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Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Armyworms march through Arkansas

Armyworms march through Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- If you see a brown lawn in your neighborhood, don't jump to blame the weather or a lazy homeowner. The culprit could be the armyworm.

They look exactly like caterpillars. The insects can turn lawns from green to brown in a matter of days by eating the healthy blades of grass.

At the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, golf course superintendent Don Armbrust keeps a close eye on the course's grass.

"Noticed a discoloration or what appeared to be drought-stress within the turf grass area."

A strange occurrence considering the amount of rain the state received during the month of July. At the beginning of August, Armbrust discovered fall armyworms eating away at the grass.

"With the cool, wet spring that we had it was definitely something we had to look out for and we ended up having to treat almost all the rough areas around the golf course."

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 9, 2014) – Global warming threatens the survival of nearly half the birds species in the continental United States and Canada, including many of Arkansas's birds. One iconic Arkansas bird – the mallard – is among those at risk, according to the report. Another duck, the bufflehead also stands to lose much of its habitable territory in Arkansas.

"Based on Audubon's peer-reviewed scientific study, more than 300 birds across North America face serious threat or extinction. Half of those species spend all or part of their lives in Arkansas," said Dr. Dan Scheiman, director of bird conservation at Audubon Arkansas. "Our state plays a pivotal role in preventing a catastrophic decline in bird species across much of the country."

Commission approves waterfowl season dates

Commission approves waterfowl season dates


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AGFC) – For the 18th consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl. The vote came today during the Commission's monthly meeting.

AGFC Waterfowl Program Coordinator Luke Naylor presented the Commission with the late migratory season proposals. "Habitat conditions were improved or similar to last year in many areas due to average or above-average annual precipitation," Naylor explained. "Continued wet conditions appear to be driving continued good habitat" he added.

Naylor noted that total duck population estimates of breeding waterfowl in the U.S. and Canada were the highest on record. "The total duck population estimate is 49.2 million ducks. That's an 8 percent increase from 2013 and 43 percent above the long-term average," Naylor said.

UAPB Fishing Team to host collegiate tournament Nov. 16

UAPB Fishing Team to host collegiate tournament Nov. 16

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Fishing Team will host the third tournament of the Arkansas Collegiate Series Saturday, Nov. 16, from sunrise until 3 p.m. on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff. The event will get underway at the Regional Park Boat Ramp.

This two-person team style tournament series is for full-time collegiate anglers only and is managed entirely by the UAPB Fishing Team. Five UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries students will be participating; Andrew Sanders with Matt Smith, Hunter Dickey with Ignacio Lopez-Morales, and Dustin Cauthon (fishing solo). Last month’s tournament on Lake Dardanelle drew a record (for the Arkansas Collegiate Series) field of 24 teams from Arkansas and Texas.

“This week, teams from Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana have committed and we hope to have another good turnout,” said Scott Jones, UAPB Fishing Team coach and Small Impoundment Extension Specialist.

Elk harvest reaches record; herd growing

Elk harvest reaches record; herd growing

   LITTLE ROCK – A record 44 elk were harvested during the 2012 hunting seasons, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologist Wes Wright told Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Commission.

   In 2012, 20 bull elk and 24 antlerless elk were harvested during hunting seasons in September and October in territory near the Buffalo River. The previous record was 38.

   Since 1998, when elk hunting began in Arkansas, 376 have been harvested (195 bulls, 181 antlerless). Harvested elk are weighed, ages are estimated and blood samples are taken for disease tests. Elk also are tested for chronic wasting disease.

   Wright said a recent survey found at least 620 elk on public and private land, up from 453 counted during the previous survey.

   The Commission elected Commissioner Ron Duncan of Springdale vice chairman to fill the previously vacant position.

   In other business, the Commission:

Turkey lottery procedures announced

Turkey lottery procedures announced

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Pine Bluff Arsenal released their procedures for its annual turkey hunting lottery, that will be held at 11:30 a.m., April 1, at the Arsenal’s Creasy Auditorium, outside Plainview Gate. The installation’s turkey season will run from April 20-22.

All applicants will be required to have a valid Arkansas hunting license, proof of acceptable hunter’s safety course, an Arsenal Natural Resources Permit and picture badge before being allowed to hunt on PBA.

Applicants must pay $15 for a PBA Natural Resources Permit to hunt. Applicants who have a current Sportsman’s Natural Resource Permit will be exempt from the $15 charge. Ten names will be randomly selected for the three-day authorized spring gobbler season. Applicants are required to attend the drawing and will only be allowed to represent themselves. Applicants who are selected that are under the age of 16 must meet all PBA requirements.