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Wildlife News: Aug. 31, 2018

Posted August 31, 2018


Dove season starts Sept. 1
When you’re talking about 20 million mourning doves criss-crossing Arizona’s skies on opening day, versus the usual 30 million or so, what’s the difference, really? Not much. In fact, Arizona’s dove hunters won’t even notice the drop-off when the 2018 season begins Sept. 1. Read more

AZGFD, international study: Mexican wolves outside historical range threatens recovery
The latest international research study on Mexican wolves says that encouraging recovery of the endangered subspecies north of its outlined historical range would be detrimental to preserving the wolf’s unique characteristics. Read more

Nomination deadline for Commission Awards is Sept. 6
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is soliciting nominations for the 2018 Commission Awards. Read more


Operate responsibly, don’t go mudding on your OHV
While it may be tempting to go out on an off-highway vehicle (OHV) after a rainstorm when the temperature is cooler and the ground is fresh, doing so can cause long-lasting damage to the habitat. Read more


Webcast on dedicated funding source for outreach, education and public awareness is available online
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public input on ways to establish and maintain a discretionary, dedicated funding source for outreach, education and public awareness efforts. Read more


Page Springs Fish Hatchery receives environmental stewardship award
AZGFD’s Page Springs Fish Hatchery has been selected by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the Bronze Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program award. Read more


Paper applications for 2019 spring hunts now being accepted
AZGFD has posted the “2019 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information” online at The department now is accepting paper applications for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear. The paper application deadline is 7 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Sept. 11. The online application service is expected to be available in early to mid-September. Read more


Arizona Big Game Super Raffle nets record $692,590 for wildlife
Winners of the 13th annual Arizona Big Game Super Raffle were announced at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. Read more


Officers worked to keep Arizona’s waterways safe as part of Operation Dry Water
Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) officers made contact with hundreds of boaters the weekend before the Fourth of July as part of Operation Dry Water, a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on sober boating. Read more


AZGFD invites hunters to take Arizona Small Game Challenge
Up for a challenge? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting registration for hunters to participate in the Arizona Small Game Challenge, a new concept created in partnership with the Valley of the Sun Chapter of Quail Forever that highlights the state’s abundance of small game hunting opportunities. Read more


Arizona Wildlife Views TV receives 5 regional Emmy® nominations
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s award-winning television show, Arizona Wildlife Views, has received five regional Emmy® nominations from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Read more