Application deadline for fall big game hunts is June 13

By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Hunters are reminded that the deadline for submitting applications for Arizona’s 2006 fall big game hunt draw is 7 p.m. (MST), Tuesday, June 13. You can apply online through the department’s Web site at, or mail or hand-deliver a paper application.

“The online option offers several advantages,” says Richard Rico, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s assistant director for special services. “It prompts you to accurately complete your form, dramatically reducing your chance of a rejected application due to errors.”

Another advantage is that online applicants can meet deadlines without worrying about mail delivery time or transit time involved in dropping off a paper application at a department office.

People submitting paper forms must allow enough time to ensure the applications are in the department’s possession by the deadline; postmarks don’t count. Applications and regulations are available at all seven Game and Fish offices and at license dealers statewide, or they can be downloaded from the department’s Web site at

“Department offices will probably be more crowded than usual on deadline day,” says Rico. “We’ll have extra staffing to help handle the volume, but applicants can save themselves time and trouble by applying online or by submitting their paper applications early.”

The big game draw is a lottery-style process for allocating the limited number of Arizona big game hunting permits to applicants. The department typically receives far more applications than there are available permits for the fall draw.

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Improving your odds for getting drawn
By Tom Cadden, public information officer, and Leonard Ordway, game branch chief, Arizona Game and Fish Department
Map of regions

Each year, thousands of hunters within and outside Arizona plan their strategies for applying for Arizona’s fall big game draw. Some have already applied for this year’s draw, others are putting it off until the last minute. Regardless of where you are in this year’s process, here are some insights into how you can approach the draw and increase your chances of going hunting each fall.

Assess your hunt objective; utilize the department’s hunt information

The first thing you need to do is assess your hunt objective. Are you happy just for the opportunity to get out and hunt? Or do you only want to go after a premier hunt opportunity? You also need to factor other variables into your decision, such as geographic location, time of year, weapon type, and who you want to hunt with. While you’re sorting through these considerations, you should take advantage of two invaluable resources offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The first is the Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations. The regulations not only include all the information for the upcoming fall hunts, but in the back you can find last year’s draw odds and success rates by genus (deer, elk, etc.), unit and weapon type. The 2006-2007 regulation booklet is available at all license dealers, department offices and online at

The department also offers for sale a publication called “Hunt Arizona.” The 2006 edition includes statistics on all big game hunts from 2001-2005, broken down by genus and weapon type, and including for each hunt the following information: hunt type (for example, bull or antlerless elk), season dates, the number of permits authorized, the number of first choice applicants, the number of permits actually issued, draw odds, number of hunters in the field, how many days they hunted, how many animals were harvested, and the hunt success.

Once you’ve digested all this information, you’re ready to put in for the draw. For those of you new to Arizona or unfamiliar with the draw system, here is a brief overview of how it works.

The application process

Demand for big game permits usually exceeds availability, so the department uses a lottery-style drawing system to allocate permits for the fall hunts. Hunters can apply for the draw either online or by filling out a paper application. To use the online option, go to the department’s Web site at, click on the big game draw icon, and follow the instructions. Paper applications, available at all seven Game and Fish offices and at license dealers statewide, can be mailed in or hand delivered.

Up to four people can apply on the same application, but they must all apply for the same hunt numbers and in the same order of preference. You can only submit one application per genus in a calendar year, except as otherwise specified by Commission Rule A.A.C. R12-4-104. The application form lets you list up to five hunt choices for that genus. You can apply for more than one genus, but you must use a separate application form and envelope for each genus.

For paper applications, be sure that all information is entered correctly and that all fees are included. Errors will cause an application to be rejected. This is where the online application option offers some advantages. The online program prompts you if you’ve made an error, minimizing the chance your application will be rejected.

Each year you submit a valid application and are unsuccessful in the draw, you earn a bonus point. You can also have bonus points for hunter education as well as draw loyalty. Bonus points come into play during the draw process described below.

Remember, you need an Arizona hunting license in order to apply for the big game draw. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to request to purchase one when you’re applying for the draw.

