Williams-Grand Canyon News
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The proposed hunt recommendations for Arizona's 2011 elk, pronghorn antelope, and population management seasons are available for public review at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's website at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines. The annual hunt recommendations establish season dates, open areas, permit levels, and legal method of take to meet management objectives based on the bi-annual hunt guidelines.
There will be an open house tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Game and Fish Office in Flagstaff at 3500 S. Lake Mary Rd. Although no formal presentation will be made at the open house, a knowledgeable staff person will be available to discuss regional hunt recommendations. Some of the recommendations for 2011 include reductions in antlerless elk permits for several hunt units to help stabilize elk populations and prevent further decline. There is also a recommendation to increase antlerless permits in two hunt units to help enhance aspen regeneration.
The proposed hunt recommendations will be presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission for consideration during Saturday's portion of their regular meeting in Phoenix at the Game and Fish headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway.
The public has three options for viewing the meeting:
Attend the meeting in person in Phoenix;
View it via video stream at one of six Game and Fish regional offices (Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson and Mesa; addresses are available at
View it over the web at www.azgfd.gov/commissioncam.
Once the commission sets the hunt orders, the final regulations are typically available online by the third week of December and triggers when hunters can begin submitting their applications for the drawing process. The anticipated application deadline for elk and pronghorn, which is also set at the December Commission meeting, is the second Tuesday of February.
There is no online application process, applications must be mailed or hand delivered to Game and Fish. Printed copies of the regulations are typically available in mid to late January.
The big game draw is a lottery-style process for allocating the limited number of Arizona big game hunting permits to applicants. The department typically receives far more applications than the number of permits allocated for elk and pronghorn hunts.