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SUPERIOR, Ariz. – Update: Persons Of Interest Were Hunting Legally


January 1, 2017

The Arizona Game and Fish Department found that persons of interest in a photo distributed on some AZGFD social media accounts were hunting legally when they recently took a buck near Superior.

When they learned they were “persons of interest” through AZGFD social media posts, they contacted the Department, produced their tag and additional photos of the buck, and the investigation was concluded.

“This was a success story in that a member of the public reported what appeared to be suspicious behavior,” said AZGFD Officer Kriselle Colvin, “and thanks to social media and immediate cooperation of the hunter, we were able to confirm that this deer was in fact taken in a completely ethical and legal manner.”

Initially, a concerned citizen had sent the photo to Operation Game Thief. The majority of our state’s hunters do the right thing and uphold the game laws in Arizona — this case is another example.

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If you see suspicious behavior, please contact AZGFD's Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, or visit


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