Big Game Hunt Draw Information
Online Hunt Draw Application System
View draw results, check your bonus points, update your credit card information and apply for hunts issued though the draw system when available. Hunters may apply using the online service (when available) or with a paper application.
2016 Fall Hunt Draw Information
The 2016-17 Arizona Hunting Regulations have been posted online and the department is now accepting paper applications for 2016 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant (the draw process for elk and pronghorn antelope took place in mid-April). The online application service for the draw is expected to be available in early to mid-May.
Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or dropped off at any department office statewide. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, June 14. Paper applications must be received by the department by the deadline. Postmarks do not count.
The printed 2016-17 Arizona Hunting Regulations booklets are expected to be available at department offices and license dealers statewide in early May.
In the meantime, hunters are encouraged to open a free Customer Portal account. The Portal allows customers to create a secure account where they can manage and view their contact information, as well as their license and draw results history and bonus points, in their personal “My AZ Outdoors” section. A Portal account is a mobile-friendly, convenient way to access the online license purchase and hunt draw application systems. Just visit www.azgfd.gov, click on the “Sign in to Account” button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page, then select the “Create an Account” option, filling in the requested information.
Another benefit of having a Portal account is the opportunity to sign up for the “I Support Wildlife” program, which helps fund wildlife conservation in Arizona. An annual membership for $25 includes access to the new “premium” version of the Recreational Access Arizona (RAA) mapping application, the latest fish stocking reports, an “I Support Wildlife” window decal and a one-year subscription to the award-winning Arizona
Wildlife Views magazine.
The premium RAA mapping application is a significant upgrade over the free version and is a tremendous tool when planning your hunt. It is designed to work on all mobile devices and lets you see your current location in reference to different data layers, including Game Management Units, wildlife waters, Arizona land ownership, an ESRI USA Topographic (USGS 24k Topo) basemap and more. Even better, the premium mapping application allows you to create your own point locations and automatically save and sync that data to all of your devices.
2016 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information
The draw results for Arizona’s 2016 elk and pronghorn hunts are available by checking your AZGFD Portal account, by visiting https://draw.azgfd.gov/ and scrolling down to “View results and bonus points,” or by calling the department at (602) 942-3000 and pressing “2.” The draw application period for these hunts closed Feb. 9, 2016.
- 2016 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklet
- Hunt permit-tag application form
- Buy your hunting license
2016 Spring Hunt Draw Information
To view the draw results for the spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear hunting seasons, check your AZGFD portal account or visit https://draw.azgfd.gov and click on “View Results and Bonus Points.”
- 2016 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information Booklet
- Hunt Permit-Tag Application Form
Buy your hunting license
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.
Species: Draw Deadlines
- Pronghorn antelope, elk
- Second Tuesday in February (pending Commission approval)
- Deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep fall buffalo, pheasant
- Second Tuesday in June (pending Commission approval)
- Spring javelina, spring bear, spring turkey, spring buffalo
- Second Tuesday in October (pending Commission approval)
View Draw Results, Accumulated Bonus Points
Use the link below to view the last draw results. To access the number of bonus points you have accumulated for deer, antelope, elk, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and bear, call 602 942-3000, option 2. You will need to provide your date of birth and department identification number, (for most people, this is their social security number).
Learn More About Big Game Draw Process and Bonus Points
- Big Game Draw Process
- Bonus Point Process
- Hunt Arizona: Survey, Harvest and Hunt Data for Big and Small Game
- Hunter Questionnaire Improvement Report, December 2008
- Arizona Hunter Questionnaire: New Look, Same Purpose, Arizona Wildlife Views Sept./Oct. 2009 article
- List of license dealers
Hunt Arizona Edition
Survey, Harvest and Hunt Data for Big and Small Game
Special Big Game Permit-Tag Program
Each year, in June, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission awards Special Big Game License Tags, sometimes called Commissioners’ tags, to selected 501(c)(3) wildlife conservation organizations who are charged to market and sell those tags to raise funds for Arizona's wildlife.
Up to three tags for each of the following 10 Arizona big game species are typically allocated: pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, black bear, buffalo, elk, javelina, mountain lion, mule deer, Coues white-tailed deer and turkey.
All of the revenues raised are then returned to the Arizona Game and Fish Department to be directly used to benefit those species through wildlife and habitat management in coordination with the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee.
Tags are typically made available to the public through auctions or raffles, including the Big Game Super Raffle.
The uniqueness of these special tags is that the hunting season is year-round allowing winning tag holders the time to pursue a trophy animal, many of which can only be found in the southwest and some only in Arizona – particularly, the Gould’s wild turkey, desert and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Coues white-tailed deer, and the world-famous Kaibab mule deer.
- How the funds are used through the Habitat Partnership Committee
Arizona Big Game Super Raffle
The Arizona Game and Fish Department frequently receives questions from constituents asking, “What is the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle?”
The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity that conducts a special raffle each year to raise money for wildlife conservation efforts. Each year the Arizona Game and Fish Commission sets aside one tag for each of 10 big game species—bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, antelope, buffalo, turkey, bear, javelina and mountain lion—for the purpose of being offered through the Super Raffle.
People buy tickets for a chance to win one or more of the tags. Ticket prices range from $5 to $25 each, depending on species. Winners will be able to hunt for 365 days almost anywhere in the state of Arizona during the 2014-15 hunting season. Every dollar raised for each species by the raffle is returned to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and managed by the Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee (AHPC) for that particular species, with input from local habitat partners across the state.
For more information about the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle, visit www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com