AZGFD seeks public input on proposed draft hunt guidelines
Posted May 30, 2017
Statewide meetings begin Wednesday, webinar set for June 5
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has developed proposed hunt guidelines for the 2018-19 through 2022-23 hunting seasons and is requesting additional public input.
AZGFD has scheduled two meetings from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday (May 31) where constituents can view a PowerPoint presentation, then provide feedback to department personnel:
- AZGFD (Region II): 3500 S. Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff
- Prescott Valley Public Library (auditorium), 7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley
Four more meetings will coincide with a webinar on the draft proposed hunt guidelines that is set for 6-8 p.m. June 5. AZGFD will post directions on how to access the webinar this week.
- AZGFD (Region III): 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road, Kingman
- AZGFD (Region IV): 9140 E. 28th St., Yuma
- AZGFD (Region V): 555 N. Greasewood Road, Tucson
- AZGFD (Region VI): 7200 E. University Drive, Mesa
Two additional meetings where constituents can view a PowerPoint presentation (no webinar), as well as provide input to department personnel, include:
- 6-8 p.m. June 5: Eagar Town Council Chambers, 22 W. 2nd St., Eagar
- 6-8 p.m. June 7: Payson Public Library (in the Rumsey Park Complex), 328 N. McLane Road, Payson
The draft proposed hunt guidelines provide the biological and social parameters used by wildlife biologists to formulate annual hunt recommendations (season structures, season lengths, season dates, permits allocated, etc.). These recommendations result in the annual hunts in which licensed hunters may participate.
While hunting opportunity is important, wildlife is held in the public trust; therefore, using science-based principles to shape the guidelines process remains paramount to ensure healthy, sustainable and diverse wildlife populations in perpetuity.
The draft proposed hunt guidelines were developed based on public input received earlier this year and can be viewed at https://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Guidelines/. The department still is seeking feedback on how to best meet the demands of the hunting public, while finding ways to develop new opportunities that help pass along our hunting heritage to future generations.