Hunting Highlights: April-May issue

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Hunting Highlights is a bi-monthly electronic newsletter that provides information on hunting techniques, hunting outlooks, places to go, helpful reminders, reader’s stories from the field, game recipes and other hunting related information. To read archives of the newsletter visit www.azgfd.gov/h_f/highlights.shtml. If you would like to have it delivered directly to you email inbox, subscribe at www.azgfd.gov/signup and click the radio button for Hunting Highlights.

Feature articles in the April-May 2008 issue include:

Ah, spring is here – now what? – For the 26,000 attendees of the 2008 Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo wanting more outdoor activities, here are some ideas.

Reaching out – We recently asked some department employees to share experiences with introducing or passing on our hunting and outdoor heritage to youth and families.

Hunting outlook: Spring turkey forecast 2008 – Calling turkeys with simulated hen vocalizations is the most effective strategy, many hunters are already annoying friends and families.

Junior hunters: Matt Misetich, late season deer – My 13-year-old son, Matt, is very active in the Boy Scout program and loves the outdoors. He was fortunate enough to draw an 18B youth deer tag last fall, his first big game hunting opportunity.

Gould’s turkeys thrive – The Gould’s turkey is common in Mexico, but only Arizona and New Mexico support populations in the United States.

Junior hunters: Jacob Dufek, juniors’ cow elk success – My oldest son Jacob collected his first elk during the juniors’ hunt last fall. Like Jeremy’s hunt, there is always a story involved, and Jacob’s first elk was no exception.

Turkey hunters: Check road conditions – Higher-than-average winter snow and rainfall has resulted in some winter road closures, many of which access turkey-hunting areas.

Fall draw for hunt permit-tags – You will be able to start applying for the permitted fall hunts once the completed regulations are posted online, typically by the end of April.

Volunteer opportunities – We recognize that your time is important and strive to provide rewarding and educational volunteer experiences.

Also in this issue:

  • Ask a wildlife manager
  • Great wildlife TV programming
  • 2007-08 Shikar Safari wildlife officer
  • Commission meeting information
  • 2008-09 proposed hunt recommendations
  • Snowpack and soggy soil
  • Great photos, stories, news and views
  • Wingshooters, leave a wing on
  • Have fun, network, learn – online
  • Kaibab hunters, you can help
  • 1 lucky raffle ticket!
  • Quick resource links
  • Wildlife’s answer to 911
  • Thank you hunters!