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Steve 'Wildman' Wilson, public affairs coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, hosts this live, call-in program. Viewers can submit questions by calling (800) 662-2386.

The program is underwritten by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Most Recent: February 25, 2014

This is a previously recorded program. Please do not call phone numbers provided.

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HELLO, EVERYBODY, AND WELCOME TO "OUTDOOR HOTLINE". MY NAME IS STEVE WILDMAN WILSON. M PUBLIC AFFAIRS COORDINATOR FOR THE ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION AND WILL SERVE AS YOUR HOST RIGHT HERE ON THIS SHOW THIS EVENING. WE DO A COUPLE OF THESE S EVERY YEAR. IF YOU WATCH, WE ALWAYS DO ONE THIS TIME OF YEAR ABOUT FISHING AND THEN WE DO ABOUT WELL, TONIGHT'S SHOW IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERE IT'S SORT OF INATION OF BOTH. WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT MOST OF THIS SHOW, BUT BEFORE WE GO OUT THERE, WE'RGOING TO GIVE YOU A FISHING FORECAST AND GET YOUR FEVER UP FOR TH SPRINGTIME HERE IN ARKANSAS AS WESHING. YOU KNOW, THE GAME AND FISH COMMISSION IS ALREADY IN THE PROCESOF SETTING NEXT YEAR'S HUNTING SEASON AND BAG LIMITS AND OTHER REGULATIONS. TONIGHT VE A FEW THINGS WEALREADY CONSIDERING CHANGING FOR NEXT YEAR. WE WANT TO WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE PRO. THESE ARE SORT OF ED PROPOSALS. YOU CAN ACTUALLY LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THEM IN A COUPLERENT WAYS. YOU CAN GO TOWER WEBSITE, AGSC ANY TIME AND YOU CAN COMPLETE A SURVEY CALLED "YOUR OPINION COUNTS" OR YOU N GIVE US A CALL TONIGHT DURING THE SH AND ASK US QUESTIOR TELL US ANYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW. OUR PHONE NUMBER HERE IS 1-2-2386. WE HAVE A VAY OF WILDLIFE OFFICERS AND BIOLOGISTS ON HAND TO TAKE YOUR CALLS THIS EVENING. SO, GO AHEAD AND START YOUR CALLS IF YOU HAQUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING DEALING WITH HUNTING SEASON OR FISHING. E GOT BIOLOGISTS OVER THERE BUT BEFORE WE START TALKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR'S HUNTING SEASON I'VE GOT A COUPLE GUYS HERE THAT I WANT TO TALK WITH JUST A LITTLE T ABOUT THIS PAST HUNTING SEASON. RIGHT HERE ON MY RIGHT IS BRAD CONNOR, HE IS THE IEF OF THE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIVISION FOR THE GAME AND FISH COMMISSION. AND RIGHT NEXT TO HIM IS CORY GRAY AND HE IS HEAD OF OUR DEER PROGRAM, THE DEER PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR THE GAME AND COMMISSION. WELCOME GUYS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

IT'S FISHING SEASON. E WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HU HUNTING. ITKIND OF A YEAR ROUND THING.

IT IS OUR REGULATION CYCLE GOES YEAR ROUND FOR US.

NEVER STOPS.

NEVER STOPS.

LIKE I SAID BEFORE WE START TALKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR'S HUNTING SEASON, I ALWAYS KE TO TAKE A LITTTIME AND LOOK BACK. LAST YEAR, MAYBE THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS. LAST YEAR WAS -- TALK ABOUT DEER, CORY, ESPECIALLY, TWO ALMOST RECORD DEER KILLS THE

YEAH, LAST YEAR WAS 213,000. THAT WAS A RECORD. THIS YEAR I ST CHECKEDA LITTLE WHILEAGO, WE'RE 2 12,960, I BELIEVE. SO, WE NEED MORE DEER KILLED NEXT FIVE DAYS. > WE PUT IT 40 MORE -- [MULTIPLE VOICES]

CLOSE TO 200.

WE'LL GET THERE. SEASON IS OUT THE 28TH.

SO, WE'RE RIGHT ON TRACK. THE GOOD THING ABOUT THIS YEAR THAT WE N NEVER SAY WE'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE IS WE HARVESTED MORE FEMALES THAN LES. MALES.S 107,000 DOES AND 500 ITS WASN'T A DIFFERENCE. LADTHV YEAR WE WERE 30/30 RATIO. NOW WE'RE /50.

WE'RE PLOWING GROUND RIGHT NOW. BRAD, WASN'T THAT OL? FOR MANY YEARS WE TALKED ABOUT IT HERE ON THE SHOW, WE'RE ALWAYS KILLING WAY TOO CH ON THE BUCKS, WAY OUT OF KILTER. WE'RE GETTING THHERD IN BALANCE. THAT'S WHATR GOAL IS.

WE'VE BEEN MAKING SMALL STEPS INCREMENTALLY EACHR GETTING THERE. WE ARE VERY NEAR WHERE WE WANT B NEW GROUND FOR US.

YOU KNOW, THINKING BACK TO, AS WE'VE DONEESE SHOWS OVER THE YEARS, WE'VE MADE CHANGES, LIBERALIZE DOE SEACROSS THE STATE. IT HASN'T BEENPOPULAR ACROSS THE STAY BECAUSE IT WAS A CHANGE. OBVIOUSLY IT'S WORKING BECAUSE RE FINALLY GETTING THERE WHICH MEANS YOU CAN'T KEEP THE WAY IT IS. SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE EVERY YE

YEAH, WE HOPE CAN DO THESE LITTLE MINOR TWEAKS. WE SHOULDN'T MAKE ANBIG SWEEPING CHOPS UNLESS THERE'S SOMETHING HEALTH WISE. WE CAN STILL MAKESE TWEAKS. WE HOPE THIS HARVEST WILL JUST KIND OF EBB AND FLOW A LITTLE WAYS THROUGH HERE. BUT E SEEING THAT TWO YEARS NOW BACK TO BACK WITH OVER 200,000 BEING HARVESTED. BUT WE'RE REAL GOOD SHAPE RIGHT NOW. I'M VERY PLEASED WITH HUNTERS.

CAN WE CONTINUE TO L 200,000 DEER EVERY YEAR HERE IN ARKANS

I THINK SO

REALLY?

LOOK AT IT, YOU KNOW, A DEER, ABOUT 10, 15 POUNDS A DAY. YS TRY TO GET THEM THROUGH THE SPRIIN THE GOOD CONDITION BECAUSE THAT'S WH YOU HAVE YOUR FAWNS. WHEN YOU TAKE THOSE IN THE LANDSCAPE IN THE FALL, THAT'S 10 TO POUNDS PER INDIVIDUAL THAT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE OUT THERE EXTRA FOR THE FAWN TO EAT, FOR THE NURSING MOTHETO EAT. IT'S A DISINCENTIVE RELATIONSHIP.

I EVERYTHING SEEMS TO REAROUND DEER. WE HAD OTHER SEASING ON LAST YEAR. SQUIRREL, RABBITS, ANYTHING MAJOR LAST YEAR, EVERYTHING LETTY NORMA, RABBIT

I HEARD WE SAW RE RABBITS LAST YEAR. ARE THEY CYCLIC? WHAT DETERMINES THAT?

WELL, THEY GO THROUGH UP AND DOWN PERIODS. LAST TIME WE SEEMED TO NOTICE BETTER THAN AVERAGE NUMBER OF RABBIT DURING THE SUMMER AND I KNOW THIS YEAR THE SQUIRT SQUIRRELS, WE HEARD QUITE A BIT SEEING AS MANY SQUIRRELS. WE HAD A GOOD MASS CROP ACROSS THE STATE. THEY WERE KIND OF OUT MORE SO THAN THEY WOULD HAVE NORMALLY BEEN. ~ OVERALL I THINK IT WAS GOODTH HUNTING SEASON, DUCK SEASON.

