Fall Draw Results Due July 29

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Despite significant changes made to the application process this year, including elimination of the online application option, Arizona's fall 2005 big game draw is proceeding on schedule.

Results of the draw will be available no later than July 29, 2005 and will be posted to the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Web site (click on the Big Game Draw link). Results will also be available by calling (602) 942-3000. To access draw results, an individual must provide a department identification number or Social Security number and the month and day of birth.

"We're pleased the process went as smoothly as it did," says Richard Rico, assistant director for special services. "We knew that dealing with a manual-only application option would present certain logistical challenges, and we prepared for that. We're right on schedule."

Many people applied early this year to take advantage of the review and correction period offered by the department. Although department offices were crowded on the June 14 deadline day, traffic flow was manageable, and extra staffing helped keep things moving along.

Individuals who applied for a hunting or combination hunting and fishing license at the time of application for the draw will be issued their license no later than August 5, 2005.

Any hunt permit-tags not issued during the fall 2005 draw will be available through the first-come leftover permit system. Applications for any leftover permits will be accepted by U.S. mail only beginning August 8, 2005.

It is anticipated that refund warrants will be mailed to unsuccessful applicants beginning August 12.