A Record Number of Applicants Applied Online for Big Game Hunts

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A record 205,801 applicants applied online for the fall big game hunts, eclipsing last year's record number by almost 40,000.

Last year there were 168,676 applicants applying via the Internet, which was also a record. The Arizona Game and Fish Department began accepting online applications three years ago.

This year the department also received a record low 42,087 paper applications for the available hunt-permit tags. Last year, there were 75,815 paper applications submitted either via mail to the Game and Fish Department headquarters or in person to the seven department offices in the state. Keep in mind that up to four people can apply with a single application.

"We cannot determine how many people are represented by the paper applications until all applications are processed," says drawing supervisor Jan Maguire. "Obviously, the number of paper applications has diminished significantly."

The deadline for the department to mail out hunt-permit tags is July 23. Remember: the department no longer sends out notices telling people they have not been drawn. Draw results will be available online at azgfd.com.