The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will consider the commission orders setting upcoming dove, band-tailed pigeon and sandhill crane hunts during the Saturday, June 23 portion of its June 22-23 meeting at the Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17). The commission orders establish seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits, and open/closed areas. The meeting begins at 8 a.m.

Also on June 23, the commission will consider the commission order for special big game license-tag seasons for 2013-14 for mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, black bear and mountain lion. The commission will also consider applications from organizations for the 2013-14 special big game license-tags as per R12-4-120.

The Friday, June 22 portion of the commission meeting will begin at 8 a.m. and include the following agenda items:

  • Updates on state and federal legislation, shooting sports activities, information/education and wildlife recreation activities, recreational access issues, lands and habitat program, and law enforcement program activities.
  • A briefing on the budget development process for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
  • Consideration of Shooting Range Grant requests for fiscal year 2013.
  • An update on The Nature Conservancy’s programs and accomplishments.
  • Proposed dates and locations of Arizona Game and Fish Commission meetings for 2013.
  • An update on the categories for the 2012 Commission Awards.
  • Consideration of several consent agenda items.
  • Hearings on license revocations for violations of Game and Fish codes and civil assessments for the illegal taking and/or possession of wildlife (time certain at 2 p.m.).

The public can view the meeting any of three ways: (1) attending the meeting in person in Phoenix; (2) viewing it via video stream at any of six Game and Fish regional offices; or, (3) viewing it over the Web at www.azgfd.gov/commissioncam.

Those wishing to submit “blue slips” to present oral comment during the meeting must do so either at the Phoenix meeting or at any of the regional Game and Fish offices (Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson and Mesa). For office addresses and contact information, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is the policy-setting board overseeing the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It consists of five members (serving staggered five-year terms) appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. No more than one commissioner may be from any one county. No more than three may be from the same political party. Since its inception in 1929, this organizational structure has served as a buffer for the best interests of science-driven wildlife conservation during eight decades of back-and-forth political change.

For a complete meeting agenda or to learn more about the Game and Fish Commission, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission.

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