AGFC still accepting surveys

Staff Writer

LITTLE ROCK – During the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s March meeting, Commissioners received a briefing on the public response from hunting regulations the agency has proposed.

More than 12,800 people have responded to the public input survey. During last year’s public input survey period, more than 7,200 people provided online feedback on proposed regulations. AGFC Commissioner Ken Reeves said the amount and quality of information was impressive.

Some of the proposals being considered for the 2015-16 season are:
· Extend archery deer season through the month of January on Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area east unit.
· Move muzzleloader deer season from October to January on Freddie Black Choctaw Island WMA Deer Research Area east unit.
· Change the boundary lines of White Rock, Piney Creek, Ozark National Forest, Lee Creek, Magazine and Sylamore WMAs.
· Prohibit use or possession of alcohol on AGFC-controlled WMAs. · Extend the Black River Flood Prone Zone to the Missouri state line.
· Move bear archery season opener to the last Saturday in September.
· Split the modern gun bear season in zones 1 and 2 to coincide with the modern gun deer season.
· Increase bear zone 1 quota from 200 to 250 bears (205 for October and the remainder for November) and remove the quota for bear zone 2.
· Provide youth only dates during public and private land elk hunts.

To see a complete list of proposed regulations, go to: http://www.agfc.com/enforcement/Documents/GeneralHuntingRegsProposals.pdf. Comments are still being accepted through the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AGFC2015GeneralHuntingRegs. The Commission will vote on the hunting regulation proposals at its April 16 meeting.

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