How the draw works

Within weeks after deadline day, the draw is run by computer. There are actually three separate passes made during a drawing. The first is for hunters with maximum bonus points, the second is the “regular pass” for first and second choices, and the third is for third, fourth and fifth choices. Each application is randomly assigned a number. You also receive an additional random number for each of your bonus points for that particular genus (bonus points for group applications are averaged). The lowest of all your random numbers is the one assigned to your application for that genus for the draw. The lower your random number, the better your chances are of getting the hunt you want.

For the first pass, the computer sets aside 20 percent of the available permits for each genus for applicants with maximum bonus points. It groups the applications by the number of bonus points they have (for example, all applications with 17 bonus points go into one group, those with 16 go in the next, etc.), and then sorts them by random number within the bonus point groupings.

As each application is read within each bonus point grouping, the first and then second hunt choices are checked to see if there are any permits available for those hunts as part of the 20 percent bonus point allotment. If there are enough permits available for each applicant on the application without exceeding the 20 percent allotment (and without exceeding the 10 percent nonresident cap), the permits are issued to the applicants. If not, the next application is read and the first and second hunt choices are checked again. This continues until the entire application file has been read or all tags have been issued, whichever comes first. Any unissued permits from this first pass will be returned to the available permits for each hunt. The draw then moves to the second pass.

In the second pass, all applications, including those unsuccessful in the bonus point pass, are assigned new random numbers and sorted in random number sequence within genus. The first application--the one with the lowest random number--is read, checking the first and then second hunt choices for available permits. If there are enough permits available for either of the choices for each applicant on the application, without exceeding the 10 percent nonresident cap, the permits are issued. The application with the next lowest random number is then checked for available permits, and this continues until the entire file is read.

In the third pass, all applications unsuccessful for their first and second choices are assigned new random numbers. They are once again sorted by random number within genus, and each application is then read, checking the third, fourth and fifth hunt choices for available permits for all applicants on each application. When permits are available for each one of the three choices without exceeding the 10 percent nonresident cap, they are issued to the applicants.

After the entire draw is completed, applicants who submitted valid applications are awarded an additional bonus point for each genus for which they were unsuccessful. The bonus points for each successful applicant are zeroed out for the genus for which they were issued a permit (with the exception of the permanent hunter education or loyalty bonus points, which remain intact).

Strategy for “premier” hunts

Generally, premier hunts have poor draw odds. For example, for the 2005 early bull elk hunt in Game Management Unit 1, there were 8,103 first- and second-choice applicants and only 40 permits issued. The odds of getting drawn for that hunt were less than one percent. Similarly, for the late antlered deer hunt in Game Management Unit 12A West, 5,837 first- and second-choice applicants vied for 175 permits--draw odds of only four percent.

If you only want a premier hunt, here are some tips that may help you.

  • Never apply for any hunt you don’t want to participate in. You’ll lose your non-permanent bonus points when you’re drawn.
  • Realize it may be years before you are drawn—be patient and persistent.
  • Don’t make a mistake on your application when you have lots of bonus points.
  • If you are applying using a paper application, apply during the correction period so obvious mistakes may be fixed. If a paper application submitted before the correction period deadline contains an error, the department will make three attempts within a 24-hour period to contact an applicant by telephone in order to correct the error. The end of the correction period for the 2006 fall draw has already passed (it was May 31).
  • One way of minimizing mistakes is to apply online.

Strategy for just having the opportunity to hunt

A hunt with good draw odds often means it is considered by some hunters to be a “less desirable” hunt. On the other hand, many other hunters have the philosophy that any opportunity to hunt, get outdoors and spend time with friends and family is highly desirable. So, if you just want to go hunting and aren’t as concerned about where or when, here are some tips:

  • You can pick a higher-demand hunt for your first choice, but back it up with a hunt choice with better draw odds as your second choice.
  • For elk, pronghorn and bighorn sheep, choices 3-5 are not likely to play much of a role. These hunts will fill up long before third choices are considered.
  • For the best chances of getting drawn, pick hunts with good draw odds for both first and second choices.

Good luck, and may you have great success in choosing and conducting your hunt!

