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Sent you a PM Padrino.

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Start here at http://www.azgfd.com for hunting information, it's the Dept. of Game and Fish for Az. There is also the Arizona Deer Association, Arizona Antelope Foundation, Arizona and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations, etc. There are also great shooting ranges at Ben Avery just north of Phoenix, and the Rio Salado Sportsman's Club/Range out in east Mesa with a great archery range next door.
Then there are lots of hunting websites like this to suck up information from, as well as magazines and books.
My dad didn't hunt, and I didn't know anybody that did when I moved here, so I just jumped in and gave it a go using as much of the information I could get from places like listed above.
Good luck.

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PadrinoMarino wrote:
I live in Phoenix. Do you know of any sporting goods store in which they generally seem to know more about hunting than the others? There is a Big 5 near my house that sulls rifles and such, but it dosen't seem like they would have very much expertise.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a Cabela's in Phoenix?

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Glendale, Arizona Yes

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FYI- this is closer for me, and am interested in checking it out.

America's Most Popular Outdoor Store Expected to Draw 3 Million Visitors Annually to Mesa

MESA, AZ - May 10, 2005 - Bass Pro Shops, the nation's leading outdoor retailer, has signed a lease with the developers of Mesa Riverview, according to Marty De Rito, CEO of De Rito Partners Development, Inc. Bass Pro Shops will become the signature tenant for the 250-acre retail, entertainment and office center development planned for the vacant agricultural property south of Loop 202 and east of Loop 101, between Dobson and Alma School in northwest Mesa.

The Riverview store will be Bass Pro Shops' first entry into the Arizona market and one of only three Bass Pro Shops in the Southwest.

Bass Pro Shops custom designs each of its stores to make it unique to the area in which it's located. Bass Pro Shops' in-house architects design everything from the store's unique exterior to every fixture and furnishing. The stores combine Bass Pro Shops' retail offerings, including Tracker Boat Centers - the world's largest line of fishing and pleasure bots - with a rock-climbing wall, a 30,000-gallon aquarium, and a 10,000 square-foot restaurant.

The Mesa store is expected to be a maximum of 200,000 square feet. It will provide 300 new retail and management jobs for local residents. Bass Pro Shops employs over 11,000 people nationwide.

Nationally, Bass Pro Shops' destination retail locations attract more than 75 million people annually, with an average of three million per store. The typical Bass Pro Shops customer travels two hours to visit a store and spends an average of three hours per visit. Many Bass Pro Shops shoppers add an overnight stay to their visit, which is expected to boost hotel occupancy rates in Mesa.

"Bass Pro Shops is a unique destination retailer," said De Rito. "We expect it to be a big boost to Mesa's economy, due to the number of tourists it will attract and the sales tax revenue it will generate from Bass Pro Shops visitors. These are new visitors to Mesa who will also shop at other west Mesa stores, eat in Mesa restaurants and fill Mesa hotel rooms."

"Bass Pro Shops is very selective in its locations" said Mike Dunham, director of real estate for Bass Pro Shops. "We believe west Mesa is the ideal location for our entry into the booming Arizona market. We're excited to be part of Riverview and look forward to giving Mesa a truly unique, outdoor recreation retail experience, including our annual spring fishing and fall hunting classics, which typically draw 150,000 visitors in four days to each of our stores."

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Padrino, in a nutshell, you need a hunting license to hunt and - to apply for the big game tags that are allocated via a lottery drawing. There are over-the-counter tags for several species, with my personal favorite being archery deer.

The metro Phoenix area has two Sportsman's Warehouse, a Cabelas and Bass Pro shops. Aside from hanging out in sporting goods stores and hunter's ed classes for advice on hunting, get involved in discussion forums such as this one. Arizona has many to choose from, ie, Arizona Hunting Today, AZOD, and Arizona Sportsman's Journal. Do a search and contemplate a membership. These discussion forums have much to offer, especially to a newbie. I would also encourage you to make friends with other kids your age who are steeped in hunting traditions with their families.

Good luck to ya.

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Like you i am fairly new into hunting, been doing it a few years now, but i was in your situation and my best advice is if you have a family friend or any one you know who hunts just bug them to take you along. i would say start with quail and dove hunting then move into the bigger game. the key is to try and find people to go hunting with you. You will need a hunting license which you can get at any hunting store, but for bigger game you will have to enter the lotter, which is ot hard, just a little paper work and mail it in. also take a hunter ed class and hang out at the range, being a proficent shooter is a key. good luck

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PadrinoMarino,
I'm glad to hear that you have an interest in hunting. It's a very fullfilling experience. I'm new to AZ and recently had to learn about the licensing process here. I came from the midwest where you could go to any X-Mart store and get a license and deer tag over the counter so this has been a new experience for me.

My understanding is that if you want to hunt anything you'll need a license, period. A typical class G license will allow you to hunt most small game animals, rabbits, coyotes, etc. If you want to hunt deer, elk, javelina, turkey, or any other big game animal you'll need to apply for a tag in the draw. The deadlines are usually several months prior to the season so keep an eye on the az game website for important dates. You can also get the draw information and applications in a hard copy at any license dealer.

You'll need more than a .22 to hunt the big game and if you can't afford to buy a larger rifle at this time go ahead and submit a draw application and specify that you want the bonus point. It'll cost you $7.50, but when your ready to hunt you'll have a better chance at getting a tag. Be sure to take the AZ hunter's saftey course because you'll get a permanent bonus point.

Hopefully this helps.

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