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By Douglas Burt
Hunting & Shooting Sports Program Manager AZGFD 

Winter HAHWG Meeting A Partnered Success


Thank you! What a fantastic gathering and discussion we had on Jan. 30. We had 50 people in attendance of whom 15 were first-time attendees — our highest turnout yet!

The cross section of representation was equally as impressive with 21 unique organizations (many wear multiple hats) — including three angling groups and two predator hunting group.

The Department was equally represented by our public-information staff (five), terrestrial branch (one), Wildlife managers and regional staff (four), hunter education (one), and shooting sports (two). These Game & Fish folks are attending for the same reasons as external partners –— to build partnership, leverage resources and preserve the hunting / fishing heritage.

Some HAHWG Highlights

We have yet to compile all the notes, comments and actions from the meeting, but here are some of the highlights and takeaways that I observed and feel are worth sharing right now:

Together, we have more data on the process of recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) than we have ever had, and it’s shaping how we improve what we do! (see attached focus and survey reports)

Together, we have accomplished much! (see attached score card)

Together, through growing partnerships, we have improved a number of good events and made them better!

Together, we have identified 3 areas where recruitment is started and is a feeder for HAHWG (archery in schools, community fishing, and expo)

Together, we continue to collaborate, communicate and cooperate!

Next – On The Horizon:

Implementing Focus Group Findings and Recommendations via the HAHWG Steering Committee, suggestions, email dburt@azgfd.gov.

Submit your 2016-17 events for the fall hunt regulations to Steven McClure, smcclure@azgfd.gov by March 15th.

Those interested in connecting with Archery in the Schools participants at hunt event (Mar. 5) or state shoot (Mar. 19), contact kgerchar@azgfd.gov.

Public comment period open on Environmental Impact Assessment for the Sonoran National Monument for recreational shooting, http://1.usa.gov/1ZPyFSA, through March 21, 2016 4:30 p.m. MST.

Diablo Trust hosting outdoor day, April 23 at Flying M Ranch. Contact Craig McMullen or Shelly Shepherd.

Thank you to our food sponsors of both breakfast and lunch, the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association’s Shotgun Division, and the Arizona Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. As our events, food and social time are critical to our success, and we couldn’t do it without your support!

For More Information

Visit http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoorskills for a list of mentored events. Visit http://www.azgfd.gov/hahwg to learn more about the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup


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