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6:13 PM Mon, Sept. 24th

Drawing results now available for fall big-game hunts

The drawing results for Arizona's 2011 fall big game hunting permits are now available at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's website at www.azgfd.gov/draw.

Draw results are also available by calling 602-942-3000 and selecting option two.

The more than 107,000 applicants, an increase of 3 percent from last year, can find out if they were issued a permit-tag for deer, fall turkey, fall juniors-only javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, or pheasant by providing their sportsman's ID and date of birth.

Game and Fish officials report that hunt permit-tags will be mailed out to successful applicants no later than Aug. 12, although archery deer tags will be mailed out earlier. Refunds for unsuccessful and rejected applicants will be mailed no later than Aug. 23 (less application fees).

For those individuals who missed the drawing application deadline or were unsuccessful in getting a permit-tag, there are more than 5,767 hunt permit-tags remaining.

These remaining tags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and include more than 4,600 deer tags, more than 700 fall turkey tags, and nearly 400 tags for the juniors-only fall javelina hunts.

There are two methods to obtain a leftover tag. Applications will first only be accepted by U.S. mail beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 1. Starting at 8 a.m. on Aug. 8, hunters can obtain a leftover tag in person at any of the seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices. A list of office locations is available at www.azgfd.gov/offices.

For a detailed listing of leftover permits, which includes hunt number, number of permits available and unit number, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw and click on the "Leftover Permits for 2011 Fall Hunts" link under the "2011-12 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations, season dates and drawing information" section.

Hopi hunts with leftover tags are available to everyone, including tribal and non-tribal members. For those who qualify, there are military hunts available for Fort Huachuca. Call 520-533-8763 for more information.

For those who applied for a fall turkey permit in unit 1 (hunt number 4501) or unit 27 (hunt number 4518), there was a reduction in permitted tags issued through the draw compared to what was listed in the regulations.

On July 8, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to reduce the number of permit-tags by 1,075 permits because of the Wallow Fire. The commission action was taken after the application deadline, but before the draw was processed.

For more details about hunting clinics, upcoming hunting camps for first-time hunters, and events hosted for families and juniors-only hunts, visit www.azgfd.gov/outdoorskills.