Archive for October, 2007

Volunteer opportunities for hunters

Volunteer opportunities for hunters By Les Bell, 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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Snipe hunting: It’s not just a practical joke

Snipe hunting: It’s not just a practical joke By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department Have you ever wondered how many beginning campers have been duped into participating in a “snipe hunt?” The ritual goes like this: The unsuspecting newbie is told about a unique bird called a snipe and is […]

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Junior hunters: Alex Martinez’s first game animal

Junior hunters: Alex Martinez’s first game animal By Mike Martinez, Arizona hunter, USFWS biologist My son Alex harvested his first game animal in February 2007 at the age of 12. He used a Henry lever-action .22-caliber rifle to take a cottontail rabbit in the hills of the Verde Valley in central Arizona, while accompanying me and […]

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Have some small game fun this year

Have some small game fun this year By Rory Aikens, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department If you’re getting ready to head afield, be sure to take advantage of the small game hunting opportunities that Arizona has to offer. The outlook for tree squirrels and rabbits is promising, the late dove season (opens […]

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High country gem: Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area

High country gem: Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department Nestled in the shadow of Escudilla Mountain a few miles south of the eastern Arizona town of Eagar, the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area is a special high-country destination that can be enjoyed by hunters, anglers, […]

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Been hunting? Nolan’s first buck

Been hunting? Nolan’s first buck By Don Martin, outdoors writer, Kingman One of my passions is helping youngsters as they experience the many facets of recreation in the great outdoors. In December 2006, I had the opportunity to assist a young man from Paso Robles, California on his first-ever mule deer hunt. Nolan Martinez is […]

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Hunters can help monitor for chronic wasting disease

Hunters can help monitor for chronic wasting disease By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department The Arizona Game and Fish Department is again asking for hunter assistance this season in monitoring for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a wildlife neurological disease that is fatal to deer and elk. The disease has not […]

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2007 deer and elk outlook

2007 deer and elk outlook By Brian Wakeling, big game program supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Getting ready to head out for your fall deer or elk hunt? Here are our regional forecasts for these species. Deer From a statewide perspective, white-tailed deer fawn recruitment remained similar to last year’s level, whereas mule deer […]

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Make the introduction: Take someone small game hunting

Make the introduction: Take someone small game hunting By Doug Burt, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department Do you remember when you first went hunting? I think most of us do. Do you remember who took you? Absolutely, it is a life-long lasting impression. Introducing someone new to hunting and the outdoors is […]

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