Game and Fish - Greene County, Arkansas
County was well known for being a Sportsman's Paradise with the
abundance of wildlife and being a source of income for many of
our ancestors. I wanted to create a record of the many events that lead
up to the need for protection for our wildlife. The rules and
regulations that we abide by
today through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was handed down
to us just like our heritage of hunting and fishing that so many of us
sportsman enjoy today and we pass on to our children and grandchildren.
Without the season dates and bag limits that we are required to abide
by, there would be no wildlife in our county today.
August 15, 1906 - Jonesboro Weekly Sun
Prolific Cause of Trouble Stirs up the Natives in Stonewall, Greene County.
Fishing rights and privileges have been a cause of trouble and tragedy
in this section and the latest develpment of this kind comes from
Stonewall, north of Jonesboro in Greene County. Some of the citizens of
the hamlet leased a right to fish in Cache River to the St. Louis
Fishing Club, and it is claimed the club has abused the privileges
granted and violated the game laws. Dr. J.S. Ellis of Stonewall was
appointed game warden on the petition of some of the citizens and made
some arrests. This says the Paragould Soliphone caused enmity and the
parties arrested preferred charges against Dr. Ellis charging him with
practicing medicine without a license. He was tried before Justice
Craig of Paragould and discharged. He does not practice but keeps a
April 11, 1913 - Jonesboro Daily Tribune
Protect Wild Life
the general trend of the public mind is today centered on the
preservation of life and property in the lowlands and the people of
this section are preparing to make demonstrations of their sympathy for
the refuges by taking care of those who come here during the present
high water, the protection of wild life is a question that also
confronts us at this time.
It has been the custom of many people during high water to slaughter
all the game that comes their way regardless of the game laws. Deer
have been clubbed to death in the water while swimming to high ground
and wild turkey, quail and other game have met a like fate. If
something is not done to stop the ruthless slaughter it will only be a
question of a few years until wild life in Arkansas is extinct.
E.V. Visart of the Arkansas Game and Fish Protective Association, an
organization which was formed by sportsmen of the state to protect game
and fish from the pot hunter and market fisherman, is at present in
this section endeavering to secure members to this splendid
organization which is trying in a feeble way to do that which the state
has refused to do protect its game. It is hoped that in this manner
suffiecient money can be raised to at least protect wild life during
the highwater. Mr. Visart is trying to the sheriff of every county to
co-operate in the movement and in cases where the sheriff refuses he
intends to go before the grand jury and indict those who want only
break the game laws by killing out of season.
June 13, 1913 Jonesboro Daily Tribune
Game Proctective Association - Acting under the supervision of the
Arkansas Game Protective Association the sheriff of Greene County
conviscated thirteen fish nets yesterday found in the St. Francis River
and is now out on the river looking for the men who own the nets. This
practice is a direct violation of the game law and is punishable by
heavy fines, but many people along our streams resort to it and catch
great quantities of fish for the market. We are glad to see the
officials take action in this matter and hope every county in the state
will follow Greene and exterminate this evil which is fast depopulating
our best streams of game fish.
August 22, 1913 - Jonesboro Daily Tribune
Game Protective Ass'n Will Urge Better Laws
Rock, Aug. 21 - A meeting of the Arkansas Fish and Game Protective
Association will probably be held next Tuesday night. The special
business to be transacted will be the election of a president and
discussion of a plan of campaign. It is understood that former Gov.
J.M. Futrell of Paragould has agreed to accept the presidency and to
champion the proposed laws that are to be offered the next Legislature
March 31, 1915 - Jonesboro Weekly Sun
Little Rock, Ark. Gov. Hays this afternoon the new state game and fish commission, as follows;
Beauchamp, Paragould; Lee Miles, Little Rock, C.C. Calvert, Fort Smith;
George Webber, Texarkana and Dr. Horatio Wells of Monticello.
