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Animals in the wild

What would it be like to be an animal living in the wild? What would you need to survive in every habitat? Come learn about some unique animals that live in the wild in Arkansas and the unique characteristics that they have.

Lake Dardanelle State Park will be holding a three day camp from Wednesday, August 10th- Friday, August 12th for kids ages 8-12. The camp includes activities, crafts, programs, and much more. The campers will meet at the visitor center at 9 a.m. each day and will be ready to be picked up there at 4 p.m. Lunch, snacks, and all materials will be included in the $65.00 registration fee. The camp has limited space, so get your registration in early.

The absolute latest you can register is August 3 (provided there is still space available). You may pick up a registration form at Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center, have it e-mailed at lakedardanelle@arkansas.com, or faxed at (479)890-3670.

Big Bass Bonanza Leaderboard

Big Bass Bonanza Leaderboard

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Daniel Schults of Pine Bluff leads the field of anglers with a 5.63 pound bass he caught in the Dumas pool.  Schults caught the fish in the 9 a.m. hour to take the overall lead on the first day of the three-day tournament.


When asked about the experience, Schults, who spent the morning fishing with his father Wayne said, “I was fishing hard.”  This was the second time the younger Schults had fished the Dumas pool.


Leaders in the other four pools are:

•  Jason Deblock of Vilonia (4.87) – Little Rock pool

•  Martin Arnold of Ft. Smith (5.36) – Fort Smith pool

•  David Wood of Dardanelle (5.54) – Dardanelle pool

•  Eric Green of Pine Bluff (5.49) – Pine Bluff pool



The top fish wins the guaranteed $50,000. Each of the other four pool leaders has the potential to win a guaranteed $10,000 for catching the

largest fish in each of the other pools during the tournament.

Big Bass Bonanza

Big Bass Bonanza

ARKANSAS RIVER (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Fishing Tournament is the largest amateur bass fishing tournament in the state.  It covers 300 miles of eligible fishing from Fort Smith to Dumas along the entire length of the Arkansas River within the state’s borders. The angler who lands the largest fish during the course of the tournament will take home the $50,000 grand prize, with other cash prizes available throughout the weekend.

An Arkansas Game and Fish boat will be available to take media out on the river at the North Little Rock location on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be releasing 100,000 fingerlings back into the river. Each pool will receive 20,000 to distribute.

WHEN: Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26

Fishing begins each day at 6 a.m. with hourly weigh-ins. Final weigh-in each day is at 1 p.m.
 
Awards Ceremony:  4 p.m.

Arkansas River looks great for Big Bass Bonanza

Arkansas River looks great for Big Bass Bonanza

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, Arkansas’ largest amateur fishing tournament, is on track for this weekend thanks to improved conditions on the Arkansas River, tournament officials announced.
 
"Arkansas has seen a lot of rain this spring," said Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association and tournament organizer.  "As a result we have received a lot of phone calls asking if the Big Bass Bonanza is still going to be held as scheduled.  The answer is 'yes.'"
 
McNulty said river levels have been steadily declining for several weeks and by Friday the levels should be optimal.
 
Prize money for this year's tournament will be the same as last year, with $100,000 in total cash prizes.

July activities at Dardanelle

July activities at Dardanelle

Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 pm – What’s for Lunch? – See our aquarium exhibit! We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff, as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, just what do those fish eat for lunch?

Saturdays 1:45 p.m. – Critter Crunch – Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats provide homes for many creatures large and small. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the visitor center as she tells you about some of the smaller creatures. She will also be feeding these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.

 

Friday, July 1

3p.m.

Public meetings set for input on waterfowl regulations

Public meetings set for input on waterfowl regulations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Hunters can voice their opinions about the upcoming Arkansas waterfowl hunting regulations and seasons at one of six public meetings to be held around the state on Tuesday, June 7.

These meetings are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s hunting regulation setting process. They will be held to give hunters and other interested parties the opportunity to make comments on the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting seasons. The meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Comments may be either verbal or written. Written comments may be submitted at one of the meetings or mailed to the AGFC, attn: Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Proposals, 2 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, Ark. 72205. They can also be emailed to information@agfc.state.ar.us.