doves and more doves
By Doug Burt, public information
Okay, this issue is not all about
doves, but that’s where we'll start.
The season opener kicks off Sept.
1 and coincides with Labor Day this year. This year should prove
to be one to be remembered, for two significant reasons: rain and
grain. Don’t miss the dove hunting outlook article by Rory
Aikens to find out where the birds are. However, before you get
there - check out the recipe for dove kabobs. If you thought the
fast pace of shooting doves was the best part of the season, wait
until you try this recipe.
You'll also find a variety of other
articles in this newsletter.
We received a great spring turkey
success story. Read how this young hunter found his way into the
outdoors - by the sounds of the story, he’s hooked. This is
a shining example of how important mentors and juniors-only programs
are for the future of hunting and wildlife management.
The good news is, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission
just made some significant changes to the 2009 spring hunt regulations.
Junior hunters can now purchase over-the-counter spring and fall
turkey tags. There are many other improvements, too; be sure to
check out the “Commission takes steps...” article.
For hunters who use OHVs, you should be aware that
new rules and regulatrions will take effect on Jan. 1, 2009. See
Jim Harken’s article for the latest OHV developments.
Getting back to the kids, there are some great juniors'
opportunities to take to the field this fall. Right now, there are
plenty of juniors-only fall javelina tags left over. The department
is going to host a few javelina workshops in mid-September to help
these young hunters get started in the right direction. Be sure
to read game specialist Jim Heffelfinger’s tips for hunting
fall javelina – this guy knows his stuff.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Oct. 10-11 for
a trip to the pine trees for a hands-on hunting workshop. The Pinetop
regional office is hosting the event to teach youngsters and new
hunters how to hunt tree squirrels. This event always proves to
be a fun and exciting weekend. Find out all the details and how
to register in Bruce Sitko’s article “Workshop teaches
introduction to hunting.”
As you can see, there are a ton of options for getting
into the outdoors. For more dates and events, check out the Sportsman’s
Planning Calendar and the many other sidebar topics.
Until next time, happy hunting and be safe.
Grilled dove kabobs
There is nothing like the feeling of
shooting a dove at first light on a humid Arizona morning, but sometimes,
the best part of the hunt is sharing your harvest with close friends
and family members. Here is a tried and true recipe, guaranteed
to get you excited about that 3 a.m. wakeup.
Using filleted dove meat marinated in Italian dressing,
onions, green peppers, red peppers, bacon, and corn. Then build
your kabob to your tastes. Grill on the top rack (or indirectly)
for 15 minutes to bring all the ingredients to temperature, then
cook on the bottom rack over hot fire, quickly, for about 5 minutes.
Dove meat should be rare to medium-rare for best taste. Serve with
cheese-garlic toast and wild rice. Will feed 6-10 people.
- 10 dove breasts - filleted off breast bone
- 2 bell peppers
- 2 red peppers
- 1 large red onion
- 4 ears of corn
- 1 pound bacon
- 2 cups Italian dressing
Remove dove breast from bone and quarter. Marinate
in Italian dressing for 1-2 hours. Chunk cut peppers and onions.
Slice corn into one-inch wide wheels. Slice bacon into 3-4 inch
strips. On a skewer, alternate vegetables and dove, using bacon
on both sides of meat and an onion slice by the bacon.
But the fun is, you can build them how you like.
Slow cook over indirect heat for 15 minutes, then cook on hot grill,
basting with Italian dressing often. Dove should be cooked rare
After you try this recipe, post
your comments or other recipe suggestions at www.azgfd.net/hunting
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outlook: Doves - what a year it should be
Story and photos by Rory
Aikens, public information officer, AGFD
White-winged dove on saguaro cactus
Did you know that increased gasohol
demand and the bountiful dove hunting opportunities in central Arizona
this year for the Sept. 1-15 early season have something in common?
According to an article published by the Arizona
Farm Bureau written by George Frisvold, a professor of agriculture
at the University of Arizona, for the first time since 1976
the number of acres planted in wheat in Arizona exceeds
the number of acres planted in cotton. Cotton has little value for
doves and other wildlife. Wheat fields provide high-value wildlife
Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists said
that these changing agricultural practices bode well for dove populations,
and many other wildlife species as well. But grain crops aren’t
the only factors for what biologists believe should be a good dove
“Superb winter and spring rains, coupled with
decent summer rains, have also created favorable dove habitats in
central Arizona,” said Migratory Bird Specialist Mike Rabe.
Once again this year, dove hunters can expect the
birds, especially white-winged doves, to be concentrated in agricultural
areas, just like in the past. But also this year, expect to find
mourning doves dispersed into the desert as well.
“Right now, there are plentiful seed crops
in the desert areas and abundant water sources. This creates plenty
of opportunities for dispersed hunting, rather than hunting the
more congested areas,” Rabe said.
