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Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 9:26 am | Updated: 5:15 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

An increase to certain hunting and fishing licenses and permit-tag fees to the maximum amount allowed by state law is being proposed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The proposed fee increases, as listed below, do not include the regular $5 application fee.

• Antelope — resident hunt permittags would be raised 50 cents to $65, and non-resident hunt permit-tags to $325, up from $304.50.

• Bear — resident hunt permit-tags would be raised from $13 $14.50, and non-resident hunt permit-tags to $200, up from $188.

• Bighorn sheep — resident hunt permit-tags would be raised to $195, up from $184.50, and non-resident hunt permit-tags to $1,000, an increase from $920.

• Deer — resident hunt permit-tags for archery deer would be raised from $17.50 to $19.50, and non-resident hunt permit-tags to $125.50, up from $113.50.

• Elk — resident hunt permit-tags would be raised from $76.50 to $78, and non-resident hunt permit-tags to $400, up from $371.

• Javelina — resident hunt permittags would be raised to $12.50, and non-resident hunt permit-tags to $70, up from $68.

• Mountain lion — resident hunt permit-tags would be lowered from $13 to $10, and non-resident hunt permit-tags rise from $183 to $200.

• Turkey — resident hunt permit-tags for archery turkey would be raised from $10 to $11.

• White Amur Stocking License would be raised to $200.

The public can submit comments on the proposed changes from Friday to April 18. For additional information, call (602) 789-3271, or send comments by e-mail to rulemaking@gf.state.az.us.

SCIENCE CAN HELP CATCH FISH

One of the latest technologies available to aid bass anglers is computerized 3-dimensional lake mapping. Maptech’s new Bass 3D Maps, available on CD, provide serious anglers the necessary knowledge of lakes and rivers to aid in catching more fish.

The Bass 3D Maps include aerial photos that can help reveal cover, structure and define clarity of surface waters, as well as shoreline structures such as marinas, campgrounds and lakeside communities. Detailed topographical maps are also available that show the contour of the surrounding terrain.

This is necessary in order to understand the lake or river, and provides additional information on where to fish. The data is highly detailed and current.

To plan your fishing adventure, view the 3D maps, aerial photos and topo maps on your computer. Find the GPS coordinates, mark the spots you want to check out, print the maps, and download the waypoints, routes and tracks into your GPS with the Chart Navigator software that comes with the CD program, and you’re ready to go fishing.

Bass 3D Maps are available for 22 lakes and rivers across the country, including four in the West. For more information, contact Maptech at (888) 839-5551 or visit its Web site at www.maptech.com.

You can also learn how fishery science can help you catch more bass and crappie by attending a free fishing seminar 3 to 5 p.m. on March 28 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mesa regional office at 7200 E. University Dr. Department biologists Jim Warnecke, Dave Weedman and Rich Wiggins will be conducting the seminar. For more information, call (480) 981-9400, Ext. 213 or 214.

ARIZONA HUNT CALENDAR

Friday-April 18: Archery-only spring bear season in Unit 22.

Friday-April 27: General spring bear season in selected units.

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