LET'S DON'T LEAVE OUT DUCKS.

MY BEST COMMENT WHEN PE ASME HOW DUCK SEASON WAS, I HAVE A STANDARD RESPONSE. HOW WAS IT THIS YEAR, SPOTTY. YOU TALK TO ME, THE T BESYEAR WE EVER HAD, MAN, IT WAS THE WORST YEAR WE HAD IN YEARS. OVERALL WE HAD PRETTY GOOD DUCK SEASON.

WE DID HAVEA GOOD DUCK SEASON. IT KIND OF STARTED OUT PRETTY DRY. WATER WAS LIMITED. AS THE CONDITIONS IMPROVED, WE A GOOD SEASON OVERALL. ALL THE PRELIMINMEMBERS AND STAMP SALES, THEY WERE RECORD NUMBERS. WE HAD LOTS OF FOLKS OUT THERE AND SEEMS LIKE IT WAS A GOOD SEASON.

BEFORE WE LEAVE LAST YEAR'S SEASON, BEFORE WE GO TO THESE OSED PROPOSALS WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TONIGHT, TURKEY SEAN, MY FAVORITE AROUND THE CORNER, CAN Y'ALL GIVE ME A LITTLE TURKEY, GIVE ME AN IDEA WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE THSPRING FOR TURKEY HUNTERS?

I WOULD SAY, WHICH I YOU STILL GOT THE UNKNOWN FACTOR WHAT WEATHER WILL BE LIKE. BUT HARVEST SHOULD BE UP AGAIN. WE HAD REALLY GOOD HATCH IN 2012. THAT WILL MEAN WE'LL HAVE -- SHOULD HAVE MORE TWO-YEAR OLD GOBBLERS OUT THERE THIS SPRING. THAT'S WHAT MOST OF THE HA WILL BE. WE HAVE A NO JOKES RESTRICTIONS NOW SO THAT ONLY A YOUTH IS ALLOWED TOKILL ONE JAKE, BUT DULT HUNTER CANNOT KILL A JAKE. SO, WITH THAT GOOD HATCIN 2012, I EXPECT A HARVEST TO BE UP AGAIN THIS SPRING.

GOOD'S FAIR ENOUGH ON THE INCLINE. NOESE REGULATIS WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT DON'T INCLUDE TURKEY BECAUSE THEY'RE ALREADY SET THIS YEAR, WHICH THE SEASON OPENS HERE IN XT MONTH, APRIL. BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DOT NOW, WE'RE GOING TOO SETBACK AND WE'RE G TO GO THROUGH THOSE I THINK 16 OR 17 PROPOSALS, THEY'RE REALLY KIND THESE ARE NOT SET IN STONE. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THEM TO THE GAME AND FICOMMISSION FOR A VOTE. RIGHT NOW WE'RE WANTING YOUR OPINION OF WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT. KIND OF A PROPOSED PROPOSAL. WE'RE GOING TOGO TAKE YOU THROUGH EACH ONE OF THOSE RIGHT NOW. WHEN WE COME FROM THAT, WILL KIND OF GO THROUGH THEM AND EXTHREASONING BEHIND PROPOSED PROPOSALS. SO, LET'S DO THAT RIGHT NOW. ♪ ♪ ADD A DOE TO THE ARMS LIMIT, 6, A, 8A AND 10. A LIVE CAPTIVE WILDLIFE EXCLUDING SURVEYS WHICH ORIGINATE WITHIN ARK SAARC AND LEAVE THE STATE FOR LESS THAN 40 DAYS TO REENTER THE STATE WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A VETERINARY EXAMINATION. ~ ARKANSAS ALLOW AGFC TO IMMEDIATELY RELOCATE CAPTIVE WILDLBEING GIVEN IMPROPER CARE BY REHABILITATERS BEING KEPT IN INHUMANE OR IHEALTHY CONDITIONS. PROHIBIPRO SESSION OF NATIVE WILDLIFE PETS BY REHABILITATERS EXCEPT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. INCREASE THE RACOON HUNTING BAG LIMIT TO UNLIMITED TO THE ENTIRE SEASON FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS. AT A DEER MODERN GUN MUZZLE LOADER, SHOTGUN, PERMITFROM NOVEMBER 8 TO 12 2014 WITH THE TWO DEER LIMIT, ONE BUCK AND ONE DOE, STEVE WILSON BOTTOM, WMA. VE THE DEER MODERN GUN USE PERMIT HUNT TO THE WEEKEND YOUTH HUNT, OCTOBER 25TH AND 262014, ON STEVE WILSON RANCH CREEK BOTTOM SOUTHERN UMA. MAKE IT LEGAL TO DISCHARGE OR POSSESS FIRE WORKS ON COMMISSION OWNED OR CONTROLLED PROPERTY. ESTABLISH TURKEY PERMIT HUNTS THREE WEEKENDS ON F. GORDON POINT REMOVE WMA. ESTABLISH TURKEY PERMIT HUNTS THREE WEEKENDS ON GALLA CREEK WMA. ESTABLISH FIVE-DAY MUZZLE LOADER DEER PERMIT HUNT FOR ED GORDON POINT REMOVE WMA. CHANGE THE MINIMUM ANT LETTER CRITERIA ON LAFAYETTE COUNTY WMA FROM THE 4 POINT RULE TO A 12-INCH INSIDE SPREAD OR 15-INCH MAIN BEAM RULE. ~ MOVE THE MODERN GUN DEER HUNT A WEEK LATER, NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH THE FIFTH, ON ED GORDON POINT REMOVE, WMA. ADD LAKE GLEASON AND HOWARD COUNTY WMA INTO E THE LEASLAND PERMIT SYSTEM REQUIRING A LEASED LAND PERMIT. REMOVE THE HUNTER EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR YOUTH HUNTERS 6 TO 15 YEARS OF AGE PARTICIPATING IN WMA PERMIT HUNTS. ALLOW THE HARVEST TO FERREL HOGS ONLY DURING THE MODERN GUN DEER AND ELK SEASON N CERTAIN WMA. PROHIBIT THE HARVEST OF FEREL HOGS AT ANY TIME ON CERTAIN WMAS. E ALL HUNTING SEASON FROM JANUARY 5TH TO MARCH 31ST AND PROHIBIT RSES AND MULES FROM FEBRUARY 1ST TOMARCH 31ST ON HARRIS ALEXANDER SPRING RIVER WMA.

ALRIGHTY, THERE YOU ARE, THE PROPOSED PROPOSALS. NOW, THOSE ARE JUST THINGS THAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT PROPO. WE WANT TO KNOW YOUR OPINION. IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION, A QUESTION ABOUT ANY OF OSE, WE HAVE A TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR YOU, 1-800-682-2386. GIVE US A CALL. WE HAVE BIOLOGISTS OVER THERE, WE HAVE WILDLIFE OFFICERS OVER THERE Z'BERG ANY QUESTIONS YOU AND EVEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO COMMENT ON THOSE 17 THAT WE HAVETHERE, YOU'RE STILL FREE TO US ANY IDEAS OR OPINIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT LAST YEAR'S REGULATION, ANYTHING YOU'D MAYBE LIKE TO SEE CHANGED OR KEPT THE SAME. SO, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. THIS IS OUR STATEWIDE PUBLIC ME BECAUSE IN YEARS PAST WE HAD STATEWPUBLIC MEETINGS AROUND THE STATE. BUT THEY JUST REALLY WEREN'T VERY EFFECTIVE, ESPECIALLY SINCE INTERNET CAME ABOUT AND ALL THE TECHNOLOGY. SO, WE'RE G GOINTO A WEBSITE NOW WHERE YOU CAN GIVE US YOUR OPINIONS AND TAKE A SURVEY ON THERE, AGSC.COM. I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE GUYS THAT WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING OF THESE CHANGES. SAME TIME, BUT TALK ABOUT EACH ONE OF THESE ONE ON ONE. OF COURSE WE HAVE BRAD AND STILL WITH US, THE WIFE ALSO J.P. FAIR HEAD, HE IS OUR HOG SPECIALIST I GUESS YOU WOULD CALL J.P., THE HOG SPECIALIST. GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT HOGS. OF COURSE CAPTAIN FREDDY DOWN THERE A NUMBER OF YEARS. HAMPTON, ARKANSAS.IDTOWN OF

ABSOLUTELY.

