Fur harvest records maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 1942-1984 summarized the number of pelts sold by region (Ozark Mountains, Ouachita Mountains, Gulf Coastal Plain, and Mississippi Delta) and the average price per pelt for 16 furbearers. Analysis of these records showed that in the 1979-80 trapping season (the record year for both harvest and value both in Arkansas and the nation), the value of the Arkansas fur harvest ranked 14th nationally (2.12% of total national value). Fur harvests in Arkansas were high in the 1940's, declined in the 1950's and 1960's and then experienced a rapid increase in the 1970's and into the 1980's. In all decades, the Mississippi Delta has ranked first in both numbers of pelts harvested and total value. With the exception of the 1970's, the Delta has been followed by the Ozark Mountains, the Gulf Coastal Plain, and the Ouachita Mountain Region.
Heidt, Gary A.; Peck, James H.; Sheldon, Tiny; and Clark, Joseph D.
"Analysis of Arkansas Fur Harvest Records - 1942-1984: I. State and Regional Accounts,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 39
, Article 20.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol39/iss1/20