Arizona Deer News
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
No feeding the deer allowed? March 22, 2013 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun
... a request from the Continental Country Club homeowner's association. The group approached Mayor Jerry Nabours ... Some residents were reportedly upset that the wild animals were tearing up well-manicured lawns ... Arizona Game and Fish Department ... supported a 2006 bill to make it illegal to feed larger animals in both Pima and Maricopa counties...
Stable deer populations reported at Ariz. preserve March 9, 2013 Arizona,
Arizona Daily Star-3 hours ago
Arizona wildlife officials say an aerial survey of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve northeast of Scottsdale shows there are stable populations of deer and javelinas ... At least three consecutive years of surveys are needed to confirm population trends, said Melanie Tluczek, a research coordinator with the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute, which is part of the nonprofit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy...
ASU officials subdue deer on campus March 4, 2013 Arizona, San Angelo Standard Times
... a 2-year-old white-tailed buck. After two doses of tranquilizer, law enforcement hauled the buck safely off campus around noon Monday... “As a precaution we did evacuate everyone from the lower floors (of the surrounding buildings),” ... said Chief James Adams, with the ASU Police Department...
Arizona deer farm getting ready for holidays December 19, 2012 KTAR.com
... "We've got Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, and Comet and Cupid and Doner," said Pat George, owner of the Grand Canyon Deer Farm in Williams, Arizona.
Poaching suspect caught near Seligman November 28, 2012 Arizona, Kingman Daily Miner
A 47-year-old Parker man has been cited for killing a mule deer in an area between Seligman and Kingman, according to Arizona Game and Fish Officials in Kingman... The man faces a fine and up to six months in jail, and could lose his hunting privileges for up to five years... Public Information Officer Zen Mocarski said it felt nice to publicize a citation, given the number of poaching news releases his office has issued this year...
Game and Fish hunting for poachers November 9, 2012 Arizona, White Mountain Independent
PINETOP— The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help in finding the individual or individuals responsible for the illegal killing of a mature bull elk on or before Sunday, Oct. 14, and a mule deer doe on or before Saturday ... call the OGT hotline toll-free at (800) 352-0700, or report online at www.azgfd.gov/thief and reference case number 12-002316 for the elk and 12-002388 for the deer.
Program aims to keep chronic wasting disease out of Arizona November 1, 2012 Arizona, TusonSentinal, Donyelle Kesler
Some deer and elk herds in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah are dying from chronic wasting disease, but Arizona has so far been spared... A program in place since 1998 urges hunters to turn over the heads of deer and elk to be tested for chronic wasting disease, along with information on where the animal was killed.
Operation Game Thief: Deer killed, meat left to waste October 31, 2012 Arizona, Today's New
“While this deer may have been legally taken, it is a violation to waste game meat ..." The carcass was discovered one mile on Airway Avenue east of where the road becomes dirt....east of Kingman. Operation Game Thief offered up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the crime... call the Operation Game Thief hotline 800-352-0700. Web submissions can be reported at www.zagfd.gov/thief. Identities are confidential. Case reference number is 12-002507.
Activists say vetoing bow-hunting ban misses mark October 29, 2012 Arizona, AZCentral.com
Should Scottsdale outlaw bowhunting in its nature preserve? ... Archers and hikers share the 21,400-acre preserve during hunting season ... "We're a preserve, not a park," said McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commissioner Fred Klein, who called bowhunting in the preserve "a basic contradiction." Supporters say the sport is very safe and has a low hunt-success ratio, meaning animals are rarely harvested... critics have cited overhunting as a major contributor to declining animal populations ...
Arizona deer and elk hunters can assist in monitoring for chronic wasting disease October 17, 2012 Eastern Arizona Courier
... The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for assistance from deer and elk hunters in monitoring efforts for chronic wasting disease (CWD)... Hunters who wish to assist the monitoring effort by bringing in the head of their recently harvested deer or elk to a Game and Fish Department office for sampling are requested to do so between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Place the head in a heavy plastic garbage bag for delivery and keep it cool and out of the sun. If the weather is warm, it is best to either bring in the head within a day of harvest or keep it on ice in a cooler before delivery.
Arizona Game and Fish Department seeks public comment on draft Wildlife 20/20 Strategic Plan; comment deadline is Oct. 26, 2012 AZGFD
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released the draft of its new strategic plan, Wildlife 20/20, and wants your comments and input. Wildlife 20/20 provides broad strategic guidance for all department programs. It is intended to be a living document that conveys policy direction that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has provided to the department to guide its work into the future. It will be complemented by additional plans designed to provide more specific direction, as needed.
