Getting outdoors is an important part of our American heritage and fosters a lifetime of awareness and appreciation for wildlife and the environment.
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The Department and supporting organizations continually create outdoor programs for the beginner to seasoned sportsmen that teach families about traditional American pastimes.
These programs include hunting, fishing, shooting sports, wildlife viewing, boating, off-highway vehicle riding and wildlife conservation. Below is a listing of the many programs offered for your enjoyment, so Get Outside Arizona.
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Whether you prefer lakes, streams, creeks or urban fishing, a year-long season and a wide variety of sport fish species provide Arizonans with plenty of great fishing opportunities.
Crayfish Fishing – Angling for crayfish is a great outdoor family activity with near guaranteed success. There are no bag limits on crayfish and the season is year-round. Crayfish are not native to Arizona. They negatively impact sport-fishing opportunities, native species, and aquatic ecosystems. Crayfish tail and claw meat are delicious and can be substituted in many seafood recipes. [PDF, 1.1mb]
More than half of all households now own firearms, yet accidental fatalities are at an all-time low–down 60 percent over the last 20 years. For decades, the firearms industry has emphasized education to ensure the safe and responsible use of its products. This effort and those by other organizations are why the shooting sports and hunting are rated among the safest forms of recreation. Some 40 million people of all ages safely participate in these activities.
Target shooting improves fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, mental discipline, personal responsibility, and character development.
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Where to Hunt – The most common question, “Where do I go?” is answered right here. The department has six regional offices to in order to manage the incredible diverse habitat and wildlife in Arizona. Each region provides an online resource on “where to start hunting” by species and some general ideas on how to pursue the game of interest. [More]
Introduction to Hunting: Camps – Hunting Camps introduce hunting basics to individuals who are interested in hunting but may not know where to start. These hands-on workshops teach the skills necessary to successfully pursue the variety of small game found in Arizona. Both adults and youths are invited to participate. [More]
Archery Educational Outreach Program – This course can be utilized for groups such as HOA, Scouts, 4-H, and homeschool organizations to participate in an introduction to target, field, and 3D archery. Programs normally run three sessions at one-and-a-half hours each session. [More]
Focus Wild Arizona – The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s award-winning environmental education program is available free to teachers and homeschoolers. This program promotes awareness and stewardship of the world around us, and uses the environment as a context for learning science, social studies, math, and language arts. The program includes complete lesson plans, books, posters, workshops and much more. Many of these resources are available for direct download. [More]
OHV: The ATV RiderCourse – Developed by the ATV Safety Institute, the ATV RiderCourse provides hands-on training in the basic techniques for riding an all-terrain vehicle. The course also covers protective gear, local laws, finding places to ride, and environmental concerns. If you bought your ATV after Dec. 30, 1986, you may be eligible for free training. Those not eligible for the free training may take the course for a small fee. The ATV RiderCourse is available nationwide. To sign up call: 1 800 887-2887. [More]ATV RiderCourse