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Hunting Seasons, Season Dates,
Rules and Regulations for Hunting in Arizona
 

Annual Arizona Hunting Regulations: Hunt information for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, fall bear and mountain lion

Regulations >>

This annual booklet includes season dates, bag limits, hunt types, open areas, rules, regulations, drawing application details, and other requirements for the hunting of most big game, small game, other wildlife in Arizona.*

Please note that one of the big changes in the regulations this year (2014) is that the trapping seasons, rules and regulations are not included in the Hunting Regulations booklet. The department will produce a separate Trapping Regulations pamphlet that will be available in the summer of 2013. The trapping seasons, rules and regulations will no longer be a part of the annual Arizona Hunting Regulations booklet.

Big game species covered in this regulation includes deer (mule deer and white-tailed deer), fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, fall bear, and mountain lion.

The application deadline for fall hunt permit-tags is typically the second Tuesday in June. The annual fall hunting regulations are set at the April Commission meeting. Electronic copies of these regulations are typically available the last week of April. Printed copies are typically distributed starting the second week of May.

 

Contents and Species Included:

  • Getting Started, License and Fee Information
  • Draw Information
  • Youth Opportunities
  • Hunter Education

 

  • Big Game Seasons
    • Deer Season
    • Fall Turkey Season
    • Bighorn Sheep Season
    • Fall Buffalo Season
    • Fall Bear Season
    • Mountain Lion Season
  • Population Management Season
  • Small Game, Other Wildlife Seasons
    • Tree Squirrel Season
    • Cottontail Rabbit Season
    • Predatory and Fur-bearing
    • Mammals Season
    • Other Birds and Mammals Season
    • Pheasant Season
    • Quail Season
    • Chukar Partridge Season
    • Blue Grouse Seaso
  • Maps
  • More Information Before You Go
  • Laws, Rules and Methods of Take

 

* There are two other annual hunt draw information booklets published for big game hunts covering season dates, open areas, permits and drawing/application information. A spring booklet with big game hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear. A booklet for elk and pronghorn antelope hunts covering season dates, open areas, permits, and drawing/application information (see below). Additionally, migratory birds, waterfowl, and sandhill crane have separate regulation pamphlets listed below.

Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information and Regulations

Antelope & Elk Regulations >>

This booklet includes season dates, bag limits, hunt types, open areas, drawing application details, and other information for pronghorn antelope and elk only.

The pronghorn antelope and elk permit application deadline is typically the second Tuesday in February.

These regulations are set at the December Commission meeting. Electronic copies of these regulations are typically available the third week of December and printed copies are typically distributed starting the second week of January.

 

 

 

Contents and Species Included:

  • License Information
  • Draw Information
  • Pronghorn Antelope Season
  • Elk Season
  • Population Management Season


Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Regulations

Regulations >>

This booklet includes season dates, bag limits, hunt types, open areas, drawing application details, and information for spring hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo, and bear only.

The application deadline for spring hunts is typically the second Tuesday in October. These regulations are set at the August Commission meeting. Electronic copies are typically available the last week of August and printed copies are typically distributed starting the third week of September.

 

 

Contents and Species Included

  • License Information
  • Draw Information
  • Spring Turkey Season
  • Spring Javelina Season
  • Spring Buffalo Season
  • Spring Bear Seasons


Migratory Bird Seasons and Regulations

 

Contents and Species Included

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2014-15 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations

This regulation pamphlet covers the season dates, bag limits for the take of migratory birds.

  • Mourning Dove Season
  • White-winged Dove Season
  • Collared Dove Season
  • Juniors-only Dove Season
  • Band-tailed Pigeon Seasons

Check out the dove hunting webpage, for information on a million areas now open to hunting, 10 bird white-wing limits and more.

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2014-15 Arizona Waterfowl and Snipe Regulations

This regulation pamphlet covers the season dates, bag limits, open areas, species restrictions for the take of migratory waterfowl species.

  • Goose Season
  • Juniors-only Waterfowl Season
  • Common Snipe Seasons

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2014 Arizona Sandhill Crane Regulations


This regulation pamphlet covers the season dates, bag limits, and limited permits issued through the drawing / lottery process. The application deadline is typically the end of August.