Rabe also said scouting takes on added importance
this year. “You’ll want to get out and identify those
fields with grain that are attracting doves. Plus, increased urban
encroachment means the fields you hunted last year might be within
a quarter-mile of occupied structures – especially new subdivisions
– this year.”
The early dove season from Sept. 1-15 this year
is once again half-day hunting for adults in the southern zone (all
day for adults in the northern zone), but youth can hunt all day
in either zone.
The Game and Fish Department is once again offering
a juniors-only dove hunt at the Robbins
Butte Wildlife Area on Sept. 6-7 (the first weekend of the dove
hunt). The Chandler
Rod and Gun Club will also be providing young dove hunters and
their mentors a scrumptious pancake and sausage breakfast following
the morning hunt.
One young girl who outshot her older brothers during
one of the past youth dove hunts had commented, “It was more
fun than Disneyland!”
For more information on the Robbins Butte juniors
dove hunt, contact Phil Smith at (602) 290-2237.
All hunters should keep in mind that Arizona is
experiencing a cottontail rabbit bonanza this year. “A passel
of dove breasts can feed a family, but add in some cottontails and
you can create a feast for your favorite neighbors as well,”
The late season dove hunt is Nov. 21, 2008 through
Jan. 4, 2009. “White-winged doves will have migrated south
long before the late season, but especially this year, there are
plenty of mourning doves. In fact, each year the late dove season
seems to increase in popularity as more and more hunters experience
the terrific wing-shooting opportunities in the mild early winter
weather,” Rabe said.
Hunters should obtain a copy of the 2008-09
Arizona Dove Regulations prior to going afield. A general hunting
license is required for youth 14 years and older, and a migratory
bird stamp is required for all hunters 16 years and older. Kids
13 and younger can hunt without a license when accompanied by a
properly licensed person 18 years or older.
Regulations are available at more than 300 license
dealers statewide or can be downloaded from the department’s
Web site at www.azgfd.gov/hunt.
hunters: Sam Wrasse's spring gobbler
One junior, one hour, one Tom
By Brian Fish, friend and hunting mentor
Thirteen-year-old Sam Wrasse has always shown an
interest for hunting, which is unusual, since he comes from a non-hunting
family. My brother Grant, and Sam’s father, Clayton, have
been business partners for a long time, so Sam was always around
to hear our hunting adventures. With his dad’s blessing, Sam
started going with us on our hunting scouting trips.
Every story and scouting trip just fueled a fire
inside him. So, finally it was agreed between Sam, his dad, and
my brother that if Sam would continue to get good grades in school
and stay out of trouble, that when he turned 10, he would be able
to take the hunter education course. Grant took Sam to every class
and made sure he understood everything the instructor was teaching.
Needless to say, Sam passed with flying colors and was now able
to apply for upcoming hunts.
After two unsuccessful years of trying to draw a
spring turkey tag, Sam finally was drawn for a juniors-only spring
On opening morning we picked Sam up at 4 a.m., and
he was already up and ready to go. Grant asked him what time he
got up, and Sam replied that he didn’t want to oversleep so
he got up at 2:45 a.m.
We arrived at our spot at 4:30 a.m. We eased out
of the truck closing doors as quietly as we could, when all of a
sudden, my brother locked the truck and accidentally set off the
truck alarm, and two loud alarm noises echoed through the woods!
The response we got was six gobblers announcing their presence with
thundering gobbles in the darkness.
We quietly eased into our calling location and set
up the decoys. As daylight approached I started calling. With every
yelp and cluck the six toms would gobble, but there were hens calling
everywhere. I was doing my best to compete with the hens when all
the gobblers flew down.
Five of them headed up the creek away from us towards
the hens, while one stayed on the point where he roosted. As I continued
my impression of a love-sick hen, the tom came to our direction.
As the tom approached, Sam finally got to see him at 40 yards just
to his right. At that point, the gobbler puffed up and ran right
at our decoys. As he passed behind a big tree Sam raised his gun
into position. The gobbler began to spur and beat one of our jake
Sam, being as calm as he could be (I could see his
knees shaking from 10 yards behind him) tightened down on his gun,
I clucked one time to raise the tom's head, and at 20 yards Sam
laid the hammer down on him! Immediately Sam was hooting and hollering!
This hunt only lasted for one hour as it was over
at 5:30 a.m., but the experience and memories will last a lifetime.
There is nothing more rewarding then seeing the smile on a young
man’s face when his dreams come true.
takes steps to assist hunter recruitment
First-ever juniors-only over-the-counter
spring turkey tags
By Doug Burt,
public information officer, AGFD
Temperatures of 100 degrees often
bring on the need to hibernate indoors. However, even without the
scorching weather, children are spending more of their time indoors,
in front of computers, TVs and video games. In an effort to curb
this “nature deficit disorder” (which has been linked
to a number of health-related issues), many state wildlife agencies
are working to open more doors to get today’s youth outside
participating in America’s original outdoor challenge –
hunting and fishing.
