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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces the immediate closure of the drawdown gates at the Lake Bistineau dam in south Bossier Parish following recent heavy rainfall.

Duck season is over, and turkey season is still months away, but hunters looking for one more way to stay in the woods still can find plenty of excitement in small game hunting. Both rabbit and squirrel seasons remain open until 30 minutes after sunset, February 29.

(Editor’s Note – magnoliareporter.com does not usually report on events outside of South Arkansas. However, this article makes important points about the critical problem of illegal dumping across Arkansas and the effort that is required to clean dump sites).

John Paul “J.P.” Fairhead has been hired as the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s first Feral Hog Eradication Program coordinator.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office will extend the closure of the Okay Landing Recreation Area on Millwood Lake while repairs to Okay Levee are being made.

While fall temperatures are driving most anglers indoors or to the deer woods, staff at Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hatcheries throughout the state are still going full bore to improve future fishing conditions for anglers.

As urban and suburban areas expand in Arkansas, the state’s wildlife — including the bobcat — is learning to adapt to new neighbors, said Becky McPeake, extension wildlife specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Rotational stocking and other management practices may give grassland birds a chance to rebuild their populations, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor-animal science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Finding these fish is all about finding the cover they’re holding on. Thanks to the work of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, thousands of deep-water hot spots are available for anglers. Here’s how to find them.

Habitat work for wildlife occurs nearly year-around for biologists at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and fall is no exception. Hunting enthusiasts have their sights set on deer season and are already out scouting in hopes of harvesting this year’s big buck. While most stick close to …