Wildlife News – December 3, 2010

December 13th, 2010

* Leftover javelina, turkey, bear hunting permits available
* Give fishing memories this holiday season
* Outdoor recreationists asked to help bald eagles during breeding season
* 2010 survey results released for desert bighorn sheep on the Kofa NWR
[...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Provide your input on Arizona’s State Wildlife Action Plan

December 7th, 2009

Public meeting dates set for seven locations
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold a series of public meetings and accept public comment as part of an effort to update and revise Arizona’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).
This document, previously known as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, was accepted by the U.S. [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Reminder to OHV riders: Decal renewal is your responsibility

December 7th, 2009

The “user play/user pay” program known as the OHV Decal program went into effect Jan. 1, 2009. The program requires the annual purchase of an OHV Decal for any off-highway vehicle that is designed by the manufacturer primarily for travel over unimproved terrain and weighs 1,800 pounds or less.
Remember, the OHV [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Joint law enforcement checkpoint at Redington Pass screens 163 vehicles

December 7th, 2009

Arizona Game and Fish Department officers participated in a joint law enforcement checkpoint on Nov. 29 in the Rincon Mountains that screened 163 vehicles, issuing one citation for failure to tag a harvested deer and warning 11 off-highway vehicle (OHV) operators for not displaying required OHV stickers.
The 11 warnings were issued [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Reserve your spot for the Commission Awards Banquet

December 7th, 2009

Don’t forget to make your reservation for the annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 2532 W. Peoria Ave. in Phoenix.
The banquet recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to Arizona’s wildlife resources and the mission of the Arizona Game and [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Help protect Arizona’s bald eagles: Respect closure areas

December 7th, 2009

It’s time again for Arizona’s bald eagles to begin their breeding activities, and outdoor recreationists are asked to help protect important breeding areas by honoring the closure of 20 areas across the state.
Various land and wildlife management agencies close the breeding areas for part of the year, beginning in December, to [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Give a unique outdoor gift to family and friends

December 7th, 2009

This holiday season treat your family and friends to those special outdoor recreation-related items they might not purchase for themselves.
Does mom or dad love to fish Arizona’s many lakes and streams? Purchase a lifetime or super conservation license.
Does grandma love to read? Give her a gift that lasts all year with a [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center open house this weekend

November 20th, 2009

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Departments Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will hold a free open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see eagles, hawks, reptiles and other animals, view educational displays, and meet wildlife experts.
The Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Ben Avery Shooting Facility sets winter hours and new late arrival check-in

November 9th, 2009

Recreational shooters are reminded that the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is operating on winter business hours as of Oct. 15.
In addition, shooters arriving near closing time are required to check-in 30 minutes before closing time to allow shooters and archers ample range time. Arriving with less than 30 minutes could leave customers in the [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Mount Graham red squirrel fall 2009 count announced

November 9th, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the USDA Forest Service announced on Oct. 26 the results of the fall 2009 Mount Graham red squirrel survey. Biologists estimate that a range of 250 (plus or minus 11) Mount Graham red squirrels currently occupy the Pinaleño Mountain range, also known as Mount Graham. These results are [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

2010 Arizona Wildlife Calendar now on sale

November 9th, 2009

The talented winners of this year’s photo contest have left their mark on the 2010 Arizona Wildlife Calendar. From the cover image — an iconic photograph of a long-nosed leopard lizard in a slot canyon — to the 12 monthly winners inside, this beautiful calendar will make 2010 a memorable year for everyone who cares [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Tonto National Forest to hold open houses on proposed Travel Management Plan

November 9th, 2009

The Tonto National Forest is hosting a series of travel management planning open houses during the month of November to give the public an opportunity to share ideas about the forest’s system of roads, trails, and/or areas, review the proposed system, and submit comments about the proposal.
Two open houses have already been held in Tonto [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Half-priced fishing licenses, trout stockings return

November 9th, 2009

The stars have aligned – rainbow trout are coming to a galaxy of waters close to home for millions of people, plus 2009 fishing licenses for state waters or the urban program lakes are now on sale for half price, say Arizona Game and Fish Department officials.
“It doesn’t get much better than this, especially during [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

AGFD takes first step toward southern Arizona Gila trout fishery

November 9th, 2009

Airlifts fish up Mount Graham canyon for creek stocking

The Arizona Game and Fish Department took its first step toward recovering Gila trout and establishing a Gila trout fishery in southern Arizona on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when it began stocking Frye Creek on Mount Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains.
The fish were trucked in from the [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Come network with Game and Fish on Facebook

October 26th, 2009

Connect with others who share your outdoor interests
Do you want the latest news, updates, videos and photographs from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and even get the opportunity to chat with others who share your interests?
Then become a “fan” of the Arizona Game and Fish Department on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/azgafd. It’s interesting. [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Dig out the deeks – the full waterfowl season is taking flight

October 26th, 2009

Dig out the deeks and limber up those duck calls – the desert zone waterfowl hunting takes flight on Oct. 23 and closes on Jan. 31, but the best hunting may still be in the high country.
A lot of waterfowl hunters have already been taking advantage of the mountain zone waterfowl [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Photo contest winners announced

October 26th, 2009

Wildlife calendars go on sale Nov. 1
It’s official! The winners of this year’s Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife calendar photo contest are:
Grand Prize Winner:

Ted Hendy, long-nosed leopard lizard

Monthly Winners:

Ann Beisser, javelina
Bob McBride, Northern cardinal
Bruce Taubert, regal horned lizard
Bryan Hughes, Western diamond-backed rattlesnake
Cathy Illg, Harris’ antelope squirrel
Shirley Ramaley, cactus wren
J.P. Bruce, redhead
Michael Burm, [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Archers and BowHunters Expand Your Skills with 3-D Targets

October 26th, 2009

Arizona Game and Fish offers fun shoots
Step off the range and into the field and expand your archery skills in judging distances, terrain, and identifying the target zone on a variety of life-sized 3-D targets in a natural desert setting.
All ages and skill levels are welcome, so bring the entire family out to [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

New Arizona Archery Program Teaches the Fun Sport to Families

October 26th, 2009

Looking for a great activity the whole family can learn and enjoy?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a Family Archery Program at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix beginning Oct. 12. This introductory program is designed to give families a hands-on experience to learn more about archery and [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>

Agencies partner to protect Tres Rios area

October 26th, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and the Goodyear and Avondale Police Departments are instituting a collaborative protocol for enforcement of state and local laws to better protect the Tres Rios Project Area in the southwest Valley.
Under the agreement, announced Oct. 15, the agencies will collaborate on law enforcement patrols, signage, [...]

Read the rest of this entry >>