The recent enactment of Senate Bill 1223 allows the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to set future hunting and fishing license structure and fees directly through a streamlined, customer-focused process, rather than the complex, time-consuming process that previously was in effect. It gives the Game and Fish Department the ability to simplify the license structure, operate more like a business, and have the flexibility to adjust license, permit-tag structure and pricing to meet customer demand and market conditions. SB 1223 was signed by Gov. Brewer on May 7 and is supported by 24 sportsmen’s organizations. View information on the history and process of Senate Bill 1223.
New! Public input sought on license structure and fee concepts; meetings to be held statewide in May through early June
Now that the bill has been signed into law, the next step is that the Arizona Game and Fish Department will take some license structure and fee concepts out to the public to gather input and feedback that will assist in developing a new hunting and fishing license structure and fees.
A series of public meetings will be held across the state (see public meeting schedule below), at which department staff will present a conceptual license structure and fees and encourage discussion and input on a variety of concepts.
The public is encouraged to submit comment. You can submit comment in any of three ways:
- Via a Comment Card that will be available at the meetings
- Via e-mail to LicenseSimplification@azgfd.gov
- Via U.S. mail to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, License Simplification Comment, Attn: Ben Alteneder, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086
It is important to keep in mind that the license structure and fee concepts in the Powerpoint and handout above (and that will be shown at the meetings) are only that – concepts. They are not recommendations at this point, but are meant to serve as a starting point for discussion. We want to know what constituents think and what input they might have.
The public meetings will be held beginning at 6 p.m. (except for the Sierra Vista meeting) on the following dates:
- Thursday, May 16, Pinetop, Pinetop Fire Department, Station #2, 5976 Buck Springs Road.
- Monday, May 20, Phoenix, Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway (Note: This meeting will also be webcast at www.azgfd.gov/webcast).
- Monday, May 20, Mesa, Arizona Game and Fish Department Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive.
- Tuesday, May 21, Tucson, Arizona Game and Fish Department Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road.
- Wednesday, May 22, Flagstaff, Arizona Game and Fish Department Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road.
- Wednesday, May 22, Yuma, Arizona Game and Fish Department Yuma regional office, 9140 E. 28th St.
- Thursday, May 23, Kingman, Arizona Game and Fish Department Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road.
- Thursday, May 23, Page, Page Police Department Conference Room, 808 Coppermine Road.
- Tuesday, May 28, Globe, Besh Ba Gowah Museum, 1324 S. Jesse Hayes Road.
- Tuesday, May 28, Lake Havasu City, Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center, 100 Park Ave.
- Tuesday, May 28, Sierra Vista (meeting starts after the 6 p.m. hunt guidelines meeting), Sierra Vista Police Department, 911 N. Coronado Drive.
- Wednesday, May 29, Payson, Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.
- Wednesday, May 29, Safford, Graham County General Services Building, 921 Thatcher Blvd.
- Wednesday, May 29, Wickenburg, Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St.
- Thursday, May 30, Eagar, Eagar Town Council Chambers, 22 W. 2nd St.
- Thursday, May 30, Prescott, Yavapai County Building, 1015 Fair St.
- Thursday, June 6, Ajo, Ajo Ambulance, Inc., 1850 N. Ajo Gila Bend Hwy.
More information will be posted on this web page as it becomes available.