Who qualifies as a new resident? For the purpose of the camps, a new resident is person who has lived full time in Arizona for less than five years.
What should I wear? We suggest you wear sturdy hiking boots, a hat, sunscreen and warm, layered clothing. You should also strongly consider bringing a warm coat, gloves, a winter cap and extra pairs of socks.
Will firearms be provided? Arizona Game and Fish will provide hunting rifles and ammunition to use during the camps. You are welcome to bring your own firearm, instead, but then you will also need to provide your own ammunition.
Do I need to get an Arizona hunting license? No. The event sponsor, American Fire Equipment, will provide the license.
Is the small game camp safe? Yes. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will have hunter education instructors and members of the Chandler Rod and Gun Club on-site to ensure the safe handling of firearms and to provide a secure and safe campsite. A mandatory firearms safety class will be conducted for all participants. A licensed emergency medical technician will also be on-site during the entire event.
Will meals be provided? Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, along with breakfast on Sunday, courtesy of American Fire and prepared by the Chandler Rod and Gun Club. All campers are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages, in case they need to eat between meals.
Can I bring alcohol? No. A safe, responsible hunter knows that alcohol and drugs affect skill, reaction time, judgment and coordination. The best hunting comes from safe and sober behavior.
Do I need to bring drinking water or coffee? No. We provide water and coffee for both small game camps. Any other beverages need to be brought by the camper.
Can I bring my camera? Yes. We encourage all participants to take advantage of the opportunity to photograph and videotape their experiences at the small game camp.
Can I bring my pet? For the courtesy and comfort of the other guests, we ask that you do not bring any pets.
Should I bring my cell phone? We do recommend that all hunters carry a cell phone, although there is minimal cell service in the camp areas. Arizona Game and Fish personnel will have access to communication equipment, if there is a need or an emergency. Cell phones can also be used as a signaling device if you are lost, and sometimes, the battery can by used to start a fire.
Will I get my deposit back? The Arizona Game and Fish Department requires a deposit to secure your spot at the small game camp. Once you check out on Sunday, your deposit check will be returned to you. If you fail to arrive at the camp, then your deposit will be forfeited.
What camping gear should I bring? Below is the recommended list of camping gear you will need.
- Tent Poles, Stakes and Lines
- Sleeping Bag
- Mattress Pad or Cot
- Dirty Clothes Bag
- Sheath Knife
- Pin-on Compass
- Waterproof Matches
- Water Bottle
- Spare Batteries and Bulb
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Personal Bathroom Items (Shaving Gear, Tooth brush, etc).
- Insect Repellent
- Prescription Medicine
- Camera Gear
- Facial Tissues
- Duffel Bag or Pack
- Orange Clothing (Hat or Vest) Recommended While Hunting.