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Wayne Watson
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« on: December 04, 2018, 07:07:57 PM »

Howard Bates was able to get a list of all the counties that have a beaver bounty.

Arkansas County Conservation District

Ashley County Conservation District

Calhoun County Conservation District

Carroll County Conservation District

Chicot County Conservation District

Clark County Conservation District

Clay County Conservation District

Cleburne County Conservation District

Columbia County Conservation District

Conway County Conservation District

Crawford County Conservation District

Crittenden County Conservation District

Cross County Conservation District

Dallas County Conservation District

Desha County Conservation District

Drew County Conservation District

Faulkner County Conservation District

Franklin County Conservation District

Garland County Conservation District

Grant County Conservation District

Greene County Conservation District

Hempstead County Conservation District

Hot Spring County Conservation District

Jackson County Conservation District

Jefferson County Conservation District

Johnson County Conservation District

Lafayette Conservation District

Lawrence County Conservation District

Lee County Conservation District

Lincoln County Conservation District

Lonoke County Conservation District

Miller County Conservation District

Mine Creek Conservation District

Mississippi County Conservation District

Monroe County Conservation District

Montgomery County Conservation District

Ouachita County Conservation District

Perry County Conservation District

Phillips County Conservation District

Pike County Conservation District

Poinsett County Conservation District

Pope County Conservation District

Poteau River Conservation District

Prairie County Conservation District

Pulaski County Conservation District

Randolph County Conservation District

Rich Mountain Conservation District

Saline County Conservation District

Sebastian County Conservation District

Stone County Conservation District

St. Francis County Conservation District

Union County Conservation District

White County Conservation District

Woodruff County Conservation District

Yell County Conservation District
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 09:05:32 PM »

Thanks, Wayne.  I have contacted Washington, Benton, and Madison Counties in the past, and they are all reluctant to pursue the bounty program due to the cost and effort to administer this program, along with the necessary paperwork that is required by the state.  I would suggest that other trappers in the northwest corner of the state contact these three counties, and let them know that there are other trappers interested in participating in this program.  Who knows, a little more squeaking, and the the wheel may get greased.   
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 12:23:49 PM »

Roy, do you know of a few places that beaver have dammed culverts in the fayetville area?
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2018, 09:58:23 PM »

No, Travis, but I will look around, and also check with the Washington County road department, and let you know.  I do recall that the creek crossing the Salem road was backed up the last time I crossed it.  But that is in the Fayetteville City limits, so I just got a good laugh out of that, since the good animal lovers there have passed laws that prohibit anyone from bothering anything with fur.  Guess it would depend on who is responsible for maintenance of the road.  Thanks, Travis.   
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2018, 08:16:27 AM »

Reason for asking, if Trappers in NWA keep an eye out and take a picture of a beaver clogged culvert or even den digging, we would have a better chance of convincing the judge that it is needed.
If you can find more than a few inside city limits of fayetville, it would be even better. That would prove with an absence of trappers, even one, a beavers prejudice knows no limits.
I’ll see about talking with our conservation district appointee, to see just how much “paper work” is truly needed.
We can also talk to the road dept to get a general idea of man/machine hrs it takes to TEMPORARILY undo the clog.
It would be difficult, but if we knew a general number of beaver taken in the area, it may help as well. Someone not in the know may not realize that the problem may not be 1000 beaver a year but a few hundred.
With all that I’d be willing to go to a conservation meeting or 2, to try and sway the committee to reevaluate.
Washington county had built a legal case against Arkansas Association of conservation counties for mismanagement of funds.
It stands to reason and logic that making the tax payer foot the bill on the road dept vs paying a few trappers a fraction to eliminate and properly prevent this type of road maintenance, is mismanagement of funds. One could call that, the pot calling the kettle black.
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2018, 12:20:37 PM »

Remember the grief Fayetteville gave me about a problem beaver?  They did the same thing to Mr. Cecil Gibbs a few years back. 

I would be willing to go with you to those meetings.  I do like being proactive as opposed to being reactive.

Let me know how I can help.

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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2018, 01:39:54 PM »

Washington county is 952 sq miles
Fayetville is 55 sq miles
While we are not trying to change municipal code to allow trapping in city limits, rural areas that do have beaver issues may be helped by Act 1358.

I’m sure you know what I meant by using the city as a fine example of ignorance over malice. Where the uneducated County employees speak for the counties best interest. Never mind the ever expanding gentrification of our states habitat for the well being booming NWA economy.
Beaver swamp.......pfttt! No thank you, we’ll have another Walmart though!!
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