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Arizona Seeks Input On Game Management Guidelines

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is now accepting public comments for improving the hunt guidelines to continue the sustainable management of the state’s game animals, while providing as much hunting recreation as possible.

Comments may be submitted through the end of May electronically to azgamebranch@azgfd.gov, or by mail to Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

“This is your opportunity to get involved in the nuts and bolts of this bi-annual process,” said Chief of Game Management, Brian Wakeling. “We are seeking your ideas, comments, concerns, or observations on how to meet the many demands by our varied hunting public, as well as fostering new opportunities for continuing our hunting heritage for future generations.”

The hunt guidelines provide the biological and social parameters that make up the “recipes” used by wildlife managers to formulate the annual hunt recommendations (season structures, season lengths, season dates, permits allocated, etc.) and results in the hunts in which sportsmen, women and children participate.

However, wildlife biologists note that while wildlife is held in the public’s trust, and hunting opportunity is important, using science-based principles in shaping the guideline process remains paramount to assure healthy, sustainable, and diverse wildlife populations in perpetuity.

After all the comments are received, reviewed, and processed, the department will host 11 public meetings across the state to present the proposed revisions, answer questions, and to collect any further public input. A final draft will then be prepared and posted at the department’s website prior to being presented to the Game and Fish Commission at its Aug. 26-27 meeting in Phoenix.

The public meetings run from 6-8 p.m. per the following schedule (see link below for meeting addresses):

June 6, Flagstaff
June 7, Page
June 9, Phoenix
June 13, Pinetop
June 14, Payson
June 15, Mesa
June 16, Yuma
June 20, Prescott
June 21, Tucson
June 22, Sierra Vista
June 23, Kingman

For a copy of the current hunt guidelines, details about the guideline review process, and meeting addresses, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive general funds from the State of Arizona. The conservation and management of the state’s game animals is made possible by funding generated from the sale of hunting licenses, tags, and matching funds from the Wildlife Restoration Act, a federal excise tax that hunters and manufacturers pay on guns, ammunition and other hunting/shooting-related equipment.