Arizona's Spring Regulations Booklet Online Now

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Arizona's spring 2009 hunt draw regulations have been posted on the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw. Hunters can now start applying for the spring hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear.

Keep in mind that the online draw application service is not available; hunters must apply using paper applications. A PDF application form is available for downloading at www.azgfd.gov/draw. The form can be filled out using a computer and keyboard, but must be printed, signed and submitted (along with the correct fees by check or money order) by mail, or by delivery to any department office. The form can also be printed and filled out using an ink pen.

Printed regulation booklets and applications are anticipated to be available at license dealers statewide by Sept. 15.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. MST – postmarks do not count.

Apply early to take advantage of the correction period. If your application has a mistake and is received by Sept. 25, the department will attempt to call you three times in a 24-hour period and give you the opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause your application to be rejected.

Remember, you must purchase a 2009 license to enter the spring draw. Licenses available through the draw include General Hunting, Adult Combination Hunting and Fishing, and Youth Combination Hunting and Fishing. License information can be found on page 4 of the spring regulations booklet.

Some changes for the 2009 spring season include:

Juniors-only spring turkey. Tags for the juniors-only spring turkey hunts are now nonpermit-tags and can be purchased over-the-counter at any department office or license dealer. If not filled during the spring hunts, these nonpermit-tags may be used during the fall if the Arizona Game and Fish Commission authorizes a juniors-only nonpermit-tag fall turkey season.

Archery javelina. Tags for the archery javelina hunt in Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M and 47M are now nonpermit-tags and can be purchased over the counter at any department office or license dealer.

General spring bear. Tags for the general spring bear hunts in all open units, except 6B and Fort Huachuca, and the archery spring bear hunts in Units 3B/3C and 33 are now nonpermit-tags and can be purchased over-the-counter at any department office or license dealer. A bear nonpermit-tag purchased in the spring and not filled is valid for any authorized fall bear nonpermit-tag season.

Hunters operating off-highway vehicles. Please be aware that new regulations affecting off-highway vehicle use will go into effect Jan. 1, 2009. See page 16 of the spring regulations booklet for more information.

Waterfowl hunters will want to take note that the 2008-09 waterfowl and snipe regulations have also been posted to the department's Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw (click on the link under the “downloads” column).