HOW LONG U BEEN WITH US, FREDDY?

OH, LITTLE MORE THAN 34 YEARS.

YEARS. YOU GOT ABOUT A YEAR -- YOU'RE COUNTING YOUR DAYS.

I ABOUT ANOTHER YEAR AND A HALF.

AN YEAR AND YOU'RE GOING TO HANG IT UP. I IATE YOU GUYS COMING ON WITH US. WE WANT TO SPEND THIS TIME LIKE I ABOUT GOING THROUGH EACH ONE OF THESE PROPOSALS. BUT BEFORE WE DO THAT, I WANT TO SPEND A LITTLE TIME ABOUT INEFFECTIVENESS OF PUBLIC MEETING. WHEN FREDDY AND I STARTED, J.P., PROBABLY WEREN'T EVEN BORN YET WHEN WE STARTED. [LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, WE HAD PUBLIC MEETINUND THE STATEMENT. WE'VE ALL BEEN INVOLVED. THINK LAST YEAR WE HAD 10 OF THEM AROUND THE STATE, INVITED PEOPLE TO COME TELL US WHAT THEY THINK. REALLN'T VERY EFFECTIVE. I THINK YOU HAVE SOME NUMBERS ON MANY PEOPLE ATTENDED

YEAH, I MEAN, WE'VE SEEN A PAOVER RECENT YEARS OF LOWER ATTENDANCE. LAST YEAR WE DID HAVE A TO OF ABOUT 200 PEOPLE THAT TENDED.

STATEWIDE.

THAT TENDED THOSE MEETINGS AND SEVERAL OF THOSE, WE HAD MORE OF OUR EMPLOYEES IN ATTENDANCE THAN THE PUBLIC. SO, WE SEE THIS AS A WAY OF GEG BETTER INPUT AND INPUT FROM MORE PEOPLE. SO, WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT THIS IS A BETTEUTE.

WELL, WE'VE ALREADY GOTTEN SOME OF THE SURVEY OUT THERE THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS. BY THE WAY, YOU HAVTILL MARCH 15TH, ACTUALLY TO TAKE THE SURVEY ONLINC.COM. AND YOU'RE TELLING ME WE'VE LREADY HAD OVER 5,000 PEOPLE TAKE THE SURVEY. SO, GHT THERE IT'S ALREADY --

, AS OF THIS AFTERNOON WE HAD 5,250 PEOPLE THAT HAVE COMPLETED THE SURVEY ALREADY.

THINGS CHANGE, DON'T THEY? I GUESS --

LUTELY.

SOMETIMES WE TEND TO DO THINGS JUST BECAUSE WE'VE ALWAYS DONE THEM THAT WAY. I MISS THE PUBLIC MEETINGS. I MISS SEEING EVERYBODY, GET TOG FELLOWSHIP WITH EVERYBODY. AT THE SAME TIME WE GET BETTER PUT HERE. SO, ONCE AGAIN, YOCAN CALL US HERE TONIGHT,-682-2386. GIVE US YOUR OPINION. OR YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE, WE'D REALLY LIKE FOR YOU TO DO THAT AGSC.COM AND THE NAME OF THE SURVEY IS YOUR OPINION COUNTTION. THERE IS A BANNER VERY EASE TOY A NUMBER OF WAYS YOU CAN TELL UST YOU THINK.

> GUYS, WE'RE GOING TO PUT IT ON THE SCREEN. WE'RE GOING TO SPEND FEW MINUTES ON EACH ONE OF THEM. KIND OF GIVE A JUSTIFICATION OF THESE PROPOSED CHANGES.NDG SO, LET'S LOOK AT NUMBER ONE AGAIN ABOUT ADDING DOE TO THE FARMERS BAG LIMIT UP THERE IN THE NORTHERN ZONE. YOU'RE THE DEER MAN, CORY, YOU WANT TO ADDRESS THAT?

IT'S A SET PROCESS. SINCE 2000 WE HAVE SET THIS THING UP. WE WENT FROM HARVESTING NO DOES IN THIS PART OF THE STATE ZONE DOE PERMITS WHERE YOU HAD TO APPLY TO GET A DOE. THEN WE WENT TO DOE DAYS, NOW WE WENT TO ONE IN THE BAG LIMIT, NOW TWO IN THE BAG LIMIT. IT'S A PROGRESSION. WE'RE LOOKING 60% BUCKS, 40% DOES. FAR BETTER THAN E WE WERE IN 2010. WE WANT TO GET 50/50. WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE AGE STRUCTURE OF THE FEMALES. WE WANT A FAIRLY YOUNG HARVEST. WE WANT 60% 2-1/2 AND YOUNGER ANTHEN 4% 3-1/2 AND OLDER. AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE NEED TO INCREASE THE DOE HARVEST JUST A LITTLE BIT AND WE THINK THIS ONE DOE IN THE BAG LIMIT DO THAT.

YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT THAT PROGRESS, LIKE YOU SAID, THE PROGRESSION TO GET THEM THERE, IT'S A LOT BETTER TO MISS ON THE CONSER SIDE THAN THE LIBERAL SIDE BECAUSE WE HAD INSTANCES WHERE WE LIBERALIZED TOO QUICKLY AND IT TAKES TIME

IN THE OZARKS IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT TO REBOUND. ARKANSAS WE CAN KNOCK THEM IN THE HEAD AND REBOUND. IN SOUTH ARKANSAS HAVE TO BE CAREFUL. WE'RE STEPPIHIS THING OUT.

ALL YOLKS UP NORTH, THERE YOU GO, A LITTLE BIT MOREO OPRTUNITY OUT THERE TO HARVEST A DOE. SO, IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION OUT THAT, 1-800-682-2386. OR GO TO OUR WEBSITE, AGSC.COM. LET'S GO TO NUMBER 2 NOW, TALKING ABOUT CANTIVE WILDLIFE. WHAT IS THIS ONE, BRCAN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS ONE A LITTLE BIT? ~ CAPTIVE

ACTUALLY 2 AND 3 ARE BOTH CAPTIVE WIFE. SPECIFICALLY, CURRENTLY FOR CERTAIN ANIMALS, WE REQUIRE INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE PERMITS, WHETHER IT'S AN IMPORTATION PERMIT TO BRING THEM INTO E STATE OR A WILDLIFE BREEDER DEALER PERMIT TO KEEP THEM AND RAISE THEM AND --

WHAT WOBE AN EXAMPLE OF SOMEBODYINGING SOMETHING --

SOME S THAT'S RECENTLY BEEN IN THE NEWS, A CAR MIGHT --

MONKEYS AND THINGS?

MEY PERMITS.

