The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host six upcoming public forums to meet with constituents about developing the 2013 fall hunt recommendations for deer, bighorn sheep, turkey, javelina, buffalo, bear, mountain lion, and small game animals.

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Thurs., Feb. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road
  • Thurs., Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road
  • Thurs., Feb. 28, from 6-8 p.m. in Yuma at the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge office, 9300 E. 28th St.
  • Thurs., Feb. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive
  • Wed., March 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Pinetop regional office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.
  • Mon., March 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road

Constituents who are interested in particular game management units within those regions will have the opportunity to discuss management direction.

“The meetings allow us to meet with sportsmen and other members of the public and discuss the direction for the recommendations based on survey data, harvest rates and the hunt guidelines, said Big Game Management Supervisor Amber Munig. “We won’t be proposing permit numbers at this point, but we will generally discuss where permit numbers might be headed. It’s a great way for people to stay informed and provide input into development of the recommendations.”

After the public forums have been completed, the final proposed draft hunt recommendations will be made available for public review at several regional open houses and posted on the department’s website at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines by April 1.

Each year, the department makes recommendations to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission regarding the management of game species for the annual hunting and trapping regulations, which establish the seasons, dates, bag limits, open areas, and hunt permit-tag allocations based on the framework of the hunt guidelines set by the commission every two years.

The final fall hunt recommendations will be presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission for consideration during its April 13 meeting in Phoenix.

To learn more about the hunt recommendations and hunt guidelines processes, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

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