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 TypeLegal WildlifeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
General Pronghorn AntelopeBuck AntelopeSep. 8,2017Sep. 21,2017
General Pronghorn AntelopeBuck AntelopeOct. 6,2017Oct. 15,2017
Muzzleloader Pronghorn AntelopeBuck AntelopeSep. 8,2017Sep. 17,2017
Muzzleloader Pronghorn AntelopeBuck AntelopeOct. 6,2017Oct. 15,2017
Archery-Only Pronghorn AntelopeBuck AntelopeAug. 11,2017Sep. 7,2017

Elk

Hunt TypeLegal WildlifeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
General ElkBull ElkSep. 29,2017Oct. 5,2017
General ElkBull ElkDec. 1,2017Dec. 7,2017
General ElkAntlerless ElkSep. 22,2017Dec. 17,2017
General ElkAny ElkSep. 15,2017Nov. 2,2017
Youth-Only ElkAntlerless ElkOct. 13,2017Oct. 19,2017
Limited Opportunity (General) ElkBull ElkOct. 6,2017Nov. 2,2017
Limited Opportunity (General) ElkAntlerless ElkAug. 4,2017Dec. 31,2017
Limited Opportunity (General) ElkAny ElkSep. 15,2017Dec. 14,2017
C.H.A.M.P. ElkAny ElkOct. 20,2017Nov. 16,2017
Muzzleloader ElkBull ElkSep. 29,2017Dec. 7,2017
Muzzleloader ElkAntlerless ElkSep. 29,2017Dec. 31,2017
Muzzleloader ElkAny ElkOct. 13,2017Oct. 19,2017
Limited Opportunity (Muzzleloader) ElkAntlerless ElkAug. 4,2017Aug. 17,2017
Limited Opportunity (Muzzleloader) ElkAny ElkOct. 6,2017Oct. 19,2017
Archery-Only ElkBull ElkSep. 15,2017Oct. 12,2017
Archery-Only ElkBull ElkNov. 10,2017Nov. 30,2017
Archery-Only ElkAntlerless ElkSep. 15,2017Nov. 30,2017
Archery-Only ElkAny ElkSep. 15,2017Oct. 19,2017
Limited Opportunity (Archery-Only) ElkBull ElkSep. 15,2017Oct. 5,2017
Limited Opportunity (Archery-Only) ElkAntlerless ElkAug. 4,2017Dec. 31,2017
Limited Opportunity (Archery-Only) ElkAny ElkSep. 15,2017Sep. 28,2017
Minimal Occurrence Zone/Low Density (General) ElkAny ElkMay 1,2017Dec. 31,2017
General Nonpermit-Tag Required ElkBull ElkApril 1,2017July 31,2017
General Nonpermit-Tag Required ElkAny ElkJan. 1,2017March. 31,2017
General Nonpermit-Tag Required ElkAny ElkAug. 1,2017Dec. 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit-Tag Required ElkBull ElkApril 1,2017July 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit-Tag Required ElkAny ElkJan. 1,2017March 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit-Tag Required ElkAny ElkAug. 1,2017Dec. 31,2017

Turkey

Hunt TypeLegal WildlifeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot Spring TurkeyBearded TurkeyApril 28,2017May 25,2017
Youth-Only Limited Weapon Shotgun Shooting Shot Spring TurkeyMerriam’s TurkeyApril 21,2017April 27,2017
Youth-Only Limited Weapon Shotgun Shooting Shot Spring TurkeyMerriam’s TurkeyMay 12,2017May 25,2017
Youth-Only Nonpermit Tag Required (Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot) TurkeyMerriam’s TurkeyApril 21,2017April 27,2017
Youth-Only Nonpermit Tag Required (Limited Weapon-Shotgun Shooting Shot) TurkeyMerriam’s TurkeyMay 12,2017May 25,2017
Archery-Only Spring TurkeyGould’s TurkeyApril 28,2017May 25,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring TurkeyGould’s TurkeyApril 28,2017May 25,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring TurkeyMerriam’s TurkeyMay 12,2017May 25,2017

Javelina

Hunt TypeLegal WildlifeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
General Spring JavelinaAny JavelinaFeb. 24,2017March 2,2017
General Nonpermit Tag Required JavelinaAny JavelinaJan. 1,2017Dec. 31,2017
Youth-Only Spring JavelinaAny JavelinaJan. 27,2017Feb. 5,2017
HAM Spring JavelinaAny JavelinaFeb. 10,2017Feb. 20,2017
Archery-Only Spring JavelinaAny JavelinaJan. 1,2017Jan. 26,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring JavelinaAny JavelinaJan. 1,2017Jan. 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring JavelinaAny JavelinaDec. 15,2017Dec. 31,2017

Bison

Hunt TypeLegal WildlifeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
General Spring BisonDesignated Yearling BisonJan. 6,2017April 13,2017
General Spring BisonDesignated Yearling BisonJan. 1,2017Aug. 17,2017
General Spring BisonDesignated Yearling BisonJuly 21,2017Aug. 17,2017

Bear

Hunt TypeLegal WildlifeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
General Spring BearAny Bear Except Sows with CubsMarch 24,2017May 4,2017
General Nonpermit Tag Required Spring BearAny Bear Except Sows with CubsMarch 24,2017July 31,2017
Archery-Only Spring BearAny Bear Except Sows with CubsMay 5,2017July 31,2017
Archery-Only Nonpermit Tag Required Spring BearAny Bear Except Sows with CubsMarch 24,2017May 4,2017