PHOENIX –Only a few days remain to apply for 2016 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant.
All online and paper applications must be received by the department no later than 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, June 14. Postmarks do not count.
Applicants are encouraged to use the online service at https://draw.azgfd.gov/ (scroll down to "Apply for a Draw"). Purchasing a hunting license and filling out an application online is fast and easy. The online service also dramatically reduces the chances of making errors that could result in a rejected application.
Paper applications now should be hand-delivered to any of the seven statewide department offices to ensure they are received by the deadline. With the total number of online applicants approaching 90 percent, the department no longer will be staffing an outside "drop box" station for paper applications that are hand-delivered on deadline day. A drop box still will be provided, which can be located by following clearly visible signage.
For those who need assistance filling out an application, customer service representatives will be available at all statewide offices until 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Then hunter education staff members will be on hand between 5 and 7 p.m. in the foyer at department headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, to assist those filling out paper applications. Online application assistance only will be offered from 5 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. by calling (623) 236-7424.
Meanwhile, the department has announced an exciting, innovative program beginning with the 2016 fall hunt application period. "PointGuard," the newest benefit for AZGFD Portal customers, ensures that if a successful 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 available to applicants who apply online for a hunt permit-tag. All applicants must sign up for a free AZGFD Portal account to purchase PointGuard (visit www.azgfd.gov, click on the "Sign in to Account" button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page, then select the "Create an Account" option). PointGuard is $5 per species, per applicant, purchased at the time of completing the online application, or prior to the application period deadline.
For more information about PointGuard, visit https://www.azgfd.com/hunting/pointguard. Applicants who encounter issues related to PointGuard are encouraged to call the department at (602) 942-3000.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AZGFD's programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a complaint alleging discrimination directly with the Director's Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Mail Stop WSFR-4020, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Director's Office as listed above.