I found this interesting piece of information that was published in the Railway Company Brochure that told all about the great Hunting Spots in Northeast Arkansas and other great spots in Arkansas . Dated 1880 - 1909 . Hunting and Fishing was a major resource for Arkansas and still is today , with our beautiful rivers , lakes and streams and our Wildlife Reserves.
1900's Hunting Party on St. Francis Donated by Danny McDaniel of Coffman Community
The photo above is of his Ancestor's the Vaughn and Hyde Family .
SOURCE - Missouri Pacific Railway Company (1880-1909)
Famous Hunting Resorts.
THE IRON MOUNTAIN ROUTE
From St , Louis to Texarkana with a network of branches.through the State of Arkansas, touching ah the famous Hunting Grounds in Arkansas, The Sportsman's Paradise. The Missouri Pacific Company have hunting cars arranged with sleeping and cooking compartments, and everything necessary to the comfort of hunting parties wishing to visit the shooting grounds in this State. For information in regard to rates and maps showing the counties, railroads and rivers of Missouri, call on or address any of the agents of this company, or H. C. TOWNSEND, General Passenger and Ticket Agent, St. Louis, Mo.
HUNTING AND FISHING IN ARKANSAS.
A Fishing Camp on the St. Francis
While many fishermen and hunters have sought patiently the realizallition of their dream of a sportsman's paradise and yet found it not a charmed spot, where fish and game were not yesterday, alas! or will not be to-morrow, but are ever present targets for shot and ball, and eager for the gaudy fly and shining minnow. To unhappy anglers who have suffered through long marches and gone unrewarded, or have traveled far for little sport, the lakes and rivers of Arkansas may be commended with a clear conscience.
Arkansas is truly the paradise of the sportsman. The tide of industrial progress rolling westward drove the game before it. The northwest, the favorite hunting grounds for years, is becoming rapidly depopulated of bird and beast. In Arkansas only of the Mississippi valley States is to be found nearly all the original varieties of wild animals, birds and fishes. It is true the larger game is disappearing before the rapid settlement of the State. Bear are still found in some of the more sparsely populated mountain districts, while deer are plentiful, and can be frequently seen from the windows of moving trains quietly feeding or drinking from the numerous streams. Smaller game of all varieties is abundant. The rivers and mountain streams are full of choice varieties of fish. Trout, croppie and bass swarm the smaller streams, eager for the fisherman's bait. The fisherman who goes to Arkansas always reports unparalleled success, and he brings the proofs with him.
Arkansas, throughout the whole State, is well stocked with game and fish. There are some parts, however, that, for obvious reasons, are better adapted to desirable sport of this kind than others. In the more sluggish rivers or bayous draining the low land near and immediately tributary to the Mississippi river there are numerous varieties of fish, but not of the kind known to the sportsman as game fish ; these aref ound farther away from the large rivers in the higher altitudes of the State, In the mountain rivers and creeks. That portion of the State lying on the eastern slope of the Ozark mountains is intersected at frequent intervals by rivers and streams that have their source up among the mountains. These are well stocked with trout, bass, salmon, croppie and shad, while the larger streams have, in addition, perch, buffalo, red-horse and catfish. This is also the best part of the State for hunting. The largest game is found in the mountains. The hunter will sometimes, in the more remote localities, encounter a bear which he can easily bag if he is prepared for such large game. Deer are more plentiful, and during the season so great is the number killed that venison is the cheapest meat in the market. The smaller game, such as squirrel, turkey, quail, etc., abound in great profusion.
Following the universal inquiry in regard to the best hunting and fishing grounds of Arkansas, the General Passenger Department of the Iron Mountain Route has undertaken to compile a list of the points on its lines where hunting and fishing are good the names of the streams, lakes and hunting resorts, and the varieties of game and fish to be found. As there has never been any detailed or reliable information given on this subject, considerable care has been taken in collecting the material for this article, looking toward accuracy, reliability and thoroughness of detail. The facts were furnished by residents of the localities here represented, and the reports would be given verbatim were it not that the space allotted for this article demands a condensation.
Entering Arkansas these points are taken up in their order toward the southward on the main line of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway and branches.
