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Fall hunt lottery style application process now open

From the Arizona Department of Game and Fish

-- Arizona's 2011-12 Hunting and Trapping Regulations are now available online at www.azgfd.gov/draw, and the application period for the draw is now open.

The deadline to submit an application for a hunting permit issued through the draw for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, and pheasant is June 14  at 7 p.m. MST.

There is no online application process available, and those submitting an application by mail are reminded that postmarks do not count.

Applications must be either hand-delivered to one of the seven Game and Fish offices or sent by U.S. mail to: Drawing Section, Arizona Game and Fish Department, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052.

The 2011-12 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations contain information on how to fill out an application, how the draw works, license requirements, hunt numbers, season dates, number of permits available, and other pertinent information for the hunter.

Another online resource for hunters when applying for a permit is the Hunt Arizona: Survey, Harvest and Draw Data guide. This book contains nearly 200 pages of information on species and hunt areas, including the odds of being drawn, harvest success rates and more.

To aid the application process there is a digital editable PDF application that can be typed using a computer and then printed, signed, and submitted to Game and Fish. Alternatively, print a blank copy of the form, fill it out using an ink pen, and then submit in the same fashion.

Hunters are advised to apply early to take advantage of the correction period. If an application has a mistake and is received before May 27 at 5 p.m. MST, Game and Fish will attempt to call the hunter three times in a 24-hour period and offer the opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause the application to be rejected.

Printed copies of the regulations are available at all Game and Fish offices. To learn more about the drawing process, hunting season dates and more, visit www.azgfd.gov/dra.

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