Discover the Sport of Hunting
Explore the wild. Connect with friends. Become a conservationist.
DYK? Hunters and anglers play a key role in wildlife conservation. In addition to helping keep Arizona’s wildlife populations at healthy levels, the money generated from hunting and fishing licenses helps fund the work the Arizona Game and Fish Department does to conserve and protect the more than 800 wildlife species in our state.
Safe hunting starts here
Arizona offers some of the best hunting in the nation thanks to an extreme diversity of landscapes, extensive open public lands and many types of species that provide extraordinary hunting experiences, challenges and excellent food values. But first you must learn the ins and outs—of which there are quite a few:
- Rules & regulations
- Areas you can hunt and fish
- How to use a firearm
- What you do after you take an animal
- And more
Ready to get started? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is here to help. Beginners wanting to learn about the things listed above as well as wildlife biology, habits, ecology, camping and more are encouraged to look into Mentored Camps which are taught by seasoned and passionate experts. The Arizona Game and Fish Department and its partner organizations also offer 1-day and multi-day events arranged by type of wildlife and activity. No matter what you choose, you will acquire some amazing skills alongside other people who are invested in the outdoors.
The role sportsmen play in wildlife conservation
Hunting and angling are the cornerstones of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. These activities continue to be the primary source of funding for conservation efforts in North America. Self-imposed excise taxes on hunting, angling and shooting sports equipment have allowed hunters and anglers to generate more than $10 billion nationwide toward wildlife conservation since 1937. Even non-hunted species reap the rewards from these funds. The money has helped to preserve wetlands for ducks, forests for deer and grasslands for pronghorn which has protected countless non-hunted species from peril.
Arizona’s 7-Core Concepts of Conservation
- Wildlife is Held in the Public Trust
- Regulated Commerce in Wildlife
- Hunting and Angling Laws are Created Through Public Process
- Hunting and Angling Opportunity for All
- Hunters and Anglers Fund Conservation
- Wildlife is an International Resource
- Science is the Basis for Wildlife Policy
Take aim at conservation
Arizona offers many options for shooting safely and legally at public facilities and on public lands around Arizona. Start here.
Ben Avery Shooting Facility
Founded in 1957, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is one of the largest publicly operated shooting facilities in the country.
- World-class shooting range
- Five-Star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges
- Hosts more than 120,000 shooters per year