Meeting Planned To Discuss Hunting Guidelines

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host a hunting guideline meeting 6 to 8 p.m. June 21 at the Payson Inn, 801 N. Beeline Highway. Game officials have extended an invitation to the public to participate in the meeting to help the department manage the state's wildlife.

Before attending, download a proposed two-year hunt guideline packet on the department's Web site at www.azgfd.gov. The proposal outlines changes to be discussed at the public meeting. Some of the guidelines being proposed include possible over-the-counter turkey tags for youth, increased standardization of hunt structures and alternative management for hunts of whitetail deer in Arizona. The guidelines, which will be considered Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, will guide department wildlife managers for the next two years.

Comments can be submitted at the meeting or e-mailed to azgamebranch@azgfd.gov or mailed to Game Branch, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2221 W. Greenway Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85023.

Boating safety

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Gila County Sheriff's Roosevelt Lake Patrol will host a safe boating class 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 at the Roosevelt substation local at milepost 243 on SR 188. Topics include Arizona boating laws, equipment requirements, rules of the road, registration requirements, aids to navigation, trailering and anchoring.

Gila County Sheriff's Office Community Affairs Officer Lu DuBois is urging those interested to register early because last year's class was one of the largest held. Many insurance companies offer discounts to boat owners who successfully complete the class, DuBois said. To register, call DuBois at (928) 467-2515. A donation of $5 per family is requested.

Sponsors needed

In order to travel July 22 to Springfield, Ill. to compete in the National High School Finals, 16-year-old Trevor Haught must pay considerable traveling expenses. He will represent Arizona in Springfield as the state champion in the bareback bronc riding.

Call Trevor at (602) 448-0382.

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