Kingman elk, antelope hunt meeting Tuesday

KINGMAN - The proposed recommendations for the 2009 pronghorn antelope and elk hunting regulations soon will be available for review on the department's Web site and at a series of open houses at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's regional offices.

Once approved by the Commission, the 2009 pronghorn antelope and elk hunting regulations establish the season dates, open hunting areas and hunt permit-tag quantities and allocations.

During the regional open houses, no formal presentation will be made. However, a knowledgeable staff person will be available to discuss regional hunt recommendations.

The Kingman open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Arizona Game and Fish Department regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road.

The recommendations for pronghorn antelope remain similar to 2008, with the addition of an archery season in Unit 7.

Elk recommendations also are similar to 2008, with a couple of exceptions. To allow for modest population growth in some areas, a reduction of antlerless permits is recommended. However, to encourage hunter recruitment, juniors-only antlerless elk permits numbers are the same as last year. A new CHAMP bull elk hunt of 10 permits is being proposed for Unit 6A. Lastly, the over-the-counter nonpermit tag introduced last year is recommended to continue - but with some minor changes to season dates, hunt areas and boundary descriptions. Hunters interested in this opportunity are encouraged to wait until after the final regulations are available before purchasing a tag

If you are unable to attend one of these open houses, the hunt recommendations were posted on the Game and Fish Department's Web site on Saturday, and you can download a PDF file to review at your leisure. The recommendations are at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/hunt_guidelines.shtml.