Due to a rule change that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, individuals after that date will be eligible to participate in a “Juniors-Only” designated hunt up to their 18th birthday (the rule currently limits the eligibility of an individual to participate up to and throughout the calendar year of their 17th birthday).

When the rule takes effect, a youth hunter whose 18th birthday occurs during a “Juniors-Only” designated hunt (for which the hunter has a valid permit or tag), may continue to participate for the duration of that “Juniors-Only” designated hunt. Those between the ages of 10 and 13 must have satisfactorily completed a hunter education course that is approved by the Director as per ARS 17-335(C ).

This change is not reflected in the printed 2013 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet, but it has been included in the amended booklet posted online at www.azgfd.gov/eservices/draw.shtml.

Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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