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Regional Roundup

(Updated August 8, 2014)


Region II Hatcheries Have Been Busy

Springfield and Normandy Fish hatcheries in Middle Tennessee have been busy hatching, rearing and releasing hundreds of thousands of young fish (fingerlings) into local waters. It's a percentage game, but with good luck many of these fish will survive to greet you one day on the end of your line.
This is an ongoing list. More fish will be stocked as summer moves on. Crappies get stocked in the fall.
Cheatham Reservoir: Walleye: 98,000 - Sauger: 51,400
Cordell Hull: Walleye: 114,000
Normandy: Walleye: 115,400 - Largemouth bass: 6,000
Old Hickory: Walleye: 94,000 - Sauger: 293,700
Percy Priest: Cherokee bass (hybrids): 198,400 - Smallmouth bass: 14,400
Tims Ford: Walleye: 339,500
Other Lakes of Interest
Center Hill: Walleye: 98,000 - Smallmouth Bass: 51,700
Dale Hollow: Walleye: 210,600
Kentucky Lake: Sauger: 211,000


First Harvest & Catch Certificates

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks First Harvest Certificate and First Catch Certificate program is designed to honor that special moment in which a hunter harvests his/her first animal or when an angler catches his/her first fish. Certificates are given to provide a way to remember those first special moments in a hunter's and angler's lifetime. If you would like to receive a First Harvest or First Catch certificate, please complete the information below and upload a photo of your harvest or catch. For more info and/or to apply for certificate visit http://www.mdwfp.com.


Pocket Ranger® provides plenty of other standard features and advanced GPS technology to maximize any backcountry excursion:
• Places to hunt and fish
• Rules and regulations
• License and permit information
• Safety communication tool
• Advanced GPS mapping features
• Cache map tiles for offline use
• Record tracks, distance and time
• Mark waypoints and photo waypoints
• Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies users' GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.
With essential fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing information at your fingertips, prepare to experience Mississippi's great outdoors like never before. The enhanced features on the app are designed to function in areas with little to no mobile reception; however, some of the features require mobile data reception in order to function properly. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Download our app in the App Store or Google Play. More info and many more functions visit http://www.mdwfp.com.


Reward Offered for Tern Deaths

Several dead least terns have been found on a small island in the Arkansas River. Least terns are protected by federal and state endangered species regulations. A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths. The reward is being offered by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.
The endangered birds are found anywhere along the Arkansas River from the Oklahoma state line to the Mississippi River. Their main nesting area is a section of the river from Clarksville downstream to Pine Bluff.
Several spent shotgun shells were discovered on the island. In addition to the dead terns, egg shell fragments also were found. Earlier in June, researchers found over 50 adult terns and two active nests on the island. Researchers believe the birds were beginning re-nesting activities following a flood on June 12.
The terns are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Penalties can range from fines up to $100,000 and up to a year in prison, or both. Civil penalties up to $25,000 per violation can also be assessed.
Anyone with information on the tern deaths should call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at 800-482-9262.

Draft Water Plan Summary Ready for Review

The Arkansas Water Plan Update Draft Executive Summary is ready for review by the public. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Deputy Director Mike Armstrong said the revision of the state water plan is an important conservation initiative for the state. "Arkansas is a water rich state, but our supplies are often not where or available when our needs occur. This plan seeks to provide reliable water for agriculture and other important economic needs while ensuring our fish and wildlife resources are sustained into the future," Armstrong added.
Public meetings to discuss the plan will soon be scheduled throughout the state. Comments can be emailed to arkansaswater@cdmsmith.com, faxed to 505-243-2700 or mailed to Arkansas Water, CDM Smith, 6000 Uptown Blvd. NE Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Comments will be accepted until October 24, 2014.
Summary of Priority Issues:
• Declining groundwater levels in the alluvial aquifer and the need to move toward sustainable use of the alluvial aquifer.
• Planning for allocation during drought is needed before droughts occur.
• The statutory definition of excess water, which includes flows for fish and wildlife, should be based on sound science.
• General obligation bonds are needed to finance and refinance the development of water, waste disposal, pollution control, abatement, and prevention; drainage, irrigation, flood control, and wetlands, and aquatic resources projects to serve the citizens of Arkansas.
• Water quality is impacted by nonpoint sources of pollutants and nonpoint source management projects and need state funding in addition to federal funding.
• The need for public education is critical for water planning in Arkansas.
• Public water and wastewater infrastructure is failing, and in need of repair and replacement throughout Arkansas.
• Reallocation of water storage in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs is needed to increase available water for existing and new uses.
• Tax incentives and credits are needed to encourage the implementation and management of integrated irrigation water conservation practices. Supporting issue: The accuracy of water use reported for agricultural irrigation has been questioned because the water use is not measured or metered. The 91-page draft can be seen at www.arwaterplan.arkansas.gov. To request a printed copy, call the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission at 501-682-1611.


Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series

More than $500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded when the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series wraps up its season in 2015. The Alabama Bass Trail announced the 2015 tournament schedule that includes an increase in payouts for all ten divisional tournaments. Forty places will be paid out for each of the 10 tournaments in 2015, an increase of $100,000 in cash prizes. For more information, call Kay Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)

The next BOW weekend workshop is October 3-5, 2014. Online registration began July 15th.
Nature-based recreation is an increasingly popular pastime among families. Yet, many women encounter barriers to the outdoors. Thanks to the exciting Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, scores of women are successfully overcoming these barriers. The BOW program is a nationwide movement.
BOW is a three day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older. The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun and non-threatening learning environment. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, shooting sports (pistol, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, as well as gun safety), fishing, hunting, canoeing, nature photography, nature crafts, archery, ATV handling, bird watching, motor boat handling, and more.
This workshop is for you if . . .
• You have never tried these activities but have hoped for an opportunity to learn.
• You are a beginner who hopes to improve your skills.
• You already do some of these activities but would like to learn some new ones.
• You enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is held twice each year at the Alabama 4H Center near Columbiana in Shelby County. The cost for the weekend adventure is $225 and covers meals, lodging, program materials and instruction. All instructional equipment is provided.
BOW and Beyond BOW offerings are made possible by a cooperative effort between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and our foundation, the Alabama Conservation & Natural Resources Foundation, Inc. (ACRNF, Inc.).
For more information call 800-262-3151, or email sylvia.payne@dcnr.alabama.gov.




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