"THE Sportsman's Retreat," Corning lays claim to a position at the head of the propession in hunting and fishing. It is on the Iron Mountain Main Line and that famous fishing resort "Corning Lake" is only half a mile away. This lake is well-stocked with bass and pickerel and boats can be procured at any time for a trifle. But three miles from Corning flows the famous Black river which throughout its whole length is unsurpassed for the quality and quantity of its game fish.
Small houses for hunting parties have been built on the banks of this river which may be rented at small cost. Beyond Black river is a large tract of country known as "Deer Range," where large numbers of that choice variety of game are to be found. Deer are slaughtered here every season without limit and shipped to northern markets; turkeys, squirrels and other small game abound on the "Range."
Knobel is one of the first towns on the main line after crossing the Arkansas State line. Black bass, jack salmon and croppie are caught in good numbers in Mill lake three and one half miles distant, Maiden lake two and one half miles, Allen lake four miles, Black river two and one half miles and the famous Cache river six miles distant. Deer, turkey and squirrels abound in the hunting grounds about Knobel and from six to eight miles out. Good hotel accommodations, guides and wagons are furnished at Knobel.
Gainesville on the Helena Branch has St. Francis lake in its vicinity which affords fine fishing as well as hunting. Trout, perch, carp, buffalo and catfish are ready to accommodate the fisherman and all the stories told by hunters of the capture of bear, deer, otter and other game in this vicinity can be relied on implicitly.
Martanna is on the Helena Branch not far from the mouth of the St. Francis river and near the confluence of the L'Anguille with the St. Francis quantities of buffalo and catfish are taken from these rivers by northern fish dealers for the markets. White perch, bass, etc , are caught by local anglers in profusion. Between the two rivers just before their junction is a large tract of unsettled country which is the natural home of all kinds of game from the smallest to the largest. It is the chosen haunt of the bear and deer, and panthers are occasionally encountered. Small game exists without limit.
Walnut Ridge is on the main line of the Iron Mountain Route exactly in the heart of the famous Black and Cache rivers fishing grounds. Here is to be found some of the finest fishing and hunting in the State. These streams are within eight miles of the town and any quantity of bass, croppie, white perch., buffalo, catfish and trout are easily captured. In addition to these celebrated rivers there are several small lakes in this vicinity abounding in game fish. The bottoms of these rivers are as noted for game as the rivers themselves for fish. Deer, turkeys, squirrels and quails are very plentiful. A record of five deer and twenty-five turkeys in one day by one man speaks in glowing terms of this locality as a hunting resort. Large numbers of hunters annually visit this spot from Indiana, Illinois and Missouri and never go away empty handed.
Hoxie is on the main line, at the junction of the Kansas City, Springfield & Memphis Road, and reports excellent hunting and fishing in all directions. The Cache river is a little east of the town and on account of the bottoms being sparsely settled, it is full of all kinds of game and affords first-class hunting and fishing as well. The best fishing in this vicinity, however, is found at Clear Lake, a few miles west. The famous Black river is only eight miles away, from which can be taken here, as well as at other points, the usual complement of trout, bass, perch and catfish.
Swifton has in its vicinity Village creek, Black, White, Cache and Strawberry rivers, Hollingshead and Clear lakes, which are all noted for fine fishing; the varieties caught being cat, buffalo, trout, bass, croppie, white and sun perch. East and west of Swifton there is a vast tract of country, thinly settled, infested with deer, wolves, wild cats, squirrels, wild turkeys and numerous small game. There is plenty of pure, clear water, splendid camping facilities and it is the happy hunting ground of the Nimrod.
Newport is one of the important towns on the main line of the Iron Mountain Route. Waldo lake is about five miles from the city, Gambols lake about four and Burgon lake only three. Cache river flows near and affords some of the finest fishing in the State. The varieties of fish caught in this vicinity are black bass, striped bass, croppie, salmon, pike and all kinds of perch. There is excellent fishing and hunting on the White river which is easily accessible from this point.. The game that abounds in this vicinity is deer, turkeys, ducks squirrels; and quails, excellent facilities for boats and guides.
