About Hunting in Arizona

Having trouble finding the info you need about AZ? Arizona offers a lot of diversity, if this is your first time hunting you are in for a great experience. The times spent will be some of the best you’ve had. Arizona is big on promoting youth hunts and offers a wide variety of juniors only programs. The most important part is teaching the generation to be responsible stewards. They can participate in small game hunting, plus there is big game hunting to try for all ages. Arizona also participates in the lottery which helps maintain healthy, sustainable wildlife populations and habitats. Whichever you choose you’re sure to have a safe and fun time while in the state of Arizona!

Arizona regulates its hunting seasons by region, and many of its hunts are by lottery permit only. For these reasons, it is important to visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for additional details before heading out to hunt. Season dates vary by zone, specifically for Rocky Mountain and Desert bighorn sheep.

I’ll share links to all the important hunting resources in AZ at the bottom of this page.

Arizona Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game- Deer, Javelina, Bighorn Sheep, Fall Bison, Fall Bear, Mountain Lion
Small Game- Rabbit, Squirrel, Chukar
Birds- Pigeon, Grouse, Dove, Pheasant, Quail, Waterfowl

Arizona Deer Seasons 2021-22

SeasonOpening DateClosing Date
General Season*10/22/2112/31/21
General Youth Only Season*10/1/2111/28/21
CHAMP (Challenged Hunter Access Mobility Permit)*9/17/219/23/21
Youth-Only Muzzleloader*10/1/2110/10/21
*Season dates and limits vary by zone. Click here for state PDF with more details.


Arizona Turkey Seasons 2021-22

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateZonesLimits
General Season10/1/2110/7/21Varies1
Youth Hunt10/1/2110/7/21Varies1
*Seasons dates vary by zone

Turkey hunting in Arizona requires a hunting license as well as a turkey tag.

Arizona State Hunting License

The application to apply is June 9th, 2020, Here is what is needed to hunt in arizona:

  1. Buy a AZ hunting license (resident vs non-resident)
  2. Buy applicable permits (turkey, bear, deer, etc)

Link to buy Licenses and Permits: license.azgfd.com

AZ Hunting License Costs

LicenseResidentNon Resident
General Hunting$37Not Available.
Combo Hunt & Fish$57$160
*See below for details.

General HuntingAllows take of small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals, nongame animals, and upland game birds. A valid tag or stamp is required for the take of big game animals and migratory game birds.

Combo Hunt & FishingAllows take of all aquatic wildlife statewide, including Community Fishing waters, small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals, nongame animals, and upland game birds. A valid tag or stamp is required for the take of big game animals and migratory game birds.

AZ Hunting Permit Costs

Permit-tagsResidentNon Resident
Bighorn Sheep$313$1,815
Turkey Hunt$38$105
Bear Hunt$38$165
Javelina Hunt$38$115
Elk Hunt$148$665
Bison- Bull/ Any Hunt$1,113$5,415
*HUNT PERMIT-TAGS Obtained only through application and drawing procedures, prices shown include a $13 application fee per applicant for residents and a $15 application fee per applicant for non-residents.

AZ Hunting Draw dates

SpeciesDraw Deadline
Pronghorn antelope, elk
Second Tuesday in February (pending Commission approval)
Deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison, sandhill craneSecond Tuesday in June (pending Commission approval)
Spring javelina, spring bear, spring turkey, spring bisonSecond Tuesday in October
(pending Commission

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.

Find a hunting guide in AZ

Hunting Guide in Arizona

Elk Hunting Guides

Links to Official Sites

AZ Hunting Regulations PDF
AZ State Regulation Site
AZ Hunting Licenses and Permits