With spring applications now available for the upcoming hunting season, here a few other notes from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Governor's office is accepting applications for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission until Sept. 20. Yavapai County is currently without a representative. The Governor is looking for "members who are well-informed and passionate about Arizona wildlife and its long-term conservation," according to a Game and Fish press release.
The commission has to be politically balanced and must include representatives form all 15 counties. With only two Republicans, one Democrat and an Independent currently holding seats on the commission, there is no requirement for political affiliation.
Applications must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on Sept. 20, or the application will not be accepted. Anyone interested should visit azgovernor.gov for an application, or call the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions at 602-542-2449.
Following a javelina attack in Tucson, Fish and Game is reminding Arizona residents that the attacks can be prevented and they play a large role in preventing the attacks.
The main way to prevent javelina, or any other wildlife, attacks in populated areas is to make sure trash cans are not accessible to the wildlife. The smell of food lures the animals, and constantly feeding on trash makes them less scared of people.
Here are some other pointers from the Fish and Game Department:
Store trash cans in a secure location that wildlife cannot access. If trash cans must be stored in an unsecured location, take steps to secure the lid. A bungee cord works well and can be removed on trash pickup day.
Put trash out on the morning of trash pickup; the later in the morning the better.
Pick up fallen fruit from trees and cactus.
Only feed birds in an area that wildlife cannot access. Bird seed, hummingbird nectar and bird block attract wildlife.
Do not leave pet food or water outside and available to wildlife.
Early morning and late evenings are the most active times of the day for many wildlife species. Try to plan your walks for after sunrise and before dusk.
If walking, use a walking stick to use as a deterrent if a wild animal approaches you.
Work as a neighborhood to eliminate potential food sources. It only takes one house to attract wildlife into a residential area.
On Oct. 4, the Fish and Game Department will be holding a small game basic workshop for youth and others that want to learn to hunt. The workshop is a multi-day event takes place at the Los Burros Campground.
The classes will teach the attendees basic skills to track tree squirrels, educate everyone there about the hunting opportunities for other small game that is found through Arizona, firearm safety and how to take care of game. I addition to the classes offered, the workshop will offer an array of other activities; including hunting, first-aid basics and archery training.
The workshop is free to those that attend, but they are required to preregister. To register call the Pinetop office at 928-367-4281
On Sept. 28, Fish and Game will be releasing previously captive California condors into the wild. This event happens once a year, and will take place at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, in Northern Arizona, and will take place at 11 a.m.
Hunting and fishing licenses will be undergoing significant changes in 2014. Some of the changes include a simpler structure, bundled privileges for some products, licenses being valid for one-year after the date of purchase, a lowering of the price for youth licenses and changes in prices for he licenses and tags.
For more information on the changes, visit www.azgfd.gov.