Arkansas has one of nation's most successful conservation stories in deer population October 26, 2012 Arkansas

Arkansas Deer Population and Management News Archive

... In the early 1900s deer populations in Arkansas began a steady decline because of unrestricted hunting and the clearing of habitat for farmland. By the 1920s the deer population had been reduced to perhaps 500.  The state and federal governments set up refuges, which were critical for restoring deer populations. In 1944 Arkansas voters approved Amendment 35, which created the Game and Fish Commission and authorized it to regulate hunting. Now, the Arkansas deer population is an estimated 1 million animals

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