Elk and antelope hunting permit applications are due by Feb. 10 Beat the rush and take advantage of Jan. 22 “grace” period to correct errors

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January 15th, 2009

You can beat the rush of procrastinators for the 2009 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw and apply before Jan. 22 to take advantage of the “grace period” where you are offered an opportunity to correct application mistakes.

Here’s how the grace period works. If you apply before Jan. 22 and there is an error on your hunt-permit application, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will make three attempts within a 24-hour period to notify you by telephone (if a phone number is provided) so you can correct the application. Errors can cause an application to be rejected from the draw process.

The final deadline to submit paper applications for a 2009 hunt permit-tag for antelope and elk hunts through the draw process is Tuesday, Feb. 10 by 7 p.m. (MST). Applications must be received by mail or by hand delivery to department offices before the deadline; postmarks don’t count.

Department officials also noted that the printed elk-antelope regulation supplement has been distributed to all license dealers, and the information is also available online at www.azgfd.gov. Hunters are reminded there is no online application process.

Don’t forget – a 2009 hunting license is required to apply. Department officials encourage hunters to get their license before applying for an elk or antelope hunt permit-tag if they wish to do any other hunting in early 2009.

Licenses purchased through the draw process will not be mailed out until April 24, 2009, regardless of application success.

To assist customers and reduce errors, a PDF application form can be filled out using a computer and keyboard, but must be printed, signed and submitted by mail (along with the correct fees by check or money order), or by delivery to any department office. The form can also be printed and then filled out using an ink pen.

The PDF application and the 2009 Arizona Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklet can be downloaded at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

The elk over-the-counter nonpermit-tags (for limited areas) are also available in 2009. These tags are akin to a “limited opportunity” hunt in areas with very low elk populations. Hunters interested should thoroughly review the regulations and visit www.azgfd.gov/otc to download the “2009 Elk OTC Informational Handout” PDF for frequently asked questions, hunt area boundary descriptions and area maps before purchasing.

For those hunters looking to get into the field before the fall, there are many spring javelina hunt permit-tags available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Javelina over-the-counter archery-only nonpermit-tags for metro Game Management Units are also available at any department office or license dealer. For a list of available spring javelina hunts, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw under “List of Leftover Permits for Spring 2009 hunts (PDF, 45kb).”

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