Low OHV Decal compliance numbers unacceptable

October 26th, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reinforcing earlier efforts to get all OHV owners in the state to take part in the new OHV Decal program that went into effect Jan. 1, 2009. As the department has been promoting for the last year, all Arizona OHVs that are primarily designed by the manufacturer for […]

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Two public meetings remain for elk, antelope hunt recommendations

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 […]

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Game and Fish Adds Sharing and Social Bookmarking Bar

October 21st, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has added a Share or Bookmark bar to our articles, blogs, outdoor calendar dates, and user photos sections. This makes it easier than ever to share news and photos with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, and 150+ other bookmarking and sharing services (just click on the […]

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Pumpkin season in Chino Valley is a great chance to learn about the outdoors

September 26th, 2009

Game and Fish Commissioner’s farm to host department educational event Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner Norm Freeman, as part of his annual Pumpkin Festival, will open his farm in Chino Valley to host a free Arizona Game and Fish Department educational day on Saturday, Oct. 3. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 […]

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Join a youth shotgun shooting team this fall

September 26th, 2009

Scholastic Clay Target Program offers fun outdoor recreation Students, are you looking for fun, competition, and the chance to meet new friends and be part of a team? The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2009-10 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) season is ready to get underway, and students interested in learning about and competing in […]

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Comment period on Kofa NWR draft environmental assessment ends Friday, Oct. 2

September 25th, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds constituents that the deadline to comment on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s draft environment assessment, Limiting Mountain Lion Predation on Desert Bighorn Sheep on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, is Friday, Oct. 2. For comments to be entered into the record, they must be submitted in writing […]

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Second group of black-tailed prairie dogs released in S.E. Arizona

September 25th, 2009

Multi-partner reintroduction effort aims for species comeback Nearly 50 years ago, they vanished from Arizona’s landscape, but thanks to a multi-partner reintroduction effort, black-tailed prairie dogs are making a comeback. Biologists prepare to remove a black-tailed prairie dog from its holding container for placement in an acclimation cage at the release site. Twenty-seven black-tailed prairie […]

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Spring draw application deadline is Oct. 13

September 25th, 2009

Hunters are reminded that the application deadline for 2010 spring hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear is Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 at 7 p.m. (MST). Paper applications can be submitted by mail (Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052), or they can be hand delivered to any […]

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Community Archery Program targets Phoenix and Tucson metro areas

September 16th, 2009

Partnership focuses on providing healthy activities for Arizona’s youth The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Archery Trade Association have teamed up to increase archery and bowhunting programs for youngsters throughout Arizona and enhance facilities in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas. Through the agreement, the ATA will provide funding to the Game and […]

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Volunteers sought for cleanup of OHV area on National Public Lands Day

September 16th, 2009

Help make a positive impact on off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding areas on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 26. Volunteers will gather to make a difference at the Boulders OHV Staging Area along State Route 74 (mile marker 11.5) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To get to the Boulders from the Phoenix area, head […]

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The dos and don’ts of reporting Arizona wildlife law violations

September 16th, 2009

Arizona Game and Fish Department law enforcement officers want the public to report wildlife violations, but there are things a person should and shouldn’t do at a potential crime scene. “The desire of the public to help us catch violators is great. However, there are instances when those desires can actually hinder law enforcement efforts,” […]

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Road map for Arizona Apache Trout recovery unveiled

September 16th, 2009

There is now a new road map for the recovery of Arizona’s state fish, the Apache Trout, which had been on the brink of extinction three decades ago. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of a revised Apache Trout Recovery Plan, which was a collaborative planning effort amongst federal, state […]

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Free Online Webcast: Learn About Mountain Lions & Bighorn Sheep – September 23

September 15th, 2009

Seminar with panel of wildlife experts to be webcast online PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites the public to a free educational presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 23 to learn about the natural history, management efforts, and biological and social issues related to mountain lions and bighorn sheep in Arizona. The event will […]

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Volunteers sought for cleanup of OHV area on National Public Lands Day

September 3rd, 2009

PHOENIX – Help make a positive impact on off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding areas on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 26.Volunteers will gather to make a difference at the Boulders OHV Staging Area along State Route 74 (mile marker 11.5) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To get to the Boulders from the Phoenix area, […]

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Learn your lizards at Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s guided walks

August 31st, 2009

Have you ever wondered why lizards do those comical “pushups,” or do you need help identifying the species that may be living in your backyard? From large desert spiny lizards to beautifully colored collared lizards, Arizona is home to nearly 50 species of lizards. The public is invited to attend the family-friendly “Learn Your Lizards” […]

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New mine closure in Peoria protects both the public and threatened bats

August 31st, 2009

First bat cupola to be constructed within city limits It’s a win-win for the public and Arizona’s wildlife. In a cooperative effort led by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the abandoned Sunrise Relief Mine in Peoria was secured on Aug. 19 to protect the public and […]

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Next commission meeting is Sept. 11-12 in Phoenix

August 31st, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17). The public can view the meeting any of three ways: (1) attending the meeting in person in […]

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Federal stimulus dollars to help Arizona wildlife

August 31st, 2009

Funds to employ rural contractors and purchase Arizona products The Arizona Game and Fish Department Landowner Relations Program (LRP) will use $110,000 in economic stimulus funds to actively support private land improvements that will benefit both wildlife and the people of Arizona. These dollars came to the department from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. […]

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Celebrate Labor Day weekend by boating safely

August 31st, 2009

Holiday weekends are perfect opportunities to gather family and friends, pack food, and hitch up the boat to head out to one of Arizona’s waterways. The Labor Day holiday is nearly upon us and that means that boating safety should remain on the minds of recreational boaters before launching their watercraft. Arizona’s waterways can expect […]

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Concerns over historic Kofa bighorn sheep herd elevated

August 24th, 2009

PHOENIX — Biologists recently presented the Arizona Game and Fish Commission with compelling data indicating that recovering the critically important Kofa desert bighorn sheep herd from near record-low population levels will be challenging due to additive mountain lion predation. Game and Fish Department biologists informed the commission at its Aug. 7 meeting that the monitoring […]

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