Time is running out to get one of the limited spring javelina tags remaining before the last two hunting seasons close for the year. The hunt permit-tags are available for purchase in person at any of the seven Arizona Game and Fish offices.
“As the desert begins to green up from the recent rain and snowfall, javelina should be a little easier to spot in your binoculars due to the contrasting colors,” said Big Game Program Manager, Jim Hinkle. “The moist soil can also improve your ability to stalk quietly within range.”
The HAM season (handgun, archery or muzzleloader) runs through Feb. 14. There are tags still available and hunters have a choice of more than 15 different units in which to hunt (availability subject to change).
For rifle hunters, more than 1,000 tags remain for the general season, open from Feb. 19-25. There are more than a dozen open hunting areas to choose from for these tags (availability subject to change).
“With all the water available, javelina should be well distributed; however, they won’t need to cover as much territory when feeding, and they may get their fill early. Hunters will need to be in glassing position by first light to spot animals moving through corridors and feeding,” added Hinkle.
A 2010 general hunting license ($32.25 resident) and a javelina hunt-permit tag ($28.75 resident) are required. Young hunters ages 10-13 must have completed a certified hunter education course to hunt javelina and other big game animals.
When picking up your hunting tag at your local Game and Fish office, grab a copy of the January-February 2010 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine. Inside you will find a helpful article titled, “I See Pigs” that will get you prepared for your hunt with tips about the habits and habitats of javelina. If you find the award-winning, full-color magazine helpful, an annual subscription of six issues is just $8.50. To subscribe, visit www.azgfd.gov/magazine.
Regardless of how your hunt turns out, Hinkle adds, “Now is a great time to get outside with friends or family and experience the desert. Animals you will most likely encounter include quail, rabbits, coyotes, deer and birds. After these good seasonal rains, the air is crisp, and wildlife and fauna come to life. ”
For a list of available spring javelina hunts, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw under “View List of Leftover 2010 Spring Hunts for Turkey, Javelina and Bear.”
Annual Bald Eagle Workshop set for Flagstaff
Ever wonder where eagles go during the wintertime?
Find this out and more at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Annual Bald Eagle Workshop in Flagstaff Saturday, Feb. 20.
The free workshop will be divided into two sessions; each one will include an informative lecture followed by a field trip to observe eagles.
The first session will begin at 9 a.m. and the second at 11 a.m.
The lectures will be held at the Law Enforcement Administration Facility (LEAF) at 911 Sawmill Road in Flagstaff, which is the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office facility.
Biologists from the department will discuss bald eagle management and research in Arizona.
The day will also include the opportunity to see a live bald eagle up close and personal, and a chance to talk with dedicated individuals from Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation.
“The primary goal of the workshop is to educate people about eagles in Arizona but also to show the importance of wildlife management and the cooperation involved,” says Shelly Shepherd, information and education program manager for the department’s Flagstaff region.
“This is a popular workshop and we are happy to see such an interest in our Arizona wildlife.”
Anyone interested in attending will need to register with the Game and Fish Flagstaff office at (928) 774-5045 by 3 p.m. on Friday Feb. 19.
People are reminded to dress appropriately for weather conditions, bring binoculars, bird field guidebooks, snacks and water. Be advised field trips may be cancelled due to weather conditions.