Arizona Game and Fish Commission to Meet Dec. 1-2 in Phoenix

Statewide meetings begin Wednesday, webinar set for June 5
Statewide meetings begin Wednesday, webinar set for June 5

USA -( The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be Dec. 1-2, 2017, at the AZGFD headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix.

The public can attend in person, view the meeting on a webcast at, or (Friday only) watch the meeting on streaming video from any regional office statewide.

Those who wish to speak to the commission may submit “speaker cards” (blue cards) in person at the meeting or from any Game and Fish office (Friday only). The ability to speak to the commission is not available for those viewing the webcast.

The Friday, Dec. 1 portion of the meeting begins at 8 a.m. Among the items on Friday’s agenda are:

  • Consideration of a hunting and fishing license reciprocity memorandum of understanding with Nevada.
  • An update on state and federal legislation.
  • Consideration of a Notice of Final Expedited Rulemaking amending rules within Article 11 addressing aquatic invasive species.
  • Consideration of rulemaking recommendations for Article 3 regarding the taking and handling of wildlife.
  • 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 10 a.m.).
  • A briefing on recent bald eagle telemetry efforts to improve data gathering for management recommendations.
  • An update on department activities and involvement with resource management planning and other major actions on federal lands in Arizona.
  • Consideration of a new commercial public records request policy concerning the release of personal identifying information.
  • Request for acceptance of a perpetual access easement dedicated by the South Eastern Arizona Sportsmen Club to the department.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 8 a.m., the agenda includes:

  • Consideration of proposed Commission Orders 3 (pronghorn), 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 2018 and 2019 fall hunting seasons.
  • Consideration of the proposed hunt-permit tag application schedule for the antelope and elk 2018 hunts.

To view a copy of the full meeting agenda, visit and click on the “commission agenda” link.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is a five-member, policy-setting board that oversees the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

For more information about the commission, see below:

Under the provisions of the Arizona Revised Statutes 17-231, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission establishes policy for the management, preservation, and harvest of wildlife. The Commission makes rules and regulations for managing, conserving, and protecting wildlife and fisheries resources, and safe and regulated watercraft and off-highway vehicle operations for the benefit of the citizens of Arizona.

In support of the Commission’s obligations, the Director, as chief administrative officer, provides general supervision and control of all Department functions and activities.

  • Commission agenda for upcoming meetings.
  • Meeting minutes of previous meetings.
  • Schedule of commission meetings.
  • Live webcasts of commission meetings.
  • Commission awards.

Commissioners’ Forum – Commission’s stance on various issues affecting wildlife conservation.

The Commission is composed of five members appointed by the Governor pursuant to ARS 38-211. The Commission appoints the Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the Director serves as secretary to the Commission. No more than one commissioner may be from any one county. No more than three may be from the same political party. Each commissioner serves a five-year term, staggered. Commissioners customarily serve as chairman during their last year.

Arizona Game and Fish DepartmentCurrent Commission Members:

James R. Ammons – Yuma
James S. Zieler – St. Johns
Eric S. Sparks – Tucson
Kurt R. Davis – Phoenix
Edward ‘Pat’ Madden – Flagstaff