Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Arizona.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Arizona Game and Fish.

Pronghorn Antelope

Hunt Type Legal Wildlife Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
General Pronghorn Antelope Buck Antelope Sep. 8,2017 Sep. 21,2017
General Pronghorn Antelope Buck Antelope Oct. 6,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Muzzleloader Pronghorn Antelope Buck Antelope Sep. 8,2017 Sep. 17,2017
Muzzleloader Pronghorn Antelope Buck Antelope Oct. 6,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Archery-Only Pronghorn Antelope Buck Antelope Aug. 11,2017 Sep. 7,2017

Elk

Hunt Type Legal Wildlife Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
General Elk Bull Elk Sep. 29,2017 Oct. 5,2017
General Elk Bull Elk Dec. 1,2017 Dec. 7,2017
General Elk Antlerless Elk Sep. 22,2017 Dec. 17,2017
General Elk Any Elk Sep. 15,2017 Nov. 2,2017
Youth-Only Elk Antlerless Elk Oct. 13,2017 Oct. 19,2017
Limited Opportunity (General) Elk Bull Elk Oct. 6,2017 Nov. 2,2017
Limited Opportunity (General) Elk Antlerless Elk Aug. 4,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Limited Opportunity (General) Elk Any Elk Sep. 15,2017 Dec. 14,2017
C.H.A.M.P. Elk Any Elk Oct. 20,2017 Nov. 16,2017
Muzzleloader Elk Bull Elk Sep. 29,2017 Dec. 7,2017
Muzzleloader Elk Antlerless Elk Sep. 29,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Muzzleloader Elk Any Elk Oct. 13,2017 Oct. 19,2017
Limited Opportunity (Muzzleloader) Elk Antlerless Elk Aug. 4,2017 Aug. 17,2017
Limited Opportunity (Muzzleloader) Elk Any Elk Oct. 6,2017 Oct. 19,2017
Archery-Only Elk Bull Elk Sep. 15,2017 Oct. 12,2017
Archery-Only Elk Bull Elk Nov. 10,2017 Nov. 30,2017
Archery-Only Elk Antlerless Elk Sep. 15,2017 Nov. 30,2017
Archery-Only Elk Any Elk Sep. 15,2017 Oct. 19,2017
Limited Opportunity (Archery-Only) Elk Bull Elk Sep. 15,2017 Oct. 5,2017
Limited Opportunity (Archery-Only) Elk Antlerless Elk Aug. 4,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Limited Opportunity (Archery-Only) Elk Any Elk Sep. 15,2017 Sep. 28,2017
Minimal Occurrence Zone/Low Density (General) Elk Any Elk May 1,2017 Dec. 31,2017
General Nonpermit-Tag Required Elk Bull Elk April 1,2017 July 31,2017
General Nonpermit-Tag Required Elk Any Elk Jan. 1,2017 March. 31,2017
General Nonpermit-Tag Required Elk Any Elk Aug. 1,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit-Tag Required Elk Bull Elk April 1,2017 July 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit-Tag Required Elk Any Elk Jan. 1,2017 March 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit-Tag Required Elk Any Elk Aug. 1,2017 Dec. 31,2017

Turkey

Hunt Type Legal Wildlife Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot Spring Turkey Bearded Turkey April 28,2017 May 25,2017
Youth-Only Limited Weapon Shotgun Shooting Shot Spring Turkey Merriam’s Turkey April 21,2017 April 27,2017
Youth-Only Limited Weapon Shotgun Shooting Shot Spring Turkey Merriam’s Turkey May 12,2017 May 25,2017
Youth-Only Nonpermit Tag Required (Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot) Turkey Merriam’s Turkey April 21,2017 April 27,2017
Youth-Only Nonpermit Tag Required (Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot) Turkey Merriam’s Turkey May 12,2017 May 25,2017
Archery-Only Spring Turkey Gould’s Turkey April 28,2017 May 25,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring Turkey Gould’s Turkey April 28,2017 May 25,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring Turkey Merriam’s Turkey May 12,2017 May 25,2017

Javelina

Hunt Type Legal Wildlife Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
General Spring Javelina Any Javelina Feb. 24,2017 March 2,2017
General Nonpermit Tag Required Javelina Any Javelina Jan. 1,2017 Dec. 31,2017
Youth-Only Spring Javelina Any Javelina Jan. 27,2017 Feb. 5,2017
HAM Spring Javelina Any Javelina Feb. 10,2017 Feb. 20,2017
Archery-Only Spring Javelina Any Javelina Jan. 1,2017 Jan. 26,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring Javelina Any Javelina Jan. 1,2017 Jan. 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring Javelina Any Javelina Dec. 15,2017 Dec. 31,2017

Bison

Hunt Type Legal Wildlife Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
General Spring Bison Designated Yearling Bison Jan. 6,2017 April 13,2017
General Spring Bison Designated Yearling Bison Jan. 1,2017 Aug. 17,2017
General Spring Bison Designated Yearling Bison July 21,2017 Aug. 17,2017

Bear

Hunt Type Legal Wildlife Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
General Spring Bear Any Bear Except Sows with Cubs March 24,2017 May 4,2017
General Nonpermit Tag Required Spring Bear Any Bear Except Sows with Cubs March 24,2017 July 31,2017
Archery-Only Spring Bear Any Bear Except Sows with Cubs May 5,2017 July 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring Bear Any Bear Except Sows with Cubs March 24,2017 May 4,2017