The Arizona Game and Fish Department, under the provisions of Arizona Revised Statute 17-231 is responsible for carrying out policy for the management, preservation and harvest of wildlife. This activity is carried out under the supervision of the Game and Fish Director, who also serves as Secretary to the Game and Fish Commission. The Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor. Commissioners are appointed for staggered five year terms and by statute must meet at least quarterly.
The Department employs approximately 500 permanent employees, within four divisions: Wildlife Management, Special Services, Information and Education and Field Operations.