The 2006 fall big-game hunt draw has been completed, and applicants can now find out if they have been drawn by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov.
Department officials said that hunt permit-tags will be mailed out to successful applicants by Friday. The department received more than 256,000 applications for the draw, about 30,000 more than last year.
Any tags remaining from the draw process will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants should be aware that the first-come process has been modified for fall hunts this year. The department will begin processing first-come permits on Aug. 11, starting at 8 a.m. The online application process will not be used for first-come. Applications will be accepted by mail only. Send the applications to P.O. Box 52002, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2002.
Youth shooting teams from 10 states earned national honors, trophies and scholarship awards at the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s (SCTP) National Skeet and Sporting Clays championships held on July 15-16.
Arizona, which claimed four team trophies, won a national skeet championship with its junior novice squad, Ben Avery Clay Crushers. Combining for a score of 561 were Lane Shank of Phoenix, Brett Hoeppner of Cave Creek and Wesley Borie of Phoenix.
The two-day tournament, held at Rochester Brooks International Trap and Skeet Club, was the largest skeet and sporting clays championship in SCTP history. Eighteen states were represented with 217 youngsters competing in skeet and 172 in sporting clays.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
The Arizona Predator Callers (APC) is hosting an elk hunting seminar by big game guide Don Martin at 7 p.m. Aug. 10, at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9, 1450 E. Main St., Mesa. The meeting is free for APC members and students under 18, $5 for nonmembers and includes refreshments and door prizes. For information, contact Mike Burris at 480-654-1411.
The Arizona Wildlife Federation’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is scheduled for August 18-20. Women 18 and older can spend a fun weekend in the cool pines of the Bradshaw Mountains. Classes in shooting, archery, fishing, hunting, canoeing/kayaking, GPS, map and compass, hiking, camping and much more will be offered. Meals, lodging and class supplies are included for $235. For more information and to download a registration form, go to www.azwildlife.org or call 480-644-0077.
FISHING HOT SPOTS
Often overlooked, but fun place to take the family, this small lake is located east of Flagstaff (take Lake Mary Road and watch for the turnoff). Trout fishing is good at first and last light, and catfishing has been pretty good. The best trout bites are at first light and last light. Fish first, eat breakfast later. The trout bite could be over by the time most campers roll out of their sleeping bags. If you aren’t getting up before first light, you just might miss the bite. Monsoon rain squalls can change that equation. There is often a good bite right before and after the afternoon rain showers.