Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today discussed dove season, the unofficial opening of Arkansas’s fall hunting season, at its monthly meeting in Mountain Home.
Early-season migratory game-bird season selections must be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Aug. 1. Approval for the early seasons will take place during the Commission’s July meeting. Changes from last season are minor. Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared Dove Sept. 1-Oct. 20 and Dec. 21-Jan. 9 Teal Season Sept. 7-22 Rail Season Sept. 7-Nov. 15 Woodcock Season Nov. 2-Dec. 16 Common Snipe Season Nov. 1-Feb. 15 Purple Gallinule and Common Moorhen Season Sept. 1-Nov. 9 Early Canada Goose Season Sept. 1-15 Northwest Canada Goose Zone Season Sept. 21-30 Final approval for the seasons will occur during the Commission’s July meeting. In other business, the Commission: *Approved the sale of two small tracts of land to the City of Conway for widening of Highway 365. Sale of the two parcels totals $1,400. *Approved the AGFC budget for fiscal year 2013-14, totaling $79,711,171. *Approved a budget increase of $50,000 for emergency repairs to the levee and water control structure on Mallard Lake. The 329-acre lake is located in Mississippi County. *Elected Ron Duncan of Springdale chairman of the Commission to replace Ron Pierce of Mountain Home. Pierce’s term on the Commission ends June 30. Ty Patterson of Texarkana was elected vice chairman.