MAY 27, 2015

Draft hunt guidelines for 2016-2018 now available for review

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PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the draft hunt guidelines for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 hunting seasons at

The hunt guidelines provide the biological and social parameters used by wildlife managers to formulate the annual hunt recommendations (season structures, season lengths, season dates, permits allocated, etc.) These recommendations result in the hunts in which licensed hunters may participate. While hunting opportunity is important, wildlife is held in the public trust; therefore, using science-based principles to shape the guidelines process remains paramount to ensure healthy, sustainable and diverse wildlife populations in perpetuity.

The department will host 10 public meetings to present the draft guidelines, answer questions and collect further public input. The meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m., per the following schedule:

May 28: Tucson, Game and Fish regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road
May 29: Mesa, Game and Fish regional office, 7200 E. University Drive
June 1: Pinetop, Game and Fish regional office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.
June 2: Flagstaff, Game and Fish regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road
June 3: Page, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, National Park Service, Highway 89   
June 4: Kingman, Mohave County Library-Kingman, 3269 N. Burbank Street   
June 5: Prescott, Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley  
June 8: Payson, Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road

Comments on the draft hunt guidelines may be submitted through June 10, 2015, by e-mail to, or by mail to Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ  85086.

The draft hunt guidelines, public meeting input and all public comments will be shared with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at its next meeting June 12-13 in Payson. Final proposed hunt guidelines then will be prepared and posted on the department’s website prior to being presented to the Commission at its Sept. 4-5 meeting in Springerville.