Next commission meeting is April 17-18; fall hunt orders to be set

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April 13th, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will consider the proposed commission orders for the 2009-10 hunting seasons for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear and mountain lion during the Saturday portion of the commission’s next regularly scheduled meeting on April 17-18.

The meeting will be held at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17).

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Phoenix headquarters or view the meeting via a videoconference feed at any of the department’s regional offices. The department successfully initiated a pilot videoconference program in February and has improved and expanded the system so that the videoconference feed will go to all six regional office locations in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson and Mesa.

For a list of office addresses, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.

Those viewing the meeting at the regional offices will be able to submit “blue slips” to present oral comment on the “call for comment” portions of the agenda, just as if they were attending the meeting in person.

The Friday, April 17 portion of the meeting begins with an executive session at 8 a.m., followed by the public meeting. Items on Friday’s agenda include:

  • Updates on legislative, lands, nongame, and information/education/watchable wildlife activities.
  • Request for commission approval for the department to execute a lease termination agreement to relinquish the lease at the Deer Valley South complex in exchange for the City of Phoenix’s payment of the commission’s corporate hangar lease annual rental at Deer Valley Airport through 2022.
  • Request for commission approval for renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the commission, the U.S. Forest Service and the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District for continued cooperation regarding management of Jacques Marsh Wildlife Area in Navajo County.
  • Request for commission approval of the master agreement for permit with Arizona Public Service for the purpose of continuing service for construction, operation and maintenance of electric poles and lines that provide electricity to and through the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.
  • Hearings on license revocations for violations of Game and Fish codes and civil assessments for the illegal taking and/or possession of wildlife.

The Saturday, April 18 portion of the meeting begins at 8 a.m. Items on Saturday’s agenda include:

  • Consideration and approval of commission orders 2 (deer), 5-10 (turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear and mountain lion), and 26 (population management), establishing seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits, permit numbers, and open areas for the 2009-10 hunting season.
  • Approval of the hunt permit-tag application schedule for fall 2009 hunts.
  • Approval of the 12A Habitat Stamp Fund budget for calendar year 2009.
  • An informational presentation from the Hopi Tribe on the future relationship between the tribe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. This presentation is for informational purposes only; no action will be taken by the commission at this time.
  • Updates on shooting sports activities.

The commission may vote to take action or provide the department with direction on the agenda items. For a complete agenda, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission and click on the commission agenda link.

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