In an effort to enhance hunting opportunities in the state, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission acquired additional land adjacent to the Sheffield Nelson Dagmar Wildlife Management Area in Monroe County.

The acquisition of the Conway George Tract on the WMA was a joint effort between the AGFC, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The property encompasses over 300 acres adjoining Sheffield Nelson Dagmar Wildlife Management Area and the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge.

Acquisition and restoration of the property connects key parcels of public land and will provide high quality habitat for both game and non-game migratory bird species. The property was enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program in 2011 and the restoration was completed with funds provided by NRCS and the property was brought into public ownership using North American Wetlands Conservation Act funding.

The purchase of this property offers a new opportunity for youth waterfowl hunting on one of Arkansas’s premier duck hunting WMAs. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, three permits will be available through an online drawing to hunt in one of three impoundments on the area. The Wednesday hunts will only be allowed for a half-day. Saturday hunts will be open only to youth hunters 15 and under. Hunters will be allowed to hunt all day. Adult mentors are allowed to hunt with youth permit holders, but there may be no more than one licensed adult hunter per youth hunter in the hunting party. For more information about the online draw and to apply for a permit, please visit www.tinyurl.com/dagmarwma.

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