Cibola NWR Farm Unit 2 Goose Hunt Apps due 9/27/02

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Cibola NWR Farm Unit 2 offers controlled spaced-blind goose hunting opportunities. This hunt requires a permit and blinds are selected on a reservation system, however, a standby drawing will be held every hunt morning for any available blinds. Hunt days for the 2002-2003 goose hunting season will be Saturdays, Sunday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from November 9, 2002 through the end of the Arizona goose hunting season on 1/26/03. Farm Unit 2 hunt hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. A minimum of 12 goose decoys is required. Blind selections are made at the check station promptly at 4:30 a.m. MST on hunt days. Hunters must have their paperwork completed and turned in prior to 4:30 a.m. Hunters may fill one out on the morning of the hunt. Please see the refuge Farm Unit 2 hunting brochure for complete information on hunting Farm Unit 2.

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Rt. 2 Box 138, Cibola, AZ 85328.

Hunters may be selected for a maximum of three 2-day hunts, and may bring up to three companions to hunt with them. No one may hunt, either as a reservation permit holder or as a reservation companion, in more than three hunt periods during the season. A standby drawing will be held at 4:30 a.m., MST, each hunt morning to fill non-reserved blinds and reservation no-shows. Hunters may hunt as standby hunters as many times as they wish. All reservation permit holders will be guaranteed a blind, and blinds will be chosen on the morning of each hunt day, by the permit holder, in numerical order, starting with the lowest permit number first. Fourteen blinds are available.

Hunters may apply for the 2002/2003 Cibola NWR Farm Unit 2 goose hunt by sending a 3"x5" card with their name, address, signature, Arizona hunting license number for 2002 and/or 2003 as required, and listing up to four 2-day hunts applied for, in priority order. Permit applications must be received at the refuge headquarters address listed below by September 27, 2002. Permits will be mailed to successful applicants by October 18, 2002.

Hunters are reminded that those applying for dates in January 2003 must have a 2003 Arizona hunting license number to participate in the reservation drawing for blinds. An Arizona hunting license may be obtained through the Arizona Game & Fish Department website, http://www.azgfd.com.

Send Application Cards to: Cibola NWR

Rt. 2 Box 138

Cibola, Arizona 85328


There is also duck hunting on the open portions of the refuge, including the island unit which has been dramatically improved over past years with more ponds, cleaned backwaters and flooded fields. You need to have a two dozen dekes to hunt geese or ducks at the refuge. Hunting is allowed 7 days a week. Goose hunting is moderate during the week and heavy during the weekend. You can always duck hunt or chase quail.

The Island Unit has areas for waterfowl decoy hunts. The majority of Cibola NWR is located in Arizona, but some areas along the Old River Channel are located in California. Hunters are required to possess hunting licenses from the state in which they are hunting. Arizona hunting licenses may be purchased in Cibola or Ehrenburg, Arizona, while California hunting licenses may be purchased locally in California. The hunting of migratory birds requires the possession of both state and federal migratory bird stamps. Federal Duck Stamps may be purchased at the refuge during regular business hours. You can also get a license and duck stamp at the River Lagoon Resort in Ehrenberg AZ. just off I-10. They're open M-Sat 8-6, Sunday 8-3. Ph# 520-923-7942, fax # 520-923-1063. They will send the license and stamp via mail if you fax them your info and send a money order for payment. Hunt dates coincide with the Arizona hunting season. For information, call Mike Hawkes, Manager, Route 2, Box 138 Cibola, AZ, 85328 Phone: 520/857-3253 Fax: 520/387-3420, email r2rw_ci@fws.gov

http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/arizona/cibola.html
 


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