Arkansas

Like its neighbor to the north, Arkansas is home to a diverse landscape that boasts an abundance of opportunities for sportsmen and women. Anglers in Arkansas can pursue a wide variety of popular fish, including bass, crappie, catfish, and trout, in its many lakes and rivers. With over 600,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs and more than 9,700 miles of rivers and streams, Arkansas has earned its reputation as one of the premier fishing destinations in the country. Hunters in Arkansas can also enjoy a wealth of opportunities, with plentiful populations of deer, turkey, and quail, among other species. However, Arkansas is arguably best known for its world-renowned waterfowl hunting in the fabled flooded timber. The state’s abundant public lands, such as the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests, provide plenty of chances for enterprising hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and trappers.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in Arkansas, please contact:


Arkansas State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Co-Chair: Senator John Boozman
Co-Chair: Representative Bruce Westerman
Senator Tom Cotton
Representative Rick Crawford
Representative French Hill
Representative Steve Womack

Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Secretary: Representative Jeff Wardlaw
Senator Clark Tucker
Senator Missy Irvin
Representative Mark Perry
Representative Carlton Wing

News Alerts

Jul 10 2023 License Fee Increases Enacted in Arkansas, Proposed in Missouri

Why It Matters: Through the “user pays – public benefits” American System of Conservation...

Jun 20 2023 Free Fishing Weekends Across Midwest Provide Quality Opportunities to Experience the Outdoors

Why It Matters: Though license fees are often among the more affordable items needed...

Jun 05 2023 Lower Midwest Legislative Sessions Adjourn, CSF Celebrates Victories, Prepares for 2024

Why It Matters: The conclusion of legislative sessions across the Lower Midwest provides an...

Apr 10 2023 Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Continues to Move Priorities Prior to the End of the 2023 Legislative Session

Why It Matters: During the final week of the 2023 Legislative Session in Arkansas,...

Feb 27 2023 Feral Horses: When Less is More

Why It Matters: Wild horses (i.e., feral horses, unauthorized livestock etc.) and burros have...

Dec 19 2022 December Came Bear-ing Gifts in South Arkansas

Why It Matters: Any time a new opportunity for hunters to spend time afield...

Nov 15 2021 Arkansas Hunters to See Changes and Opportunities for 2021-2022 Seasons

Contact: Chris Horton, Senior Director, Midwestern States / Fisheries PolicyHighlightsWhy it Matters: As hunting season...

May 03 2021 Arkansas Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Saves Funding for Fish and Wildlife Management in the State

May 3, 2021 (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – On April 29, Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus member Governor Asa Hutchinson...

Apr 19 2021 Arkansas Caucus Passes School-Based Hunter Education Bill

Contact: Chris Horton, Senior Director, Midwestern States and Fisheries PolicyHighlightsWhy It Matters: Hunter education...

Nov 23 2020 Arkansas Duck Hunters to Benefit from Farm Bill Conservation Program

Contact: Chris Horton, Senior Director, Midwestern States and Fisheries PolicyOn November 12, the Arkansas...

Aug 10 2020 AGFC Provides Quality Dove Hunting Opportunities

Contact: Chris Horton, Senior Director, Federal Fisheries Policy and Midwestern StatesThe first day of...

May 18 2020 Arkansas: CSF Shoots Down Waterfowl Regulation

Contact: Chris Horton, Senior Director, Midwestern States & Fisheries PolicyOn May 15, the Congressional...

Apr 27 2020 Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Eyeing a Comprehensive Slate of Regulatory Changes

Contact: Chris Horton, Senior Director, Midwestern States and Fisheries PolicyOn April 23, in a...

Mar 23 2020 Arkansas’s Answer to Social Distancing – Free Fishing Licenses

Contact: Chris Horton, Fisheries Policy and Midwestern States Senior DirectorWhile some states are closing...

Nov 04 2019 Midwest: Deer Seasons are Ramping Up, Providing Increased Opportunities to Test Herds for Chronic Wasting Disease

Contacts: Midwestern States Senior Director Chris Horton, Upper Midwestern States Manager Nick Buggia, and...

Oct 21 2019 Arkansas and Oklahoma Caucuses Host First Annual Sporting Clays Challenge

By Kent Keene, Lower Midwestern States CoordinatorOn October 7, members of the Arkansas and...

Mar 25 2019 Arkansas: Raising Trout Permit Will Result in More Rising Rainbows

By Chris Horton, Midwestern States Senior DirectorOn March 25, a final vote is expected...

Feb 19 2019 Arkansas: Governor Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Governor Hutchinson Unveils 2019-2020 Duck Stamp at Sportsmen’s Caucus Lunch

By Chris Horton, Midwestern States Senior DirectorOn February 12, the Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus,...

Mar 09 2017 Arkansas: Caucus and Commission Host Annual Luncheon

On March 1, the Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Arkansas Game and Fish...

Dec 22 2016 Midwest: States Gearing up to Combat Feral Hogs

Feral hogs, an exotic invasive species, cause significant damage to our natural resources. Research...

Oct 08 2015 Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Joins Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is pleased to welcome the newest member of the...

Sep 26 2014 Unsure Future for Recreational Fishing in the US Fish and Wildlife Service Hatchery System

On Tuesday, September 23, the Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Mar 06 2012 Governor Beebe First to Sign Proclamation Celebrating the American System of Conservation Funding

Click here to download a PDF of this article.Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Vice-Chair of...

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Though hunting, fishing, and harvesting wildlife (including by trapping) have long been...

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The first residential hunting licenses were introduced in 1895 and were considered...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 Arkansas: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Arkansas: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - Arkansas

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - Arkansas

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — Arkansas

Sportsmen and women support more jobs in Arkansas than the Arkansas Cancer Research Centers,...

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