A proposal for Arkansas to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact was made to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at its monthly meeting in Little Rock Thursday.

A proposal for Arkansas to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact was made to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at its monthly meeting in Little Rock Thursday.


The system functions like the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in tracking illegal activities over the United States.


If approved by the commissioners at their January meeting, Arkansas would be the 38th state in the Wildlife Violator Compact, according to Jim Goodheart, AGFC’s chief legal counsel.


The proposal has been reviewed by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel , and the Legislature this year endorsed it with the passage of Act 1349. The act gives the agency authority to cooperate with other states for wildlife conservation, management and regulation purposes.


Included would be the ability for the AGFC’s licensing system to make checks by computer with other states on persons buying hunting and fishing licenses and a data base of violations and convictions.


In other action Thursday, the commissioners agreed to a land trade near Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area with AGFC giving 160 acres to Goose Lake Properties in exchange for 155.5 acres. Appraisals have the land to be gained by AGFC with a higher value than the land it is giving up.


The commission also approved an additional $10,000 for the building of a walking trail on the Little Missouri River below Narrows Dam. This is near Murfreesboro. The trail will aid fishermen who want to go after trout on the river.


Total cost for the first phase of the trail is estimated at $98,000.