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Arizona’s 2010 fall hunting and trapping regulations now online

From the Arizona Game and fish Department

-- The deadline to apply for an Arizona fall hunt permit-tag, issued through the draw is June 8 at 7 p.m. The 2010-11 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations and application forms are available online at www.azgfd.gov/draw, however, there is no online application process available.

Printed copies of the 2010-11 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet, applications and envelopes will  be available statewide at license dealers and department offices no later than May 21.

Hunters interested in a permit-tag for fall deer, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, fall turkey, juniors-only fall javelina, or pheasant are required to submit a paper application for the drawing process.  The antelope and elk draws  took place in February.

Directions on how to apply for the draw are outlined on pages 16-20 of the 2010-11 regulations. The digital editable PDF application can be typed using a computer and then printed, signed, and submitted to the department. A blank form can also be printed, filled out using an ink pen, and then submitted in the same fashion.

Applications may be hand delivered to any of the seven department offices or sent by U.S. mail to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052 before the deadline. Postmarks do not count.

Apply early and take advantage of the correction period. Here is how it works: if the application has a mistake and is received before May 27 at 5 p.m. MST, the department will attempt to call the person submitting the application three times in a 24-hour period and to give the person the opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause the application to be rejected.

New hunting opportunities

For the youth ages 10-17 interested in going deer hunting, there are three mentored deer hunting camps offered by sportsmen’s groups, gun clubs, and conservation organizations. These camps are designed to help new families reconnect with the outdoors and learn about the hunting heritage. Each camp offers experienced instruction on topics such as hunting, camping, care of game once harvested, and other useful information for first-time hunters. To attend, apply for the hunt number for the camp that best fits the schedule and location:

•   Mogollon Rim Area, Oct. 8-10: Apply for hunt number 1156, juniors-only deer. The Unit 23 Juniors Deer Camp is hosted        by the Arizona Deer Association.

•  Southern Arizona, Nov. 19–21: Apply for hunt number 1162, juniors-only deer. The Unit 36A Juniors Deer Camp is hosted        by the Arizona state chapter of Safari Club International.

•  Central Arizona, Nov. 19–21: Apply for hunt number 1154, juniors-only deer.

The Unit 20C Juniors Deer Camp is hosted by Youth Outdoors Unlimited. Another great opportunity for the kids is like a two-for-one hunt. Juniors-only deer hunts for hunt numbers 1158, 1159, 1162, 1163, and 1176 (hunt areas include units 28, 29, 30A, 30B, 31, 32, 33, 36A, 36B and 16A muzzleloader) are also eligible to purchase an over-the-counter restricted javelina non-permit tag (companion tag) at any department office. The companion tag is valid for the same area and dates as the deer hunt, as authorized by population management seasons, and gives kids twice the reason to go hunting.

Buy a ticket, support wildlife

To increase the odds in getting a big game tag, and possibly one of a lifetime, take part in the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle. There are 10 special big game tags (issued by the commission) and every dollar raised for these tags goes directly toward management projects that benefit that species in Arizona. Winners will be able to hunt for 365 days almost anywhere in the state of Arizona during the 2010-2011 hunting season. Tickets range from $5 to 25. For more details, order form and deadlines, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive any of the state’s general funds to operate. Wildlife conservation and management of the state’s game animals, which also benefits many non-game species, is made possible through a user-pay, user-benefit system. Funding from the direct sale of hunting and fishing licenses, big game tags, and matching funds from the Pittman-Robertson Act, a federal excise tax that sportsmen pay on guns, ammunition and related equipment, remain the backbone of wildlife conservation in North America. To learn more, visit www.azgfd.gov/h_f/northamericanmodel.shtml.

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