Game and Fish Commission to meet April 6-7 in Phoenix
Posted April 4, 2018
The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be April 6-7, 2018, at the AZGFD headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix. The public can attend in person, view the meeting on a webcast at https://livestream.com/azgameandfish, or (Friday only) watch the meeting on streaming video from any regional office statewide.
Those who wish to speak to the commission may submit “speaker cards” (blue cards) in person at the meeting or from any Game and Fish office (Friday only). The ability to speak to the commission is not available for those viewing the webcast.
The Friday, April 6, portion of the meeting begins at 8 a.m. Among the items on Friday’s agenda are:
- Consideration of a memorandum of understanding with the Organization Vida Silvestre A.C. for the purpose of conservation and management of wildlife and related educational programs (consent agenda item).
- Consideration of an agreement between the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Coconino County for a shared urban wildlife planner position (consent agenda item).
- An update on state and federal legislation.
- Updates on commission priorities and the department’s deployment of the Arizona Management System.
- Update on department activities and involvement with resource management planning and other major actions on federal lands in Arizona.
- A briefing on the North American Bat Monitoring Program.
- Hearings on license revocations for violations of Game and Fish codes, and civil assessments for the illegal taking and/or possession of wildlife (time certain at 10 a.m.).
- A briefing on the department’s efforts regarding the Army Corps of Engineers release of water from Alamo Dam, and plans for post-release monitoring of impacts.
- An update on AZGFD’s volunteer program highlighting the Wildlife Volunteer Ranger Program, Adopt a Ranch Program and Cormorant Count Program.
- An update on AZGFD’s activities and involvement with statewide wildlife water development design, construction/redevelopment efforts and coordination with external partners.
- Consideration of a conservation easement on Park Central Farm in Yavapai County.
- Consideration of a cooperative agreement for hunting management between the Hopi Tribe, state of Arizona and AZGFD.
- Consideration of a lease agreement with Flower Pot Cattle Company for use of a portion of the Commission’s land at the Arlington Wildlife Area for farming and cattle grazing in a manner that benefits wildlife (first read item).
- Consideration of a lease agreement with Salt River Project for use of a portion of the Commission’s land at the Arlington Wildlife Area for mitigation ponds (first read item).
- Consideration of a perpetual recreation access easement allowing vehicular, equestrian and pedestrian public access across lands owned by El Dorado Benson LLC into the northern Whetstone Mountains.
On Saturday, April 7, beginning at 8 a.m., the agenda includes:
- Consideration of Commission Orders 11, 12, 14-18 (tree squirrel, cottontail rabbit, other birds and mammals, pheasant, quail, chukar, partridge and blue grouse), 19-22 (dove, band-tailed pigeon, waterfowl and snipe), and 24 (sandhill crane) establishing seasons and season dates, legal species, open and closed areas, bag and possession limits, and permit numbers for the 2018-2019 seasons.
- Consideration of Commission Orders 2 (deer), 5-10 (turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear and mountain lion), 13 (predatory and fur-bearing mammals) and 26 (population management) establishing seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits, permit numbers and open areas for the 2018-2019 seasons.
- Consideration of Order 23 (trapping) establishing season dates, legal species, open and closed areas, and bag and possession limits for the 2018-2019 seasons.
- Consideration of the proposed hunt-permit tag application schedule for the fall 2018 hunts.
To view a copy of the full meeting agenda, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission and click on the “commission agenda” link.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is a five-member, policy-setting board that oversees the Arizona Game and Fish Department. For more information about the commission, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission.