UPDATE: Arkansas Might Lower Bear HarvestArkansas Fish & Game, Bear Hunting Magazine
More information from last week's meeting has been released by the Arkansas Fish & Game Department.
The harvest for 2011-12 season came in at just over 400 bears. The ratio of male to female bears was good overall. The top counties were Polk with 51 and Scott with 45 bears being harvested.
Future consideration may include removing the two-day early modern gun hunt in Bear Zone 2 as it has been successful in increasing the bear harvest in that area, but the female harvest ratio is higher than expected.
ORIGINAL NEWS FLASH FROM 2/24/2012:
A bear biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recommended reducing bear hunting opportunities in the Ouachita Mountains during the commission’s monthly meeting in Little Rock yesterday.
Once more details emerge, we will be sure to post the information.
More than 450 bears were harvested during the 2010-11 season. During the 2009-10 seasons, hunters harvested a record 530 black bears.