Arizona Hunting News

Bellemont Shooting Range Takes Major Step Forward
After almost eight years of study, the Bellemont Shooting range near Flagstaff took a major step forward last week with final approval of a land exchange package between the Coconino National Forest and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
Information Needed in Antelope Poaching Case
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials are offering a reward of up to $300 for information regarding the poaching of a young antelope buck in Hunt Unit 8, a few miles east of Drake during the evening of Jan. 24 or the morning of Jan. 25.
GFD Encourages Rabies Precautions
After a record year of animal rabies and with warmer weather inviting more outdoor recreation opportunities, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are encouraging Arizonans to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from rabies exposure.
$500 Reward Offered in Mountain Lion Poaching Case
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials are offering up to a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for poaching a mountain lion in the Oak Creek Canyon area recently.
Come Chat About Lions, Bears, and CWD
Want to chat about Arizona's lions and bears with professional wildlife research biologists? Interested in the latest fisheries research at Lake Pleasant? Do you have concerns about the possibility of chronic wasting disease coming to Arizona? If you have any of these questions or any other concerns, you should join the "Wednesday Night Wildlife Chats" with Arizona Game and Fish Department research biologists on the Internet. Join us on most Wednesday nights during January at and look for the chat-room link at the top of the page.
Sonoran Pronghorn Numbers Down
The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recently completed a range-wide survey of endangered Sonoran pronghorn in the United States. The results show an estimated 21 to 33 animals, which is a substantial decline from previous surveys.
Fatal Elk Hunting Accident
Todd Halfast, age 38, from Flagstaff was killed during an elk hunting accident Friday morning, Nov. 15, in Game Management Unit 9 near U.S. Forest Service Road 328 approximately 21 miles west of Tusayan.
Rocky Mountain Sheep Capture and Relocation Planned
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting its first-ever in-state capture and relocation of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep on Nov. 19 in southeastern Arizona.
Permanent Deer and Elk Import Ban Sought
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is seeking to make permanent its current emergency ban on the import of deer and elk to help protect the state's native and captive cervids from spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).
10% Non-Resident Cap Headed to Supreme Court
Arizona's 10-percent cap on nonresident hunt-permit tags for bull elk and for deer north of the Colorado River is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Oct. 2 voted unanimously to appeal a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that jeopardizes Arizona's cap on nonresident tags for bull elk and deer north of the Kaibab.