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
|Season||Opening Date||Closing Date|
|General Youth Only Season*||10/1/21||11/28/21|
|CHAMP (Challenged Hunter Access Mobility Permit)*||9/17/21||9/23/21|
ARIZONA GAME MANAGEMENT ZONES
Arizona Turkey Seasons 2021-22
|Season||Opening Date||Closing Date||Zones||Limits|
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:
- Buy a AZ hunting license (resident vs non-resident)
- Buy applicable permits (turkey, bear, deer, etc)
Link to buy Licenses and Permits: license.azgfd.com
AZ Hunting License Costs
|General Hunting||$37||Not Available.|
|Combo Hunt & Fish||$57||$160|
General Hunting – Allows 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 & Fishing – Allows 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
|Bison- Bull/ Any Hunt||$1,113||$5,415|
AZ Hunting Draw dates
|Pronghorn antelope, elk||Second Tuesday in February (pending Commission approval)|
|Deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison, sandhill crane||Second Tuesday in June (pending Commission approval)|
|Spring javelina, spring bear, spring turkey, spring bison||Second Tuesday in October|
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.