Fall big-game draw results out

If you are one of the 117,873 applicants for fall, elk and antelope tags, you can now find out if you've been successful in the draw.

According to the Arizona Game & Fish Department, sportsmen can check their status by going to the department's Web site at www.azgfd.gov/draw and follow the prompts or you can call the department's main office at (602) 942-3000 and follow the instructions.

Do not call the local Region III office to find out if you've drawn!

For those who were successful in the draw, tags will be mailed out by April 24. Refunds will also been mailed out by that date.

For those sportsmen that didn't draw, there still are a number of elk tags available. G&F says there are 41 leftover general antlerless elk tags for limited opportunity hunts and 55 leftover archery-only antlerless elk tags for limited opportunity hunts.

Those tags can be applied for by U.S. Mail only, starting April 27, and will be issued first come, first served.

For those that are eligible to hunt on Camp Navajo, there are 57 elk permits and even two antelope permits available. Contact Camp Navajo at www.campnavajo.com for information on eligibility and how to apply for those tags.

Many local sportsmen have already found out if they are going hunting this fall, and a couple have had some good draws.

Tammy Bollinger will be going on her first-ever elk hunt as she drew an antlerless elk tag in Unit 7 West.

Winning the big-game jackpot this year was local sportsman Mike Norris. Norris drew not only a Unit 18B general rifle antelope tag, but he also drew a Unit 23 North early rifle bull tag!

Norris said he had 10 bonus points for each species.