AZGFD Hunting Calendar August 2022
August 1, 2022
August 2022 Arizona Hunting Calendar
Compiled By Margie Anderson
Make sure you don't miss an opportunity to hunt! Keep an eye on the Arizona Game and Fish website at azgfd.gov so you know when the latest regulation booklets are available. Applications are online only starting in January 2022. Don't miss out!
The 2022-2023 Arizona Hunting Regulations were posted online in early May at http://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Regulations/.
Draw deadlines for spring javelina, spring bear, spring turkey, and spring bison will be the second Tuesday in October pending commission approval.
CHANGES TO POINTGUARD
• For $25, an applicant will have the opportunity to surrender a hunt permit-tag and have their bonus points reinstated for all eligible big game species for three consecutive draw cycles from the date of purchase.
• PointGuard Plus can be purchased from the time of completing an online application, right up to the deadline to update credit card or debit card information (prior to AZGFD processing hunt applications). The fee is non-refundable.
• Those who purchase PointGuard Plus will receive priority positioning for the reissuing of hunt permit-tags that are surrendered by PointGuard members and non-members alike.
• A free AZGFD portal account is not required to purchase PointGuard Plus. A portal account is still needed for those applicants wishing to view their draw results, however.
• PointGuard Plus is completely discretionary.
• Like PointGuard Plus, standard PointGuard is available to all applicants when applying online for a hunt permit-tag.
• PointGuard is $10 per species (an increase of $5), per applicant, and also can be purchased from the time of completing an online application until the deadline to update credit card or debit card information. The fee is non-refundable.
• Only one hunt permit-tag may be surrendered, per species. If an applicant is drawn in the future for that particular species, that hunt-permit tag must be used, expending all accumulated bonus points. Only then may an applicant participate again in PointGuard (and PointGuard Plus).
• A free AZGFD portal account is not required to purchase PointGuard. A portal account is still needed for those applicants wishing to view their draw results, however.
• PointGuard is completely discretionary.
General Hunting, resident: $37; Non-resident: not available see combination
Combination Hunt and fish, resident: $57; Non-resident: $160
Youth combination hunt and fish (ages 10-17), resident: $5 Non-resident: $5
Short-term combination license, resident: $15/day, Non-resident: $20/day
You can now auto-renew your hunting and fishing license if you have an AZGFD portal account. See the details at azgfd.com.
There are also fees for permit-tags and nonpermit-tags. See the 2022-2023 Hunting Regulations at http://www.azgfd.com for details.
Over the Counter Non-Permit Tags
There are many opportunities to go hunting that do not require hunters to submit an application for a hunt permit-tag via the Draw.
Referred to as over-the-counter tags, these permits are available for purchase from department offices and in many cases from license dealers.
Species and hunts available are: archery-only deer (some unit restrictions); limited opportunity elk; mountain lion; bear; archery-only javelina and juniors-only turkey (shotgun only).
Arizona's over-the-counter, nonpermit-tag archery deer hunting opportunity will continue for the 2022-2023 hunts, but harvest limits have been set by unit and by species.
This approach is in accordance with hunt guidelines (www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Guidelines/) approved April 1, 2022, by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Harvest limits were set at 20 percent of the estimated harvest for a unit and species. Failure to report a harvest, as well as hunting in a closed unit, will be strictly enforced.
All over-the-counter archery deer hunters will be required to report their harvest either online or by phone within 48 hours of taking their deer (details in the 2022-2023 Arizona Hunting Regulations booklet). When the number of deer equaling the archery deer harvest limit for a particular unit and species has been reported, the unit will be closed to further archery deer hunting at sundown the Wednesday immediately following.
Hunters will be responsible for checking online or by telephone before hunting to determine if their desired hunt unit is still open. The department's website will be updated continuously to reflect the number of deer harvested and whether a harvest limit has been reached and a unit is closed.
The 2022-2023 Arizona Hunting Regulations will be posted online in early May at http://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Regulations/.
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Be sure to check the hunting regulations carefully before you hunt. Many of the following hunts have notes and legal requirements listed. You must check the regulations. Pick up a paper copy at outdoor stores, Game and Fish offices, or go online at http://www.azgfd.com and click on regulations to download the booklet. "Open areas" have restrictions beyond what is listed here. ALL HUNTS require a valid hunting license or combination license. Hunters under 10 need a license or they must be accompanied by an adult who possesses a valid license. Falconry-only hunts require a Sport Falconry License. See regulations for daily limits and bag limits. This calendar is for convenience only. You must read and follow the hunting regulations found in the booklets and pamphlets available at http://www.azgfd.com and at retailers where licenses are sold.
HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES IN AUGUST
Mountain Lion: Aug 19,2022 – May 31, 2023 This hunt is held by zone, with zones having annual harvest limits. Seasons vary by zone. When the limit is reached, the hunt is over in that zone. You must call to report kills or check hunts before going hunting. There are also archery and pursuit-only tags available. See regulations for details on weapons, fees, zones, etc.
Tassel-eared tree squirrel Unit 31: year-round.
Cottontail Rabbityear-round. Open areas statewide except National Wildlife Refuges, and 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M. Any cottontail.
Cottontail rabbit in Buenos Aires, and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges:year-round any cottontail rabbit.
Cottontail rabbit in Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge: Aug 19, 2022 – Feb 23, 2022. Any cottontail rabbit.
