Arkansas Wildlife Federation

AWF has a new address & phone number!

Posted by | Mar. 26, 2013 | About AWF, Arkansas Out-of-Doors

AWF has moved thanks to the donation of land by Dr. Charles Logan, M.D. and his wife Joyce Logan. Our new information:

Arkansas Wildlife Federation

P.O. Box 56380

Little Rock, AR 72215


Achievement Awards

Posted by | Sep. 7, 2011 | About AWF

Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards

The Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement awards are designed to honor individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone beyond the call of duty to promote the conservation of our natural resources. Each year, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation invites the Governor of Arkansas to speak at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet and present the conservation  awards.

Banquet Flyer 2013

The following conservation awards may be given annually:

  1. Harold Alexander Conservationist of the Year Award
  2. Rex Hancock Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award
  3. Carol Griffee Conservation Communicator of the Year Award
  4. John L. Gray Forestry Conservationist of the Year Award
  5. Water Conservationist of the Year Award
  6. Conservationist Organization of the Year Award
  7. Corporate Conservationist of the Year Award
  8. President’s Award
  9. Educator Conservationist of the Year Award
  10. Student Conservationist of the Year Award
  11. * Hunter Education Instructor of the Year Award
  12. * Boating Education Instructor of the Year Award
  13. * AGFC Officer of the Year

* – denotes nominations & awards determined by AGFC and not the AWF judging committee


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where can I get hunting and fishing licenses?
A. Typically, most sporting goods stores and local stores throughout the state sell hunting and fishing licenses. Also, you can call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission office in Little Rock at 501-223-6300 or 1-800-364-4263 to find the nearest place you can acquire a hunting or fishing licenses, or you can visit AGFC online and purchase a hunting or fishing license.

Q. What do I do if I find injured wildlife?
A. Depending on where you are located when you find injured wildlife, you should call the area office of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Call AGFC at 501-223-6300 to secure the name and wildlife officer for your area. AGFC has a page of rehabilitators on their website. These are not AGFC employees, but individuals/organizations licensed to properly handle injured animals.

Q. How do I join the AWF?
A. Visit our membership page.

Q. Where does my money go when I join?
A:100% of all contributions to the AWF stay in Arkansas!

Q. Does AWF support hunting?
Yes, Arkansas Wildlife Federation was founded by hunters and anglers as well as farmers, doctors, dentists and many outdoor enthusiasts who are hikers, canoeist, mountain climbers, spelunkers, etc. We believe all Arkansans and visitors to our state should have the opportunity to hunt and fish within the guideline of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Q. Is AWF an environmental organization?
A: An environmental organization is a broad term that encompasses many different ideas of protection for the environment. AWF advocates environmental protection while at the same time supports the sustainable harvest of animals for food and for pleasure.


Recommended Links

Arkansas Wildlife Federation’s Official Wildlife Photographer
Tim Carr is one of the most talented wildlife photographers in Arkansas and has contributed many outstanding wildlife photographs that are reproduced in the AWF newspaper – Arkansas Out-of-Doors, the annual AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet book, and other publications by AWF. Tim Carr has an outstanding website which displays the many wildlife photos he has produced.

The National Wildlife Federation
NWF is America’s largest conservation organization and is the only conservation organization that places a high priority on working with families and children. NWF’s mission is to “inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
The mission of the U.S. Fish and WildlifeServices, working with others, is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitat for their continuing benefits of the American People.

Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment – air, water, and land – upon which life depends.

USDA Forest Service
The phrase “Caring  for the Land and Serving People” captures the Forest Service mission.  As set forth in law, the mission is to achieve quality land management under sustainable multiple-use management to meet the diverse needs of the        people.

The Buffalo National River

This river is consider one of America’s favorite canoeing and hiking adventures. Some one million people visit the Buffalo National River every year. The park is divided up into three segments: 1.) the upper 2.) the middle and 3.) the lower river. The middle and lower segments are in the Twin Lakes Area. The upper segment is about 70 minutes from Mountain Home, Arkansas. Depending on where you are in the Twin Lakes, access to the Buffalo National River is only a few minutes away, or as much as 75 minutes.

The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

They are really two separate Forests with many differences – distinct in their own topographical, geological, biological, cultural and social differences, yet each makes up a part of the overall National Forest system. The Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas. The tallest mountain in the State is Mount Magazine, and it has an incredible, living underground cave. The St. Francis National Forest covers 22,600 acres in eastern Arkansas, and is one of the smallest and most diverse forests in the country. These forests are generously endowed with recreational opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, scenic drives, picnics sites, and opportunities for wildlife viewing also abound.  

