The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2013 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet at www.azgfd.gov/draw. The application form can be downloaded from that page as well.
At this time, paper applications for spring 2013 hunt permit-tags issued through the drawing process can be mailed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department or hand-delivered to any of the seven offices located in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa and Phoenix. Mailed applications should be addressed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052.
The online application service is anticipated to be available by the first week of September.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 by 7 p.m. (MST). For those mailing their applications, remember that the department must receive your application by the deadline; postmarks do not count.
Printed copies of the spring hunt draw information booklet and application form are anticipated to be at license dealers and Game and Fish offices by early September.
Apply early and take advantage of the correction period. If your paper application has a mistake and is received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, Game and Fish will attempt to call you three times in a 24-hour period and give you the opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause your application to be rejected.
Applicants are reminded that a 2013 hunting license is required to enter the spring draw. Licenses may be purchased online atwww.azgfd.gov/eservices/licenses.shtml, or at Game and Fish offices or license dealers, or through the draw/application process. Please keep in mind that if you are purchasing your license online, you must have a working printer handy and print your license out at the time of purchase. The department does not mail out licenses that are purchased online.
Some of the spring hunts are not limited to tags issued through the draw process. For those hunts, a nonpermit-tag may be purchased over-the-counter at Game and Fish offices or license dealers. Nonpermit-tag hunts are area specific and include some archery-only spring turkey, juniors-only shotgun spring turkey, archery-only spring javelina, general javelina, general spring bear, and archery-only spring bear hunts.
One significant change for 2013 is that the statewide bag limit for javelina is now two javelina per calendar year, with no more than one taken per open area as defined in each hunt number. The bag limit may be filled in any combination of permit-tags (draw tag or first-come leftover draw tag as long as they have differing hunt numbers) or nonpermit-tags (over-the-counter tag). No more than one permit-tag shall be issued per hunter through the initial draw. You can refer to Commission Order 6 (spring javelina) on pages 15-18 of the hunt draw information booklet.
A full listing of all the spring hunts is available in the 2013 Arizona Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet atwww.azgfd.gov/draw.
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