The Arizona Game and Fish Department publishes a variety of books about the state’s wildlife and outdoor recreation. The books are sold at all Arizona Game and Fish Department offices or by mail order.
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Arizona Wildlife: The Territorial Years, 1863 – 1912
Edited by David E. Brown
Do you ever wonder what hunting and fishing were like in Arizona Territory? Did our pioneering forefathers find wildlife more plentiful then? “Arizona Wildlife: The Territorial Years, 1863–1912” shows readers what it was like when most meals were obtained out-of-doors, and there were no paved roads, no large reservoirs and few restaurants. You may be surprised to learn that some wildlife species were always scarce and that others, now common, were non-existent then. Edited by David E. Brown. 446 pages. $14.95
A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona, second edition
Published in 2022, this book is the must-have resource for identifying and learning about Arizona’s amphibians and reptiles. This visually stunning and reader-friendly book features photographs, illustrations, range maps and natural history, making it easy to identify the 155 salamanders, toads, frogs, turtles, lizards and snakes found in the state. This guide is a practical tool for both frequent wildlife watchers and the occasional visitor to the Arizona outdoors. The second edition includes new species accounts and updated information and maps throughout the book.165 pages
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An Introduction to Hunting Arizona’s Small Game
This 196-page, full-color book will show you: where and how to hunt small game birds, squirrels, rabbits, ducks and geese in Arizona; which firearms and other gear work best for the specific field conditions you’ll encounter while pursuing each species; and how to prepare and cook your small game harvest, with illustrations and recipes.
Arizona Wildlife History Series
The Arizona Wildlife History Series examines the history of wildlife in Arizona from 1824 to 1962 in three publications: Bringing Back the Game: Arizona Wildlife Management, 1912–1962 ($19.95); Arizona Wildlife: The Territorial Years, 1863–1912 ($14.95); and Man and Wildlife in Arizona: The American Exploration Period, 1824–1865 ($14.95).
Buy the series for $34.95 – three books for the price of two. Select “Wildlife History Series (set of 3 history books)” on the order form.
Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide
The 179-page guidebook takes you on a magnificent journey through the state’s canyons and cliffs, deserts and plateaus. You will find detailed descriptions of 128 unique sites and the wildlife found at them; beautiful photographs of the sites and animals; tips for watching wildlife; site features, driving directions and more. The book even offers a rating system to let you know which locations are “can’t miss!” Use this guide on your next exploration of the Grand Canyon State. $14.95
Man and Wildlife in Arizona: The American Exploration Period, 1924 – 1865
In 1973, Goode P. Davis Jr. submitted a master of science thesis to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arizona. This thesis was soon recognized as an important source of information about habitat conditions and the abundance and distribution of certain species of wildlife in Arizona before Euro-American settlers had arrived in significant numbers. Edited by David E. Brown and Neil Carmony, this publication is now in its fourth printing. 225 pages. $14.95
Bringing Back the Game: Arizona Wildlife Management, 1912-1962 by David E. Brown
Bringing Back the Game is a comprehensive look at wildlife management in Arizona during the state’s formative years as sportsmen, and later professional game wardens and biologists, worked to return game populations to abundance and to provide more fishing opportunities for anglers. Buy the book individually for $19.95 or it’s included in the Arizona Wildlife History Series for $34.95.
Bowhunting in Arizona
“Bowhunting in Arizona” seeks to help improve the skill and knowledge of bowhunters in Arizona and encourage ethical and selective hunting. It is one of the oldest state hunting record programs in the United States, having been updated and printed regularly since 1980. “Bowhunting in Arizona” includes statistics on species taken in each hunt unit, color photos, anecdotes from the field, hunting tips, blank score charts with measuring instructions, rules of the program, a description of how to judge record-book animals and shot-placement diagrams. 6th Edition-2018. Hard-bound with dust jacket. 420 pages. $24.95
“Arizona’s Pronghorn Antelope: A Conservation Legacy,” was written by David E. Brown and Richard A. Ockenfels, who together have spent more than 70 years as wildlife biologists in Arizona, with many of these years involved with pronghorn and their habitats. The publication is divided into 16 topic sections, ordered so as to build the reader’s knowledge and understanding of this creature. The publication includes nine tables, 10 maps and 108 figures. 190 pages. $30.00
Arizona’s Official Fishing Guide: 181 top fishing spots, directions and tips
Published by Arizona Highways in conjunction with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, this new book is for fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels, including Arizona residents and out-of-state visitors, who want to explore Arizona’s rivers, streams and lakes to catch fish and enjoy the outdoors. 336 pages with maps, photos, directions and tips. $29.95
Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide
The updated “Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide” takes you on a magnificent journey through the state’s canyons and cliffs, deserts and plateaus. In this useful book you will find detailed descriptions of 128 unique sites and the wildlife found at them; beautiful photographs of the sites and animals; tips for watching wildlife; site features, driving directions and more. The book even offers a rating system to let you know which locations are “can’t miss!” Use this guide on your next exploration of the Grand Canyon State. 179 pages. $14.95
Wildlife Views, special edition
Learn about Arizona’s amazing wildlife in this collection of special editions of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine, covering birds (including hummingbirds), reptiles, amphibians, bats, and game species. 155 pages. $7
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