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Duck*Goose
Pluck-A-Duck Lodge
399 Highway 193
Wynne, AR 72396
Ph 800-545-5944
Fax 870-238-4481
This is where the legends about Arkansas duck hunting were born. Hunting like you always wished it could be--like fabled outdoor writers said it should be. From the first flights of red leg mallards to the last huge flocks of Snowgeese and Specklebellies, this prime Arkansas hunting area has traditionally attracted some of the largest concentrations of waterfowl in the Mississippi Flyway. With all the prime areas that Pluck-A-Duck has for hunting, you and your party will have the opportunity to duck hunt either in flooded rice and soybeans fields, flooded green timber, or river hunting with our experienced local guides.We will furnish transportation to and from your blind, pit and other hunting areas. You will have two hunts per day which is usually duck in the morning and goose in the afternoon. When you return from your productive hunt, and if you prefer not to clean your own birds, we will take them to the local processor for you and will pick them up packaged and ready on your date of departure. You are welcome to bring your own dog if you choose.
Deer*Turkey*Duck*Goose
STR Outfitters
547 Mossy Rock Pl
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Ph 877-246-4896
STR Outfitters (Tom Reynolds), is committed to your success, whether it's whitetail deer, turkey and waterfowl hunting. We will provide the finest professional guide services available. When you striper fish with me you will use long 10' rods, live bait and 8 & 10 lb Cajun line. I fish year around for stripers, hybrids, and walleye. If the fish is active I will set you up with artificial lures while we live bait fish. The live bait I use is shad, both gizzard and threadfin, if we have any leftover you are welcome to have them. Lake Norfork is a deep clear lake void of  structure, the corp. clear cut the lake before impoundment, therefore, we can use the lite line for stripers. Once you  fight a striper using the long rods you will never want to go back to conventional tackle. The rods are made by the BnM crappie company located in Memphis TN. 
Deer*Hog*Duck*Pheasant*Quail
Three Rivers Lodging and RV 
80 Dobson Lane
Tichnor, AR 72166
Ph 870-509-2121


Three Rivers lodging was built to provide outdoor enthusiasts a place to stay while enjoying nature. As an avid hunter, I spent many hours in the White River bottoms. I have met people from all over the world that have come here to pursue fish and game. One question kept being asked of me, "Are there any places to stay nearby?". Opportunities for Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife viewing are abundant: Prosperous Bayou and Flat Lake offer some of the best public land duck hunting imaginable. If it's large whitetails that your after, you won't find a better opportunity at a record book buck in the state of Arkansas than right here. Turkey in the area are plentiful and challenging. Hog hunting is one of the most exciting activities that we provide. If you like letting the coon dogs do the work, they will surely get a work out down here. Squirrel hunting is a great experience in the White River bottoms. 
FISHING

Fishing*Drift Boats*Trout*Bass
Just Fishin' Guides
Ken Richards
2309 SE 16th Street
Bentonville, AR
Ph 479-531-5741


Since 1996, Just Fishin’ Guides has been ready to serve you. Based out of Northwest Arkansas, with year-round. we have the opportunity for everything from stream smallmouth to the White River and North Fork River rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout. Whether it's going for a trophy rainbow or brown trout from our Hyde drift boat or stalking the wary stream smallmouth bass, our guide service will do our best to put you on that special fish.
Bass*Crappie*Catfish
Three Rivers Lodging and RV
80 Dobson Lane
Tichnor, AR 72166
Ph 870-509-2121
 
Great Bass fishing, Crappie Fishing, and Exceptional Catfishing. My family and I purchased a property located between the White River National Wildlife Refuge and the Trusten Holder Wildlife Management Area. Our first objective was to build four cabins. That objective was completed in June of 2014. We plan to build more cabins in the upcoming years. We have 1 bedroom (2 beds), and 2 bedroom (4 beds) cabins. Our cabins are fully furnished with air conditioning, satellite tv, full kitchen with dinnerware, even pots and pans. Just bring your clothes, food, and love of the outdoors. 
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Arkansas Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