At its Aug. 9 meeting, the Arizona Game and Fish
Commission took another step to make it easier for youngsters and
new hunters to take an interest in the outdoors by removing application
process barriers when they set the 2009 spring hunting seasons for
turkey, javelina, buffalo, and bear.
What is so different? Plenty.
Let’s start with the creation of a juniors-only
spring turkey season that will allow a hunting tag to be purchased
“over-the-counter” (OTC). This is unique, as most turkey
tags are allocated through a random lottery-draw process.
“We feel these [OTC turkey tags] are one
of the best things we can do to get new and young hunters in the
field. Hunting wild turkey in the spring is incredibly exciting,
it’s a great time of the year, and in my opinion – it’s
one of the best introductions to the hunting experience,”
said Brian Wakeling, department supervisor of big game management,
father and a dedicated turkey hunter.
That’s not all the turkey talk.
The management of Arizona’s wild turkey population
is doing very well, resulting in the approval of the highest number
of general spring turkey permits to date at 7,265, an increase of
282 permits. These tags are available to youth and adults through
the draw process.
And for one more gobble, reflecting a true wildlife
conservation success story, the Gould’s turkey continues to
thrive in Arizona. There will be a total of 20 hunt permit-tags
available through the draw in the 2009 season. The tags will be
allocated in three different hunt units in 2009.
“The real success here is we now have two
additional units [areas] to offer limited hunting of this incredible
wild turkey. Unit 29 had its first hunt this year, which will continue
for next year, and now we are adding unit 31,” adds Wakeling.
“This is an incredible success and a direct result from translocation
efforts since 2000.”
Moving on to javelina, the commission restructured
the archery-only metro hunts to allow tags to be purchased as over-the-counter
permits. Prior to the change, hunts for Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M,
and 47M were allocated through the draw process. This should help
get more folks out hunting that might be struggling with fuel costs,
travel time from work, and other economy-related burdens.
“Javelina make an excellent quarry to teach
a youngster how to hunt with a bow and arrow. Javelina often live
in herds of 7-10 animals, and these animals are not as difficult
to hunt when compared with deer or elk, due to their fairly poor
eyesight. In addition, the archery season runs for most of the month
of January – allowing new hunters three full weekends of pursuit,”
However, don’t write this off as an easy hunt.
All of the skills required to hunt other big game species are necessary
to be successful, such as using binoculars to locate game, stalking,
shot placement, field dressing and packing out your harvest.
The balances of the javelina permits for the 2009
spring season were distributed as follows:
- General season – 11,680 (decrease of 25
- Juniors-only season – 990 (increase of
- H.A.M. season – 5,405 (decrease of 35)
- Archery season – 9,895 (increase of 250)
The most significant change for buffalo is there
are no hunts for the Raymond Wildlife Area herd in 2009 due to management
initiatives to increase the population of that herd. However, hunts
for the House Rock Wildlife Area herd will increase to 14 tags allocated
through the draw.
Spring bear hunters will also see an exciting change
for the allocation of tags. The commission has decided to distribute
the tags for hunts during the late March through late April 2009
season (except Unit 6B) as over-the-counter permits rather than
through the draw, due to relatively low harvest success. There will
still be a female harvest limit, and if met, would close the hunt.
Each unit also has an annual female harvest objective that would
close all subsequent hunts if met. Archery-only hunts that run from
May to July are still regulated through the draw process.
Regulations are now available online, and will be
at license dealers by mid-September. Hunters can begin applying
for spring hunts now. For details, go to the department’s
Web site at www.azgfd.gov/rules.
The deadline to submit an application for the spring
hunts is Tuesday, Oct. 14, by 7 p.m. (MST) – postmarks do
not count. There is no online application process available
for the fall hunts – it is a manual paper-permit process only.
However, new this year is an editable PDF application.
Just type out your information on the computer, then print it out,
sign, include your payment and then mail it in. Applicants are encouraged
to use the form to prevent some of the common mistakes (including
using the unit numbers instead of four-digit hunt number) and for
improved legibility. The new form is available at www.azgfd.gov/rules
by clicking on “Hunt Permit/Tag Application Form.”
The grace period ends Sept. 25 by 5 p.m. If your
application has been received by the department by that date (postmarks
don’t count), and you’ve made a mistake on your hunt-permit
application, the department will attempt to call you three times
in a 24-hour period and give you the opportunity to correct the
mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause your application to
More information on the fall big game draw can be
found on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at
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legislation is changing the off-road scene in Arizona
By Jim Harken, public information officer, AGFD
New regulations affecting off-highway
vehicle use will go into effect Jan. 1, 2009, thanks to a joint
effort between Arizona sportsmen and off-highway vehicle (OHV) user
groups. OHVs are defined as those machines primarily designed by
the manufacturer for off-highway use and weighing 1,800 pounds or
less. New requirements include:
- Purchase of an annual sticker through the Arizona
Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) validating
use of the OHV in Arizona. This will be a flat fee that is yet
to be determined, but it is anticipated to be lower than the value
license tax currently being charged for registration. This includes
all-terrain vehicles, side-by-sides (utility vehicles), dirt bikes,
and sand rails. Trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), cars, and
other recreational vehicles (motor homes) will not be affected.
