Arizona Game And Fish Offices Are Closed On Dec. 23 State Furlough Day

Arizona Game And Fish Offices Are Closed On Dec. 23 State Furlough Day

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona Game and Fish Department

PHOENIX, AZ – -(Ammoland.com)- Arizona Game and Fish customers are reminded that the department’s Phoenix headquarters and regional offices in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson and Mesa will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 23, as part of the mandated furlough days for state employees.

The department will conduct law enforcement activities that day and the Operation Game Thief program will be active.

Wildlife violations can be reported by calling 1-800-352-0700 or online at www.azgfd.gov/thief.

Those department wildlife areas that are normally staffed will be closed.

Fish hatcheries will be staffed to ensure the health of hatchery fish but will not be open to the public.

Although Game and Fish offices will be closed that day, there are still a number of services that will be available to the public as noted below:

  • The Ben Avery Shooting Facility and Clay Target Center will be open during their normal range hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Thursday, Dec. 23. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility Main Range will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25, and will open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26. The Clay Target Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24, is closed on Saturday, Dec. 25, and will open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26. For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/basf or www.azgfd.gov/ctc.
  • Hunting and fishing licenses and stamps may be purchased online at www.azgfd.gov/eservices/licenses.shtml (and can also be purchased in person at more than 300 license dealers statewide).
  • Renewals of watercraft registration may be performed online at www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/WatercraftRegistration.shtml.You can take an online education course for OHV, boating, hunting or bowhunting (visit www.azgfd.gov/i_e/education_programs.shtml).
  • You can sign up for Game and Fish e-news at www.azgfd.gov/signup, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or check out videos online.

The furlough days are part of the state’s budget-balancing efforts. State employees are required to take six unpaid furlough days during fiscal years 2009-10 and 2010-11 under a schedule set by the Arizona Department of Administration.

Remember, department offices also have holiday closures this year on Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31.

Furlough days on which department offices will be closed in 2011 are June 10, July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Nov. 25 and Dec. 23.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD’s programs or activities, including employment practices, they may file a complaint with the Director's Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Director's Office as listed above.