer, other wildlife June 20, 2015 Arkansas, The Cabin
...  biologists suggest white clover as a basic. It’s a natural in Arkansas and is a perennial. Legumes in several forms are extensively used for Arkansas food plots. So are several members of the brassica family like turnips and kale. Growing in popularity is chicory...

...  a small fawn tangled in a chain link fence. The residents had removed the deer from the fence, but it was unresponsive...

Protectors of our wildlife June 14, 2015 Arkansas, Arkansas Online
... Deer numbers declined dramatically, with only about 2,000 left by 1919...  After much cajoling, the 1917 legislature imposed a moratorium on hunting does until 1922 ... The great flood of 1927 killed many deer, and in 1930 a statewide count found only 500 animals, but numbers gradually grew. By 1946 the estimated deer population rose to 31,500 ... 

... rules that pertain to the use of crossbows, hunting stand requirements, season length and the minimum age of its participants will be left up to the city ... all cities conducting an urban hunt will still require the hunter to pass a shooting proficiency test ...

Fawns in the wild probably don't need your help June 2, 2015 Arkansas, Magnolia Reporter 
... . Early in life, fawns lay very still so as not to attract predators (like well-intentioned humans), and are frequently mistaken for being in distress or abandoned ... most wild animals don't spend very much time at their young's side in order to not attract predators to the area...

... “Purple hulls” as most Arkansans call them are a type of black-eyed pea which in turn is a type of a broad category of plants called cowpeas... Deer love the peas ... Wildlife biologists suggest seeding an assortment of plants in food plots ...

Deer Hunters top 200,000 Harvest Mark Again April 17, 2015 Arkansas, Ammo Land 
... Arkansas hunters tagged 208,075 deer during the 2014-15 season, just short of totals for the previous two years...

Deer season set for 2015-17 April 16, 2015 Arkansas, THV11
... The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the state's deer hunting seasons on Thursday, with modern gun deer season opening Nov. 14, archery season opening Sept. 26, and muzzleloader season opening Oct. 17...

In numbers, last deer season was near the top April 11, 2015 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
... The notion of killing female deer, does, is wrong took far too long to diminish in Arkansas, and it has not entirely died out. There are hunters still who refuse to shoot at a doe.... Deer managers, however, are highly satisfied that the former out of balance buck-doe ratio in the state has been alleviated. The past three season ... the buck-doe checks have been virtually 50-50...

Arkansas data: An estimated 1 million or more deer in 2012 through 2014, a million in 2011, an upward trend in the deer harvest in recent years. Record harvest of 213,487 in 2013, slightly less in 2014 (harvest data).  Good environmental conditions for the herd in 2013 with a wet spring and summer, good browse through summer, and high mast production.  Very strong population in south Arkansas, but less robust in the Ozarks. Fewer deer in the northeast, where there is limited habitat, and in the Ouachita Mountains, where there is poor soil fertility and habitat quality.  Deer in the northwest rely significantly on the acorn crop which vary dramatically from year to year.  Deer in south have a wider variety of food source which makes it less variable.  About 308,000 deer hunters.
     The strategy is a balanced hunt in terms of age and sex distributions, but many hunters won't shoot does. In 2013, for the first time ever, more does that bucks were reported in the harvest  107,247 does to 105,952 bucks.  A legal buck must have both antlers shorter than 2 inches (button buck) or have three or more points on one side of his rack.   Habitat is limited for deer, so populations are low in the northeast and the Ouachita Mountains. Chronic wasting disease was first discovered in 2016 in an elk found dead near Pruitt on the Buffalo National River in October of 2015.
     Deer were abundant prior to the arrival of Europeans, but over hunting and habitat destruction reduced the deer herd to about 2,000 in 1919.  The 1917 Legislature passed an act to restrict hunting of does until 1922.  The 1927 flood killed many deer; the 1930 deer count was about 500.   Restocking and deer refuges were implemented for the next 20 years, a buck only harvest was instituted to boost the herd.  There were 44 refuges or deer farms in the restocking program in 1950.  When mandatory checking of hunted deer started in 1938, just 203 deer were checked.  The herd reached a population of 500,000 by 1985 and management shifted to stabilization with a significant doe harvest.  Estimated 1989 population:  700,000. In 1998 the three point rule made it illegal to shoot a buck with less than three antler points on one side, an effort to improve age demographics.  About 25 percent of hunting is on public land.

Report Sick Deer:  (800) 482-9262 or email cwdinfo@agfc.ar.gov  Information on Chronic Wasting Disease in Arkansas

Other useful links:
Deer Hunting Regulations and Information     - Deer Harvest Data
Arkansas Conservation Center 
Report sick deer to Game and Fish at 1-800-482-9262
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Statewide Goals and Objectives General Objective Example for Deer Management Manage and maintain a healthy, stable deer herd appropriate for the habitat. 
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