The Ouachita National Forest

It covers nearly 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma. It is the oldest and largest National Forest in the Southern Region. When first established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, it was named the Arkansas National Forest. President Calvin Coolidge renamed it to Ouachita in 1926. Ouachita (pronounced wash-i-tah) is the French spelling of a Native American word meaning “good hunting ground.” The Ouachita is primarily a pine-hickory mix. It has over 700 miles of trails for various activities such as hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, off-road vehicles, and trails that allow for accessibility. There are 35 developed recreation areas, 7 scenic areas, 43 vistas, 5 float camps, 11 shooting ranges, 2 historical sites, 6 wilderness areas, and 1 national recreation area. Most of the developed recreation areas are open April through September, but some sites are open year-round.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The mission of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is to wisely manage all the fish and wildlife resources of Arkansas while providing maximum enjoyment for the people.

Arkansas State Parks

Since its creation, Arkansas State Parks system has held true to its four basic charges:

  • To provide optimum quality recreational and educational opportunities in sufficient quantities and conveniently located to meet the experience needs of state citizens and visitors;
  • To safeguard the natural, historical and cultural resources by providing adequate facilities and skilled leadership in state parks;
  • To enhance the economy of the state by providing recreation destinations and leisure services closely attuned to the natural, historical and cultural appeal of Arkansas, and ;
  • To provide responsible leadership statewide for the conservation of valuable state resources   

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

The mission of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission is to identify and protect remaining high-quality natural communities and maintain information on the distribution and status of rare species that live within the state. As Arkansas continues to grow and develop, it is vital that ANHC identify and protect the best examples of Arkansas remaining natural heritage. By focusing its attention upon those natural communities and species that need the most protection, ANHC can help to ensure that Arkansas’s unique natural diversity is not lost. 

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

The mission of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is to protect Arkansas’ priceless natural resources – its air, water and land – from the threat of pollution. ADEQ is committed to protect, enhance, and restore the natural environment for the well-being of all Arkansans.


Natural Awakenings magazine

River Network

Izaak Walton League of America

Natural Resources Conservation Services/USDA




AWF has several autonomous affiliate organizations throughout the state. Some of these groups were formed to work on specific projects in their local areas, such as the Yell County Wildlife Federation. Other groups that affiliate with the AWF are groups that already exist but want to provide more support on issues affecting the entire state.

Any organization with at least 10 members may apply for affiliation. The affiliation fee is $50 per year. Each affiliate organization will receive Arkansas Out-of-Doors. Any members of the affiliation that would life to receive an electronic PDF copy of the newspaper will receive it for free once they have provided their e-mail address. The affiliate organization can publish its news & upcoming events in Arkansas Out-of-Doors at no charge (contact editor for details). All affiliate applications are subject to approval by the AWF Board of Directors. For more information on affiliation, contact the AWF office:
Email AWF or call (501) 888-4770.

  1. Arkansas Chapter of American Fisheries
  2. Arkansas Trappers Association
  3. Arkansas Tech University Fisheries & Wildlife Society
  4. Cane Creek Homeowner’s Association
  5. Creative Ideas
  6. Greene County Wildlife Club
  7. Little River Bottoms Chapter of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation
  8. University of the Ozarks – Clarksville, AR
    Ozark Outdoors
  9. Westark Wildlife
  10. White River Conservancy
  11. Yell County Wildlife Federation


AWF Staff and Board Members


Ethan Nahté
Creative Director

P.O. Box 56380
Little Rock, Arkansas 72215
Office – (501) 888-4770

AWF Executive Committee

President: Wayne Shewmake – Dardanelle, AR

1st Vice President: Ellen McNulty – Pine Bluff, AR

2nd Vice President: Jerry Crowe – Dardanelle, AR

Secretary: Clay Spikes – Benton, AR

Treasurer: Gary W. Bush – Marion, AR
Executive Director: vacant
Technical Advisor: vacant

Directors at Large

Jim Wood – Dardanelle, AR

Lola Perritt – Mabelvale, AR

Dr. Charles W. Logan,M.D. – Little Rock, AR
Lucien Gillham – Sherwood, AR

Bobby Hacker – Little Rock, AR

Mike Armstrong – Little Rock, AR

Clay Spikes – Benton, AR
Jared Schluterman – Russellville, AR

Regional Directors

District 1: Patty Dell-Duchene – Augusta, AR

Alternate: Linda Cooper – Augusta, AR
District 2: Vacant
District 3: Lola Perritt – Mabelvale, AR

