Arizona Deer News
Road hunting is illegal and can have consequences November 12, 2013 Arizona, Prescott Daily Courier
... Every year during Archery Deer and Rifle Deer Hunting there are countless hunters wandering through our neighborhoods in their vehicles just cruising the roads looking for game. I know that road hunting is illegal ... We know they do it because where hear their rifle shots close by ... people who witness road hunting or animals being shot at within quarter-mile of an occupied residence to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700
Expanding wolf range unwise October 26, 2013 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun, Jim Unmacht is president of Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation.
... the Arizona Game and Fish Department estimates the number of mule deer in the region to be about 10,000 and there is no suitable, alternate prey ... If there were 100 wolves in the area north of the Colorado River, biologists estimate that the prey would soon be reduced to the point that the wolves would have limited ability to survive ... It is important to remind readers that much of the northern area proposed for wolf habitation is outside of historic range and there is a reason that these wolves are called “Mexican” wolves! ..
G&F Forecast: Best Deer Hunting in New Mexico & Arizona in 2013 October, 2013 Arizona
... the vast Flagstaff region ... because of successive mild winters, excellent fawn recruitment and doe/fawn ratios, deer populations are up and buck/doe ratios are solid... Units north of the Colorado River offer buck/doe ratios ranging from 20-50:100, and south of the river they are 15-26:100... units 13A and 13B offer buck/doe ratios 31:100 and 50:100 respectively. What’s also impressive about these units is the fawn/doe ratio, which was 104:100 in unit 13A this year. Because deer are doing so exceptionally well in these units ...
New rule for importing deer and elk meat to AZ now in effect September 24, 2013 Arizona, DowntownTuscon
A new rule went into effect this summer regulating the importation of hunter-harvested deer and elk to Arizona from out of state. It was adopted to prevent the inadvertent introduction of chronic wasting disease and other diseases to Arizona wildlife through the actions of hunters bringing their harvested deer or elk into the state ...
Plan To Let Wolves Wander Draws Sharp Reactions September 9, 2013 Arizona, Payson Roundup
... allowing Mexican gray wolves to spread outside the long-standing recovery area in a wilderness on the Arizona-New Mexico border... When the federal government reintroduced wolves to Yellowstone National Park, it led to a 50 percent decline in the elk herds. On the other hand, many ecologists and biologists hailed that change. They note that as a keystone predator, wolves play a crucial role in the food chain. The reduction of the elk herds in Yellowstone allowed the re-growth of cottonwood and aspen, which the elk had munched down to a nub...
Flagstaff solicits comment on ordinance that would ban feeding wildlife August 12, 2013 Arizona, The Republic
... The mayor has said that a neighborhood association complained about a resident leaving out food for elk and deer on his property...
Man abandons newborn fawn in Tucson July 30, 2013 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star
... The man took the fawn to Avalon Southwest Health and Rehabilitation in Tucson on Friday and told the staff he was there to visit someone but ended up abandoning the fawn ... if officials don't know where a deer came from and a home can't be found for it, it has to be euthanized to prevent the possibility of the disease infecting Arizona deer, Hart said... just happened to have room for her at the Heritage Park Zoo in Prescott ...
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet Saturday in Prescott July 30, 2013 Arizona, Daily Courier
... The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has raised nearly $10 million in Arizona to help conserve elk and their habitats ... The Prescott chapter's 26th annual banquet takes place this Saturday at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m...
Reward offered for info on killing of pregnant mule deer July 23, 2013 Arizona, KVOA Tucson News
... A $1,250 reward ... the deer was found Sunday near the Coolidge Airport... call Operation Game Thief at 800-352-0700, anonymously if need be and reference OGT #13-001986...
Officials To Enforce Big Game Baiting Ban July 15, 2013 Arizona, Payson Roundup
... A Game and Fish release said, “The proposed restrictions on baiting would prohibit the use of edible or ingestible substances, such as placing corn or wildlife feed in the field to attract and take big game. Baiting can create unusually high concentrations of wildlife where disease can spread easily.” ... Animal and outdoor activists, enthusiasts and hunters have been debating baiting for years. Critics have called baiting “lazy” and “unethical,” but advocates argue baiting gives hunters a clean and therefore more humane shot...