THERE IS A STATE NOW THAT HAS PERMIT REQUIREMENTS WITH THAT. CURRY THOSE INDIVIDUALS, IF EY HAVE A MONKEY AS A PET AND VACATION, THEY HAVE TO HAVE A N VETERINARY CLEARANCE TO COME BACK. SO, THIS WOULD DROP THAT REQUIREMENT. WE FEEL THERE'S PRETTY MINIMAL DISEASE RISK AND IT'S PROBABLY AN UNNECESSARY STEP.

CORY, LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE MONKEY? IS THAT A PROBLEM?

THERE'S A WHOLE LOT MO THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. [LAUGHTER]

IF YOU EVER RUN INTO ANYBODY WITH A MONKEY FOR A PET?

I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE.

EVIDENTLY, SY DOES. OKAY, GOING TO NUMBER 3 KINDOF DEALING WITH THE SAME THING, ABOUT RELOCATING WILDLIFE AND REHABILITATING, RIGHT?

AND THIS APPLIES TOOUR WILDLIFE REHABILITATERS PERMITTED THROUGH THE GAME AND IF ITION COMMISSION. ~ GAME AND FISH COMMISSION. THIULD ALLOW US IF WE DISCOVERED ANIMALS ARE BEING KEPT IN IN CONDITIONS OR THEY'RE UNHEALTHY, WE WOULD IMMEDIATELY BE ABLE TO TAKE E ANIMALAND FIND ANOTHER FACILITYARE FOR THEM.

OKTHAT'S FAIR ENOUGH. WE GOT REHABILITATERS ACROSS THE STATE. NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE TAKING PROPER CARE. NUMBER 4 IS PROBABLY MORE WIDESPREAD THAN ANYTHING. I LIKE THE WAY THIS IS WORDED.O ATE LANDS. CAN I ASK A QUESTION, DOES THAT PRETTY MUCH SAY NO LIMIT ON COONS STATEWIDE?

YES, NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE HUNTING, STATE, PRIVATE, PUBLIC.

THERE'S BEEN A LIMIT FOR COON HUNTERS, BUT NOT FOR TRAPERS.

TRAPPING HAS LIMITED TO 2 BAG LIMIT. HUNTSEASON IN THE FALL. SO, WE'RE HAVE PLENTY OF COONS.. I IMAGINE, FREDDY, YOU WORK WITH DEER FEEDERS WITH CORN. YOU PROBABLY SEE A LOT MORE COONS THAN DEER.

WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THESE? A DEER CALLER.

YOU CAN SAY KILL THEM ALL, Y'ALL. GO TO NUMBER 5, TALKING ABOUT ADDING A MODERN GUN PERMIT TO SOME ZONES OR WILD MANAGEMENT AREAS?

THAT'S A WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA. CREEK. YOU MAY SEE REGS IN HERE. WE HAVE A SET GOAL ON THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS WE WANT TO TAKE OFF ON THESE WMA. WE HAVE DIFFERENT SUCCESS RATES. WE TRY TO BALANCE THAT OUT TO ENSURE THAT WE GET THE PROPER NUMBER OF DEER TAKEN AND ALSO AT THE SAME TIME GIVE THE ADEQUATE OPPORTUNITY TO HARVEST THESE. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS, IT'S JUST TRYING TO BALANCE WHAT NEEDS TO TAKEN OFF VERSUS HUNTER OPPORTUNITIES. WE'RE MOVING SOME DATA ROUND AND HUAROUND.

YES, SIR. THAT BE A NEW HUNT.

A NEW HUNT.

MORE OPPORTUNITY.

NUMBER 6, MOVE THE MODERN GUN YOUTH PERMIT HUNT. THAT WILL PROBABLY AFFECT A LOT OF KIDS OUT THERE. THIS IS ON THE SAME AREA REASONING BEHIND --

TRYING TO INCREASE THE YOUTH PARTICIPATION ON THIS AND TRYING TO MOVE IT OUTSIDE FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUTH HUNTERS.

SO, THAT WAY DO YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A KID TO EXPERIENCE TWO YOUTH DAYS, ONE ON WMA AND ONE ON PUBLIC.

NUMBER 7,MAKE WORKS ON COMMISSION-OWNED OR CONTROLLE PROPERTY. WHAT'S BEHIND THAT ONE?

A COUPLE ISSUES, WHICH WE HAVE A LOT OF LIMITING PROBLEMS IN OUR PARKING AREAS ON WMAS AND BOAT LAMPS AND PEOPLE LIKE TO DID TO THOSE AREAS AND SHOOT FIRE WORKS DURING THE HOLIDAYS. ALSO WE HAVE A FIRE HAZARD THERE. WILDFIRE DANGER. SO, WE'RE TOTRYING TO CONTROL THAT.

I CAN IMAGINE, WOULD IT DISTURB THE ANIMALS AS WELL SET OFF ME OF THESE FIRE WORKS.

OKAY.WATER EFFECT AND WILDLIFE HAZARD.

NUMBER 8, TALKING ABOUT TURKEY PERMIT HUNT, THREE WEEKENDS, ED POINT REMOVED.

ON ED GORDON WE'VE HAD A RESTRICTED TURKEY SEASON THERE FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IT'S ACTUALLY KIND OF AN OUTLIER. IT HAS A MORE RESTRICTING SEASON THAN THE SURROUNDING ZONE. WHAT WE'RE CONSIDERING DOING IS ESTABLISHING THREE DIFFERENT PERMITNTS THERE ON THAT AREA. AND THEN NUMBER 9 IS --

I WOULD SAY IT'S KINDTHE GAL CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT.

NOT TOO FAR, JUST SOUTH OF RUSSELLVILLE THERE. A VERY POPULAR AREA. WE'VE ACTUALLY HAD SOME ISSUES THERE WITH OVERCROWDING AND HAVE ACTUALLY HAD SOME PUBLIC REQUESTS TO TRY TO CONTROL NUMBERS THERE.

DO YOU THAT WITH PERMITS CECAUSE YOUAN --

WE DO IT WITH PERMITS .

NUMBER 10 IS KIND OF AN ED GORDON WMA 2, ESTABLISHING A FIVE DAY PERMIT ON ED GORDON.

THIS WILL BE A NEW HUNT. THIS WILL BE MORE POOPRTUNITY, AS CORY SAID.TAKE MORE ANIMALS OFF. SO, THIS WOULD BE A NEW HUNT, ANOTHER HUNT. WE HAVE A MODERN GUN PERMIT OUT THERE, BUT THIS WOULD BE A NEW GUN HUNT.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY WMA DOWN IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS NUMBER 11, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT CHANGING THAT FROM A 4 POINT RULE TO A MINIMUM OF MAIN BEAM?

THAT WAS THE ONLY AREA IN THE STATE THAT HAS THE FOUR-POINT RULE. FULL STATE IS THREE POINT RULE. IT WASN'T PROTECTING CO TO THE 3-POINT RULE. AVERAGE POINT, JUST THE WAY IT IS. WHAT THIS WOULD DO IS MOVE MORE OF THE HARVEST INTO 3-1/2 AND OLDER. 12 INCH MAIN BEAM, THAT WOULD ALSO CORRESPOND TO SOME OTHER WMAS WE HAVE TO BLAME SOUTH ARKANSAS REGION.

SO, IF YOU'RE HUNTING DOWN IN THAT AREA, LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT IT. 1-800-682-2386. TAKE THE SURVEY ONLINE AGSC.COM. ALL THESE STARE LIED ALONG WITH SOMETHE EXPLANATIONS. YOU CAN GIVE O. MOVE THE MODERN DEER HUNT A WEEK LATER IN THE --

THE TOPIC OF ADDING THE MUZZLE HUNT, WE MOVE TO MOVE THE MODERN GUN HUNT.

