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Deadline looms to submit 2023 pronghorn, elk hunt applications

Posted February 10, 2023

AZGFD to provide after-hours assistance Monday, Tuesday nights 


PHOENIX — Only a few days remain to submit applications for a 2023 pronghorn or elk hunt permit-tag issued through the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD) random draw.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Feb. 14. To apply, visit and click on “Apply for a Draw.” 

AZGFD is available to assist applicants. Customer service representatives can be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday by calling 602-942-3000. In addition, customer service representatives will be available to provide after-hours assistance — by telephone only — from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and 5 to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday (deadline day).       

To expedite the process, applicants are encouraged to be prepared with the following before calling AZGFD:

All applicants are encouraged to purchase PointGuard, which allows hunters to surrender their hunt permit-tag(s) for any reason without losing their bonus points (if eligible). Information: AZGFD also recommends downloading Arizona E-Tag. Hunters can download this mobile app from either the Apple or Google Play stores, and opt-in to receive an electronic tag in their AZGFD portal account (this is not an option selected through the draw). The Arizona E-Tag app provides real-time delivery of licenses and big game tags purchased or drawn after the app has been downloaded. The app also provides the ability to electronically tag a harvested animal and complete the hunter questionnaire. For more information, visit

AZGFD also has implemented a new feature beginning with the 2023 pronghorn and elk draw. As part of the application process, a customer can enter his or her phone number (ghost number format) to receive a hunter questionnaire via text message on their mobile device. 

For an overview of the application service, including license requirements, applying for bonus points and payment information, see Page 8 of the “2023 Pronghorn and Elk Hunt Draw Information” booklet. The booklet can be viewed at Printed booklets also are available at license dealers statewide. For more information, check out “What You Need to Know,” a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), at