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The Lost Jingle of the Coins
There are bills being attempted by anti hunters in several states to raise the legal hunting age to 16 before a youth may take to the field. It’s only a matter of time before it happens in this state. “ Balderdash,” is the closest word I can get away with here,

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Partners come together to protect one of the Southwest’s most ecologically significant rivers and a vital migratory bird corridor

The Upper San Pedro River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in Arizona, received additional protection last week as 122 acres just north of the United States/Mexico border were acquired by The Nature Conservancy and the Arizona Game and Fish Department with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The property is one of the largest privately owned parcels adjacent to this stretch of the river, where groundwater pumping would directly impact the river’s flow.

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Arizona hunters are reminded they can help the Arizona Game and Fish Department monitor for chronic wasting disease this season by bringing in the head of their recently harvested deer or elk for sampling.

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Bird lovers: Forget the turkey—the Mearns’ quail season opened Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

“This will probably be one of the best Mearns’ seasons in my lifetime,” Randy Babb, an ardent quail hunter and the Information and Education Program Manager for the Game and Fish Department’s Mesa regional office.

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There are plenty of leftover hunt permit-tags for spring javelina, turkey and bear available now by mail application on a first-come, first-served basis from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind archery-only deer hunters with over-the-counter permits there are a number of Game Management Units that are not open hunting areas for the 2008 December hunt, as in past years.

Game Management Units 17A, 20A, 22, 23, 37A, and 42 are not included in the December 2008 archery-only season. These units will not be open until the Jan. 1-31, 2009 season.

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If you haven’t yet had a chance to see if you were drawn for the spring 2009 hunts, draw results are available by visiting the Arizona game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Applicants can obtain draw results for spring turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear hunt tags by providing a department ID Number (usually the applicant's Social Security number) and date of birth. Draw results are also available by telephone at (602) 942-3000 (press 2).

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Take advantage of all-day hunting, great weather, fewer crowds. The late dove season combines enjoyable hunting with great seasonal weather. Mourning doves are everywhere it seems.

By all indications, this should be one of the better late dove seasons. So be sure to pick up plenty of extra shotgun shells and mark your calendar for Friday, Nov. 21 for the return of dove hunting.

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Quail hunters are finding plenty of young birds in their harvest, according to Arizona Game and Fish biologists. Nearly 80 percent of the birds checked by hunters over the Oct. 4-5 opening weekend were juveniles.

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The public is invited to meet Sherrie Russell Meline, the winning artist of the 2006-07 Federal Duck Stamp contest, at an open house on Friday, Nov. 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix.

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Arizona Game and Fish Announces

Stamp collectors, conservationists, birders, and waterfowl hunters: The 2008 Arizona Waterfowl Stamp is on sale now.  This year’s stamp features a majestic pair of swimming canvasbacks. The art was created by the 2006-2007 Federal Duck Stamp winner Sherrie Russell Meline.

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Public asked to assist bird monitoring efforts
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is requesting the public's assistance this spring in reporting ill or dead wetland birds (ducks, geese or shorebirds) or raptors (hawks, owls or eagles).

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Rain, snowpack, runoff and green-up are terrific news for Arizona’s wildlife
All the winter precipitation, snowpack, runoff and associated green-up are combining to create a favorable outlook for Arizona’s wildlife this year – especially small game.

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“I’m not sure I’ve ever seen legislation that enjoys the support of both the NRA and the Sierra Club at the same time,” said Representative Jerry Weiers.

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Wildlife conservation passes a $3 billion milestone

A significant milestone was celebrated at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas recently - manufacturers have contributed $3 billion dollars since 1991 to finance wildlife conservation through the payment of federal excise taxes.

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission recently agreed to continue the department’s voluntary lead reduction program aimed at protecting Arizona’s endangered California condor.

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Rio Grande turkey is now an Arizona resident
Fifty-five Rio Grande turkeys were introduced to Arizona on Jan. 16 by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with assistance from the Arizona and Utah chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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Deadline rapidly approaching for elk and antelope applications
Want to go elk or antelope hunting in Arizona during 2008?

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Hunter assistance still needed in specific units for CWD monitoring

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for assistance from archery hunters in game management units 37A, 37B and 38M to assist the department’s monitoring efforts for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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Correction period for elk, antelope hunt applications ends Jan. 25

Elk and antelope hunters: Don’t let an unintentional error on your hunt application cause it to be rejected.

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Make plans to attend the International Sportsmen’s Exposition
Visit the Game and Fish Department booths March 7-9

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2007 survey results released for Kofa bighorn sheep population
The recently completed survey of desert bighorn sheep populations in southwestern Arizona estimated the population on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kofa National Wildlife Refuge at 460 sheep.

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Archery hunters can help monitor for CWD
Archery hunters can continue to assist the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s efforts to monitor for chronic wasting disease (CWD) by providing a sample from their deer harvested during the late archery season.

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Hunters and anglers spend $1.3 billion annually in Arizona
With 2008 just underway, Arizona’s 418,000 hunters and anglers can feel a sense of renewed economic importance – this past year they spent around $1.3 billion in Arizona.

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QF Hires Biologist for Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

Quail Forever (QF) announces the hiring of Sara Lauren Bales as the wildlife biologist servicing Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Bales joins QF after working for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) as their quail habitat biologist. She is also a member of the Southeast Quail Study Group.

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