TOO MANY OPPORTUNITIES, GUYS. THAT IS APE GOOD PROBLEM T HAVE. ~ A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE. THIS IS THE NATURAL LAND. 13, HEART WMAS.

THOSE TWO WE'VE HAD IN OUR O BOTH OF THOSE WMAS FROM TIMBER COMPANIES.

OKAY.

AND WE HAVE NOT HAD THOSE WMAS IN OUR LEASE LAND PROGRAM. IN OTHER WORDS, WE'VE NOT REQUIRED OUR LEASE LAND PERMIT TO OWN THEM. BUT WE'RE CONSIDERING THAT WHICH WOULD REQUIRE $40 LEASE LAND PERMIT WOULD HELP US RECRUIT SOME OF OUR COST WITH LEASING THOSE PROPERTIES . AND HE IFWE WOULD DO THAT, WE WOULD DROP THE MUSCLE LOADER AND MODERN GUN PERMIT HUNT ~.A MUZZLE LOADER, HE WOULD PAY $10 FOR EACH OF THOSE. WE WOULD DROP THAT AND LEASE THE PERMIT UNLIMITED NUMBERS.

MAKES SENSE TO ME. 14 IS NEAR AND DEER TO MY HEART. I STARTED OUT WITH LEGISLATION. REMOVE THE HUNTER EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR YOUTH OWNERS 6 THROUGH 15, OF AGE PARTICIPATING IN WMA PERMITS. I LISTENED TO YOU, AND IT MAKES SEHUNTER TO PARTICIPATE IN A PERMIT HUNTER WMAS. WE REQUIRE THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED THEIR HUNTER CERTIFICATION IN ORDER TO EVEN APPLY FOR THE PERMIT. AND WE FEEL THAT THAT'S KIND OF A ADDED DETERRENT, KIND OF RESTRICTING PARTICIPATION. WE ALREADY REQUIRE THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS BE WITH AN ADULT RUNNER BY DROPPING THAT REQUIREMENT ALLOWS SOME OF THOSE SEVEN-YEAR OLDS THAT RTIC IN THOSE PERMIT HUNTS.

REMOVING THE BARRIERS,

RIGHT.

WE WANT TO MAKE IT AS EASY FOR THE KIDS TO GET INVOLVED.'R THEYE GOING TO BE SUPERVISED ANYWAY.

THAT'S A GOOD MOVE. I'LL FORGIVE YOU FOR IT.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE DOING THIS. THAT'S WHY WE'RE TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE REASONING BEHIND IT. THAT MAKES A LOT MORE SENSE THAN READING THE HEADLINE THERE.

ALL RIGHT, J.P., YOU'VE BEEN PRETTY Q. WE'RE GET INTION YOUR AREA, HOGS, PUT THAT UP THERE, ALLOW THE HAOFEST HOGS ONLY DURING DEER SEASON AND -- TALK ABOUT IT.

WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS ADDRESTHE FEREL HOG ISSUE BY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA. WE FEEL OUR EFFORTS ARE GOING TO BE BEST SERVED BY THE FISH AND TRAPPING EFFORT.

TRAPPING IS KEY.

IT'S THE MOST EFFICIENT METHOD. WE HAVE TO UTILIZE ALL THE EFFORTS. MAYBE ONE OF THOSE AT A LATER DATE. THE FACTOR WE'RE FINDING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BECAUSE WIA LEGAL METHOD OPEN FOR THAT SEASON. WE'RE STILL FINDING THE POPULATIONS ARE GROWING, THEY'RE EXPANDING AND WE FEEL A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO TAKE SOME CORRECTIVE MEASURES.

IT'S KIND OF A CHANGE FROM THE WAY WE STARTED OUT. WE KNOW IF IT'S NOT WORKING, TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. TALK ABOUT LOGS WITH HOGS. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF NEWS LATELY. IT'S BEEN IN THE LEGISLATURE. CAN YOU TRANSPORT THEM OR HOW DOES IT WORK? 2013 LEN, THE LEGISLATURE PASSED ACT 11 04, AND WHAT ACT 11 04 SAYS YOU'RE ALLOWED TO TRANSPORT LIVE FERREL HOGS. BASICALLY, IF YOU CATCH IT WITH A DOG, IF I CASH IT WITH HIGH END, WHATEVER MEANTTION ODYOU CATCH HIM, THAT HOG HAS TO BE KILLED. THERE IS AN EXCEPTION THERE THAT LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY HA SOME REGULATIONS THEY'RE CURRENTLY WORKING TO GET THROUGH THE LEGI ATTACHED TO THE ACT, AND ESTHE ARE NOT SOMETHING THAT'S -- BUT BASICALLY YOU CAN'T TRANSPORT A LIVE FEREL HOG. OUR WMAS, WE CURRENTLY HAVE A REGULATION, HAVE HAD SEVERAL YEARS. IT'S AGAINST THE LAW TO POSSESS A FEREL HOG.

DEAD OR ALIVE? HE

DEAD OR ALIVE. WELL, ONLY ALIVE. YOU KILL HIM, YOU CAN TAKE HIM HOME. THE THING ABOUT IT ISOUR WMAS L COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. WE'RE KIND OF MAKING A SWITCH HERE BECAUSE WE WANT PEOPLE TO KILL THEM, BUT THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY IS TO TRAP THEM LIKE YOU SAID. WE ALLOWED PEOPLE, IF YOU'RE SQUIRREL HUNTING WMMA YOU COULD KILL ONE. IF YOU'RE RABBIT HUNTING, WE'VE HATTLE PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE SUPPOSEDLY GRABBING THE SQUIRREL WITH DOG HOGS BECAUSE IT'S DISTURBING THE HOGS.HAPPEN REGULATION RIGHT NOW.

THE LAST TWO YEARS, YOU CAN'T TAKE A DOG ON OUR WMAS AND THEY TAKE OUR [SPEAKER NOT UNDERSTOOD] WITH A DOG. THE QUOTE-UNQUOTE WITH A DOUGH AND THAT GETS ON REGULATION ANYWAY.

ONE THING I WANTED TO POIN OUT, THE 15, THE RDING THERE, IT SAID ALLOWINGTHE T HARVESOF HOONLY DEER AND MODERN GUN. ACTUALLY THAT YS FIREARMS WHICH SEASON OR MODERN GUN.

MOSTLY WE'RE CONSIDERING MUZZLE OR MODERN GUN. IF YOU'RE STANDING THERE ON THE DEER STAND YOU COME OUT THERE AND YOU'LL KILL THEM.

I THINK 16AND 17 IS KIND OF THE SAME THING. WE'RE LOOKING AT ONE WMA UP THERE, CLOSING THE WHOLE INTHG DOWN TO MAKE TRAPPING MORE EFFECTIVE. IS THAT CORRECT?

JUST PART OF IT.

THAT'S . HOW LONG, JP? SIR.

WHAT THAT DOES IS THERE ARE SEVERAL FACTOR INVOLVED. CORY KIND OF ALLUDED TO EARLIER. THIS IS A TIME WHEN ALL TRAFFIC EFFORTS. AVENUE I CAN'T TELL ON THAT. WE HAD A BUMPER ACROSS THE STATE THIS YEAR. THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN IT'S COLD, CRITTER ARE BURNING MORE CALORIES TRYING TO STAY WARM. WE SHOULD BE A LOT MORE EASIER TO GET THESE CRITTERS AND GET THEM IN A TRAP. WE'RE TRYING TO ODS TO WHERE WE-

HOMANY CAN YOU CATCH AT ONCE, 10 OR 20 12?

THE MOST WE CAUGHT IS 23.

