Fall hunting draw results posted; some tags still available
KINGMAN - There are many sad - and a few happy - sportsmen and women in Mohave County now that the Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the results of the fall draw.
According to the department, a total of 132,587 applicants, the most since 2012, applied for the more than 49,000 available tags for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant.
This year, a record number of sportsmen applied online: 114,126 used the online application system, while 18,461 still applied using the paper application process.
A couple of very happy local hunters include Dan Butler, who drew a Rocky Mountain sheep tag in Units 27-28, while John Beauchamp drew a desert sheep tag in Unit 15C North. You might recall that Butler drew a desert bighorn sheep tag just two years ago in Unit 15D South. Butler took a very old ram with his bow on that hunt. Butler says he is going to try to hunt with his bow on the Rocky Mountain sheep hunt.
For those who were unsuccessful in this year's draw for deer, there are still a number of leftover tags that became available by U.S. mail only on Monday. There are no leftover deer tags in Region 3. For a list of tags that are available, go to www.azgfd.gov/draw.
If there are still tags available Aug. 10, sportsmen can purchase them on a first-come, first-served basis at any regional office.
There are 91 muzzleloader deer tags still available, along with one youth-only deer tag for a hunt in Units 5A and 5B.
There are still 414 turkey tags available for a hunt in Unit 12A (Kaibab).