LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a special proclamation recognizing Sept. 15-22 as Arkansas Hunting and Fishing Week.


The presentation was made Sept. 14 in the Governor’s Conference Room at the state capitol, according to a news release.


He announced the celebration in front of dozens of representatives from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, outdoor industry and nonprofit organizations who partner with the agency to promote conservation throughout the state.


“This is exciting to be able to promote hunting and fishing in Arkansas,” Hutchinson said. “It’s healthy, it’s a part of us and helps drive our economy as well.”


Commission Chairman Ford Overton of Little Rock said he was honored at the continued support the governor has shown the commission through its efforts at recruiting hunters and anglers.


“We have so many great places to hunt, so many great places to fish,” Overton said. “The governor’s support is very important to us being able to hand this down to the next generation of sportsmen.”


The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and its partners have organized many special activities to recognize the week and the contributions hunting and fishing make to people’s daily lives.


On Sept. 15, the Delta Rivers Nature Center held its annual Marksmanship Challenge, an event where participants could try their hand at BB gun shooting, archery, target casting and hatchet throwing. Visit www.agfc.com/deltarivers to learn more about the center and find links to their event calendar and Facebook page. (The center’s interior was closed for renovations.)


The Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek in Yellville will host a fishing derby on Sept. 22. For more events at this education center, visit https://www.agfc.com/en/explore-outdoors/nature-and-education-centers/fbcec/.


The AGFC’s Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range in Mayflower will hold special pricing all week, from Sept. 15-23, to help hunters and shooting enthusiasts celebrate the event. All skeet and trap shooting will be reduced to ½ price and all youth 6-17 may shoot at the pistol or rifle range for free. Also any customer who has purchased a new hunting rifle or muzzleloader may shoot for free if they bring proof of their recent purchase.


“We held a similar promotion throughout August, and really saw a good response,” said Grant Tomlin, AGFC assistant chief of education. “We are excited to get more people safely enjoying the shooting sports, and even have staff on hand who can help people learn the proper way to handle and respect a firearm.”


The week will wrap up on Sept. 22, which Hutchinson proclaimed National Hunting and Fishing Day in Arkansas.


Visit www.agfc.com to view a calendar of events or visit AGFC’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ARGameandFish to learn more about events at AGFC facilities throughout the week.