District 4: Steve Filipek – Little Rock, AR

District 5: Mary Lou Lane – Dardanelle, AR

National Wildlife Federation Delegate

Ellen McNulty – Pine Bluff, AR

Alternate: Jared Schluterman – Russellville, AR

NWF Regional Representative
Geralyn Hoey – Austin, TX

Advisor to President

Ralph Odegard – Mountain Home, AR

Larry Hedrick – Hot Springs, AR

Charles McLemore, Jr. – Bryant, AR

President Emeritus and First Lady Emeritus

Bob and Rae Apple, Dardanelle, AR

Arkansas Tech University Fisheries & Wildlife Society
Austin Klais, President – Russellville, AR

Arkansas Chapter of American Fisheries

Arkansas Trappers Association
Gary Helms, President – Texarkana, AR

Cane Creek Hometowner’s Assocation
Shirley Beavers – Scranton, AR

Creative Ideas
Sharon Hacker, President – Little Rock, AR

Friends of Delaware Park
Jim Heflin – Dardanelle, AR

Greene County Wildlife Club
Rick Woolridge, President – Paragould, AR

Little River Bottoms Chapter, Arkansas Wildlife Federation
Vickers Fuqua, President – Texarkana, AR
Mike Young, Secretary & Treasurer

Spring River Sportsman
Wally Schultz – Cherokee Village, AR

University of the Ozarks – Clarksville
Jamie L. Hedges, Director of Outdoor & Environmental Experiences – Clarksville, AR

Westark Wildlife
G. David Matlock, Fort Smith, AR

White River Conservancy
Gayne Preller Schmidt, Augusta, AR

Yell County Wildlife Federation
James Manatt, President – Dardanelle,AR

Arkansas Wildlife Federation Staff
Editor – Ethan Nahté

Editor-in-Chief – Wayne Shewmake

Layout Design – Chris Zimmerman/Zim Creative

Staff Writers – Wayne Shewmake, Johnny Sain, Jr., Ethan Nahté,  Al Wolff, Dr. Robert Morgan, AGFC, Environmental Ellie May, Hollie Sanders, Dr. Rita Littrell

Contributing Writers – Lola Perritt, Ellen McNulty, Idun Guenther, Sarah Chronister, Nao Ueda, Jim Wood, NWF, ADEQ, Gail Murdoch, Lauren Ray

Contributing Photographers – Wayne Shewmake, Ethan Nahté, Tim Carr, Johnny Sain, Jr.,  Mike Wintroath, Dr. Robert Morgan, Andrew Stevens

AWF Board Meetings

Typically, the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation meets once a quarter, on a Saturday in each quarter from 10:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. Meeting locations vary, so please watch for details on the website calendar or

The Executive Committee meets as called by the president of AWF, which is generally once a quarter prior to the Board of Directors meeting. The AWF annual meeting with the election of officers and awards banquet is usually held in September of each year as set by the AWF Board of Directors.



AWF primary events during the year at this time are the following:

2012 AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet – August 25, 2012 at the Center of Bryant, Bishop Park 6401 Boone Rd., Bryant, Arkansas. Doors open at 5:30 PM for banquet. Dinner starts at 6 PM at North end of building by stage Awards Program. Silent Auction – Live Auction – Door Prizes. Tickets $40 Couple/$25 Single. Contact AWF at 501-224-9200. Wayne Shewmake 479-229-2298

AWF Annual Meeting and Election of Officers and Board of Directors – Typically, the AWF board holds the annual meeting and election of officers on the Saturday following the annual Awards Banquet. Meeting locations vary. Check the AWF calendar or the Events section of our Facebook page for more details on time and locations.

AWF quarterly Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meetings – Generally, the AWF Executive Committee and Board of Directors host their meetings the third Saturday for each quarter.

The president of the board of directors or members of the AWF Executive Committee can call a meeting at any time. The AWF Executive Committee typically meets from 10:00 AM till noon prior to the full meeting of the AWF Board of Directors which meets from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Agendas and minutes of previous meetings are sent out by email and in the mail prior to the meetings of the AWF Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

AWF Standing Committees and Meeting Dates – The President of AWF with the approval of the Board of Directors shall appoint all standing committees which shall be, but not limited to: Membership, State Legislature, Ways and Means, Public Relations, Conservation Education and Information, Soil and Water Conservation, Forest and Cover Restoration, Wildlife and Fisheries and National Affairs. Each Committee Chairman shall select committee members from the board or from AWF membership. Additionally, the AWF President and Executive Committee can appoint committees as deemed necessary to carry forward the word of the federation. It is hoped these committees can meet each quarter and provide ongoing reports to quarterly board meetings on committee activities and achievements.