- OHV operators and riders under the age of 18
will be required to wear a Department of Transportation (DOT)
approved helmet designed for motorized vehicle use.
- Sound restrictions for OHVs generating sound
greater than 96 decibels.
The goal of the new regulations is to provide better
OHV management and protection of natural resources while maintaining
access. Funds generated from this program will be used to help ensure
sustainable opportunities by bolstering grant programs that pay
for maintenance, signage, mitigation, education, and enforcement.
Remember to leave no trace and that Nature Rules! Stay on Roads
For further information and updates
on the new regulations, visit:
Stay on Roads and
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hunting: Information and tips for success
Heffelfinger, Tucson regional game specialist, and
Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD
Do you know a young hunter that would like to go
big game hunting? Here is the perfect hunting trip for a youngster
fresh out of hunter education class.
There are almost 2,000 fall javelina tags available
for junior hunters. The permits are available on a first-come, first-serve
basis. The majority of the hunts are in units in beautiful southern
Arizona. The season dates are either Oct. 10-16 or Nov. 21-27, depending
on hunt choice. For details on applying for a tag, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.
Note: The harvest limit is one javelina per calendar
year. If you harvested a javelina this past spring of 2008, you
cannot hunt javelina this fall.
Javelina hunting is fun, exciting, challenging
and a great way to test your skills of locating game, glassing,
stalking, shooting and hopefully, processing your harvest.
Hunting javelina during the fall, as opposed to
the spring, is fairly new. However, temperate fall weather and mixed
bag opportunities for rabbit and quail, makes this a desirable hunt.
The department is hosting a couple of javelina hunting workshops
in September. These informative workshops are taught by knowledgeable
wildlife biologists and fellow javelina hunters. Their goal is to
teach new hunters how to get started and increase their odds for
locations and times of the javelina workshops, click here.
In the meantime, while you are waiting for your
tag to come in the mail, the following tips will provide you with
plenty to learn about how to find, hunt and harvest a javelina this
Stereotyped for their lack of intelligence, the
javelina is not any less intelligent than our other native wildlife.
Their eyesight is very poor at distances greater than 100 yards.
This is understandable for an animal that evolved in the thick brush
where food, water, shelter, and predators could only be seen at
very short distances. Their sense of smell and hearing abilities,
however, are very well developed.
Javelina travel in large groups, or herds; on average
there are 8-12 animals in a herd. These herds occupy a territory
of about 1-2 square miles that is defended from other adjacent herds.
In good javelina habitat, each territorial boundary abuts the boundary
of adjacent herds. This makes it somewhat difficult to answer the
question, "Where are the javelina in this area?" Answer:
Find good habitat, you’ll likely find javelina.
Although javelina are “everywhere,”
they never seem to be where you are (even when you’ve seemingly
been everywhere). Knowing how javelina feed and what signs they
leave behind is the key to successful javelina hunting.
javelina concentrate heavily on succulents such as prickly pear,
hedgehog, barrel cactus, lechuguilla, and cholla. The fruits and
fleshy parts provide not only nutritious feed, but water as well.
When javelina feed on prickly pear pads they grasp the pad and pull,
which shreds the pad and leaves the stringy interior fibers visible.
cacti such as hedgehogs are knocked over with a front hoof and the
insides are eaten out so that only the tough outer skin and spines
remain. Lechuguilla leaves are pulled apart and left scattered as
the javelina eats the fleshy heart out of the plant. Roots and tubers
are also dug or "rooted" up by javelina in search of nutrition.
All of which give indication if there are javelina in the area.
spend their time resting and feeding. Resting occurs primarily in
traditional bedding grounds which are located in low areas of thick
brush or caves throughout their territory. Bedding grounds offer
soft soil to lie on and protection from predators and the weather.
Javelina meat is considered, by some, to be less
than palatable. However, if properly cared for in the field, javelina
provide good eating. The key is to field dress the animal immediately
and skin it at your first opportunity. Don’t worry about the
scent gland above the tail; it is attached to the skin and will
come off when you skin the animal. The hairs of the javelina are
covered with this scent; make sure you do not touch the meat with
the hand that has been holding the hide.
Tips for finding pigs:
Hunting is 100-percent luck, and the other half is hard work, but
there are things you can do to greatly improve your chance of being
in the right place at the right time. Here are our “Lucky
7” tips for finding game.
prepared: Spend a significant amount
of time scouting/researching before the season. You can locate
herds of javelina and start to understand their distribution and
- Take your game sitting down:
The old adage that a good hunter wears out the seat of his or
her pants before the soles of their boots describes perfectly
what glassing is all about. At least 90 percent of your time should
be sitting down behind your optics.
