AGFD Conducts Public Survey On Hunt Guideline Considerations

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AGFD Conducts Public Survey On Hunt Guideline Considerations

6/18/09

PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Department has launched an online Zoomerang survey to collect input on the proposed revisions under consideration for the hunt guidelines that will shape the 2010-11 and 2011-12 hunting seasons.

The survey is open until July 15 and is now available at the department's Web site at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines by selecting the "hunt guidelines survey" on the right side of the page.

The survey presents 16 scenarios under consideration for revising the guidelines with the intent to standardize, simplify, and to encourage hunter recruitment and retention. Survey participants can rate each proposal from one to seven on a scale ranging from "strongly favor" all the way to "strongly disfavor." Some scenario examples include:

* Change the hunt guideline review cycle from every two years to every three years
* Start early Kaibab deer hunts two weeks earlier
* Limit juniors-only spring turkey over-the-counter harvests to 35 percent in each unit
* Eliminate the once-in-a-lifetime bag limit on buffalo for cow or yearling companion hunts on the Kaibab

Survey results will be compiled and evaluated for preparing the final draft recommendation to be presented to the Game and Fish Commission at its Sept. 11-12 meeting in Phoenix. Input from a series of public meetings around the state will also be considered. For a list of remaining public meetings, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

A PDF version of the draft proposed revisions under consideration is available for review or downloading at www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines on the right side of the page under the "what's new" heading.

For those who were unable to attend a public meeting, in addition to filling out the survey, your comments, and suggestions on the draft guidelines are still welcome and encouraged through June 30. Please e-mail them to azgamebranch@azgfd.gov or by U.S. mail to Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

"This survey along with the public meetings plays a very significant part in our open review process to assure that the guidelines we present to the commission represent the voices of our constituents," said Chief of Game Management Brian Wakeling. "Our goal is to be able to satisfy the needs of the many diverse segments and interests of our public, since they are the very people that we manage Arizona's wildlife for."

Every two years, on odd-numbered years, the department reviews and revises the existing hunt guidelines and recommends changes that address the current direction of the commission. The hunt guidelines set the framework, social and biological, that the department uses to develop specific hunt recommendations and permit level guides for commission orders (elk, deer, antelope, etc.).

The proposed revisions under consideration for the hunt guidelines were developed based on agency and constituent input since 2007, when hunt guidelines were last revised. Additionally, the department formally solicited and received more than 100 suggestions during the public comment period in May. Moreover, dozens of ideas, field notes, biological considerations, social aspects and more went into improving the hunt guidelines during a multitude of work sessions by a diverse representation of department employees.

To learn more about the hunt guidelines process, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD's programs or activities, including employment practices, they may file a complaint with the Deputy Director, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Deputy Director as listed above.


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Doug Burt (623) 236-7215
 

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