23 AT ONE TIME IN A TRA P? ? WOO, THAT'S A RODEO.

AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE HUNTERS HARVESTING HOGS, BUT 23 AND THE MAJORITY OF THOSE MAYBE BEING SOWS, THAT'S TAKINGOUT A LOT OF PIGS IN ONE WHACK AND THE DISTURBANCE IS SUCH A CRITICA FACTOR. IT ALL MAKES SENSE TO ME, GUYS.

YOU A COMMENT?

15, 16 AND 17, WANT TO POINT OUT THOSE, WE'RE JUST TALKING ABOUT HOGS ON ALL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS. WE'RE NOT CONSIDERING ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANY CHANGES TO WHAT PEOPLE ALREADY ARE ALLOWED TO DO TO THE HARVEST AND CONTROL HOGS.

THAT'S A GOOD POINT.

SECONDLY IS THAT WE ARE SEEKING PUBLIC SUPPORT. WE HAVE TAKEN THE PAST COUPLE YEARS AND WE'VE ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO COME TO OUR WHAT WE'VE REALIZED IS THAT THAT'S NOT EFFECTIVE. THAT'S NOT WORKING. HOGS ARE CONTINUING TO EXPAND ON OUR AREAS AND WE REALIZE WE HAVE TO CHANGE HOW WE ADDRESS IT. WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR NOW IS FOR THEM TO HELP US TO CONTROL AMONG SURROUNDING ATE LAND BY TRAFFIC.

FAIR ENO GUYS. BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT, ENOUGH ABHUNTING. IT'S FISHING SEASON. I APPRECIATE Y'ALL COMING IN. SURE AND GIVE TO OUR WEBSITE, A AND TAKE THAT LITTLE SURVEY. IT'S CALLED YOUR OPINION COUNTS BECAUSE IT DOES. RIGHT NOW LET'S LOOK AT LITTLE FISHING VIDEO. WE'RE GOING TALK ABOUT FISHING THE REST OF THE HOUR. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

I LOVE SEEING THOSE KIDS CATCH FISH. THAT'S GETTING IN THE MOOD TO GO FISHING. WARMER WEATHER, CHANCE OF SNOW TONIGHT. IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE FISHING SEASON HERE. I WANT TO SPTHE REST OF THE TIME THIS EVENING TALKING ABOUT FISHING AND GIVE YOU A LITTLE FISHING FORECAST. LET ME HE REMIND OU WE'RE STILL TAKING E REMAINDE TOF THE HERE. WE'RE GOING TO TALK FISHING RIGHT NOW WITH SOME OF MY GOOD BUDDIES AND THE GUYS THAT'S IN THE KNOW WHEN IT COMES TO FISHING. FIRST RIGHT HERE ASSISTANT CHIEF OF FISHERIES, DON BRADER, BEEN AROUND AWHILE. NEXT TO HIM STEVE FILIPEK. NEXT TO HIM COLTON DENNIS, THE BASS BIOLOGIST, BASS MAN.ON HIS RIGHT OVER THERE IS -- WHAT'S YOUR NAME? THAT'S BEN BATTEN, I'M SORRY.AN COMMUNITY FISHING PROGRAM. DOA LOT OF STUFF STOCKING CITY PARK PONDS AROUND THE STATE. WE'RE GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME NOW TALKING ABOUT FISHING BECAUSE THIS YEAR HAS ALREADY STARTED. GIVE ME A FISHING REPORT. I'M HEARING THEY'RE BITING.

YEAH, THEY ARE BITING. IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR. WE HAVE THE SO-CALLED FRONT THAT CAME IN. IT DON'T GET TURNED ANYTHING, COME BACK TO ARKANSAS I WENT WITH MY OLDEST SON, WE CAUGHT 15

YEAH, TROUT SEASON IS ALWAYS IN. BEFORE WE GET TOO CH INTO THAT, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT RULES AND REGULATIONS TONIGHT WITH HUNTING SEASON COMING UP. A LOT OF PEOPLE ASK ME WHEN DO YOU HAVE THE PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR FISHING SEASON? THERE'S NO FISHING SEASON. FISHING REGULATIONS IS A DIFFERENT TIME FORM HOW DOES THAT WORK?

'RE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. IT'S YEARLY 12 MONTH FROM JANUARY TALK PUBLIC INPUT IN MAY, BIOLOGIST IN APRIL PUT THE PROPOSALS OUT MUCH LIKE WE JUST HEARD FROM WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. AND THEN IN JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST OUR COMMISSION TAKES A LOOK AT THOSE. THEY APPROVE THEM IN AUGUST AND THEN WHEN THE GUIDEBOOKS COME OUT THE FOLLOWING JANUARY, THEN THAT'S WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE CYCLE.

OKAY.

BUT AS ALWAYS, PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TOGIVE THEIR OPINIONS ALL YEAR ROUND, E-MA AND I IMAGINE THEY DO.

EXACT SAME PROCESS, YES.

ANY COMPARED TO LAST YEAR FOR ANY THAT HASN'T GONE FISHING YET? ANY CHANGE --

LET ME --

YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE THE WHOLE CODE BOOK, BEN?

FIRST I WANT TO SAY ANYBODY GRAB A BOOK. THEY'RE AT ALL YOUR SPORTING GOOD STORES. LOT OF DIFFERENT REGS, DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. IT'S GOOD TO KNEFORE YOU GO. I'M GLAD TO ANNOUNCE WE ADDED THREE NEW SPOTS TYEAR. LAKE IN JACKSONVILLE, AND MONTICELLO POND.

THESE ARE CITY PARK PONDS THAT YOU GUYS STOCK DURING THE WINNER WITH TROUT AND DURING THE SUMMER WITH CATFISH., SOHOW MANY PONDS TOTAL IS THAT NOW, 30 OR 40?

I'VE GOT 35 PONDS TOTAL STATEWIDE.

35 TOTAL STATEWIDE, THAT'S JUST PUTTING TAKING BUDDY. THAT'S PUTTING FISH IN THE POND AND LETTING YOU CATCH THEM IF ITS SN'T FOR OUR HATCHERY B NEIGHBORHOOD OF 100,000 FISH A YEAR.

A HUNDRED THOUSAND FISH TO STOCK? THAT'S A LOT OF FISH.

THAT'S JUST CATFISH. TROUT AS WELL.

A LOT OF PEOPLE BASS FISH. I WENT TO A TURN LAST WEEKEND AND CAUGHT SOME PRETTY BASS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR. IT CHANGES, I KNOW A LOT OF OPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT 15-INCH LIMITS. ANY CHANGES THIS YEAR?

ONLY TWO CHANGES IN BASS REGS THAT WENT INTO EFFECT ARY 1ST. FIRST 12 INCHES ON SPOTTED BOUGHT LIT. REMOVE THE LOT LIMIT ON COLUMBIA. MOVE TO A 10 FOOT CREOLE, BASS, ONLY ONE CAN BE OVER 20 INCHES.

REMINDS ME A LOT WE JUST GOT THROUGH TALKING TO THE HUNTING GUYS HERE. WE WERE TALKING ABOUSPECIFIC WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, AREANED. SAME THING WITH FISHING. YOU HAVE TO MANAGE EVERY DIFFERENT BODY OF WATER DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE IT REQUIRES -- NOW,YOU'RE OVER STREAMS AND RI THOD FISHERY HERE IN AR

THINK ABOUT IT, WILDLIFE IS KICKING IN RIGHT NOW. THEY LIKE BASS. THAT WILL BE BASS AND IT THEN BRIM AND CATFISH. IT'S ALREADY TO EXPLODE.

