PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) encourages hunters to submit their 2020 spring hunt applications early and avoid the stress of waiting until the last minute.
The deadline to apply for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear hunts is 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Oct. 8. Beginning with the 2020 spring draw, all applications must be submitted online at www.azgfd.gov/hunting/draw.
For an overview of the online application service, including license requirements, applying for bonus points and payment information, see Page 10 of the “2020 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information” booklet. Printed booklets are available at all department offices and license dealers statewide.
A couple of helpful reminders:
An applicant’s hunting or combination hunt and fish license must be valid through Oct. 8. All applicants, including youth (ages 10-17), who are applying for a hunt permit-tag must possess a license that is valid on the last day of the application period. Licenses can be purchased online at https://www.azgfd.com/license/.
Know your Department ID. This is a must to submit an application. There are three ways to locate a Department ID: Log into your AZGFD portal account and click on “View Details” under “My AZGFD Dashboard,” check your hunting or combination hunt and fish license if it was purchased online, or call AZGFD at (602) 942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, see Page 9 of the “2020 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison and Bear Hunt Draw Information” booklet.
In the meantime, hopeful hunters might want to view a couple of short videos before applying for a hunt.
Amber Munig, big game management supervisor, explains how the draw process works at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpI0lLp5Adk.
AZGFD provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a hunt permit-tag issued through the draw at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVVH7OGo0Y.
AZGFD is available to assist all applicants. All department offices statewide are equipped with customer computers that can be accessed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A customer service representative can be reached by calling (602) 942-3000.