Written comments can be submitted through Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, by e-mail to agfdStrategicPlan@azgfd.gov.
Written comments can also be sent via U.S. mail to:
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Attn: Sherry Crouch
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086
When submitting comments on particular portions of the document, please include a reference to the location within the document (such as a page and paragraph number) to which you are referring.After public comments are reviewed and considered, the final draft Wildlife 20/20 planis anticipated to be presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission for consideration at its Dec. 7-8 meeting in Phoenix.
A Terrible Tragedy, A Sensible Verdict October 12, 2012 Arizona, Payson Roundup
... ADOT added miles of high fences to channel the elk and deer through those wide underpasses. The project reduced elk crashes by 86 percent along a section of highway near Christopher Creek. Cameras recorded some 500 animals using the underpasses during the study period... Lawyers for the injured motorcyclist argued that the state should apply such an approach wherever deer and elk abound... The jury wisely held that this would impose an unrealistic burden on the state ...
Yavapai Ranch plan ignores wildlife agencies' concerns October 9, 2012 Arizona, Prescott Daily Courier
Requests from the Prescott National Forest and Arizona Game and Fish Department didn't make it into a plan last week for the development of the huge Yavapai Ranch. The agencies expressed strong concerns about ... negative impacts of the development on an important pronghorn antelope herd ... Other parts of the ranch are important habitat for mule deer, elk and other wildlife species ...
Arizona deer and elk hunters can assist in monitoring for CWD September 28, 2012 AGF
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for assistance from deer and elk hunters in monitoring efforts for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Hunters can provide assistance by allowing Game and Fish personnel or a cooperating taxidermist or game meat processor to collect a tissue sample from their harvested deer or elk.
CWD is a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to cervids, which include deer, elk and moose. Clinical signs include loss of body weight or emaciation, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, stumbling, trembling, and behavioral changes such as listlessness, lowering of the head, and repetitive walking in set patterns. No evidence has been found to indicate that CWD affects humans, according to both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
CWD has been detected in 22 states and Canadian provinces as of August 2012. Arizona Game and Fish began conducting CWD surveillance in the state in 1998 and has since collected more than 16,000 samples. No samples have yet tested positive for the disease, but Arizona shares borders with three states—Utah, Colorado and New Mexico—in which CWD has been found.
“The success of the CWD surveillance program is reliant upon the participation of hunters, meat processors, and taxidermists,” said Wildlife Disease Biologist Carrington Knox. “To ensure that CWD has not entered Arizona from neighboring states, we are concentrating our efforts in the game management units that border Utah and New Mexico.”
For Kaibab and Arizona Strip hunters (Units 12A, 12B, 13A, and 13B), the Jacob Lake check station will be open for collecting samples on the following dates: Oct. 12-16 during the juniors-only deer hunt; Oct. 26-Nov. 5 for the general deer hunt; and Nov. 23-Dec. 3 for the late season hunt. The check station will be operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for the day following the end of each hunt (Oct. 16, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3) when the check station will close at 12 noon.
Department biologists will also be collecting samples during the juniors-only elk hunt in Units 1 and 2C from Oct. 12-15. In addition, biologists will be working in the field from Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 16-19 in Unit 28, seeking successful hunters to provide samples for the CWD monitoring effort in this area.
Hunters who wish to assist the monitoring effort by bringing in the head of their recently harvested deer or elk to a Game and Fish Department office for sampling are requested to do so between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Place the head in a heavy plastic garbage bag for delivery and keep it cool and out of the sun. If the weather is warm, it is best to either bring in the head within a day of harvest or keep it on ice in a cooler before delivery.
When submitting heads for sampling, please provide accurate, up-to-date hunter information (name, street address, city, state, zip code and phone number) as well as hunt information (hunt number, permit number, game management unit harvested in, county, state, and hunting license), as this information is crucial should CWD be detected in a sample. If this information is not provided, the Department will be unable to test the sample.
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Deer Data: The post-hunt 2009 populations was estimated at 75,000 to 80,000 [see p. 6, Hunt Arizona 2012]. The all time high population was around 1961 when hunters took 35,897 deer [see p. 7].
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
- Natural Resources Division - Arizona State Land Department
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