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Game Management Unit 47M

 
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Species within this unit: Javelina, Mule Deer, Dove, Quail
 

Unit Boundaries

Beginning at the junction of I-17 and the Carefree Hwy; east along the Carefree Hwy to Cave Creek Rd.; northeast along Cave Creek Rd. to Pima Rd.; south on Pima Rd. to Loop 101; south on Loop 101 to the Salt River; easterly along the Salt River to the Tonto National Forest boundary; northeasterly to the Tonto National Forest boundary; southeasterly along the Forest boundary to Forest Rd. 77 (Peralta Rd.); southwesterly on Forest Road 77 (Peralta Rd.) to U.S. Hwy 60; northwesterly on U.S. Hwy 60 to the Meridian Extension (Maricopa-Pinal County Line); south on the Meridian Extension (Maricopa-Pinal County Line) to Empire Blvd.; west on Empire Blvd. to the Gila River Indian Reservation boundary; north and west along the Gila River Indian Reservation boundary to the Gila River; west along the Gila River to 115th Ave.; north on 115th Ave. to I-10; west along I-10 to Litchfield Rd.; north on Litchfield Rd. to Bell Rd.; east on Bell Rd. to the New River; north along the New River to the Carefree Hwy; east along Carefree Hwy to I-17.

For 47M only - The majority of the unit is within city limits. Discharge of any firearm within the unit may be prohibited by local city ordinance. Hunters will need to take great care to ensure they are not within city limits and are more than 1/4 mile from occupied building(s) when discharging a firearm. To reduce the risk of conflict, hunters are encouraged to hunt in other Game Management Units.

 
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Javelina

Overview: Unit 47M, combined with Unit 25M and Unit 26M, has an archery only javelina hunt in January each year.  Consult the current year’s hunting regulations for exact season dates.    Beginning January 2009, the archery javelina hunt in Unit 47M will now require a nonpermit-tag. Archery javelina nonpermit-tags for Unit 47M can be purchased over the counter at any license dealer.  Hunters are required to have a valid hunting license and a non-permit archery javelina tag in order to participate.  Areas: Javelina can be found almost everywhere in Unit 47M. Hunters should look for permanent water holding areas and fresh signs of javelina activity. Unit 47M provides the opportunity of short half-day hunts for javelina and deer because of its proximity to the Phoenix metro area. Hunting archery javelina and deer at the same time is popular in Unit 47M. Huntable habitat for javelina is rapidly decreasing in Unit 47M as the valley becomes increasingly developed. Hunters should check local ordinances before hunting within city limits to determine rules on use of archery equipment within city limits. When hunting with modern archery equipment in urban areas hunters need to be especially safety conscious to avoid hunting accidents.

 
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Mule Deer

Overview: Unit 47M has an archery only deer hunt in late December and January. Consult the current year’s fall hunting regulations for exact season dates. Hunters are required to have a valid hunting license and a non-permit archery deer tag. Archery deer tags for Unit 47M can be purchased over the counter at any license dealer.

Areas: Currently, there is very little remaining mule deer habitat in Unit 47M due to the expanding human population and increased development. Hunters should check local ordinances before hunting within city limits to determine rules on use of archery equipment within city limits. Remember that all archery deer kills must be reported to the Department in person or by telephone at 1-866-903-3337 within 10 days of the kill.

 
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Dove

Overview: U47M has two dove hunts. During the early season, usually September 1-September 15, morning 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. The early season is open from ½ hour before sunrise until noon for adults (juveniles can hunt all day). The late season is open from ½ hour before sunrise until sunset. 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.

Unit 47M encompasses several incorporated areas including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria and Surprise. Each of the cities have restrictions on discharging firearms within the city limits. Hunters should check with local municipalities each year on the city boundaries and weapon restrictions. In addition, hunters need to ensure that they are more than ¼ mile from all buildings when hunting.

Areas: Due to expanding development and annexations by local municipalities, Unit 47M offers limited dove hunting opportunities, while participating in firearms seasons. If you are feeling adventurous try hunting dove with archery equipment. Archery dove hunters should look for pockets of state trust land in the far north and southwest portions of 47M. Be sure to check with the local municipalities to determine if there are any restrictions on using archery equipment within city limits.

 
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Quail

Overview: Quail season in 47M is usually open from early October until early February (See Fall Hunt regulations for exact dates). Both Gamble’s Quail and Scaled Quail have been known to occur in 47M; however, Gamble’s Quail are the most common. 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.

Unit 47M encompasses several incorporated areas including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria and Surprise. Each of the cities have restrictions on discharging firearms within the city limits. Hunters should check with local municipalities each year on the city boundaries and weapon restrictions. In addition, hunters need to ensure that they are more than ¼ mile from all residences when hunting.

Areas: Due to expanding development and annexations by local municipalities, Unit 47M offers limited quail hunting opportunities, while participating in firearms seasons. If you are feeling adventurous try hunting dove with archery equipment. Archery dove hunters should look for pockets of state trust land in the far north and southwest portions of 47M. Be sure to check with the local municipalities to determine if there are any restrictions on using archery equipment within city limits.


 
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Unit Summary
Primary Game Species/ Hunting Month(s)
Javelina January
(Archery only, nonpermit-tag required)
Dove September, November-January
Quail October-February
Secondary Game Species/ Hunting Month(s)
Deer December/January
(Archery only, nonpermit-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
Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Sun City
Major Highways and Roads Leading To
From the East: I-10, U.S. 60
From the West: I-10, U.S. 60
From the North: I-17, State Hwy 87
From the South: I-10, State Hwy 87
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 range from 1,000' to 4,000'. 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
Phoenix Parks & Recreation, Phoenix Mtns Preserve - 602 262-6696
Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office - 602 650 0547
 
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Hunting, Trapping & Fishing Regulations, Season Dates & Draw Information

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

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  • 2014-2015 Trapping Regulations [PDF]


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