Com­mis­sion ap­proves new vet­er­ans water­fowl hunt in Arkansas

The Saline Courier Weekend - - COURIER CLASSIFIED­S | BUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY - Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

LIT­TLE ROCK — Arkansas Game and Fish Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously voted to ap­prove spe­cial vet­eran’s water­fowl hunts to co­in­cide with this year’s youth hunts at to­day’s reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ing.

The hunt orig­i­nally was ap­proved at the fed­eral level ear­lier this year as a way to show in­creased sup­port for men and women who have served their coun­try in the armed forces.

The vote of­fi­cially rec­og­nizes this ef­fort by al­low­ing all ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary per­son­nel and vet­er­ans who served in the ac­tive mil­i­tary, naval or air ser­vice and were dis­charged un­der con­di­tions other than “dis­hon­or­able.”

The days of this hunt will be Dec. 7, 2019, and Feb. 8, 2020, the same days as the an­nual Spe­cial Youth Water­fowl Hunt. Shoot­ing hours and bag lim­its will re­main the same as reg­u­lar duck and goose sea­sons. Vet­eran hunters on wildlife man­age­ment ar­eas will not have shot­shell re­stric­tions and will be al­lowed to hunt from 30 min­utes be­fore sun­rise un­til sun­set, just as youths on these days.

All hunters must meet all li­cense re­quire­ments for water­fowl hunt­ing in Arkansas, in­clud­ing a valid hunt­ing li­cense, state water­fowl stamp, fed­eral water­fowl stamp and cur­rent Har­vest In­for­ma­tion Pro­gram reg­is­tra­tion.

Com­mis­sion­ers also voted to cre­ate a new vol­un­tary turkey stamp with a price of $9.50 to help bring aware­ness of turkey habi­tat needs in Arkansas.

The stamp, much like the North­ern Bob­white Stamp, will be com­pletely vol­un­tary and will help fund turkey habi­tat needs in The Nat­u­ral State.

In other busi­ness, the Com­mis­sion:

Rec­og­nized Mike and Kay Breedlove of Shikarsa­fari In­ter­na­tional and their pre­sen­ta­tion be­stow­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual Arkansas Wildlife Of­fi­cer of the Year

Award to Wildlife Of­fi­cer Cpl. Gary Don Stell of Cam­den.

Rec­og­nized AGFC Habi­tat Bi­ol­o­gist Andrew

Green as the Wildlife Man­age­ment Divi­sion’s Bi­ol­o­gist of the Year.

Rec­og­nized AGFC Se­nior Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram Tech­ni­cian

Blake Massey as the Wildlife Man­age­ment Divi­sion’s Tech­ni­cian of the Year.

Rec­og­nized AGFC Of­fice Man­ager San­dra Gar­rett with a spe­cial recog­ni­tion award for her work in man­ag­ing and main­tain­ing the AGFC’S Wildlife Man­age­ment Divi­sion’s bud­get­ing and book­keep­ing needs.

Rec­og­nized the Wildlife Man­age­ment District 4 (Cam­den Re­gional Of­fice) as re­cip­i­ents of the 2019 “No Hog Left Be­hind” award for re­mov­ing the most feral hogs on pri­vate and pub­lic lands.

Heard a re­port from AGFC As­sis­tant Wildlife Re­gional Su­per­vi­sor

Mark Bar­bee on the 2019 Al­li­ga­tor Hunt re­sults.

Heard a re­port from AGFC Turkey Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor Jeremy

Wood on the 2019 turkey brood sur­vey and progress of the cur­rent re­vi­sion of Arkansas’s Strate­gic Turkey Plan.

Awarded re­tir­ing wildlife of­fi­cer Maj. Ja­son Parker his ser­vice sidearm in recog­ni­tion of 23 years of ser­vice to the peo­ple and nat­u­ral re­sources of Arkansas.

Au­tho­rized AGFC Di­rec­tor Pat Fitts to en­ter into an agree­ment to ac­cept a land do­na­tion to re­move a 5-acre in­hold­ing on Mike Freeze Wat­ten­saw WMA.

Au­tho­rized AGFC Di­rec­tor Pat Fitts to en­ter into an agree­ment to ac­cept a land do­na­tion from Ducks Un­lim­ited’s Wet­lands Amer­ica Trust, Inc. to add 40 acres to Earl Buss Bayou De­view WMA.

Au­tho­rized the use of Ma­rine Fuel Tax funds to pave 4.1 miles of ac­cess road to Henry Gray Hur­ri­cane Lake WMA.

Ap­proved the re­moval of out­dated and ob­so­lete in­ven­tory with a to­tal orig­i­nal cost of $246,969.53 and a net book value of $27,019.69.

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