Deer management in Arkansas began in 1916, when a legislative act established a hunting season for deer, turkey and bear that lasted Nov. 11- Jan. 10. The newly established deer season was accompanied by a bag limit of two buck deer. At that time the statewide deer population was about 2,000. By the 1920s deer had been eliminated from many Arkansas counties, leaving an estimated 500 deer statewide.The development of state and federal game refuges in the late 1920s was vital for re-establishing Arkansas’s deer population. Stocking efforts were initiated and continued for about 20 years on these refuges. The deer population expanded from the refuges throughout the state. Another important turning point for Arkansas’s deer was the 1944 passage of Amendment 35, which placed management and regulation of all wildlife resources under the authority of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. In subsequent decades, the goal of deer management was to increase deer numbers by restocking, setting “buck-only” deer seasons and providing strict enforcement of all hunting regulations. Today's deer herd is estimated to be near 1 million animals. The comeback of the white-tailed deer is one of the most successful conservation initiatives in history. The development of state and federal game refuges in the late 1920s was vital for re-establishing Arkansas’s deer population. Stocking efforts were initiated and continued for about 20 years on these refuges. The deer population expanded from the refuges throughout the state. Another important turning point for Arkansas’s deer was the 1944 passage of Amendment 35, which placed management and regulation of all wildlife resources under the authority of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. In subsequent decades, the goal of deer management was to increase deer numbers by restocking, setting “buck-only” deer seasons and providing strict enforcement of all hunting regulations. By 1985 the deer population was estimated at 500,000 deer, and management emphasis shifted from the deer herd growth to stabilization. As either-sex deer hunting opportunity continued to increase in the 1990s, the public grew more accepting of doe harvest. The three-point rule was implemented in 1998 as an attempt to reduce yearling buck harvest and improve buck age structure. During the late 1990s the AGFC implemented additional deer hunting restrictions, increased research efforts, developed a new deer management plan and initiated the Deer Management Assistance Program to help landowners provide better habitat and management on private land. Today's deer herd is estimated to be near 1 million animals. The comeback of the white-tailed deer is one of the most successful conservation initiatives in history. The White River Refuge is touted as one of the best places to find trophy deer in the state. However, to hunt in this area you must have a deer permit and those are limited for gun season. Permits are given out randomly during the summer months. Bow-hunting permits are unlimited during bow season. Felsenthal Wildlife Refuge is another great place to find trophy deer and 778 deer were killed here last year. The reserve allows hunting on a quota permit system so hunter numbers are limited. The area is situated in the heart of the rugged Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas. This deer area is extensively forested with upland hardwoods occurring primarily on northern and eastern aspects and shortleaf pine and pine/hardwood mixtures on the southern and western exposures. Muddy Creek consists of 150,000 acres of moderate to rugged mountain deer terrain and narrow valleys. The predominate timber types are upland hardwoods, shortleaf pine and mixed pine-hardwood. This is a National Wildlife Managment Area and deer  hunting is allowed with permits. It secluded and rugged areas are perfect for deer hunting.