- Look on the bright side: You
always want to have the sun to your back. Not only does this prevent
you from looking into the sun, but more importantly, you will
be looking at canyons and hillsides illuminated brightly.
- Get high and lay low: When glassing
you should climb as high as possible to get the best view and
set up in the shade of a tree, bush or other structure. It is
always tempting to stop short, but for every 50 feet in elevation,
more and more country down below opens up for your inspection.
- Concentrate on the details:
Natural-colored big game animals are not going to be standing
out like a neon sign on the other side of the canyon. If you are
not concentrating, you will miss javelina right in the middle
of your field of view.
- No room for random: Glassing
does not entail looking around willy-nilly hoping to spot something.
Glassing efficiently and effectively means you search your visible
area in a systematic way. A tripod is a must if you are serious.
- Come early, stay late: If you
want to be successful you have to make sure you are active during
the same time periods as your game. Take advantage of the “Golden
Hours” -- the first hour after the sun up and the last hour
of sun in the evening. Pack a lunch and stay afield all day.
Jim Heffelfinger has worked with the department
for more than 16 years. He is well known in the wildlife community,
is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona, and is
the author of “Deer of the Southwest, A Complete Guide to
the Natural History, Biology, and Management of Southwestern Mule
Deer and White-Tailed Deer."
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teaches introduction to hunting
By Bruce Sitko, information and education
AGFD Pinetop regional office
Want to learn how to hunt tree squirrels?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will conduct
a free small game hunting camp on Oct. 10 and 11 in the White Mountains
to provide Arizona youth and others with the basic skills they need
to successfully pursue tree squirrels. The program will also provide
an overview of hunting opportunities for other small game species
in our state. Youth need to be at least 8 years old to participate.
"This intensive camp is designed to provide
youth and those new to hunting with an opportunity to enhance their
hunting knowledge and skills here in Arizona, while also teaching
them the values of stewardship and wildlife conservation,"
says Wildlife Manager Supervisor Mike Godwin. "The workshop
is all about hands-on learning, asking questions and being with
others who are also interested in hunting in our state."
The camp will be held at the Los Burros Campground,
located on Forest Road 224 that runs between Vernon and McNary.
The program will cover hunting opportunities, firearm safety and
game care. Other activities include archery instruction and 3-D
shooting, survival basics, first aid and more. Instructional sessions
begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, and participants will hunt in the field
with mentors Saturday.
The workshop, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk
Foundation, includes meals, instruction and field time with hunting
mentors. The program is aimed at developing responsible and successful
hunters who recognize the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation.
The White Mountain Rod and Gun Club will also be assisting with
For more information or to sign up, contact or call
the department’s Pinetop office at (928) 367-4281. The workshops
are free, but pre-registration is required.
opportunities for hunters
By Les Bell, volunteer coordinator,
Arizona Game and Fish Department
The Arizona Game and Fish
Department’s volunteer program provides opportunities for
volunteers to participate firsthand in managing Arizona’s
wildlife resources. Our goal is to provide you with a congenial
and cooperative atmosphere where you can build relationships with
staff and other volunteers, as well as gain knowledge about Arizona
wildlife and wildlife management. We recognize that your time is
important and strive to provide rewarding and educational volunteer
Listed below are some opportunities in which you
may have an interest. To learn about other opportunities or to submit
information about a project that would benefit from our volunteers,
check our volunteer page at:
29th Annual Lower Salt River Clean-Up, near Saguaro Lake
or register at the clean up site between 7-9 a.m.
General trash clean up and removal to benefit wildlife.
Contact Sheryl Yerkovich: (480) 610-3332 or email@example.com
Sycamore Mesa fence modification (GMU 21) – Arizona Antelope
Foundation, near Cordes Junction
Modifying fence to make it pronghorn/wildlife friendly. Volunteers
are encouraged to bring ATV’s/Rangers/Rhinos because the site
road is not very good. The AAF will provide a free steak dinner
on Saturday night.
Contact Scott Anderson:(480) 213-1611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Boating Safety Education Program Instructor, statewide
Teach boating education and safety. 35 to 40 applicants are needed.
Must be 18 or older, have valid Arizona drivers license, solid boating
experience and have completed the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s
Boat Arizona course. Background check will be performed for certification.
Contact Ed Huntsman: email@example.com
or (623) 236-7237.
Environmental Educator, statewide
This volunteer position will include training in basic animal handling
and public presentations. Work at the center may involve lifting
up to 50 pounds, interacting with the public, inclement weather
and handling live animals. Special notes: We are looking for individuals
with strong public speaking backgrounds, possibly retired teachers
or college students pursuing a career in education. Valid Arizona
driver's license required.
