Archive for December, 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 Elk Society By John Koleszar, vice president How did your group get started? We wanted to create an opportunity for money raised in Arizona to stay in Arizona. Since we began almost five years ago, we’ve raised over $1.2 million for Arizona wildlife and habitat. We also wanted to create a group […]

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Field dressing quail is simple

Field dressing quail is simple By Rory Aikens, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department So you want to get in on this season’s great quail hunting and would like to know how to field dress these excellent game birds? Here’s an easy five-step process. The key is to dress (gut) quail as soon […]

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Ask a wildlife manager

Ask a wildlife manager By Ron Day, law enforcement branch chief, Arizona Game and Fish Department The start of December means that every avid Arizona duck hunter has already spent a weekend or two up north trying to make that old duck call work while watching their favorite duck decoy float (or sink, if it’s […]

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Junior hunters

Junior hunters By the Hensley family, Glendale This is my son Shawn’s first dove hunt and his first white wing. My daughter Kristen is our bird girl: she misses none. The photo was taken last year. My girl says she will try her brother’s .410 this year. Related PostsJunior huntersJunior hunters September is the time […]

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Hunting in Arizona: cottontail rabbit

Hunting in Arizona: cottontail rabbit By Mark Zornes, small game biologist, Arizona Game and Fish Department “Cook! Where’s my hasenpfeffer?” It’s one of my favorite lines from a classic cartoon. This year, I assure you that your hasenpfeffer won’t taste of carrots. Hasenpfeffer is rabbit stew, of course—in our case, the cottontail. You’ll find plenty […]

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Been hunting?

Been hunting? By Brian Bellah, Tucson I got this real nice gobbler just a few minutes past daybreak on opening day this year. He came to my call and decoy from about 125 yards away, out of his roost, giving me a nice 45-yard shot that dropped him in his tracks. What a beautiful bird. […]

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Hunting outlook: predators

Hunting outlook: predators By Pat Barber, predator and furbearer biologist, Arizona Game and Fish Department Many of us who weren’t lucky enough to draw a late deer tag or a coveted sheep tag are wondering what to do with our hunting gear and ourselves in December. In the previous issue of Hunting Highlights, biologist Mark […]

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Arizona’s Hunter Education Program turns 50

Arizona’s Hunter Education Program turns 50 By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department Which activity would you guess is safer: hunting or driving your car to the store? It might surprise most non-hunters to know that the answer is hunting. In 2004 there were 1,151 motor vehicle fatalities in Arizona. Only […]

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