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August 21, 2009

Husky Extreme

So I came home from work to find a nice Fed Ex package sitting on my door step. I open it and find that I have the opportunity to be an alternate in a game promoted by Husky for the sweepstakes.

In this game if I am chosen to participate me and my guest have to answer 100 questions one day. For however many questions we get right we get the gps tracking position for a key in a particular area assigned to me and my guest. We compete against 2 other teams as well as a Master Outdoorsman. If we get more keys than either of the other teams and more than the Master Outdoorsman we win.

The prizes we get for EACH of us are: $2000, a personal watercraft, an atv, a tent, a pot and pan set, a camping set, and a knife set. We also get a chance for a bonus vacation.

So I try to think of who would be a good outdoors person that I could take as my guest and who would give me the best chance to win. After hours of thinking I decided to ask Ernest Gene Smith. He is an avid hunter and fisher and is always camping and the such. I take the papers over to him and ask him if he'd like a free trip to a ranch in Colorado and a chance to win these prizes. I leave the papers with him over the weekend and have good feelings about my chance to win some great prizes if we get picked.

Sunday evening I call and ask what he had decided. Man was I disappointed. He said he was going to pass on the trip. His excuse: The release says that there might be encounters with WILD ANIMALS. I get there and talk with him and pick up the papers and he again comments on the wild animals and that he can't take a gun on the airplane. I hemhaw around and get my papers and leave disgusted. Mr. big deer hunter and fisherman is scared that he might have to face wild animals. You disgust me Ernest Gene Smith.

The deadline for getting my papers signed and sent back to the sponsor were fast approaching so my blind mom says she will go just so that I can say I have a guest.

I dunno how this will play out. I hope it goes well.

Never in my life would I have expected a hunter, fisherman, and camper claim to be afraid of wild animals to get out of a free trip to a ranch in Colorado.

August 5, 2009

Arkansas Hunting and Trapping Fall 2009-2010

Raccoon night hunting: sunset, July 1-sunrise, Aug. 31.
Badger, spotted skunk and weasel hunting: Closed.

Common Moorhen
Sept. 1-Nov. 9

Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared Dove
Sept. 5-Oct. 18
Dec. 5-Dec. 30

Sept. 12-Sept. 27

Virginia and Sora Rail
Sept. 12-Nov. 20

Nov. 7-Dec. 21

Nov. 1-Feb. 15

Purple Gallinule
Sept. 1-Nov. 9

Early Canada Goose
Statewide Season: Sept. 1-15

Northwest Canada Goose
Zone Season Sept. 26-Oct. 5

Late Canada Goose
Statewide Season: Dec. 26-Jan. 30

Statewide: Oct. 1-Feb. 28

Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15
Oct. 17-25 and Dec. 19-21

Zones 9, 12, 16, 16A and 17
Oct. 17-25 and Dec. 29-31

Zones 4, 4B, 5 and 5B: Closed

Modern Gun
Zones 1, 1A, 2, 3, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 10 and 11
Nov. 14-Dec. 6

Zone 4: Nov. 14-15

Zone 5: Nov. 14-159 and Nov. 21-22

Zones 4A, 5A, 13, 14 and 15
Nov. 14-Dec. 13

Zones 4B and 5B
Nov. 14-22

Zones 9 and 12
Nov. 14-Dec. 20

Zones 16, 16A and 17
Nov. 14-Dec. 25

Christmas Holiday Modern Gun Deer Hunt
Dec. 26-28 statewide.

Special Youth Modern Gun Deer Hunt
Nov. 7-8 and Jan. 2-3 statewide excluding certain WMAs where a modern gun or muzzleloader permit is required to hunt.

Zone 1
Oct. 1-Nov. 30

Zone 2: Sept. 15-Nov. 30

Zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7

Zones 1 and 2
Oct. 17-25
Zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7

Modern Gun
Zones 1 and 2
Nov. 9-30

Zone 5: Dec. 5-13

Zone 5A: Nov. 28-Dec. 13

Zones 3, 4, 6 and 7

Special Youth Modern Gun Bear Hunt
Zones 1 and 2 (does not include WMAs requiring a deer permit to harvest a bear)
Nov. 7-8

Zones 3, 4, 5, 5A, 6 and 7

Fall Turkey Season
Statewide: Oct. 1-Feb. 28

Zones 3, 5B, 6 and 17
Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Zones 1, 1A, 2, 4, 4A, 4B, 5, 5A, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 9A and 10

Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 and A
Sept. 21-25

Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, A and B
Dec. 7-11

Zone A
Sept. 21-25 and Dec. 7-11

Zone B
Dec. 7-11

Statewide: Nov. 1-Feb. 7

Statewide: Sept. 1-Feb. 28

Fall Squirrel Season
Statewide: Sept. 5-Feb. 28

Spring 2010 Squirrel Season
May 15-June 13

Statewide: Sept. 5-Feb. 20

Furbearers (2009-2010)
Gray fox, mink, red fox and striped skunk hunting: sunrise, Sept. 1-sunset, Feb. 28
Opossum Hunting: sunrise, Sept. 1- sunset Feb. 28
Bobcat hunting: sunrise, Oct. 1-sunset, Feb. 28 and from the first day of spring turkey season through the last day of spring squirrel season.
Coyote hunting: sunrise, July 1-sunset, Feb. 28 and from the first day of spring turkey season through June 14.
River otter hunting: sunrise, Nov. 4-sunset, Feb. 28
Raccoon night hunting: sunset, July 1-sunrise, Aug. 31
Raccoon day or night hunting: sunrise, Sept. 1-sunset, March 31
Muskrat, nutria, beaver hunting: sunrise, Sept. 1-sunset, March 31
Badger, spotted skunk and weasel hunting: Closed
Furbearer trapping (other than beaver, coyote, muskrat, nutria): sunrise, Nov. 14-sunset, Feb. 21
Coyote trapping: sunrise, Aug. 1-sunset, March 31
Beaver, muskrat, nutria trapping: sunrise, Nov. 14-sunset, March 31

The 2010 deer season opening dates:

Deer (archery): Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
Deer (muzzleloader): Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010
Deer (modern gun): Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010

August 4, 2009


It's been a very wet and moderately cool July which would translate into thicker grass and weeds with more hiding places for small animals and reptiles. I'm looking forward to the upcoming squirrel season. Hunting squirrels has always been my favorite season. As a young boy in high school I was always out in the woods no matter what the temperature was I hunted squirrels the full season.