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 (when available) or with a paper application.
2016 Spring Hunt Draw Information
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the “2016 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information."
The department now is accepting paper applications for 2016 spring hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear. The online application service is expected to be available in early to mid-September.
Paper applications can be mailed: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or dropped off at any department office statewide.
The deadline for all spring hunt permit-tag applications is 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 – later than the traditional 7 p.m. deadline. Paper applications must be received by the department by the deadline. Postmarks do not count.
The printed “2016 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information” booklets are expected to be available at department offices and license dealers statewide in early September.
Applicants must possess an Arizona hunting license to apply for a spring hunt permit-tag. That license must be valid through the last day of the spring hunt permit-tag application period (Oct. 13). Licenses now are valid one year from the time of purchase. Licenses can be purchased online at https://azgfdportal.az.gov/License, or at any department office or license dealer statewide.
As a reminder, applicants should thoroughly read and understand the appropriate regulations before submitting a hunt permit-tag application or before going afield.
- 2016 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information Booklet
- Hunt Permit-Tag Application Form
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2015 Fall Hunt Draw Results Available
To view draw results for the fall deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant seasons, click here or call (602) 942-3000.
A total of 132,587 applicants – the most since 2012 – vied for more than 49,000 permit-tags issued through the random draw. Of those individuals, a record 86 percent (114,126) applied online, compared to 14 percent (18,461) who filled out a paper application. That represents a 30 percent increase in the number of online applicants in the past four years.
There are still some leftover permit-tags available. View the list of leftover permit-tags.
For those who qualify, military hunts may be available at Fort Huachuca. Call (520) 533-5529 for more information.
Permit-tags for successful applicants were mailed by Aug. 7.
Use the application for the draw and leftover process
2015 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information
The results 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.
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