4 No. 1 February 2008
In this issue:
about what may happen to hunting if the next generation does not
learn to hunt?
In the March-April
issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine, Game and Fish
Field Supervisor Craig McMullen writes about efforts to get young
people involved. Read his feature article, “Juniors-only Hunts
Offer Opportunities to Young Hunters.”
and you’ll also read the inside story behind a recent poaching
case in Gene Elms’ article, “Rocket Mine Poaching Case
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Online hunter education course
grows in popularity
continues to show Arizona's new online hunter education course is
growing in popularity. In the first six months of its introduction,
there have been 464 students who have passed the online exam since
the program started in summer of 2007.
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.
heard a lot of positive feedback about the course,” says Ed
Huntsman, conservation education coordinator for Game and Fish.
"The comment we hear most is that the course offers flexibility
for people with busy schedules, but still provides the value of
the interactive field day.”
father says, "my son just turned 10 and was able to do the
online course and field day, and still make his hunt."
stated, "I had been trying for a long time to find a course
(traditional) I could work around my schedule. Doing it online was
is not mandatory for adults to attend the class to hunt in Arizona,
it is highly recommend. However, if you are planning on hunting
in another state, please check with that state well in advance to
see if proof of hunter education is required, as the Arizona program
is recognized by all other state agencies.
ages 10 through 13 who wish to hunt big game, turkey, javelina,
deer, elk, etc., must have a hunter education certification in addition
to the licenses and tags required.
Why take hunter
education - if it's not mandatory? What will I learn?
- hunter responsibility
- how firearms
- firearm safety
conservation and management
and first aid
- make new
friends with similar interests
more details visit:
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!
on roads and trails
while shed antler hunting
There may be
plenty of snow on the ground in parts of Arizona now, but warmer
weather is on its way. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds
all shed antler hunters to stay on roads and trails this spring,
if hunting for antlers on an off-highway vehicle.
like during the hunting season, we ask that you ’walk while
you stalk’,” says Joe Sacco, off-highway vehicle law
enforcement program manager. “The department recommends that
you ride your vehicle on the trails to the area where you think
the antlers are, then pack them out to your machine and drive them
home on the roads.”
Damage to areas
where cross-country riding occurs can take more than 100 years to
recover, especially if the area where you go cross-country is wet.
Those tracks can be seen by other users as an open invitation to
unknowingly ruin a pristine recreational area.
A new illegal
trail can cause a lot of problems for wildlife that live in that
area. The noise could cause animals to leave their regular habitat,
anything that drops off of a machine could be eaten by the animals
leading to unnecessary death, or someone could have a negative interaction
with a very unhappy or startled animal. Minimizing impact on habitat
is a key to successful wildlife conservation.
on Roads and Trails!
a wildlife manager: Is there a problem with Lyme disease in Arizona?
by Lisa Shender, Wildlife Health Specialist): As
far as I know, we do not have a problem with Lyme disease in Arizona.
I believe that most of the cases in Arizona residents are generally
contracted while out of state.
for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the Arizona Department
of Health Services from 2003-05 reported Arizona had only a total
of 27 cases for all three years combined, as compared with other
eastern states with thousands of cases.
from a web based article in June of 2006 reports similar opinions:
not had a single case of Lyme disease reported to me,’ said
Matthew Bollinger, the epidemiologist for Gila, Graham and Greenlee
counties, for the past three years. Statewide statistics of Arizona
residents: Between 1995 and 2004, 35 people were diagnosed with
Lyme disease in Arizona. These
35 people may or may not have had a travel history, according to
Bollinger, meaning they might have contracted the disease elsewhere
but were diagnosed in Arizona.”
changes at the Department and the Commission
Voyles named new department director
Game and Fish Commission announced it has hired Larry Voyles as
the new director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, effective
in March 2008, when current director Duane Shroufe retires.
Voyles has been
with Game and Fish for nearly 35 years and is currently supervisor
for the department’s Yuma region, which handles field operations
in southwestern Arizona.
the department in 1974 as a wildlife manager (game ranger), serving
over the next 10 years in the Wellton, Wickenburg and Prescott districts.
He subsequently served as the wildlife enforcement program coordinator
and as the department's training coordinator before being promoted
to supervisor of the Yuma region in 1988.
a B.S. in wildlife biology from Arizona State University.
just replace a Duane Shroufe,” said Voyles. “He led
the agency through an amazing period of growth, quality improvement
and accomplishment. He set the bar high, and I’m looking forward
to the opportunity to continue that legacy.”
