Archive for April, 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 National Wild Turkey Federation, Arizona Chapter By Bernardo P. Velasco, state chapter president How did your group get started? The National Wild Turkey Federation started in 1973 at a time when there were only about 1.3 million wild turkeys in the entire United States (today there are about 7 million). This was particularly […]

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Stories from the field: successful HAM javelina hunt

Stories from the field: successful HAM javelina hunt By Jean Wilson, Yuma, Ariz. The key to any hunt, big game or small, is being in the right place at the right time. And how do you figure what that right place at the right time may be? You don’t, at least not for certain. Other […]

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Lots of changes this year to big game hunt seasons

Lots of changes this year to big game hunt seasons Don’t forget: You can apply online again this year By Rory Aikens, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunters will want to get copies of this year’s hunt regulations when they are available online and via hunting license sales dealers: There are lots […]

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Junior hunters Christopher Cox gets his first deer

Junior hunters Christopher Cox gets his first deer Christopher Cox, 10, of Las Vegas, Nev. got his first deer last fall during the Arizona junior deer hunt in Game Management Unit 12AW. He hiked into the Kanab Creek wilderness area with his father, Donald Cox, and hunting buddy Sal Moccio. Chris spotted a group of […]

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The hunt recommendation process

The hunt recommendation process By Leonard Ordway, game branch chief, Arizona Game and Fish Department “How do you determine how many deer permits to authorize for a unit each year?” This is a common question our Game and Fish Department staff hears each year–not just for deer, but for all big game species. Some would […]

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Been hunting?

Been hunting? Alex Howard gets her third Coues buck in as many years Alex Howard, 12, of Safford, Ariz. took her third Coues buck in as many years this past season. After a failed stalk on a really big buck in the morning, she and her father Danny located a bedded buck later in the […]

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Spring turkey outlook

Spring turkey outlook By Brian Wakeling, big game supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Spring turkey hunts this year have the potential to be really good–or, really bad. Turkey populations do not typically respond to dry winters the way most wildlife populations do. Overwinter survival, and hence spring populations, are highly dependent on winter food […]

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Turkey hunting basics

Turkey hunting basics By Shawn Wagner, wildlife manager, Arizona Game and Fish Department It’s been said, “If turkeys could smell, nobody would kill one.” Well, this may be true. Turkeys are one of the most cautious and wary animals in the woods. They have keen eyesight and can hear a twig break in the woods […]

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