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Arizona Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Arizona, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and game management units. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Arizona is home to some of the best trophy elk hunting anywhere. Along with elk, hunts for Coues, whitetail, and mule deer are common. Other big game include Bighorn sheep, antelope, and even javelina.

Terrain

Arizona is landlocked, and its terrain is comprised of deep canyons, high- and low-elevation deserts, many natural rock formations, and volcanic mountain ranges. Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona, sitting at 12,637 feet in elevation, and it is a dormant volcano. With just under 114,000 square miles of territory, Arizona is the sixth largest state by area.

Arizona Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Antelope
Antelope – Archery 4
Unit 19A.
Aug 5, 2022 Aug 18, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Archery 2
Unit 7 & 9.
Aug 12, 2022 Aug 25, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Archery 1
11M
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 8, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Archery 3
Unit 1, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6B, 10, 12A, 12B, 15A, 15B, 17B, 19B, 18A, 18B, 31, 32, 34A, 34B, 35A, 35B
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 1, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – General 1
Unit 1, 2A, 2C, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 10, 12A, 12B, 13A, 13B, 17A, 18B, 30A, 31, 32, 35A.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Muzzleloader 1
Unit 2B, 3B, 8, 15A, 15B.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Muzzleloader 2
Unit 17B, 19B, 18A, 19A
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 8, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – General 2
Unit 18A, 19B, 19A.
Sep 9, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – General 3
Unit 3A, 7, 9.
Sep 30, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Muzzleloader 3
Unit 8.
Sep 30, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Bear
Bear – General
Certain zones open during season dates. Check regulations for more info.
Aug 5, 2022 Aug 18, 2022
Bear
Bear – General
Certain zones open during season dates. Check regulations for more info.
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 8, 2022
Bear
Bear – Archery-Only
Certain zones open during season dates. Check regulations for more info.
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 29, 2022
Bear
Bear – Archery-Only
Certain zones open during season dates. Check regulations for more info.
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 8, 2022
Bear
Bear – General
Certain zones open during season dates. Check regulations for more info.
Sep 30, 2022 Nov 3, 2022
Bear
Bear – General
Certain zones open during season dates. Check regulations for more info.
Sep 30, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Bear
Bear – General
Certain zones open during season dates. Check regulations for more info.
Nov 4, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Bison
Bison -Spring General 2
12A (excluding House Rock Wildlife Area), 12B, and 13A (House Rock Herd)
Apr 1, 2022 Jun 7, 2022
Bison
Bison – Spring General 3
12A (excluding House Rock Wildlife Area), 12B, and 13A (House Rock Herd)
Jun 10, 2022 Jun 22, 2022
Bison
Bison – Spring General 4
12A (excluding House Rock Wildlife Area), 12B, and 13A (House Rock Herd)
Jun 24, 2022 Jul 27, 2022
Bison
Bison – Spring General 5
12A (excluding House Rock Wildlife Area), 12B, and 13A (House Rock Herd)
Jul 29, 2022 Aug 17, 2022
Bison
Bison – Limited Archery
Unit 12A, 12B, 13A.
Aug 25, 2022 Sep 7, 2022
Bison
Bison – Limited Muzzleloader
Unit 12A, 12B, 13A.
Sep 15, 2022 Oct 5, 2022
Bison
Bison – Limited General 1
Unit 12A, 12B, 13A.
Oct 13, 2022 Oct 26, 2022
Bison
Bison – Limited General 2
Unit 12A, 12B, 13A.
Nov 3, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Bison
Bison – General
Nov 4, 2022 Dec 20, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat – Shotgun
Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife\nRefuges)
Aug 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat – General
Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges, Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M)
Aug 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Coyote
Coyote – General 1
Open areas statewide. See regulations for further details.
Jul 1, 2022 Jun 30, 2023
Coyote
Coyote – General 2
Unit 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 8, 10, 12A, 12B, 13A, 13B, 15A, 15B, 15C, 15D, 16A, 17A, 17B, 18A, 18B, 19A, 19B, 20A, 31, 32, 42, 44A.
Dec 1, 2022 May 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery Only – Non Permit Tag Required
Hunting is open to certain zones and may need special draw tag. Check regulations for more details: https://azgfd-portal-wordpress-pantheon.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/archive/2022-Arizona-Hunting-Regulations_220616.pdf
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 8, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Only
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 8, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Oct 7, 2022 Oct 13, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Oct 14, 2022 Oct 20, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Oct 28, 2022 Nov 3, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Oct 28, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Only
Oct 28, 2022 Nov 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Oct 28, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Oct 28, 2022 Nov 3, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Nov 4, 2022 Nov 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Nov 4, 2022 Nov 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Nov 4, 2022 Nov 13, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 17, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 17, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 17, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 17, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Nov 18, 2022 Nov 24, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Nov 25, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Only
Dec 9, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Dec 9, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Only – Non Permit Tag Required
Hunting is open to certain zones and may need special draw tag. Check regulations for more details: https://azgfd-portal-wordpress-pantheon.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/archive/2022-Arizona-Hunting-Regulations_220616.pdf
Dec 9, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Certain zones open for season date. Check regulations for more details.
Dec 9, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – General
Dec 9, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Dec 16, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Only – Non Permit Tag Required
Hunting is open to certain zones and may need special draw tag. Check regulations for more details: https://azgfd-portal-wordpress-pantheon.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/archive/2022-Arizona-Hunting-Regulations_220616.pdf
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery Only – Non Permit Tag Required
Hunting is open to certain zones and may need special draw tag. Check regulations for more details: https://azgfd-portal-wordpress-pantheon.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/archive/2022-Arizona-Hunting-Regulations_220616.pdf
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Dove
Dove – Early
Statewide. Mourning and white-winged bag limit 15 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Dove
Dove – Eurasian Collared
