Spring News 2019


New event teaches fly-fishing basics

Women, Wine & Fly Lines, a new event teaching women the basics of fly-fishing, is set for June 2 at Sassafras Springs Vineyard and Winery in Fayetteville. The event will include hands-on experience with several activities, including casting, rod and reel setup, knot tying, fly tying and more. It’s also a chance to connect with other women who fish while enjoying a glass of wine. 

The event focuses on women but welcomes men. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com; for $25 receive registration, two glasses of wine, food, instruction and a chance to win a full day of guided fishing on the White River from Brad Sperry of Arkansas On The Fly guide service. For more information on the event, contact Jill Rohrbach of Trout Unlimited Chapter 514 at (479) 444-8060.

For those who can’t make the event, consider joining the Facebook group Arkansas Fly Girls as another way to connect to female anglers. Or visit Arkansaschaptertu.org for details on Arkansas Trout Unlimited Chapter 514. 


AGFF Unveils New Duck Stamp Art  

The 2019-2020 duck stamp/print art has been unveiled and for just the second time in the program’s history the artwork came from the hand of an Arkansan. The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation hosted the unveiling and luncheon Feb. 13 in Little Rock

North Little Rock native Mike Marlar was selected as the artist for the work, titled “Mallards in the Timber:  An Arkansas Family Tradition.”  The artwork depicts a father and sons hunting in flooded green timber and will be used both on the duck stamp and released in high-quality art prints at locations around the state beginning later this year. 

An avid outdoorsman who as a child forged a love of duck hunting in the White River National Refuge, Marlar continues to hunt from the family cabin near Holly Grove, along with his wife, Rhonda, sons Dean and James and daughter Anna.

The AGFF is the publishing source for the nation’s largest Duck Stamp Print Program. Now in its 38th year, the program has raised millions in support of the foundation’s work to help fund the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s conservation, outdoor recreation and youth education initiatives. The artwork will also appear on the annual waterfowl stamp, commonly known as the duck stamp, the required licensure of hunters over age 16 harvesting waterfowl in Arkansas. 

Volunteers Sought For Trail Cleanup
Lend a hand at these or other cleanups in your area: 

Marks Cemetery Nature Trail and Park Area 
33.7573° N, 92.2382° W
New Edinburg, AR
Saturday, March 23 – 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 
Contact:  Patricia McClellan at 901-606-4162 or pcmcclellan13@gmail.com
Project to focus on clearing nature trails and picnic area as well as picking up trash on the approach road. 

Daisy State Park Cleanup
34.2337° N, 93.7405° W
103 East Park, Kirby, AR
Saturday April 6 – registration at 8:30 a.m.
Contact: 870-398-4487
Project to focus on the shoreline around the park, nature hiking trail, and the first 2.5 miles of the Bear Creek Cycle Trail. Lunch and all equipment will be provided.


Note to hog hunters 

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension issued a reminder to hunters to protect themselves from potential exposure to Brucellosis, or Bang’s Disease, a bacterial zoonotic disease of feral hogs in the state. 

Brucellosis is commonly transmitted via bare skin contact when butchering feral swine, by splashing of contaminated fluids into the eyes and by eating undercooked meat. Effects of the disease in humans include feverish night sweats, headache, weakness, painful joints, depression, weight loss, fatigue and liver dysfunction. Any organ or system can be affected, including the nervous system.

Feral hogs are regarded as pest animals in Arkansas. Any hunter taking a wild hog should wear gloves and avoid eating, drinking or chewing tobacco when dressing or handling a carcass, wash and disinfect hands and equipment and cook meat to 160°F or until juices run clear.


Youth Turkey Hunt is April 6-7

A special youth turkey hunt, open to hunters ages 6 to 15, will be held in Arkansas April 6 and 7, 2019. The hunt is in effect for Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 5A, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 9A, 10 and 17. Eligible hunters who have completed hunter education must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older; those who have not completed hunter education must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.  

The 2019 regular turkey season in Arkansas runs April 8 to 16 for Zones 1A, 4, 4A, 5A and 9A and April 8 to 23 for Zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 10 and 17. For complete details, please consult the AGFC website at agfc.com/en/hunting/turkey/turkey-dates-limits.