Arizona Game and Fish Department Commission Has Busy Agenda for Dec. 2-3 2011 Meeting
Includes setting elk & antelope hunts and discussing wolf recovery efforts
PHOENIX, AZ – -(Ammoland.com)- The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has a busy agenda including setting the 2012 hunts for elk and antelope and discussing wolf recovery efforts during its Dec. 2 and 3 meeting at the Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17).
The Friday, Dec. 2 portion of the meeting begins at 8 a.m.
Among the items on the Friday agenda are:
* The commission will be provided a briefing on the department’s involvement in Mexican wolf reintroduction in Arizona and New Mexico and related Mexican wolf recovery and conservation issues. The commission may vote to reaffirm existing policy guidance and/or to provide new or additional policy guidance to the department on any or all aspects of Mexican wolf conservation, including reintroduction and range-wide recovery (time certain at 10:30 a.m.)
* The department will request commission approval of the notice of exempt rulemaking to amend R12-4-304 (addressing lawful methods of take) to implement House Bill 2396.
- * The department will provide the commission with a proposed objective for the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Project and a briefing on the project timeline and approach.
- * The department will request commission approval to enter into five conservation easement agreements with private landowners along the Upper San Pedro River and to approve the accompanying memorandum of understanding with The Nature Conservancy for monitoring each conservation easement.
- * The department will request commission approval of a cooperative agreement for livestock operations at Horseshoe Ranch, which will facilitate the required federal base property lease for livestock operations based out of the commission-owned Horseshoe Ranch.
- * The department will request commission approval of the draft notice of exempt rulemaking to amend Article 8 (addressing wildlife areas and department property).
- * The department will request commission approval of a notice of docket opening, notice of proposed rulemaking, and economic impact statement amending rules within Article 1 addressing management unit boundaries and Article 3 addressing taking and handling of wildlife to implement HB 2543 and SB 1334.
- * The department will request commission approval of a notice of final rulemaking and economic impact statement amending R12-4-422 to ensure compliance with amendments made to federal sport falconry regulations.
- * The department will request commission approval of a revised department mission statement.
- * The commission will conduct hearings on license revocations for violations of Game and Fish codes and civil assessments for the illegal taking and/or possession of wildlife (time certain at 2 p.m.).
- * The department will provide the commission updates on federal and state legislation; information/education and wildlife recreation activities; recreational access issues; lands and habitat program activities; Sonoran pronghorn recovery activities; and law enforcement program activities.
- * The commission will consider approval of several consent agenda items.
- The Saturday, Dec. 3 portion of the meeting begins at 8 a.m. Among the items on Saturday’s agenda are:
- * The commission will consider proposed commission orders 3 (pronghorn antelope), 4 (elk), and 26 (population management) establishing seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits, permit numbers or authorized limits, and open areas for the respective 2012 fall hunting season.
- * The commission will be presented with the proposed hunt permit-tag application schedule for the elk/antelope 2012 hunts.
- * The commission will consider proposed amendments to the hunt guidelines process schedule and the 2012-13 and 2013-14 hunt guidelines governing hunting seasons to accommodate Hopi Trust Lands located in Units 4A, 5A, and 5B and allocation of permits to Hopi tribal members.
- * The commission will consider amendments to commission orders 10 (mountain lion), 11 (tree squirrel), 12 (cottontail), 13 (predatory and furbearing mammals), 14 (other birds and mammals), 16 (quail), 19 (dove), and 21 (waterfowl) for 2011-12 hunting seasons to incorporate changes to open areas as authorized by SB 1334 and changes to method of take as authorized in R12-4-304.
- * The department will request commission approval of acquisition of a federal patent from the BLM Kingman office for the development of the Tri-State Shooting Range.
- * The department will request commission approval of the transfer of the Adair Shooting Park in Yuma County from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
The public can view the meeting any of three ways: (1) attending the meeting in person in Phoenix; (2) viewing it via video stream at any of six Game and Fish regional offices; or, (3) viewing it over the Web at www.azgfd.gov/commissioncam.
Those wishing to submit “blue slips” to present oral comment during the meeting must do so either at the Phoenix meeting or at any of the regional Game and Fish offices (Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson and Mesa). For office addresses and contact information, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.
For a complete meeting agenda or to learn more about the Game and Fish Commission, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission.
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 Deputy Director, 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 Deputy Director as listed above.