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Arizona

Hunting

Turkey Hunting Seasons & Areas

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

License Required

Any valid hunting or combination license EXCEPT a Short-term Combination Hunt and Fish and an Apprentice Hunting License (See table for Resident and Non-resident license fees).

Tag Required

Hunt Permit-tag obtained only through application and draw process as prescribed in R12-4-104 and R12-4-114.

EXCEPT for Archery-Only turkey where a hunt nonpermit-tag must be obtained from a license dealer as prescribed in R12-4-114

Hunt Numbers Required

When applying for big game hunt permit-tags, you must use hunt numbers.

Legal Methods of Take

Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot Hunt: Any shotgun shooting shot as prescribed in R12-4-318 or crossbow or bow and arrow as prescribed in R12-4-304. Archery-Only Hunt: Bow and arrow as prescribed in R12-4-304 and R12-4-318, or crossbow if you possess a crossbow permit as allowed under R12-4-216. Centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles and handguns are not legal methods of take.

Bag Limit

One (1) turkey per calendar year except as prescribed in R12-4-120.

To hunt turkey in Arizona, you need a valid hunting or combination license and a turkey tag. To hunt turkey during a Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot season, you must apply through a draw for a hunt permit-tag. For Archery-Only hunts, you may purchase a nonpermit-tag from a license dealer as prescribed in R12-4-114. For Youth-Only hunts, you may purchase a nonpermit-tag from a Department office or license dealer.

The Department offers “Youth-Only” designated hunts, in which persons are eligible to participate up to their 18th birthday. A youth hunter, whose 18th birthday occurs after opening day of a “Youth-Only” designated hunt for which the hunter has a valid permit or tag, may continue to participate for the duration of the “Youth-Only” designated hunt. Persons ages 10 through 13 must have satisfactorily completed a Hunter Education Course that is approved by the Director per ARS 17-333.2 (C). Hunter Education classes fill up quickly. If you need your Hunter Education card before your hunt, get ahead of the game and register now. To register for a Hunter Education class, visit www.azgfd.gov/huntered or call 623-236-7239. No one under age 10 may hunt big game in Arizona. A youth must pay the higher fee unless applying only for “Youth-Only” hunts.

Turkey: Commission Order 5 - LIMITED WEAPON-SHOTGUN SHOOTING SHOT TURKEY

Open Areas do not include areas within municipal parks, municipal preserves, county parks, county preserves, airports, golf courses, or posted water treatment facilities (except as specifically opened in this Commission Order) or areas closed to hunting under A.R.S. Sections 17-303 and 17-304 or Commission Rules R12-4-321, R12-4-801, R12-4-802 and R12-4-803

Hunt No.

Season Dates

Notes

Open Areas

Legal Wildlife

Permits

4000

BONUS POINT ONLY — See page 26 (no other hunts may be chosen in conjunction with this one)

4501

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021

1

Any turkey

450

4502

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021

3C

Any turkey

175

4503

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


4A and 4B

Any turkey

300

4504

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


5A

Any turkey

150

4505

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021

(2)

5B South

Any turkey

325

4506

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


6A

Any turkey

475

4507

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021

(1,4)

6B (excluding Camp Navajo)

Any turkey

250

4508

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


7

Any turkey

200

4509

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


8 and 10

Any turkey

500

4510

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


9

Any turkey

50

4511

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


12A

Any turkey

1000

4512

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


22

Any turkey

25

4513

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


23

Any turkey

650

4514

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


27

Any turkey

450

Total


5,000

LIMITED WEAPON-SHOTGUN SHOOTING SHOT TURKEY

Open Areas do not include areas within municipal parks, municipal preserves, county parks, county preserves, airports, golf courses, or posted water treatment facilities (except as specifically opened in this Commission Order) or areas closed to hunting under A.R.S. Sections 17-303 and 17-304 or Commission Rules R12-4-321, R12-4-801, R12-4-802 and R12-4-803.

Season Dates

Notes

Open Areas

Legal Wildlife

Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2021


1, 4A, 4B, 6A, 12A, 23, and 27

Any turkey

ARCHERY-ONLY NONPERMIT-TAG REQUIRED TURKEY

Open Areas do not include areas within municipal parks, municipal preserves, county parks, county preserves, airports, golf courses, or posted water treatment facilities (except as specifically opened in this Commission Order) or areas closed to hunting under A.R.S. Sections 17-303 and 17-304 or Commission Rules R12-4-321, R12-4-801, R12-4-802 and R12-4-803.

Season Dates

Notes

Open Areas

Legal Wildlife

Aug 20 - Sep 9, 2021

(1,3,4)

1, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B (excluding Camp

Navajo), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11M, 12A, 22, 23, and 27

Any turkey

Aug 27 - Sep 9, 2021

(1,3)

Camp Navajo in Unit 6B

Any turkey

Turkey Notes:

  1. Camp Navajo in Unit 6B is open to tur-key hunting only to properly license hunters who meet the qualifications as “Authorized Participants” accord-ing to the installation hunting policies outlined on the National Guard Web-site. Applications for these hunts must be submitted to the Arizona Game and Fish Department by the published deadline. Hunters must log onto the National Guard Website and read the installation policies and security re-quirements in order to have access Camp Navajo hunt numbers: https://dema.az.gov/army-natio... camp-navajo/garrison-operations/ camp-navajo-hunting-information. An applicant who applies for a category of permit for which he or she is not eligible to participate may not be authorized to participate in the hunt. All hunters are required to show proof of attendance in a hunter safety education course during paperwork submission for the Camp Navajo permit. Increases in Force Pro-tection Conditions, training missions and industrial operations may result in partial or complete hunt cancellation at any time with little or no prior notifi-cation. In the event a hunt is cancelled hunters drawn for these permits will not be reimbursed or otherwise com-pensated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department or Camp Navajo. Camp Na-vajo will charge a recreation fee for all hunters. No cash will be taken, only per-sonnel checks and money orders. The cost of the recreation fee can be found at the Camp Navajo Website above or by emailing the hunt coordinator at the email address found on Camp Navajo’s website.
  2. 5B South Hunt Unit - That portion of Unit 5B located south of the following roads: Beginning at the junction of FH 3 (Lake Mary/Clints Well Road) and FR 125; east on FR 125 to FR 82; south on FR 82 to FR 69B; east on FR 69B to FR 69.
  3. In accordance with R12-4-303, it is un-lawful to discharge an arrow, bolt, or hybrid device while taking wildlife with-in ¼ mile of an occupied farmhouse or other residence, cabin, lodge, or build-ing without permission of the owner or resident.
  4. Rogers Lake Coconino County Natural Area in Unit 6B and Observatory Mesa City of Flagstaff Natural Area in Unit 11M are open to turkey hunting but are closed to all cross-country vehicle trav-el. Hunting is not permitted within 1/4 mile of any occupied building, wild-life viewing platform, picnic area, or trailhead.

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