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Old 05-24-2017, 10:50 AM
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White Mountain Apache Tribe

Perhaps this was mentioned in another thread, but I was very surprised to see the update WMAT map showing a broad expansion of seasonal closures on the reservation starting August 1st.
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Old 05-24-2017, 03:45 PM
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If it was my land I would try to protect it from periods of road abuse and fire danger just to mention 2 reasons.
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:27 PM
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Unfortunately those are not the reasons though. Most of the lakes and streams (including the entire Black River) are closed August 1-Oct 15. That tells me it is shut down for the trophy elk hunts.
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:31 AM
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Unfortunately those are not the reasons though. Most of the lakes and streams (including the entire Black River) are closed August 1-Oct 15. That tells me it is shut down for the trophy elk hunts.
Yep. But, it is their land and the trophy hunts are big business. It goes a long way in providing GF the funding for the rest of the fishing season.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:38 AM
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I agree. Tribal officer said they were having problems with photographers and environmentalists getting fishing permits in the fall and instead of fishing, harassing elk to either get pictures or disrupt the hunts.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:55 AM
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I agree. Tribal officer said they were having problems with photographers and environmentalists getting fishing permits in the fall and instead of fishing, harassing elk to either get pictures or disrupt the hunts.
Wouldn't have even thought of that. Makes sense then.
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Old 05-30-2017, 02:45 PM
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Be advised -
http://wmatoutdoor.org/wp_view.html?pageid=7
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:36 PM
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I imagine fishing would be on fire after October 15th
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:36 PM
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Has anyone heard of hunter/fishermen harassment on the White Mountain Reservation?

Sounds like they just want us out of the way of their high roller clients on the big money hunts...but there may be more to it.
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Old 05-31-2017, 03:30 PM
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Many years ago (20+ years) we were camped at Reservation Lake in late September and drove over to Drift Fence to fish for the day. As we approached the lake we spotted three really nice bulls all standing on the dam and stopped to a take few pics before driving into the lake parking area. A pickup pulled up quickly and a young man (not in uniform) told us to move along as we could be in the process of F'ing up someone's hunt (exact words). My response of my $6 fishing permit gave me the same right to be at Drift Fence as a $10,000 hunter did not get a response. I certainly would not intentionally disrupt a person's hunt but I was thinking why would a guide have his clients in an area where there are fisherman???
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