Archive for December, 2008

2009-10 Fishing Regulations are now available Should make superb seasonal stocking stuffers

PHOENIX – Just in time to be stocking stuffers for your favorite outdoor enthusiast, the newly printed 2009-10 Arizona Fishing Regulations are now available for free at all fishing license dealers in the state, including all Arizona Game and Fish Department offices. The theme of this year’s fishing regulations also dovetail well with the seasonal […]

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Off-highway vehicle decal price set at $25

New state laws requiring purchase take effect Jan. 1 PHOENIX — A coalition of state agencies has agreed on a price for the new off-highway vehicle (OHV) decal that will be required in Arizona to operate most ATVs, dirt bikes, and other OHVs meeting certain criteria beginning in January. The “OHV Decal” will cost $25 […]

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Last-minute gift ideas from Game and Fish

Running out of ideas for those last-minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers? Here are some suggestions for the wildlife enthusiast in your family: Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide – Describes 128 unique viewing sites in Arizona and the wildlife found at them, accompanied by beautiful photographs. Available for $14.95 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s […]

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Archery leagues for the New Year at Ben Avery Shooting Facility Brackets offered for men, women and children

Finding a safe and challenging place to shoot your bow and arrow is getting tougher each year. To help archers keep their skills sharp, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is offering an eight-week-long winter archery league starting Jan. 7, 2009. Every Wednesday night under stadium lights on the FITA Range, shooters can safely shoot 3-spot […]

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Commission to hold its ‘09 meetings in Phoenix to save costs

In an effort to reduce costs in the current economic climate, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has decided to hold all of its regularly scheduled public meetings in 2009 at the Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. The decision, made at the Dec. 6 commission meeting in Casa Grande, comes in the midst […]

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Two more California condor chicks flying free at Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon—a vast region of gorges and craggy spires so immense that it far exceeds the boundaries of any human definition of a park—is not just a spectacular landscape, but an ecosystem filled with prime wildlife habitat. As such, it is an important geographic focal point for the recovery of the endangered California condor. […]

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Want a free 2009 Wildlife Calendar?

The 2009 Arizona Wildlife Calendar costs $3 each, but we have a special deal for people who enjoy Arizona Wildlife Views magazine. Give a gift subscription to the magazine to a friend or family member, and we’ll reward your generosity with a free calendar (while supplies last). Share Arizona Wildlife Views and get a little […]

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Grants offered for public shooting range development Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2009

Shooting clubs, sportsmen’s groups and government agencies involved in the development, improvement or maintenance of public shooting ranges, including archery ranges, have an opportunity to apply for grant funds from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Grants are available through a competitive application process each year. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission determines how much […]

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Verde Valley man receives jail sentence for continued disregard of wildlife laws

Benjamin Scott, a Verde Valley resident, was found guilty on Nov. 17 in the Prescott Justice Court for possessing an unlawfully taken mule deer and using another individual’s big game permit. Due to Scott’s extensive history of wildlife violations, Yavapai County Deputy Prosecutor Eric English asked for a separate sentencing hearing, held Dec. 15. After […]

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Michigan man assessed $14,995 for killing trophy elk near homes

Michael J. Malik, a Michigan resident, appeared before the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at its December meeting in Casa Grande for shooting a trophy-quality, 7×7 bull elk too close to residential property without landowner permission. After hearing his statement, the commission voted to civilly assess Malik $14,995 for the state’s loss of the 408-point, […]

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Thousands of wintering cranes create a wildlife spectacle

If you crave one of Arizona’s most impressive winter wildlife spectacles, load up lots of camera memory, grab your trusty binoculars, and shepherd the family to the Sulphur Springs Valley of southern Arizona to witness thousands upon thousands of wintering sandhill cranes. In fact, last year the large wetlands and vast agricultural areas located about […]

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2009 antelope and elk regulations are available online Hunters can start submitting applications now

The 2009 Arizona Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information regulations booklet is available online at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw. Hunters interested in obtaining a hunt permit-tag via the draw process can start applying now. All applications must be submitted by mail or hand-delivered to a department office – […]

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Arizona Game and Fish offers grants for public shooting range development

Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2009 PHOENIX — Shooting clubs, sportsmen’s groups and government agencies involved in the development, improvement or maintenance of public shooting ranges, including archery ranges, have an opportunity to apply for grant funds from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Grants are available through a competitive application process each year. The […]

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Outdoor recreationists: Respect private and public land, or risk losing access

Recent incidents involving thoughtless and even destructive acts by some outdoor recreationists have Arizona Game and Fish Department officials and responsible outdoor users concerned about retaining continued public access to vast tracts of public and private land. “We work cooperatively with landowners, especially ranchers, to keep access for recreation open,” said Sal Palazzolo, the Game and Fish […]

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Endangered jaguar undergoes first surgery Only wild-born jaguar in an American zoo receives critical dental work

The week before Thanksgiving was a busy one for an endangered jaguar at the Phoenix Zoo. After arriving from Mexico, the animal underwent complex surgery on Nov. 21 to begin its recovery from injuries sustained while in captivity. Illegally captured from the wild but subsequently seized by Mexican law enforcement officials, the young male cat […]

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Welcome Back the Trout celebration heralds that the winter season is underway

The sound system sent the acoustic guitar notes reverberating across the placid lake waters as Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars sang the laments to the familiar Brad Paisley song, “I’m Gonna’ Miss Her.” “I love her, But I love to fish, I spend all day on the water, And hell is all I catch” […]

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Hunters can still help monitor for chronic wasting disease

Hunters are reminded they can help the Arizona Game and Fish Department monitor for chronic wasting disease this season by bringing in the head of their recently harvested deer or elk for sampling. You can assist by bringing in the head of your recently harvested deer or elk to any Game and Fish Department office […]

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Tickets available for Commission Awards Banquet Seating is limited, so reserve your seats today

The annual Commission Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North, 10220 N. Metro Parkway East in Phoenix. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation of the commission awards. Seating is limited to this special event, so make your reservations today. Each […]

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New OHV Laws take effect Jan. 1, 2009

In less than a month, new laws governing the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in Arizona will officially go into effect. ALL OHVs designed by the manufacturer for off-highway use and weighing 1,800 pounds or less will need to purchase the new OHV Decal from the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) beginning […]

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2008 survey results released for Kofa bighorn sheep Populations remain low, management agencies’ concern is still high

The recently completed survey of the desert bighorn sheep population on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arizona is estimated at 436 sheep. The survey estimate is down from the 2007 survey estimate of 460 sheep, but it is up from the lowest recorded estimated level of the 2006 […]

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