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Draw Results for 2014 Elk and Pronghorn Antelope Now Available

Elk reg coverThe draw results for Arizona’s 2014 elk and pronghorn antelope big game hunts are now available by visiting and scrolling down to the “View results and bonus points” link. Applicants can also find out if they were drawn by calling (602) 942-3000 and selecting option two.

There were more than 140,000 applicants for this year’s elk/pronghorn antelope draw for hunts or bonus points, and 26,041 tags were issued. The total number of applications, including those submitted on paper and online, was approximately 109,440.

Hunt permit-tags for successful applicants, and refunds for unsuccessful or rejected applicants/applications (less application fees), are expected to be mailed out by April 18, pursuant to Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

There are about 121 leftover elk tags, available for purchase on a first-come first-served basis by mail (beginning April 21) or in person (beginning April 28). These leftover tags are a good option for hunters who missed the draw deadline or were not drawn for the hunt(s) for which they applied.

Leftover tags will be available for purchase by mail or in person as follows:

  • By mail - Applications submitted by mail will be accepted by the department beginning at 8 a.m. (MST), April 21, 2014, and must be mailed to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Draw/First Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Please do not mail applications to any PO Box.

  • In person – Beginning at 8 a.m. (MST), April 28, 2014, hunters may purchase leftover tags and submit their applications in person at any of the seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices.

Some of the leftover elk tags are for Hopi hunt open areas and are available to everyone, both tribal members and non-tribal members, through the first-come first-serve process.

For those who qualify, there are also some leftover elk tags for military hunts at Camp Navajo; contact or call (928) 864-6239 for additional information on Camp Navajo hunts.

    2014 Spring Hunt Information

    The application deadline for Arizona’s 2014 spring big game hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear was Oct. 8, 2013. Draw results are available by visiting and scrolling down to the “View results and bonus points” link.





      Draw Cycles and Hunt Permit Application Deadline Days

      The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducts three separate application and draw cycles for big game hunt permit-tags. Beginning in 2007, the Department for the first time held a separate draw for antelope and elk. This change was made to let hunters know earlier if they have been drawn for these two popular big game animals. The three draw cycles are:


      Species Draw Deadline
      Pronghorn antelope, elk Second Tuesday in February (pending Commission approval)
      Deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep fall buffalo, pheasant Second Tuesday in June (pending Commission approval)
      Spring javelina, spring bear, spring turkey, spring buffalo Second Tuesday in October (pending Commission approval)


      View Draw Results, Accumulated Bonus Points

      Use the link below to view the last draw results. To access the number of bonus points you have accumulated for deer, antelope, elk, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and bear, call 602 942-3000, option 2. You will need to provide your date of birth and department identification number, (for most people, this is their social security number).

      Learn More About Big Game Draw Process and Bonus Points

      Use the links below to learn about the big game draw and bonus point processes.

      Hunt Guidelines and Hunt Recommendations Process

      The Arizona Game and Fish Department follows a multi-tiered process for setting hunting season structures, hunting season dates, hunt permit allocations, and other controlling elements for regulating hunting of game animals. Learn more about this process and how you can participate.

      Learn About the Hunter Questionnaire Survey

      The Arizona Game and Fish Department currently uses a business-reply postcard questionnaire to survey hunters about harvest, methods, and effort. This technique has been used by the Department for over 45 years. The process was reviewed in 2008 see the report below for details.

      Online Draw and License Information

      The department in October 2011 reimplemented the online application service to apply for big game hunt permit-tags. The date of availability of applying via the online service will be announced during each draw cycle. For the current draw cycle for 2012 pronghorn antelope and elk hunts, we anticipate the online application service will be available in early to mid January 2012. Applicants can also submit paper applications by mail or dropped off at a department office. Application forms can be found at all license dealers, at department offices, or by downloading a copy from the link found on the right-hand column of this web page.

      Licenses can now be purchased online here and from more than 300 license dealers statewide.



      Hunt Arizona Edition
      Survey, Harvest and Hunt Data for Big and Small Game

      Improve your odds of drawing a hunting tag

      Do you want to find the hunts with the best chances of putting a tag in your pocket?

      Or, are you more interested in which hunts have the best harvest success? You can find that information and much more in the annual Hunt Arizona resource guide.

      The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual collection of survey, harvest and hunt data for big and small game has the latest 5-year data as well as historical data that you are bound to find of interest, some of it dating back to 1930s.

      Arizona offers some of the best trophy and or unique hunting opportunities in North America for each of these species: Black bear, buffalo, coues whitetail, desert bighorn sheep, elk, javelina, mountain lion, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and turkey (goulds or merriam).



      Special Big Game Permit-Tag Program

      Each year, in June, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission awards Special Big Game License Tags, sometimes called Commissioners’ tags, to selected 501(c)(3) wildlife conservation organizations who are charged to market and sell those tags to raise funds for Arizona's wildlife.

      Up to three tags for each of the following 10 Arizona big game species are typically allocated: pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, black bear, buffalo, elk, javelina, mountain lion, mule deer, Coues white-tailed deer and turkey.

      All of the revenues raised are then returned to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to be directly used to benefit those species through wildlife and habitat management in coordination with the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee.

      Tags are typically made available to the public through auctions or raffles, including the Big Game Super Raffle.

      The uniqueness of these special tags is that the hunting season is year-round allowing winning tag holders the time to pursue a trophy animal, many of which can only be found in the southwest and some only in Arizona – particularly, the Gould’s wild turkey, desert and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Coues white-tailed deer, and the world-famous Kaibab mule deer.



      Arizona Big Game Super Raffle

      superrafflelogoThe Arizona Game and Fish Department frequently receives questions from constituents asking, “What is the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle?”

      The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity that conducts a special raffle each year to raise money for wildlife conservation efforts. Each year the Arizona Game and Fish Commission sets aside one tag for each of 10 big game species—bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, antelope, buffalo, turkey, bear, javelina and mountain lion—for the purpose of being offered through the Super Raffle.

      People buy tickets for a chance to win one or more of the tags. Ticket prices range from $5 to $25 each, depending on species. Winners will be able to hunt for 365 days almost anywhere in the state of Arizona during the 2012-13 hunting season. Every dollar raised for each species by the raffle is returned to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and managed by the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee (AHPC) for that particular species, with input from local habitat partners across the state.

      For more information about the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle, visit




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Hunting, Trapping & Fishing Regulations, Season Dates & Draw Information

Detailed information on all rules, regulations and seasons

  • New! 2013-2014 Arizona Hunting Regulations [PDF, 6mb]

  • Hunt Permit-Tag Application Form [PDF]
  • New! 2014 Antelope & Elk Hunt Draw Regulations
    [PDF, 4mb]

  • 2014 Spring Hunt Draw Regulations [PDF]

  • 2013-2014 Waterfowl & Snipe Regulations [PDF]

  • New! 2013-2014 Dove & Band-tailed Pigeon Regs [PDF]

  • 2013 Sandhill Crane Regulations [PDF]

  • Hunt Arizona 2012: Survey, Harvest and Draw Data
    [PDF, 6mb]

  • 2013-2014 Trapping Regulations [PDF]

  • 2014 AZ Fishing Regulations
    [PDF, 7mb]
  • 2014 Urban Fishing Guidebook
    [PDF, 9mb]
  • 2013 Amphibian and Reptile Regulations [PDF]

  • 2013-14 Raptor Regulations [PDF]
  • Arizona Residency Requirements [PDF]


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