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Bass Lupus Awareness Tournament

Bass Lupus Awareness Tournament

Benefit for the Lupus Foundation of America, Arkansas Chapter to be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Boat Ramp in Hot Springs. 

Time is "safe sunlight" to 3 p.m.  $100.00 per boat.  Contact:  Travis Harley at 501-392-2407 or 800-294-8878. 

All net proceeds received will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America, Arkansas Chapter.

Mobility Impaired Hunting Applications Due Aug. 15

Mobility Impaired Hunting Applications Due Aug. 15

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Army Corps of Engineers will take applications through Aug. 15 for the 2012/2013 special deer and duck hunts that provide accessibility to mobility impaired hunters.  The hunters will be selected via a random drawing in September.

 

Eligible applicants must be non-ambulatory individuals with a permanent physical condition that severely impairs their mobility from either paralysis or amputation of one or both of the lower extremities, which requires assistance from a wheelchair, braces, crutches or other similar aids of mobility.

 

A list of hunt locations, dates, allowable methods of harvest, and points of contact are provided in this notice.  To obtain an application packet or get more information on a particular hunt, please contact the appropriate hunt coordinator. 

 

2012-13 Mobility Impaired Hunting Schedule

Tarantulas!

Tarantulas!

HOT SPRINGS, AR: Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m., a park ranger will present an evening program about the largest spider that can be found in Hot Springs National Park.

Not only are tarantulas the largest spiders in the Midwest, but they are also one of Hot Springs National Park’s most misunderstood inhabitants. Despite their portrayal in horror movies as deadly, poisonous, and aggressive spiders, tarantulas are actually docile and interesting creatures.

Find out more about these amazing arachnids at the Gulpha Gorge amphitheater.  You might get the chance to see a tarantula, too!

Snakes of Hot Springs National Park

Snakes of Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m., a park ranger will present an evening program about the snakes that inhabit Hot Springs National Park. Arkansas is home to 36 species of snakes, six of which are venomous. Learn about these snakes and how to tell if a snake is venomous or non-venomous. Join us at the Gulpha Gorge Amphitheater for an evening presentation exploring these often misunderstood creatures. A live snake is present during this program; view him up-close and personal.

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The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

"The Theba Thing" is about stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

In the fall of 2011, I was bitten by the bike-riding bug. I went biking at Two Rivers Park with my brother and his family visiting from Fayetteville. I knew I was going to “have to” go, because they’re big into outdoor activities.  So I rode one of their extra bikes and I absolutely had the time of my life.

I had no idea these wonderful scenic trails existed so close to where I lived. I sure have been living in a comfortable bubble, which usually means to me, where there are no bugs, no potential for bumps and scratches and plenty of air conditioning.

Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started planning how both my mother and I could enjoy bike riding together, and get my friends in on the action as well.  But first I had to convince mom that she would enjoy it as much as I did.

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders are associated with Halloween, but the arachnids will most likely be seen throughout the winter in homes due to the warm summer we experienced. Often popping up after people bring holiday decorations or winter clothing out of storage, Terminix, the nation’s largest pest control company, has a few tips for prevention and protection to limit number of infestations and incidents of bites.

Why do spiders invade homes?

Like most pests, spiders are opportunistic and invade homes out of convenience. Human structures often provide a sheltered environment and can provide easy access to other insects. 

How do spiders get into homes?

Spiders can slip through very small exterior openings.

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

If you didn’t draw a deer permit for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management area hunt this year, there’s still a good chance to get the one you’re after. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 11, at the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and regional offices across the state.

“Typically, we have about 3,000 leftovers available,” said Ashley Bean, AGFC permit program coordinator. “This year, we had almost the same number of applicants, but they were focused only on a few hunts, leaving many unclaimed permits throughout the state.”

Some permits are even available for some of Arkansas’s most coveted wildlife management areas. There’s even permit available for the modern gun hunt at Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA, which normally takes about four years to draw. These high-demand permits are left because people who had enough preference points drew the permit, but did not pay.