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Wildlife News: July 31, 2017

Posted July 31, 2017

AZGFD reviewing feds’ draft Mexican wolf recovery plan

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reviewing the draft Mexican wolf recovery plan released June 29 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Although the plan appears to address the substance of AZGFD’s lawsuit filed in June 2015, Department scientists are continuing to evaluate the plan in detail before submitting formal comments by the Aug. 29 comment deadline. Read more.



Take someone hunting, fishing or target shooting and enter a chance to win NASCAR or Ultimate Outdoor Experience

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), an annual celebration of hunters and anglers, features a new twist this year. Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting. Read more.


Dove, band-tailed pigeon regulations now available online

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2017-2018 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations online. Read more.


AZGFD helps rescue population of native Gila trout following Frye fire

Hiking steep trails wearing full fire gear, and often with backpacks holding aerated buckets of fish and other gear, a rescue team earlier this month salvaged fish from two populations of Gila trout from the ash-blanketed slopes of Mount Graham. Read more.


Rewards increase for information in mule deer killing near Saguaro Lake

Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program is now offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with the possible poaching of a mule deer doe. In addition, the Mule Deer Foundation is offering $500, contingent solely upon a conviction.. Read more.


2017 fall hunt draw results now available

The waiting is over for hopeful hunters who applied for a 2017 fall hunt permit-tag. Read more.


James Ammons becomes chairman of Arizona Game and Fish Commission

James Ammons assumed the role of chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission on July 1. Charged with leading the five-member commission for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Ammons has been serving on the commission since 2014 after being appointed to a five-year term by then-Gov. Jan Brewer. Read more.


Game and Fish officers 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 that targets people who are operating a boat or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Read more.


Fishing tournaments to resume at Apache, Canyon lakes

The U.S. Forest Service has been notified by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) that fishing tournaments at Apache and Canyon Lakes can resume, effective immediately. Read more.


Volunteers needed for Arizona Antelope Foundation project Aug. 12

The Arizona Antelope Foundation is seeking volunteers Aug. 12 for a fence modification project in the Spring Valley-Government Prairie area about 17 miles west of Flagstaff and 11 miles north of Interstate 40. Read more.


Drowning of couple at Lake Havasu is a sad reminder of the importance of life jackets

The drowning of two adults at Lake Havasu on Friday, July 21, is a sad reminder that everyone — regardless of age — should wear a life jacket when out on the water. Although Arizona requires that children 12 and younger must wear a properly fitting life jacket any time a boat is underway, everyone should wear a life jacket at all times while on the water.


Arizona Big Game Super Raffle nets record $673,600 for wildlife

Winners of the 12th annual Arizona Big Game Super Raffle were announced July 20 at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. Read more.


Four open houses remain for spring hunt recommendations

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has four open houses remaining (two on July 31, two on Aug. 1) for its constituents to review and ask questions about proposed hunt recommendations for spring hunts for turkey, javelina, bison and bear. Read more.


Student archer taking aim at 2017 NASP World Tournament

Arizona will be represented when the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament gets underway this weekend at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Read more.


Recent storms serve as reminder for boaters and OHV operators to use caution

Monsoon season is in full swing and the Arizona Game and Fish Department warns boating and off-highway vehicle (OHV) users that weather conditions can change quickly and could be dangerous for those who aren’t prepared. Read more.


Bobcat in Anthem attack tests positive for rabies

A bobcat that attacked a large dog and bit a man on the hand in the Anthem Country Club area July 16 tested positive for rabies. Read more.


Upgrades coming to Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s main range

When the Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s main range opens bright and early Aug. 30, recreational shooters will zero in on several improvements. Read more.


Wanted: Your best wildlife photos

If you enjoy watching and photographing Arizona’s amazing wildlife, consider entering the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual wildlife calendar photo contest. Read more.


Game and Fish develops proposed hunt guidelines

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public comment on proposed hunt guidelines for the 2018-19 through 2022-23 hunting seasons. Read more.