Hunting Licenses & Fees - Arizona Hunting (2022)

THE FEES LISTED ON THIS PAGE ARE VALID FOR 2022 HUNTS. PLEASE REFER TO NOTES BELOW.

LICENSES

PRIVILEGES

RESIDENT

NON-RESIDENT

General Hunting1

Allows take of small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals, nongame animals, and upland game birds. A valid tag or stamp is required for the take of big game animals and migratory game birds.

$37

Not available.

See Combination.

Combination Hunt and Fish1,2

Allows take of all aquatic wildlife statewide, including Community Fishing waters, small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals, nongame animals, and upland game birds. A valid tag or stamp is required for the take of big game animals and migratory game birds.

$57

$160

Youth Combination Hunt and

Fish1,2 (ages 10–17)

Allows take of all aquatic wildlife statewide, including Community Fishing waters, small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals, nongame animals, migratory birds and upland game birds. A valid tag is required for the take of big game animals.

$5

$5

Short-term Combination

Hunt and Fish 2,3

Allows take of all aquatic wildlife statewide, including Community Fishing waters, small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals, nongame animals, and upland game birds. A valid stamp is required for the take of migratory game birds. (Not valid when applying for the draw.)

$15/day

$20/day

NONPERMIT-TAGS These tags may be purchased over-the-counter at Department offices or license dealers.

RESIDENT

NON-RESIDENT

RESIDENT

YOUTH

NON-RESIDENT

YOUTH

Archery Turkey Nonpermit-tag

$25

$90

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Youth-Only Turkey Nonpermit-tag

$10

$10

Bear Nonpermit-tag5

$25

$150

Mountain Lion Nonpermit-tag5

$15

$75

Mountain Lion Pursuit-only Permit

$20

$100

Javelina Nonpermit-tag

$25

$100



Elk Nonpermit-tag

$135

$650



Archery Deer Nonpermit-tag

$45

$300



Bobcat Seal(for sale or export)6

$3

$3



STAMPS

RESIDENT

NON-RESIDENT

YOUTH8

MIGRATORY BIRD STAMP Allows take of band-tailed pigeons, moorhen, coots, doves, ducks, geese, snipe, and swans (valid July 1 – June 30)

$5

$5

Included with Youth Combination license

FEDERAL WATERFOWL STAMP (valid July 1 – June 30)

$25

$25


$25

HUNT PERMIT-TAGS Obtained only through application and drawing procedures, prices shown include a $13 application fee per applicant for residents and a $15 application fee per applicant for non-residents.4

RESIDENT

NON-

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

YOUTH

NON-

RESIDENT

YOUTH

Bonus Point

$13

$15

$13

$15

Pronghorn Hunt Permit-tag

$103

$565

$103

$565

Bighorn Sheep Hunt Permit-tag

$313

$1,815

$313

$1,815

Turkey Hunt Permit-tag

$38

$105

$23(for Youth-Only hunts)

$25(for Youth-Only hunts)

Bear Hunt Permit-tag

$38

$165

$38

$165

Javelina Hunt Permit-tag

$38

$115

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$28(for Youth-Only hunts)

$30(for Youth-Only hunts)

Elk Hunt Permit-tag

$148

$665

$63(for Youth-Only hunts)

$65(for Youth-Only hunts)

Deer Hunt Permit-tag

$58

$315

$38(for Youth-Only hunts)

$40(for Youth-Only hunts)

Bison – Bull/Any Hunt Permit-tag

$1,113

$5,415

$1,113

$5,415

Bison – Cow/Yearling Hunt Permit-tag

$663

$3,265

$663

$3,265

Bison — Yearling only Hunt Permit-tag

$363

$1,765

$363

$1,765

Raptor Hunt Permit-tag

$13

$15

$13

$15

Sandhill Crane Hunt Permit-tag (3 tags)

$43

$45

$43

$45

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Notes:

  1. Licenses are valid one year from date of purchase.
  2. All licenses that allow fishing allow for simultaneous fishing with two poles.
  3. A Short-term Combo license may be purchased for any day. Purchaser selects date(s) of validity at time of purchase. If purchased for multiple days, the days need not be consecutive.
  4. A portion of the application fees are designated for habitat, access and recruitment/retention.
  5. Mandatory harvest reporting and physical check-in.
  6. Not available at license dealers.
  7. Permit-tag fees are for “Youth-Only” designated hunts. A youth must pay the higher fee unless applying only for “Youth-Only” hunts.
  8. Youth, 16 years of age and older, are required to purchase a federal waterfowl stamp.

