Hunting Seasons Arizona 2022-2023

Arizona offers some of the most unique hunting opportunities in the States. You can count on an action-packed hunting adventure with multiple big game and over a dozen small game species available.

Hunting season starts as early as July and, in some cases, can last even until May the following year.

Deer

General

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 21 – Dec. 31 20221 – 3A, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 7 – 10, 12A East (excluding Grand Canyon National Park), 12A West (excluding Grand Canyon Park), 12B, 12B West, 13A, 13B, 16A (excluding Mohave County Park Lands), 17A – 24B, 27 – 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B – 37B, 39 (excluding Buckeye Hills Regional Park), 40A – 42 (excluding Skyline and White Tank Mountain Regional Park), 43A – 46B, Hopi Hunt in Units 4A, 4B, 5A and 5B, Fort Huachuca in Unis 35ADates may vary by Units, Buck or Antlerless may vary by Units, White-tailed or Mule deer may vary by Units

Youth General

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 16 20226A, 10 12A West (excluding Grand Canyon National Park), 17B, 19A, 19B, 20A, 20C – 23, 27 – 34A, 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, 37B, Any antlered or antlerless deer
Nov. 11 – Dec. 4 202218B, 33, 36A, 36B, 36C, 42 (excluding Skyline and White Tank Mountain Regional Parks), Fort Huachuca in Unit 35AAny antlered or antlerless deer

CHAMP (Challenged Hunter Access Mobility Permit)

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 16 – Sep. 22 202212A West (excluding Grand Canyon National Park)Any antlered deer
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27 20227, 9, Any antlered deer
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17 202234AAny antlered deer

Muzzleloader

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 21 – Nov. 17 20223B, 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 12A East (excluding Grand Canyon National Park), 12B West, 15A – 15D, 20B, 30B, 33, 34A, 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, 36A, Fort Huachuca in Unit 35A,Dates may vary by Units, White-tailed or Mule Antlered deer may vary by Units
Dec. 9 – Dec. 31 202235A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, 39, 40A, 40B, 41, 42 (excluding Buckeye Hills, Skyline, and White Tank Mountain Regional Parks), Fort Huachuca in Unit 35ADates may vary by Units, White-tailed or Mule Antlered deer may vary by Units

Youth Muzzleloader

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 9 202215A – 15DAny antlered deer
Nov. 18 – Nov. 27 202216A (excluding Mohave County Park Lands)Any antlered deer

Archery with Permit Tag

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 19 – Sep. 9 20223A, 3C, 11M, 12A (excluding Grand Canyon National Park), 12B, 13A, 13B, 17A, Camp Navajo in Unit 6BDates may vary by Units, Buck or Antlerless may vary by Units
Oct. 28 – Nov. 10 202211MBuck or Antlerless may vary by Units
Dec. 9 – Dec. 31 202211M, 17ABuck or Antlerless may vary by Units

Archery with Non-Permit Tag

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 18 – Sep. 8 20221 – 2C, 3B, 4A – 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 7 – 10, 15A – 15D, 16A (except Mohave County Park Lands), 17B – 24B, 27, 28 – 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, 36A, 36B, 36C, Fort Huachuca in Unit 35A, Dates may vary by Units, White-tailed or Mule Antlered deer may vary by Units
Dec. 9 2022 – Jan. 31 20234A – 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 7 – 10 , 15A – 15D, 16A (except Mohave County Park Lands), 17B – 24B, 25M, 26M (excluding Cave Creek Recreation Area), 27 – 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B – 38M, 39 – 44B, 45A – 45C, Fort Huachuca in Unit 35A, Dates may vary by Units, White-tailed or Mule Antlered deer may vary by Units

Field Dressing
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Bison

General

DatesZonesNotes
Nov. 4 – Dec. 20 20225A and 5B (Raymond Hers), House Rock Wildlife Area only in Unit 12A EastDates may vary by Units, Designated cow or yearling bison may vary by Units,

Limited Opportunity General

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 13 – Dec. 31 202212A (except House Rock Wildlife Area), 12B, 13A (House Rock Herd)Dates may vary by Units, Cow bison only

Limited Opportunity Muzzleloader

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 15 – Oct. 5 202212A (except House Rock Wildlife Area), 12B, 13A (House Rock Herd)Cow bison only

Limited Opportunity Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 25 – Sep. 7 202212A (except House Rock Wildlife Area), 12B, 13A (House Rock Herd)Cow bison only

