Three Rivers Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 26, 2016
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton/Contributing Photographer

A salute to the grinnel

The grinnel, more properly known as the bowfin, is often caught accidentally by Arkansas anglers fishing for crappie or bass. But, despite the fact that this prehistoric fish is an incomparable fighter, few people fish purposely for this underwater outlaw. Some say it isn’t fit to eat. Others curse it as being a gluttonous scourge of sportfish. Still others are put off by the grinnel’s ominous appearance. Examine a grinnel up close and you get the definite impression that, given a chance, it would chew your arm off, and if it were the size of an alligator, people wouldn’t b... READ MORE

Turtle talk: Learning about Arkansas’ most beloved reptiles By KEITH SUTTON

How many different species of turtles live in Arkansas? I wondered this after seeing several kinds in the Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge recently.