You will need to go online to the Arizona Game and Fish Website, to buy your hunting license after you are drawn for a tag or purchase an over the counter tag, depending on the big game species you plan to hunt.
A hunters education certificate is not required to hunt in Arizona but it is recommended, as hunters that have completed an AZ hunters education class receive a permanent point towards draws for all species.
If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact JP Vicente at 928-925-9395 or use our contact form, and we can provide information and help you to walk you through the process.
Whether you are looking for a rifle deer, archery Deer, elk or antelope hunt, you need to apply for the draw in Arizona. Arizona is a draw state with accumulating preference points. You must apply for the license and tags prior to the deadline.
Elk, Antelope, Sheep & Bison Hunts - The application period is mid January into The 2nd Tuesday of February.
The Deer, Sheep and Fall Bison The application period starts in mid May and the deadline is the 2nd Tuesday of June.
Spring Bison Applications are in October.
To apply for a draw hunt in Arizona visit azgfd and click on “Apply for a Draw.”
The initial cost to the online applicant is a nonrefundable application fee ($13 for Arizona residents, $15 for nonresidents) and license fee (only if a valid license is required at the time of application). The license fee is nonrefundable whether or not an online applicant is drawn to receive a hunt permit-tag. The cost of the hunt permit-tag only will be charged if the online applicant is drawn for that species.
Arizona is unique in that it offers some of the nations top archery hunts for trophy mule, with over the counter tags for non resident hunters.
If you hunt with a bow, you can purchase Mule Deer & Couse Deer licenses and tags “over the counter", which means you can buy the tag any time as long as the hunting season has opened.
Hunts take place the 3rd week in August - 2nd week in September & mid December - January 31st. January hunts offers ideal weather conditions and rutting trophy muleys!
All through January most units are open state wide and in some areas you can hunt Coues deer and Mule deer on the same tag. The cost for a non resident OTC mule deer tag in Arizona is $160 for the hunting license and $300 for the OTC tag. Prices may change slightly for 2020 but this is one of the best priced mule deer hunting opportunities in the nation!
2020 Arizona Draw Deadline
The 2019 draw deadline for Pronghorn & elk was February 12 and 2020 will be similar. We will update this information as soon as it's available.
Arizona Fish & Game will accept tag applications for big game as soon as the applicable year’s hunt information is available on the Department’s Web site (www.azgfd.gov), or from any Game and Fish Department office or license dealer, unless otherwise noted in the Hunt Permit-tag Application Schedule.
Big Chino Outfitters Hunts the following Units in Arizona.
Early and late season - Units 1, 3, 7,8,9,10 23
Limited opportunity - 17,18,19,20
Early and late season units - 12,13,8,9,10,17,18,19,20
Early and late seasons units - 6,8,21,23,31,32,34,35 ,36