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Wildlife News: Jan. 10, 2020

Posted January 10, 2020

Arizona’s waterfowl, quail seasons flying by 

There’s still time for Arizona hunters to take aim at some of the best wing-shooting opportunities the state has to offer — but the clock is ticking. The general waterfowl season in the “Mountain Zone” (Game Management Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County) runs through Sunday, Jan. 12. The general season in the “Desert Zone” (Game Management Units 10 and 12B through 46B, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai County) closes Sunday, Jan. 26. Quail hunters have until Sunday, Feb. 9, to get out and chase the state’s three main species — Gambel’s, scaled and Mearns’. Read more

AZGFD accepting applications for 2020 pronghorn, elk hunts 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is accepting applications for 2020 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for pronghorn and elk. Raptor capture seasons are now included in the latest draw process. Read more 

Make your reservation for Jan. 25 Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet  

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will recognize 20 individuals and groups during the annual Commission Awards event, which will commend national/state/local leaders, wildlife advocates, and volunteers for their work to support the state’s wildlife. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Grande Ballroom, 11111 N. 7th St. in Phoenix and will honor the recipients of the 2019 Commission Awards who were selected at the Commission’s Sept. 20, 2019 meeting. Read more 

Winter Fishing Forecast is out  

Our winter fishing forecast is out. This comprehensive source of fishing information includes detailed regional reports and ratings for the winter season (through February). Read more

Space still available for Sandhill Crane Photography Tour, Feb. 8   

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Watchable Wildlife Program will conduct a wildlife watching and photography tour from 6 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, 8469 N. Coffman Road in McNeal, Ariz. Read more 

How about making an outdoors New Year’s resolution?    

As we reflect on the changes we want  — or need — to make in the new year, how about adding an outdoors resolution to the list? The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers 10 simple resolutions, any one of which should be easy for an outdoors enthusiast to stick to. Read more