Don’t delay — apply now for 2022 spring hunts
Posted September 27, 2021
Deadline is 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Oct. 12
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) encourages hunters to submit their 2022 spring hunt applications early and avoid the stress of waiting until the last minute.
The deadline to apply for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear hunts, and raptor capture, is 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Oct. 12.
To apply, visit www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Draw/. For an overview of the application service, including license requirements, applying for bonus points and payment information, see Page 8 of the “2022 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison, Bear and Raptor Capture Hunt Draw Information” booklet. The booklet is posted online at www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Regulations/. Printed versions of the booklet soon will be available at all license dealers statewide.
A few helpful reminders:
- An applicant’s hunting or combination hunt and fish license must be valid through Oct. 12. All applicants, including youth (ages 10-17), who are applying for a hunt permit-tag must possess a license that is valid on the last day of the application period. Licenses can be purchased online at www.azgfd.com/license/. Note: When purchasing an Arizona hunting (or combination hunt and fish) license online, the license number will appear at the bottom of the customer’s receipt. Don’t throw it away! That license number will be required as part of the draw application process.
- Know your Department ID or Customer ID. This is a must to submit an application. There are four ways to locate a Department ID or Customer ID: (1) Use the new “Customer ID Retrieval Tool” that can be found either at www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Draw/, www.azgfd.com/license/, or while adding applicants when applying for a hunt permit-tag; (2) Log into your AZGFD portal account and click on “View Details” under “My AZGFD Dashboard;” (3) Check your hunting or combination hunt and fish license if it was purchased online; or (4) Call AZGFD at 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Purchasing PointGuard is encouraged. This benefit ensures that if a successful applicant is unable to participate in a hunt for any reason, the accumulated bonus points that were expended to draw that hunt permit-tag will be reinstated. The cost is $5 for each species. Note: A free AZGFD portal account is no longer required to purchase PointGuard. A portal account is still needed for those hunters wishing to view their draw results, however. Visit accounts.azgfd.com/Account/Register and complete the required fields.
In the meantime, hopeful hunters might want to view a couple of short videos before applying for a hunt.
- Amber Munig, big game management supervisor, explains how the draw process works at www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpI0lLp5Adk.
- AZGFD provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a hunt permit-tag issued through the draw at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVVH7OGo0Y.
AZGFD is available to assist all applicants. A customer service representative can be reached by calling 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.