Sept. 1: Deadline to review game management
hunt guidelines, submit comments
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is encouraging the public to review the existing game management hunt guidelines and provide feedback by Wednesday, Sept. 1.
AZGFD has initiated the review of the five-year game management hunt guidelines that provide the biological and social parameters used by wildlife biologists to formulate the annual hunt recommendations — season structures, season lengths, season dates, permits allocated, etc. These recommendations result in the annual hunts in which all licensed hunters may participate.
“All of us are passionate about wildlife,” said Amber Munig, AZGFD’s big game management supervisor. “There will be a lot of varying views that must be considered and balanced to create the guidelines for setting hunting opportunities in Arizona. We are seeking your ideas, comments, concerns and observations on how to meet the many demands by our varied hunting public, as well as fostering new opportunities for continuing our hunting heritage for future generations.”
Comments may be submitted by email to AZHuntGuidelines@azgfd.gov, or by mail addressed to: Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
After initial comments are received, reviewed and processed, the department will:
Host webcasts or public meetings in late October-November on the draft revisions, answer questions and collect any further public input.
Present proposed hunt guidelines to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Dec. 10.
Open a 30-day public comment period Jan. 1-30, 2022.
Final proposed hunt guidelines will then be prepared and posted on the department's website prior to being presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in April 2022.
For more information about the hunt guidelines process, as well as to review the existing hunt guidelines, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.