2009-10 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations available online

Phoenix – The 2009-10 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations
are available now at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web
site at www.azgfd.gov/draw.
Applications are now being accepted for hunting permits for fall
deer, turkey, juniors-only javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear,
mountain lion and pheasant (antelope and elk are already
complete).

The application deadline for the fall draw is Tuesday, June 9,
by 7 p.m. (MST) – postmarks do not count. Those applying are
reminded there is no online application process available. All
requests must be via the paper application process only – either by
dropping the application off at any department office or by U.S.
mail.

All of the materials needed to apply are available at www.azgfd.gov/draw, including a
digital PDF application that can be filled out using a computer for
improved legibility, some minor error prevention and convenience.
However, the PDF form must be printed, signed and submitted (along
with the correct fees using check or money order) by mail, or by
hand delivery to any department office. The form can also be
printed and filled out using an ink pen.

Printed copies of the 2009-10 Arizona Hunting and Trapping
Regulations booklet, applications and envelopes are anticipated to
be available at license dealers statewide by mid-May.

Applicants should note, there is a new P.O. Box for submitting
hunt permit applications and the new address should be reflected on
the new envelopes. The new address is Arizona Game and Fish
Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ
85087-1052. However, applications mailed to the old address will be
automatically forwarded to the new address.

Hunters are reminded to avoid a couple common mistakes when
applying for a fall hunt permit-tag. Common errors include using
Game Management Unit numbers (one to two-digit sometime with letter
code) in lieu of the hunt numbers (four-digit), incorrect payment
amount, and using the wrong years hunting license number are just a
few.

Speaking of errors, apply early and take advantage of the grace
period. Here’s how it works: if your application has a mistake and
is received by May 28, the department will attempt to call you
three times in a 24-hour period and give you the opportunity to
correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause your
application to be rejected.

New this year, pheasant applications are now due at the same
time as the other big game species, Tuesday, June 9. This
improvement will eliminate remembering an additional deadline date
for this permitted hunt and it should simplify the internal
processing of these applications.

Another change to the tag allocation process for this year is an
improved system for distributing leftover tags through the
first-come, first-served process. The by mail-only process using an
application will still apply starting Aug. 3 at 8 a.m. However,
after 8 a.m. on Aug. 10, remaining tags may be purchased at any
department office.

Compared to last year, the changes to hunt structures are
relatively minor, and there is a reason for that. Every two years
(odd numbered years), the department reviews the existing hunt
guidelines. Hunt guidelines are the “recipes” used to formulate the
annual hunt recommendations in which sportsmen participate. The
direction for the next guideline revision is to standardization,
simplification, and increasing hunter participation and 2009 marks
the ground floor and hunters are encouraged to participate in the
process. If you have an idea or suggestion, submit it to the hunt
guideline team through May 31 to azgamebranch@azgfd.gov or to
Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree
Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.

To learn more about the hunt guideline process, to review and
download the current guidelines, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntguidelines.

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