Who Can Go?

Everyone needs a license to hunt wildlife in Arizona. You need in your possession a valid hunt or combination hunt and fish li-cense, plus any required hunt permit-tags, nonpermit-tags, or stamps. A Short-term Combination Hunting and Fishing License is not valid for big game.

Youth ages 10–17 must purchase a Youth Combination Hunting and Fishing license. The license fee is $5.

A person under 10 may hunt wildlife oth-er than big game without a license only when accompanied by a properly licensed person 18 years or older. No more than two unlicensed children may accompany any license holder.

No one under the age of 14 may hunt big game without having completed a Hunter Education Course. No one under age 10 may hunt big game in Arizona. To hunt big game, anyone 10 to 13 years of age must have in their possession a valid combination hunt and fish license, a valid Hunter Education Course comple-tion card, plus any required permit-tags or nonpermit-tags.

Where to Buy Licenses

Arizona hunting licenses may be pur-chased online at www.azgfd.gov. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will not mail your license to you. If you would like a paper copy, you must print the license from a home computer. Licenses also can be obtained from any license dealer or Arizona Game and Fish Department office.

Lifetime License Holders

If a lifetime license holder changes resi-dency status from Arizona, the licensee must then purchase non-resident stamps, tags, and permits. A non-resident tag or stamp can accompany your lifetime res-ident license. If you are a lifetime license holder who has moved out of state, the 10 percent non-resident cap does not apply to you. The lifetime license will remain legal for the taking of all wildlife as permitted by law. Residency may be re-established after moving back to Arizona and meeting the required time period as defined below.

Residency Requirements

“Resident” means a person who is do-miciled (claims the state of Arizona as their true, fixed and permanent home and principal residence) in this state for six months immediately preceding the date of application for a license, permit, tag, or stamp and does not claim residency for any purpose in another state or jurisdic-tion; or is a member, spouse or minor child of a member of the armed forces of the United States who is on active duty and stationed in this state for either perma-nent or temporary duty; or is a member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty stationed in another state or country but who lists this state as their home of record at the time of applying for a license, permit, tag, or stamp.


Arizona residents may purchase a resi-dent license. All other individuals must purchase a non-resident license

High Achievement Scout License

The High Achievement Scout License is offered to a resident youth who has at-tained either the rank of Eagle Scout (Boy Scout) or received a Gold Award (Girl Scout). The fee for the reduced license is $5. The applicant must present proof of their rank or award by providing their certification letter, wallet card, or award certificate at any Department office, and complete the High Achievement Scout Li-cense application (Form 306, available on the Department website or at any Depart-ment office). This license is not available through the draw. At the age of 21, an Ea-gle Scout or Gold Award recipient is no longer eligible for the High Achievement Scout License, and from that point for-ward would be required to purchase an adult license.

Lost License or Tag Replacement

Lost licenses, hunt permit-tags, and nonpermit-tags may be replaced at any Ar-izona Game and Fish Department license dealer for an $8 fee.

Licenses purchased online can be re-printed for free. Duplicate licenses can be purchased online. Consult R12-4-103 Du-plicate Tags and Licenses for additional information. Stamps cannot be replaced, they must be repurchased.

Physically Challenged Hunters

Those hunters who are physically chal-lenged may qualify for a Challenged Hunter Access/Mobility Permit (CHAMP). Consult R12-4-217 for information about this permit. Contact any Arizona Game and Fish Department office for additional information and application. The applica-tion is also available online.

Non-U.S. Citizens Wanting to Hunt in Arizona

Pursuant to regulations by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), non-immigrant aliens who want to tempo-rarily import firearms and/or ammunition into the United States for the allowable purpose of taking wildlife will need an ATF import permit and valid hunting li-cense in possession at the time of entry/import into the United States. For further information or to make application for the import permit, contact ATF’s Firearms and Explosives Import Branch at 304-616-4550, or download an application from the ATF website at www.atf.gov.

Tag Transfers

Should you be unable to use your big game permit, the Department is unable to reim-burse you for your fees or reinstate your bonus points (except as provided below). However, under Arizona Revised Statutes and Arizona Game and Fish Commission Rules there are ways people can transfer big game tags. An $8 transfer fee applies, unless donating to a non-profit organi-zation. The Commission may prescribe the manner and conditions of transfer-ring and using permits and tags under this paragraph, including an application pro-cess for a qualified organization, to allow a person to transfer the person’s big game permit or tag to a qualified organization for use by:

  • A minor child who has a life-threaten-ing medical condition or by a minor child who has a permanent physical disability. If a child with a physical dis-ability is under 14 years of age, the child must satisfactorily complete the Arizo-na hunter education course or another comparable Hunter Education Course that is approved by the director.
  • A veteran of the armed forces of the United States who has a service-con-nected disability. For the purposes of this paragraph “disability” means a per-manent physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities requiring the assistance of another person or a mechanical device for physical mobility.
  • “Qualified organization” means a non-profit organization that is qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Unit-
    ed States internal revenue code and that affords opportunities and experi-ences to children with life-threatening medical conditions or with physical disabilities or to veterans with ser-vice-connected disabilities.