THE RACE IS ON. TURKEYS ARE GOBBLING. THAT'S THE PROBLEM IT ALL HAPPENS AT ONE. DHOW DO YOUO IT?

THAT'S RIGHT.

WHITE BASS RUN. I WAS CATCHING WHITE BASS OUT RE. ARE WHITE BASS FOUND EVERYWHERE?

NO, BUT THEY'RE FOUND IN MOST OF THE BIG RESERVOIRS. AVER DEGRAY, OUACHITA, THE LAKE LANDS

TALK ABOUT THAT.

THE GROWN UPSTREAM SPAWN, DON GETS A LOT OF THOSE TO SPAWN WITH STRIPERS TO MAKE HYBRIDS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AT THE TIME YOU CAN SEE THEM SPAWNING AND IT'S NOTHING TO CATCH 20 OR 30. GETHEY'RE TTING READY TO DO THEIR THING.

AGAIN, THE MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN FIND OUT ON THIS SHOW ABOUT WHERE TO GO, THINK T BODIES OF WATER, YOU WANT TO FIND WHERE CREEK COMES IN BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO BE TRYING TO GO UP THE CREEK. WHAT ABOUT THE SH THAT'S A FOREST FISH.

SOME OF OUR RESERVOIRS, YES, WE HAVE HAD SHAD. THEY DIE WHEN THE WATER TEMPERATURE REACHES 40 DEGREES. WE HAD A MILD WINTER THIS WINTER. DE GREASON, WE HAD SOME INDICATIONS. AGAIN, THE SPRING RAINS COMING IN IN APRIL AND MAY, THEY'LL DO THEIR THING AND HOPEFULLY HA A GOOD SPAWN AND REPLENISH THEIR POPULATION.

THAT'S THE KEY TO OUR FISHERY IS THE SHAD POPULATION.

THE BASS AND CROP ARE EATING THEM UP. > >BASS WON'T SPAWN. THEY'RE NOT MOVING IN YET. YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THOSE THINGS START. WHEN DO THE BASS START MOVING IN TO SPAWN?

LATE 50 DEGREES, 60 DEGREES.

WATER TEMPERATURE IS THE KEY?

IT'S COLD NOW. RESERVOIR IS STILL IN THE 40S, MAYBE LOW 50S RIGHT NOW. SO, YEAH, WE'VE HAD SOME COLD WINTER.

SO, RIGHT W NOW IF YOU WERE GOING TO GO WILDLIFE, THEY DO THE SAMELAKES HAVE WILIE IN THEM IN ARKANSAS? I DON'T KNOW MANY WILDLIFE FISHERMEN OUT THERE CATCH THEM CONSISTENTLY.

ACTUALLY CAMEL TON, OUACHITA IS GREAT. ALL THOSE HAVE GOOD WILDLIFE RUN.

SO, RIGHT NOW --

SPRING RIVER IS A WILD RUN, TOO, WHICH IS A LOT OF FUN.

SO, TROUT IS GOOD ISTO FH YEAR ROUND. YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT CROPP T NOW GETTING READY. THE WHITES ARE RUNNING. WII LIE ARE RUNNING. MY RITE FISH, THE BRIM, IT COMES IN LATER IN THE YEAR. IS THAT -- WHY ARE THEY SO LATE? WHY IS BRIM FISHING BETTER DURING MAY AND JUNE? [LAUGHTER]

WELL, THEY SPAWN MORE THAN ONCE A YR.

DO THEY?

YEAH. THEY'RE MULTIPLE SPAWNERS. THEY CAN BE. YOU CAN CATCH BLUE GILL IN APRIL AND YOU CAN CATCH THEM A LITTLE LATER AND THEY'RE STIL SPAWNING, SO, AND THEY'RE EASY TO CATCH AND I LOVE TO CATCH THEM, TOO.

THEY'RE GOOD TO EAT.

THEY ARE. WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN HEARING OUT THERE SO? I KNOW RK THEM A LOT. THEY STARTED UP THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS. WE'VE HAD SOME GREAT WEEKENDS LATELY.

YEAH, I WORK -- I COVER LITTLE ROCK, THE COUNTY. WE HAD THAT IN THE UPPER 60S, LOWER 70S. EVERYTHING WAS GETTING LIVE AND THINGS WERE STARTING TO BITE, OF THE LAKE.OVING THE WEST END NOW THIS LITTLE COLD SHAFT IS GOING TO PUSH THEM BACK. THE MORE WE GET 60S AND 70S AND LITTLE RAIN FLOW IT'S GOING TO BE ON.

LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION. COME INTO MYGOOD BUDDY RANDY WHO DOES THE FISHING REPORT. I HEARD RUMORS THERE WAS A BIG BASS CALLED --

IT WAS YESTERDAY. IT WAS A 9-1/2 POUNDER CAUGHT ON A ALABAMA RIG YESTERDAY AND I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

DID YOU GET PROOF OF THAT?

THAT'S LAKE MA MAYO, A GREAT TESTAMENT. TO US. THATKE IS NOT KNOWN FOR ITS BIG BASS.

IT'S DEAD SEA.

IT IS ALAN MULLALLY

THIS WERE BRINGING IN GOOD FISH. THAT'S MANAGEMENT, COMING IN DOING ALL THE LAKES. IT'S PAYING OFF LIKE THAT. 9-1/2 POUNDER.

YEP.

WOO! THAT WOULD BE FUN.

HOT SPOTS, IF YOU HAVE A FEW MINUTES LEFT, IF YOU WERE GOING TO SEND SOMEBODY LET'S SAY CROPPYFISHING, A LAKE APIECE, WHERE DO YOU THINK CROPY WOULD BE, WHERE WOULD YOU SEND SOMEBODY CROPY FISHING?

LAKE GREASON.ND WE HAVE A LO OF FISH SHELTERS SUNK IN THE LAKE.

THEY HAVE GPSES ON THEM. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT SHELTER. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LAKE CONWAY IS ONE OF THE BEST COBY IN THE STATE.

WE'VE DONE RESEARCH ABOUT THE CROPY. THERE'S SOME NICE IN CONWAY, UP IN GOLD CREEK. THESE ARE SECRETHING HOLES.

ADAMS LAKE AREA.

GOLD CREEK. SON, CONWAY, CENTRAL ARKANSAS. GO DOWN TO CHICO CROPY AND BASS FISH IN CHICO.

YOU'RE GOING TO GET THE BASS IN THERE.

THERE YOU GO, SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS. DOES THAT LAKE WARM UP FASTER, QUICKER DOWN SOUTH THAN --

THEY TYPICALLY DO. NORTHERN SUNLIGHT, TYPICALLY WARM UP SOONER IN SOUTH ARKANSAS COMPARED TO OUR RESERVOIRS, YES.

PRETTY BIG LAKE. LAKE CHICO IN SOUTH ARKANSAS. WHAT ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE?

HARRIS BREAK.

OVERLLN PERRY VIE?

IT HAS THE SIZE OF FISH YOU FISHED HARRIS LAKE.

IT'S A SMALL LAKE, BUT IT'S REALLY PRODUCTIVE AND I'VE GOTTEN THE PLEASURE OF RUNNING TROUT FOR CROPY BEFORE.

NOW WE'RE GETTING INTO A LIETTTLE SECRET HERE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN DRAG NETS FOR CROPY?

A TECHNIQUE IN THE FALL AND WINTER. CATCH FISH IN THE NETS. THEY SWIM IN AND CAN'T GET OUT. THAT'S HOW WE SAMPLE CROPY IN THE SHALLOW .RESERVOIRS.

THEY'RE ALL RELEASED. NE OF THESE GO HOME TO THE FRYING PAN. WE DO THAT SINGLE LINE SAMPLING. I CALL THMPLING. FISHING IS WHAT THING.

