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AZ SPRING DRAW

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.

 

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If you didn't know a few

If you didn't know a few years ago the offered it on line and then decided to close the on line application process down and go back to paper.  I guess that they didn't like the fee's that the company that was doing it for them charged.  Also if you like to do the paper application then you can continue to do the paper application so nothing has changed there.  But everyone should know that they have proved that there are less errors on the on line application than there is on the paper one.  Also usually on every on line application that I have ever done if there was a err on it the application was rejected or something came back and told me of the err.  As far as more people entering the draw I doubt it.  You still have to pay the money up front for both the hunting license and the animal tag on your credit card at the time of the application so in reality nothing has really changed except for a easier application process and a automatic payment to your credit card. 

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HELLO AZ!!!!

Its about darn time they get it back up and running, I missed it terribily.

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Hey Critter, is this what you

Hey Critter, is this what you do every year for you javalina hunts?  I will have to do that one of these years.  I am curious though, I would hate to take a trip just for a javalina.  Do they have a coues season that overlaps, where you can be out there with 2 tags?  Or, is javalina just in the spring in Arizona?

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For the hunt that we do the

For the hunt that we do the HAM (handgun, archery, muzzle loader) in February this year nothing overlaps even the quail hunt ends a week before out hunt starts this year.  But if you put in for archery which is in January you can also hunt deer if you draw a tag. 

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Spring Javalina

I'm not Critter, but I think Javalina is just in the Spring.

Personally I can't stand the meat so I'll pass on hunting them. I'm hoping to go to Texas and hunt Hogs in the Spring.

I just checked the Regs. The Fall Javalina is a Juniors Only hunt.

 

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I haven't had the meat by

I haven't had the meat by itself, but i did have it in a spicey rice dish at a game feast last year.  The dish as a whole tasted awesome!

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It is interesting in all the

It is interesting in all the people that I have talked to or who live in Arizona that don't like the meat.  In the last 18 years that I and my friend have been hunting them we have taken a javelina every year except for 2 years and out of those 34 javelina we have only had one that the meat wasn't any good from.  I have even smoked some and let the people taste it that say it is bad meat and they always want more, and not one of them have ever turned up their noses at it after I tell them what it is.

But in the long run it is like any other meat.  You treat it like crap and it will taste like crap.   

 

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Like I said, I have only

Like I said, I have only tried it in a rice dish, and it was awesome.  I would like to try it smoked some time like you do, as I have heard it's awesome that way.

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Good news to me. I'm not yet

Good news to me. I'm not yet ready to jump back into the Arizona game but when I do it will sure make it a lot easier.

If you plan the right javelina season such as archery or the HAM season I think it's called for handgun archery or muzzleloader you can also get in some great quail hunting in most areas. The rifle season starts just a little too late though by just a few days.

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In my opion every state

In my opion every state should have an online option for appling for tags and such, Its just so much easier and like Critter said if there are any errors on it the system will usually reject it untill the errors ae fixed. I love that i live in a state where we hav had the online option for many years now, Its been great. Also being an out of stater it would be nice to just jump on a computer and fill out the forms and send it in rather than ordering an application filling it out and mailing it off not knowing if it was filled out right. Good for AZ to finally join the 21st century.

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