Hunts, Wildlife, No-Kill Shelter All Have Important Dates Ahead
August 2: Left-Over Tags
Arizona hunters will have an opportunity to receive a permit-tag for select 2021 fall hunts.
At press time, there were 89 leftover permit-tags available for general deer hunts, with most of those hunts being for antlered white-tailed deer only in Game Management Units (GMUs) in the southeastern portion of the state.
There also are leftover permit-tags for muzzleloader deer (237), fall turkey (88), youth-only general deer (25), youth-only muzzleloader deer (1) and youth-only javelina (22) hunts.
For a complete list of leftover hunt permit-tags, as well as a printable paper application, visit www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Draw/. Paper applications also can be found at more than 200 license dealers statewide (call in advance for availability).
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will accept paper applications for leftover hunt permit-tags — by mail only — beginning July 26. All completed paper applications must be addressed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Draw/First Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. There is no “mini” draw. Allow 10 to 15 business days to receive a hunt permit-tag by mail.
Any remaining leftover hunt permit-tags will go on sale on a “first come, first served” basis beginning Aug. 2.
For more information, including license and hunt permit-tag requirements, refer to the “2021-2022 Arizona Hunting Regulations,” or call 602-942-3000.
August 5/August 19: Virtual Speaker Wildlife Series
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has partnered with the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) and Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) to host virtual wildlife lectures. In addition to partnering with SWCC and BTA, the department’s Wildlife Viewing Program will conduct its own critter-based lectures twice each month.
- Waterfowl — 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 5 (AZGFD). Description: Believe it or not, there are many species of waterfowl that find our water-challenged state to be a great place to visit or even stay a while. In fact, there’s a waterfowl paradise known as Whitewater Draw in southern Arizona where more than 20,000 sandhill cranes come to spend the winter. Learn about these birds and other waterfowl. Register here
- Bats of AZ — 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 19 (SWCC). Description: Bats are completely misunderstood creatures. These flying mammals are an incredible species that fill a special niche. Learn about the different species in Arizona and their natural history. Register here: https://www.southwestwildlife.org/book-a-tour/tours_events/speaker-series-2020-21/speaker-series-2020-21.html
August 13: Dierks Bentley Raffle!
Enter to win two priceless nights of memories. Each ticket helps people and saves pets! Enjoy a concert experience with four tickets from Dierks’ personal family hold at the Ak-Chin Pavilion on Friday, Aug. 27!
Dierks was close to his long-time childhood neighbors. So close that he ended up marrying the girl next door, turning his neighbors into his in-laws! Get wined and dined by Dierks’ in-laws with a vegetarian dinner in their home, and hear stories about his music inspiration, his childhood, and much more.
Dierks’ family donated the concert tickets and the dinner to benefit the mission of Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.
Get your raffle tickets now: Call (602) 445-7387
August 13: AZGFD Now Accepting Entries
Do you want to see your photo on the cover of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine? Do you have a knack for capturing great photos of wildlife? Then you won’t want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 15th annual wildlife photo contest. The deadline is 5 p.m. (Arizona time) on Aug. 13, 2021.Winners will be announced online at www.azgfd.gov/photocontest and www.arizonahighways.com after Nov. 1, 2021.
September 1: AZGFD To Review Game Management Hunt Guidelines
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is initiating the review of the five-year game management hunt guidelines that provide the biological and social parameters used by wildlife biologists to formulate the annual hunt recommendations — season structures, season lengths, season dates, permits allocated, etc. These recommendations result in the annual hunts in which all licensed hunters may participate.
Amber Munig, AZGFD’s big game management supervisor, said, “We are seeking your ideas, comments, concerns and observations on how to meet the many demands by our varied hunting public, as well as fostering new opportunities for continuing our hunting heritage for future generations.”
Comments on the existing hunt guidelines may be submitted through Sept. 1 by email to AZHuntGuidelines@azgfd.gov, or by mail addressed to: Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
After initial comments are received, reviewed and processed, the department will:
- Host several webcasts or public meetings in late October-November on the draft revisions, answer questions and collect any further public input
- Present proposed hunt guidelines to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission on Dec. 10-11.
- Open a 30-day public comment period Jan. 1-30, 2022.
- The final proposed hunt guidelines will then be prepared and posted on the department’s website prior to being presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission in April 2022.
For more information about the hunt guidelines process, as well as to review the existing hunt guidelines, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.
December 5: Lost Our Home Pet Rescue’s 12th Annual Sit. Stay. Brunch
Thanks to our presenting sponsor, the Fred & Jami Pryor Foundation.
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue will return to hosting our biggest and best live event of the year! Unleash Your Sparkle as we celebrate 13 years of helping people and saving pets at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.
Our adoptable dogs will be breaking out the latest fashion sparkle and strutting their stuff on the catwalk!
Dust off your party clothes and unleash your sparkle, too! Enjoy a delicious brunch, sparkling champagne, and a huge silent auction with gifts for everyone’s holiday shopping list!
You will be treated to a rousing live auction with everyone’s favorite vivacious Auctiontainer, Letitia Frye! You will also witness inspiring stories, see adorable pets, enjoy our photo booth, doggy kissing booth, and so much more!
The afternoon will be emceed by the one and only John Holmburg (host of Arizona’s #1 morning show, 98KUPDs Morning Sickness). He also hosts a weekly “Pick of the Litter” on his show, promoting an adoptable dog or cat from Lost Our Home each week!
Early bird tickets go on sale this month, so don’t miss out. If you are interested in becoming a Sit. Stay. Brunch. sponsor, please contact Anne Marie Geary to obtain more information firstname.lastname@example.org