Arizona Hunting News

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.
Spring Hunt Deadline Is Oct. 15
The deadline for submitting spring hunt-permit applications for javelina, turkey, bear and buffalo is Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., advised Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. "Remember postmarks don't count," advised Public Information Officer Rory Aikens. However, you can apply for the various tags and your 2003 license online at www.azgfd.com."
Spring Hunting Applications Available
The "Spring 2003 Hunting Regulation Supplement" is now available at all license dealers in the state, at www.azgfd.com, and at all seven Arizona Game and Fish Department regional offices - and you can start applying now!
Poached Black Bear Found
A poached bear was found just east of the White Tank Mountains on Aug. 22 and Arizona Game and Fish Department officers are seeking the public's help to solve the case. The carcass of the bear was found by an area resident riding a mountain bike in the desert near the end of 199th Avenue near the White Tanks, and the person astutely called Game and Fish.
Computer Glitch Awards Too Many Big Game Tags
A computer glitch during the first-come, first-served process for leftover big game tags on Aug. 12 resulted in 150 more tag "confirmations" being sent to individuals than there were hunt-permit tags available. Information Branch Chief Joe Janisch explained that the computer logic for the first-come, first-served program was designed to handle two people simultaneously trying to hit the Web site for the last tags. "Apparently, the program was not designed to take hundreds of hits simultaneously, and that is exactly what happened."
Game Meat Donations Needed
Thinking about cleaning out that freezer before the fall hunt seasons? The Wildlife Center at Adobe Mountain is seeking donations of game meat to feed a variety of animals, including golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, Harris hawks, turkey vultures and others. The center needs "chunk game meat" like steaks or roasts, but will accept ground game meat.
Rodeo Fire Wildlife Survivors Get Drinking Water
Thanks to heartfelt donations from the public through the Wildlife For Tomorrow Foundation, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is installing 2,500-gallon wildlife drinking systems at strategic locations in the Rodeo-Chediski Fire area to aid those animals that survived the fire.
2002 Big Game Draw Complete
The 2002 big game drawing is complete and the information is available, advised Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. A new wrinkle this year, having applicants apply via the Internet, has been a remarkable success with 115,175 applications being received online. "Although we had planned to provide online applicants with individual results via e-mail, that process has been delayed due to technical difficulties. However, if you applied on-line, you should have received an e-mail saying the draw is complete. That e-mail should have also provided you a direct link to the site to get the draw information, so it was really only one small step away from what we had hoped for," said Linda Melker, the Information Systems supervisor.
Wildlife Areas Closed
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has closed most of its wildlife areas to public entry because of the extreme fire danger. Department Director Duane Shroufe is also asking all sportsmen and other conservationists to please respect fire closures for all areas, whether state or federal. "These are extreme times that require extreme measures and cooperation. Please help us protect our valuable wildlife and wild land resources," Shroufe said.
Water Assistance Needed
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for donations to help provide water for wildlife during the current dry weather spell. Recent drought indexes and computerized weather models indicate that there appears to be no immediate relief in sight for Arizona's dry weather conditions. Consequently, the extremely dry conditions found throughout Arizona are anticipated to extend through the summer "monsoon" months and into the fall and winter of 2002. Therefore, the department is soliciting funds to help pay for private water hauling and maintenance contractors to assist with the department's water hauling, emergency maintenance and repair capabilities.