Applying online is fast and easy. The online process prompts you to accurately complete your form, dramatically reducing your chance of making errors that could result in a rejected application. While the online process is quick, officials at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) remind applicants not to wait until the last minute to apply.
“The deadline for submitting draw applications is Feb. 10, 2015, by 7 p.m. (MST), and by applying now, you can avoid the last minute rush,” said Debbie Rittenback, AZGFD revenue unit supervisor. “Applying now eliminates the worry and frustration of waiting ‘til the last minute.”
Only VISA and MasterCard are accepted for draw applications submitted online. No charges for the cost of the hunt permit-tag will be posted to your account unless and until you are drawn. Online applicants must still pay the non-refundable $13 application fee for Arizona residents and $15 for non-residents. This fee is charged as part of the application process for both online and paper applications. A portion of these fees is dedicated to habitat, public access and recruitment/retention efforts.
The online draw application service works with these browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. Safari users may want to upgrade to the latest version of the OS and Safari browser because some problems have been reported with older Safari versions. This application service does not work with mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone or other Smartphones at this time.
For hunters who don't wish to use the online service, paper draw applications may be submitted either by mail to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or they can be hand-delivered to any of the seven Game and Fish offices located in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa and Phoenix.
The 2015 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Regulations booklet and application forms are available at Game and Fish offices, at license dealers, and online.
A valid Arizona hunting license or combination hunting/fishing license is required to apply for the draw. Because all licenses (other than the short-term license) are valid for 365 days, please check the dates on your license to make sure your license is valid as of the deadline day for the draw. Also remember that you’ll need to have a valid license when you are in the field for your hunt. Licenses can be purchased online, at Arizona Game and Fish Department offices, or at more than 300 authorized license dealers around the state. They can also be purchased through the draw process when applying for the draw.
Spring 2015 hunt draw results now available
Draw results for Arizona’s spring 2015 hunt permit-tags for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear are now available online by visiting https://phx.az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml (scroll down and click on “View results and bonus points”).
Applicants can also find out if they were drawn by calling (602) 942-3000 and selecting option two. Please be patient, as a large volume of calls is expected.
There were 39,324 applicants for this year’s spring draw. Refunds for unsuccessful or rejected applicants/applications (less application fees), are expected to be mailed out in late November.
There are about 8,290 leftover tags, including about 8,155 for various javelina hunts (general, juniors, HAM and archery) and about 135 for general turkey hunts.
These tags will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis by mail or in person as follows:
BY MAIL -- Applications submitted by mail will be accepted by the department beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2014. Mailed applications for leftover tags must be mailed to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Draw/First Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Note: Please do not mail applications for leftover tags to any PO Box (this includes using application envelopes with the pre-printed PO Box address).
IN PERSON -- Beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2014, hunters may also purchase leftover tags by submitting their application in person at any of the seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices.
2014 Fall Hunt Draw Information
The application deadline for Arizona’s 2014 fall hunts for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant was June 10, 2014. Draw results are available by visiting https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to the “View results and bonus points” link.
More than 125,000 people applied for the 2014 fall draw, and more than 49,000 hunt-permit tags were issued.
View draw results
2014-15 Arizona Hunting Regulations booklet
Hunt permit-tag application form
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:
|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)
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.
More About Big Game Draw Process and Bonus
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.
About the Hunter Questionnaire Survey
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. 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
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
The 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 current 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 www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com