By Arizona Game And Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is advising hunters who will be heading north for Friday’s start of the youth-only spring turkey hunts, as well as the general spring turkey hunts that begin April 26, to check the latest road conditions.  

The calendar may say it’s spring, but a winter wonderland still exists in some parts of the high country, where the snowpack is significant at higher elevations and many forest service roads remain closed or impassable due to snow or muddy conditions.

As of late Wednesday, many winter seasonal road closures remained in effect on the national forests. The closures are necessary to prevent damage to roads and habitat. While road conditions are evaluated on a daily basis, and roads are opened as they become passable, hunters should expect limited access into some areas where they might choose to do their hunting or camping. 

Meanwhile, a National Wild Turkey Federation youth mentoring camp serving Game Management Units 6A, 5A and 5B will take place, as scheduled, at the V bar V Ranch (Lake Mary Road and Forest Service Road 81) near Happy Jack.

Best advice?

Call the appropriate land-management agency before heading out for a hunt.

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT): 

(602) 712-7355

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest: 

(928) 333-4301.

Coconino National Forest: 

(928) 527-3600.

Kaibab National Forest: 

(928) 635-8200.

The department encourages hunters to respect closures and not attempt to drive around locked gates or barricades. The act is a violation of the law and punishable by fines. 

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