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Less Duck hunting at Arkabutla this year..

Less Duck hunting at Arkabutla this year..

Postby gtk » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:19 am

From the Memphis Commerical Appeal

Arkabutla duck hunters will have less available hunting area this year because the Corps of Engineers will not flood 626 acres in two green tree reservoirs.

"We had flooded the green tree reservoirs every year, but a biologist told us that continued flooding would eventually kill all of our hardwood trees," said Bill Fly, resource manager for the engineers at Arkabutla Dam.

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The old plan of the engineers called for the area to be flooded annually from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15.

Fly said the green tree reservoirs, located off Miss. 3, north and west of Crenshaw, will be left alone for one year out of every six or seven years to help preserve the trees.

"Otherwise, the green tree areas would turn into another moist soil area, which has no trees," he said.

The moist soil area is near the green tree reservoirs in the Askew Wildlife Management Area. The 500 or so acres in the moist soil area will be flooded.

Fly said Arkabutla has become a popular spot for duck hunters, with 60 to 70 duck blind permits being issued when the lake is full.

"If we get a lot of water, we expect the hunters will be there," he said.

About 6,000 to 7,000 acres of the winter level lake are available for duck hunting.

Fly said all duck hunters at Arkabutla need the federal duck hunting stamp and the appropriate state hunting licenses.

Duck hunting season in Mississippi begins Nov. 25 and continues, with several breaks, through Jan. 29.
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