Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W Carefree Highway
PO Box 74020
Phoenix, AZ 85087
ph 602-942-3000


Elk and Antelope – Feb. 12th (online) Jan. 15th (mail).
Sheep, Fall Bison, & Deer due June 11th
Turkey & Javelina – Oct. 8th


Elk and Antelope: Early April
Sheep, Fall Bison, and Deer: July 31st
Turkey and Javelina- Nov. 29th

License Costs

General Hunting License$37.00N/A
Combo Hunting / Fishing$57.00$160.00
Youth Hunting LicenseN/AN/A
Youth Combo Hunting / Fishing$5.00$5.00
Bonus Point$13.00$15.00

Species Costs

 ResidentNon Resident
Deer (Mule and Coues)$58$315
Desert Sheep$313$1,815
Rocky Mountain Sheep$313$1,815
Over-the-counter archery deer$45$300

Important Dates - Elk/Antelope (Winter)

Application deadlineJanuary 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM (AZ time) paper
February 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM (AZ time) online
Deadline for updating credit or debit card and Point Guard purchaseFebruary 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM (AZ time) online
Draw results availableRoughly around March 2, 2019
Amend credit card information deadlineN/A
Second draw deadline (leftover tags)N/A
Second draw results (leftover tags) N/AN/A
Tag returnN/A
First come, first servedBegins March 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM (AZ time)
Harvesting reporting deadline (mandatory)N/A

Important Dates - Deer / Sheep (Fall)

Application DeadlineJune 11, 2019 @ 11:59 pm (AZ time) Online
May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm (AZ time) Paper
Draw ResultsRoughly July 17, 2019
Amend Credit Card Info Deadline & Point GuardJune 27, 2019
2nd Draw Deadline (Leftover Tag)N/A
2nd Draw Results (Leftover Tag)N/A
Tag ReturnN/A
First Come, First ServedBegins July 29, 2019 @ 8 AM (AZ time) In Person
Begins July 22, 2019 @ 8 AM (AZ time) Mail
Harvesting Reporting Deadline (Mandatory)N/A

Non Resident Tag Info

  • Draw a tag in the public draw 
  • Pick up an OTC deer tag
  • No landowner vouchers
  • Landowners occasionally get depredation tags but cannot transfer them

Lottery System

Arizona has a complex lottery system with bonus points. Repeat applicants or those who have bought bonus points in previous years have better chances of drawing tags. The annual permit drawing is conducted in three phases:

1. First pass (20% of tags to those with the most bonus points)

2. Second pass (first and second choices)

3. Third pass (third, fourth and fifth choices)