Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Game and Fish Commission considered several changes to the 2018 and
2019 elk and pronghorn hunts at their Dec. 2, 2017 meeting. Although
part of the normal bureaucratic process, the changes will affect some
hunters' choices in the upcoming drawing.
respected for conservative management of wildlife, AZ Game and Fish has
exceptional opportunities for both pronghorn and elk. Although permit
numbers are low, trophy quality may be the best in the nation, and any
unit can produce a 350 or better bull or an 82-inch pronghorn. Each
year, thousands of hunters track herd performance, points and rainfall
patterns to determine where to apply. The changes proposed for some
units include complete changes in season and several reductions in the
number of permits available.
For example, 15%
of the rifle tags and 9% of the archery tags for pronghorn were removed
from the popular Unit 10 hunt (reduced by 20 tags overall), which will
eliminate two nonresident tags. If applicant numbers remain the same,
the chances of drawing one of these tags decreased by about 20%. Four
rifle tags were added to Unit 4A and five rifle tags were added to 4B,
potentially improving draw chances by 10 to 15%....