Arkansas Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

Wild turkey were abundant during the 1800s in Arkansas, based on reports by early explorers and settlers. Early Arkansans hunted turkey for food on a year-round basis, but over-exploitation combined with habitat destruction decreased turkey numbers. By the early 1900s turkey had been eliminated from large areas of the state. With the formation of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1915, regulations protecting turkey were implemented, but turkey numbers continued to decrease. Turkey probably reached their lowest point in history during the 1930s. Turkey need a variety of habitats close to each other to fulfill their seasonal requirements. In late spring and summer turkey need, open areas with leafy vegetation offers bugging habitat for poults. In fall and winter, woodlands offer food and shelter. In early spring trkey need, woodlands with interspersed open areas and thick ground cover are essential for breeding turkey displays and nesting habitat. Turkey need a variety of habitats close to each other to fulfill their seasonal requirements. In late spring and summer, open areas with leafy vegetation offers bugging habitat for poults. In fall and winter, woodlands offer food and shelter. In early spring, woodlands with interspersed open areas and thick ground cover are essential for breeding displays and nesting habitat. The wild turkey is separated into six recognized subspecies. Arkansas is home to the Eastern subspecies. When you’ve located and called in a wild tom turkey to spitting distance, had him strut right in front of you, then sound off with a gobble that shakes your core, you’ll be hooked for good. Hunting turkey in the spring is as heart pounding as hunting gets. Next to the excitement of turkey hunting, another great attraction is the birds’ widespread availability. Thanks to historic conservation and reintroduction efforts over more than 30 years, turkey can be found today in 49 states. a growing number of Canadian provinces, and Mexico. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the National Wild Turkey Federation and the grassroots efforts of its members for rebuilding the numbers of this truly American turkey. Turkey hunting can be done in both spring and fall seasons in many locations. Spring is the turkey mating season during which you’ll use the tom’s bravado and territorialism against him in trying to overcome the turkey incredible wariness. In the fall, a number of methods of turkey hunting are employed to locate and draw birds into range, though none can quite match the thrill of calling in brash turkey in the spring. In fall seasons in many states, both toms and hens are legal game. The combination of access to good turkey habitat, the unique hunting skills required to bring a turkey into shotgun or bow range spring or fall, and the experience of years of chasing long beards makes turkey hunting a natural pursuit in which to enlist the aid of a highly-rated outfitter. Top turkey hunting outfitters offer packages from basic food, lodging, and access all the way to full-guided hunts in which all you need to do is manage to stay calm and shoot straight. Highly-rated turkey hunting outfitters are usually turkey hunting fanatics themselves. They have to be if they are going to commit the time and resources to outfit turkey hunts in multiple states over the course of a spring season that runs for months if you follow it from south to north. In Florida, seasons will start in late February and you can hunt turkey until June in some northern tier states and southern Canadian provinces. There are turkey hunting outfitters offering their services just down the road from where you live as well as in exotic locations like Hawaii and Central America. Everywhere trustworthy, well-researched turkey hunting outfitters have a lot to offer both novice and veteran hunters.
Experienced, well-connected outfitters offer access to land you could never otherwise hunt. They put in the time to scout the turkey before and during the season to an extent you probably couldn’t do on your own – especially in a distant location. They can teach you new techniques that you can apply when you hunt on your own. And, of course, they can introduce you to the excitement of turkey hunting if you’ve never done it before. But be warned, once your turkey outfitter puts you in spitting distance of a loud-mouthed long beard, you will catch the disease … and it will be terminal!


Arkansas Hunting Outfitters and Guides Duck Facts

One of the largest and most easily recognized duck common to Arkansas. Male has an iridescent green head, rusty brown chest and gray body. Female is light brown all over.  The teal is a very small, fast-flying duck. Both sexes have iridescent green bars on wings and yellowish tail stripes. Males have one white stripe up each shoulder and a dark reddish and green head. Females are mottled brown. Pintails are a dabbling duck. A medium-sized bird with a long, slender neck, gray bill and pointed tail. Male has a dark reddish head and white stripes from the base of the neck to the head. Wood duck are a very colorful, medium-sized duck with white patches on its face and a red bill. It’s easy to identify: The male has a large iridescent crest on its head and bright red eyes. Females sport duller colors with white eye patches. Known as “woody.” Male redhead duck are gray with a black chest and a red head. Female duck are brown all over. Both sexes have a bluish bill with a light strip across the bottom and a black tip.


