Applications for 2018 spring hunts are due Oct. 10

photo by Angela Ajamie
Photo by Angela Ajamie

PHOENIX — Applications for 2018 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear are due Oct. 10.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting online applications and paper applications, which both must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Postmarks do not count.

To apply online, visit and click on “Apply for a Draw.” Paper applications can be dropped off at any AZGFD regional office or mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052.

The “2018 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison, Bear and Raptor Capture Hunt Draw Information” booklet is online, and printed booklets are available at AZGFD regional offices or from license dealers.

Applicants must possess a valid Arizona hunting license to apply online for a hunt permit-tag. That license must be valid on the last day of the application period (Oct. 10, 2017). Licenses are valid for one year from date of purchase. Licenses are available online, as well as at all AZGFD offices and license dealers statewide.

The department encourages applicants to establish a free AZGFD portal account (if not already an account holder), and consider purchasing PointGuard when applying online for a hunt permit-tag.

A portal account enables applicants to view their draw results up to a week before results are released to the general public. Establishing a portal account is free and easy. Visit, click on the “My Account” button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page, then select the “Create Account” option).

PointGuard protects an applicant’s bonus points. If a successfully drawn 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. PointGuard is $5 per species, per applicant, purchased through the applicant’s portal account. Applicants must have a portal account to purchase PointGuard.

PointGuard for spring hunts can be purchased through Nov. 2, 2017.

For more information, visit or call (602) 942-3000.