Autumn signals the beginning of the much anticipated big game hunting season. Whether you hunt with a rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader or bow, Arizona offers a unique adventure for the hunting enthusiast with its abundance of public land.
Areas regulated for hunting in Arizona are divided into units and regions. The Ranch at Southfork lies within Unit 1 Region 1, where hunters can find a diversity of game to hunt that include antelope, black bear, elk, mountain lion, mule deer, Merriam’s turkey, tree squirrel, javelina and waterfowl.
Game species hunting months for Unit 1 Region 1:
- Elk | September – December
- Turkey | October, April/May
- Deer (Mule, White-tailed) | August – October
- Antelope | August/September
- Bear | August – December, March – June
- Javelina | October
- Waterfowl | October – January
- Sheep | December
- Mountain Lion | Year-round
Before you hunt, be sure to visit Arizona’s Game and Fish Department for species information, lottery permits and rules and regulations. The state’s hunting regulations determine which species of game animals are in open season, bag limits for the in-season species, and a draw system that determines how many hunters are allowed to take a specific species each year.
Who Needs a License
A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife in Arizona and must be carried by the license when participating in hunting or fishing. Arizona residents and non-residents 10 years and older need a valid hunting license to hunt in Arizona. A person under 10 may hunt wildlife other than big game without a license when accompanied by a properly licensed person 18 years or older. Hunting licenses can be purchased online through the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Visit www.azgfd.com/Hunting/ for the latest information on Arizona’s hunting season.