A parent, grandparent or legal guardian may allow the parent’s, grandparent’s or guardian’s minor child or minor grand-child to use the parent’s, grandparent’s or guardian’s big game permit or tag to take big game pursuant to the following requirements:

  • The parent, grandparent or guardian must transfer the permit or tag to the child in a manner prescribed by the Commission.
  • The child receiving the permit or tag must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian when in the field.
  • The child must possess a valid hunt-ing license and, if under 14 years of age, must satisfactorily complete the Arizo-na hunter education course or another comparable hunter education course that is approved by the Director before participating in the hunt.
  • Any big game that is taken counts to-ward the child’s bag limit. Once a tag is transferred at a Department office, the original permittee may no longer use it.

Visit www.azgfd.gov/hunting and scroll to the additional hunting information. There you will find a link titled “Tag Transfer.” Or-ganizations you can donate your tag to are listed on the page.

Tag Surrender — PointGuard

SPECIES

DRAW DEADLINE

REGULATIONS

Pronghorn, elk

Second Tuesday in February (pending Commission approval)

Available in early January

Deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison, Sandhill crane

Second Tuesday in June (pending Commission approval)

Available in early May

Spring javelina, spring turkey, spring bison, raptor capture

Second Tuesday in October

(pending Commission approval)

Available in early September

Tag Surrender allows a hunter to surrender his or her tag to the Department for any reason prior to close of business the day before the hunt starts. Go to www.azgfd.gov/pointguard for more information.

PointGuard Plus

  • For $25, an applicant will have the opportunity to surrender a hunt per-mit-tag and have their bonus points reinstated for all eligible big game spe-cies for three consecutive draw cycles from the date of purchase.
  • PointGuard Plus can be purchased from the time of completing an on-line application, up to the deadline to update credit card or debit card information (prior to AZGFD pro-cessing hunt applications). The fee is non-refundable.
  • Those who purchase PointGuard Plus will receive priority positioning for the reissuing of hunt permit-tags that are surrendered by PointGuard members and non-members alike.

PointGuard

  • Like PointGuard Plus, standard Point-Guard is available to all applicants when applying online for a hunt permit-tag.
  • PointGuard is $10 per species, per ap-plicant, and can be purchased from the time of completing an online applica-tion until the deadline to update credit card or debit card information. The fee is non-refundable.

Only one hunt permit-tag may be sur-rendered, per species. If an applicant is drawn in the future for that particu-lar species, that hunt-permit tag must be used, expending all accumulated bo-nus points. Only then may an applicant participate again in PointGuard and PointGuard Plus.

A free AZGFD portal account is not required to purchase PointGuard or Point-Guard Plus. A portal account is needed for those applicants wishing to view their draw results, however.

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When you surrender your hunt permit-tag:

  • You will not receive a refund for the cost of your tag.
  • The bonus points you expended to draw the hunt permit-tag will be reinstated.
  • The bonus point you would have ac-crued had you not drawn will be awarded.
  • You must surrender your hunt per-mit-tag before your hunt

If you transfer your hunt permit-tag to a qualified nonprofit, you may still partici-pate in Tag Surrender:

  • You must meet the requirements (listed in the left column).
  • Hunters must provide acceptable proof to the Department of the Tag Transfer (i.e., receipt from the qualified nonprofit).
  • You must submit your Tag Surrender re-quest and provide proof of the tag being donated within 60 days of the donation; and no less than 30 days prior to the next draw deadline for that species.

According to rule, the Department has several options for the reissuance of a surrendered hunt permit-tag. The prox-imity to the start of a particular hunt, the type of hunt permit-tag, and demand for that hunt permit-tag will factor into how it will be reissued.

    FAQs

    How much is a AZ hunting license? ›

    Can you hunt on your own land without a license in Arizona? ›

    Yes. You can easily do this.

    Hunting and fishing, which are regulated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, are allowed on public and private lands with landowner consent.

