Archive for August, 2005

Volunteer opportunities for hunters

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 […]

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Conservation spotlight

Conservation spotlight Arizona Deer Association By Domenick Lopano, president How did your group get started? The Arizona Mule Deer Association formed in 1996. In 2002, we changed our name to the Arizona Deer Association (ADA), to better reflect our interest in conserving and enhancing all of Arizona’s deer populations. What is ADA’s purpose? ADA is […]

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Learn more about: chronic wasting disease

Learn more about: chronic wasting disease By Jim deVos, research branch chief, Arizona Game and Fish Department Department continues actions to protect deer and elk herds from chronic wasting disease: Hunters asked to assist in surveillance efforts Arizona wildlife officials continue to be on the lookout for a silent killer of deer and elk. It […]

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Ask a wildlife manager

Ask a wildlife manager By Ron Day, law enforcement branch chief, Arizona Game and Fish Department Each year before the archery deer hunt, wildlife managers are asked the same basic question many times in different ways: “Can I carry a firearm while archery hunting?” The answer is—it depends on the type of hunt. Archery-only or […]

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Junior hunters

Junior hunters By Anthony King, Phoenix I was so excited come opening morning this spring for my first turkey hunt. We got up and got to where we needed to be, and I said to my dad, “I see them coming down the hill!” We quickly put up the canvas blind, and sat next to […]

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Coues white-tailed deer hunting in Arizona

Coues white-tailed deer hunting in Arizona By Jim Heffelfinger, Tucson regional game specialist, Arizona Game and Fish Department Coues white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus couesi) are found in scattered populations throughout southeastern and central Arizona. They occur primarily in partially isolated mountains above 4,000 feet. Cooz or cows? Early naturalist and army surgeon Elliot Coues never […]

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Been hunting?

Been hunting? By Gary Huish, Phoenix For years, I have found javelina in the same area (Unit 35A by Sierra Vista) every year I have looked for them, and this year was no exception. I filled my tag after firing one shot from my Remington Inline .50-caliber muzzleloader, about 30 minutes after sunup on Feb. […]

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Hunting outlook

Hunting outlook By Mark Zornes, small game biologist, and Brian Wakeling, big game program supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Interested in going after some of Arizona’s abundant small game, such as quail or cottontail? Planning a fall deer or elk hunt? Here are our regional forecasts for these species. Quail Hunters are expected to […]

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Women who hunt deer

Women who hunt deer By Sherry Crouch, wildlife planner, and Dee Pfleger, wildlife manager Arizona Game and Fish Department For this issue of Hunting Highlights, we invited some of the women here at the Arizona Game and Fish Department who hunt deer to share their stories with readers, as a way of encouraging other women […]

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Volunteer opportunities for hunters

Volunteer opportunities for hunters The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s volunteer program provides many 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 […]

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Junior hunters

Junior hunters September is the time for parents to prepare for the junior dove hunt at Robbins Butte Wildlife Area, just a few miles southwest of Buckeye on Highway 85. This “juniors only” hunt on Sept. 3—4 gives hunters up to age 17 a chance to pursue doves without adult competition. Hunters under 14 may […]

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Dove hunting in Arizona

Dove hunting in Arizona By Mike Rabe, migratory birds program supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Arizona is one of the best places to hunt doves anywhere. We have two seasons here: an early season from Sept. 1–15, and a later season in late fall and early winter that varies a little in the opening […]

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Hunting outlook

Hunting outlook By Brian Wakeling, big game program supervisor, and Mark Zornes, small game biologist, Arizona Game and Fish Department Interested in hunting archery deer or dove this fall? Lucky enough to get drawn for pronghorn? Here is our regional forecast for these species. Archery Deer Statewide, deer fawn recruitment increased for both white-tailed deer […]

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Endless possibilities

Endless possibilities By Ron Day, law enforcement branch chief Arizona Game and Fish Department Each year, time seems to stand still between deadline day and the day I finally find out what my fortunes were in the fall hunt drawing. Will it be my late white-tailed deer permit, or an archery bull hunt? An antelope […]

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