Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week took no action on a proposal that would have required permits for hunters who want to use dogs during the upcoming deer season in parts of northern Arkansas.
Over the past few months, the AGFC has been attending meetings with and soliciting comments from deer dog hunters and landowners in areas where conflicts have been reported. Last month, commissioners approved a significant increase in the minimum fine for hunting from the road. Several citizens approached commissioners with stories of deer dog hunters releasing their dogs from the road and allowing them to cross onto private property.
In other business, the commission approved a proposal to change and clarify AGFC codes relating to captive wildlife. Several changes were approved to bring the agency's code into accordance with a new Arkansas law on possession of large carnivores. The new codes also allow non-commercial hunting of wildlife in high-fence enclosures.