OCTOBER 12, 2011

Online application service for Arizona’s 2012 spring hunt draw is now available


PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced that online application service for Arizona’s 2012 spring hunts has become available as of Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.
Hunters who haven’t yet submitted an application for the spring hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear now have the option of applying online by visiting www.azgfd.gov/draw and selecting a link to the online service.

The application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, by 7 p.m. (MST). Applicants are advised to apply early and not wait until the last minute, in case any technical issues arise on deadline day.

Department officials said the new online system has been undergoing extensive testing and it wasn’t logistically possible to make the system available any sooner. They added that having the spring draw application process online, even at this late stage of the application cycle, allows the department to continue to fine tune the system for the elk and antelope draw application cycle that typically begins in mid to late December.

Online applicants will have to pay a non-refundable fee of $7.50 per applicant, along with the fee for any necessary licenses (a 2012 license is required to enter the spring draw; those who have not already purchased one can do it through the draw process). Purchased hunting licenses can be printed immediately from a computer once the purchase is complete.

The system allows payment with a credit card (VISA and Mastercard only). The cost of the hunt permit-tag won’t be charged unless and until the applicant is drawn.

The online application service works with the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari (For those using Safari, it is recommended that you upgrade to the latest version of the OS and Safari browser; a few problems have been reported with older Safari versions). This application service currently does not work with mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone or other Smartphones.

For those not using the online process, paper applications can still be mailed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department or hand-delivered to any of the seven Game and Fish offices located in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa and Phoenix. Mailed applications should be addressed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. Mailed applications must be received by the department by the deadline; postmarks don’t count.

The 2012 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet and applications are available at www.azgfd.gov/draw, at Game and Fish offices, and at hunting license dealers throughout the state.

For more information or to apply online, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.