Commission to Discuss Nonresident Tags

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Hunters will have a strong interest in the upcoming Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting in Flagstaff on Aug. 12 and 13. Action may be taken on several high-profile issues, including the spring 2006 hunt regulations and reaction to recent congressional legislation that could affect Arizona's recently repealed 10-percent nonresident hunting cap.

"We have put together our recommendations for the spring hunt seasons," says Richard Rico, assistant director of the department's special services division, which is responsible for hunt draws. Hunt application dates, season dates, bag limits, and other details will likely be finalized at the meeting. Javelina, turkey, bear, buffalo, and waterfowl are among the species to be discussed.

The commission will also look at different options concerning regulation of nonresident hunting permits. Recent federal legislation was passed that renounced Congress' interest in regulating hunting and fishing under the federal Commerce Clause. The new legislation may allow the commission to reimpose limits on nonresident permits. The commission will consider options related to that at its August meeting.

Both the nonresident tag issue and the spring hunt recommendations are scheduled for consideration on the second day of the commission meeting, Saturday, Aug. 13. There are several other important issues on the agenda. The public is invited to attend both days, Aug. 12 and 13, starting at 8 a.m. each day. The meeting will be held at the Museum of Northern Arizona, located at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff.