Archive for January, 2009

Volunteers needed to clean up after desert “litterbugs”

Game and Fish event also includes live wildlife exhibit and other activities

Jan. 22, 2009
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is inviting those that love the scenic outdoors to join in on a weekend desert expo camp out and cleanup effort on Feb. 6-8, approximately 20 miles west of Wickenburg, [...]

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Support for Arizona’s voluntary non-lead ammunition program increases in 2008

PHOENIX —  Arizona’s sportsmen and women are stepping up to help the recovery of endangered California condors. For the fourth consecutive year, participation in the state’s voluntary non-lead ammunition program has grown.
Surveys shows that 90 percent of hunters took measures in 2008 to reduce the amount of available spent lead ammunition [...]

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman program set

The Arizona Wildlife Federation will be sponsoring a winter Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop. The dates are Feb. 6-8, 2009 in the Goldfield Mountain Range. This retreat will showcase the beauty and wonder of our desert.
The place is Saguaro Lake Ranch, which is a historical resort-style retreat located in the [...]

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Archery 3-D fun shoot for all

3-D archery fun shoot will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s archery range Saturday, Jan. 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This fun shoot is a 20-target course designed to be fun, exciting and challenging. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Additionally, the course is open to all [...]

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Arizona wildlife officer wins NWTF award

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has announced that Rick Langley, game specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop region, will be honored as NWTF’s “Arizona Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” for his efforts in conserving America’s wildlife.
Langley, who lives in Pinetop, will be recognized during the federation’s [...]

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Meet the Arizona Game and Fish Commission this Saturday

You’ll have a chance to meet the members of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and provide your input on the department’s activities and priorities when the commission holds its annual “Meet the Commission” event this Saturday, Jan. 17. The public is highly encouraged to attend.
The meeting will be held at the [...]

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Elk and antelope hunting permit applications are due by Feb. 10 Beat the rush and take advantage of Jan. 22 “grace” period to correct errors

You can beat the rush of procrastinators for the 2009 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw and apply before Jan. 22 to take advantage of the “grace period” where you are offered an opportunity to correct application mistakes.
Here’s how the grace period works. If you apply before Jan. 22 and there is [...]

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New off-highway vehicle laws spark January rush for new decals 15,000 OHV Decals sold in first week

New laws that went into effect Jan. 1 to better manage the skyrocketing use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in Arizona have resulted in 15,000 decals being sold during the first week of the New Year.
In the first week of sales, the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) has seen the [...]

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Urban lakes received “lunker-sized” incentive trout Stocking program remains a bright light despite troubled-economy

he Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Urban Fishing Program rang in the New Year with a hearty stocking of “incentive” sized rainbow trout into all of the 21 program waters across the state last week.
Incentive rainbow stockings included more fish and bigger fish. Many of the trout ranged from 13-18 inches. This [...]

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Arizona’s pronghorn get an instant population boost Habitat restorations make way for 100 animals

Arizona’s pronghorn antelope received an instant population boost recently thanks to an area in Utah having an excess of these high grassland speedsters.
Through a professional cooperation between wildlife agencies, the Arizona Game and Fish Department received 100 pronghorn antelope from the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources, to supplement current populations and [...]

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Mark your calendars: Game and Fish Expo set for March 28-29Mark your calendars: Game and Fish Expo set for March 28-29

Mark your calendar for March 28-29 because the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility on Carefree Highway is expected to be even bigger and better this year – if that is possible.
“The enthusiastic public response to this free outdoor expo has been amazing. This is [...]

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28,000 wintering sandhill cranes are poised to thrill those attending Wings Over Willcox

There are 28,000-plus wintering sandhill cranes taking center stage with a supporting cast of other birds, bats, rocks and plants to delight and enchant those attending the 16th annual Wings Over Willcox nature festival during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend on Jan. 17, 18 and 19.
This annual festival in the Town [...]

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Arizona anglers are getting an 11-mile river fishing bonus

Arizona anglers are being blessed with an 11-mile trout fishing bonus along the Lower Salt River starting Jan. 22 thanks to plentiful December precipitation and unusual winter runoff in central Arizona that has almost filled the Salt River reservoirs.
Salt River Project will be pulling water from Stewart Mountain Dam from now [...]

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Archery 3-D fun shoot open to all

Hey Shooters,
A 3-D archery fun shoot will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s archery range Saturday, Jan. 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This fun shoot is a 20-target course designed to be fun, exciting and challenging. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Additionally, the course is open [...]

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2009 Outdoor Expo slated for late March

Take out your new 2009 calendar and mark the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AGFD) 2009 Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. The event is free and will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, 2009 from 9 [...]

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Arizona Wildlife Views television series begins new season in January on PBS

The award-winning wildlife television show produced by the Arizona Game and Fish Department begins a new season Jan. 18, 2009 on PBS KAET channel 8 every Sunday at 5 p.m.
Arizona Wildlife Views has 13 brand new episodes that explore Arizona’s unique outdoor landscapes, incredibly diverse wildlife, and conservation success stories by [...]

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Give a magazine gift subscription and get a free wildlife calendar

Give a magazine gift subscription and get a free wildlife calendar
The 2009 Arizona Wildlife Calendar normally 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 [...]

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Annual Bald Eagle Workshop set for Flagstaff

Ever wonder where eagles go during the wintertime? Find this out and more at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual Bald Eagle Workshop in Flagstaff on Saturday, Jan. 17.
The free workshop will be divided into two sessions; each one will include a lecture followed by a field trip to observe [...]

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Yuma open house to provide details on the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program and backwater site selection

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation, the implementing agency for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP), will be conducting an open house meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 to provide an update and facilitate discussion about this 50-year conservation effort and [...]

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Reminder: Hunting seasons that carry over into January require a 2009 hunting license

Many of Arizona’s hunting seasons for big game and small game extend into the New Year. However, hunting licenses expire at the end of the calendar year. If you plan to go afield after Dec. 31 for quail, rabbit, archery deer or other pursuits, be sure to stop by a licensed dealer [...]

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