Dreaded out of staters

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  1. 'tween_fly_ways

    'tween_fly_ways Moderator Moderator

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    My brother and I are planning a trip to the Phoenix area for the dove opener. . . invited by our younger. . . less thorough brother who lives there. I haven't looked at your regs just yet (plan to this weekend), but are there any tips you can provide?

    Is hunter safety required? Is it grandfathered? Is it different for non-residents?

    Lead shot ok around Phoenix?

    Any pitfalls for non-residents hunting near Phoenix?

    Just trying to be cautious. . .

    Thanks for any following tips or truly funny quips. . .
     
  2. DesertWings

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    Select the sticky that Birdup posted at the top...it has the link to the AZ Game & Fish department where you can get a short term license on-line prior to you coming... Guys in the Phoenix area may chime in on the bird situation...enjoy your hunt and bring lots of water...will still be a LITTLE warm.
     
  3. migr82az

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    Hunter safety is not required but is honored from most other states. A direct call to the Arizona Game and Fish Department will surely answer your questions in the most honest and efficient manner. 602-942-3000

    As said by DesertWings, getting a short term license is your best bet and can be purchased and printed online.
    https://az.gov/azgfd/license/home.xhtml

    Lead shot is no problem for dove but you will need to purchase a migratory bird stamp, sign it, lick it, and stick it on the back of your license, can get one at a local wal-mart or other sporting good store when you get here.

    No particular pitfalls, but be prepared for lots of heat and lots of hunters around the opener of Sept 1st. Lots of guys do well near ag fields or stock tanks in the desert. Google earth is your best friend to find some water. ok, one particular pitfall, lots of rattlesnakes around those stock tanks and potentially anywhere you go in the desert. Just be careful walking around and reaching into brush for your birds.

    Enjoy your stay in PHX.
     
  4. Birdup

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    What area of Phx does your brother live in?
     
  5. 'tween_fly_ways

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    Gilbert. SW of the airport.
     
  6. longduck

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    might wanna bring a boat! ;)
     
  7. 'tween_fly_ways

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    Well, the dove hunting was terrible. . .

    But, the experience of shooting doves in the desert was really cool. It's a different world where dove ONLY fly 3-6 feet off the ground. . . and people still shoot.:nutz Took a while to recalibrate my scanning technique to stop looking up.

    I didn't hear even one shout of "Low Bird!!!" which is a common admonition here, to (hopefully) keep others from shooting at face level. However. . .it's not necessary there, since (at least where we were) hunter proximity isn't a problem.

    Overall a nice experience. Hope y'all made out ok in the floods last week.
     
  8. migr82az

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    Glad you had a good time at least! Local reports were definitely mixed success on dove this year.
     

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