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Unit Boundaries

** Please note that Boundaries for Unit 25M have changed and that Unit 25M is now designated as a Restricted/Limited Hunt Area.**

Unit 25M Boundary Description - The following described area in Unit 25M is closed to hunting: Beginning at the junction of 51st Ave. and I-10; west on I-10 to AZ Loop 303, northeasterly on AZ Loop 303 to I-17; north on I-17 to Carefree Hwy; east on Carefree Hwy to Cave Creek Rd.; northeasterly on Cave Creek Rd. to the Tonto National Forest boundary; easterly and southerly along the Tonto National Forest boundary to Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation boundary; northeasterly along the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation boundary to the Verde River; southerly along the Verde River to the Salt River; southwesterly along the Salt River to the Tonto National Forest boundary; southerly along the Tonto National Forest boundary to Bush Hwy/Power Rd.; southerly on Bush Hwy/Power Rd to AZ Loop 202; easterly, southerly, and westerly on AZ Loop 202 to the intersection of Pecos Rd. at I-10; west on Pecos Rd. to the Gila River Indian Community boundary; northwesterly along the Gila River Indian Community boundary to 51st Ave; northerly on 51st Ave to I-10; except those portions that are sovereign tribal lands. Base and Meridian Wildlife Area falls within the boundary described above but is open to limited hunting. County islands within this boundary are also open to hunting provided the hunter does not discharge a firearm within ¼ mile of an occupied farmhouse, residence, cabin, lodge, or building without permission of the owner or resident. Privately held lands within county islands may be closed by the landowner.

Please refer to the Arizona Game Management Unit 25M Restricted/Limited Hunting Boundary map.

 

Species Information

 

Javelina

Overview: Unit 25M has an archery-only javelina hunt in January. Javelina hunters in 25M are required to have a valid hunting license and an archery-only nonpermit tag which may be purchased at any licensed dealer or department office. 

Areas:  Unit 25M encompasses several incorporated areas including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Surprise, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Fountain Hills.  Hunters need to ensure that they are more than ¼ mile from all occupied structures when hunting. 

The following parks and preserves in Maricopa County are open to hunting for archery-only:  Lake Pleasant, White Tank Mountains, McDowell Mountain, and Estrella Mountain Regional parks and McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hunting in parks and preserves opened by this Commission Order is not permitted within ¼ mile of any developed picnic area, developed camp ground, shooting range, occupied building, boat ramp, or golf course. Developed areas do not include trails.

 

 

Mule Deer

Overview: Unit 25M has an archery only deer hunt in late December and January. Please refer to the current year’s Arizona Game & Fish Department Hunting Regulations for more information regarding open areas. Hunters are required to have a valid hunting license and a non-permit archery deer tag. Archery deer tags for Unit 25M can be purchased over the counter at any license dealer.

Areas:  Unit 25M encompasses several incorporated areas including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Surprise, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Fountain Hills.  Hunters need to ensure that they are more than ¼ mile from all occupied structures when hunting.   
The following parks and preserves in Maricopa County are open to hunting for archery-only:  Lake Pleasant, White Tank Mountains, McDowell Mountain, and Estrella Mountain Regional parks and McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hunting in parks and preserves opened by this Commission Order is not permitted within ¼ mile of any developed picnic area, developed camp ground, shooting range, occupied building, boat ramp, or golf course. Developed areas do not include trails.

 

 

Mountain Lion

Overview: Unit 25M has an archery only mt. lion hunt from July to June.  Please refer to the current year’s Arizona Game & Fish Department Hunting Regulations for more information regarding open areas. Hunters are required to have a valid hunting license and a non-permit archery mt. lion tag. Archery mt. lion tags for Unit 25M can be purchased over the counter at any license dealer.

Areas:  Unit 25M encompasses several incorporated areas including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Surprise, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Fountain Hills.  Hunters need to ensure that they are more than ¼ mile from all occupied structures when hunting.  
The following parks and preserves in Maricopa County are open to hunting for archery-only:  Lake Pleasant, White Tank Mountains, McDowell Mountain, and Estrella Mountain Regional parks and McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hunting in parks and preserves opened by this Commission Order is not permitted within ¼ mile of any developed picnic area, developed camp ground, shooting range, occupied building, boat ramp, or golf course. Developed areas do not include
trails.

