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ABBJ

The Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal is a publication of the Arkansas Black Bear Association. The inaugural issue was released in August of 2010 and received great reviews from the outdoor community in Arkansas. The ABBJ is the only FULL SCALE Arkansas hunting magazine the state. In the pages of our journal you will find only Arkansas stories and authors. Whitetail deer hunting, bear hunting, and turkey hunting are Arkansas' "Big Three" game animals – buy you will also find upcoming articles about waterfowl, alligator, and elk hunting. Don't be fooled by our title – we are more than just black bear! We are now producing four issues per year: March, August, September and November.

Why Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal? 

Ever since he was a young boy in the western Ouachita’s, editor and publisher, Clay Newcomb has wanted to see an ALL ARKANSAS hunting publication that was relevant to Arkansas hunters. The national magazines have their place, but they couldn’t take the place of an authentically Arkansas hunting publication. Just because we can’t compete with the Mid-West in whitetail antler production doesn’t mean that we don’t have amazing hunters in the state, with unbelievable stories. The leadership of the ABBA knew that there were uncountable untold stories that were worthy of being published, but had no venue to be published.

The goal of the ‘Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal’ is give the hunters of Arkansas a high quality platform to have their stories published. Also, to present the sport of hunting as honorable, valuable, holistically beneficial aspect of our society.

At this time, the primary function and service the Arkansas Black Bear Association – a non-profit organization – provides is the production of this Journal. Please support our efforts and become a member of the Arkansas Black Bear Association today, or simply subscribe to the Journal. 

Can I have an article published?

Having an article published in the Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal is a real possibility for any Arkansas sportsmen that has the acumen to harvest a animal, take quality photos, and recount the story in writing. However, like any high quality publication there are several factors that come into play. Number one, is photographic quality and quantity. We can work with the written aspects of the article through editing, but photos we can’t help. It is very important that you take high resolution, in the field photos of animals you harvest. The better the photographic support, the better your chances of being published are.

We are looking for unique hunting stories about Arkansas harvested game. The animals don’t necessarily have to be record book animals. We are looking for good stories, told from a unique perspective. It also helps your chances of submission if you are a member of the Arkansas Black Bear Association - but you don’t necessarily have to be to be published.

How can I subscribe?

At this time, there are two ways you can subscribe:

Arkansas Black Bear Association Membership + One-year Subscription

Click on the link below and become a member of the Arkansas Black Bear Association. A membership includes a one year subscription to the Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal, an ABBA logo hat, and an ABBA logo sticker for only $25.

One-year Subscription

Click the paypal button below to subscribe only to the Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal. For $12, you will receive four issues of the Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal. Currently we are producing four issues per year - March, August, September and November.

Two-year Subscription

Click the paypal button below to subscribe only to the Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal. For $18, you will receive eight issues of the Arkansas Bear and Buck Journal over two years. 

Why only 4 issues per year?

We have been asked countless times this question. The answer is simple - we would rather produce 4 extremely high quality Journals each year than try to produce more and lessen the quality. The Journal isn’t a ‘throw-away’ monthly magazine, this is a publication that you put on your shelf for years.