3 No. 7 December 2007
In this issue:
archery deer hunters
must report harvest
archery deer hunters are reminded that they must contact an Arizona
Game and Fish Department office in person or by telephone at:
within 10 days of taking a deer unless the deer has been checked
through a mandatory hunter checking station.
report your harvest to help us collect this important data. Hunters
who fail to comply with this rule will be cited by the department.
antelope and elk draw approaching
are reminded that there's a draw for 2008 pronghorn antelope and
elk hunt permit-tags.
application deadline should be Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. (pending
antelope and elk draw process is in its second year for these hunts.
This third draw process was added to let hunters know earlier if
they have been drawn for these two popular big game animals.
and elk drawing information and regulations should be available
on the Department’s Web site
by mid-December 2007.
copies of the regulations should be available at license dealers
and department offices statewide by mid-January 2008.
The department will only be accepting paper applications for this
draw. Applications will be accepted in person at department offices,
or by mail as soon as the regulations are available, to:
Game and Fish Department
is no online application option for the 2008 antelope and elk drawing.
are still plenty of left-over tags remaining for the spring 2008
javelina season. At the time of this writing, all hunt types are
available, including general, HAM, archery-only and juniors-only
2008 hunting license is required to apply for a tag. Licenses can
be purchased from a department office, license dealer, or apply
for one at the same time as your tag - just be certain to fill out
all the required information as well as include the additional payment
first-served tags are available by mail only. Fill out a standard
hunt permit-tag application and mail it to:
Game and Fish Department
the most recent list of remaining tags available, visit:
dates and hunting opportunities
time of year offers ample opportunity to get outdoors and do some
hunting. Small game hunters can fill their bag with multiple species.
And big game hunters will be taking to the field as well. Here is
a list to help hunters procrastinate on the holiday tasks for one
more weekend, or two.
If you plan on hunting small game into the New Year, be certain
to get your 2008 hunting license. Hunting licenses are valid through
the calendar year - not the hunting season.
season for all three species, Gambel's, scaled and Mearns', is open
through Feb. 11, 2008. The daily bag limit is 15 birds of which
no more than eight may be Mearns' quail. Hunting quail is an incredible
way to enjoy the Arizona desert at both high and low elevations.
A general hunting license is all that is required for legal harvest.
season dove began the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Jan.
6, 2008. The bag limit is 10 birds. Also, new to the regulations
this year are Eurasian collared-doves. There is no limit and they
can be hunted year-round. A general hunting license and an Arizona
migratory bird stamp are required.
offer year-round hunting opportunity and make a great winter dish.
Some hunters avoid these critters during the summer months due to
heat concerns, making the winter months the best time to hunt these
difficult targets. Rabbit hunting is a great way to introduce someone
new to hunting. The bag limit is a liberal 10 rabbits per day. Hunting
with a shotgun, rimfire or centerfire (some restrictions) is permitted
and offers a variety of hunting scenarios, from glassing and long-range
shooting to stalking and flushing. A general hunting license is
all that is required for legal harvest.
Use disposable gloves when cleaning rabbits.
- ducks and geese
season in Arizona is broken into two zones - mountain and desert.
Both are currently open. The season closes in the mountain zone
on Jan. 13, 2008, while the desert zone is open through Jan. 27,
2008. Cool weather in the northwest is beginning to move birds into
our state and hunting should pick up. Although traditional duck
hunting requires much investment, stock tank jumping can be very
productive and fun. Bag limits vary by species and gender, so please
refer to the 2007-2008 Arizona waterfowl and snipe regulations for
details and identification tips. A general hunting license, federal
duck stamp and state duck stamp are required. Non-toxic shot is
also required for the take of all waterfowl.
2008 spring javelina season is approaching. Hunting javelina does
require a big game hunt permit-tag. Successful applicants should
have received their tag by now. There are a number of left-over
tags available on a first-come, first-served basis (see article
above). Javelinas are a great introduction to big game hunting during
a beautiful time of the year. Archery-only season runs Jan. 1 -
24, 2008. The Juniors-only season runs Jan. 25 - Feb 3, 2008. Beginning
in February are the HAM (handgun, archery, and muzzleloader) hunts
and general season hunts.
- mule and whitetail
deer season will begin Dec. 14, depending on your hunt permit-tag
and game management unit. There have been a number of positive reports
from the early season. Archery-only season runs from Dec. 14 - Jan.
31, 2008. (A 2008 tag is required to hunt deer in 2008. Over-the-counter
tags are per calendar year - not hunt season) The general rifle
season runs from Dec. 14 - Dec. 31. 2007. Over-the-counter archery
tags are still available and can be purchased from any license dealer
or department office statewide.
hunting is one of the most desirable hunts in Arizona. The winter
elk season started Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 30, depending on
your hunt permit-tag and game management unit. Hunting elk in northern
Arizona offers some of the most majestic hunting scenarios in the
world. Be certain to plan ahead for foul weather and always be safe.
those fortunate few, 20 permits, that drew tags, buffalo seasons
starts Jan. 1, depending on the unit you were drawn for. Don't forget
to clear out some freezer space.
more hunting information, dates and regulations, visit our rules
and regulations web page for PDF downloadable documents at:
Game and Fish Commission meeting
Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be meeting on Dec. 7 and 8
in Casa Grande at the Holiday Inn Casa Grande, 777 N. Pinal Ave.
of the agenda items include:
the Alma Richardson Property
agreements with the Town of Buckeye & City of Star Valley
on violations and infractions
Avery Shooting Facility master plan
of proposed Commission Orders: 3 (pronghorn antelope), 4 (elk),
and 26 (population management) for 2008 hunting season.
a list of all the agenda details and meeting start times, click
here, to visit the Commission web page.
next commission meeting will be Jan. 18, 2008 in Phoenix at the
new department headquarters at:
W. Carefree Hwy
the Commission Awards Banquet
annual "Meet the Commission Awards Banquet" will be held
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 at the Crowne Plaze Hotel 2532 W. Peoria,
Phoenix, AZ 85029, (602) 943-2341 at 5:30 p.m.
awards banquet gives the Commission an opportunity to recognize
outstanding Arizonans that have contributed significantly to the
welfare of Arizona's wildlife and the mission of the Arizona Game
and Fish Department.