BUT I NEVER CAUGHT --

THE GREAT LAKE, THERE'S SOME CROPY FISHERY THREE MILES FROM IT, BIG FISH. HE KNOWS.

DE GREASE IS PRETTY QUICK.

ROCK SPRINGS, I LIKE OUACHI IT'S REALLY GOOD.

IT'S ATE FOR EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY BASS.

HOLD A LOT O FISHING. ALL KINDS --

AND RECREATION --

ALL KINDS.

HOW MANY ACRES?

I'M GOING TO SAY IT'S ABOUT 40,000.

40,000 ACRE LAKE. WE'RE BLESSED IN ARKANSAS. YOUR F LORITE BASSAKE.

I'D SAY DEGRAY. I'M A HOMER, BUT I'VE BEEN THERE A LOT.

HAVE A LOT OF BASS TOURNAMENTS THERE.

HOW MANY ACRES IS DEGRAY ROUGHL

13,000.

TEXAS ITE , FISHIT'S GOOD FOR BASS. MY BUDDIES FISH FOR HYBRIDS OUT THERE. THEY START RUNNING AND --

DON'T FORGET THE BRIM.

I DON'T NEVER FORGET THE BRIM. BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU?

I STAY WITH CHICO AND CROPY AND BASS. IF I WANT TO CATCH A LOCAL FISH, I GO INTO MONTICELLO AND TRY TO CATCH THAT 10 POUNDER.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE, HOT SPRINGS? I THT YOU WERE CHOOSING IT BECAUSE YOU WERE CLOSE. YOU LIVE IN HOT SPRINGS.

I LIVE IN SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS. 'RE OUT THERE EVERY DAY DOING THEIR SAMPLING. THAT'S THEIR JOB. THAT'S WHY WHEN THEY COME TO THE BUILDING TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT FISHING AREAS AND FISHING REPORTS, THEY'RE OUT THERE EVERY DAY. THEY'RE FISHERMEN GIVE US FISHING REPORTS. YOU'RE GOING TO STAY WITH CHICO. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

FISHING REALLY HOT, THEY HAD SOME REALLY GOOD SPAWNS ABOUT AND 5 YEARS AGO AND THOSE FISH ARE BIG NOW THEY WERE HERE LAST YEAR. DEGRAY THEY WERE RAVING ABOUT R CHOPS SAMPLING EVERYTHING. AND I JUST LOVE THE ARKANSAS RIVER. LOT OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF HABITAT AND THINGS THAT FLOURISH AND IT'S A GREAT --

THAT'S A GREAT POINT. PROBABLY EVERYBODY DRIVES ACROSS THE ARKANSAS RIVER GOING TO ONE OF THESE OTHER PLACES, WHICH THEY'RE GREAT. THERE ARE SO MANY NEAT PLACES TO FISH IN ARKANSAS AND WE'VE GOT -- I THINK THAT'S WHY WE DO SO WELL WHEN OUR TOURNAMENT FISHERMEN GO OUT OF ATE BECAUSE WE'VE GOT ALL THESE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATERS. REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY GO FOR THE TOURNAMENTEY FISH HERE INATARKANSAS ONE TIME

LAST JUNE BROTHER AND I, HE LIVES AT DIAMOND CITY ON THE LAKE. AND I HAVE TO ECHO WHAT BEN WAS SAYING A MOMENT AGO. WE SPENT 4 HOURS ONE SATURDAY MORNING, 19 BASS IN FOUR HOURS.

CATCH AND RELEASE?

YES, IT WAS. WE DID. WE DIDN'T TAKE A ONE HOME, BUT IT WAS THE BEST.

UNBELIEVABLE. WHAT AVERAGE SIZE BASS -- THIS WERE ABOUT TWO POUND FISH. THAT'S GOOD. BASS ING IS GETTING READY --

SOMETHING WE NEED TO DO SAY IS THERE ARE PLACES WHERE YOU NEED TO TAKE BASS OUT. SO, EVEN THOUGH WE RELEASED ALL HIS, WE WANT WANG ANGLERS TO BE TAKING SOME BASS ~.

WE STARTED IN MONTICELLO CATCH AND RELEASE. WE'VE GONE OVERBOARD. EVERYBODY IS PUTTING ALL OF THEM BACK. IT'S HARD TO MANAGE UNTIL YOU DO NEED TO KEEP SOME BASS. IT CAN ONLY SUPPORT MANY BASS, FISH IN GENERAL.

BEFORE WE RUN OUT TIME, I KNOW YOU LIKE STREAMS AND RIVERS. I LIKE SMALL MOUTH BASS FISHING, TOO. IF SOMEBODY OUT THERE WOULD LIKE TO GO SMALL MOUTH BASS WELL, ACTUALLY IT'S IN ANOTHER MONTH OR SO BECAUSE JUST LIKE COLTON WAS SAYING, THAT TEMPERATURE IS GETTING UP IN THE 50S AND LOWER 60S. THAT'S WHEN THEY'RE SPAWNING, TOO. SO, THAT'S AN EXCELLENT TIME TO G. STREAM FISHING FROM, SAY, APRIL UNTIL OCTOBER IS GOOD. YOU KNOW, SOME OF OUR BEST FISHING HAS BEEN IN THE SUMMERTIME WHEN THERE'S NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE BECAUSE THEY THINK IT'S TOO HOT OR WHATEVER, THAT'S A GREAT TIME TO GO. ALO RIVER, CATTLE RIVER, 11 ON.

THERE'S A LOT OF LITTLE STREAMS, TOO, WE WEREN'T EVEN TALKING ABOUT. PEOPLE CAN GO AND FISH WITHOUT ANY PRESSURE. SO, WE'RE BLESSED.

WE REALLY ARE IN KANSAS. IF YOU CAN'T GET TO ONE OF THESE PLACES WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, GO TO GOOD OLD BEN BATTEN DOWN THERE. HE'S BRINGING THEM TO YOU IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY. TALK ABOUT THAT, WHEN DO YOU YOUR TROUT? BECAUSE I KNOW THE WATER TEMPERATURE GETS TOO WARM TO SUPPORT TROUT. WHEN DO YOU STOP YOUR TROUT STOCKING AND START CATFISH STOCKING?

FUNNY YOU ASKED. WE YE HAVE SIX SECTIONTION LEFT TO CATCH WHAT TROUT ARE LEFT. CATFISH WILL START THE END OF APRIL.

NEVER STOPS. THERE'S A LOT OF TROUT IN THOSE PONDS BECAUSE YOU STOCK 700 TO A THOUSAND TROUT. IT WON'T GET WARM ENOUGH TO HURT TILL MAY.

PROBABLY USUALLY EARLY MAY IS THE TIME IT HITS THE 70S WHBECOMES INTOLERABLE FOR RAINBOW TROUT.

NEED TO HARVEST SOME.

BOTTOM IS GO FISHING.

THAT'S IT.

S, THANKS SO MUCH UP ALREADY. SO, MAY TAKE OFF TOMORROW. [LAUGHTER]

THANK YOU AGAIN. FOLKS, NOW YOU KNOW WHY WE CALL THIS SHOW KUNTZ HUNTING AND FISHING IN ARKANSAS. I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING AND REMEMBER TO CALL AND GIVE US YOUR OPINIONS. 1-800-682-2386. YOU STILL HAVE A MINUTE OR TWO TO DO THAT HERE IN THE STUDIO. WE E BIOLOGISTS HERE, ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS. OR YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE AGSC.COM AND TAKE THAT SJOINING. WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE NEXT "OUTDOOR HOTLINE".