Learn Rules Of The Hunt Before You Head Out

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With small-game season opening today (Friday), Arizona Game and Fish officials are urging hunters to pick up a copy of the 2002-2003 hunting regulations that are available locally at several retail outlets.

The booklet summarizes regulations for all hunting seasons from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003.

Since the publication of the last regulation booklet, there have been several major changes.

One of those involves the bag limit on Mearns quail, which has been reduced to 10 from 15. Also, Mearns season does not open until Nov. 22.

The bag limit on Gambel's Scaled and California quail remains 15.

An often asked question during small-game season is, "What are legal shooting hours?" According to regulations, shooting time is during daylight hours.

The regulation booklet contains a sunrise/sunset chart for Central Arizona.

However, a general rule of thumb is that if it's light enough for the hunter to shoot safely, it's legal.

Arizona Game and Fish officials also are asking for small-game hunters to report any hunting violations they might witness.

Violations can be reported by calling Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700.

Hoop clinic set

The man who led tiny Shelby School to statewide basketball recognition and coached the Copper State High School All-Stars last summer to a 35-11 record on the national front will soon be hosting a basketball clinic.

Steve Rensch, a Rim country lawyer, has slated the hoop clinic for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Guadalupe Boy's and Girls Club in Guadalupe. The camp is open to boys entering, or in, high school. The fee is $150.

According to Rensch, the clinic will consist of alternating scrimmages for the purpose of identifying individual areas of weaknesses and follow-up drill instruction on those areas.

Rensch also will stress footwork, fundamentals and work ethic at the clinic.

Enrollment will be a maximum of 15 players.

"We are keeping the clinic small to ensure that every player goes away with something substantial," Rensch said. Coach Don Abram will assist Rensch.

For more information, call Rensch at (480) 464-0860 or (928) 478-0357.

Still talking

The buzz around the Rim country continues to focus on Payson High School's move up to the 4A ranks from 3A where the school has resided since 1982.

With 968 students, Payson High is just slightly over the 3A maximum of 950.

Next school year, Payson which will be the smallest school in 4A will find itself competing against schools that could have as many as 800 to 900 more students.

That size disparity raises the question of whether Payson can compete on the same playing field against much larger schools.

Only time will tell.

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