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Arizona spring hunts application deadline Oct. 12

From the Arizona Game and Fish Department

-- Hunters are advised to apply for Arizona's 2011 spring hunts before the Oct. 12 for spring javelina, turkey, buffalo and bear permit-tags. Information is available online at www.azgfd.gov/draw, or at local Game and Fish offices.  

There is no online application process.

Applicants are reminded while all seven Game and Fish office locations accept applications up to 7 p.m., the customer service counters for purchasing licenses (a 2011 license is required to apply) close at 5 p.m.

Mailed applications should be addressed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. Applications may also be hand-delivered to any of the seven Game and Fish offices. For a listing of Game and Fish offices, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.

For those interested in hunting, but not sure where to start, check out one of the many mentored hunting camps for first-time hunters. To participate in the hunting portion of these camps, a hunt permit-tag is required. However, many of the camps offer other outdoor-related family activities as well.

Javelina hunting camps
--Wickenburg/Congress area, Jan. 21-23, 2011, youth hunt: Tags are issued by application, apply for hunt number 5039. The Unit 20C camp offers food, activities, hunt guidance and is hosted by Youth Outdoors Unlimited.
--Payson/Roosevelt Lake area, Jan. 21-23, 2011, youth hunt: Apply for hunt number 5040. The Unit 22/23 camp offers food, activities, hunt guidance and is hosted by the Arizona Deer Association.
--Tucson/Sasabe area, Feb. 11-13, 2011, women's hunt: Apply for hunt number 5075, 5076 or 5077. The Unit 36A/B/C hunts are limited to hunting with a handgun, archery or muzzleloader. The camp offers food, activities, hunt guidance and is hosted by Coueswhitetail.com and Outdoor Experience for All.
--Prescott area, Feb. 18-20, 2011, general hunt for new hunters all ages: Apply for hunt number 5004, 5007 or 5008. The Unit 17A/B, 19B and 20A camp offers food, activities, hunt guidance and is hosted by the Arizona Bowhunters Association and Outdoor Experience for All. 
 
Turkey hunting camps
--Flagstaff area, April 15-17, 2011, youth hunt: Tags may be purchased at any Game and Fish office or license dealer. The Unit 6B/8 camp offers food, activities, hunt guidance and is hosted by the Arizona state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
--Mogollon Rim area, April 15-17, 2011, youth hunt: Tags for hunting in Units 3C or 23 are limited and issued by application, apply for hunt number 4051 or 4053. Tags for hunting in Units 4A/4B may be purchased at any Game and Fish office or license dealer. The Unit 3C/23/4A/4B camp offers food, activities, hunt guidance and is hosted by the Arizona state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

--Eager/Alpine/Clifton area, April 15-17, youth hunt: Tags may be purchased at any Game and Fish office or license dealer. The Unit 1/27 camp offers food, activities, hunt guidance and is hosted by the Arizona state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

For more contact information or to register for these camps, or to obtain a list of other beginners hunting camps, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw under the "Mentored Hunting & Juniors-only Events 2010-11 Season" information box on the right side of the page.

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