July 17, 2017: Stan Jones was appointed as a Member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Jones, 66, of Walnut Ridge, succeeds Fred Brown, of Corning, whose term ended on Friday, June 30, 2017. Though his primary occupation is rice farming, Jones is a majority owner in Avery Outdoors and Banded, both major brands for waterfowl hunting gear and apparel. He also owns Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Alicia. He owns about 7,000 acres in northeast Arkansas, of which he said about 1,000 acres is managed as wildlife habitat. With an annual budget of about $85.5 million and 587 full-time employees, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages 600,000 acres of lakes; 100,000 miles of rivers and streams; nearly 3 million acres of habitat; seven fish hatcheries and net pens; twenty local and regional offices; four education centers; and four nature centers.