 
 

Dove

Overview: U25M has two dove hunts. During the early season, usually September 1-September 15, mourning dove, white-wing dove, and Eurasian collard dove are in season. During the late season, usually mid-November thru early January, only mourning dove and Eurasian collard dove are in season. Hunters 14 years of age and older are required to have a valid hunting license. Hunters 16 years of age and older are required to have a valid migratory bird stamp. Lawful methods for taking dove include: shotgun shooting shot, bow and arrow, falconry, or crossbow.

Areas: Unit 25M encompasses several incorporated areas including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Surprise, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Fountain Hills.  Hunters need to ensure that they are more than ¼ mile from all occupied structures when hunting.  

The following Maricopa County parks and preserves are open to hunting as defined in R12-4-321: Lake Pleasant, White Tank Mountains, McDowell Mountain, and Estrella Mountain Regional Parks. Hunting in County Parks, opened by this Commission Order, is not permitted within ¼ mile of any developed picnic area, developed camp ground, shooting range, occupied building, boat ramp, or golf course. Developed areas do not include trails.

 

 

Quail

Overview: Quail season in Unit 25M is usually open from early October until early February (See Fall Hunt regulations for exact dates). Gamble’s Quail can be found throughout the unit. Hunters 14 years of age and older are required to have a valid hunting license. Lawful methods for taking quail include: shotguns shooting shot, handguns shooting shot, bow and arrow, falconry, and crossbow.

Areas: Unit 25M encompasses several incorporated areas including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Surprise, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Fountain Hills.  Hunters need to ensure that they are more than ¼ mile from all occupied structures when hunting.

The following Maricopa County parks and preserves are open to hunting as defined in R12-4-321: Lake Pleasant, White Tank Mountains, McDowell Mountain, and Estrella Mountain Regional Parks. Hunting in County Parks, opened by this Commission Order, is not permitted within ¼ mile of any developed picnic area, developed camp ground, shooting range, occupied building, boat ramp, or golf course. Developed areas do not include trails.  

 

 

Unit Summary

Primary Game Species/ Hunting Month(s)

Javelina

January

Dove

September, November-January

Quail

October-February

Secondary Game Species/ Hunting Month(s)

Deer

December/January
(Archery only, non-permit-tag required)

 

Climate Information

Month

Ave. Temp

Ave. Rainfall

January

Max 67°/Min 45°

1.44"

February

Max 72°/Min 50°

0.83"

September

Max 99°/Min 76°

0.77"

October

Max 89°/Min 65°

0.52"

November

Max 75°/Min 51°

0.98"

December

Max 66°/Min 42°

1.37"

Other Pertinent Climate Information
Mild temperatures in winter; extreme heat in summer. Always take along plenty of water. Summer monsoon storms cause flash floods in washes; travel can be difficult.

 

Cities, Roads & Campgrounds

Major Cities and Towns in or Near Game Management Unit and Nearest Gas, Food, and Lodging
Casa Grande, Eloy, Coolidge, Florence, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon and Apache Junction

Major Highways and Roads Leading To
From the East: U.S. 60, 202 San Tan
From the West: I-10, U.S. 60
From the North: U.S. 60, HWY 79
From the South: HWY 79

Developed Campgrounds
None. However, abundance of hotels, restaurants and other amenities in urban area.

Undeveloped Campgrounds
None.

 

Brief Description of Terrain, Elevation, and Vegetation
Elevations stay below 2000 ft. Mostly urban landscape, with outlying areas comprised of lower Sonoran Desert habitat, creosote, mesquite, cacti. Many braided washes.

 

Government Agencies and Phone Numbers
Arizona Game and Fish Department,
Region VI - 480 981-9400
Arizona Game and Fish Department,
Headquarters - 602 942-3000
Maricopa County Parks - 602 506-2930
Bureau of Land Management,
Arizona State Office - 602 650-0547

 

 

 
 
 
 
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