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Feb. 8 deadline for Arizona 2011 hunt applications

From the Arizona Game and Fish Department

-- Printed versions of Arizona's 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklets are now available at all seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices.  Deliveries of the regulations to more than 300 license dealers are underway.

There is no online application process.

The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 8 by 7 p.m. MST and postmarks do not count.

All applications must be submitted either by U.S. mail to P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or hand-delivered to any Game and Fish office. There are Game and Fish offices in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa and Phoenix. For contact information and directions, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.

Drawing odds from 2010 for elk and pronghorn antelope are not listed in the regulations, but are available for viewing and printing from the department's website.

For 2009 and older information, refer to the Hunt Arizona 2010: Survey, Harvest and Draw Data on the right side of the page under "Hunting, Trapping & Fishing Regulations, Season Dates & Draw Information," at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Also available is an editable PDF application form that allows applicants to enter their information using a computer for better legibility and consistency. The form must be printed, signed, and then mailed or hand delivered to Game and Fish. The form can also be printed and filled out using an ink pen and submitted the same way.

Hunters are reminded they will need a 2011 hunting license to apply. Licenses can be purchased through the application process, at Game and Fish offices and website, or at more than 300 license dealers statewide.

Leftover spring javelina and turkey hunting permits remain, including juniors-only opportunities, and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits can be obtained at any Game and Fish office. For a listing of available hunts, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw under the link List of Leftover Tags for Spring 2011 Javelina, Turkey, and Bear Hunts.

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 the direct sale of hunting and fishing licenses, big game tags, and matching funds from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, a federal excise tax that sportsmen pay on certain related equipment.

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