Cottontail rabbit limited weapon (shotgun shooting shot):year-round. Open areas except National Wildlife Refuges) any cottontail rabbit.
Falconry-only cottontail rabbit: year-round. Open areas except National Wildlife Refuges any cottontail rabbit.
PREDATORY AND FUR-BEARING MAMMALS
Coyote and skunk: year-round. Open areas statewide except National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M.
Coyote and skunk Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge: year-round
Coyote, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge: year-round
Raccoon, bobcat, foxes, ringtail, weasel, and badger Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge: Aug 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023.
Coyote, skunks, raccoon, bobcat, gray fox, ringtail, and badger Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge Aug 19, 2022 – Mar 2, 2023
Bobcats and foxes Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Aug 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023
Coyote and skunk limited weapon (shotgun shooting shot): year-round. Open areas statewide except National Wildlife Refuges.
Raccoon, bobcat, foxes, ringtail, weasel, and badgerlimited weapon (shotgun shooting shot): Aug 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 Open areas statewide except National Wildlife Refuges.
OTHER BIRDS AND MAMMALS
House sparrow and European starling: year-round. Open areas statewide except National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M.
Gunnison's prairie dog: July 1, 2022 – Mar 31, 2023Open areas north of the Gila River excluding National Wildlife Refuges, and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M)
All mammals EXCEPT game mammals, fur-bearing mammals, predatory mammals, bats, coati, black-footedferret, New Mexico jumping mouse, Gunnison's prairie dog, black-tailed prairie dog, jaguar, jaguarundi, ocelot, otter, porcupine and wolves: year-round. Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges, Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M)
Jackrabbit Open Areas statewide including Buenos Aires and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife refuges, excluding all other Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M: year-round
Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge: Aug 19, 2022 – Feb 24, 2023.
Limited weapon (shotgun shooting shot) English house sparrows and European starling: year-round. Open areas statewide except National Wildlife Refuges.
Limited weapon (shotgun shooting shot) Gunnison's prairie dog Unit 11M: year-round.
Limited weapon (shotgun shooting shot) All mammals EXCEPT game mammals, furbearing mammals, predatory mammals, bats, coati, black-footedferret, New Mexico jumping mouse, Gunnison's prairie dog, black-tailed prairie dog, jaguar, jaguarundi, ocelot, otter, porcupine and wolves: year-round. Open areas statewide except National Wildlife Refuges.
Falconry-only seasons for Sparrows and Starlings, crow, coati, Gunnison's Prairie Dog, others: see regulations.
REPTILES A hunting or combination license is required for taking reptiles. A Fishing or combination license is required for taking softshell turtles. See regulations booklet for list of legal reptiles and taking methods.
General Reptiles: year-round – see regulations for areas, limits, and closed areas.
Archery-only non permit-tag deer Aug 19 – Sep 8, 2022. See 2022-23 hunting regulations for details.
BIG GAME HUNTING: see regulations for information on hunts and dates. Big game hunting is by permit only. To see draw odds go to http://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/surveydata/
ANTELOPESeasons vary by unit and are in August and September. Antelope hunting is by permit-tag only. Deadline for permit applications is usually late January or early February. Watch for the regulation booklet to become available.
BEARGeneral Bear seasons are August – December.
You can buy a non-permit tag for bear over the counter. Seasons vary by unit and units close when the quota is reached. You are responsible to call and report kills and also call before hunting to make sure the unit is still open. See regulations for details. There are also archery-only non-permit tags and those hunts are in late August through September. There is an annual limit to female bear harvests in each area. See the regulations for info.
JAVELINAGeneral nonpermit-tag required javelina Jan 1 – Dec 31, 202239, 40B excluding Pima County, 41, 43A, and 43B excluding National Wildlife Refuges. See 2022-23 regulations for exclusions and regulations.
Archery-only nonpermit-tag required Javelina hunts Jul 1 – Dec 31, 2022 for 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A north, 7, 9, and 11M. Any Javelina.
MOUNTAIN LION: license and hunt non-permit tag required for all hunts. See regulations.
Mountain Lion Aug 19, 2022 – May 31, 2023 Statewide excluding National Wildlife Refuges, Mohave County Park Lands, and units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M. Any lion except spotted kittens or females accompanied by spotted kittens.
Archery-only mountain lion Aug 19, 2022 – May 31, 2023 Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M. Any lion except spotted kittens or females accompanied by spotted kittens.
Pursuit-only mountain lion Aug 19, 2022 – May 31, 2023Statewide excluding National Wildlife Refuges, Mohave County Park Lands, and units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M. Any lion except spotted kittens or females accompanied by spotted kittens.
See the regulations for mountain lion harvest limits. When the harvest limit is reached, that unit will close to hunting. You are responsible for checking online at http://www.azgfd.gov/lionhunting or call 1-877-438-0447 before hunting to find out if management zones are closed.
NONPERMIT TAGS – PURCHASE OVER THE COUNTER
Bobcat seal (for sale or export)
See the regulations for information on these non-permit tags and prices.
POPULATION MANAGEMENT HUNTS
To be put in the hunter pool for population management hunts, fill out the form found in the regulations. You need to re-submit every year. For 2022, the printing deadline for the regulations booklet resulted in an error. On page 59 you will find the application for the management hunts, and the expiration date says Dec. 31, 2021. Per Game and Fish, just cross that out and write in "Dec. 31, 2022".