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Online Hunt Draw Application system

Online draw website. Check your bonus points, update your credit card information, and apply for hunts issued though the draw system when available.

 

2015 Spring Draw
Hunters can apply online or with a paper application

Hunters can apply online by visiting https://az.gov/azgfd/draw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to the “Apply for a Draw” link. Applying online is fast and easy. The process prompts you to accurately complete your form, dramatically reducing your chance of making errors that could result in a rejected application.

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. Those applying online 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 application service, paper draw applications may be submitted by mail to the 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. Keep in mind that applications must be received by the department by the deadline; postmarks don't count.

The 2015 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information Booklet is available online (as is the application form), or printed copies of the booklets and application forms can be obtained at Game and Fish offices or at authorized license dealers.

Valid license required in order to apply for spring draw. The department has been receiving questions from constituents asking if they need to buy "a 2015" hunting license in order to apply for the 2015 spring draw. With the establishment of the new license structure this year, licenses other than short-term licenses are now valid for 365 days rather than just for the calendar year (read about the different options; some allow you to name your own start date up to 60 days from purchase date). Therefore, to apply for a draw you now only need a "valid" hunting license or combination hunt/fish license, as long as that license is valid as of the deadline for that draw. If you already bought your license this year, it most likely will satisfy the license requirement in order to apply for the 2015 spring draw. Check the dates of your current license.

If you haven't yet purchased a license at all this year, you'll need to buy one either online, at a Game and Fish office, at an authorized license dealer, or through the draw process at the time you're applying for the draw. If you are buying your license online, you must have a printer and print out your license at the time of purchase; the department will not mail out licenses purchased online.

Keep in mind, however, that you need to have a valid license when you are in the field for your hunt. If your current license expires before your hunt, you'll need to purchase a new license before you go on your hunt.

For example, if you bought your license from a license dealer as of Jan. 1, 2014, it would be valid for 365 days and would therefore be valid when you apply this year for the 2015 spring draw. However, if you are drawn and your hunt is in mid February 2015, you'll need to buy a new license before you go out on your hunt (or for that matter, if you want to do any hunting after the expiration of your existing license).

In the past, when all licenses expired at the end of the calendar year, sportsmen who applied for spring hunts were used to purchasing their next year's license in advance. Hunters will now need to remember when their license expires. It is the hunter's responsibility to make sure that they have a valid license any time they go hunting. One way to make the process easier is to get on a yearly cycle of purchasing a new license.

Arizona’s license structure now offers more value. For example, a combination hunting/fishing license now includes privileges for hunting, fishing, trout, two-pole fishing, fishing Community Program waters, and fishing the portions of the Colorado River that Arizona shares with Nevada and California (no need to buy separate stamps). The cost of the hunt/fish combo license is only $57 for residents and $160 for nonresidents. And a youth combination hunt/fish license (required for youth ages 10-17) is only $5 for the year!

Draw Results Now Available for 2014 Fall Hunts!

http://www.azgfd.gov/regs/mainregcover.jpgDraw results for Arizona’s 2014 fall deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant hunts are now available online. Https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml and scroll down to the “View results and bonus points” link.

Draw results are also available by phone at (602) 942-3000 (Select “option 2” on the automated menu). Heavy call volume is expected. Callers who get a busy signal are encouraged to try again later.

More than 125,000 people applied for this year’s fall draw, and more than 49,000 hunt-permit tags were issued. Hunt permit-tags for successful applicants will be mailed on or before August 8, 2014. Refunds will be mailed no later than August 18, 2014.

Leftover hunt permit-tags are available for purchase. View the list of leftover tags.

For those who qualify, military hunts also will be available for Fort Huachuca. Call (520) 533-7083 or (520) 533-8763 for additional information.

For a list of leftover tags, the 2014-15 Arizona Hunting Regulations, and other draw-related information, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.

2014 Pronghorn and Elk Hunt Information

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 https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml 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), were expected to be mailed out by April 18, pursuant to Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

Leftover tags (121) went on sale via mail application on April 21. There are now no more leftover tags available.

 

 

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.

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. 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 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



 

 

 

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

Detailed information on all rules, regulations and seasons

  • 2014-2015 Arizona Hunting Regulations [PDF, 6mb]

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

  • 2014 Spring Hunt Draw Regulations [PDF]

  • New! 2014-2015 Waterfowl & Snipe Regulations [PDF]

  • New! 2014-2015 Dove & Band-tailed Pigeon Regs [PDF]

  • 2014 Sandhill Crane Regulations [PDF]

  • Hunt Arizona 2014: Survey, Harvest and Draw Data
    [PDF]

  • 2014-2015 Trapping Regulations [PDF]


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

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

 


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