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

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January 5th, 2009

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 or department office and pick up a new 2009 General Hunting license (class G).

For those who hunt and fish, the Combo Hunt and Fish license (class F) is the best choice. It is cheaper than buying each license separately and it includes your trout stamp.

Families with children between ages 14 and 18 can take advantage of the Family Combo Hunt Fish license (class K) and save big. A family of four can hunt small game (and other game, with appropriate tags) and fish in all state waters, including trout, for less than $35 per family member. Add an Urban Fishing license (class U) for everyone in the family and enjoy fishing at any of the 21 waters, stocked regularly, for your fishing pleasure.

Dedicated resident sportsmen cannot go wrong with the Super Conservation Combo Hunt and Fish license (class N), which comes with more accessories than a Swiss army knife. Not only do you get the general hunting and fishing license, a trout stamp is included, as is the urban fishing license. Now the good stuff: The package includes a dove stamp, a state duck stamp (the federal stamp must be purchased separately), an over-the-counter archery deer tag (open units subject to change), a fall archery turkey tag, a fall bear tag and a mountain lion tag. The cost is only $163 – a $50 savings. If you don’t fish, just get the Super Hunting License (class M) for $118, which is still a $37 savings.

In addition, new this year is the Apprentice Hunting License (class H). This is a free two-day general hunting license for introducing someone new to hunting. Designed as a “try before you buy” program, this license is obtained from any Arizona Game and Fish Department office at no cost by a licensed adult 18 or older. This person takes on the role of “mentor” and takes an “apprentice” (friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor) out hunting for small game and teaches them the basics of hunting. Mentors are an important component to preserve the hunting heritage and to promote the conservation value that hunters provide. For more information about the Apprentice Hunting License, see the article in this issue.

Carryover hunting season reminders:

  • Dove – ends Jan. 4, 2009
  • Quail (all species) – ends Feb. 8, 2009
  • Rabbit – open year round*
  • Predator / furbearing – open year round*
  • Waterfowl – ends Jan. 11, 2009 (mountain zone), ends Jan. 25, 2009 (desert zone)
  • Juniors-only waterfowl, desert zone – Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2009
  • Archery deer (nonpermit-tag required) – ends Jan. 31, 2009
  • Mountain lion (nonpermit-tag required) – open year round*

*see regulations for restrictions

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