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    Come get your “leftovers” from the Arizona Game and Fish

    Come get your “leftovers” from the Arizona Game and Fish

    Dec. 1, 2008

    Hunting tags for spring javelina, turkey, bear available on first-come basis

    PHOENIX — Are you tired of those leftover turkey sandwiches? Then try some javelina sausage or bear bratwurst. There are plenty of leftover hunting permit-tags for spring javelina, turkey, and bear now available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Arizona Game and Fish Department starting today.

    There are more than 9,000 javelina tags, more than 250 turkey tags, and just over 70 tags for bear remaining from the spring big game draw process (announced Nov. 10).

    Applications will be accepted by mail only, on or after Dec. 1. For a detailed listing of leftover permits, regulations, applications, and instructions on how to apply, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.

    For those who qualify, there are military hunts available for Fort Huachuca. Call (520) 533-2549 for additional information.

    Nearly all hunt types are available for javelina, including juniors-only, general, HAM (handgun, archery, and muzzleloader), and archery-only. For turkey hunters, the tags available are for general hunts, the available bear tags remaining are for archery-only hunts.

    A 2009 hunting license is required to apply for a permit-tag. Licenses can be purchased from an Arizona Game and Fish Department office, license dealer, or apply for one by mail in conjunction with your tag application. When applying for a license via the tag application, be certain that all required information and additional payment fees are correct and enclosed. In addition, youth hunters ages 10-13 are required to have completed a certified hunter education course to hunt big game.

    Each of these animals make excellent table fare, not to mention the great experience you gain when hunting these wild creatures.

    Hunting and fishing continues to be the cornerstone and a primary source of funding for wildlife management and conservation in North America. In Arizona alone, more than 418,000 hunters and anglers spend $3.8 million a day, or $1.3 billion per year participating in these activities to the benefit of local economies. Regardless of whether one chooses to actively participate in hunting or angling, people interested in wildlife and its future should understand the role sportsmen play in conservation.

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