Archive for October, 2008

Hey Shooters: Archery 3-D fun shoot

A 3-D archery fun shoot will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s archery range Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. This fun shoot is a 20-target course designed to be fun, exciting and challenging. All ages and skill levels are welcome. No registration is required. The cost is $12 for […]

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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 volunteers, as well as […]

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Hunters asked to assist CWD monitoring

By Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD Deer and elk hunters: Your assistance is needed again this season to continue the monitoring efforts in Arizona for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk. Currently, there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk to humans. Although CWD has […]

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Junior hunters: There are big game tags waiting for you

By Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD Hey kids, are you looking to hone your hunting skills even further? There are still some fall hunting permits available for deer, javelina and sandhill crane. All of the tags are available on a first-come, first-served basis by mail only using a hunt permit application form. For a […]

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Been hunting? A picture is worth 1,000 words

By Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD While we love to see those big game successes of young hunters, small game hunting season lasts for months and one is of the best tools to teach youngsters about hunting, harvesting, anatomy and getting outdoors. Here are just a few of the small game hunting success photos […]

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Hunter recruitment: First dove hunt – what an experience!

By Kellie Tharp, environmental education program manager, AGFD I never thought I would have so much fun and instantly get hooked on dove hunting. I was fortunate enough to get out four times during the early dove season. For me, it wasn’t how many doves I was able to harvest, it was the outdoor experience. […]

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Young and new hunters: Learn how to hunt

By Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD Are you interested in hunting, but don’t know how to get started? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is continuing to provide new outlets for beginners interested to find their way into the field. During this hunting season the department is hosting a number of introductory programs, including […]

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Overcome the high fuel costs by maximizing your outdoor experience

By Rory Aikens, public information officer, AGFD Clean and oil your favorite .22. A superb mushroom crop combined with plentiful acorns in Arizona’s high country means this is a good year to go tree squirrel hunting, and the season is even longer this year, remaining open until Dec. 31. In fact, to squeeze the most […]

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2008-09 small game hunting outlook: Abundant seasonal rains provide food, cover and anticipation

By Randy Babb, Mesa information & education program manager, and Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD Hunters want the bottom line when it comes to hunting forecasts. Here are the statewide outlooks for small game hunting: Gambel’s quail: “Most of the quail that hunters will be encountering in central Arizona will be this year’s birds, […]

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Small Game, Big Fun: This is the year!

Small Game, Big Fun: This is the year! By Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD Temperatures are cooling, gas prices are falling, and small game season is open and in full swing. For those in the Valley, in a little over an hour you can be in great country for hunting rabbit, quail and late […]

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Hunters reminded season is closed for canvasback ducks

Arizona’s liberal 100-day waterfowl season has some restrictions PHOENIX —  Waterfowl hunting season opens Friday, Oct. 3 in the mountain zone. The “liberal” season set by the federal framework and implemented by the Arizona Game and Fish Department is for a full 100 days, closing on Jan. 11 (in the mountain zone). However, duck hunters […]

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