Permits for Kaibab Archery Hunt?
Should a permit system be established for the archery hunt on the Kaibab Plateau and Arizona Strip areas?

That is one of the recommendations being put on the table for consideration when the Arizona Game and Fish Department conducts its annual public hunt meetings across the state in January and February.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission on December 8 approved the "Guidelines and Recommendations for the 2002-2003 Hunting Seasons." Those recommendations were scheduled to be available by December 14 on the department's Internet Home Page at

Game Branch Chief Tice Supplee explained that the draft "guidelines and recommendations" for the hunting seasons are used by wildlife managers in the six regions to prepare their annual recommendations for next year's hunts.

"The Flagstaff Region is recommending we go to some type of permitting system for the archery hunt north of the Colorado River so that we can better regulate the number of hunters and the deer harvest," Supplee said.

The Kaibab archery hunt is just one of many "recommendations" being put before the public. The guidelines will be distributed at public meetings in January and February at 11 or more locations around the state. More than 500 people attended such meetings last year. Public comments will be accepted by letter and e-mail through March 1, 2002.

The public comments collected during this process will be provided to the department's six regional offices for consideration when they are preparing final hunt recommendation packages. The final recommendations will come before the Game and Fish Commission for consideration at its April 13 meeting in Phoenix.

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