The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host six public open houses where constituents may review and ask questions about the 2013 fall hunt recommendations for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear, and mountain lion.
Each year, the department makes recommendations to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission regarding the management of game species, 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 proposed recommendations are posted at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines. The open houses will be held at Game and Fish regional offices as follows:
- Wednesday, April 3, from 3-5 p.m. at the Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road
- Thursday, April 4, from 3-5 p.m. at the Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road
- Thursday, April 4, from 3-5 p.m. at the Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive
- Tuesday, April 9, from 3-5 p.m. at the Pinetop regional office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.
- Tuesday, April 9, from 3-5 p.m. at the Yuma regional office, 9140 E. 28th St.
- Thursday, April 11, from 3-5 p.m. at the 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 review the hunt recommendations and ask questions. There will not be a formal presentation at these open houses.
“The meetings allow us to meet with sportsmen and other members of the public to answer questions and discuss the direction for the recommendations based on survey data, harvest rates and the hunt guidelines,” said Big Game Management Supervisor Amber Munig.
The proposed 2013 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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