Arizona: Hunters Still Have Time to Target Javelina, Waterfowl, Quail, Deer

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona Game and Fish Department

PHOENIX-( A week’s worth of gray skies has given way to wall-to-wall sunshine. The rain puddles are long gone. The air is crisp, clean, refreshing.

While snow still might be piled high in some places around Arizona, it’s a great time – no, the perfect time – to head for the backcountry in lower elevations and take advantage of some great hunting opportunities.

But hunters need to get going. The general waterfowl season in the “Desert Zone” ends Sunday, Jan. 29. The last day to use “over the counter” archery-only nonpermit-tags for any antlered deer and spring javelina is Tuesday, Jan. 31. And the general season for Gambel’s, scaled, California and Mearns’ quail closes Feb. 12.

Don’t forget about the general spring javelina season. As of Monday, Jan. 23:

  • 193 leftover hunt permit-tags were available for handgun, archery and muzzleloader (HAM) spring hunts that begin Feb. 10.
  • 183 hunt permit-tags remained for general spring hunts that begin Feb. 24.

All of the leftover hunt permit-tags are available on a “first-come” basis. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted online a list of the leftover hunt permit-tags. Hunters can apply one of two ways: Fill out a paper application and bring it to any department office statewide, at which time a hunt permit-tag will be issued, or mail the completed application to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Draw/First Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Allow 10 to 15 business days to receive a hunt permit-tag by mail.

There’s no question Arizona has a lot to offer resident and nonresident hunters. In fact, Randy Newberg – host of “Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg” on the Sportsman Channel – recently gave viewers a glimpse of a hunting outing in southern Arizona, where he stalked a white-tailed buck, jumped a javelina, and bagged a Mearns’ quail and even a duck, all on the same trip.

View the video.

For more information, visit, or follow him on Facebook at Nonresidents can find more information on Arizona hunting here. Arizona hunting license information and regulations can be found at