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AZGFD offers new big game hunting opportunities

Posted November 19, 2021



Limited-entry permit-tag seasons to begin for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer 


PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is offering new hunting opportunities that will provide all hunters with a chance to draw an additional elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer permit-tag, while generating revenue to support wildlife conservation efforts across the state.

The initial draw for these unique and special hunts will open Monday, Nov. 29 and close at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 (Arizona time). Check back on AZGFD’s website ( and social media channels for a link to apply. Applicants who are drawn for a limited-entry permit-tag will be contacted by the department (during the week of Dec. 6), at which time payment will be required before the permit-tag can be mailed. NOTE: It is the responsibility of each applicant to provide accurate contact information to avoid missing an opportunity to receive the permit-tag for which they were drawn.    

These opportunities should not be confused with the annual draws that are conducted by the department in February, June and October. A limited-entry permit-tag application does not preclude a hunter from applying for any other hunts throughout the year or impact bonus points. Animals harvested during limited-entry permit-tag seasons are excluded from annual bag limits.    

In addition:

A total of six limited-entry permit-tags (two for each of the three species) were recommended for this initial draw: 

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission, during a public meeting Aug. 6 in Williams, voted 5-0 to approve Commission Order 30: Limited-Entry Permit-tags, which establishes initial seasons and season dates, permit numbers, and open areas for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.