AWF History

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation was founded in 1936. During that time AWF has had many successes, and AWF vitally important work continues today. Listed below are a few of AWF past efforts and some that are ongoing to give an idea of the importance of these tasks. On many of these efforts, AWF worked in cooperation with other organizations and agencies.

  • In 1944, AWF sponsored and worked for the passage of Amendment 35, creating the modern-day, autonomous, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. The Arkansas Wildlife Federation was the major
  • One of the conservation organizations responsible for supporting state legislation that established  the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission – one of the leading wildlife agencies in the nation.
  • From the mid-1980s until its adoption in 1996, AWF helped develop and pass the 1/8 of 1% Conservation Sales Tax Amendment that funded programs and operation of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
  • In August, 2003, AWF published the Arkansas Wildlife Federation Duck Report, “Improving the Quality of Duck Hunting in Arkansas.” This 60-page research project has received praise throughout the state and nation. It has resulted in changes in duck hunting regulations that improved the quality of duck hunting in Arkansas.
  • AWF, along with other agencies and organizations, successfully challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans to channel the Cache River in East Arkansas, one of the nation’s most important regions for waterfowl.
  • AWF has worked for years to champion water conservation, protecting lakes, rivers, watersheds, and aquifers throughout the state.
  • AWF recognizes the Lower White River as one of America’s most important regions of fish & wildlife habitat. AWF realizes the economic importance of the navigation channel and supports the economic and environmental integrity of the river.
  • In the 1970’s, AWF, along with other conservation organizations, was instrumental in the reduction of clear-cutting in the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests.
  • AWF continues its support of protecting high-quality streams, such as Crooked Creek, and supports better regulations to protect streams and rivers from in-stream-gravel mining.
  • In the 1990’s, AWF worked cooperatively in developing the concept, planning and implementation of the Oak Forest Symposium. This meeting addressed the issue of the decline of oaks in Arkansas’ national forests. More than 350 natural resource professionals attended the symposium.
  • AWF supported land trades with Weyerhaeuser and Potlatch that resulted in over 100,000 acres of wildlife-rich lands being added to national wildlife refuges located within Arkansas.
  • AWF worked with other conservation groups to convince the government to locate the Great River Bridge downstream from Big Island, protecting valuable habitat.
  • Since June 1946, AWF has published  Arkansas Out-of-Doors, now a bi-monthly newspaper relating to hunting, fishing and conservation issues impacting fish & wildlife, ecological habitats, and the environment.
  • AWF organized regional Farm Seminars to inform farmers of the financial benefits of government programs that encourage conservation.
  • AWF conducted waterfowl seminars that dealt with habitat management, biology and related topics.
  • AWF conducted conservation contests in schools, encouraging students to become more aware of wildlife, their habitats and the environment.
  • AWF works with the media to promote conservation through the use of news releases, interviews and public service announcements.
  • AWF presents the Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards to Arkansans who go the “extra mile” to benefit the state’s fish & wildlife, ecological habitats, and natural resources in promoting Arkansas as “the Natural State.”
  • AWF is a part of the Bearcat Hollow Cooperative Habitat Improvement Project, located in the Ozark Highlands. Bearcat Hollow is a land restoration project to help reestablish a rich terrestrial and aquatic environment for all forms of animal life in the area. See a video of Volunteers working on the project.
  • AWF assists the Traildogs with the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) building project, a 45-mile hiking and biking trail that extends from Denby Point (Mount Ida, Arkansas) to Blakely Dam, providing a very picturesque view along the shoreline and mountainous terrain surrounding Lake Ouachita. The project is a cooperative effort of U.S. Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, and a variety of volunteers since 2006.
  • AWF currently utilizes multiple social media sites to promote the organization beyond the official AWF website, including Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter. Arkansas Out-of-Doors is also available to read at
  • AWF has was cosponsored an annual student art show with Creative Ideas since 2010. The “Wildlife of Arkansas” contest is open to any Arkansas student, grades K-12. An annual awards ceremony publicly recognizes the winning artists. The winning art is placed on display at the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Nature Centers across the state. In 2013 a calendar showcasing the winning art was produced for the 2014 calendar year.
  • AWF gives away 10,000-20,000 native-to-Arkansas trees per year thanks to the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Members provide Arbor and Earth Day events for schools across the state, not only donating trees for the school or students to take home and plant, but teaching them the importance of native trees for wildlife, environmental, and human use.

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