Proposed Rule Would Allow Hunters to Buy, Reinstate Bonus Points

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Proposed Game and Fish Commission rule changes would allow hunters to purchase one bonus point per species per season and also allow others to reinstate bonus points if they are unable to use their tags because of emergency mobilization.

A notice of proposed final rulemaking on the two proposals has been submitted to the secretary of state and will be published in the Arizona Administrative Register on Oct. 31. The public will have the opportunity to review the proposed rule changes and make comments for the official rule record during the entire month of November. If you have any questions about the proposed rulemaking, call (602) 789-3271 or send an e-mail to

One proposed rule change would allow a person to buy a bonus point for a specific species. The purchaser would pay the same amount as that required to purchase a hunt permit-tag for that species. The purchaser would be excluded from the draw for that species for that season.

Another proposed commission rule change would establish a provision for the Game and Fish Department to reinstate bonus points for any military personnel or public agency employees unable to use their hunt-permit tag because of mobilization or activation in response to a declared national or state emergency. Such individuals would also be required to return their hunt permit-tag to the department before the beginning of the hunt season for which the tag is valid. Along with the unused tag, the individual would have to submit additional information and proof of activation.