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Keeping fields clean key to having land open to hunters
YUMA, Ariz. - The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is organizing a cleanup effort from 6 to 11 a.m. this Saturday (Sept. 14) that targets farm fields used by dove hunters. The staging area is the parking lot at Sprague's Sporting Goods, 345 W. 32nd St.
"Every year hundreds if not thousands flock to Yuma for dove hunting. As a way to say thank you to the local farmers who allow access to their land, we are organizing a cleanup to remove some of the debris left behind," said Chris Bedinger, ASGFD public information officer. Trash bags, water, and maps to areas identified as 'in need' of cleaning will be provided at the staging area.
The cleanup effort is critical to the tourism industry, said Linda Jordan, executive director of Yuma Visitors Bureau.
"The opening of dove season is a much-needed shot in the arm for Yuma hotels, restaurants and other businesses after a long, hot summer," Jordan said. "We surveyed dove hunters this year and a frequent suggestion was to have more land that's not posted 'no hunting, no trespassing.' "
"To make that happen, fields need to be left in good shape - and we need the help of the whole community to do that," Jordan added. "If you appreciate business from dove hunters, please do your part to make sure they return by helping out with this effort."
Please bring sunscreen, hats, gloves, and a vehicle to transport, shells, ammo boxes and other trash back to Sprague's, where there will be a dumpster available.
For more information about the cleanup, please contact the Yuma offices of the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 928-342-0091.
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