Archive for February, 2006

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 Antelope Foundation By Jim Unmacht, 2004-2005 president How did your group get started? On Oct. 3, 1992, a group of concerned sportsmen and wildlife conservationists formed an organization known as the Arizona Antelope Foundation. They dedicated themselves to increasing the Arizona pronghorn population by advocating and actively participating in pronghorn management and […]

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Supplemental hunter education classes enhance knowledge

Supplemental hunter education classes enhance knowledge By Bill Larson, former hunter education coordinator, Arizona Game and Fish Department In 1999, the Arizona Game and Fish Department began offering supplemental one-day classes to hunters who have already taken a basic hunter education class in another state. Participants are required to show that completion of their basic […]

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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 legalities of picking up wildlife parts A common question that needs to be addressed is the issue of whether individuals may pick up and keep the head, antlers, or any part of wildlife they find dead in the […]

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Junior hunters

Junior hunters Travis-Jay Toot gets his first mule deer Pat Taylor submitted this report about his 11-year-old grandson Travis, of Tucson, getting his first mule deer. Travis is already quite an outdoorsman, having been shooting since he was 6 years old. He completed the Arizona Hunter Education course in May. Travis was fortunate to get […]

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Another day in the woods: looking for shed antlers

Another day in the woods: looking for shed antlers By Ron Day, law enforcement branch chief, Arizona Game and Fish Department It’s February, so what’s a hunter to do? There are javelina, but not everyone likes hunting javelina. Ducks are everywhere, but the season is closed. Quail season has closed, too. Hunting season is winding […]

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Been hunting? Determination pays off for Ryan Burbank

Been hunting? Determination pays off for Ryan Burbank Ryan Burbank’s first elk hunt got off to a rough start even before he took to the field. Two weeks before he and his dad Pete, a hunter education instructor, were to start their November hunt in Game Management Unit 5B-S, the 14-year-old from Litchfield Park broke […]

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Hunting outlook: javelina

Hunting outlook: javelina By Brian Wakeling, big game supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department If you were lucky enough to draw a spring javelina tag, you may be planning the best approach to your hunt as you read this. Javelina hunting is one of those activities that can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with […]

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A few helpful hints for hunting javelina

A few helpful hints for hunting javelina By Craig McMullen, field supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department In javelina hunting, finding the javelina is more than half the battle. They are small, cryptically colored quarry that like to be out of the wind and sometimes hang out in thick brush. Once you find them, you’ll […]

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