Arizona Hunting News

Interstate Cooperation Nabs White-Collar Jackson Wildlife Violator

Wildlife agencies across the country not only encourage adults to mentor youth hunters, they applaud it – but in respect to fairness and safety, there are still some regulations and laws to abide by, even before getting the kid afield.

That’s what wildlife officers detected was afoul with a Jackson businessman’s big game applications submitted for his daughter – not just in Wyoming, but also in three other western states.

Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo to Offer New Attractions, Old Favorites

Outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. 

The family-friendly Expo offers loads of activities, exhibits and presentations for everyone ranging from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists. Best of all, admission and parking are free!

Arizona Reminder: Public Is Invited to a March 22 Discussion on the Future of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Management

Sportsmen/women, wildlife enthusiasts, and other members of the public are invited to a meeting on Thursday, March 22, 6-9 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix, to discuss how constituents can best unite and work together on issues and challenges affecting the future of hunting, fishing and Arizona's wildlife. 

In response to a number of questions asked by constituents, below is some additional information:

Why is the meeting being held?

Unusual String of Coyote Bites Hits West Valley, Arizona

A series of unprovoked coyote bites have been reported at the Trilogy at Vistancia community in Peoria over the past few days. Three bites with no serious injuries have occurred to residents of this community in less than 24 hours.

Probable Ocelot Sighting in Arizona on Feb. 5

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced today a highly probable, but not verifiable, sighting of a rare ocelot Feb. 5 in Arizona.

Wildlife Are Not Pets: A Number of Reasons Exist for Arizona's Laws

There’s no denying the fact that wildlife might appear to make for a nice pet, especially the youngsters one might believe can be domesticated.

“There’s no such thing,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman. “Yes, wild animals may sometimes appear comfortable around people and some have been taught tricks, but they are never domesticated.”

Experience the Great Outdoors at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo

Come on out on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, for the FREE Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, held on the 1,600-acre grounds of the world-renowned Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Arizona’s largest hands-on outdoor expo offers loads of fun activities, exhibits and educational presentations for the entire family:

General Spring Javelina Season Starts Feb. 24; Leftover Tags Still Available

Want to go big game hunting this spring but didn’t get drawn? The Arizona Game and Fish Department still has some leftover javelina tags that can be purchased at department offices.

Javelina hunts offer a springtime hunting experience unique to the desert Southwest. Stalking a herd of javelina can be challenging due to their keen sense of smell and hearing. If you are fortunate to harvest an animal, javelina meat can be barbequed, pit roasted, or processed into a variety of sausages.

The general javelina season begins Feb. 24 and runs through March 1.

Reminder: Arizona Deadline to Apply for Elk, Pronghorn Hunts is Feb. 14

If you haven’t yet submitted your application for the draw for Arizona’s 2012 elk and pronghorn antelope hunts, the deadline is almost here. Applications must be received by the department by Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. (MST).

Necropsy Results Show Mexican Wolf in Arizona Died from Illegal Gunshot; Reward Offered for Information

The National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Ore., has determined that Mexican wolf mp1242 died as the result of a gunshot wound.