Arizona Hunting News

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.

Arizona Seeking Info on Bull Elk Poaching

The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the poaching of a bull elk north of Paulden.

The elk, believed to have been killed elsewhere and dumped, was found on State Land approximately ½ mile northeast of the Pilots Rest Airstrip on Feather Mountain Road. The elk is believed to have been killed between June 4th and 5th.

Arizona's Big Game Super Raffle

A $25 raffle ticket could put an Arizona Game and Fish Commission's special big game permit for elk or bighorn in your pocket. How would you like a chance to pursue mule deer during the rut on the Kaibab for just a $20 ticket?

Welcome to the Big Game Super Raffle, where your dreams can come true.

Arizona 2011-12 Hunting Regulation Books Now Available

Hunters will be happy to hear that printed copies of the 2011-12 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations are now available at all Arizona Game and Fish offices and more than 300 license dealers statewide.

For those interested in applying for one of the limited tags issued through the drawing process, get your application submitted by May 27 (5 p.m. MST) to take advantage of the correction period.

Key Figure In Arizona "Macho B" Case Admits Involvement

Janay Brun, 39, of Sasabe, Arizona, executed a diversion agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in which she admitted to committing an Attempted Take of an Endangered Species, which is a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Brun admitted under oath before U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to placing jaguar scat at a snare site in an attempt to capture the jaguar known as Macho B.

Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations Available On-line
The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced that the 2011-12 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations are available online.
Arizona Offers Youth/Family Turkey Camps

Kids and their families are invited to learn how to hunt wild turkeys, under the guidance of experts, the weekend of April 15-17. There are three separate camps, located near Alpine, Payson and Flagstaff.

Judge Confirms Arizona Did Hold Jaguar Permit in 2009

U.S. District Court Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson has ruled that the Arizona Game and Fish Department held a valid endangered species permit, authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in February 2009 when the jaguar Macho B was captured and collared south of Tucson.

Judge Jorgenson’s decision adopted an earlier report and recommendation by Magistrate Judge D. Thomas Ferraro who found Game and Fish's permit to be valid for "take" of an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Arizona Bighorns Using Overpasses

Years of research, planning, and development showed early signs of success when video and still photographs captured two rams crossing the recently completed wildlife overpasses near the Hoover Dam.

It marks a small, but significantly meaningful achievement that Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials hope will minimize the impacts of desert bighorn sheep fragmentation through the Black Mountains and improve traffic safety.

Arizona Elk and Pronghorn Applications Due Feb. 8th

Hunters seeking a chance to hunt Arizona's coveted elk or pronghorn antelope are running out of time to submit a paper application to the Arizona Game and Fish Department for a chance at the limited permits issued through the drawing process.

The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 by 7 p.m. (MST) - postmarks do not count. There is no online application process.