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Arizona's Big Game Super Raffle: Win the hunt of a lifetime 
By Rory Aikens, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Hunters have an opportunity this year to win a unique year-round big game hunt while helping wildlife conservation efforts at the same time, thanks to Arizona’s Big Game Super Raffle. Here is how it works:

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission set aside special tags for each of the nine big game species to be used in a super raffle to raise money for wildlife conservation. A consortium of conservation groups banded together to raffle these special tags. Every cent raised goes to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to benefit the big game species for which the raffle is held.

Special tags are available for bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, antelope, buffalo, turkey, bear and javelina. The public drawing this year will be held on July 8. The season dates associated with these special tags are 365 days, starting Aug. 1, and the tags include a few restrictions on hunting areas.

Raffle tickets must be purchased by July 3, and prices are very reasonable. If you want to learn more, visit for all the details.

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Successful archery deer hunters must report harvest  
By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

All archery deer hunters are reminded of a rule that went into effect in 2004. Successful archery deer hunters must contact an Arizona Game and Fish Department office in person or by telephone at 1-866-903-DEER (3337) within 10 days of taking a deer unless the deer has been checked through a mandatory hunter checking station.

Department analysis indicates that only about 35 percent of the successful archers complied with this requirement last year. The archery report-in process was put in place to gather data on archery harvest rather than go to a full draw system for archery deer hunts. Please report your harvest to help us collect this important data.  If you fail to comply with this rule, you could be cited by the department.

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License fraud and misrepresentation 
By Jim Madden, wildlife law enforcement specialist, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Sportsmen and women in America should be proud of their willingness to foot the bill for wildlife management and their self-imposed obedience to the laws designed to conserve wildlife. As with any group, there always seems to be a few individuals that want to bend the rules and gain whatever advantage they can over others.

An example of this in the outdoor recreation world is those who attempt to acquire hunting licenses and permits by fraud or misrepresentation. This is sometimes accomplished by submitting multiple applications, fake names, addresses, or other false information. These people are stealing permits, hunting opportunity and animals from law-abiding hunters, as well as cheating state wildlife agencies out of money that’s needed to fund wildlife conservation.

Needless to say, the Arizona Game and Fish Department takes the detection and apprehension of these violators very seriously. Several years ago, license fraud/misrepresentation was added to the list of offenses for which an individual can have his/her hunting privileges revoked for up to five years by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Additionally, the law was changed to aid in the prosecution of these offenses by making it illegal to even submit a fraudulent application.

Residency requirements

Residency requirements vary from state to state, which can occasionally lead to confusion on the part of the applicant. To help applicants understand what constitutes a resident, the department has included information on the “common violations” page (page 72) in the hunting regulations. In my experience, there are some people who find themselves in violation of these laws even though it was not their intention to break the law.

Generally speaking, Arizona laws require that a person must be a bona fide (true) resident of the state of Arizona for six months immediately preceding the application period for a resident license or permit. The exception to this is active-duty servicemen and women who have been stationed in Arizona for at least 30 days prior to the application deadline.

A common misconception is that mere property ownership in Arizona qualifies an applicant for residency. This is incorrect. To be considered an Arizona resident, someone must demonstrate he or she does most, if not all of the following: permanently or primarily resides in Arizona, possesses an Arizona drivers license and registers his/her vehicle in Arizona, maintains a home in Arizona, votes in Arizona, and pays Arizona resident income taxes. A person cannot be considered a resident of two states at the same time.

The consequences of license fraud and misrepresentation

So what happens to people who "steal" your licenses and tags through fraud? That’s up to the courts to decide, but here are some of the potential consequences. License fraud is a class 2 misdemeanor, and each time a person applies for or obtains a license or permit by fraud, it’s a separate charge. In these types of cases it is not uncommon for a person to have 10 or more charges filed against them. Additionally, any permit obtained in this fashion is invalid, which means there are often additional charges related to hunting or taking wildlife without valid licenses and permits.

