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Out There: Before and after the ivory-bill

The discovery of a woodpecker in Arkansas' Big Woods is having wide impacts on this bottomland.

Updated: April 25, 2006, 12:32 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton | Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

Editor's note: Watch for Keith "Catfish" Sutton appearing on "The Casting Couch," a one-minute commentary on the wild world of fishing that airs on Saturdays during "BassCenter" on ESPN2.

For more than 40 years I've been hunting and fishing in the Big Woods. Before the ivory-bill, however, we never called them the Big Woods.

I suppose it's as good a name as any for the 550,000 acres of floodplain forests lining the Mississippi, White, Arkansas and Cache rivers in eastern Arkansas.

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