Game Warden Confiscates Fish
Saturday, July 20, 1918 - Jonesboro Daily Tribune
of this week Game Warden Med Donnelson confiscated a barrel of fish at
the depot here which had been shipped by W.R. Adams of Lepanto, to a
Memphis concern, that was valued at $68.00. In the barrel were a
lot of game fish which is a direct violations of the law to ship out of
the state. The value of the game fish amounted to about $8.00 but the
entire barrel was confiscated. The game fish were given away at the
depot, and the frogs and other fish were sent to the Salvation Army in
January 19, 1921 - Jonesboro Daily Tribune
sportsmen alarmed over the introduction of a bill to abolish the Game
and Fish Commission circulated the following petition today which was
freely signed and will be presented to the legislature. It is hoped the
sportsmen throughout the state will act accordingly and do all in their
power to make the game commission an active agency to supress law
To the Members of the Arkansas Legislature: We the
undersignted sportsmen of Jonesboro realing that the game of the State
is rapidly disappearing owing to the ruthless slaughter and violations
of our game laws, hereby petition and pray that the Game and Fish
Commission not only be increased and that game wardens be given the
power to make arrests immediately upon ascertaining the fact that the
law has been violated instead of having their work curtailed by having
to file information and prevail upon some other official to make the
arrest as under the present law. Turkey, bear and deer are rapidly
vanishing and now only a few counties can boast of any big game,
whereas the past our forests teemed with game of all kind and our
citizens could hunt at will. Nearly ever state in America has provided
stringent laws to guard the game and unless we follow the example set
our game will soon be extinct, and it will be too late to act. Now is
the time to start the conservation and protection and we earnestly
beseech all true citizens to exert every energy toward conservation and
join in the demand that the Game and Fish Commission be given full
power to act and that the legislature refrain from any action that
would hinder them in their work.
Approves of New Quail Hunting Restrictions -Saturday, August 3, 1946 Arkansas Gazette
To the Editor of the Gazette:
have read several letters criticizing the new rulings made by the
Arkansas Fish and Game Commission on the quail sesson. I think that
staggering the hunting days is the best possible way of restocking the
fields with rapidly disappearing quail. I have hunted all my life, am
now over 50, and have never seen as few birds as I did this past
sesson. I have five dogs that I have to feed and buy licenses for.
Unless there are more birds I will be forced to give up this wonderful
sport. I have hunted in all of the Arkansas counties except two and in
several other states and in talking with other hunters, I learn that my
opinion is shared with the majority.
If something drastic
isn't done to conserve our quail here there won't be any.
This system has worked in other states with great success. All of the
criticizing sports are griping about the new law not being fair to the
hunter. Why can't fairness to the quail be considered?
am a working man and hunt purely for sport. I believe that three
hunting days a week are suffiecient to furnish that sport. I can't see
how a working man can hunt more than that and still make a living. Some
argue that only the financiall able will reap rewards from the new
ruling. I contend that the new setup will even be cheaper because
anyone can see that seven days hunting is more costlier than three.
Also I think that a man who can't afford this sport should refrain and
take up something else.
Many people think that we should be
allowed to hunt on Sunday. I am also against that even though I have
practiced it many times in the past. We have to depend on our farmers
to protect the quail and there are many farmers against hunting on
Sunday. Why should we do this and give ourselves a black eye with the
man from whom we have to have co-operation in order to continue the
I am commending the Fish and Game Commission on their thoughtfulness and efforts toward conserving our birds.
Alexander, Ark.--- D.L. Bishop.
Thursday, June 12, 1913 - Arkansas Gazette
War Is Begun On Illegal Fisherman
- Sheriff Al Grooms accompanied by two deputies and J.O. Roberts deputy
under State Game Warden E.V. Visart, spent yesterday on the St. Francis
river east of Paragould making raids on the illegal fishing
paraphernalla used by the fisherman on that river. Twenty illegal nets
were captured and destroyed and three men alleged to have been
operating illegal nets were arrested and will be brought to trial
For several years fishing on St. Francis river has
been destroyed on account of the illegal traps, nets and seines used by
the local fishermen who ship the fish to the markets.
recently came to Paragould and conferred with those interested in the
enforcement of the game and fish laws and made arrangements to break up
the illegal traffic on the St. Francis river. He had no troble in
securing the co-operation of the sheriff, and it is believed the raids
made yesterday which are to be followed up with other raids and
convictions will result in putting market fishermen out of business.
Mr. Visart will make an appointment with the Missouri game warden and
have him come to the Missouri side of the St. Francis river and
together the men will make a clean sweep of every illegal net, trap and
seine in the river.