Outdoor Notes: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The website www.huntbigboranch.com - which is providing information about hunting on the Boquillas Ranch this fall in Unit 10 - reported that the ranch will be requiring permits starting Aug. 22. Hunters will be required to pay a $60 fee for a permit that allows access to the 750,000-acre ranch. Guides and outfitters will be charged $200 per hunt.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has passed a new hunting and fishing license structure that will go into effect Jan. 1. To see the new structure and fees, go to www.azgfd.gov/licensesimplification and click on "Summary sheet of the draft license structure and fees." Sportsmen will be interested to know that the proposal to create premium hunt fees was not part of this package. The commission received a lot of input about the proposal during public meetings held around the state in May and June. The proposal was shot down due to "strong constituent opposition," according to the Game and Fish Department.

The governor's office is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 20. In accordance with Arizona law, only applicants who reside in Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, LaPaz, Mohave, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai and Yuma counties are eligible to apply. Applicants may apply online at azgovernor.gov/bc/application.asp. Applicants can find out about the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the duties of the commission by going to www.azgfd.gov/commission.

If you are looking for something fun and educational to do this weekend, plan on attending the Arizona Game and Fish Department's annual Mormon Lake elk workshop on Saturday. The workshop will include a presentation and a field trip to watch elk in their natural habitat. There is no cost for the program, but you must register with the Region II office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (928) 774-5045 by 3 p.m. Friday. The presentations will start at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Kachina room of the Mormon Lake Lodge, which is located about 25 miles south of Flagstaff. For complete directions, go to www.mormonlakelodge.com.