Bighorn Sheep

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 20229, 10, Kanab Creek Hunt Area in Units 12A – 13A, 12B East, Cottonwood Wilderness Hunt Area in Unit 13A, 13B South, 15A, 15B East, 15C, 15D, 16A (excluding south and east of Big Sandy River and Mohave County Park Lands), 16A South, 18B, Desert Hunt Area in south Unit 22, 24B North, 24B South, Superstition Wilderness Hunt Area in Unit 24B, 28, 31, 32, 37A, 37B, 39, 40A, 40B Gila Mtns, 40B Mohawk and Copper Mtns, 41 East, 41 West, 42, 43A, 43B, 44A, 44A East, 44A West, 44B, 45A – 45C, 46A East, 46A West, 46BEast, 46B West, Any ram
Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 20226A, 23, 24A, Black River Hunt Area in Units 1 and 27, South Fork Hunt Area in Units 1 and 2B, Rocky Mountain Hunt Area in northern Unit 22, Upper Blue River Hunt in Unit 27, 27, 28Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Any ram

Pronghorn

General

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 2 – Sep. 15 20221, 2A, 2C, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B South, 10, 12A, 12B, 13A, 13B, 17A, 18B, 18A, 19A, 19B, 30A, 31, 32, 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, Hopi Hunt Units 4A, 5A and 5BBuck
Sep. 30 – Oct. 9 20223A, 7, 9Buck

Muzzleloader

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 19 – Aug. 28 202219ABuck
Sep. 2 – Oct. 9 20222B, 3B, 8, 15A, 15B, 17B, 19B, 34A, 34BDates may vary by Units, Buck

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 5 – Sep. 1 20221, 3A – 6B (except Camp Navajo), 7, 9, 10, 11M, 12A, 12B, 15A, 15B, 17B, 18A, 18B, 19A, 19B, 30A, 31, 32, 34A, 34B, 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, Hopi Hunt Units 4A, 5A and 5B, Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Military)Dates may vary by Units, Buck

Elk

General

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 9 – Oct. 27 20223A, 3C, 4B, 4A, Hopi Hunt in Unit 4A, 5A, 5B South, 5B North, Hopi Hunt in Unit 5B North, 6A, 7 East, Kachina Peaks Wildnerness Hunt Area in Unit 7 East, 7 West, 8, 9, 10, 19A, 21, 22 North, 22 South, 23 North, 23 South, 27, Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Military), Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Other), Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Disabled Veteran/Wounded Warrior/Purple Heart),Dates may vary by Units, Bull or Antlerless may vary by Units
Nov. 4 – Dec. 31 20221, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B (except Camp Navajo), Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Military), Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Other), 7 East, 7 West, 8, 9, 10, 19A, 21, 22 North, 22 South, 23, 27, Hopi Hunt in Units 4A, 5A and 5B, Escudilla-Auger Canyon Hunt Area in Unit 1Dates may vary by Units, Bull or Antlerless may vary by Units

Youth

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 9 202210Antlerless elk
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13 20221, 2C, 3A, 3, 4A, 5A, 5B South, 6A, 7 West, 9, 22, 23, Hopi Hunt in Units 4A and 5AAntlerless elk

Limited Opportunity

DatesZonesNotes
Jul. 29 – Aug. 25 20223A, 3B North, 4B North, Show Low Creek Hunt Area in Unit 3B, Black Mountain Hunt Area in Unit 27, Dates may vary by Units, Bull or Antlerless may vary by Units
Sep. 9 – Sep. 18 20222A, 2BAntlerless or Any elk
Sep. 23 – Dec. 31 20222A, 2B, 3A, 3B North, 4B North, Show Low Creek Hunt Area in Unit 3B, Show Low Creek Hunt Area in Unit 3B, East Sunset and West Sunset Hunt Areas in Unit 5A, Hopi Hunt Unit in East Sunset and West Sunset Hunt Areas in Unit 5A, Twin Arrows, Two Guns, Grapevine, Diablo Combined Hunt Area in Unit 5B North, Hopi Hunt Unit in Twin Arrows, Two Guns, Grapevine, Diablo Combined Hunt Area in Unit 5B North, 15A, 15B, 18A, 17A, 17B, 18B, 19B, 20A, 20C, Antelope Mountain Hunt Area in Unit 1, Coon Canyon and Flat Top Hunt Areas in Unit 1, 24A, 28, 31, 32, Dates may vary by Units, Bull or Antlerless may vary by Units

