Arizona Hunting News

Deer and Elk Imports Banned
Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Duane Shroufe on May 18 initiated an emergency statewide ban on the importation of cervids (all members of the family cervidae, which includes deer and elk) to help protect Arizona's native ungulates from the chronic wasting disease. In a parallel and complimentary move, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission adopted an emergency commission rule to formalize the cervid ban. However, the emergency commission rule cannot be implemented until reviewed and approved by the Arizona Attorney General?s office. The director's ban is immediate.
Extreme Drought Kills Big Game
Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists are attributing extreme drought conditions to the sharp rise in the number of road-killed pronghorn they have documented this spring in the tri-city area. Since March, biologists have documented 19 pronghorn killed by vehicles along Chino Valley and Prescott Valley roads. Fifteen of those were found in April. Game and Fish biologists have also found four road-killed deer and a javelina along Prescott and Prescott Valley roads.
Big Game Hunt Apps On-line
You can submit your cyber-hunt permit application starting April 24 for the 2002-2003 big game hunting seasons. At least initially, it will even save you money out of pocket. Just go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Internet Home Page at www.azgfd.com and follow the instructions. For each application, you will be charged a $5 application fee and will only be charged the hunt-permit tag fee once you are successfully drawn.
Fewer Elk Permits
Drought is having an impact on elk populations and the Arizona Game and Fish Department is recommending 5,459 fewer elk hunt permits this year compared to last year. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be considering the department's 2002 big game hunt recommendations during its meeting in Phoenix on April 13th.
11 Sentenced for Federal Wildlife Violations
The U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced the sentencing of 11 individuals for violating federal wildlife laws stemming from an investigation dubbed "Operation Navajo Buck." The 11 paid a total of $84,000 in fines, restitution and penalties, and one aircraft was forfeited by the court.
Bonus Point Reinstatement Reminder
If you were prevented from using your big game hunt tag last fall due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, you may be eligible to have your bonus points reinstated by the Arizona Game and Fish Dept, but the clock is ticking.
Jaguar Photographed
A young male jaguar has been photographed south of Tucson, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department officials. The photograph was taken by a surveillance camera that was monitoring potential jaguar travel corridors on the Arizona/Mexico border.
Bonus Point Reinstatement Possible
If you were prevented from using your big game hunt tag last fall due to the terrorist attacks Sept 11, 2001, you may be eligible to have your bonus points reinstated by the Arizona Game and Fish Dept. The deadline is April. Call (602) 789-3440.
Arizona Javelina Tags Still Available
There are a handful of Arizona over-the-counter hunt-permit tags available for the General Javelina Season and a few hundred tags available for the Handgun, Archery and Muzzleloader Season (Feb. 15-21), advises the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Update
Update on the mexican wolf reintroduction effort for May 2001.