Pre-orders now being taken; over-the-counter sales start Dec. 17

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s latest book, “An Introduction to Hunting Arizona’s Small Game,” is now available for pre-order.

The 198-page book provides expert tips for hunting Arizona’s small game birds and mammals, from quail and doves to squirrels and rabbits. Extensively illustrated with color photos, it includes detailed descriptions of small game animals and specialized information about their behavior and habits. It will help new and experienced hunters alike select the right firearm, gear up for the hunt, succeed in the field, and care for the harvest.

David Brown, retired chief of the department’s Game Branch, calls the book “an ideal field companion.”

The book’s author is Randall D. Babb, a biologist, naturalist and hunter who has contributed to many scholarly and popular publications. His extensive knowledge of wildlife keeps him in demand as a writer, photographer, illustrator, speaker and tour leader. Babb started his career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1983 and moved to the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1986. He currently manages the information and education program for Game and Fish’s regional office in Mesa.

The book costs $16.95. Those wishing to pre-order a copy can download an order form at and return the completed form by mail to the address on the form. People can also pre-order by filling out an order form at any Game and Fish office, or by calling (602) 942-3000 during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pre-orders will be filled and the book will be available for sale over the counter starting Dec. 17.

For more information or to see an excerpt from the book, visit

Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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