Ok i got this email today from my NWTF RD it shows the G&F june meetings around the state we all need to go and voice how we feel and see what they have to see about tags what they want to do!! get friends and family members to go so check out the dates and lets all go to these. here is the email. thanks. Meetings Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 9:10 AM To All: Please read the AZGFD message below. Those of you who are following the Department's move to provide "more hunter opportunity" need to be involved in the meetings scheduled to take place during the next few weeks. More and more the Departments activities are being determined by surveys and public meetings which often have poor attendance. Sportsmen need to show up! Please read the message below, show up at the scheduled meetings, and make your feelings known. If sportsmen do not show up for these meetings, we will have missed an important opportunity to raise questions, provide our input and address any concerns you might have. To do otherwise, allows others to speak for you, and means you will just have to accept the outcome of the meetings! Please spread the word! Pete From: Wildlife Views, May 24, 2007 Hunt structures evolving to provide more hunting opportunities Public meetings set to gather hunter input on hunt guidelines How important is it to you to get drawn for a tag more frequently? A two-pronged telephone and Internet survey conducted by Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Va., for the Arizona Game and Fish Department shows the majority of last year’s hunt applicants believe that more opportunity to go hunting is essential to keeping them in the game. The department is continuing to address ways to increase hunter opportunity, and hunters will have a more practical opportunity to see their views translated into specific hunt management proposals during the upcoming hunt guideline meetings being conducted in June by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Those hunt guideline meetings will all be from 6-8 p.m. at the following dates and locations: Pinetop, June 5, Arizona Game and Fish Department Pinetop regional office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd. Flagstaff, June 5, Arizona Game and Fish Department Flagstaff regional office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road. Prescott, June 6, Yavapai County Supervisors Office, 1015 Fair Street. Tucson, June 6, Arizona Game and Fish Department Tucson regional office, 555 N. Greasewood Road. Safford, June 7, Safford City Hall Annex, 808 8th Ave. Sierra Vista, June 7, Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Boulevard. Mesa, June 18, Arizona Game and Fish Department Mesa regional office, 7200 E. University Drive. Phoenix, June 18, Wildlife Building at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road. Yuma, June 20, Arizona Game and Fish Department Yuma regional office, 9140 E. 28th St. Kingman, June 20, Arizona Game and Fish Department Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road. Payson, June 21, Best Western Payson Inn (the night before the Game and Fish Commission meeting there), 801 N. Beeline Highway (Highway 87). Page, June 21, National Park Service Headquarters conference room, 691 Scenic View Drive (just off Highway 89 between the Denny’s and the Maverick). The hunt guidelines, which will be brought before the Arizona Game and Fish Commission for approval at its Aug. 10-11 meeting in Flagstaff, will guide department wildlife managers for the next two years when crafting their specific unit-by-unit hunt recommendations. Game Branch Chief Leonard Ordway explains that the desire for big game hunters to get into the field more often is one of the driving forces behind the department’s ongoing efforts to craft the hunt guidelines. Hunters should keep in mind that this is the first year of having the bi-annual hunt guideline meetings in June rather have having the traditional hunt guideline meetings every January. “We are in the process of developing the draft guidelines for the next two years. We want all hunters to assist the department in determining our future in hunting. We welcome their input during the hunt guideline development,” Ordway said. Once the draft hunt guideline package is assembled, it will be posted on the department’s Web site, and the information will also be distributed via the department’s e-news efforts. For those who don’t already receive the department’s free Wildlife News or Hunting Highlights e-newsletters but want to keep abreast of this process as well as receiving other timely information, you can sign up at azgfd.gov/signup.