Commission expected to set dove, crane and band-tailed seasons

During its upcoming two-day meeting in Phoenix on June 27-28, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will set the seasons for dove, band-tailed pigeons and sandhill cranes, consider what organizations get special big game tags to auction or raffle to raise funds for wildlife management, and make awards for shooting range grants.

The meeting will be held at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix.

The Friday portion begins with an executive session at 8 a.m., followed by the public meeting. Friday’s agenda includes consideration of department budget proposals for fiscal years 2010 and 2011; briefings on legislative and Arizona lands activities; informational presentations on a state trust land ballot initiative and the T.I.M.E. Coalition’s transportation initiative; and license revocation hearings.

Saturday’s agenda includes:

Consideration of applications from organizations for 2009-2010 special big game license tags to raise money for wildlife management efforts;
Approval of the 2008-09 commission orders for doves, band-tailed pigeons and sandhill cranes;
Awarding of shooting range grants for fiscal year 2009;
An informational briefing on the status of new air quality regulations by county and local governments (and their potential impact to vehicular access by hunters and anglers in Maricopa and Pinal counties) pursuant to passage of Senate Bill 1552.
A complete agenda is available at the department’s Web site at