Norman W. Freeman nominated to Game and Fish Commission
Napolitano has nominated Chino Valley resident Norman W. Freeman
to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. He will replace Michael
Golightly, whose term expires this year.
appointment requires confirmation by the Arizona Senate.
Freeman is a strong advocate for hunting and fishing and is committed
to fulfilling the mission of Arizona Game and Fish,” Governor
Napolitano said. “He has many varied experiences that will
help him serve Arizona very well in this role.”
work with wildlife has been extensive. Among other business ventures,
he is the founder of Elemental Technology, a firm which developed
wildlife tracking software for wildlife biologists and regulatory
bodies. In 1994, he founded “Wildflight,” a privately
funded operation to relocate wildlife, using corporate and private
aircraft to move many species, including black bears, owls, hawks,
eagles, osprey, and California condors.
been extensively involved with the preservation of California condors
in particular, participating in the California Condor Recovery Team
– a multi-agency team including the Arizona Game and Fish
Department – which defined the federal protocol for moving
this endangered species. He also co-authored a successful behavior
modification program to reduce the juvenile predation of young California
condors by coyotes.
Grande Turkey is now
an Arizona resident
Rio Grande turkeys were introduced to Arizona on Jan. 16 by the
Arizona Game and Fish Department, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources,
and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with assistance from the Arizona
and Utah chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
the Rios were released on BLM land at Black Rock Mountain in the
far northwest corner of the state on the Arizona Strip (approximately
15 miles south of the Utah border). This terrain is similar to where
the birds were transplanted from and their native habitat.
Rios were donated from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as
part of a cooperative effort. Utah’s turkey population is
doing very well and has areas where reductions are needed. Arizona
on the other hand, is gaining a turkey population in an area that
is more suited for the Rio Grande subspecies than for the more common
Merriam’s subspecies. This translocation will enhance the
diversity of wild turkeys in Arizona and the areas in which they
can be experienced.
55 birds were given identifying wing tags and eight were fitted
with radio tracking collars to help monitor and manage the flock’s
movements and population progress.
Rio Grande subspecies is very similar to the Merriam’s turkey,
and it would take a side-by-side comparison to notice the differences.
The Rio is slightly smaller and the banded accent tail-feathers
are slightly darker. However, most notable are the primary wing
feathers: the Rios are mainly black with small white accent bars,
while the Merriams are white with small black accents. This turkey
subspecies prefers areas with drainages and stream beds in relatively
open brush and scrub country up to 6,000 feet in elevation. The
Merriam’s prefers habitat that is a drier forested area reaching
elevations up to 10,000 feet.
hunting in Arizona is regulated by a draw system. Demand far exceeds
available permits – some years as much as a three-to-one ratio.
However, hunters interested in harvesting each of Arizona’s
turkey subspecies will have to patiently wait. Populations for the
Rio Grandes will not be self-sustaining for three to five years,
and hunts will then be limited at best.
additional information about wild turkeys,
visit these resources:
Arizona Game and Fish Department’s turkey page: www.azgfd.gov/h_f/game_turkey.shtml
Department’s online video on turkeys:
National Wild Turkey Federation: www.nwtf.org
of outdoor fun the whole family will enjoy March 1-2, Powers Butte
& Gun Club is hosting a free “Cast & Blast Weekend”
that will introduce you and your family members to the great Arizona
outdoors. All that is required is your attendance and some basic
camping gear, and they will do the rest!
Clear your calendar
for Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, to experience a fishing pond,
canoeing, 3D archery, small-caliber and shotgun firearm safety and
shooting, and small game hunting for those that are interested.
The event will
be held at the Powers Butte Wildlife Area in Buckeye. Powers Butte
is approximately 60 minutes west of central Phoenix. Adjacent to
the Gila River and comprising approximately 1,681 acres, Powers
Butte offers a mixture of desert upland, agricultural, and wetland/riparian
habitats. The area attracts a variety of wildlife species, including
migratory birds and waterfowl like dove, ducks, geese, rails, and
egrets. The uplands are inhabited by javelina, rabbit, mule deer
and quail, as well as numerous reptile species.
and Gun Club has an outstanding history of introducing families
to the outdoors and is known throughout Arizona for its exciting
family and youth outdoor programs and events. Over the last few
years the club has served over 3,000 families each year with information,
education and opportunities to help citizens better understand and
enjoy the wild outdoors.
is limited and registration is required.
secure your spot for this unique event call,
(480) 290-8344 or e-mail email@example.com
more information and maps of Powers Butte Wildlife Area visit:
keyword search "powers butte" in the search bar.
event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Arizona Game and
Fish Department. To learn more about the Department's Local Sportsmen’s
Group Grants Program, visit:
time to get outside? Looking for good TV programming for the family?.
