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See Arizona - A Guide to Outdoor Opportunities, Hunting, and Fishing

The mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department is to conserve, enhance, and restore Arizona's diverse wildlife resources and habitats through aggressive protection and management programs, and to provide wildlife resources and safe watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation for the enjoyment, appreciation, and use by present and future generations.

The department works toward fulfilling its mission through a variety of programs, including hunting and fishing regulations, habitat management, fish stocking, wildlife research, wildlife reintroduction programs, shooting sports programs, off-highway vehicle and watercraft enforcement and education, environmental education, and a variety of programs geared toward informing or reconnecting people with hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation and other outdoor recreation.

The department is governed by the five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission, which makes rules and regulations for managing, conserving, and protecting wildlife and fisheries resources, and for safe and regulated watercraft and off-highway vehicle operations for the benefit of the citizens of Arizona. In support of the commission's obligations, the Arizona Game and Fish Department director, as chief administrative officer, provides general supervision and control of all department functions and activities. The current director is Larry Voyles.

Find out the latest Arizona Game and Fish Department news

Want to find out the latest about hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, OHV/boating recreation, rules and regulations, commission actions, and upcoming activities of the Arizona Game and Fish Department? There are many ways for you to stay informed of the latest developments:

Web site - Visit

Newsletters - Visit to subscribe to the department's FREE e-newsletters. All you need to do is provide your e-mail address and the newsletters will be sent to your e-mail address free of charge. Some of the newsletters you can sign up for are Wildlife News, Hunting Highlights, Weekly Fishing Report, Shooting Sports News, Urban Fishing Bulletin, and Off-Highway Vehicle News. To see a description of these newsletters or to sign up, visit

Television show/video - Visit to view informational videos or episodes of the department's Emmy award-winning television show, Arizona Wildlife Views television.

Magazine - Visit www.azgfd/gov/magazine to subscribe to the department's award-winning Arizona Wildlife Views magazine. The fee for a one-year subscription to this beautiful, four-color magazine is nominal.

For more information about Arizona:

Official State Travel/Tourism Web Site:

Arizona Game and Fish Department:

State bird: Cactus Wren

State flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom

State natives and residents:



State agencies often require licenses, permits or certifications for a wide range of activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. States work to prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas. The links below will help you find license and permit information, and how to apply.