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March 14, 2008, 12:59 AM

March 12, 2008
A public meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be held on March 14, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. as authorized by A.R.S. § 17-201(D). Members of the Commission will attend either in person or by telephone conference call. The Commission will discuss and may vote to take action on the following matters:
March 14, 2008, Arizona Game and Fish Commission at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix Arizona 85086.
Meeting begins at 11:30 a.m.
1. Presenter: Harry Seck, Assistant Director, Special Services, Request by Cabela’s T.A.G.S. for a Hearing to Extend the 2008 Antelope and Elk Draw Deadline. Cabela’s T.A.G.S. is requesting a hearing before the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to request the 2008 Antelope and Elk draw deadline be extended to consider all applications received by the Commission, to date, where there is proof of mailing on or before February 11, 2008, or proof that the applications were sent via courier service guaranteeing delivery February 12, 2008 before 7:00 P.M. The Commission will vote to accept or deny Cabela’s T.A.G.S petition, which may require the Commission to change the hunt application deadline for the 2008 antelope and elk draw.
2. Call to the Public. Those persons wishing to speak should complete a speaker’s card and present it to the host. Unless prior approval has been granted by the Chairman, comments will be limited to no more than three minutes. No discussion or action will be taken by the Commission. Any items requiring further discussion or action will be included on a future Commission meeting agenda.
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Background materials provided to Commission members concerning public agenda items are available for public inspection at the main office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 5000 W. Carefree Highway Phoenix Arizona 85086, at Department regional offices in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa and at the meetings.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, or this document in an alternative format, by contacting the AGFD Deputy Director, 5000 W. Carefree Highway ,Phoenix Arizona 85086 602-942-3000. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
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The Commission may go into Executive Session for the purpose of obtaining legal advice from the Commission Attorneys on any of the above agenda items pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03 (A) (3) & (4).
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is responsible for managing Arizona’s fish and wildlife resource as an enduring public trust. In addition, the Department is charged with promoting safe and responsible use of watercraft and off-highway vehicles. Funding is provided from the sale of licenses and permits; watercraft registration fees; federal excise taxes on firearms, fishing equipment, boats, and other sporting goods; State lottery revenues; donations on State income tax forms; and various contracts and grants. Department policy is set by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, whose five members are appointed by the Governor.

Personally, I say if a professional guide service can't get its act together to submit hunt applications during the same deadlines that I have, screw 'em. Give refunds and make reparations to your customers... but there should be no corporate welfare in hunting lotteries.

Elk and Antelope tags are already hard enough to get in AZ. Hopefully this will make it easier for us local residents who just head out with our buddies, to actually get drawn.

March 14, 2008, 05:33 PM
Commission voted 5-0 to decline the extension request.

Good on you, AZG&FD!

Keep the hunt and lottery honest and open!

March 14, 2008, 11:37 PM
A few years back we had a similar deal here in Iowa with turkey tags the state started limiting the # of in state tags in certain areas( in prime Turkey habitat in the river valleys) in respose to complaints from Chicago hunters that they didn't get a fair shake in the draw for turkey permits.It took a lot of phone calls and political threat to get the DNR to change their minds.We won that but it cost us a chance at a dove season ELMOUSMC

March 24, 2008, 07:45 AM
I'm so glad they turned them down! I wrote to every member of the council voicing my opposition to making any extension for Cabelas. No way they'd do that for any of us, I'm happy to hear they stood their ground in the face of a big corporation.

Good Job AZGFD!