Arizona Notice of Exempt Rule-making to Amend R12-4-304

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Comments accepted through Nov. 16

The Arizona Game and Fish Department proposes to amend R12-4-304 to implement recently passed legislation and increase hunter opportunity by expanding allowable methods for the take of wild mammals, birds, and reptiles. Amendments are also proposed to make the rule less restrictive, increase clarity, and improve consistency with other subsections of the rule. Amendments include:

  • Clarifying the use of crossbows; this is proposed to improve consistency and reduce confusion among hunters regarding the use of crossbows.
  • Allowing crossbows and bows that are drawn and held with an assisting device for the take of specific wildlife; this is proposed to make the rule less restrictive, increase clarity, and improve consistency with other subsections of the rule.
  • Reducing the minimum standard pull weight for bows; this is proposed to reflect current technological advances.
  • Allowing the take of mountain lion with shotgun shooting shot. This amendment was requested by members of the public during previous hunt guideline discussions. The Department believes this is an effective and ethical method of take and anticipates that the additional number of mountain lions taken using this method will be minimal.
  • Allowing the take of javelina and turkey with rimfire handguns. This amendment was requested by members of the public during previous hunt guideline discussions. The Department believes this is an effective and ethical method of take.
  • Allowing the take of upland game birds and Eurasian collared doves with a pneumatic weapon. This amendment was requested at a public Commission Meeting. The Department believes this is an effective and ethical method of take and does not in conflict with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
  • Allowing the take of cottontail rabbits, tree squirrels, upland game birds, and Eurasian collared doves with pneumatic weapons and hand-held projectiles. This amendment was requested by members of the public during previous hunt guideline discussions. The Department believes this is an effective and ethical method of take.
  • Allowing the take of coyotes and mountain lions with artificial light. This is proposed to give the commission the authority to open a season allowing the take of coyotes or mountain lions from dusk to dawn in game management units where coyote or mountain lion depredation on antelope, mule deer, and bighorn sheep are considered to be a significant factor in recruitment.
  • Clarifying that pursuit with dogs for cottontail rabbits, tree squirrels, upland game birds, and birds is a lawful activity. This amendment was requested at a public commission meeting. While this activity is currently allowed, it is not addressed in rule.
  • Allowing an individual to use dogs as a lawful method to take predatory and furbearing animals, small game, and nongame mammals. This amendment was requested at a public commission meeting. The sport of using dogs to pursue and take wildlife has existed in North America since colonial days. This rule amendment clarifies that the take of predatory and furbearing animals, small game, and nongame mammals with dogs is a lawful activity.
  • Referring to the Raymond Wildlife Area by providing the Game Management Units (GMU) instead of the Wildlife Area. This is proposed to reduce confusion regarding GMU boundaries.

The commission approved the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at the Oct. 14, 2011 commission meeting and will review the final rulemaking at the Dec. 2, 2011 commission meeting. To view the Notice of Exempt Rulemaking, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/inside_azgfd/rules/rulemaking_updates.shtml.

The Department will accept comments through Nov. 16; to submit comments, call (480) 528-7986 or e-mail DMcGehee@azgfd.gov or rulemaking@azgfd.gov.

Comments

Retired2hunt's picture

  The great thing about this

 

The great thing about this amendment is that many of the clarrifications or changes being allowed were done at the request of the public.  People getting involved and voicing their opinion in mass allowed the state of Arizona hunters to have a better set of hunting regulations that fit their needs.

It is evident that harvesting a small game animal with a BB-Gun or even a slingshot is now legal within the state of Arizona. 

The use of crossbows is a good one.  I am all for crossbow use during a bow season.  The article and amendment information doesn't state as such but hopefully that is part of the amendment.

The use of a rimfire handgun on javelinas and turkey - a great change and update.

Overall - great for the hunting public of Arizona.

numbnutz's picture

These amendmits sound really

These amendmits sound really good. It seems to make the rules a lot clearer and less confusing. I like the rule that would allow the use of atrifical light to hunt coyotes and lions, and being able to hunt them at night for depredatation issues. I'm sure some of the hunters there will like the use of crossbows and bows. I see a lot more states allowing the use of cross bows now. I wish my state would allow it. Not for me but I know a lot of people who have injuries that don't allow them to draw a regular bow back anymore. All of these new rules semm like they will streamline the regs for the Arizona hunters. It's nice when the rules are clear and easy to fallow. I hate when rule ae hard to fallow and get you possibly get you in trouble. I appluad Arizona for taking these steps.