PHOENIX — The deadline to submit 2021 spring hunt applications is fast approaching. Applications for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear hunts, and raptor capture, must be received by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Oct. 13. To apply, visit www.azgfd.gov/hunting/draw.
AZGFD is available to assist all applicants. A customer service representative can be reached by calling 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Columbus Day, Oct. 12). AZGFD also will be staffed to provide after-hours assistance by telephone only from 5 to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 (deadline day).
To expedite the process, applicants are encouraged to be prepared with the following before calling AZGFD:
• An applicant’s hunting or combination hunt and fish license must be valid on Oct. 13. All applicants, including youth (ages 10-17), who are applying for a hunt permit-tag must possess a license that is valid on the last day of the application period. Licenses can be purchased online at https://www.azgfd.com/license/.
• Know your Department ID. This is a must to submit an application. There are three ways to locate a Department ID: Log into your AZGFD portal account and click on “View Details” under “My AZGFD Dashboard,” check your hunting or combination hunt and fish license if it was purchased online, or call AZGFD at 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Columbus Day, Oct. 12). For more information, see Page 8 of the “2021 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison, Bear and Raptor Capture Hunt Draw Information” booklet.
Meanwhile, all applicants are encouraged to purchase PointGuard. This benefit ensures that if a successful applicant is unable to participate in a hunt for any reason, the accumulated bonus points that were expended to draw that hunt permit-tag will be reinstated. The cost is $5 for each species. New beginning with this draw: A free AZGFD portal account is no longer required to purchase PointGuard, either at the time of application or through the application deadline (Oct. 13). A portal account is still needed for those hunters wishing to view their draw results, however. Visit accounts.azgfd.com/Account/Register and complete the required fields.