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Wildlife News — June 30, 2017

Posted June 30, 2017

Wildlife Education Outreach Coordinator Sam Huselton teaches school kids about owls using one of the AZGFD Wildlife Center’s “animal ambassadors.” Read more about the Wildlife Center in the third story below. 

Get draw results sooner with free AZGFD customer portal account

As the Arizona Game and Fish Department completes the random draw process for the 2017 fall hunts, hopeful hunters are encouraged to create a free customer portal account. Portal account holders will be among the first to get the news before the draw results officially are released. Read more

Agencies conducting aerial survey of wild burros in North Valley

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Geological Survey are partnering on an aerial survey of wild burros in and near the Lake Pleasant Herd Management Area. The survey is part of ongoing research studies to collect information to guide future management of wild burros in Arizona. Read more

Yuma fifth-grader’s Penny Wars competition raises money for Arizona wildlife

After visiting an animal rescue center while on vacation with her family to Big Bear Lake, California, a Yuma student was inspired to lead a class project to benefit Arizona’s wildlife. Her idea was Penny Wars — a competition among classrooms to raise the most money by donating spare pennies, all in the name of helping wildlife. Read more

2017 edition of “Hunt Arizona” is now available online

The 2017 edition of “Hunt Arizona,” the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s yearly compilation of big and small game hunting statistics, is now available online at The free, downloadable, PDF publication includes draw, survey and harvest statistics for a five-year period, as well as information on distribution, life history and behavior of big game, small game and other wildlife. Read more

Targets flying by the millions at Ben Avery Clay Target Center

From early morning until after sunset, a steady symphony of shotgun fire can be heard coming from the Ben Avery Clay Target Center. More than 6.3 million targets were thrown between April 2016 and April 2017. Read more

July 30 is the deadline to apply for Local Sportsmen’s Group grants

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting applications for $75,000 in annual grant funding for local sportsmen’s organizations to provide public, hands-on projects focused on the retention of new hunters and anglers. Read more

Ty Gray named director of Arizona Game and Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has appointed Ty Gray as director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The appointment came in a unanimous 5-0 vote at the commission’s June 11 meeting. Gray, of Phoenix, has been with Game and Fish for 24 years and is currently the agency’s deputy director. He will replace outgoing Director Larry Voyles, who announced May 12 he would be retiring after a 43-year career with Game and Fish, the past nine as director. Read more

AZGFD receives Partnering Award for SR 77 wildlife crossing project

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was one of the cooperating partners recently honored with the Timothy M. Ahrens Partnering Award for work on the State Route 77 Widening and Wildlife Crossing Project. The innovative project near Tucson maintains a connection between important wildlife habitat in the Tortolita and Santa Catalina mountains while making the highway safer for motorists. Read more