Arizona Hunting News

Junior Dove Hunt Set for Sept. 6-7
The annual juniors-only dove hunt will be held Sept. 6-7 at Robbins Butte near Buckeye. The hunt will be followed by a free pancake and sausage breakfast afterward.
Javelina Tag Reductions Recommended
Hunters might see javelina permit levels decreased and turkey permits increased for the spring 2004 season. Prolonged drought is taking its toll on javelina and the hunt permit levels recommended by Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists mirror that trend.
Rewards Offered in Two Poaching Cases
Rewards are being offered in two recent cases of attempted elk poaching. Anyone with information about either case should call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700.
Kaibab Archery Hunters Must Purchase a $5 Stamp
Hunters planning an archery deer hunt on the Kaibab this fall need to add an item to their pre-hunt checklist- a $5 Kaibab archery deer stamp.
Help Prevent the Spread of CWD
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking hunters who harvest meat from deer and elk in other states to take precautions to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Arizona.
First-Come, First-Served Starts August 11th
The Arizona big game draw has been completed and there are 213 white-tailed deer tags available for first-come, first-served.
67.4% of Hunters Applied Online
Internet applicants this year totaled 168,521, which is 67.4 percent of the total. Arizona's big game draw was accomplished a week ahead of schedule and the results are available online or via the telephone.
New Buffalo Population Management Hunts May Be Used
The Arizona Game and Fish Department may soon dip into the "hunter pool" and initiate its first population management hunt to control buffalo straying from the Raymond Ranch Wildlife Area.
Popular Bighorn Sheep Workshop Set
Plans have been finalized for the 2003 Arizona Game and Fish Department bighorn sheep workshop. Region III is hosting two workshops for wildlife enthusiasts. The first is July 25-26, and the second is from Aug. 1-2.
Wolf Field Team Shoots Mexican Gray Wolf
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the first lethal control action on a Mexican gray wolf since the program's inception in 1998. On May 27, Interagency Field Team personnel shot and killed Sycamore Pack alpha female 592 in New Mexico after trapping attempts to capture her were unsuccessful.