Game and Fish - Greene County, Arkansas

 
 Greene 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.


Tina Easley
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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 store.


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April 11, 1913  - Jonesboro Daily Tribune
Protect Wild Life
While 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. 

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June 13, 1913   Jonesboro Daily Tribune

Arkansas 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.

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August 22, 1913  - Jonesboro Daily Tribune
Game Protective Ass'n Will Urge Better Laws

Little 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 for enactment.

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March 31, 1915  - Jonesboro Weekly Sun
Little Rock, Ark.  Gov. Hays this afternoon the new state game and fish commission, as follows;
D.G. Beauchamp, Paragould; Lee Miles, Little Rock, C.C. Calvert, Fort Smith; George Webber, Texarkana and Dr. Horatio Wells of Monticello.

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Game Warden Confiscates Fish
Saturday, July 20, 1918  - Jonesboro Daily Tribune

Monday 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 Jonesboro.

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January 19, 1921  - Jonesboro Daily Tribune
Local 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 violators:
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.

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Approves of New Quail Hunting Restrictions -Saturday, August 3, 1946 Arkansas Gazette

 To the Editor of the Gazette:
I 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?  

I 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 sport?
I am commending the Fish and Game Commission on their thoughtfulness and efforts toward conserving our birds.
Alexander, Ark.--- D.L. Bishop.

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Thursday, June 12, 1913 - Arkansas Gazette

War Is Begun On Illegal Fisherman
Paragould, - 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 tomorrow.

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.
Mr. Visart 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.

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