Yesterday (12/10/21) at the Commission meeting in Yuma the Commissioners directed the Department to maintain OTC Archery deer opportunity utilizing the threshold model with mandatory reporting. Additionally the Commission asked the Department to evaluate a way to implement a 10% cap on non-resident permits similar to that of draw permits. This will provide everyone an opportunity to continue utilizing the OTC archery deer hunts.
This could not have been accomplished without the willingness of the Department and the Commission to bring us into the conversation and listen to what we had to say. Thank You!
Moving forward the Department will publish the Hunt Guidelines by the end of the year. These guidelines establish the parameters in which the Department and Commission can establish hunting seasons.
In January the Department will begin the Hunt Recommendation process. During this process the Department will recommend season structures for the 2022 Fall hunts. I am hopeful to get many of the hunts that were removed in 2021 back for archers. In order to do this I need everyone to complete their hunter questionnaires.
Mandatory reporting is coming but it will take at least a year to fully implement, in the meantime it is up to us to complete those questionnaires.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to email the Commission. They received approximately 260 emails. Those emails overwhelmingly supported the threshold model and mandatory reporting. Additionally I want to thank the Mule Deer Foundations, Arizona Deer Association, Arizona Mule Deer Organization, Arizona Bowhunters Association, Bowhunting in Arizona Record Book Committee, and the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society. All of these organizations contacted the commission to show their support.
Chairman, Bowhunting in Arizona Record Book Committee