Champ (Challenged Hunter Access Mobility Permit)

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13 20223A, 3C, 4B, 6ADates may vary by Units, Any elk
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10 202210Any elk

Muzzleloader

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 9 – Dec. 31 20221, 2B, 2C, 3B, 6A, Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Military), Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Other), Kachina Peaks Wildnerness Hunt Area in Unit 7 East, 8, 10, 16A (ecxept Mohave County Park Lands), 21, 22 SouthDates may vary by Units, Bull or Antlerless may vary by Units

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 9 – Sep. 29 20221, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Military), 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B North, 5B South, 6A, Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Military), 6B (except Camp Navajo), 7 East, Kachina Peaks Wildnerness Hunt Area in Unit 7 East, 7 West, 8, 9, 10, 11M, 19A, 21, 22, 23 North, 23 South, 27, Hopi Hunt in Unit 4A, 5A and 5B NorthBull or Antlerless may vary by Units

Mountain Lion

General

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 19 2022 – May 31 2023Statewide (including Buenos Aires and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges, excluding all other National Wildlife Refuges, Mohave County Park Lands, and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)Any lion except spotted kittens and females with spotted kittens

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 19 2022 – May 31 202311M, 25M, 26M, 38MAny lion except spotted kittens and females with spotted kittens

Pursuit

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 19 2022 – May 31 2023Statewide (excluding all National Wildlife Refuges, Mohave County Park Lands, and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)Any lion except spotted kittens and females with spotted kittens

Black Bear

General

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 5 – Sep. 8 20221, 2A – 2C, 3B, 4B, 6A, 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 17A, 17B, 18B, 20A, 20B, 22 South, 23 South, 24A
Sep. 30 – Dec. 31 20221, 2A – 2C, 3B, 3C, 4A, 5A, 4G, 5B, 6A, 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 7, 8, 9, 10, 16A (excluding National Wildlife Refuges and Mohave County Park Lands), 18A, 19B, 17A, 17B, 18B, 19A, 20A, 20B, 21, 22 North, 22 South, 23 North, 23 South, 24A, 24B, 27, 28, 29, 30A, 30B, 31, 32, 33Dates may vary by Units, Any bear except cubs and sows with cubs

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 19 – Sep. 29 20221, 2A, 2C, 3B, 3C, 4B, 6B (except Camp Navajo), 11M, 19A, 22 North, 23 North, 27, 29, 30A, 32, 34A, 35A, 35B, Fort Huachuca in Unit 35ADates may vary by Units, Any bear except cubs and sows with cubs

Javelina

General

DatesZonesNotes
Jan. 1 – Dec. 31 202239, 40B (excluding Pima County), 41, 43A, 43B (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)Any javelina

Youth

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 16 202210, 17B, 19A, 19B, 20A, 20B, 34A, 34B, 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, 37A, 37BDates may vary by Units, Any javelina
Nov. 18 – Nov. 27 202216A (excluding National Wildlife Refuges and Mohave County Park Lands), 18B, 28, 29, 30A, 30B, 31, 32, 33, 34A, 34B, 35A (exclutig Fort Huachuca), 35B, 37A, 37BDates may vary by Units, Any javelina

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Jul. 1 – Dec. 31 20221, 2A – 2C, 3A – 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A North, 7, 9, 11MAny javelina

Youth Population Management

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 13 202228, 31, 32, 29, 30A, 30B, 33, 35A (excluding Fort Huachuca), 35B, Any javelina
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24 202233, 36A, 36B, 36CAny javelina

Youth Muzzleloader Population Management

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 9 202215A – 15DAny javelina
Nov. 18 – Nov. 27 202216A (except Mohave County Park Lands)Any javelina

Turkey

Shotgun

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 6 20221, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B South, 6A, 6B (excluding Camp Havajo), 7, 8, 9, 10, 12A, 22, 23, 27Any turkey

Youth Shotgun

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 30 – Oct. 10 20221, 4A, 4B, 6A, 12A, 23, 27Dates may vary by Units, Any turkey

Archery with Permit Tag

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 26 -Sep. 8 2022Camp Navajo in Unit 6B (Military and Other)Meriam’s turkey, Any turkey