At Batesville on the White river branch is some of the finest scenery in the State, it being in a mountainous region. It is also the center of first-class sporting grounds, being located on the east bank of the White river. Polk Bayou, Spring and Miller's creeks and Spring Creek lake teem with cat, goggle-eyed perch, sun perch, trout, pike, striped bass, black bass, croppie, salmon, white perch, sturgeon, buffalo and drum fish. These waters are all easily accessible from the city which is an enterprising one and has excellent hotel accommodations. The hunting grounds are the forests and hills around the town, and deer, quail, turkey, teal duck, mallards, rabbits, squirrels, prairie chicken, woodcock and snipe can be taken in great quantities.
Bradford is also a good town on the main line and is washed by that famous fishing stream, the White river, in which are to be found bass, trout, perch, etc. Big lake is one mile east and the water is so clear that the bottom can be seen at a depth of twenty feet. Little lake is one mile south and of about the same description as Big lake. There are numerous smaller lakes within a radius of three miles, in which are large quantities of bass, trout and all varieties of perch. Deer and turkey are found plentifully in their season and an occasional bear, at all times the smaller game abounds. In the mountains ten miles west there are all of the above varieties in large quantities.
Russell, is on the main line north of Bald Knob Junction and is four miles from White river which is noted for its fine bass, cat, trout and drum fishing. The hunting is good also, and game consists of deer, turkey and bear, and smaller game in large quantities.
Memphis is now the eastern terminus of the Memphis Extension of the Iron Mountain Route, and the completion of that branch made accessible, both from the east and west, a large tract of country unsettled and wild and hitherto unaccessible, but which had long been known to abound in all kinds of game and fish. No point can be said to surpass another for hunting and fishing on this whole line, but at any point the sportsman chooses to embark he will find plenty of food for his ammunition and fish eager to snap his bait. The first train from Memphis took a party of hunters from that place and almost immediately on its opening the Bald Knob Rod and Gun Club was organized with headquarters at Earle, where they have erected a club house.
The following are the varieties of fish found black bass, speckled perch,brim, goggle eye and pike. In game: bear, panther and wolf hunting will afford exciting sport enough for the most fastidious. While, if he is not seeking such fierce game, he will find ample enjoyment in bringing down deer, turkey, geese, duck, quail, rabbits, squirrel, etc.
Jacksonville is on the main line of the Iron Mountain Route, just north of Little Rock and in the spring very good fishing is found in Bayou Meto, Hills and Fears lakes, the varieties caught being cat, bufialo, trout, white perch, brim and bass. Plenty of boats may be had at these lakes.
At Mcalmont, six miles north of Little Rock, on the main line of the Iron Mountain Route, both hunting and fishing in season are of the very best quality. Hills lake is five miles east. Prammel lake one mile, Peelar lake two miles, and Ink Bayou only one-half mile east of the town, all abounding in white and black bass, pike, perch, trout and catfish. Brush Island is three miles west and is considered very good hunting ground. Deer, turkey, quail, squirrel, rabbits and all the smaller game that can be found in any part of the State are the legitimate prey of the hunter. There is good wild goose and duck shooting also, in the proper season, and many follow it as a profitable business making five and six dollars a day
At Traskwood, the first station north of Malvern, the fishing is excellent. The Saline river is about two miles from the railroad and red horse, catfish, perch, pike, buffalo and shad are found in great numbers Gigging is the favorite method of fishing and it always results in a large catch. In the matter of hunting the larger game is not so abundant, but squirrel, rabbits and snipe are plentiful in and near the bottoms of the Saline river, I and quail in the uplands.
Donaldson is the first station south of Malvern and boasts of the best hunting and fishing in Arkansas. The waters of Stillwater lake, Ouachita river and Pine Flat creek are.as clear as crystal and a pin can be seen lying at the bottom at a depth of ten feet So clear is the water and so great the variety and number of fish, that fishing with a hook is very rarely undertaken.
Above - Hunting Camp
Hunting Scene—Arkansas. The gig, or gun, is used, and it is no uncommon feat to shoot a thirty or forty pound buffalo. Deer are abundant, and great numbers of turkeys, squirrels, quails, and an occasional bear are to be found in the vicinity. All this excellent hunting and fishing is to be found within two miles and a half of the town. Flowing from the ground, at frequent intervals in this locality, are springs of clear, cold water which afford unsurpassed camping places for hunting parties.
