Arkansas Deer News
Game and Fish notebook April 25, 2013 Arkansas, Russellville Courier
...The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the state's deer hunting seasons last week, with modern gun deer season opening Nov. 9, archery season opening Sept. 28, and muzzleloader season opening Oct. 19 ...
Deer picture continues to brighten, record hunting season April 20, 2013 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
A deer hunting record was set last season... biologist Cory Gray told the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at its Thursday meeting in Little Rock. It is also a strong indication that the buck-doe ratio across the state, once badly out of kilter, is moving closer to the desired status...
Arkansas modern gun deer season starts November 9 April 20, 2013 Magnoliareporter
... The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the state’s deer hunting seasons ...
CLICK HERE to see a summary of all 2012-13 hunting regulations ... Reviewed the 2012-2013 deer harvest. AGFC Deer Program Coordinator Cory Gray told Commissioners that hunters checked a record 213,487 deer, an increase of 11 percent from the 2011-2012 deer season...
Cut and burn to enhance your wildlife habitat April 4, 2013 Arkansas, Russellville Courier
... A prescribed or controlled burn is the No. 1 suggested forestry practice that will yield fairly immediate results ... We’re past the ideal time to burn, which is typically between January and mid-March ... The second management practice involves hinge-cutting ... The theory is to “hinge cut” a tree by cutting small trees between 2 and 6 inches in diameter about halfway through and pushing them over, keeping them intact...
More deer mean good news for hunters, bad news for drivers March 30, 2013 Arkansas, KAIT
...State Farm now lists Arkansas ninth among the states where drivers are mostly likely to hit a deer. The insurance group estimates that the odds of an Arkansan hitting a deer in 2012 were 1 in 102.5, compared with 1 in 122 in 2011... The AGFC reported that the deer harvest exceeded 213,000 between 2012 and 2013...
Few changes proposed in deer rules March 23, 2013 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
... suggested change is for the antlerless deer hunt that was inaugurated a couple of years back. Many people call this “the doe hunt.” It is a strategy to get hunters to take more doe and to get the state’s buck-doe ratio more in balance... the suggestions is to add “on private land” to the description of where hunters can take antlerless deer in this special hunt... Arkansas elk were reintroduced with 112 imported animals, mostly from Colorado, beginning in 1981 ...
Arkansas should join Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact March 10, 2013, Russellville Courier
... a nice buck was chasing a doe across the St. Francis River ... deer season was closed. That obviously didn’t matter to this rogue Pennsylvania hunter. The outlaw drove his boat up beside the swimming deer and shot him four times with a load of steel shot ... poachers, who are one of life’s lowest life forms ... the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC) ... an agreement between states that recognizes the suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in each of its member states...
Eureka Springs, Urban deer hunt ends; local newspaper called out for poor reporting February 28, 2013 Arkansas, Lovely County Citizen
... 12 deer were bagged out of the 50 possible -- " ...[Alderman] Schneider said one issue was brought forth by the Eureka Springs Independent a few weeks back ... in which the front page showed a slain deer being thrown into the back of a truck, and the caption: "What a doe looks like when she is illegally hunted down -- The in-town deer hunt brought some of people's worst nightmares to front and center when this yearling was shot with an arrow in Harmon Park..."
Fort Smith Approves Urban Deer Hunt February 21, 2013 Arkansas, 5 News
After weeks of debate, the nearly split city directors passed an urban deer hunt in Fort Smith... will be limited to archery ... According to Marilyn Bentz, Executive Director of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, urban deer hunts are common across the U.S ...
Fort Smith, Board of Directors votes to allow urban deer hunt in city limits February 5, 2013 Arkansas, KHBS-KHOG Northwest Arkansas
... “We’re not going to go out an allow hunting willy-nilly because that’s not conducive to safety in the city ... You have to be at least 16 years old,” ... Fort Smith Police Chief Kevin Lindsey.
Arkansas Deer Hunters Set All-Time Record January 10, 2013 OzarksFirst.com
According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas deer hunters have checked more than 210,000 deer which far surpasses the old record of 194,192 set in the 1999-2000 season.... One reason is the abundance of deer in the state as wildlife biologists estimate a million or more deer in Arkansas ... favorable weather was a contributing factor ... more lenient seasons and limits this year.
Fort Smith to Consider an Urban Deer Hunt January 8, 2013 Arkansas, 5 News
... Residents say they recognize the deer are overpopulated due to the number of deer-related traffic accidents in their area... some residents say the benefits don’t outweigh the safety risks involved with urban hunts... The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said in addition to managing the deer population, urban deer hunts also bring tourism dollars to the host city due to the event’s popularity...
Record number of deer taken in Arkansas this year December 19, 2012, Seattle Post Intelligencer
... more than 196,000 deer have been checked thus far to break the record of 194,687 set during the 1999-2000 season.
Deer Numbers, Faulkner deer have come a long way December 15, 2012 Arkaknsas, Log Cabin Democrat
... Arkansas is headed for a statewide all-time record this season. A little over 189,000 deer have been checked, and the record is 197,648, set in 1999-2000... Wildlife biologists of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, if asked how many deer the state has, respond with “about a million,” ... A dog-eared publication ... dated 1951 ... titled “Arkansas Deer Herd.” .... The estimated deer population in 1950 was 50,000 for the state, and that was up from 31,617 in 1945 when a federally funded survey was made.... 10 deer were in Faulkner County in 1945.
Current deer hunt is shaping up as a dandy November 24, 2012 Arkansas, Log Cabin Democrat
... Corry Gray, deer program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said, “The hunt is going real well. We are well above the totals for this time last year. I think we will break the 200,000 mark this year.” ... The buck-doe ratio is close to even overall for the current season... Arkansas’ record deer hunt was in 1999-2000 when 194,687 were taken ...
Deer season brings big 'bucks' for small town Arkansas November 10, 2012 Today's THV
... Along Highway 167 South of Sheridan, hunters are fueling up and stocking up at Gibbs Grocery. Buddy Gibbs and his wife have owned the store for more than 30 years and said opening weekend is like Christmas for them... The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said deer hunting alone pours for more than 370 million retail dollars into the state ...
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Arkansas data: An estimated 1 million or more deer in 2012, a million in 2011. Healthy deer herd, good herd management.
Other useful links:
- Deer Hunting Regulations and Information
- Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
- 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.
- Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Deer Season Summary
"... The objective of collecting this data has been to monitor trends in deer numbers, buck-to-doe ratios, fawn-to-doe ratios, buck antler development. AGFC personnel collect several hundred deer samples each year in late winter and early spring to gauge herd health. Samples are collected from all six Deer Management Units. This data gives biologists important information about herd health, timing of the rut and fawn production."
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