Arizona Big Game Draw Complete

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The 2006 fall big game hunt draw is complete, and applicants can now find out if they have been drawn by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at azgfd.gov.

The department received more than 256,000 applications for the draw, about 30,000 more than last year.

Game and Fish officials said that hunt-permit tags will be mailed out to successful applicants by July 28.

Any tags remaining from the draw process will be available on a first-come, first-served process. Game and Fish officials said hunters should be aware that the first-come process has been modified for fall hunts this year. The department will begin processing first-come permits on Aug. 11, starting at 8 a.m. The online application process will not be used for first-come. Applications will be accepted by mail only. Send the applications to P.O. Box 52002, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2002.

The first-come permit system allows individuals to apply for any leftover big game hunt permit-tags not issued during the normal fall or spring drawing process.

The big game draw is a lottery-style process for allocating the limited number of Arizona big game hunting permits to applicants.