The draw for Spring 2013 will be open in mid September according to AZGFD. Hunt applications will be due by Oct 9th and if you apply online you will have until Nov 7th to update your payment information. Please take a look at the Spring Draw Information from the link at the top of the site. This is the only sortable database online where you can review Javelin draw and success rates. It took some work, and I am pretty happy with it. Please leave a comment if there is something that you would like to see added to the site.
There is a major change to the javelina hunts in Arizona this year. The annual bag limit for Javelina has been increased to two. You will only receive one tag in the draw, but you are eligible to take a second javelina with either an over the counter archery permit or with a ‘first come’ left over permit.
The official language from the Arizona hunting regulations:
Two (2) javelina per calendar year (except as prescribed in R12-4-120) with no more than one (1) javelina taken per open area as defined in each hunt number. The bag limit may be filled in any combination of permit-tag (draw tag or first come left over draw tag as long as differing hunt numbers) or nonpermit-tag (over-the-counter tag) hunts as prescribed in R12-4-114. No more than one (1) permit-tag shall be issued per hunter through the initial draw.
This is a great change to policy as a number of hunters in the past have been frustrated seeing tags going unpurchased. These unpurchased tags in the past were completely unavailable to hunters that had successfully received a tag in the draw, regardless of hunt success.
There are still tags left over from the spring draw for javelina, turkey and archery bear. Starting tomorrow Dec. 5, hunters interested in pursuing a springtime harvest can purchase one of these leftover tags in person at any Game and Fish office on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, hunters will need to submit an application with the four-digit hunt number from the listing of leftover tags.
We have added an interactive database of Arizona Game and Fish data for the javelina draw and hunt results to the site.
You can use this to help plan your draw choices for the next hunting season. Shown on the pages are the number of tag issued for each unit, the number of people that applied and the percentage of tags that were successfully drawn. This information can give the edge when making your unit selections for the draw.
More importantly the table shows the success rates for hunters in each of these units. This combined with the total tage available should give you an idea of javelina density in the state.
There are Four ways to get bonus points in Arizona for your big game draw. The way that most people are familiar with is by not getting drawn. If you put in for a big game species and are not drawn, you will receive a bonus point that will apply to your next draw attempt. You can also miss a draw on purpose by buying a bonus point. Currently bonus points are offered for each big game species for $7.50 each and must be submitted before the draw deadline. Purchased points will be applied to every draw attempt until you are drawn. When you are drawn for a genus, all bonus points from missing a previous draw or from purchased points will be consumed.
AZGFD offers two other bonus points that don’t get consumed on an successful draw. The first is the Hunters Education bonus point. Hunters that complete an Arizona hunters education course receive a lifetime bonus point for every big game species. Hunters education courses can be completed in AZGFD offices or online.
The final bonus point is the Loyalty Point. Every five years that you apply for the same big game species, whether you are drawn or not, will provide you with another bonus point. Like the hunters education bonus this is not consumed on a successful draw. Loyalty points will stay in place as long as you continue to submit a valid application for that species.
For a javelina hunter bonus points can almost guarantee that you will get the hunt that you want. Some units do not sell out of the available permits and even the most desired units will have about a 30% draw rate during most years.
For adults the only available hunting season is in the Spring. But adults are able to purchase a bonus point during the juniors draw in the Fall. Planning ahead can keep you watching your herd all year with relative comfort that you will get your tag.
The Spring 2011 Javelina draw deadline is about a month away. If you have been keeping your eye on a herd this year, the deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 12 by 7 p.m. (MST). This will be the deadline for applications to be received,postmarks do not count.
If your application has a mistake and is received by Sept. 23 by 5 p.m., the department will attempt to call you three times in a 24-hour period and give you the opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause your application to be rejected…
There is a Fall hunt for javelina in Arizona. The Fall javelina hunts are for juniors only and are a great chance to get junior a shot at a “desert pig”.
For the rest of us it is a great chance to pick up a bonus point for javelina. Only a few of the units have a 100% draw rate but picking up a bonus point now will almost assure you any unit that you want come next spring. It also doesn’t hurt to send an extra $7.50 to the Game and Fish Department. You can fill out your application, hunt code 5000 for the bonus point, and print it from the following link:
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has moved up the date for spring draw results for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear. The results will be available byFriday, November, 27, 2009.The results are available now. Not in December as they had previously listed.
Any permits not issued during the initial draw will be available to hunters who were unsuccessful in the draw or did not submit an application in October. If you missed the draw you can submit an application by U.S. Mail beginning on or after 8 a.m. (MST) on Monday, November 30, 2009 .
The list of leftover permits will be posted Monday, December 7, 2009 is available now and any leftover permits will be available for purchase at all Arizona Game and Fish Department offices after 8 a.m. (MST) .
You can click here to be taken to the Arizona Game and Fish Department draw results page.
Click Here to download the list of leftover permits.
This video by the Arizona Game and Fish Department is not hunting related, but has some great shots of javelina in their native environment. In Arizona javelina can be found in a wide range of environments, from the pine forests at the Mogollon rim all the way south to Mexico. This video gives a good look at some prime Sonoran javelina territory.
Hopefully your application for the javelina spring 2010 draw is in. If not, then this won’t be your year.There are several over the counter tags available in some great units. The submission deadline is past and now the wait for results begins. Draw results will be available on the Arizona Game and Fish website or by phone sometime before December 4th. We will post the link once the results are online.