Arizona Hunting News

Forest Service Lifts Many Motorized Restrictions in Schultz Burn Area, Arizona

Hunters and other outdoor recreationists are advised that beginning Sept. 23, the Coconino National Forest is implementing changes to the Schultz Burn closure west of Highway 89.

According to a news release from the Coconino National Forest, most Forest Service roads in the closure area will be reopened to motorized and non-motorized use. Roads are not currently maintained for passenger vehicles; Forest managers recommend the use of high-clearance vehicles only. Off-road motorized travel will continue to be prohibited in order to protect soil and vegetation resources.

Arizona Deer and Elk Hunters Can Assist in Monitoring for Wildlife Disease

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is requesting deer and elk hunters’ continued vigilance in monitoring for chronic wasting disease (CWD) by allowing biological samples of the animals’ lymph nodes to be collected for testing.

CWD has not yet been found in Arizona through regular annual testing since 1998. However, it is present in the neighboring states of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. CWD is fatal to deer and elk; however, there is no evidence that it poses a risk to humans.

Arizona’s Hunting Regulations Amended to Incorporate Expanded Hunting Areas

Hunters rejoice, you now have access to approximately 1 million acres of public and state trust lands within municipal boundaries this hunting season, but there are regulation changes that relate to these new opportunities and public safety that hunters need to know.

These opportunities required amending the 2011-12 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations, as well as the 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Regulations because the changes to state law became effective after these publications were distributed.

Arizona's Bald Eagles Hit it Out of the Park in 2011

Three new breeding records set

Arizona’s bald eagles continue to flourish in the state with three record breeding achievements in 2011. With the last bald eagle nestling out of the nest, biologists declared that a record number of breeding areas were occupied; a record number of eggs were laid; and, a record number of fledgling birds took to Arizona’s skies. 

Arizona Forest Service Opens Additional Roads Within Wallow Fire Perimeter
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs), in coordination with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and other agencies, continues to work toward opening roads within the Wallow Fire perimeter (including areas of Game Management Units 1 and 27), designating open roads with white arrows.
Arizona Mexican Wolf Found Dead

Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel on the Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team discovered a dead wolf on the evening of Aug. 22 during routine pack monitoring activities.

The field team was alerted to the situation when it received a mortality signal from the telemetry collar on AF1110, the Hawks Nest Pack alpha female.

The animal was recovered by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Special Agent and Game and Fish personnel the following day in the pack’s traditional territory on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Arizona Updates Access to Units 1 and 27 in Wallow Fire Area

Arizona Game and Fish Department (Department) personnel in Region I have been maintaining coordination with Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Forest) staff to work toward finalizing the Forest’s decisions related to public access to those areas within the Wallow Fire burn perimeter. With fall hunting seasons rapidly approaching, this is a process of significant priority for the Department.

Arizona Big Game Tag Draw Complete
Let the planning begin. The drawing results for Arizona's 2011 fall big game hunting permits are now available at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's website. Draw results are also available by telephone at (602) 942-3000 by selecting option two.
Arizona Reduces Turkey Permits in Wallow Fire Burn Area

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission, July 8, unanimously voted to reduce the number of permits issued through the draw for the fall turkey season in Game Management Units 1 and 27 due to unique conditions resulting from the Wallow Fire.

For the upcoming drawing cycle, there are now only 200 permits allocated for hunt number 4501 in Unit 1, a reduction of 475 permits. Unit 27 permits for hunt number 4518 is now set at 300, a reduction of 600. This is a total reduction of 1,075 hunt permit-tags.

Arizona Discussing Options For Hunters Drawn In Wildfire Affected Areas

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission added an agenda item to its meeting held on Saturday, June 25th to discuss the options available to the commission and department for responding to the situations of hunters who are drawn for hunts in game management units affected by this year's wildfires.