    Why do I have to pay to hunt? ›

    While each state may have its own license and fee structure, issuing tags and permits for a certain number of animals at a certain time of year, the importance of the system is universal. Hunting fees keep conservation efforts alive, and ultimately help wildlife thrive.

    How hard is it to get an Arizona elk tag? ›

    Arizona is known for being extremely hard to draw, but that doesn't mean you'll never get to hunt it. There are plenty of other options besides the coveted early archery and early rifle tags. Don't forget that the application deadline is tomorrow February 11 at 11:59 p.m. Arizona time. You can apply online here.

    How much is a lifetime AZ hunting license? ›

    The fee for this license is $1,500. The difference between $1,500 and the fee the licensee would otherwise pay for a resident lifetime license is considered a donation to the state for the continued management, protection and conservation of the state's Wildlife.

    How much is a deer tag in AZ? ›

    Hunting Licenses & Fees
    NONPERMIT-TAGS These tags may be purchased over-the-counter at Department offices or license dealers.RESIDENTNON-RESIDENT
    Elk Nonpermit-tag$135$650
    Archery Deer Nonpermit-tag$45$300
    Bobcat Seal(for sale or export)6$3$3
    STAMPSRESIDENTNON-RESIDENT
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    Do I need a deer tag to hunt on my own property in Arizona? ›

    Licenses

    Landowners hunting on their own property, as well as those given permission to hunt, need a license to hunt or trap on private property.

    Can you hunt coyotes in Arizona without a license? ›

    Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Arizona? To hunt predatory and fur-bearing mammals in Arizona, you need a valid hunting or combination license. A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona.

    What animals Can you hunt year round in Arizona? ›

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    Is hunting dying off? ›

    Fewer Americans are taking up hunting every year, a trend that has wildlife agencies across the country looking for new ways to fund conservation. Many states have experienced a significant decline in hunter participation over the last two decades.

    How much do hunters make a year? ›

    It is also required that hunters and trappers be dependable, independent and creative. A Hunter or Trapper can get salaries in a range of $24,090 - $48,950 based on experience and education levels. usually receive an average salary of thirty-three thousand three hundred and ten dollars on a yearly basis.

    Can you make a living off hunting? ›

    Even though most people hunt for fun rather than profit, some make their living at it with predator hunting jobs or hunting guide jobs, while others find profitable, short-term hunting income to subsidize future hunting opportunities.

    What unit in Arizona has the most elk? ›

    Arizona Unit 8 has produced some of the highest-scoring public land trophy elk ever taken in the world.

    Where are the most elk in Arizona? ›

    One of truly majestic creatures of the American West is the Elk. Weighing up to 700lbs, these powerful deer roam all around the mountains, presenting a wonderful sight to see. Greer, Arizona actually happens to house the largest elk population in Arizona.

    How many points does it take to draw an elk tag in Arizona? ›

    A late Cow Elk hunt may have no applicants with more than 7 points applying, while an early rifle Bull Elk hunt may have no applicants with more than 23 points applying. The MBP pool would include all point holders with 7 points or less and 23 points or less respectively.

    Can you carry a pistol while bow hunting in Arizona? ›

    Handguns meeting this definition may be carried during an archery-only hunt for personal protection only. They may not be used to take any species of wildlife while participating in an archery-only hunt.

    How much is a mule deer tag in AZ? ›

    The cost for a non resident OTC mule deer tag in Arizona is $160 for the hunting license and $300 for the OTC tag. Prices may change slightly for 2020 but this is one of the best priced mule deer hunting opportunities in the nation!

    How much does a non resident hunting license cost in Arizona? ›

    A valid Arizona hunting license is a tremendous value. A non-resident license costs $160 and is valid 365 days from the date of purchase.

    How much are elk tags in Arizona? ›

    Permit fees required:

    Resident elk: $148. Nonresident elk: $665. Resident youth only: $63. Nonresident youth only: $65.

    What do I need to hunt in Arizona? ›

    A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona. The licensee shall carry the license when participating in hunting or fishing or other form of take. Take means pursuing, shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping, killing, capturing, snaring, or netting wildlife.

    What Animals Can you hunt year-round in Arizona? ›

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    How much is a mule deer tag in AZ? ›

    The cost for a non resident OTC mule deer tag in Arizona is $160 for the hunting license and $300 for the OTC tag. Prices may change slightly for 2020 but this is one of the best priced mule deer hunting opportunities in the nation!

    What unit in Arizona has the most elk? ›

    Arizona Unit 8 has produced some of the highest-scoring public land trophy elk ever taken in the world.

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