Arizona Spring 2010 Hunt Deadline October 13th

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Tuesday, October 13 by 7 p.m. (MST) is the latest that the Arizona Game and Fish department will accept applications for the random drawing process for spring bear, turkey, javelina and buffalo.

Applications may be hand delivered to any of the seven department offices around the state, or sent by U.S. mail to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. Postmarks don't count and there is no online application process available.

The 2010 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear hunt draw information booklet and application forms are available at more than 300 license dealers statewide, at Game and Fish offices, or by downloading from www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Note: a previous news release incorrectly noted "all spring bear hunts are issued over-the-counter." This is incorrect, some general hunts and archery-only spring bear hunts are allocated through the spring big game draw process and require an application submitted by the deadline.

Youth hunters
Many of Arizona's wildlife conservation groups are hosting "mentored hunting camps" for young hunters this spring, including two javelina camps and three turkey camps. These free camps offer field assistance, instruction, food and camaraderie.

To qualify there is a few things you need to do. Obtain a youth general hunting or combo license. Youth hunters ages 10-13 must complete an Arizona certified hunter education course before the hunt. In addition, a javelina or turkey tag is required. The hunt number for the region of the javelina camps is 5039 (Unit 20c) and 5040 (Unit 23). The 2010 juniors-only turkey tag is available for purchase over-the-counter at any licensed dealer or department office and is valid for the units where the camps will be hosted.

Support our troops: Donate an outdoor magazine With deadline approaching, be certain your application is submitted on time by dropping it off to the nearest department office, along with one (or more) of your used outdoor-related magazines to any department office.

In an effort to bring the great outdoors and hunting heritage to U.S. military personnel overseas serving our country, the department has teamed up with the nonprofit organization, Outdoor Experience 4 All, by providing magazine collection points at all department offices through the spring draw deadline. Outdoor Experience 4 All has arranged to have all the donated magazines packed up and sent overseas to the troops while they are away. To learn more about the magazine drive, contact www.outdoorexperienceforall.org.

There are Arizona Game and Fish locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Flagstaff, Pinetop, Kingman, Tucson and Yuma. For addresses, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.

For more information about hunting and the big game draw process, visit www.azgfd.gov/hunting.