The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) was in full-mode damage control Friday after the Associated Press released an article with a Flagstaff dateline that incorrectly stated that bull elk hunters “…who come up empty-handed after a week will have their hunts extended.”
In view of mainstream media staffers’ general ignorance and resultant frequent factual reporting errors on most things–especially matters pertaining to hunting, fishing, and firearms–it is not hard to imagine that no one at the reporting outlets that published the story or at the Associated Press questioned the information and identified it as a story full of “bull” but no “elk.”.
CORRECTION OF AP NEWS ARTICLE:
Bull elk rifle hunt permits will not be extended under any circumstances
An Associated Press article released today (Nov. 30) with a Flagstaff dateline stated that bull elk hunters “…who come up empty-handed after a week will have their hunts extended.”
That statement is inaccurate. The season for bull elk rifle hunts begins this week, and contrary to incorrect information issued by news and other media outlets today, no extensions of any hunt permits will be available under any circumstances.
Television, radio, newspaper and online news outlets in Flagstaff, Phoenix and elsewhere in Arizona picked up the incorrect information regarding the bull elk hunts and included it in online postings and news reports. News outlets statewide are, or already have, removed the incorrect information, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department is issuing this clarification to be sure that misinformation is corrected and is not passed along.
To reiterate, hunters are advised that NO EXTENSIONS will be available under any circumstances for elk hunt permits, regardless of whether or not their hunts are successful.
Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department