Contact Kellie Tharp: firstname.lastname@example.org
or (623) 236-7238.
Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Volunteer, Phoenix
Assist with the daily care and maintenance of the resident education
animals including: beak trim, talon trim, weight, and medicine logs,
preparing diets, cleaning of enclosures and more. Work may involve
lifting up to 50 pounds, interacting with the public, inclement
weather and handling live animals.
Contact Kellie Tharp: email@example.com
or (623) 236-7238.
Late May through Labor Day Weekend 2009
Sipe Wildlife Area Seasonal Host, near Eager
Open and close visitors center (VC), oversee security of VC facilities.
Answer the public’s wildlife and recreational related questions.
Greet, provide literature, give directions and provide information
and assistance to visitors of the wildlife area. Identify and report
any cleaning and maintenance needs to area manager. No experience
necessary. Must have own travel trailer or motor home. Water, electricity,
sewer, parking pad provided. May hook up satellite TV at own cost.
Contact Brian Crawford: (928) 333-4518, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immediate: April 1, 2008 – October
Tonto Creek Hatchery Summer Host, near Payson
Live on site, assist with facility maintenance and interact with
visitors. Good communication and interpersonal skills required and
enjoy talking with different types of people, be able to provide
excellent customer service, and accept and follow supervision/instruction
from hatchery employees. Accommodations along with fresh water,
electrical, propane and septic are provided.
Contact John Diehl: (928) 478-4200 or email@example.com.
Immediate: April 15, 2008 - ongoing
Upper Verde River Host, near Chino Valley
Host duties include interacting with visitors, picking up litter,
cleaning visitor restrooms, and other duties as needed. Knowledge
of birding and Arizona wildlife is a plus. Host should have good
communication and interpersonal skills, and accept and follow supervision/instruction
from manager. A recreational vehicle site with water, propane, and
septic is provided.
Contact Jeff Pebworth: (928) 692-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Range Safety Officers at Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix
Range Safety Officer (RSO) responsibilities include checking the
safe condition of customer firearms, observing participants while
they are shooting on the range, maintaining safe operation of the
shooting line, and providing superior customer service by answering
customer questions about firearms.
Contact Matthew Schwartzkopf: MSchwartzkopf@azgfd.gov
or (602) 904-2622.
Page Springs Wildlife Area Trail Maintenance, near Sedona
Assist with trail maintenance, using hand tools such as rakes, shovels
and clippers. This is a cooperative project with the Northern Audubon
Contact Gene Okamoto: email@example.com
or (928) 634-4805
Ongoing: Monthly, 1st and 3rd Thursday,
Volunteer Shotgun Instructor or Range Officer for Women's Shooting
Volunteers will instruct women of all ages in the shotgun shooting
sports. Coaches will assist beginners in shotgun shooting form and
skill. Range Safety Officers will watch over range and ensure safety
among all participants. Instructors will teach, and assist in teaching,
or proctor the hour-long introductory class. Applicants must be
at least 21 years old and participate in a free-of-charge Shotgun
Instructor Certification process (2-day class). It is desirable,
but not necessary, that instructors have shooting experience, basic
knowledge of firearms and firearms safety, and some teaching/public
speaking experience. Benefits to volunteers include free shooting
at the main range and discounts at local sporting goods locations.
Contact Fred Jeffers: (623) 262-4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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4 No. 4 Aug.-Sept. 2008
In this issue:
doves and more doves
Grilled dove kabobs
outlook: Doves - what a year it should be
hunters: Sam Wrasse's spring gobbler
takes steps to assist hunter recruitment
legislation is changing the off-road scene in Arizona
javelina hunting: Information and tips for success
gives introduction to hunting
Sportsman's Planning Calendar
1 - Labor Day
1 - Dove season opener
1 - Unit 33 squirrel season*
5 - Antelope general season opener
5-6 - Commission meeting, Pinetop
6-7 Juniors-only dove hunt at Robbins Butte
12 - Archery elk season opener
12 - Band-tailed pigeon season opener (north zone)
12 - Blue grouse season opener
12 - Chukar season opener
19 - band-tailed pigeon season opener (south zone)
15 - Catfish stocking resumes at urban lakes
22 - First day of fall (fall equinox)
22 - First come-serve sandhill
26 - Elk general season opener
27 - National Hunting & Fishing Day
29 - Reservation deadline for Cibola NWR goose hunts
Mid-Sept. - Waterfowl regulations online
Mid-Sept. - Spring regulations at license dealers
3 - Fall turkey season opener
3 - Quail season opener (Gambel’s & scaled)
3 - Squirrel season opener
3 - Juniors-only (nonpermit-tag) turkey season opener
10 - Juniors-only deer season opener
10 - Juniors-only Javelina season opener
10 - Juniors-only elk season opener
10-11 - Commission meeting, Phx.
