The Arizona Game and Fish Department is holding a series of 11 meetings across the state this month to seek public input on a proposal to increase the prices of hunting and fishing licenses and big game tags.
Earlier this year, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill raising the fee ceilings under which the Arizona Game and Fish Commission is authorized to establish license, tag, stamp and permit prices. The commission is seeking price increases within those ceilings so the department can meet rising operating costs.
The meetings will provide the public with information on potential increases and the rationale behind them and with the opportunity to provide comment.
Local meetings will be held 6 p.m. today at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters, Roadrunner Room, 2222 W. Greenway Road in Phoenix, and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Arizona Game and Fish Department regional office, 7200 E. University Drive in Mesa.
Other meetings will be held in Yuma, Payson, Pinetop, Prescott, Tucson, Springerville, Flagstaff, Safford and Kingman.
The department will make pricing recommendations at the Commission meeting Dec. 9-10 at the Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort, 26000 W. Gila Bend Highway in Casa Grande.
Those recommendations, if approved by the Commission, would go through the formal rule-making process. The increases would affect licenses, tags and stamps that will be used beginning in 2007. For more information and meeting locations, visit the department’s Web site at www.azgfd.com.
SPORTSMEN AGAINST HUNGER
The Safari Club International Foundation has proclaimed Nov. 13-19 as its third annual Sportsmen Against Hunger Week. The Foundation is challenging North American hunters to give part of their harvests from this hunting season to the hungry in their communities.
Last year, hunters participating in Sportsmen Against Hunger Week provided an astounding 575,460 meals of processed game meat to the hungry across the United States.
This year, the Safari Club is looking to top itself by urging the outdoor sporting community to give even more of this high-protein, low-fat food resource.
Hunters who are unsure where to take their harvests for donation can look to the SCI Foundation’s online databases of nearly 400 licensed game processors and more than 300 relief organizations across the United States that use wild game for local hunger programs.
These easy-to-use databases are located at www.scifoundation.org/humanitarian/ sah.
Many of the processing companies and relief organizations are willing to pay for part or all of the processing and/or transportation costs.
To learn more, contact Allyson Barreras, SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services coordinator, at (520) 620-1220, Ext. 480, or at email@example.com.
FISHING HOT SPOT
Lake Pleasant: Striper and white bass anglers are having good luck trolling a 3-inch Rapala minnow along with spinners and spoons. Still getting reports of good to great top-water action on a variety of lures. Fish are feeding at all times of the day, just in different depths, but the best action is typically at first and last light. Dropshot rigs, Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and jigs are producing largemouth bass. Look for white bass and crappie to hit minnows fished under crappie lights in the upper lake in Castle Creek, Humbug and Coles Bay for the next few weeks. Trolled spinners can also produce some whites in the lower lake and off the dam near the towers.