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Newbie to AZ....(Area 22)

Hello All!!! I will be relocating to AZ this fall and was just looking for some general info on area 22. We will be living in the Payson area, and just wanted to know what to exspect as far as hunting and fishing opprotunities...Help!

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I hope you like it here, and I'm somewhat jealous ha! I would love to move to Payson myself. It has grown some in recent years, but so has everywhere. Very nice around there.

I have limited experience in Unit 22, but have a friend that bowhunts for Mule deer down lower near the Sunflower area off of Beeline Hwy (87). He has gotten into some impressive desert Mulies in there and has kept going back with another friend of mine. I could pick his brain about roads etc. around there if you are interested after getting here.

You can also go to the Game and Fish website at azgfd.com and poke around in there for info on 22. They have a "where to hunt" link in the menus that gives suggestions by Unit for starters, recent game number trends by species, etc. Can't hurt... take care.

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Hey thanks for the offer. By the time we get settled, I will probably only get to do a lil' bird hunting, maybe some waterfowling. It will be the first part of Oct., do you think there is any since in the purchase of an Bow tag?? (if still available and open)confused?

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You might want to check the regulations at azgfd.com, and I can't remember off-hand, but you might have to live here 6 months(?) before being able to get a "resident" hunting license? Then again, not sure how or if they verify that and all either now... When I moved here some 25 years ago they just took my word for it.

The late (2nd season) archery hunt for deer starts in mid-December and runs through January 31st the following year, and the deer tag for bow is over-the-counter and can be purchased any time. (Since January starts a new year, you do have to buy a new license and tag though for 2011.) I think the late hunt the best season to hunt anyway, cooler, more active, antlers, etc. if you can pull that off. 

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Hey, I got interested and looked up that residency requirement, and copied and pasted below for your info....

Residency Requirements

A resident is a person who has been a bona fide

resident of the state of Arizona for six months

immediately preceding the date of application

for a license or a tag, or a member of the armed

forces who has been stationed in Arizona for a

period of 30 days immediately preceding the

date of application for a license or a tag.

Arizona residents may purchase a resident license.

All other individuals must purchase a

non-resident license.

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Hey Thanks Unit5A, I had

Hey Thanks Unit5A, I had looked at it the other day as well and I got a lil' confused too. I was thinking maybe I could buy a NonRes-Bow over-the-counter. I think one thing I would definetly do when I get there I take a Hunter ED class. I'm not a novice to hunting but I am to AZ game law... That maybe a wise move on my part.Wink

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Hey Thanks Unit5A, I had

I would take the Hunter Education course here regardless of experience, if for no other reason than to get the permanent "bonus point" to help you on the draws you will put in for. I took it years ago, so has my wife, and kids. Been a while for me and not sure if it is the same, but it does help with the laws, and a safety refresher never hurt anybody. The program is successful/popular here as well, and the state very safe to hunt in because of it probably. One reason we have no "wearing of orange" clothes requirements etc. either I bet. Years ago the Game and Fish called me to ask if I would want to help teach it as an instructor, but I declined at the time having a busy job, as well as having a side restaurant business at the time to run as well. Funny my wife was just talking to me about it last week, that I should go see if they still needed people now that I don't work anymore... thinking about it, but not sure if my disability might get in the way. I think she wants me to stay busy, LOL.

Kind of a shame you have to pay that non-res. cost or do the time when you get here, but I know why they do it I suppose. Take care. 

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Here is a practice test that

Here is a practice test that Hoggetter posted a while back.  It is a good start for the Arizona hunter ed course.

www.hunter-ed.com/cgi-local/exam/practice.cgi?st=az

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Thanks alot Critter!!!

Thanks alot Critter!!!

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