Arizona Hunting News

Arizona Commission Appointment Recommendation Board to Meet on Dec. 16

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board will hold a meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. The public is invited to attend.

The meeting agenda includes review and approval of the board’s meeting minutes from the Nov. 3 and Nov. 15 meetings. Members of the board may attend the meeting telephonically.

If You Got a Second Arizona Spring Hunt Tag, Don't Use It

Did you get a second spring hunt-permit tag in the mail from the Arizona Game and Fish Department?

No, it wasn’t an early Christmas present. It was a simple error, so don’t make a serious mistake that could cost you.

“Since we had to print all 22,000-plus tags in house, we did encounter a few problems with the printers,” said Kathy Ford, the draw manager.

Arizona Game and Fish Officers to Get More Help in OHV DUI Efforts

The Arizona Game and Fish Department received a grant for $4,000 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety which allows for the purchase of eight Preliminary Breath Testing (PBT) devices.

These devices are field-based units that can help determine if someone is driving or operating under the influence. In Arizona, .08 is the legal limit for driving any motor vehicle or operating a boat.

Injured Mexican Wolf Dies on Way to Veterinarian in Arizona

Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel on the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (IFT) were contacted on Nov. 23 by a member of the public who reported seeing an injured Mexican wolf in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests near Big Lake. The IFT located and observed the wolf the next day by tracking its radio collar signal.  After confirming the wolf was injured, the IFT initiated efforts to capture the animal and evaluate its injury.
  

Arizona GFD Commission Sets 23,383 Permits for Elk

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved the 2012 hunt seasons for elk and pronghorn antelope during its Dec. 3 meeting in Phoenix, paving the way for hunters to start applying once they have the pertinent information available online in mid December.

Reported Ocelot Sighting Reassessed in Arizona

Experts determine sighting was most likely a serval

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced today that yesterday’s reported sighting in Cochise County of an endangered ocelot may have been a serval (Leptailurus serval),  an African cat popular in the pet trade, or possibly a serval hybrid.

Prevalence of Jaguars in Arizona: How Endangered Species Sighting Reports are Classified

Have you seen a jaguar in southern Arizona? To distinguish these possible sightings from young mountain lions, bobcats or even a large housecat, the Arizona Game and Fish Department uses a three-tiered classification system to rank reported sightings from the public based on the level of physical evidence available.

Often a confirmed sighting of a rare species, like the recent observation of a male jaguar by a mountain lion hunter, will generate an increase in public reports.

Arizona Operation Game Thief Offering $500 Reward in Bald Eagle Killing

The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief program is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a dead bald eagle found by a hiker Nov. 21 in the Tucson Mountains.

The eagle carcass was found in a paper bag with rocks piled on top. It was located on a mountainside approximately 300 yards north of the Tucson Mountain Park parking area atop Gates Pass, where it may have been killed. The eagle’s tail and primary feathers had been removed, along with the feet.

Arizona Spring Hunt Draw is Complete – Get Your Results

Get ready to put some spring into your step – the 2012 spring draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear has been completed and results are now available online.

Cause of Death of Mexican Wolf in Arizona Determined to be Lightning

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab in Oregon have determined the cause of death for a Mexican wolf found dead in August in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNF) of eastern Arizona. Necropsy test results revealed it was killed by a lightning strike. The wolf, known as AF1110, was the alpha female for the Hawks Nest Pack.