Archive for November, 2008

BLM seeks public input on Table Mesa area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking the public for input on what types of recreational uses and road access should be taken into consideration for future management of the “Table Mesa Recreation Area,” located about 35 miles north of Phoenix between I-17 and the northeast end of Lake Pleasant. Some issues to consider […]

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Backwater site selection continues for Lower Colorado River native fish conservation

Effort is to select areas with the lowest impact to recreational users Federal and state agencies are continuing the process of selecting appropriate backwater sites to create habitat for three native fish species as part of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP), a 50-year, $626 million1 program that aims to protect the […]

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New wolf pack roaming eastern Arizona

A new pair of Mexican wolves is now roaming the White Mountains of eastern Arizona as part of the reintroduction of this endangered species to the region. Last week, wildlife biologists placed the pair in a temporary holding pen for acclimation to their new home range near Middle Mountain on the Apache National Forest in […]

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Adopt-A-Ranch Program shows that collaborative conservation works

Two ranch improvement projects conducted in early November as part of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Adopt-A-Ranch Program illustrate how various groups can come together in a win-win for private landowners, the recreating public and wildlife conservation. The Adopt-A-Ranch Program is a cooperative effort between Game and Fish, landowners and volunteers across the state […]

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100,000 rainbows swimming toward urban lakes this winter

Get ready for lots of angling action because one hundred thousand rainbow trout will grace the Urban Fishing Program waters in the Valley of the Sun and Tucson areas this winter season. The first trout stocking of the season took place Nov. 13. From now through mid March, about 12,000 trout from Colorado will be […]

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Be aware that new OHV laws will take effect Jan. 1

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts should be aware that new laws affecting OHV use will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2009. A link to information on the new laws, including answers to some “Frequently Asked Questions,” can be found on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/ohv. Here are some important facts you’ll […]

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Critical land and water along San Pedro River permanently protected Partners come together to protect one of the Southwest’s most ecologically significant rivers and a vital migratory bird corridor

Critical land and water along San Pedro River permanently protected Partners come together to protect one of the Southwest’s most ecologically significant rivers and a vital migratory bird corridor The Upper San Pedro River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in Arizona, received  additional protection last week as 122 acres just north of the United […]

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Late dove season begins Friday, Nov. 21 Take advantage of all-day hunting, great weather, fewer crowds

Mourning doves are everywhere it seems. By all indications, this should be one of the better late dove seasons. So be sure to pick up plenty of extra shotgun shells and mark your calendar for Friday, Nov. 21 for the return of dove hunting. There is nothing better than hitting a water tank a few […]

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International conservation program brings endangered jaguar to Arizona Only wild-born jaguar in an American zoo

After years of planning, an endangered jaguar made its way from Sonora, Mexico to Arizona recently. On loan from Mexico, the young male cat will call the Phoenix Zoo home for at least the next year before returning to a zoo in Mexico. The loan was orchestrated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and […]

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Draw results for spring hunts are available Applications for first-come tags accepted by mail only beginning Dec. 1

If you haven’t yet had a chance to see if you were drawn for the spring 2009 hunts, draw results are available by visiting the Arizona game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw. Applicants can obtain draw results for spring turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear hunt tags by providing a department ID Number (usually […]

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Public comments still sought on Arizona fish stocking program Two remaining open houses scheduled for Nov. 24 and 25

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are seeking public comments on issues associated with all the sport-fish stockings in the state as part of a draft environmental assessment process that is required to continue using federal funding for stocking activities in Arizona. Public input is being sought to […]

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

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 bird populations […]

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Mountain lion incident offers reminders to public

Mountain lion incident offers reminders to public In the aftermath of a recent human-mountain lion encounter in southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains, the Arizona Game and Fish Department offers tips for people who recreate or live in mountain lion country. An unusual-acting mountain lion that had been stalking a hiker and his dog in the […]

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You can reel in a half-price fishing license deal

If you are looking to reel in a great deal during these tough economic times, Arizona’s 2008 general and urban fishing licenses are both on sale for half price during November and December, said Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. “This is a sweet deal each year following Halloween,” said Fisheries Chief Kirk Young. “With […]

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New wolf pair to be released in Arizona

PINETOP, Ariz. – In order to meet ongoing Mexican wolf reintroduction project objectives, a pair of wolves will soon be placed in a temporary holding pen in preparation for their release in eastern Arizona. Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say the wolves will be moved to the pen site, located near Middle Mountain on […]

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Learn more about new OHV laws taking effect Jan. 1

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has a new Web page designed to inform off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts about new laws that will affect OHV use starting Jan. 1, 2009. A Web link at www.azgfd.gov/ohv will take you to a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the new laws and the rules and […]

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Public comments sought on Arizona fish stocking program in order to continue to receive federal funding in the future

Three open houses scheduled this month Did you know that the feisty rainbow trout dancing on the end of your fishing line was most likely hatchery raised? Each year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks more than 3 million fish for anglers to catch in approximately 160 of Arizona’s lakes, rivers and streams – […]

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