Recommendations generally call for fewer deer permits

KINGMAN - Just four people showed up for a meeting last week at the Region 3 office where Game Specialist Erin Butler shared information on the region's recommendation to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission on this fall's deer, sheep, turkey, fall javelina, mountain lion and bear hunts.

Butler reported that the region will recommend no changes in the numbers of permits for bighorn sheep.

"The sheep hunt in Units 15A-15B East will not be reinstated due to continued low sheep numbers," Butler said.

For deer, permit number for the muzzleloader hunts in Units 15A, A, B, C and D will stay the same.

Unit 16A will see a decrease in deer permits, as will Unit 17A, and 18A. Unit 18B will see a decrease in permits and Butler said they will recommend a "small" decrease in the number of fall youth only deer tags.

Unit 10 will also see a decrease in general rifle deer tags.

Unit 19A will see an increase in deer tags, while Units 19B and 20A will stay the same.

Due to the money the department has received from the Pitman-Robertson fund, more and better water distribution, along with some controlled burns, are being planned in Unit 16A. This unit, which encompasses the Hualapai Mountains, is being recommended to allow predator hunters to hunt coyotes all day.

The only change for mountain lion recommendations in Region 3 is that lion hunters will now be allowed to take multiple lions in Unit 16A until the female harvest quota is reached. It is hoped the fawn survival rate will increase by removing additional lions in 16A.

For youth-only hunts in the 15 units, companion javelina tags will be offered starting this year. Unit 16A, which has a 25-permit youth only December muzzleloader hunt, currently allows young hunters to purchase a companion javelina tag.

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The Mohave Sportsman Club's annual Antelope Eaters coyote suppression hunt is Saturday and Sunday in units all over northern Arizona.

Entries will be taken at the 7 Mile Hill Range, many local gun shops, and at the Black Cat Bar in Seligman until 10 p.m. on Friday.

Call MSC President Ron Hooper at (602) 677-2884 for information.