The Arizona Game and Fish Department has released the 2011 spring hunting and drawing information for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear. Electronic copies of the application form and regulation booklet are available online at www.azgfd.gov/draw .
Many of the spring hunts have a limited number of tags and are issued through a draw/lottery process. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 12 by 7 p.m. (MST). Postmarks do not count, and there is no online application process.
Mailed applications should be addressed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. Applications may also be hand-delivered to any of the seven Game and Fish offices. For a listing of Game and Fish offices, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices 
Printed copies of the spring regulation booklet and applications are estimated to be at license dealers and Game and Fish offices by mid-September.
While there might seem like plenty of time to get your application submitted, with the start of early fall hunts for deer and antelope, and small game season just around the corner, now is the time to apply for the spring hunts before you get too busy.
There is also a benefit to applying early. If your application has a mistake and is received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 23, Game and Fish 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.
Applicants are reminded a 2011 license is required to enter the spring draw. Licenses may be purchased at any Game and Fish office, license dealer, or through the draw/application process. Online sales of 2011 licenses will not be available on the Game and Fish website until an undetermined time in September.
Some of the spring hunts are not limited and a non-permit tag may be purchased over-the-counter at any Game and Fish office or license dealer in the state. Non-permit tag hunts are area specific and include archery-only spring turkey, juniors-only shotgun spring turkey, archery-only spring javelina, general spring bear, and archery-only spring bear. A full listing of all the spring hunts are available in the 2011 Arizona Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet, available at www.azgfd.gov/draw 
New to hunting?
Game and Fish is continuing to partner with sportsmen's organizations to host hunting camps for youth hunters, first-time hunters, and families interested in learning about traditional outdoor activities. These camps offer experienced instruction on topics such as hunting, camping, wildlife biology/ecology, care of game once harvested, and other life skills. If you would like to try turkey or javelina hunting, here are the camps that offer mentored assistance and how to get a hunting tag for the area of that camp.
Javelina hunting camps
Turkey hunting camps
For more contact information, to register for these camp, and for a listing of other beginners hunting camps, visit www.azgfd.gov/getoutside 
Young hunters 10-13 are reminded that hunter education is mandatory to hunt big game, which includes turkey and javelina. The minimum age to hunt big game is ten. The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers a variety of traditional classroom courses as well as an online self-paced course to accommodate the busy schedules of today's public. A hands-on field day is required regardless of the course type to become certified. Anyone successfully completing one of Arizona's hunter education courses will receive a permanent bonus point towards applying for future big game hunts. To learn more about Arizona's hunter education program, visit www.azgfd.gov/education and select "hunter education."