AZ G&F has announced that AZ is now accepting online applications for the Spring 2012 Javalina, Buffalo, and Bear draws.
I think this is a step in the right direction. They were slow to introduce it and were taking applications in the mail prior to releasing this. From what I can gather it was because they were working the "bugs" out of this system when the applications for the Spring 2012 draws started being accepted. The goal is, obviously, to have it bug free by entry time for the Fall 2012 hunts, which is also when they get the most applicants.
I myself am of two minds about this. The first is, "Great! Arizona finally comes in to the twentieth century." I fully realize we are in the twenty-first century and I myself am a throwback to the nineteenth century in a lot of my beliefs. The other is, "Don't fix what ain't broke." We know how the paper system works and it seems to work just fine. This does give me concern that many people will now enter the draws since it can be done from the comfort of thier own living room when they couldn't be bothered to fill out a paper application and either mail it in or drop it off at the local G&F office.
Time will tell if this new system is a boon to getting more hunters in the field.