Society in Arkansas is not in a chaotic and unorganized state, as some are led to suppose by "Arkansas Traveler" stories and other reports that have their foundation, if any at all, in isolated cases. The people do not engage three-fourths of their time in idleness, ruffianism and outlawry. It is a mistake that citizens of Arkansas carry pistols and bowie knives in their pockets in place of carpenters rules and plug tobacco.
Arkansas is one of the strongest of temperance States. The sentiment against liquor took early hold on the minds of its people, and to-day it is one of the most advanced prohibition States. There are seventy-five counties in the State of Arkansas. By a popular vote of the citizens prohibition has been adopted in about four-fifths of these counties. There is not so much noise made in Arkansas on the temperance question as in some of her sister States. In fact, it is scarcely known outside of the State that there is any movement at all in that direction. This question is not taken into politics, but is settled quietly by the popular vote. When once adopted there is an end of it. There is no foolishness wasted in the enforcement of the law. County prohibition once adopted, it means there will be no liquor sold in that county, and there is none. There are no half-way measures. On the whole Iron Mountain route in Arkansas, between the Missouri and Texas State lines, there are but two places where intoxicating beverages can be obtained. This is a splendid showing for Arkansas on the side of public morals and good government. It gives a direct contradiction to false reports concerning the generally bad character of the Arkansas citizen. Where can it be surpassed? You of Puritan New England, can yon make a better showing?
In the matter of education also, Arkansas occupies no second position. In addition to the large amount of lands reserved for school purposes, all assessable property is taxed ten mills on the dollar and a poll tax of one dollar on every male citizen of Arkansas goes into the general school fund. Through these channels is provided a large amount of money for building school houses and paying good teachers, so that the children of Arkansas parents are as well provided with educational facilities as those of any State in the Union. No one need hesitate about coming to Arkansas for fear that his children will not receive an education equal to his own or to what they might be able to obtain in any other State. If a higher education is desired, Arkansas can furnish this also. It will be as surprising to the outsider to learn that Arkansas has unsurpassed facilities for advanced education as that It is a temperance State. Every town has its well equipped and graded high school and, in addition, there are, in different parts of the State, numerous State and denominational colleges. No, don't be afraid of Arkansas on account of Munchausen reports of ignorance and crime.
Don't come to Arkansas with the expectation of having to shoot your way to wealth and fame. If it has been necessary to carry a revolver to defend yourself in the State from whence you come, don't keep it loaded or concealed about your person when you come to Arkansas. You are a law-breaker whom the State of Arkansas, in its present backward condition of civilization thinks it necessauy to place in very narrow limits for a short time or pay an exemplary sum into the judicial treasury. What most forcibly strikes the stranger who is thrown in contact with the people of Arkansas is the large proportion of college and educated men among the business and professional men of the State. Wide-awake business men, intelligent of outside affairs, enterprising and progressive in their business, cultured and sociable, deeply interested in the advancement of their State, are the rule. The leading men of the State are from all parts of the country. Like all new States, very few of the foremost men in public affairs and private enterprises were born within the State borders. From the North, from the East and from the South men meet on the soil of Arkansas in a friendly rivalry for individual success and unite in a fraternal fight for the advancement of their State to the front rank, industrially, socially, educationally and religiously.
In the elements that make a desirable state of society the churches always hold an important place, and, in considering the advantages of a new State, an opinion will be formed, more or less correctly, by the disposition of the people toward religion. Among a peace-loving and law-abiding people this valuable adjunct of society, it is naturally expected, will receive a large degree of attention. The same God is worshiped in Arkansas as in Massachusetts. There are, perhaps, not so many costly bellfries and spires in Arkansas, nor do those they have reach so far toward heaven, but earnest prayers are plentiful and generous deeds as frequent. There may not be so much outward show, the purple and fine linen of Christianity, but its spirit is manifested in the warm hearts and the generosity and hospitality of the people. Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Catholics and the minor sects are all represented with comfortable and commodious churches in all quarters of the State. If you are coming to Arkansas with your plow, your hoe and axe, bring along your Bible, Testament and prayer-book. The only implements in use by modern civilization that you will have no use for in Arkansas, and which the State will oppose your bringing, are the demi John Bowie knife and pistol. Every community, village, town and city has its church or churches. The fear of a loss of such privileges need deter no one from coming.