2007 Commission Awardees are:
Clifton Ranger District
Old Pueblo Trout Unlimited
Youth Environmentalist of the Year
Media of the Year
Outdoor Wire (Jim Shepherd)
Conservation Organization of the Year
Arizona Hunters Who Care (Lance Altherr)
Conservationist of the Year
Outdoor Woman of the Year
Environmentalist of Year
Volunteer of the Year
Educator of the Year
License Dealer of the Year
Del Rey Western Outdoor
Wildlife Habitat Stewardship Award
to all of those who were awarded and nominated. This award is a
great honor and is a small way of showing our appreciation for all
you do for Arizona wildlife and its natural resources.
you are interested in attending or
a table, contact:
staff assistant / ombudsman at:
a certified referee
skeet shooting events
Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Skeet Shooting
Association (ASSA) are launching a new course to train and certify
field referees for skeet shooting throughout the state.
new two-hour certification course, Skeet Referee 101, will consist
of a specially produced training video, classroom instruction and
the National Skeet Shooting Association referee test. Cost will
be $10, which will include the National Skeet Shooting Association
test submission fee. Certification is good for 2008.
is a revolutionary new program, not only for Arizona, but for the
rest of the nation,” said ASSA President and course co-creator,
Woody Wilson. “Refereeing a skeet event is more than just
pushing buttons. With the new Ben Avery Clay Target Center now on
line, our goal is to bring more major registered skeet events to
Arizona. One of the most important factors in attracting those events
is the quality and professionalism of our field referees.”
first course session will be offered at the Arizona Game and Fish
Department headquarters building on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, from
register for the course and test, call or email Ashley Lynch, shooting
sports coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, at:
(623) 236-7305, or e-mail
are asked to leave their name, address and phone number, and they
will receive a free copy of the NSSA Referee Handbook to study prior
to the session.
outdoor skills workshop, in bed and breakfast comforts, Jan. 25-27
The Arizona Wildlife Federation’s third annual “Becoming
an Outdoors Woman Deluxe” workshop will be held Jan. 25-27,
2008, at Saguaro Lake Ranch on the banks of the Salt River near
Saguaro Lake. The program begins at noon on Friday and ends at noon
venue is perfect for the lady who likes a little extra comfort with
her outdoor experience. The ranch is a family-owned bed and breakfast
with lots of amenities.
workshop offers general knowledge classes and outdoor activities.
New classes for 2008 include boating sessions on Saguaro Lake, edible
and medicinal desert plants, and geocaching. Other classes include
outdoor photography, fly-fishing, birding, Dutch oven cooking, and
canoeing. There will be evening activities with campfires and entertainment.
an Outdoors Woman Deluxe is a partnership effort between the Arizona
Wildlife Federation, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Safari Club
International, PSE/Browning, Arizona Audubon, and many local clubs
fee is $420 for the entire weekend and includes all meals, lodging,
instruction, use of equipment and a trail ride. Sign up early -
the workshop is limited to 40 participants.
more information visit:
or call, (480) 644-0077
Online hunter education course is popular
data shows Arizona's new online hunter education course is alread
popular and growing in attendees.
Designed to accommodate today's busy schedules, online classes are
still focused on making you a safer and more knowledgeable hunter.
Attending a field day
is still a requirement of the program.
more details visit:
classroom courses are still offered and scheduled throughout the
year in many locations around the state. This list is updated weekly,
and new classes are being offered all the time.
If you are planning on hunting in another state, please check with
that state well in advance of your hunt to see if proof of hunter
education is required.
Remember our safety phrase: T.A.B. + 1
= Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
= Always point your muzzle in a safe direction.
= Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
= Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
hunting and be safe!
Avery winter hours
Ben Avery Shooting Facility Main Range, archery ranges, and the
Ben Avery Clay Target Center winter hours of operation for the public
- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Note: The main range may close at
6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each
month, depending on turnout for the Annie Oakley Sure Shots
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
more information on the
Avery Shooting Facility, visit:
contact (623) 582-8313.
more information on the
Avery Clay Target Center, visit:
contact (623) 434-8119.
and Fish encouraged by expanded hunter participation in voluntary
lead reduction program
in Arizona are proving to the critics that voluntary efforts to
conserve endangered wildlife do work. So far this year, 80 percent
of hunters have taken measures to reduce the amount of available
spent lead ammunition in the California condor's core range. Hunters
have either switched to non-toxic copper bullets or, they are removing
intrails (gut piles) from the field and turning them into Department
more information on non-lead ammunition and a list of the available
calibers, visit our condor page:
about elk drawing odds in the next issue of Arizona Wildlife
wait to apply for a 2008 elk or antelope tag? The January-February
issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine can give you a
head start on the new year with game specialist Rick Langley’s
feature story, “Maximizing Your Odds for Drawing an Elk Permit.”
now, and you’ll also be among the first to hear the talk “At
the Tailgate.” That’s our new department, written by
Operation Game Thief coordinator Gene Elms. He’s got great
conservation stories to share, but you’ll only be in the know
if you subscribe.
official magazine of the Arizona Game and Fish Department is published
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