Don’t forget to gobble up over-the-counter youth turkey tags

September 26th, 2009

Don’t forget to gobble up the over-the-counter youth turkey tags – the fall season is Oct. 2-8. Those youth who obtained turkey tags in the spring but did not harvest an animal during that hunt can use their turkey tag to hunt during the fall season – the bag limit is only one turkey per [...]

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Reminder: Quail and squirrel seasons open Oct. 2

September 26th, 2009

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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Take Advantage of Free Hunting Clinics Running September 26 – April 15

September 24th, 2009

Learn how to hunt in a safe mentored environment Game and Fish partners with sportsmen groups to host clinics for first-time hunters PHOENIX — Parents, do you want to see your kids take a break from playing video games all day and get outdoors for some healthy activity? Then check out the Arizona Game and [...]

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$1,500 Reward offered in deer poaching case: Doe shot with arrow and left to die

August 31st, 2009

Doe shot with arrow and left to die The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for illegally killing a doe. Game and Fish personnel are investigating a case in which a doe was shot with an arrow and [...]

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Dove season opens Tuesday

August 31st, 2009

Wing shooting perfect for new hunters, lifelong tradition for seasoned hunters Gather up your shotgun, birdshot, retriever, and ice chest because Arizona’s dove season opens on Tuesday, Sept. 1. “With the continued drying conditions throughout the state this summer, dove hunters will find birds concentrated around traditional agricultural areas due to the dependable food sources,” [...]

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Proposed hunt guidelines available for public review

August 31st, 2009

Guidelines to be considered at Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting Sept. 12 PHOENIX — The proposed hunt guidelines that will be used for developing the specific hunt recommendations and permit levels for the fall 2010 through spring 2013 hunting seasons are available for review on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines. [...]

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Special Commissioner-tags can make hunting dreams come true

August 17th, 2009

Have you ever dreamed about one of those special year-long commissioner-tag hunts in Arizona? Well, there are multiple opportunities to make your hunt dreams come true in Arizona. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission awarded those Special Big Game License Tags, sometimes called Commissioners’ tags, to selected 501(c)(3) wildlife conservation organizations to raise funds for [...]

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Dove season is winging our way rapidly

August 17th, 2009

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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Upcoming hunting season opening dates

August 17th, 2009

(For detailed season dates, bag limits and laws, check the appropriate regulations at www.azgfd.gov/rules.) Year-round: Rabbit season (cottontail and jackrabbits) Sept. 1: Dove season Sept. 5-6: Robbins Butte juniors-only dove hunt Oct. 2: Squirrel season Oct. 2: Quail season (excluding Mearns’) Nov. 20: Dove late season Nov.27:  Mearns’ quail season Related PostsTalkin’ TurkeyJuniors-only spring turkey [...]

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Spring Hunts

August 17th, 2009

It might be easier than you think to wrap your mind around spring even though the heat of summer is still making you sweat. It won’t be long before the 2010 spring hunt regulations are posted and you can begin applying. Many of these hunts require a hunt permit-tag allocated through the drawing process. Hunters [...]

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Waterfowl and snipe

August 17th, 2009

For general waterfowl and snipe, the overall general season will be a liberal season, 101 days in each of the state’s two zones. The season begins Oct. 9 in the mountain zone and Oct. 23 in the desert zone. The mountain zone season ends Jan. 17 while the desert zone ends Jan. 31. However, for [...]

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Arizona seasons set for waterfowl and spring hunts

August 17th, 2009

Arizona seasons set for waterfowl and spring hunts This may be summer, but there is an interesting way to have autumn and spring on your mind. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Aug. 1 approved the hunting regulations for the upcoming waterfowl season and the spring hunts for 2010. So fire up your computers [...]

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Reward of up to $8,000 offered in elk poaching

August 12th, 2009

Antlers from bull elk found shot and left to waste in Pinetop area. PINETOP, Ariz. – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the individual responsible for the illegal killing of a large bull elk found shot on July 31. It was left in the vicinity of Pinot [...]

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Dove, pigeon, sandhill crane hunt regulations are online

August 3rd, 2009

Applications accepted for limited crane hunts between Aug. 3 and Sept. 1 PHOENIX — Hunters hibernating during the sizzling summer can now go online and get the 2009-10 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations, as well as the 2009 Arizona Sandhill Crane Regulations, at www.azgfd.gov. Printed copies should be in Arizona Game and Fish Department [...]

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Arizona Game and Fish hosts open houses for spring big game and fall waterfowl hunting recommendations

July 21st, 2009

The proposed spring hunt recommendations for the 2010 spring turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear regulations, as well as the recommendations for 2009–10 waterfowl and snipe regulations, will be available for review at all of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s regional offices beginning July 28. These hunt recommendations are formulated according to the existing hunt [...]

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It may be over 100 degrees, but it is not too early to start preparing for the early dove season.

July 21st, 2009

The dove opener wings in on a Tuesday this year, which should reduce some of the opening day demand. Nevertheless, look for that to push over to Saturday and Sunday going into the Labor Day weekend. Dove hunting is an Arizona tradition with more than 35,000 hunters participating each year. “With good dove numbers carrying [...]

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Arizona Big Game Super Raffle deadline extended to July 12

June 29th, 2009

PHOENIX – You still have a chance to win one of the nation’s most prestigious hunts — the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle deadline for 2009 has been extended to July 12. Here’s your chance to win one of Arizona’s 10 top hunts, while also contributing to wildlife conservation. It’s a win-win for everyone. But [...]

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Last Day of the Great American Deer Raffle is Today June 22

June 22nd, 2009

Improve your chances for a Coues whitetail deer tag The Arizona Deer Association is sponsoring the Great American Deer Raffle to benefit Arizona’s mule deer and Coues deer herds. The raffle features six unique items, five of them hunts, including one for an Arizona Commissioner’s Coues deer tag. This special big game tag offers a [...]

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Improve your marksmanship: Summer evening shooting leagues offered at Ben Avery Shooting Facility

June 1st, 2009

PHOENIX — If the recent NRA convention in Phoenix got your American spirits pumping, or you just recently bought a new firearm to replace that old hand-me-down, then now is the time to join one of the summer recreational shooting leagues at the renowned Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Beginning in June and running for eight [...]

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Lend a hand, wildlife projects need your help

May 28th, 2009

Lend a hand, wildlife projects need your help Compiled by Doug Burt, public information officer, AGFD If you are looking for a way to give back to wildlife or just to help out some organizations doing good work for Arizona, here’s a project that can use your help. June 13-14: Elk habitat improvement project (water [...]

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