Arizona Hunting News

Application Grace Period Ends on May 27
Mark May 27 in big bold letters on your day planner: That's the last day in the grace period for the big game hunt application process this year.
New Hunt Regulations Now Available
Hunters, the wait is over. The newly printed Arizona Hunting Regulations are on their way to more than 300 sporting goods stores, gun shops and license dealers around the state, where they will be available as soon as Monday, May 16. Regulations are also available online at azgfd.gov.
Public Comment Sought on Draft Wildlife Conservation
Would you like to have a say in Arizona's proposed strategies for managing and benefiting wildlife over the next decade? A draft of the state's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy can be downloaded from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Web site. Formal comment will be accepted from April 23 through May 22.
Commission Sets 2005-2006 Hunting Seasons
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission set the orders for the 2005-2006 hunting seasons during its meeting in Avondale on April 16. Biologists told the Game and Fish commissioners that the outlook is better for antelope and elk, but also said that small game reproduction potential is looking tremendous thanks to a wet winter and spring.
Big Game Hunt Permit Levels Are on the Upswing
The prognosis is looking better for big game this year as the Arizona Game and Fish Commission prepares to consider hunt-permit level recommendations during its April 16 meeting in the Avondale City Council Chambers, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, starting at 8 a.m.
Pronghorn Population Management Program
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will continue a successful program to help the state's struggling antelope population. The department will conduct limited lethal removal of coyotes in three limited areas, beginning in early April, to help increase fawn survival rates.
Fall 2005 Big Game Draw Changes
Pick up the new regulations and hunt draw permit applications at department offices, at license dealers or download them from the department's Web site. Regulations and applications will be available first from azgfd.gov in downloadable PDF format on May 2. Hard copies will be available at all department offices and license dealers around May 20.
AGFC Considers 2005-2006 Hunting Proposals
Biologists from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission presented their proposals for this year’s deer season at the agency’s monthly meeting in Little Rock. The commission will study the proposals and make a decision at its March 17 meeting in Little Rock. If approved by the commission, the state’s bag limit would remain at three deer - the same as the previous season.
Public Message About CWD and Creuztfeldt-Jakob Disease
Some Arizona Game and Fish Department customers have called us because they have heard rumors that a hunting guide diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may have gotten the disease from handling a hunter-killed elk in Game Management Unit 2B.
Mule Deer Tag Auctions for $134,000
The Mule Deer Foundation's annual convention in Reno, Nev., drew the highest amount of money ever raised by the auctioning of a coveted Arizona statewide special mule deer tag: $134,000.