Arizona Hunting News

Preview the 2012 Arizona Elk and Pronghorn Hunt Recommendations at Open Houses

The proposed hunt recommendations for Arizona’s 2012 elk, pronghorn antelope, and population management seasons are anticipated to be available for public review beginning Nov. 19 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website.

Representative of Arizona’s Hunting, Fishing Mentoring Program Vies for National Recognition

Eddy Corona, one of Arizona’s leading hunter conservationists, is in the running for the “Mentor of the Year” award from the North American Hunting Club for his dedication to introducing youngsters to the great outdoors.

Eddy of Ahwatukee, is an Arizona native, longtime sportsman, and co-founder of Outdoor Experience 4 All (OE4A), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an enjoyable outdoor adventure to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Reward Offered in Illegal Killing of Whitetail Doe Near Sonoita, Arizona

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Operation Game Thief program is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with the illegal shooting of a whitetail deer doe Nov. 6 southeast of the abandoned Davison Ranch in Davidson Canyon.

Joint Checkpoint Conducted at Redington Pass, Arizona

Arizona Game and Fish and the U.S Forest Service conducted a checkpoint effort at Redington Pass near Tucson on Oct. 22 to check compliance and provide information on laws pertaining to hunting, OHV and public lands recreation.

More than 170 recreationists, including 87 sport shooters, 50 OHV operators and 46 hunters, were screened at the checkpoint.

Hunters were asked for hunting licenses and for valid game tags, if applicable. OHVs were inspected for valid decals and tags. Flyers with information about licenses and tags were also distributed.

Arizona Notice of Exempt Rule-making to Amend R12-4-304

Comments accepted through Nov. 16

The Arizona Game and Fish Department proposes to amend R12-4-304 to implement recently passed legislation and increase hunter opportunity by expanding allowable methods for the take of wild mammals, birds, and reptiles. Amendments are also proposed to make the rule less restrictive, increase clarity, and improve consistency with other subsections of the rule.

Mexican Authorities Release Mexican Wolves in Sonora

Mexican authorities released five Mexican wolves in the San Luis Mountains in Sonora, Mexico, on Oct. 12, 2011, approximately 80 miles south of Douglas, Ariz. 

Mexico’s desire to release wolves in Sonora as part of its recovery effort has been known for the past two years, although the exact timetable for release was unknown.

Arizona Public Meetings to Gather Input on Elk and Pronghorn Hunt Recommendations

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host three public meetings in October to meet with constituents about developing the hunt recommendations for 2012 elk, pronghorn antelope, and population management hunts.

Three regions will provide details about elk and pronghorn antelope populations within their jurisdiction. Constituents interested in a particular Game Management Unit can attend the public meeting in that region to discuss the management direction.

Arizona’s Spring Hunt Application Deadline is Oct. 11

Hunters are reminded that the application deadline for spring 2012 hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 by 7 p.m. (MST).

Shoot for the Cure Sporting Clays Event is this Saturday in Arizona

Fun shoot starts at 10 a.m., registered tournament check-in begins at 11 a.m.

Tanner Fire Closes Portion of State Route 288 Before Turkey Hunt Opener in Arizona

Hunters in some areas advised to prepare alternate travel plans through this weekend.

Hunters and other outdoor recreationists are advised that the Tanner Fire, burning on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, about 19 miles south of Young, has forced the temporary closure of State Route 288 from McFadden (milepost 290) south to the A-Cross Road (milepost 270).