The Arizona Game and Fish Department publishes a variety of books about the state’s wildlife and outdoor recreation. If you have questions, call (623) 236-7218. Our publications also are sold at all offices of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Are you a history enthusiast? The Arizona Game and Fish Department published the Arizona Wildlife History Series, which examines the history of wildlife in Arizona from 1824 to 1962 in three publications. Get three books for the price of two! View details.
An Introduction to Hunting Arizona’s Small Game
By Randall D. Babb
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;
- how to prepare and cook your small game harvest, with illustrations and recipes.
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. $19.95
Sample chapter: Elk reintroduction PDF
Arizona’s Official Fishing Guide — 181 Top Fishing Spots, Directions & 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
Mammalian Predators in Arizona
Predators are fascinating animals. There often is more rumor and supposition among hunters, the public and even professional wildlife managers about predators than about other animals. To replace rumors with facts, the Arizona Game and Fish Department announces the publication of, “Mammalian Predators in Arizona.” Written by Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists with decades of experience working with wildlife, this book will inform the hunter, wildlife watcher or wildlife professional about Arizona’s black bear, bobcat, Mexican wolf, mountain lion, coyote, kit fox and gray fox. 136 pages with photos and a thorough bibliography. $12
Arizona’s Pronghorn Antelope
“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 Wildlife Trophies 2010
The official records book of Arizona big-game trophies. Arizona Wildlife Trophies has been published by the Arizona Wildlife Federation every five years since the series began in 1970. The 1970 edition was the first hardbound record book ever published for any individual state. It is an invaluable reference for sportsmen, game managers, and others with an interest in Arizona’s big game. 343 pages. $40 hard cover.
Bowhunting in Arizona
“Bowhunting in Arizona” seeks to help improve the skill and knowledge of bowhunters in Arizona, encourage ethical and selective hunting and establish a permanent record of trophy animals taken with a bow in Arizona. As the official bowhunting record book of Arizona’s big game trophies, the book offers statistics on record trophies taken by species 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 trophy animals and shot placement diagrams. 5th Edition-2010, 359 pages. $24.95
Game Management Unit Maps
Unit 6A – Strawberry to Mormon Lake.
Unit 10 – Seligman to the Coconino Plateau.
Unit 30A – Willcox to San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge.
Unit 30B – Benson to Douglas.
Currently Available: $5 per map
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Man and Wildlife in Arizona: The American Exploration Period, 1824–1865
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
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
A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona
This beautifully illustrated full-color guide is a collaborative effort between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. The book provides concise information on all 141 species of amphibians and reptiles found in Arizona. Species accounts include high quality color photographs, compendious natural history information, detailed range maps, custom illustrations, line drawings, and call outs to key identification characteristics. This guide is a practical tool for both frequent wildlife watchers and the occasional visitor to the Arizona outdoors. Fully illustrated. 150 pages. $12
Age Criteria for Southwestern Game Animals
Determining the age of an animal based on physical characteristics is a fascinating study for the wildlife manager, hunter or naturalist. This guide provides a quick reference for aging Southwestern game animals in the field. It shows the characteristics to look at when determining the age of species ranging from deer and elk to waterfowl and upland game birds. Photos and illustrations accompany the text. 41 pages. $5
Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas
This book is special for birders, educators and biologists because it contains more comprehensive and current information than any Arizona bird reference book published in the past. It also has more maps and serves as an easy reference guide for those who want to learn more about the range and natural history of different bird species in Arizona. The book contains more than 300 color photos and 280 maps. 636 pages. $60
Arizona Wildlife: The Territorial Years, 1863–1912
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
Arizona’s Wildlife Water Maps
Statewide field guide to Arizona Game and Fish Department game water catchments, springs, seeps, potholes and habitat enclosures. Over 700 sites mapped. 282 pages. $35
Coues White-tailed Deer
An Annotated Bibliography by Richard A. Ockenfels. The author has annotated and cross-referenced all of the literature relevant to the Coues whitetail — more than 100 scientific articles and books, including those published in Spanish. This major research effort will help more people to understand and appreciate a small gem of the Southwest. 106 pages. $11
Hunt Arizona (PDF only)
A yearly compilation of big game hunting statistics. Updated each year, the publication includes survey and harvest statistics for a five-year period as well as information on distribution, life history, and behavior of the big game species. Available as a free PDF download.
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