It will be found that Arkansas is well provided with all that makes a desirable state of society. Life in, Arkansas does not mean an existence in the wilderness among semi-barbarians. In Arkansas may be found all those influences that refine, elevate and ennoble life.
Source - Office Of
Railroad Commission Of Arkansas.
THE PARAGOULD SOUTHEASTERN RY. CO,
The following distance rates will apply locally between all stations:
LIST OF STATIONS.
Paragould Ark. 0 miles from Paragould
Bard " 6 "
Brighton " 8 "
*Bertig " 9 "
Cardwell Mo. 12 "
Arbyrd ., " 15 "
Hollywood " 18 "
Hornersville " 23 "
Paepoke Ark. 31 "
Chickasawba " 38 "
* No Agent. Freight destined thereto must be prepaid.
Subject to the Western Classification (with exceptions applicable to Arkansas traffic). Effective January 1, 1903.
W. G. HASTY, President and General Manager. Paragould, Ark., December 15, 1902.
Delaplaine - Brookings
ON THE SUNK LANDS
Source - League of American Sportsmen - 1898
Editor Recreation: While engaged on the geological survey of Arkansas, in 1859, I visited the " sunk lands " of the St. Francis river, near the town of New Madrid. The sunk lands are the result of the great earthquake of 1811, and the name is applied principally to a depressed area covered by the water of the St. Francis river, which stream passes through it, forming a lake 25 to 30 miles long and l/4to l/2 mile wide. Outside of the lake are lines of sunken land, 8 to 10 feet wide, and at that time one to 3 feet deep.
The same condition exists in Tennessee, on the opposite side of the Mississippi, where Reelfoot lake was formed by the damming up of the Obine river. On both sides of the Mississippi, the trees sank with the land, and are still standing and growing, as though never disturbed. In the lakes, the trees were killed by the water, and most of them were standing when I saw them. At Deep Landing, the head of navigation for steamboats that ply from Memphis, the water is 10 to 15 feet deep,-yet so clear, that pebbles on the bottom are distinctly seen.
The lake was full of game fishes, such as black bass, white bass and large bream. We could take, in half an hour, enough fish to supply the camp for a day. We secured a guide and explored the lake in cypress canoes, called by the natives swamp buggies. Along the shores of the lake, and of numerous small islands, called hummucks, wild rice was growing in great profusion. Immense flocks of wild swans, geese and ducks were feeding on the rice. It was too early in the season to shoot them. The guide told me the feathers and down-covered skin of a swan were worth $5.
Between this lake and the Mississippi, the land is covered with a forest of cottonwood trees, and an undergrowth of cane so dense as to be impenetrable except along the paths made by wild animals. At the time of my visit elk, deer, turkeys, bears, panthers and wolves were abundant. As we paddled along the shore of the lake, we saw a large panther stretched on a limb of a cottonwood tree. Soon after we passed a bear with 2 cubs. They looked at us a moment, then leisurely walked into the canebrake. A little farther on, we saw a herd of 50 or more deer come to the shore and drink. Throughout the day's journey in our canoe, we saw numerous flocks of wild turkeys. Indeed, at the time of which I write, it was impossible to find a region so bountifully supplied with game of all kinds, as the sunk lands of Arkansas.
Source - Arkansas : Statistics - 1896HUNTING AND FISHING IN ARKANSAS
So many fishermen and hunters have sought patiently the realization of their dream of a sportsman's paradise, and yet found it not a charmed spot, where game and fish are ever present targets for shot and ball, and eager for the gaudy fly and shining minnow. To unhappy anglers who have suffered through long marches and gone unrewarded, or have traveled far for little sport, the lakes and rivers of Arkansas may be commended with a clear conscience.
Arkansas is truly the paradise of the sportsman. The tide of industrial progress rolling westward drove the game before it. The northwest, the favorite hunting grounds for years, is becoming rapidly depopulated of bird and beast. In Arkansas only of the Mississippi Valley States is to be found nearly all the original varieties of wild animals, birds and fishes. It is true the larger game is disappearing before the rapid settlement of the State. Bear are still found in some of the more sparsely populated mountain districts, while deer are plentiful, and can be frequently seen from the windows of moving trains quietly feeding or drinking.
Crossing the northern boundary of Arkansas at Moark, the first station of any importance is Corning, a favorite resort for fishermen from St. Louis and other Northern points. Black river, three miles to the eastward, has an enviable reputation as a fishing stream, here, as elsewhere in its course, and thoroughly deserves the good opinion of the anglers who frequent its banks; while almost within sight of the station Corning lake spreads its placid surface in invitation to the dancing lure and tooth some minnow. The fame of Corning lake surpasses that of other Arkansas waters, because it is of tener fished by parties living outside the State. It is a good place to go for a few days sport because of its convenience to therailroad and the fact that boats are handy and can be had at any time for a nominal sum, but there are hundreds of lakes as good, so far as the mere matter of fish is concerned, scattered here and there throughout the eastern portion of the "Bear State." Small houses for the convenience of visiting sportsmen have been built at different points on Black river, and as they rent for a trifle, are in many ways preferable to the imprompt camps generally erected as a temporary makeshift without regard to the occupant's comfort. The forests in the vicinity are well stocked with game, large and small, deer being particularly abundant in the tract of country known as "Deer Range," lying east of Black river.
Knobel, six miles farther down the road and beyond the crossing of Black river, is the junction point of the main line of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern and its Helena branch, and aside from its natural advantages of location in the heart of a first-class hunting and fishing country, is also particularly desirable as a stopping place for sportsmen, since it is provided with good hotel accommodations and is in easy reaching distance by rail of choice fishing and shooting on the St. Francis and L'Anguille rivers. Guides are obtainable here, as well as conveyances for transferring tents and camp outfits to the hunting grounds. Deer, turkeys and squirrels are easily found within six or eight miles of town, and splendid fishing for bass, pickerel and crappie in Mill, Maiden and Allen lakes, from two to four miles out. Cache river, at this point not more than six miles from the railroad, is famous for its game and fish; and after the fall rains have flushed its logimpeded channel a canoe or skiff voyage down its current to its confluence with White river, at Clarendon, two hundred miles below, would be an experience that any sportsman would heartily enjoy.
Following a course parallel to that of the St. Francis river to Helena, its terminal point, the branch road from Knobel offers to sportsmen a score of stopping places, any of which may be selected with confidence in the results. The famous Sunken Lands of the St. Francis have been so often described in glowing terms that it is quite unnecessary to grant them any of our limited space. Farther down, where the river, confined between narrower banks begins to develop a current and the impassable marshes give place to firmer soil, game is found in undiminished quantity and its pursuit can be followed under more favorable conditions. The name of the "Sunken Lands" is attractive, and it would be difficult to find a section of country better supplied with all that adds to the happiness of those who love the wild life of the forest, but all of this not even excepting the wonderful Wild fowl shooting in season can be enjoyed on the lower river beyond the limits of this woodland lake.
Gainesville, the first town of any size on the branch after Knobel has been left behind, has St. Francis lake in its vicinity which will furnish sufficient employment for the men of rod and reel, while, as elsewhere in this favored region, the gunners will never be at loss for targets upon which to display their skill.
Brookland in Craighead and Hatchie Coon in Poinsett counties, stations of minor importance in some respects, are, nevertheless, worthy of remembrance by sportsmen who may contemplate a visit to this portion of Arkansas, for at such points the trails leading to the woods are usually short and often indented throughout their length by the sharp hoofs of wandering deer hungry for a meal of the farmer's peas or sweet potato vines.
VannDale and Wynne, in Cross county, are both noted points for deer hunting, while the different lakes in the St. Francis and L'Anguille bottoms, as well as both the rivers just named, afford an inexhaustible supply of bass, jack-salmon, crappie, and the other fishes common to this region.