  • Draw Information
  • Sandhill Crane Season
  • Juniors-only Sandhill Crane Season
  • Archery-only Sandhill Crane Season


Hunting seasons throughout the year at a glance

For reference only, please refer to the appropriate regulation for specific season dates, hunt type, open areas, and other details.

 

Hunting Seasons at a Glance

  JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
APPLICATION DEADLINES:                        
Elk, antelope               X        
Fall: deer, bighorn, etc                       X
Spring: turkey, javelina, bear       X                
HUNTABLE SPECIES:                        
ANTELOPE: archery-only   X                    
ANTELOPE: firearm     X                  
BAND-TAILED PIGEON     X                  
BEAR   X X X X X     X X X X
BIGHORN           X            
BUFFALO     X X X X X X X X X X
CHUKAR     X X X X X X        
DEER: archery-only   X X X X X X          
DEER: firearm       X X X            
DOVE     X   X X X          
ELK: archery-only   X X   X              
ELK: firearm     X X X              
GROUSE     X X                
JAVELINA       X     X X        
MOUNTAIN LION X X X X X X X X X X X X
OTHER BIRDS & MAMMALS X X X X X X X X X X X X
PHEASANT     X X                
PREDATORS: Coyote, skunk X X X X X X X X X X X X
PREDATORS: Bobcat, fox, etc   X X X X X X X X      
QUAIL: Gambels and scaled       X X X X X        
QUAIL: Mearns'         X X X X        
RABBITS: Cottontail, jacks X X X X X X X X X X X X
SANDHILL CRANES         X X            
SNIPE       X X X X          
TRAPPING         X X X X        
TREE SQUIRREL       X X X            
TURKEY       X           X X  
WATERFOWL       X X X X          
                         
  JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN

 

Other Seasons and Regulation

 

Contents and Species Included

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2011-12 Arizona Reptile and Amphibian Regulations

2015-16 Arizona Reptile Regulations

2015-16 Amphibian Regulations

This regulation pamphlet covers the season dates, bag limits for the take and restrictions of species such as frogs, snakes and lizards.

  • Transportation, Possession and selling laws
  • Lawful Methods of Take
  • Reptile Seasons
  • Amphibian Seasons

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2013-14 Arizona Falconers Raptor Capture Regulations

2015-16 Arizona Falconers Raptor Capture Regulations



This regulation pamphlet covers the season dates, open areas, species restrictions for the capture of raptors for licensed (state & federal) falconers.

  • Raptor Capture Seasons

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2013-14 Arizona Crustaceans and Mollusks Regulations

2015-16 Arizona Crustaceans and Mollusks Regulations



This regulation pamphlet covers the season dates, bag limits, open areas, and restrictions for taking crustacean and mollusks.

  • Crustacean and Mollusks Seasons


Trapping Regulations

2013-14 Arizona Trapping Regulations

This regulation pamphlet covers license requirements, wildlife that can be legally taken, season dates, open areas, game management units closed to trapping, trapper education requirements, frequently asked questions, and other important information.

 

 

 

 

License information

A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona. The licensee shall carry the license when participating in hunting or fishing or other form of take. Take means pursuing, shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping, killing, capturing, snaring, or netting wildlife. Wildlife includes all wild mammals, wild birds, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans and fish.

For information on licenses, license dealers or to buy online visit our license page.

Arizona Game and Fish Laws and Rules

Arizona Game and Fish Commission Rules (Arizona Secretary of State Web Site)
** Information contained in this document may not be the most current version

Arizona Game and Fish Laws and Rules [PDF]

Arizona Game and Fish Laws and Rules Book Supplement [PDF]

Evolution of Hunting Laws, Enforcement and the Commision System

Hunt Arizona 2014 Edition: Survey, Harvest and Draw Data

Improve your odds of drawing a hunt permit-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).

 

 

 

 
 

Phoenix Metro No-Hunting Zone Map


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Map of area closed to hunting in Phoenix metro

 

 

Learn Outdoor Skills:
Hunting, trapping, fishing, shooting & more

To learn more about future hunting, fishing events and other outdoor and wildlife-related activities, visit www.azgfd.gov/Outdoorskills.
for a calendar listing of events.

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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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