Archive for September, 2008

Small Game, Big Fun: 2008-09 small game hunting outlooks

This is the year! Set your calendar for a week earlier than past years. Small game season for quail, squirrel, ducks and more opens Friday, Oct. 3. Abundant snow and rainfall has occurred since the end of 2007. Much of the precipitation fell at the right times and in the right areas. In short, plenty […]

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Fall outdoor hunting activities just for the kids

Fall outdoor hunting activities just for the kids See Arizona’s unique wildlife and reconnect with nature PHOENIX —  Javelina, turkey and sandhill cranes – oh my! It may not be exactly like the famous Wizard of Oz quote, “lions and tigers and bears” – but to many it still invokes a sense of mystery and […]

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Dove hunters can extend their wingshooting by heading to the mountains

PHOENIX —  The early dove season closes Monday, Sept. 15, but wingshooters can extend their wingshooting opportunities by heading to the high country and pursuing band-tailed pigeons, blue grouse and chukar partridge beginning this Friday, Sept. 12. After hunting dove in unseasonably hot desert temperatures, a retreat up north, where the daytime temperatures typically only […]

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Tree Squirrels Changes

Tree Squirrels Changes Sometimes we get so excited about big game hunts designed for youth that we forget about the traditional entry-level positions and the fun these hunts generate. Rabbits and squirrels are an excellent chance to get young people in the field to hone their skills or to have a quiet day of conversation […]

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Fall Turkey Changes

Fall Turkey Changes Until 1991, fall turkey permits were issued over the counter, but declining turkey populations resulted in the issuance of fall permits through the draw. The department developed a protocol for adjusting permits that reflects the habitat quality and population status. Each turkey unit is evaluated annually during the hunt recommendation process, with […]

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Fall Javelina Changes

Fall Javelina Changes Javelina is an under-used resource for Arizona hunters. They are the perfect big game animal for beginners, and even experts can learn from pursuing these interesting game animals. Javelina are fun to stalk and provide excellent training in the use of binoculars and primitive weapons for hunting. Although rumors abound regarding their […]

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Buffalo hunt management objectives

Buffalo Buffalo hunt management objectives are arguably either the easiest (Raymond Wildlife Area herd) or most difficult (House Rock Wildlife Area herd) to achieve. The Raymond herd is smaller and less likely to abandon the wildlife area, and has access to less rugged, remote country than does the House Rock herd. We are easily able […]

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Elk Changes

Elk Changes Relatively few changes occurred to the elk hunt guidelines compared with the deer. The most notable amendment was the addition of 400 permits for archery bull hunts during November. This was a new idea, similar to moving white-tailed deer permits out of December to provide greater numbers of tags. It was discussed for […]

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What About Archery?

What About Archery? Archery hunts are longer than most rifle hunts and the season timing is more advantageous. Yet, rifle hunters have higher hunt success because of the advantages of their equipment. But every time we need to reduce harvest, general season hunters end up with fewer permits and archers still have unlimited opportunity. Is […]

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Doing Away With Quality?

Doing Away With Quality? December white-tailed deer hunts are highly sought after because hunter densities are low and whitetails are more active during the breeding season. This combination yields the lucky tag holder an improved chance to selectively harvest older age-class animals. Why would the department change these seasons? December white-tailed deer hunts were introduced […]

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Deer Changes: Over the past two decades, deer populations generally have declined in numbers.

Deer Changes Over the past two decades, deer populations generally have declined in numbers. Weather has not been favorable, as we’ve seen predominately dry winters and intervening summers of spotty rainfall. These dry conditions were not conducive to favorable habitat conditions. While deer populations declined, rural Arizona was changing as well. The public became increasingly […]

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Changing seasons: Hunting seasons, that is. Increasing hunter opportunity while maintaining hunt quality

Changing seasons: Hunting seasons, that is Increasing hunter opportunity while maintaining hunt quality Sept. 5, 2008 This article was written by Jim Heffelfinger, game specialist in the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Tucson region, and Brian Wakeling, the department’s big game management program supervisor. The article was originally published (abbreviated version) in the September-October 2008 […]

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5-stand now available at Ben Avery Clay Target Center

5-stand now available at Ben Avery Clay Target Center Variety is the spice of life for target shooters Sept. 4, 2008 PHOENIX — Recreational clay target shooters can now enjoy the challenge of 5-stand at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s Clay Target Center in Phoenix. The center has added 5-stand to augment its current offerings […]

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Javelina hunting clinics offered by Game and Fish

Getting started in something new is always hard, be it a new hobby, skilled trade or other interest. The same holds true for hunting, prompting the Arizona Game and Fish Department to host several hunting workshops to teach the basics of hunting javelina. These informative workshops are taught by knowledgeable wildlife biologists and fellow javelina […]

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Introduce a youngster to dove hunting at juniors’ outings

Looking for a fun activity to unglue your son or daughter from the TV or computer? In the West Valley, the department and the Chandler Rod and Gun Club will host the annual Robbins Butte Juniors’ Dove Hunt at Robbins Butte Wildlife Area (about 40 miles west of Phoenix) on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. […]

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Hunters: Put a little spring in your step Spring hunting regulations are now posted online

Hunters: Put a little spring in your step Spring hunting regulations are now posted online Summer is ending, fall is about to begin, it’s time to put a little spring in your step – spring hunting that is. Arizona’s spring 2009 hunt draw regulations are now available online at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s […]

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Dove hunting reports

It looks like the early reports from Monday’s opening day are either that of boom or bust. My particular hunt was a bust – despite the prescouting we did prior to the opener. Leaving one to wonder, “did the heavy storms of last week play a role?” I got with one the Arizona Game and […]

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