The Arizona Game and Fish Commission’s decision to allocate more hunt permits for bull elk and antlered deer means those hunters previously bypassed will get a second chance for a permit.
U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield denied the state’s request for more time to comply with his order to revise the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 10 percent cap rule for non-resident applicants in the hunt draw process. As a result, the commission has chosen to allocate an additional 805 hunt permits.
An additional list of applicants will be assembled, consisting of hunters who had the lowest random numbers issued during the draw process. That list will then be sorted without using the nonresident cap.
The additional permits will affect only 42 of 165 elk hunt units and 9 of 108 deer hunt units.
Those hunters already drawn for bull elk or drawn for antlered deer in hunt units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B will receive permits as planned before the court ruling was issued.
The delay in the draw process will also cause a slight delay in permit mailings. Hunters in the original drawing can check to see whether they’ve been selected for a permit by checking the department’s Web site at www.azgfd.com. They will receive their permits in the mail by July 30. Hunters selected for one of the additional tags will be notified no later than Aug. 10 for hunts that begin in mid-September and will receive their permits by Aug. 30.
In the meantime, Game and Fish has released the names of applicants who have been drawn for species not affected by the court ruling. Hunters who put in for buffalo, bighorn sheep, turkey and antelope can learn their status by checking the department’s Web site.
SQUIRREL TAIL RECYCLING
Sheldons’ Inc., manufacturer of Mepps inline spinner lures, is asking hunters to save their squirrel tails. The tails are used to dress the hooks on the original French spinner.
However, they are only interested in recycling tails taken from squirrels that have been harvested for table fare. To receive a Mepps Fishing Guide featuring details of the squirrel tail recycling program, visit their Web site at
JUNIOR BASS FISHING
Webb Engemann and Kyle Pollay, both of Wickenburg, will be representing Arizona in the Junior Bassmaster World Championship Monday on Lake Norman, near Charlotte, N.C.. Young anglers will be competing for a share of more than $27,000 in scholarships and prizes.
FISHING TIP OF THE WEEK
Monsoon time can bring some interesting angling opportunities in high country fisheries. Fish, especially trout, can get very active as the barometric pressure drops before a monsoon storm comes rolling across the mountains. Fishing can also be good immediately following a rainstorm, particularly with dry flies and small bugimitating topwater lures. The fish will move into shallow water to eat bugs and other small terrestrials knocked into the water after a rain squall. However, don’t get caught on the water or in the open during a thunderstorm. It could prove deadly.