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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:00 am

Arizona’s seasons for wild turkey and javelina hunting are set, and hunters can begin submitting applications for tags issued through the drawing process.

The 2012 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet and regulations are now available at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website, and applications for applying are available at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Many of the spring hunts have a limited number of tags and are issued through a draw/lottery process. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 11, by 7 p.m. Postmarks do not count.

At this time, applications can be mailed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department or hand-delivered to drop boxes in Tucson, or at any of the six remaining offices located in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Mesa and Phoenix.

Mailed applications should be addressed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052.

Furthermore, Game and Fish continues to test its new online application system, and officials anticipate that it may become available during the spring drawing cycle. However, there is no set date at this time. To be notified when the system is available, you can sign up for email alerts, “like” AGFD’s Facebook page, or follow it on Twitter.

Applicants who submit their application by the Sept. 23 correction period will be contacted by Game and Fish (by phone, three times in a 24-hour period) if there is a mistake on the application, providing there is an opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause an application to be rejected.

Applicants are reminded a 2012 license is required to enter the spring draw. Licenses may be purchased through the draw/application process. For those that wish to purchase a license outside of the application process, 2012 licenses are anticipated to be available at Game and Fish offices, the website service and at license dealers the first week of September.

“For those kids who are considering hunting, or are new to big game hunting, we are offering juniors-only hunting camps and outdoor skills workshops,” Wildlife Recreation Chief Craig McMullen said.

Printed copies of the regulations are anticipated to be in stores at license dealers and Game and

Fish offices statewide by early September.

For more information, including leftover tags remaining for fall deer, juniors-only javelina and fall turkey, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.

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