LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission agreed Thursday to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Arkansas will officially join the compact of 38 states on July 1.
The compact is a database for states to use in checking records, especially violations of hunting and fishing regulations. With it, the agency’s licensing system can make checks by computer with other states on persons buying hunting and fishing licenses. It functions similar to the National Crime Information Center in tracking illegal activities over the United States.
The Legislature endorsed the move last year in legislation that became Act. 1349 of 2013, and state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also approved of the state joining the compact. The new law gives Game and Fish authority to cooperate with other states for wildlife conservation, management and regulation purposes.
Information on license buyers that will be available to other states includes name, date of birth, physical description, last known address and any violations in hunting, fishing and trapping. Fines and suspensions for violations also will be listed.
In another action, the commissioners approved a land swap in Cut-Off Creek Wildlife Management Area in Drew County. Four parcels of land inside the WMA owned by the Price companies and totaling 185 acres will be exchanged for 242 acres owned by AGFC that has no public access.
After appraisals are made, Price will add adjoining land to the exchange if the appraisals show values of the traded tracts are not equal. AGFC has earmarked $10,000 for appraisals, insurance and closing costs.
The panel also approved sale of a number of boats, motors and trailers used by its Enforcement Division. The items are unserviceable or not up to standards needed by wildlife officers in the field. Proceeds of the sale will be used for new boating equipment.
The commissioners will study a proposal for relocating the Hilary Jones Wildlife Museum and Elk Information Center at Jasper. Owner of the facility has notified the agency that rent will be nearly doubled.