AZGFD: Stop Paying Influencers

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AZGFD: Stop Paying Influencers

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Andrew Gillett started this petition to Arizona Game and Fish Department and

Since 2016 the Arizona Game and Fish Department has been paying influencer Randy Newberg to promote hunting in Arizona. According to Amber Munig the department has spent between $5,000 and $60,000 each year to promote a number of activities including small game, elk and antelope hunting and perhaps most consequentially OTC Archery Deer hunting. To help market their services Randy has also been provided with access to department personnel who participate in his hunts and appear on his social media platforms.

Randy Newberg is an established influencer from Montana with multiple platforms including two podcasts, a YouTube channel with 207k subscribers, Instagram with 132k followers, and a Facebook page with a whopping 500k followers; the vast majority of whom are Non-residents to Arizona.

Since this partnership began:

- OTC archery deer opportunity has been reduced by 25%

 - The number of units requiring a draw for archery deer hunting has doubled

 - Non-resident OTC archery deer tag sales have increased by more than 40%

We are asking the AZGFD and Commission to preserve opportunity for the residents of Arizona by ending payments to any influencers, and specifically Randy Newberg, for promotion of big game OTC and draw hunts which do not have a non-resident quota for tag allocation (including antlerless elk, youth elk, youth antlerless deer and all javelina hunts).  

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