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Arizona Seeks Public Input on Wildlife 20/20 Plan

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released the draft of its new strategic plan, Wildlife 20/20, and wants your comments and input. Wildlife 20/20 provides broad strategic guidance for all department programs. It is intended to be a living document that conveys policy direction that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has provided...

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Deer Talk Now: Your Questions Answered!

Wide Open Wednesday was a blast again, with Deer Talk Now hosts Brad Rucks and Dan Schmidt fielding your questions on a variety of topics. Additionally, they had a good debate about a few other campfire conversations, including whether antler restrictions are good when mandated by state agencies. Be sure to check out the...

Tallow trees such as this one with ripening seed pods are invasive species and can be detrimental to wildlife and wildlife habitat. (Photo: James Henson, USDA-NRCS)

Control Invasive Plants to Help Deer, Wildlife

Millions of dollars are spent each year by private landowners, individuals and hunting clubs to improve wildlife habitat, with the majority of these expenses consisting of planting food plots in autumn to provide a food source during winter and to attract wildlife for hunting. Some land managers also plant summer crops and some go...

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Do Songbirds Need Deer Hunters?

What do birds and deer have in common? Habitat, and if there are too many deer putting a hurt on the habitat used by birds then it can negatively impact their food sources and nesting opportunities. Some folks don’t see that correlation, though, and believe everything will be just fine if left alone. Anti-hunters...

Habitat management should involve a broad spectrum of things that may include food plot management.

Habitat Management: Seeing The Big Picture

What are your goals for habitat management on your property? Do they involve an overall plan for habitat and forests or existing timber? Or have you separated them into two categories believing they shouldn’t be managed in concert? Doing the latter could create problems, which is why it’s usually best to manage with an...