Arizona Game and Fish Commission News

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PHOENIX — The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. 7th Street in Phoenix.

The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state’s wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

This year’s award recipients, who were selected at the commission’s Sept. 21, 2018 meeting, are:

Award of Excellence: Conserve and Protect Arizona (CAPAZ)
Youth Conservationist of the Year: Jacob Maher
Media of the Year: Mike Russell
Conservation Organization of the Year: Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation
Conservationist of the Year: Joe Miller
Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Kyle Spencer
Volunteer of the Year: James (Spud) Hester
Educator of the Year: Rebecca Bouquot
Mentor of the Year: Tim Denny
Advocate of the Year – State: Rusty Bowers
Advocate of the Year – Federal: Greg Sheehan
Business Partner of the Year: Patriot Ordnance Factory
Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: Navajo Nation Hunter Education Team
Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year: Mike Hemovich
North American Model Commissioners Award: Paul Greer
​​​​​​​Chairman’s Award: Salt River Project

Those interested in attending can download and fill out a reservation form and return with a check or cash to the address listed on the form. The cost is $65 per individual before Dec. 31, 2018 and $75 after. Table sponsorships are also available. All RSVP’s are due by Jan. 4, 2019.

Dealers will have option to charge convenience fee beginning Jan. 1

PHOENIX — Hunters and anglers are reminded that, effective Jan. 1, 2019, Arizona hunting and fishing license dealers will have the option to charge a convenience fee for license, tag and stamp sales at their locations. Licenses, tags and stamps purchased online from the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) or purchased at AZGFD offices are not subject to a convenience fee.

A change in the law (A.R.S. § 17-338) allows dealers to “collect and retain a reasonable fee as determined by the license dealer in addition to the fee charged to issue the license or permit.” The law also eliminates the 5 percent commission that dealers currently deduct and keep from sales of licenses, tags or stamps. That means after Jan. 1, the dealers will transmit to AZGFD the full value of the license for each sale and the dealers will retain the convenience fee, if any.

“The price that Arizona Game and Fish charges for hunting and fishing licenses, tags and stamps will remain the same as before,” said Doug Cummings, assistant director for support services. “Dealers will have the ability to charge and retain a convenience fee, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will. It will be up to each dealer whether or not they charge a fee.”

Cummings pointed out that receiving the full monetary value of each license will benefit department programs, allowing more money to be put into wildlife conservation.

Game and Fish is stipulating that dealers who charge a convenience fee must post the amount in an area clearly visible to customers.

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