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Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission yesterday authorized Director Austin Booth to amend a long-term lease agreement with Central Arkansas Water to expand Maumelle River Wildlife Management Area in Pulaski County by 2,395 acres.

According to Ben Batten, AGFC deputy director, Maumelle River WMA was created in July 2010 when CAW agreed to allow hunting and other outdoor recreational activities on its property around Lake Maumelle with AGFC’s oversight. In July 2013 the two organizations signed a 99-year lease agreement for $1 million to ensure public hunting access on 18,861 acres around Lake Maumelle.

“Previously to that point there was no hunting allowed on that property at all and it allowed for some small game hunting and limited archery hunting for deer,” Batten said.

Map: An amended lease agreement will open more than 2,300 acres of property in Central Arkansas to public hunting and outdoor recreation.


Last year, CAW approached the AGFC with an offer to reset the 99-year lease and add 2,395 acres the water utility had acquired to protect the watershed since the initial agreement. AGFC will pay CAW an additional $226,825 under the amended lease agreement.

“It equates to a cost of 54 cents per acre per year, which is an incredibly good value,” Batten said.
 

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More land for me and a million other people to bowhunt close to LR. Nice.
 
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I have hammered on the AGFC after they destroyed the Duck Hunting in Beaver Dam Slough with the idiotic logging job and I have not let up. I will give Mr. Booth credit for stepping up and doing what had to be done in Bayou Meto. He inherited a mess that should have been gradually dealt with 20 to 30 years ago. I hope moving forward their logging efforts will be cleaner. More public land is good for Arkansans. Those non-huntable areas around Little Rock with good water hold Ducks. Saw a butt load of Mallards this week in these places and they were foreigners.This is a win-win. When you and Austin and the gang at the commission are having cigars and brandy on the veranda, please let them know.
 
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