14 - Spring hunt application deadline
24 - Expected fall deer season opener
Ask a wildlife manager:
What is considered military full metal jacketed
ammo as referenced
by Gene Elms, law enforcement branch chief
The ammo the statute is referring
to is an entirely metal bullet and does not exhibit any of the characteristics
of a mushroomed lead bullet on impact. These rounds were outlawed
for hunting because they do not create a substantial wound for harvesting
an animal humanely.
To identify military ammunition, they are usually
distinguished as such by a “code” of single numbers
and letters stamped into the base of the brass around the primer.
Most ammunition has a metal jacket and most have
a lead core, and are acceptable for hunting. Generally, ammunition
suitable for hunting is identified by the name of the manufacturer
on the base of the cartridge, for example “Rem,” “Win,”
“Speer” or some other manufacturer should be stamped
on the base.
If you have a question about
hunting or fishing laws, rules and regulations or just an ethical
Use Subject title: Ask a WM
Hunting Highlights receives award
for Conservation Information (ACI), awarded the department's
Hunting Highlights e-newsletter a second place for design
and information in the “Big Idea, Small Budget” category.
This is the second award in as many
years for Hunting Highlights.
The Association for Conservation Information is
a non-profit association of information and education professionals
representing state, federal and Canadian agencies and private conservation
We hope you enjoy this bi-monthly publication as
much as we enjoy providing it to you.
Hunting Highlights has
Are you searching for some information
on elk hunting? Do you want to find all you can about junior hunting
stories? Well, now you can.
The entire archives of Hunting
Highlights have been added to its new blog
Web site. What's nice about it is the convenience of categorizing
by topic and date of entry, which makes the entire archives a searchable
We will continue with this magazine-style
layout with the email notification; the blog is just an additional
tool help you quickly find relevant information and stay connected
with Hunting Highlights.
raise nearly $500,000 for Arizona’s wildlife
The 2008 Arizona Big Game Super
Raffle (AZBGSR) was held July 19 in Phoenix and nine lucky ticket
holders walked away with a special big game tag and the chance at
a hunt-of-a-lifetime, and one took home a fine optics package.
The winners are:
* Cal Sutton, Peoria - Antelope
* Dwight Callahan, Gold Canyon Bear
* Ryan Ashton, Saint Johns - Buffalo
* Brian Williams, Christiana, Tenn.- Coues Deer
* Robert Dunn, Yuma - Elk
* JC Amberlin, Kingman - Javelina
* Jerry Elliott, Gilbert - Mule Deer
* Scott Krieg, Glendale- Bighorn Sheep
* Mark Griffith, Mesa - Turkey
* Richard Wilson, Phoenix - Swarovski optics
While congratulations are in order
for all the fortunate winners, the real news is what happened for
all of the residents of Arizona. This year's raffle generated more
than $475,000, which will go directly on the ground to benefit Arizona’s
To learn about the raffle, visit:
Shawn Wagner receives
two Officer-of-the-Year awards
Shawn Wagner, Region I Pinetop
wildlife manager, was recently honored as “Wildlife Manager
of the Year” by the department and as the “Pogue-Elms
Officer of the Year” by the Western Association of Fish
and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA).
“Wagner is an exceptional
credit to the department,” says Bob Birkeland, wildlife
manager supervisor. “He was nominated for this award for
many reasons, including outstanding contributions to fish and
wildlife law enforcement. He has shown great leadership, skill
and ingenuity during the performance of his job, and in promoting
law enforcement training and education for other officers. He
has always demonstrated high ethics, standards and practices.”
A 12-year veteran, Wagner played an instrumental role in Operation
Bear Bones, an extensive multi-agency undercover operation targeting
illegal guiding and unlawful take of numerous wildlife. The
operation resulted in 16 suspects being charged with more than
60 wildlife violations and one suspect facing six felony charges
involving killing of stray horses on U.S. Forest Service lands
near Show Low.
He received the Arizona Game
and Fish Department’s award June 11 in Flagstaff and the
WAFWA award July 14 in Rapid City, South Dakota, during the
annual WAFWA meetings.
Calling all deer...
You’ve heard of turkey calls
and predator calls, but what about deer calls — is it possible
to call in deer?
Find out in the September-October
issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine.
To get Arizona’s award-winning
wildlife magazine for your very own, call (800) 777-0015, or go
online at www.azgfd.gov/magazine
and click the link “subscribe or give a gift subscription
online.” Don’t miss the next issue, with stories about
how to hunt predators, why the Game and Fish Commission has changed
the hunt orders, and how switching to non-lead bullets is giving
the California condor increased odds for survival.
Six issues a year are just $8.50.
And right now you can take advantage of a special deal: Give someone
a subscription, and you’ll get a 2009 Arizona Wildlife Calendar,
free (a $3 value). The calendar will feature winners of this year’s
photo contest, selected from among more than 1,000 entries.
Give a gift, get a gift —
and everybody wins.