Arkansas Hunting Outfitters and Guides Hog Facts

Feral hog may be killed or trapped year-round, day or night, by a landowner or anyone with the landowner’s permission. Hunters do not need a hunting license to kill feral hog on private land, but anyone who has had his or her hunting license revoked may not hunt them. All general regulations for hunting safety should be observed. Hunters may kill feral hog on WMAs during daylight hours during any open hunting season. They must use a weapon that is legal for the season. Feral hog killed on WMAs can be taken for processing or left where they were shot. Hunters may not use dogs, bait or traps to hunt feral hog on WMAs.Hunters may not hunt hog at night on WMAs. The major contributor to the feral hog population was attributed to the now obsolete practice of "free roam farming." Hog Farmers would brand/mark their hog and release them into the open woods to roam free breed and grow. When the farmers were ready to gather the hog they would round them up and herd them into catch pens with their Hog Dogs.  The hog were separated by their brand/mark and or breed and claimed by the farmers. As you can guess many were never recovered and they were left to roam free as feral hog. Currently, the spread of feral hog are mainly due to the misguided practice of CATCH and RELEASE. Hog get trapped in one area, then transported to another area and released. This is usually done for future hunting purposes. Feral Hog are carriers of many diseases. Included are Swine Brucellosis, Pseudorabies, tuberculosis and Hog Cholera. The average litter of a feral hog is 4-6. This depends greatly on the breed of the feral hog and the food availability. Feral Sow which have just escaped or feral sow that retain much of their domestic breeding will have larger litters. Also wild sow perform baby sitting duties. In other words the litters from many hog sow can and will be watched over and suckled by one sow while the others are off feeding. Wild Hog have a very highly developed sense of smell which will match or even rival that of other competing wild life. Their sense of hearing is also highly developed. The hog eye sight is severely under estimated, according to Universities who have studied them. Others who have raised them tend to agree with this opinion also, as do I. I, myself can contribute to this. At over 100 yards my hog can distinguish not only a human figure, but have eyesight that is capable of distinguishing a "human friend" or "STRANGER" from facial characteristics and build. The hog will come running upon my father's or my recognition, to be fed. They will leave running when a stranger approaches. This recognition process has been observed consistently at 100 + yards. They can easily see me coming at 250 + yards. They may not run, they may not pay attention, but don't think they can't see you. Hog are at a disadvantage when it comes to sight mainly because of their low profile. They can't raise their heads high like a deer or other wild animals to see over grass or vegetation. According to many studies, hog are very intelligent. Undoubtedly they are the most intelligent animal in the woods. Any hunter or trapper who hunts hog specifically can easily make note of this fact. Wild Hog will eat both Plants and Animals. This classifies them as omnivores. Texas and New Hampshire are the only 2 states where true Russian Boar Hog may still exist on a rare basis. BUT, with hunters buying and releasing TRUE RUSSIAN HOG into the wild this is ever changing. Wild hog are both good and safe to eat when prepared properly. True wild hog really do have a shield. This shield is considered scar tissue or a callus which becomes harder and thicker with age. The shield covers the hog, beginning from the neck to the last rib. This hog shield is generally about 1 inch thick, but can be more than 3 inches thick and is found mainly on the hog. It's purpose is to protect the boar during battles with each other. The weight of fully matured feral hog will vary from 200 pounds to over 700 pounds.  True Wild Hog or Russian Hog will weigh around 400 pounds when fully grown (4 - 5 years of age).  The weight of the feral hog is determined by the domestic breed line of the animal.


Arkansas Hunting Outfitters and Guides Goose Facts

Light snow goose aren't only a nuisance to Arkansas farmers. They have become so abundant, they are destroying their nesting grounds in the Arctic Tundra. Not only are the goose eating themselves out of house and home, they're destroying critical habitat for other species that share the Tundra. Biologists can conduct eradication efforts to balance the population, but do so only as a last resort. Increased hunting opportunity is the first wildlife management tool biologists turn to, because it costs very little to implement and is much more socially accepted than other population control measures.  Canada goose vary from a small, duck-sized subspecies to the giant Canada goose, which can weigh up to 25 pounds and is the most common in Arkansas. The white snow goose phase is white all over and the blue phase is a dark bluish-gray with a white head. The wing tips of this medium-sized goose are bordered with black feathers in both color phases. Ross goose is white with black feathers on its wing tips. Its bill is dark reddish-pink and its legs and feet are paler pink. Male Ross goose are slightly larger than females. It has a relatively short neck, and its bill lacks the snow goose’s black  patch.


Arkansas Hunting Outfitters and Guides Quail Facts

The Northern Bobwhite Quail occurs throughout all, or parts of Arkansas  and is a particularly prominent game bird in the South. However, due to large scale changes in land use, quail populations have been declining since the early 1900s. The quail decline has primarily resulted from the loss of adequate nesting cover, brood range and escape thickets. Across the U.S., major efforts are underway to restore and maintain bobwhite habitat and populations, with Quail Forever leading the way. While the decline in bobwhite populations is discouraging, the bright side of the picture is that bobwhites are a prolific species and can respond rapidly to appropriate quail habitat management practices. Bobwhite quail populations can be restored, and this has been demonstrated on numerous individual properties. However, it is important to recognize that the magnitude of response is related to the scale and intensity of quail management. A little management will produce a small response and an intensive, aggressive habitat management approach can elicit a very favorable quail population response.

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