Game and Fish officers work closely with the prosecuting attorneys, and restitution to the state is almost always requested in addition to monetary fines imposed by the court. When the court process has ended, the civil process begins. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission can seek reimbursement for an animal taken in violation of state game and fish laws. This can get expensive, as there are minimum values, but no maximum values. The commission will also decide if it is appropriate to revoke that person’s privilege to obtain a license to hunt, fish, or trap in the state for up to five years.

Our goal regarding license fraud is twofold. We want to educate the hunting public so accidental violations are as rare as possible, and prosecute those who attempt to gain an unfair advantage over honest sportsmen and women. We want you to have a great time outdoors!

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Fish Arizona! Get a combo license and double your fun
By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Want to add variety and extra enjoyment to your hunting trip this year? Buy a fishing license and experience great fishing fun at Arizona’s lakes and streams.

Despite this year’s dry winter, last year’s heavy precipitation filled many of the state’s lakes and reservoirs and set the stage for excellent fish reproduction and growth. The fishing outlook is outstanding.

If you already have your hunting license, add to your outdoor enjoyment by purchasing a fishing license and trout stamp. Residents pay $18 for the license and $10.50 for the trout stamp, and they can be used every day the rest of this year. If you haven’t yet purchased your hunting license, consider getting a combination hunting and fishing license. The cost for residents is $44.00 for residents and includes the cost of the trout stamp.

For nonresidents, a fishing license costs $51.50 and the trout stamp $49.50. A nonresident combination license is $177.50. For youths through their 20th birthday, a combination license is only $25.50, resident or nonresident.

Residents can also take advantage of the family license, which saves money compared to the cost of purchasing each license individually. The cost of the family license is $28.50 for the first parent, $22.80 for the second parent, and only $2 for each dependent child age 14 through 17. It includes the trout stamp.

Combo licenses and fishing licenses can be purchased at license dealers statewide, at Game and Fish Department offices, online at, or by calling (866) 462-0433. Family licenses can only be purchased at department offices or through

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Hunters must physically check-in harvested bears
and mountain lions

By Rory Aikens, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Bear and mountain lion hunters must contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department within 48 hours of taking a bear or a mountain lion, and you must also physically check-in the harvested animal within 10 days with the Department.

Successful bear hunters must contact an Arizona Game and Fish Department office in person or by telephone at 1-800-970-BEAR (2327) within 48 hours of taking a bear. Successful mountain lion hunters must contact an Arizona Game and Fish office in person or by telephone at 1-877-438-0447 within 48 hours of taking a lion.  The report for both bears and mountain lions shall include the hunter’s name, hunting license number, tag number, sex of the lion or bear taken, management unit where the lion or bear was taken, and telephone number at which the hunter can be reached to obtain additional information.

Also, within 10 days of taking a mountain lion or a bear, the hunter shall present the animal’s skull, hide, and attached proof of sex for inspection. If the skull is to be frozen before inspection by the department, the mouth should be propped open so a tooth can be extracted for age determination. Hunters are encouraged to contact a department office by telephone to coordinate the inspection.

Conservation spotlight 

Mohave Sportsman Club
By Don Martin, government liaison

How did your group get started?
The Mohave Sportsman Club (MSC) was formed in 1936 by a group of local sportsmen who wanted to promote hunting, fishing and target shooting in the Kingman, Ariz. area.

What is the purpose of the Mohave Sportsman Club?
The MSC continues to encourage and promote, through a variety of shooting sports programs, target shooting, hunting and fishing.
The club also operates the 7-Mile Hill Shooting Range, a 722-acre public range that is open all year and includes areas for rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting and archery. Area law enforcement agencies, including the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Kingman Police Department, Mohave County Probation Department, and officers from the local private prison, train at the 7-Mile Hill facility on a regular basis.

What does the Mohave Sportsman Club do?
The club operates the 7-Mile Hill Shooting Range and offers all citizens in northwestern Arizona a place to practice using a variety of firearms or bows. The club has a number of shooting venues, including a 1,000-yard range, pistol and .22-caliber rimfire range, and big bore rifle ranges. We also have a state-of-the-art trap range and newly constructed skeet facility that is open for year-round public use. A heated and air-conditioned clubhouse is also available for group use.

