Arizona Hunting News

US Court of Appeals Questions Necessity of Water as Conservation Tool in Arizona

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit announced that, while conservation of desert bighorn sheep is a purpose of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness, the existing record is not sufficient to demonstrate that the 2007 installation of the Yaqui and McPherson wildlife waters was necessary to reverse the historic decline in the Kofa desert bighorn sheep herd.

Arizona GFD Posts 2011 Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Booklet
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklet.
Arizona GFC Supports Delisting of Gray Wolf

After a lengthy meeting on December 4th, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted 4-1 to support Congressional actions to delist the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The Commission sees this as an opportunity to break through the gridlock in the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program, and welcomes the opportunity to manage this important species.

Arizona's Leftover Spring Big Game Tags Available Now

Monday, Nov. 29 marks the beginning of first-come, first-served for remaining spring big game tags.

For those individuals who were unsuccessful in the drawing, had their application rejected for errors, or just forgot to submit an application before the drawing deadline, there are plenty of remaining tags available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Arizona GFC to Interview 5 Applicants for Commission

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board decided at its Friday, Nov. 12 public meeting that it will interview five applicants for the Governor’s next (2011) appointment to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. The interviews will be held at the Appointment Recommendation Board's public meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

Arizona Spring Hunt Drawing Complete

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced the drawing results for the 2011 spring hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear.

Arizona Spring Hunt Deadline Oct. 12th
Time is running out, so take a moment and run down to your local Game and Fish office, license dealer or visit their site to get all the information you need to apply for the 2011 spring hunts before the Tuesday, Oct. 12 (by 7 p.m. MST) deadline.
Arizona Seeks Help to Catch Elk Poacher

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking the public's assistance regarding the poaching of a 6 x 6 bull elk, found north of Ash Fork, Ariz.

The animal was illegally shot and killed around Sept. 6-8. It was found east of Oliver Tank and north of Sevens Ranch. The mature bull elk’s antlers were individually sawed off yet left at the scene, where the entire animal was left to waste. The area is part of Game Management Unit 10.

Arizona GFD Open House About Flagstaff Shooting Range

An open house about the planning and development of the Northern Arizona Shooting Range will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 3-8 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office on 3500 S. Lake Mary Road.

"This open house will give the public a first look at some conceptual designs of the range and a chance to make suggestions on the designs," said Jay Cook, chief of shooting ranges for Game and Fish. "We will have staff on hand to help with their questions and discuss the development timeframe for this future community shooting range."

EPA Denies Ban on Lead Ammo, but Continues Consideration of Fishing Tackle

Many people have been following developments regarding the petition submitted Aug. 3 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Center for Biological Diversity, American Bird Conservancy and three other groups, seeking a national ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle. The following is an update.

The EPA last week (Aug. 27) denied the portion of the petition calling for a ban on lead ammunition, stating the agency (EPA) does not have the legal authority to regulate ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).