Two public meetings remain for elk, antelope hunt recommendations

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October 26th, 2009

The public has an opportunity to attend two more public meetings to help develop the 2010 hunt recommendations for pronghorn antelope, elk, and population management hunts. Constituents interested in particular game management units within those regions will have the opportunity to discuss management direction.

The remaining meetings will be held at these Game and Fish regional offices:

  • Monday, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. – Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. – Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive

Previous meetings were held Oct. 12 in Pinetop and Oct. 20 in Kingman.

After the public forums have been completed, the final proposed draft hunt recommendations that will be presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be made available for public review at six regional open houses. No formal presentation will be made; however, a knowledgeable staff person will be available to discuss regional hunt recommendations.

The open houses will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, Nov. 23, 3-5 p.m. – Pinetop regional office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3-5 p.m. – Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3-5 p.m. – Yuma regional office, 9140 E. 28th St.
  • Friday, Nov. 27, 3-5 p.m. – Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 3-5 p.m. – Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3-5 p.m. – Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive

A PDF version of the 2010 hunt recommendations for elk, pronghorn antelope, and population management hunts will be available for review at the Game and Fish Department’s Web site beginning Saturday, Nov. 21 at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

Each year, the department makes recommendations to the commission regarding the management of game species for the annual hunting and trapping regulations, which establish the seasons, dates, bag limits, open areas, and hunt permit-tag allocations based on the framework of the hunt guidelines set by the commission every two years. These recommendations are in accordance with the recently revised hunt guideline package, which is effective for hunts starting in the fall of 2010 through the spring 2012.

The final recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission for consideration during its Dec. 4-5 meeting in Phoenix at the Game and Fish headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17). The agenda will be posted at www.azgfd.gov/commission under commission agenda.

To learn more about the hunt recommendation and hunt guidelines process, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

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