Hunt Draw Deadline is June 14

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What does the Arizona Game and Fish Department's fall draw deadline day have in common with tax day each year? The answer is: thousands of people who have waited until the last minute, scrambling to submit their paperwork before the deadline.

In the case of draw deadline day, it's hunters, not tax filers, who will fill department offices and parking lots on June 14, trying to beat the 7 p.m. (MST) cutoff. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is urging applicants to avoid stress by applying early.

"Past experience tells us to expect big crowds," says Bob Miles, information branch chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "We'll have lots of extra staffing to handle the volume and answer questions from customers, but applicants can save themselves time and trouble by submitting their paperwork early."

This year's draw application process is different from the past several years because there is no online application option. Applicants must fill out paper forms and mail or hand deliver them, along with all license, tag and application fees, to any Game and Fish Department office throughout the state. The completed applications must be in the department's possession by June 14; postmarks don't count.

Applications and hunting regulations are available at all department offices and authorized license dealers, or they can be downloaded from the department's Web site at Information on the fall draw changes can be found on the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Web site at azgfd.gov/draw.