You can now apply online for Arizona’s 2007 elk and antelope hunts. The deadline to submit applications online or by paper is 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Postmarks don’t count. This is the first year for an earlier application deadline for antelope and elk.
The idea of having the rescheduled draw is to let hunters know early enough whether they have been drawn for these two popular big game animals, prior to their applying for fall deer, turkey, javelina, bear and buffalo hunts during the traditional application process in early summer.
You can get a copy of the 2007 Arizona Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklet either online at www.azgfd.gov or at license dealers throughout the state. Note that hunt-tag and license fees have increased for 2007.
You can find the new fee information in the draw publication for antelope and elk (pages 4-5), in the 2006-2007 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations new 2007 fees table (pages 9-10) and online.
A free online resource for sportsmen and women not only provides comprehensive information on hunting and shooting, but also offers visitors a chance to win one of three valuable prizes.
The Web site, www.huntandshoot.org, was launched in June by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
It features an array of free services, access directories and other conveniences for today’s hunters and target shooters.
Through Feb. 28, the site is running a “Hunt and Shoot Sweepstakes,” a chance for visitors to enter to win one of three prizes — a Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI Mossy Oak Camouflage ATV, a bird hunting trip for two at Flint Oak Ranch, Fall River, Kan., and four tickets to the 2007-2008 NASCAR race of his/her choice, subject to ticket availability.
See complete sweepstakes prize descriptions, official rules and entry form at www.huntandshoot.org.
The annual Tonto Basin Outdoor Rendezvous will be held on Saturday at The Tackle Box, located one mile south of Punkin Center on State Route 188. This year’s festivities begin 7:30 a.m.
More than 10 seminar presenters have eagerly volunteered to share their expertise gained from years of hunting, fishing, scouting, guiding, hiking, and exploring. Admission to all seminars is free and raffle prizes will be given out after each seminar. Seminars start at 8:30 a.m. The event includes a sidewalk sale for those who have hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor equipment they want to sell or trade. Also a display of bass boats and ATVs will be featured. A chili cook-off with judging set for 11:30 a.m. will also be part of the event. For more information, call The Tackle Box at (928) 479-2108.
Fishing hot spot
ROOSEVELT LAKE - With milder, warmer weather expected through this weekend, look for the crappie bite to pick up again. Just keep it simple — small jigs or live minnows. Look for the slow-moving crappie flotilla in either the Salt River or the Tonto Creek areas of the lake and simply join the procession. More and more winter visitors are discovering the good crappie fishing at Roosevelt. The crappie flotilla will get under way just as soon as folks start catching the speckled beauties, again. It could happen any time now that the weather has settled down.