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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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Hunting outlook: Doves – what a year it should be

Did you know that increased gasohol demand and the bountiful dove hunting opportunities in central Arizona this year for the Sept. 1-15 early season have something in common? They do. According to an article published by the Arizona Farm Bureau written by George Frisvold, a professor of agriculture at the University of Arizona, for the […]

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Hunting outlook: Spring turkey forecast 2008

Hunting outlook: Spring turkey forecast 2008 By Brian Wakeling, big game management supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Brian and son, Seth, after successful spring turkey hunt. The spring turkey season is just around the corner, and many spring turkey hunters are watching the calendar with eager anticipation. Because calling turkeys with simulated hen vocalizations […]

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Hunting outlook: Javelina

Hunting outlook: Javelina By Brian Wakeling, big game management supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department As the general javelina season draws near, those of you lucky enough to obtain a spring tag may be planning the best approach to your hunt as you read this. Javelina hunting is one of those activities that can be […]

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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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Hunting outlook: quail, cottontail, deer and elk

Hunting outlook: quail, cottontail, deer and elk By Mark Zornes, small game biologist, and Brian Wakeling, big game supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Quail Early reports appear to confirm the department’s forecast that hunters should not expect a repeat of last year’s terrific season for Gambel’s quail, although those who do their homework and […]

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Hunting outlook: dove, archery deer and pronghorn

Hunting outlook: dove, archery deer and pronghorn By Mike Rabe, migratory game bird supervisor, and Brian Wakeling, big game supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Dove outlook Overall, expect a good dove opener this year and a normal to above-normal season. Over most of the state, expect the early dove hunt to be good in […]

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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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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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Hunting outlook: predators

Hunting outlook: predators By Pat Barber, predator and furbearer biologist, Arizona Game and Fish Department Many of us who weren’t lucky enough to draw a late deer tag or a coveted sheep tag are wondering what to do with our hunting gear and ourselves in December. In the previous issue of Hunting Highlights, biologist Mark […]

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Hunting outlook

Hunting outlook By Mark Zornes, small game biologist, and Brian Wakeling, big game program supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department Interested in going after some of Arizona’s abundant small game, such as quail or cottontail? Planning a fall deer or elk hunt? Here are our regional forecasts for these species. Quail Hunters are expected to […]

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