New rules for bringing hunter-harvested deer and elk into Arizona July 9, 2013 AZGFD News
As part of the efforts to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into the state the Arizona Game and Fish Department has implemented new rules for hunters and other members of the public who wish to bring cervids (deer, elk and moose) harvested from another state into Arizona. The new rules, which are part of the department’s amended Article 3 rules that took effect July 1, specify that an individual who lawfully takes a cervid in another state or country may possess, transport, or import into Arizona ONLY the following portions of the animal: Boneless portions of meat, or meat that has been cut and packaged; Clean hides and capes with no skull or soft tissue attached, except as required for proof of legality; Clean skulls with antlers, clean skull plates, or antlers with no meat or soft tissue attached; Upper canine teeth with no meat or tissue attached; and Finished taxidermy mounts or products...
Wildlife programs begin June 20, 2013 Arizona, White Mountain Independent
... presentations offered at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop regional office on select Saturday evenings this summer... The topic on Aug. 11 will be deer of the Southwest. Jim Heffelfinger, the department’s most accomplished deer biologist, will present historical and contemporary information pertaining to desert mule deer and Coues white-tailed deer in a manner that is solidly based in research, yet easily understood...
Mountain lion population growing too quickly June 12, 2013 Arizona, TriValley Central
... Lions, which sometimes prey on bighorns, might hinder or even derail an effort to rebuild a herd in the Catalinas. In response, state wildlife officials have approved a plan for what they call the “administrative removal” — or killing — of lions that kill sheep... it’s difficult to accurately survey the lion population because the animals are secretive ...
Wolf expansion bad idea, decline of deer June 2, 201 Arizona, Arizona Republic
.Regarding “Still on the brink” (Republic, May 26) :.. The article never touched on the efforts of conservation groups across Arizona that contribute annually to try to maintain healthy deer, elk and antelope herds. Mule deer numbers have plummeted over the past 20 years, antelope have almost disappeared, ...
Oh Deer! Woodland Creature DIY Projects May 8, 2013 Arizona, Nevada County Picayune
... Will the deer trend ever get played out? For years already, hipsters have been screen printing deer onto everything, from living room couch pillows to T-shirts ... Buck and Doe Flower Pots: Paint buck and doe on ceramic or clay flower pots for instant style and fun...
Help antelope to crawl May 7, 2013 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun
... Antelope do not like to jump fences; they usually look for a place to crawl under... volunteers removed the bottom barbed wire and replaced it with smooth wire and raised it to 18 inches above the ground. ... Mule deer jump fences and it helps if the top strand is no higher than 42 inches above the ground and the spacing of the second strand is 12 inches lower.... [video below shows how deer get caught if the second strand spacing is off]
Arizona deer, elk remain free of CWD April 16, 2013 Today's News-Herald
... chronic wasting disease, or CWD. The disease wasn't detected in any of the 1,277 deer and elk tested. Samples were provided by hunters and peripheral harvest services in October and November in 2012... CWD was first identified in captive deer in Colorado in 1967. Since, the disease has been detected in 22 states and Canadian provinces...
Arizona officials say no deer and elk have disease, chronic wasting disease April 9, 2013 MyFox Phoenix
... Wildlife officials in Arizona say tests conducted on elk and deer have found no indication of chronic wasting disease ... see their website: www.azgfd.gov/w_c/diseases_chronic_wasting.shtml
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Report Poaching: call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700
Other useful links:- Arizona Deer Association- Volunteer to provide water to deer and other wildlife
- HabiMap.Org a wildlife information system to help the state in conservation efforts, 300 layers of wildlife data and interactive maps
- Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Center at 623-582-9806. Information on fawn rescue and other wildlife issues.
- Grand Canyon Deer Farm in Williams, Arizona
- Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
- Arizona Game and Fish Department
Mission Statement: Goals: The Department manages wildlife using the North American Model, which asserts that wildlife is held in public trust — not owned by any one person or entity, regardless of whether the animal is on public or private land or water.
Wildlife is managed based on the overall public good. The North American Model allows non-frivolous use of wildlife, and relies on scientific research-based management. It recognizes that wildlife cannot be managed along political bound aries, so cooperation across boundaries is a neces sity. The North American Model also relies on laws and enforcement, and provides the public a voice in wildlife management decisions.