Big Game Hunt Draw Information
Online Hunt Draw Application System
View draw results, check your bonus points, update your credit card information and apply for hunts issued though the draw system when available. Hunters may apply using the online service or with a paper application.
Apply Early Online and You Could Receive a $500 Gift Card!
2015 - 2016 Fall Hunt Draw Information
Online applications for 2015 fall hunts now being accepted
Apply online early, enter drawing for $500 Sportsman’s Warehouse gift card
The Arizona Game and Fish Department now is accepting online applications for 2015 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo and pheasant (the draw process for elk and pronghorn antelope took place in early April). Hopeful hunters can apply online.
To apply online, visit https://az.gov/azgfd/draw/home.xhtml and scroll down to “Apply for a Draw." The deadline by which the department must receive all applications -- online or paper -- is 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, June 9. Postmarks do not count.
Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or dropped off at any department office statewide.
As an incentive to use the online service and apply early, those who apply online no later than 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, June 2, will be entered into the department’s drawing for a $500 gift card to Sportsman’s Warehouse, courtesy of Wildlife for Tomorrow. Note the deadline to be entered into the drawing for the gift card is one week earlier than the deadline by which the department must receive all applications. This offer does not apply to those who submit paper applications.
The gift-card drawing is open to any applicant who is a legal U.S. resident 18 and older who applies online no later than 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, June 2. No purchase is necessary to be eligible for the gift-card drawing. Entry into the drawing is limited to one per applicant. The recipient will be notified June 5 by e-mail and telephone. The recipient must contact the department within five days of notification to claim the gift card or be subject to disqualification.
For more information about the gift-card drawing, review Page 17 of the 2015-16 Arizona Hunting Regulations, which are available at department offices and license dealers statewide, or visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.
As a reminder, applicants should thoroughly read and understand the appropriate regulations before submitting an application or before going afield.
Use the application for the draw and leftover process
2015 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Results Available!
The results are available by visiting https://az.gov/azgfd/draw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to “View results and bonus points” or calling the department at (602) 942-3000 and pressing “2.”
By the numbers:
25,932: The total number of permit-tags issued.
150,915: The total number of those who applied for hunts or bonus points.
111,588: The total number of applications submitted (paper application and online).
Permit-tags for successful applicants, along with refunds for those who were unsuccessful in the hunt draw, are expected to be mailed by April 17.
In the meantime, there are 126 leftover elk permit-tags that will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:
- By mail: Applications will be accepted by mail beginning at 8 a.m. on April 20 and must be addressed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Draw/First Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Do not mail applications to a Post Office (PO) box.
In person: If any leftover tags remain, they will also be available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. on April 27 at any of the seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices statewide.
Leftover permit-tag results are not posted. If successful, you will receive your tag in the mail within 10-15 business days.
Some of the leftover elk tags are for Hopi hunt open areas and are available to everyone, both tribal members and non-tribal members, through the first-come first-served process. Leftover permit-tag list.
A number of leftover elk tags remain for military hunts at Camp Navajo, for those who qualify. For more information, visit www.azguard.gov/CampNavajo.htm, or call (928) 864-6239.
Spring 2015 Hunt Draw Information
The application deadline for Arizona’s 2015 spring hunt draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear was Oct. 14, 2014. Draw results are available here.
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.
Species: Draw Deadlines
- 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, (for most people, this is their social security number).
Learn More About Big Game Draw Process and Bonus Points
- Big Game Draw Process
- Bonus Point Process
- Hunt Arizona: Survey, Harvest and Hunt Data for Big and Small Game
- Hunter Questionnaire Improvement Report, December 2008
- Arizona Hunter Questionnaire: New Look, Same Purpose, Arizona Wildlife Views Sept./Oct. 2009 article
- List of license dealers
Hunt Arizona Edition
Survey, Harvest and Hunt Data for Big and Small Game
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.
- How the funds are used through the Habitat Partnership Committee
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 2014-15 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