Leftover process for few remaining Arizona elk, antelope tags opens Monday

Only applications sent via U.S. mail to be
accepted

Phoenix, AZ – For those hunters with hopes of getting one of the
few remaining Arizona hunting permits for elk and pronghorn
antelope, the first-come, first-served process, issued through
application by U.S. mail (U.S. Postal Service) only, begins on
Monday, April 25 after 8 a.m.

To apply for these permits remaining after the drawing process,
a valid hunt application must be sent via U.S. mail (U.S. Postal
Service) to:

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Attention: Draw/First Come

5000 W. Carefree Highway

Phoenix, AZ, 85086

Game and Fish officials caution applicants not to use the
standard envelope provided with the hunt application form. The PO
Box address listed on that preprinted envelope is for the draw
process only and should not be used for the first-come,
first-served leftover process.

Applications received by any other delivery method, at any other
address, or prior to 8 a.m. Monday, April 25, will not be accepted
and will be returned to the applicant.

Absent an electronic service, the most equitable way to achieve a
first-come, first-served process is by U.S. mail (U.S. Postal
Service) only. The U.S. mail-only process allows applicants the
same chance at being first in line regardless if they are from the
far reaches of the state, from out-of-state (resident or
nonresident), or from the Phoenix metro area.

A detailed listing of the leftover permits remaining and their
associated hunt numbers is posted at the Game and Fish website at
www.azgfd.gov/draw under the link “Leftover
Permits for 2011 Elk and Pronghorn Antelope Hunts.”

For those who qualify, there are military hunts available at
Camp Navajo. For more information, contact Camp Navajo at (928)
773-3158 or at www.campnavajo.com.

There are three archery-only antelope permits. For general elk,
there are seven bull elk permits remaining and six antlerless tags
remaining. For archery-only hunts, there are eight bull elk permits
and five permits for antlerless elk hunts.

Also available are 335 limited opportunity general antlerless
elk tags, two limited opportunity general any elk tags, and 199
limited opportunity archery-only antlerless elk tags.

Applicants should note that hunt numbers in the 3800 series
shown on the leftover permit list are not listed in the 2011
Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklet. These
hunts were Hopi hunts only during the draw process and did not
carry a public hunt number in the regulations. However, for the
first-come process these hunts are now open to all hunters (tribal
and non-tribal members).

Therefore, to match the 3800 series numbers in the regulations,
applicants will have to carefully match the hunt type (general,
limited opportunity), the season dates, the open areas, and the
legal wildlife gender (bull, antlerless) to find any other notes
applicable to that hunt of interest.

If any tags remain following the first-come, first-served by
U.S. mail (Postal Service) only process, these tags will become
available for purchase in person over-the-counter at any of the
seven Game and Fish offices across the state after 8 a.m. on May
2.

However, leftover tags for these coveted hunts go very quickly,
considering the demand for these hunts far outweighs the available
resource by more than 4 to 1. During the draw process, more than
121,000 people applied for the approximately 26,000 total permits
allocated for the 2011 elk and pronghorn seasons.

To learn more about leftover tags, hunting regulations, drawing
process, bonus points, future drawing cycles and more, please visit
www.azgfd.gov/draw.

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