Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is increasing efforts to spread enthusiasm and education for hunting and fishing. Recent statewide events and fundraisers welcome new hunters and anglers to join in the fun of the sport and foster a love for the outdoors.
On September 16th and 17th, Farmers Bank & Trust hosted their third-annual South Arkansas Outdoor Social in Columbia County. This multi-event benefit supported the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, which is the fundraising portion of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Its mission is to advance conservation efforts throughout the state, increase youth involvement, and enhance educational programs. All proceeds from this two-day event went to the non-profit to further its outreach.
National Hunting and Fishing Day took place Saturday, September 24th. This celebration occurs annually on the fourth Saturday of September to recognize the efforts of sportsmen and women dedicated to conserving natural resources and wildlife. This year brought many opportunities to celebrate, educate, and raise awareness across the state.
AGFC continues to work to multiply education and outreach opportunities statewide, with new programs and events popping up weekly.
The changing seasons welcome new opportunities for the hunting and fishing community of Arkansas. October brings much excitement with rotating hunting schedules and Conservation Week on the horizon.
Hunting seasons in October include elk, bear, and rabbit. State regulations and required permits should be reviewed and updated before planning any excursion. There are several windows for youth-specific hunts, which lend a helping hand in furthering the involvement of aspiring outdoorsmen and women.
Conservation week is slated for October 8th - 13th. Statewide events will be held not only to further conservation programs and education but also to inform the population of conservation goals. There is also an emphasis placed on thanking those who are tirelessly working for the improvement of natural resources through current conservation efforts and outreach.
Another unique opportunity for community outreach is available by celebrating “Bat Week” from October 22nd - 28th. This is an annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the conservation of bats. Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro is hosting several events for kids and families to learn all about bats and why it’s important to protect the species.
Fall is an opportune time to engage others in outdoor education or learn about a new aspect of hunting and fishing for yourself. Through an open line of communication and celebration for all things outdoors, outreach programs can multiply, which in turn involves outdoor enthusiasts statewide in creating ideal conditions we can all enjoy and benefit from.