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Javelina hunt options abound

KINGMAN - If the recommendations for the Spring 2009 javelina hunts for Region III are accepted and passed by the Arizona Game & Fish Commission, hunters will have a lot of opportunities to go after the little porkers next year.

At a public meeting last Wednesday evening that was attended by only five local residents, Region III Game Specialist Erin Riddering answered questions and produced data on the recommendations that Region III staff will make to the commission at this weekend's meeting in Phoenix.

If that hunt package is approved, Unit 16A (Hualapais) will see 350 general tags, 50 juniors-only tags, 100 handgun-archery-muzzleloader (HAM) tags and will be part of a 16-unit block that will have 1,000 archery tags.

In Game Management Unit 18B, there will be 450 general permits, a reduction of 50 from 2008, and 50 juniors-only tags.

Those who wish to apply for HAM tags in '09 will see 250 tags available, an increase of 50 tags.

This year Unit 18B archery became part of a six-unit hunt that has 1,700 tags.

One sportsman asked a question about hunt success in Units 16A and 18B for the past two years.

Riddering advised that for the general hunt in Unit 16A in 2007, the hunt success was 36 percent, but it dropped to 14 percent in 2008. The game specialist said that inclement weather during the hunt was believed to be responsible for the drop.

HAM hunters in Unit 16A also saw a drop in hunt success. In 2007, HAM Hunters enjoyed a 39 percent hunt success, while in '08, it dropped to 17 percent.

Juniors-only hunters enjoyed an increase in hunt success. In 2007 young hunters had a 50 percent hunt success, while in '08, 57 percent of the 50 hunters bagged a pig.

In Unit 18B, the success on the general hunt dropped from 47 percent in 2007 to 22 percent in '08.

HAM hunters in Unit 18B also saw a decrease in hunt success. Success went from 32 percent in 2007 to 28 percent in 2008.

Juniors-only hunters in Unit 18B also saw a drop. In 2007, 61 percent of the 100 hunters took a pig, while this year only 49 out of the 100 young hunters were successful.

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