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Study shows nearly half of bald eagles in Arizona affected by chronic lead poisoning

A new study from the journal Science found that almost half of bald eagles and golden eagles in Arizona and 37 other states suffered from chronic lead poisoning - caused by consuming lead from bullets and shot through their diet. ... Read more»

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Buffalo shuffle: Groups push to ship, not shoot, Grand Canyon bison

A planned hunt of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon this week appears to be moving forward, despite last-minute pleas by lawmakers in Colorado to move the animals there instead. ... Read more»

Sharpshooters could target Grand Canyon bison by 2021 under herd plan

State and federal officials have agreed on a plan that includes bringing in volunteer sharpshooters to cut the number of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

New rules expand hunting on most national wildlife refuges in Arizona

Hunting groups are applauding new federal rules creating longer seasons, extended hours and expanded methods for hunting and taking different types of game on national wildlife refuges.... Read more»

Court orders new hearing for groups trying to ban lead ammo in Kaibab

A federal appeals court Thursday ordered a new hearing for environmental groups trying to ban the use of lead shot in Kaibab National Forest that they said poses a threat to endangered California condors.... Read more»

Hunters help safeguard Arizona’s deer & elk from chronic wasting disease

Hunters are on the front line of Arizona’s efforts to keep chronic wasting disease at bay now that it is popping up in other states. ... Read more»

Az wildlife managers rely on public to help stop poaching

Because of negative effects poaching can have on wildlife management – and the multimillion-dollar economic impact hunting has on the state – Arizona Game & Fish is emphasizing catching poachers. ... Read more»

Critics: Hunters’ rights is wrong argument for bill allowing silencers

Gun-control advocates blasted a hunters’ rights bill in a House hearing Tuesday, calling it little more than a “cowardly” attempt to ease restrictions on silencers and armor-piercing bullets being pushed by the gun lobby. ... Read more»

Wounded vets hunt for peace of mind

The mountain air bites at Sgt. Jose Valdenegro’s extremities as he and his hunting guide scout for elk not far from the New Mexico border. It’s 25 degrees, his 10 fingers and five toes stinging in protest at the cold. He is one of about 150 disabled troops that Wounded Warrior Outdoors has taken on a hunting expedition this year.... Read more»

Safari Club that suspended lion-killing hunter donates to top politicians

A Tucson-based hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's records show.... Read more»

Video: Mountain lions in lair, raccoon outfoxes dinner plans

A trio of mountain lions frequenting a cave near Tucson, and a raccoon making off like a bandit with a bunny meant for a fox's dinner are featured in recent videos shot by a local big-game guide.... Read more»

Hunters to House: Don’t restrict sportsmen on federal lands

Sportsmen called on a House panel Wednesday to support a sweeping proposal that they said would guarantee hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting rights on federal lands for future generations. Critics say the bill would remove environmental protections to solve a problem the doesn’t exist.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Grand Canyon Watershed Nat'l Monument can work for everyone

Arizonans are a spirited, strong-willed bunch. But there is something we all agree on: From hikers to hunters, from tribal nations to tourism authorities – we love the Grand Canyon. This is why I am working on an effort to designate the Grand Canyon Watershed as a national monument.... Read more»

Bill puts destructive Grand Canyon bison in the cross hairs

Arizona lawmakers have a simple solution to the problem of bison that are overgrazing and damaging Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim area - hunting. They're backing bills to allow "skilled volunteers" to hunt bison in the normally hunting-free park and to keep their kill. ... Read more»

Border agents rescue lost hunter

Border Patrol agents rescued a lost hunter Tuesday after family members reported him missing near Douglas. ... Read more»

Game and Fish: Fewer condors with lead poisoning

Fewer California condors were treated for lead poisoning over a one-year period ending in August. While the reason isn't clear, a state wildlife official said may have to do with more hunters in Arizona and particularly Utah taking steps to keep lead out of the environment. ... Read more»

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