The online application service for Arizona’s spring 2013 hunt permit-tags issued through the drawing process for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear is now available at https://phx.az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml.
The online service allows payment with a credit card (VISA and Mastercard only). The cost of the hunt permit-tag won’t be charged unless the applicant is drawn.
The online service works with the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari (It is recommended that Safari users upgrade to the latest version of the OS and Safari browser; a few problems have been reported with older Safari versions). The service currently does not work with mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone or other Smartphones.
People applying online will have to pay the non-refundable $7.50 application fee (which is charged as part of the tag fee whether applying online or with a paper application). Also, a 2013 hunting license is required to apply in the draw. Those who haven’t already purchased their 2013 license can do so through the draw application process. People purchasing their license online must have a working printer handy to print the license out at the time of purchase. The department does not mail out licenses that are purchased online.
People who prefer submitting a paper application can mail it to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or the application can be hand-delivered to any of the seven department offices located in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa and Phoenix. Remember, paper applications must be received by the department by the deadline; postmarks don’t count.
Whether applying online or with a paper application, the application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, by 7 p.m. (MST).
Those who submit a paper application are encouraged to 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.
Printed copies of the spring hunt draw information booklet and application form are now available at Game and Fish offices and are being shipped to license dealers. Most dealers either have them by now or will receive them in the next few days. The booklet and form can also be downloaded online at www.azgfd.gov/draw.
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 at 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. Hunters 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.
Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department