Arizona Public Meetings to Gather Input on Elk and Pronghorn Hunt Recommendations

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host three public meetings in October to meet with constituents about developing the hunt recommendations for 2012 elk, pronghorn antelope, and population management hunts.

Three regions will provide details about elk and pronghorn antelope populations within their jurisdiction. Constituents interested in a particular Game Management Unit can attend the public meeting in that region to discuss the management direction.

“The meetings allow us to meet with sportsmen and other members of the public and discuss the direction for the recommendations based on survey data, harvest rates and the hunt guidelines, said Big Game Management Supervisor Amber Munig. “We won’t be proposing permit numbers at this point, but we will generally discuss where permit numbers might be headed. It’s a great way for people to stay informed and provide input into development of the recommendations.”

The public meetings will be hosted by wildlife biologists that are involved in the hunt recommendation process. Meeting dates and times are:

  • Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. – Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road. 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Pinetop regional office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd. 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m. – Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive.

One meeting was already held on Oct. 5 in Flagstaff.

The final proposed draft of the elk and pronghorn hunt recommendations will be made available for public review at six regional informational open houses in late November and December. More information on the open house dates will be distributed as it becomes available.
 
For more information about the hunt recommendations process, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

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numbnutz's picture

It's very nice to see the

It's very nice to see the public has a say in the management practices in Arizona. Being a hunter it's a goos feeling when the Dow will take the time to  listen t what we have to say. In most cases we out in the field more than the peope who make the decissions. The ODFW in recent years has done a lot better job taking the publics in put. We got a new director 3 years ago and since then things have changed a lot and for the better. We have more and better tools available to us and they have statred to regrow our deer and elk herds. It's nice to see a director with a passion for the outdoors and actually cares about the wildlife in our state. Good job to both states for making great decissions.

Retired2hunt's picture

  Arizona general public has

 

Arizona general public has already completed some great movement on changing existing hunting laws based on their involvement and opinion.  I expect they will be able to accomplish the same with the pronghorn and the elk needs within their state as well. I look forward to more success out of this state based on the previous general public effort on their wildlife.