How can I become a law enforcement reserve officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department requires a current peace officer certification, participation in Arizona Game and Fish Department academy training and complete physical and psychological examinations.
How do I become a wildlife rehabilitator?
You must first have a minimum of six months of experience performing wildlife rehabilitative work for an average of not less than eight hours per week, while assisting a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, veterinarian or state or federal agency. Then you must take tests for the group of animals you will rehabilitate and pass those tests with 80 percent correct or better. Once you have the experience and pass the tests, then you can apply for a license. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will also need documentation on your facility and how you will meet captivity standards. Learn more about becoming a rehabilitator by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Departmentís Web site at azgfd.gov/wildlifecenter.
How do I change my E-mail address or eNews subscriptions?
There are two ways you can change your E-mail address oe eNews subscriptions.
- The first way is to click the "Change your E-mail address or subscriptions" link at the bottom the E-mails
- The second way is to go to the "Edit your user profile" page from our web site. On that page, enter the E-mail address that is currently being mailed to and click the submit button. A new page will open that will allow you to edit your E-mail address, subscriptions and contact information.
How do I get a permit to hike/camp on state trust land?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not offer this permit. Please contact the Arizona State Land Department at (602) 364-2753, or you can download the form from the land departmentís Web site at land.state.az.us and mail it to the State Land Department. You can also get the permit by contacting the Arizona Public Lands Information Center at (602) 417-9300.
What are your hours, and where are you located?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for federal and state holidays. Each regional office address and telephone number is listed in the Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at the Arizona Game and Fish Departmentís Web site, azgfd.gov.
What does a game warden/wildlife manager do?
Wildlife managers have many varied duties and have huge areas for which they are responsible for managing wildlife. Among their tasks are: assisting with wildlife population surveys and research programs, monitoring wildlife movement, patrolling assigned districts, providing public outreach, and enforcing wildlife, off-highway vehicle and watercraft laws. Because our wildlife managers have so much to do, you may want to refer general questions to the appropriate regional Arizona Game and Fish Department office. Regional office addresses and phone numbers can be found at azgfd.gov and in the Fishing Regulations and in the Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations. If you need to report a game violation call the departmentís Operation Game Thief hot line at 1-800-352-0700.
What happens with the wildlife you seize during cases?
Once a case has been adjudicated, seized wildlife may be disposed of in a variety of ways. Any animal/bird shot with a single-caliber bullet or steel shot may be given to local wildlife rehabilitators to feed to wildlife they are rehabilitating. Edible and inspected big game meat may be donated to local food banks. Some evidence is used during training scenarios for new wildlife managers. Antlers, horns and skulls are sold at auction, and the money is used to buy law enforcement equipment. Live wildlife seized as evidence is rarely released back into the wild. This is because of the possibility of transmitting any disease or parasites acquired during captivity, as well as not knowing from where the wild animal was originally taken. Some live wildlife, such as reptiles, may be used in other law enforcement cases. In some cases, the judge or commission may require that evidence be returned to its owner.
Where do I get camping information for National Forests?
The U.S. Forest Service handles campgrounds on National Forest lands. You can call 1-877-444-6777 for information.
Who is the wildlife manager for Unit ___? Can I contact him or her?
Since wildlife managers work mostly out of their private residences, please contact them through the appropriate regional office. Each regional office address and telephone number is listed in the Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at the departmentís Web site, azgfd.gov.