Archive for the 'Small Game Hunting' Category

Quail, squirrel season Sept. 30

Related PostsUpcoming hunting season opening dates(For detailed season dates, bag limits and laws, check the appropriate regulations at www.azgfd.gov…Reminder: Quail and squirrel seasons open Oct. 2 Oil up those squirrel rifles and make sure you have enough shotgun shells for quail – the Oct…Small Game, Big Fun: 2008-09 small game hunting outlooksThis is the year! […]

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Quail hunters: Washes, walking and water are key this season

Quail hunters: Washes, walking and water are key this season 2009-10 season offers less crowds, exploration and mixed bag Quail check station results from the season opener weekend (Oct. 3-4) vary and suggest populations are below-average in central regions to well-below-average in southern regions of the state reported Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. Southern […]

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2009-10 small game hunting outlook

The overall outlook for small game this year is ‘good’ — not great and not bad – but good. And, that’s good, because in Arizona we are blessed with an incredible array of wildlife species to hunt in the fall. Even if one species isn’t flourishing, there are others that offer challenging pursuit. Squirrel and […]

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Quail, rabbit and squirrel – outdoor recreation at it’s best

Cooler temperatures signals that fall is finally here, and Friday, Oct. 2 marks the opening day for quail (Gambel’s and scaled) and tree squirrel hunting. To add to the fun, rabbit season for cottontails and jackrabbits is open all year round. All of these species offer affordable, healthy outdoor recreation, exciting hunting pursuits, and dandy […]

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Reminder: Quail and squirrel seasons open Oct. 2

Oil up those squirrel rifles and make sure you have enough shotgun shells for quail – the Oct. 2 opening of tree squirrel and general quail seasons is rapidly approaching, advise Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists. “It’s shaping up to be a decent year for tree squirrels, especially in the spruce and mixed-conifer areas […]

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Dove season is winging our way rapidly

The Sept. 1 dove season opener is rapidly winging our way and it’s shaping up to be a very good year, but keep your fingers crossed for the hordes of fat white-winged doves don’t migrate south. “I am seeing lots of fat white-winged dove this year, but there is no guarantee they will still be […]

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Attention varmint and small game hunters: New non-lead ammunition available this year

Attention varmint and small game hunters: New non-lead ammunition available this year By Shelly Shepherd, information/education program manager and Kathy Sullivan, condor biologist/program coordinator, AGFD Flagstaff region Want to do your part for wildlife conservation? Then try using non-lead ammunition on your next varmint or small game hunt to help reduce lead exposure in condors […]

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Montezuma quails revenge: Mearns’ hunting in AZ is what the doctor ordered Fresh rains should make scenting conditions fantastic this weekend

PHOENIX — Bird lovers: Forget the turkey. The day after Thanksgiving is the Mearns’ quail  hunting season opener. “This will probably be one of the best Mearns’ seasons in my lifetime,” Randy Babb, an ardent quail hunter and the Information and Education Program Manager for the Game and Fish Department’s Mesa regional office. Nov. 28 […]

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All-day dove hunting begins Friday

Take advantage of great weather and fewer crowds during late dove season PHOENIX —The second season for dove hunting begins Friday and the Arizona Game and Fish Department expects it to be one of the better seasons in years due to great seasonal rains and an abundance of crops. “The second season is good for […]

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Quail hunters: Bird numbers are up and gas prices are falling

PHOENIX — Quail hunters are finding plenty of young birds in their harvest, according to Arizona Game and Fish biologists. Nearly 80 percent of the birds checked by hunters over the Oct. 4-5 opening weekend were juveniles. Gambel’s quail harvest results, collected at two of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s check stations, reflect improved […]

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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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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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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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Workshop teaches introduction to hunting

Want to learn how to hunt tree squirrels? The Arizona Game and Fish Department will conduct a free small game hunting camp on Oct. 10 and 11 in the White Mountains to provide Arizona youth and others with the basic skills they need to successfully pursue tree squirrels. The program will also provide an overview […]

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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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Recipe: Grilled dove kabobs

There is nothing like the feeling of shooting a dove at first light on a humid Arizona morning, but sometimes, the best part of the hunt is sharing your harvest with close friends and family members. Here is a tried and true recipe, guaranteed to get you excited about that 3 a.m. wakeup. Using filleted […]

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Doves, doves and more doves

Okay, this issue is not all about doves, but that’s where we’ll start. The season opener kicks off Sept. 1 and coincides with Labor Day this year. This year should prove to be one to be remembered, for two significant reasons: rain and grain. Don’t miss the dove hunting outlook article by Rory Aikens to […]

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Early forecast – small game hunting

Early forecast – small game hunting Story and photos by Rory Aikens, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department There is some good news for dove hunters. Super abundant winter and early spring rains last year resulted in a robust seed crop in the desert. This should result in a nice fat population of […]

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Reaching out: Hunter recruitment starts with each and every one of us

Reaching out Hunter recruitment starts with each and every one of us By Doug Burt, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department The buzzwords “recruitment and retention” keep making their way into the outdoor community. Much of this driving force is derived from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s reports of declining hunter and […]

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