From the Arizona Game and Fish Department
-- Beginning July 2, Arizona residents can see 2011 spring hunt recommendations for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear regulations, as well the 2010-11 waterfowl and snipe regulation proposals. They will be available at a series of open houses sponsored by Arizona Game and Fish.
"The open houses are an opportunity to preview the proposed hunt recommendations before they are presented to the Game and Fish Commission," according to Brian Wakeling, chief of Game Management. There will be no formal presentation given, but a knowledgeable staff member will be available to discuss hunt recommendations and answer questions specific to the region.
Six open houses will be held at Game and Fish regional offices. These include Yuma - July 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., Region 4 Game and Fish office, 9140 E. 28th St., (928) 342-0091; Tucson -July 30 from 3 to 5 p.m., Region 5 Game and Fish office, 555 N. Greasewood Road, (520) 628-5376; Pinetop - Aug. 2, from 3-5 p.m. , Region 1 Game and Fish office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., (928) 367-4281; Flagstaff - Aug. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Region 2 Game and Fish office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road, (928) 774-5045; Kingman - Aug. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. , Region 3 Game and Fish office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road, (928) 692-7700; Mesa - Aug. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., Region 6 Game and Fish office, 7200 E. University Drive, (480) 981-9400. For directions and a map of each location, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.
This is the first year of two that the spring hunt recommendations are formulated, according to the 2010-12 hunt guidelines approved by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in September with amendments in November of 2009. Part of the updated guidelines revised how spring turkey seasons are set, and how juniors-only spring turkey non-permit-tags are allocated.
The main changes from the implementation of the revised hunt guidelines include:
. Juniors-only spring turkey seasons are stratified and shortened. The season opens for 7 days, then closes for 14 days (during the opening of the general season), and then reopens for 14 more days (simultaneously with general season) for a total of four weeks. The 2010 season was five consecutive weeks.
. Open areas for juniors only non-permit-tag hunts reduced. Game Management Units 1, 4A, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7, 8, 10, 12A and 27 are the proposed open areas for the 2011 season. Units 3C, 6A, and 23 were removed and proposed to be permitted through the draw based on harvest data.
. Open areas for archery only non-permit-tag hunts increased. Game Management Units 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 7, 8, 9, and 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M, and 47M metro units are the proposed open areas for the 2011 season. Units 1-5 and 7-9 were added to the open areas for over-the-counter hunts. Both hunt recommendations will be posted and available for downloading from the Game and Fish website July 24. Recommendations will be posted at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will make a decision on recommendations Aug. 7 during its regular meeting in Phoenix at Game and Fish headquarters on 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ. 85086. For a full agenda, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission under "Meeting Agenda." To learn more about the hunt recommendation and hunt guideline process, including frequency, and public input opportunities during both processes, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.