Probably 90 percent of the sportsmen, who may chance to drift down the main line of the Iron Mountain Route beyond Knobel, will drop off at De La Plaine or O'kean, feeling convinced from past experience, that the deer they are looking for can be easily found in the white oak flats contiguous to the Cache; if not in the river bottoms proper. The oak forests in the districts between the Black and Cache rivers have been sadly depleted by the axes of lumbermen and tiemakers, but the game still lingers in the old "chop-outs," though the undergrowth, in localities, is rendering its pursuit difficult. Fishing is good at both the points mentioned, but to enumerate the different lakes and small streams within reach would be unnecessary.
From Walnut Ridge to Newport, at the crossing of White river, the railroad passes through a belt of country similar in nature to that just described, with Black and Cache rivers about equal distance on either hand. Though settlements are scattered everywhere they are not so thick as to interfere with hunting to any marked degree. The hunter never goes away empty handed and when accompanied by hounds often kills deer within sight of the different towns, and turkeys forage the farmers corn fields daily, while of smaller game there is an unlimited abundance. Walnut Ridge claims for one of its citizens a record of five deer and twenty-five turkeys in one day, a score that will hardly be duplicated soon, but which speaks volumes for that locality as a hunting resort. Wolves, wild cats and small game add zest and variety to the forest sports, and wherever fields of any size are encountered, good quail shooting with or without a dog, is easily obtainable.
Newport, is perhaps one of the best fishing points in the State, as it is located on White river not far from the mouth of Black and within easy reach of Cache. Bass, salmon, crappie, pike and all kinds of perch are plentiful in these streams, as well as in Burgon lake, only three miles from the city, Gambol's lake about four and Waldo Bald Knob Junction, the western terminus of this branch, was, until the non-export interfered, the favorite hunting ground for a number of market shooters, the flat woods, east of this point, fairly swarming with deer in the winter when the overflow had driven them from the low bottoms of White and Little Red rivers. In the winter of 1888-1889, over two hundred deer were killed within six miles of Bald Knob, and other seasons have seen this score exceeded. A great many bears still roam through the cane brakes skirting the rivers, faring sumptuously upon fresh pork whenever the fancy takes, and occasionally furnishing a feast for the farmer whose smoke-house stands empty by reason of their foraging. A description of the fishing in the neighborhood of Bald Knob would be merely a repetition of an old story. Streams and lakes are of precisely the same character as those mentioned in connection with other points, the variety of fish is identically the same, and the most persistent angler will always secure the fullest creel or heaviest string, for the amount of his catch is decided only by his ability to bait hooks and fight his fish.
From Bald Knob to Little Rock the main line passes through a comparatively thickly settled district, gradually drawing away from the course of the larger streams. In this stretch of fifty-seven miles large game is scarce though by no means altogether lacking. Quail, squirrels and rabbits afford abundant sport for those who prefer the shotgun to the rifle, and turkeys frequent the field farthest from the farm houses, and find ample cover for the protection of their young broods in the belts of timber that still remain. As the Arkansas river is neared wild goose and duck shooting is good in the proper season, and many follow it as a profitable business, making five and six dollars a day.
This is particularly the case at Mcalmont, on the main line, six miles north of Little Rock, and here, too, fishing can be had fully equal to any in the State. Hill's lake, five miles east, is much frequented by fishermen from the surrounding country, while Frammel lake, one mile, Peelar lake, two miles, and Ink bayou, scarcely one-half mile east of town, all abound in bass, trout, pike and the different varieties of perch. Deer and turkeys are frequently killed in this locality and all sorts of small game is abundant.
In Arkansas, while judicious game-protective measures have been adopted and are generally respected and enforced, the open seasons are long, and the privileges allowed can be thoroughly enjoyed. Here the severity of winter storms or the impediment of snow drifts twenty feet in depth never intervene to hinder the hunter in pursuit of his game. Taking the season through not a single day need be lost from sport by reason of icy winds or penetrating cold, and, better than all the rest, the sportsman who wanders in this direction in search of recreation, when returning home is never compelled to stop en route and search the city markets for woodland trophies that he has failed to obtain in a more legitimate manner.
Source - ALLUVIAL LANDS OF ARKANSAS - SCENES ON THE ST. FRANCIS RIVER IN ARKANSAS - 1901
SCENE ON THE UPPER ST. FRANCIS RIVER IN ARKANSAS NEAR LONE GUM TREE ISLAND, ST. FRANCIS RIVER
THE SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE