The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced today it has posted the 2012 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information regulations booklet at www.azgfd.gov/draw. Hunters can now start applying for a hunt permit-tag issued through the drawing process.
Paper applications can be submitted now either by U.S. mail to Arizona Game and Fish Department, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or hand-delivered to any Game and Fish office. The online application service for this draw is expected to be available by early to mid January 2012.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 by 7 p.m. (MST). For those mailing their application, remember, postmarks do not count.
A 2012 hunting license is required to apply in the draw, and hunters are reminded that licenses purchased through the draw will not be mailed out until after the drawing process is completed. Licenses can also be purchased online at the Game and Fish website, or you can purchase your license at any Game and Fish office or more than 300 license dealers statewide. Please keep in mind that you must have a working printer handy if you purchase your license online. The online system is self-fulfilling and you must print your license at time of purchase.
Apply early to take advantage of the “correction period.” If your application has an error and is received before 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2012, you will receive up to three phone calls from Game and Fish in a 24-hour period to help get the application corrected. After that date, mistakes can cause your application to be rejected.
The printed Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklets are anticipated to be available at department offices and at license dealers statewide around mid January 2012.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive any of the state’s general funds (tax revenues) to operate. Wildlife conservation and management of the state’s game animals, which also benefits many nongame species, is made possible through the direct sale of hunting and fishing licenses, big game tags, and matching funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, a federal excise tax on certain hunting and fishing equipment.
Photo: Dorothy Harris