Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners at their Jan. 16 meeting set July 1 as the date Arkansas will become part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. The Compact is an agreement between states that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses across state lines. As a Compact member, Arkansas will share wildlife violation information with other member states and will recognize suspension of hunting and fishing privileges in other member states. Member states will, in turn, treat conviction in Arkansas of wildlife offenses as if it had occurred in their state. There are currently 39 states in the compact.
AGFC Director Mike Knoedl said any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a member state face the same suspension in Arkansas. “This cooperative interstate effort will improve our agency’s ability to protect and manage Arkansas’s wildlife resources,” he added.
In other business, the Commissioners authorized entering into a land exchange agreement with The Price Companies, Inc. of Monticello. AGFC will trade 242 acres near the southeast corner of Cut-off Creek Wildlife Management Area for 185 acres of in-holdings owned by Price plus additional adjoining acreage to be identified.
In other matters, the commissioners named Joel Campora as the National Wild Turkey Federation Officer of the Year. Campora died May 31, 2013 during a water rescue attempt in western Arkansas; Campora’s wife Rebecca accepted the award.
Also, approval was given to grants of youth elk hunting permits (either sex) for the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also received an either sex permit. The permits are for fundraising purposes and will be used during the October 2014 elk season.