Arizona’s online hunter
safety course celebrates first year
Participation indicates program accommodates future
Time constraints and a reliance
on technology have impacted all aspects of society, and the educational
arena is no exception. Internet-based education programs, including
hunter education, have evolved to better accommodate students’
schedules and learning needs in today’s fast-paced world.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department
introduced its online hunter education program one year ago to provide
a convenient option for students unable to take the traditional
Since its introduction last August,
940 students have successfully completed the self-paced study portion
of the online course. However, to become fully certified, students
must also successfully pass a mandatory “hands-on field day”
within 90 days of completing the online course work. To date, 532
people have done so and have become fully certified. That number
is expected to increase as temperatures cool for the outdoor field
Due to the success of the program,
starting Sept. 20 there will be an online field day offered the
third Saturday of each month at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility
in the conservation education building.
There are many good reasons to take
hunter safety, including:
hunter responsibility and ethics
how firearms work
firearm safety and use
wildlife conservation and management
survival and first aid
make new friends with similar
For more details visit:
Remember our safety phrase:
T.A.B. + 1
T = Treat every gun as if it were
A = Always point your muzzle in a safe direction.
B = Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
+1 = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard
until ready to shoot.
Happy hunting and be safe!
The next commission meeting will
be held Sept. 5-6 at the department's Pinetop regional office located
at 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop, AZ 85935.
Friday's meeting starts at 10 a.m.
with an executive session, followed by the public meeting. Some
of the topics to be covered include litigation reports, quarterly
budget review, notice of proposed rulemaking for new OHV rules due
to the passing of SB1167, consent and habitat agenda items, agreement
between the department and the City of Coolidge to allow hunting
in designated areas, and the 2008 commission award selections.
Saturday's public meeting begins
at 8 a.m. with updates from the information branch, education branch,
shooting ranges and a hearing request from a citizen about the archery
To download a full agenda, visit
and click on agenda.
The next commission meeting is Oct. 10-11 in Phoenix.
Find out what is happening
in the outdoors at
Wildlife and outdoor recreation
enthusiasts can now learn about upcoming fishing clinics, hunting
seminars, nature talks and more by visiting the Arizona Game and
Fish Department’s Outdoor Calendar.
Outdoor groups are encouraged to
add their public events to the Outdoor Calendar. Examples
of events include hunting workshops, fishing clinics, birding/nature
hikes, wildlife presentations, shooting sports and archery events,
off-highway vehicle programs, boating safety fairs, and public meetings.
As an added perk, selected events
will be listed on the department’s home page, which is viewed
by more than 125,000 visitors each month.
Got a great outdoor photo?
Share it on the Game & Fish Web site
Are your digital pictures collecting
dust on your hard drive? Did you capture a great shot of elk in
a meadow, did you have a successful day hunting, or did you just
capture that perfect Arizona sunset?
If you did, we want to see it and
we are making it easy. The Arizona Game and Fish Department now
offers a photo gallery Web site that is free for you to post your
outdoor pictures at.
All you need to do is create a user name and password
and start posting at:
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Quick resource links:
game draw info
Avery Shooting Facility
Avery Clay Target Center
and Conservation page
answer to 911
Report Wildlife Violators
OPERATION GAME THIEF is a public
awareness program that allows people to call in on a toll-free hotline,
24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to report wildlife violations.
Poaching is serious business in Arizona. There are only 156 commissioned
officers in the Arizona Game and Fish Department and many of these
officers only do enforcement part-time. The department relies on
the honest citizens of the state to assist in the reduction of wildlife
Poachers are thieves and they are
stealing Arizona’s most precious natural resource—its
WILDLIFE! It doesn't matter if you hunt or fish in our great state,
wildlife is here for ALL of us to enjoy. The Arizona Game and Fish
Department’s Operation Game Thief Program is asking that you
report any suspicious activity to the department. You can do this
by either calling our toll-free hotline at 1-800-352-0700, or filling
out as much of the information as possible (all fields are optional)
on the link to the online form below.
We will keep your report CONFIDENTIAL
upon request, and REWARDS of $50-$1,000 may be offered in certain
cases. Eligible cases will pay rewards upon the arrest of the violator.
OPERATION GAME THIEF
24 HOURS A DAY
Or report a violation online at:
Arizona’s rich outdoor heritage
is enjoyed by all, thanks to hunters like you, whose purchase of
hunting equipment supports wildlife management and habitat enhancement
in the Grand Canyon State.
When you purchase a rifle, ammunition,
archery equipment and other sporting gear, you pay a federal excise
tax and import duties.
Since 1937, this money has been
collected by the federal government and redistributed to the states
using a formula based on hunting license sales and the state’s
In 2006, that meant more than $6.5
million for game management in Arizona.
This money paid for game surveys,
hunter education classes, wildlife water catchment construction
and wildlife research, among other projects.
Hunters like you are part of the
largest and most successful wildlife conservation programs in the
world. Thank you.