The MSC represents sportsmen in Mohave County on wildlife-related issues through attendance at a variety of public meetings, including those of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

The club is also actively involved with our local, state and federal legislators, and we offer input on pending legislation that may affect sportsmen and/or our community.

Volunteer Arizona Hunter Education instructors, many of whom are MSC members, regularly use the 7-Mile Hill facilities, including the clubhouse and range.

The club sponsors a number of ranch cleanup projects each year, including projects at the Grand Canyon West Ranch and the Boquillas Ranch (for information on this year's Boquillas Ranch cleanup on June 24-25, see the volunteer section below). These long-term commitments by the MSC are our way of showing the general public and the ranching community that we not only respect private property of others, but are more than willing to help keep public and private lands free of litter and trash.

The MSC also is very active in conservation programs, and is active in the development, maintenance and construction of wildlife water projects throughout Arizona. The club is a member of the Wildlife Conservation Council, and is proud of its affiliation with the Arizona Antelope Foundation, Arizona Elk Society, Arizona Predator Callers, Southern Arizona Wildlife Callers, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, and Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, just to name a few.

MSC also sponsors the largest kids fishing program in the area. It is called Kids Fishing Day, and with the support of the local community and many Arizona conservation groups, the club holds an annual one-day event for about 200 kids. The Kids Fishing Day program allows many kids, some of whom have never fished before, the opportunity to fish for big catfish at a three-quarter-acre pond north of Kingman that is owned by John and Sandy D’Ambro. The club pays, through donations, over $1,600 to have the pond stocked with fish each year.

The range facility is also available and is used by several of the local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops to hold campouts. The local astronomy group also periodically uses the range.

How many members do you have?
Our current membership is over 1,000.

While the conservation spotlight is shining on the Mohave Sportsman Club, what would you like to say?

With the unprecedented boom in housing in northwestern Arizona, places for sportsmen to recreate, including target shooting and hunting, are becoming increasingly hard to find. Through the efforts of the MSC, sportsmen in northwest Arizona do have a voice in wildlife management. We also provide a first-class shooting range for the public that offers a place for everyone to shoot. The MSC is a leader in conservation efforts in northwest Arizona and, as we all know, there is power in numbers. By being part of the MSC, sportsmen’s needs, concerns and desires can be facilitated, and a strong, united voice will always be heard.

How can people reach you?
The MSC website is and our address is P.O. Box 687, Kingman, AZ 86402. Our range is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our range phone number is (928) 753-8038.

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Volunteer opportunities for hunters 
By Sandy Reith, 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, and gain knowledge about Arizona wildlife and wildlife management. We recognize that your time is important and strive to provide rewarding and educational volunteer experiences.

We’ve listed some opportunities below that we think you might find interesting. To learn about other opportunities or to submit information about a project that would benefit from our volunteers, check our volunteer page.

June 24-25
Boquillas Ranch cleanup, northwestern Arizona
Help clean up trash and other debris in an area that hosts some premier wildlife habitat. This project is part of the department's Adopt-A-Ranch program. Meet at Pica Ranch headquarters at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24. Trash drop-off is at ranch headquarters at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by a free dinner and campout at Pine Canyon (10 miles north of Pica Camp on Roades Canyon Road). There will be a sausage and biscuit breakfast Sunday morning. Dinner and breakfast are sponsored by the Mohave Sportsman Club and the Arizona Deer Association. This is a good outing for kids and offers great wildlife viewing opportunities. RSVP to Don Martin at or (928) 681-4867, or Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Reith at (623) 236-7680.

Ongoing project: habitat restoration for pronghorn and grassland birds
Volunteers will be using loppers and hand saws to thin juniper south of Mormon Lake at Mud Lake, on Forest Road 82 (Kinnikinick Lake Road). Dates are June 17, July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, all at 8:30 a.m. Contact Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Reith at (623) 236-7680.

Ongoing project: range safety officers needed at Ben Avery Shooting Facility
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. Volunteers shoot for free at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Contact Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Reith at (623) 236-7680.

