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PHOENIX – The 2009 drawing for Arizona elk and antelope hunt permit-tags has been completed, and the 117,873 applicants can now visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw or call (602) 942-3000 and follow the prompts to see if they have been drawn.
Be prepared to provide your department identification number, plus your birth date to access your specific draw information.
Hunt permit-tags will be mailed out to successful applicants no later than April 24, 2009. Refunds for unsuccessful applicants (minus the application fee) will be mailed out to the person shown as “Applicant A” on the application form no later than April 24. Any licenses requested via the draw application process, regardless of draw success, are scheduled to be mailed out prior to April 24.
Game and Fish officials said there are 41 leftover general antlerless elk tags for limited opportunity hunts and 55 leftover archery-only antlerless elk tags for limited opportunity hunts that can be applied for by mail only beginning April 27, 2009 (first-come, first-served). The list of leftover tags is posted at www.azgfd.gov/draw. Please mail applications to Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn: Draw/1st Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.
There are also two antelope permits and 57 elk permits (different permit types) remaining at Camp Navajo for those eligible. For more information, visit the Camp Navajo Web site at www.campnavajo.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be setting the other 2009-10 big game hunts for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear and mountain lion during its Saturday, April 18 meeting at the Game and Fish headquarters on Carefree Highway just 1.5 miles west of I-17. Department recommendations for fall hunts will be available online for review on April 4 at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/hunt_guidelines.shtml.
You will be able to start applying for those hunts once the appropriate information is posted online. The anticipated deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 9 (the second Tuesday of June), pending approval of the schedule by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. As a reminder, the online application process will not be available.