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Arizona Game and Fish Department now accepting elk and antelope applications

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is now accepting applications for elk and antelope permits for the 2022 hunting season. To apply, visit https://www.azgfd.com/, and click on “Apply for a Draw.” (Miner file photo)

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is now accepting applications for elk and antelope permits for the 2022 hunting season. To apply, visit https://www.azgfd.com/, and click on “Apply for a Draw.” (Miner file photo)

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting applications for 2022 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for pronghorn and elk.

To apply, visit https://www.azgfd.com/, and click on “Apply for a Draw.” For an overview of the application service, including license requirements, applying for bonus points and payment information, see Page 8 of the “2022 Pronghorn and Elk Hunt Draw Information” booklet. The booklet can be viewed at www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Regulations/.

The deadline for the department to receive all applications is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.

Applicants must possess a valid Arizona hunting license (or combination hunt and fish license) to apply online for a hunt permit-tag. That license must be valid on the last day of the online application period, Feb. 8. Licenses are available online and at any department office. When purchasing an Arizona hunting, or combination hunt and fish, license online, the license number will appear at the bottom of the customer's receipt. That license number will be required as part of the draw application process.

Starting Jan. 1, license dealers statewide no longer will sell traditional paper licenses, but many of them will offer to sell licenses through AZGFD’s online purchase system. AZGFD has provided a list of dealers offering online license purchases at www.azgfd.com/license/.

Applicants should know their department ID or customer ID. This is a must to submit an application, the release noted. There are four ways to locate the IDs. The first is by using the new Customer ID Retrieval Tool that can be found at www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Draw/, www.azgfd.com/license/ or when adding applicants when applying for a hunt permit-tag. Applicants can also log into the AZGFD portal account and click on “View Details” under “My AZGFD Dashboard.” Applicants can also check their hunting or combination hunt and fish license if it was purchased online, or call AZGFD at 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The release also recommends that people check their portal accounts by reviewing personal data, including application history and total bonus points (bonus, loyalty and hunter education). If something seems amiss, call AZGFD at 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

AZGFD portal accounts are now the sole source for finding out draw results and viewing bonus points. Customers are encouraged to create a portal account at accounts.azgfd.com/Account/Register, as family account features are now available, and complete the required fields. Draw results no longer will be provided through the automated phone system.

The release also notes that people should plan to purchase PointGuard. It allows hunters to surrender their hunt permit-tags for any reason without losing their bonus points. A portal account is no longer required to purchase PointGuard. For more information, go to www.azgfd.gov/pointguard.

For more information, check out “What You Need to Know,” a list of frequently asked questions, at www.azgfd.com/Hunting/draw/.

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