Statewide. Unlimited bag limit.
Sep 1, 2022 Aug 31, 2023
Dove
Pigeon – Band-tailed
Statewide. Limit 2 per day.
Sep 30, 2022 Oct 13, 2022
Dove
Dove – Late
Statewide. Mourning bag limit 15 per day.
Nov 18, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Duck
Duck – Youth Mountain Zone
Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Duck
Duck – General Mountain Zone
Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County
Oct 7, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Duck
Duck – General Desert Zone
Portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai County and Units 10 and 12B through 46B
Oct 23, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Desert Zone (Youth)
Portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai County and Units 10 and 12B through 46B.
Feb 11, 2023 Feb 12, 2023
Elk
Elk – HAM Non Permit-Tag Required
Season dates vary for each zone. Check regulations for more details.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – General Non Permit-Tag Required
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – Limited Opportunity (General)
Season dates vary for each zone. Check regulations for more details.
Jul 29, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – Limited Opportunity (HAM)
Jul 29, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – General
Sep 9, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Elk
Elk – Archery-Only
Sep 9, 2022 Nov 24, 2022
Elk
Elk – Limited Opportunity (Archery-Only)
Sep 9, 2022 Sep 29, 2022
Elk
Elk – Muzzleloader
Sep 9, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Fox
Fox – Shotgun
Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges, Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M)
Aug 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Fox
Fox – General
Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges, Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M)
Aug 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Mountain Zone (Youth)
Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 2, 2022
Goose
Goose – General Mountain Zone
Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County
Oct 7, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Goose
Goose – General Desert Zone
Portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai County and Units 10 and 12B through 46B
Oct 23, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Desert Zone (Youth)
Portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai County and Units 10 and 12B through 46B
Feb 11, 2023 Feb 12, 2023
Grouse
Grouse – Dusky Grouse
Open areas statewide. Bag limit 3 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Javelina
Javelina – General Non Permit-Tag
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Javelina
Javelina – Spring General Non Permit-Tag
39 South (see note 17), 40B (excluding Pima County), 41, 43A, and 43B (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)
Jul 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Javelina
Javelina – Archery Only Non Permit-Tag
1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A North, 7, 9, and 11M
Jul 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Javelina
Javelina – Archery Only Non Permit-Tag
25M, 26M, and 38M
Dec 9, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Archery
Unit 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M. See regs and mountain lion map for more details.
Aug 19, 2022 May 31, 2023
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – General
Statewide
Aug 19, 2022 May 31, 2023
Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion – Pursuit Only
Statewide and Unit 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M. See regs and mountain lion map for more details.
Aug 19, 2022 May 31, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Shotgun Limited
Unit 40B. Bag limit 2 per day. Roosters only.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Falconry
Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)
Sep 12, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Archery
Open areas statewide. Bag limit 2 per day. Any pheasant.
Oct 14, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail – Gambel’s, Scaled, & California
Open areas statewide. Bag limit 15 per day aggregate.
Oct 14, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail – Mearns
Open areas statewide. Bag limit 8 per day.
Dec 2, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Rabbit
Jackrabbit
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
Jul 1, 2022 Jun 30, 2023
Rabbit
Cottontail Rabbit
Dates vary for each zone. Check regulations for more details.
Jul 1, 2022 Jun 30, 2023
Rabbit
Cottontail Rabbit – Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot
Season dates vary in each hunting area. Check regulations for more details.
Jul 1, 2022 Jun 30, 2023
Sheep
Bighorn Sheep – General – Rocky Mountain
Season dates vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Sheep
Bighorn Sheep – General – Dessert
Season dates vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Rio Grande
Season dates vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Apr 22, 2022 May 19, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Archery Spring Gould’s
Season dates vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Apr 22, 2022 May 26, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Merriam’s
Season dates vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Apr 22, 2022 May 19, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Gould’s
Season dates vary by zone. Check regulations for more details.
Apr 29, 2022 May 26, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Archery Only Non Permit-Tag Required – Spring Merriam’s
1, 4A, 4B, 6A, 12A, 23, and 27
May 6, 2022 May 19, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall – Archery Nonpermit Tag
Any Turkey. Open areas: 1, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11M, 12A, 23 and 27
Aug 19, 2022 Sep 8, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall – Limited Weapon Shotgun shooting shot
Sep 30, 2022 Oct 6, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall – Nonpermit Tag required (Youth)
Limited Weapon shotgun shooting shot. Various season dates, check regulations for specific unit dates: https://azgfd-portal-wordpress-pantheon.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/archive/2022-Arizona-Hunting-Regulations_220616.pdf
Sep 30, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Upland Bird
Chukar Partridge
Open areas statewide. Bag limit 5 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Feb 12, 2023

Arizona Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Arizona hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the official website of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Arizona hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Arizona hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of game management units, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Arizona.

Game Management Units

Arizona’s game management units (GMUs) help define where and what hunters in the state can hunt. From top choices like GMU 13b for mule deer to 37a for going after javelina in the Picacho Mountains, it’s worth exploring all of Arizona’s dozens of GMU boundaries. Click below to view Arizona’s game management units in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

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AZ Private Lands

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AZ Gov Lands

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AZ GMUs

Arizona Game Management Units and Navajo Big Game Units. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

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AZ Possible Access

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AZ Game Distribution

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