Arizona Wildlife Views TV airs on KAET-TV at 4:30 p.m.
Emmy-award-winning Arizona Wildlife Views TV show is
produced by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to help teach
Arizonans about the outdoors and wildlife around them as well
as to inform about practices and techniques used to conserve outdoor
Arizona for years to come. Upcoming shows will include these segments:
Sunday, Feb. 24
Pronghorn - From a low of 20 animals, the department
has made great strides to bring this graceful animal back
from the brink.
Fish Stocking - Arizona’s urban lakes
are a great place to fish, with ample amounts of catfish and
on a Wire - Arizona Public Service workers move
a red-tailed hawk’s nest, complete with chicks, to a
Sunday, March 2
– The Arizona Game and Fish Department's 2008 Expo is
around the corner. Here is a peek from the 2007 Expo so you
know what to expect this year.
– Sipe Wildlife Area in the White Mountains gives viewers
a close-up look at many animals that pass through there, from
the little hummingbird to the mighty elk.
Conservation Easement –
The Espee Ranch in northern Arizona covers 66,000 acres.
Come see how the department is trying to obtain a conservation
easement for this property and others like it.
Dove Hunt – Enjoy the fun and skill
involved as we travel to one of the best places in the state
to hunt for dove, just outside of Yuma.
– Five years after the largest wildfire in Arizona’s
history roared through the White Mountains, we see that
some of the fire’s effects have actually been beneficial
– One of the rarest habitat types in Arizona, the
Cienega teems with wildlife, all drawn to the water that
makes up these unique areas
"Becoming an Outdoors Woman" workshop to be held
April 4-6 in Prescott area
Did you ever
want to learn how to shoot a shotgun or fly-fish? Would you like
to find out how to navigate with map and compass or use a GPS? Does
canoeing or kayaking sound like fun?
If so, the
"Becoming an Outdoors Woman" workshop could be for you.
Offering these and 26 other sessions for participants to choose
from, the program introduces women to the outdoors in an enjoyable,
non-threatening environment with expert instructors.
stay in rustic cabins, but there are showers and bathrooms in each
cabin. We all eat in a central dining hall and there is always a
lot of fun,” says Linda Dightmon, the BOW coordinator for
the Arizona Wildlife Federation, which sponsors the program in partnership
with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “The only thing
the participant needs to bring is her personal stuff, a good attitude
and a willingness to learn,” Dightmon added.
food and lodging are all included in the $235 registration fee.
The only exception is the Outdoor Photography class where participants
will need to bring a camera. Enrollment is open to all women 18
and older. The program is held at the Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott.
It begins at noon on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday.
more information contact the Arizona Wildlife Federation office
(480) 644-0077, or email
Attention: Kaibab varmint and turkey hunters - Game and Fish Commission
agrees to continue voluntary lead reduction program, but your help
Game and Fish Commission was encouraged by the growing participation
rate of hunters using non-lead ammunition during the 2007 fall hunting
season. Surveys show that more than 80 percent of hunters took measures
last year to reduce the amount of available spent lead ammunition
in the California condor’s core range versus 60 percent in
recently agreed to continue the department’s voluntary lead
reduction program aimed at protecting Arizona’s endangered
California condor. The department, and its partners, are encouraging
hunters to continue sportsmen’s proud tradition of wildlife
conservation by using non-lead ammunition in condor range in Game
Management Units 9, 10, 12A/B, and 13A/B.
Going into the
spring season, turkey and varmint hunters are encouraged to either
switch to non-lead bullets or to remove entrails (gut piles) from
the field and turn them into department check stations.
more information on non-lead ammunition and a list of the available
calibers, visit: www.azgfd.gov/condor
Game and Fish Commission meeting
next Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting will be held on Friday,
March 7 in Tucson. The location and agenda are not yet determined.
and location will be posted to the department's Web site. Go to
www.azgfd.gov/commission then click the "commission agenda"
link on the left.
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.