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Vol. 2 No. 3 June 2006
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Junior hunters
Do you have a photo and story about a youth hunt (your own, or that of your child or grandchild)? We’d like to share one junior hunter’s story in each issue of Hunting Highlights. Send your picture and a brief story to the Hunting Highlights editor.

Conservation spotlight
Are you excited about the mission and activities of your wildlife conservation organization? In the Conservation Spotlight, our readers will share your excitement. To get your group into the spotlight, e-mail the Hunting Highlights editor.

Ask a wildlife manager
Is there something you’ve always wanted to ask a game warden? All questions are fair game in this periodic feature. If you’ve got a question for our wildlife managers, e-mail the Hunting Highlights editor.

Hunter education
Hunter education classes are 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. T=Treat every gun as if it were loaded. A=Always point your muzzle in a safe direction. B=Be sure of your target and what is beyond. Happy hunting!

News and notes

Thank dad for those great outdoor trips
With Father’s Day rapidly approaching, it’s the perfect time to thank dad for all those great camping, hunting and fishing trips over the years by nominating him for the outdoors Father of the Year. Some lucky dad will be treated to a dream fishing vacation on a 59-foot houseboat at picturesque Lake Powell.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and ESPN Radio 860 have teamed up to find the Father of the Year. Just visit, and in 200 words or less, tell us why your father or some other dad should be recognized as the Father of the Year.

This is your chance to thank dad for taking you on fun outdoor adventures, such as all those great fishing and camping trips over the years. In fact, a national study shows that dad is the key when it comes to taking kids fishing and hunting. The Father of the Year will be someone who has given his family a lasting outdoor legacy by teaching them the skills and sharing the knowledge to appreciate the outdoors.

One grand prize winner will be chosen from the online entries and announced on the air on Friday, June 16, just before Father’s Day. You can hear more about the Father of the Year search by listening to ESPN Radio 860’s “Calling All Sports” program from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo set for March 31-April 1, 2007

Mark your calendars! The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo will be held March 31 and April 1 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix.

Building on the success of the department’s Shooting Showcase in 2004 and 2006, this exciting event will expand to include hunting, fishing, shooting, archery, boating and OHV activities and displays. There will be plenty of hands-on activities, along with workshops, demonstrations and exhibit booths. Outdoors enthusiasts won’t want to miss it!

Also mark your calendar for the International Sportsman’s Exposition being held March 9-11, 2007, at the new Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Glendale. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will have a significant presence at that event. More information on the ISE show and the department’s Outdoor Expo will be posted on the department’s Web site at in the coming months.

"Hunting Highlights" wins communications awards
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s “Hunting Highlights” e-newsletter has garnered recognition in two recent awards competitions. The newsletter won the 2006 Communicator Award of Distinction in the online newsletter category. The Communicator Awards are an international competition founded by communication professionals to recognize excellence in the communications field.

“Hunting Highlights” was also a finalist in the Western Publications Association’s 2006 Maggie Awards competition, in the “best e-newsletter/consumer” category. The Maggie Awards are considered by many to be the most prestigious magazine publishing awards in the western United States.

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Game recipe
Venison Meat Balls


  • 1 lb. ground venison
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk

Combine crumbs, venison, salt, pepper, onion, soy sauce, and garlic powder; shape into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Brown meatballs in butter, cover pan; cook over low heat 15 minutes. Remove meatballs from pan and add flour to drippings to make gravy. Add milk and simmer 3-4 minutes (without boiling). Serve gravy hot over the meat balls. Try adding allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, oregano, and other spices for variety.

Dates to remember
June 13 (7 p.m. MST): Deadline for receiving fall 2006 big game hunt applications for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, turkey, javelina and buffalo.

July 3: Deadline for purchasing tickets for Arizona’s Big Game Super Raffle; see for details.

July 28: Hunt permit-tags mailed out by this date.

August 7: Applications accepted (online only at after 8 a.m. MST on this date) for first-come permits, if available, for deer, antelope, elk, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep and buffalo.

August 11: Big game draw refund warrants mailed out by this date.

Hot links


Thank you hunters!
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 land area. In 2004, that meant over $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.