Archery with Non-Permit Tag

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 19 – Sep. 8 20221, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B (excluding Camp Navajo), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11M, 12A, 23, 27Any turkey

Waterfowl

General

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 23 2022 – Jan. 31 2023Desert Zone: portions of Units 6, 8 within Yavapai County, Units 10, 12B-46BDucks, mergansers, coots, gallinules, white geese (snow, blue, Ross’), dark geese (Canada, cackling, Brant, white-fronted), excluding scaup
Oct. 7 2022 – Jan 15 2023Mountain Zone: Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, portions of Units 6, 8 within Coconino CountyDucks, mergansers, coots, gallinules, white geese (snow, blue, Ross’), dark geese (Canada, cackling, Brant, white-fronted), excluding scaup
Nov. 7 2022 – Jan. 31 2023Desert Zone: portions of Units 6, 8 within Yavapai County, Units 10, 12B-46BScaup
Oct. 22 2022 – Jan. 15 2023Mountain Zone: Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, portions of Units 6, 8 within Coconino CountyScaup

Youth

DatesZonesNotes
Feb. 11 – Feb. 12 2023Desert Zone: portions of Units 6, 8 within Yavapai County, Units 10, 12B-46BDucks, mergansers, coots, gallinules, white geese (snow, blue, Ross’), dark geese (Canada, cackling, Brant, white-fronted), excluding scaup
Oct. 1 – Oct. 2 2022Mountain Zone: Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, portions of Units 6, 8 within Coconino CountyDucks, mergansers, coots, gallinules, white geese (snow, blue, Ross’), dark geese (Canada, cackling, Brant, white-fronted), excluding scaup

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Feb. 1 – Feb. 4 2023Desert Zone: portions of Units 6, 8 within Yavapai County, Units 10, 12B-46BDucks, mergansers, coots, gallinules
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6 2022Mountain Zone: Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, portions of Units 6, 8 within Coconino CountyDucks, mergansers, coots, gallinules

Common Snipe

General

DatesZonesNotes
Oct. 23 – Jan. 31 2023Desert Zone: portions of Units 6, 8 within Yavapai County, Units 10, 12B-46BCommon Snipe
Oct. 7 2022 – Jan 15 2023Mountain Zone: Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, portions of Units 6, 8 within Coconino CountyCommon Snipe

Doves

Early season

DatesZonesDates
Sep. 1 – Sep. 15 2022StatewideMourning and white-winged doves

Late season

DatesZonesNotes
Nov. 12 2022 – Jan. 1 2023StatewideMourning doves only

Falconry

DatesZonesNotes
Sep. 16 – Nov. 1 2022StatewideMourning dove, white-winged dove, Eurasian collared dove

Collared Dove

DatesZonesNotes
Sept. 1. 2022 – Aug. 31 2023StatewideNo bag and possession limits

Band-Tailed Pigeon

DatesZonesNotes
Spe. 30 – Oct. 13 2022Statewide

Sandhill Crane

General

DatesZonesNotes
Nov. 18 – Dec. 18 202228, 29, 30A, 30B, 31, 32Dates may vary by Units, Any Sandhill Crane

Youth

DatesZonesNotes
Dec. 9 – Dec. 11 202230A, 30B, 31, 32Any Sandhill Crane

Archery

DatesZonesNotes
Nov. 11 – Nov. 13 202230A, 30B, 31, 32Any Sandhill Crane

Small Game

AnimalDatesZonesNotes
Tree Squirrel: GeneralSep. 30 2022 – Jan. 31 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges and Unit 11M)Any tree squirrel except the Mount Graham red squirrel
Jul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 202331, 33Dates may vary by Units, only Teasel-eared tree squirrel
ShotgunSep. 30 2022 – Jan. 31 202311MAny tree squirrel
ArcheryAug. 19 – Sep. 29 2022Open areas Statewide (excluding National Refuges and Units 12A, 12B, 13A, 13B)Any tree squirrel except the Mount Graham red squirrel
Aug. 19 – Sep. 8 202212A, 12B, 13A, 13BAny tree squirrel
FalconryAug. 19 2022 – Jan. 31 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges and Units 31 and 33)Any tree squirrel
Cottontail Rabbit: GeneralJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)Dates may vary by Units, any cottontail rabbit
ShotgunJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Open areas Statewide (including San Bernardino and Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuges, excludin all other Refuges)Dates may vary by Units, any cottontail rabbit
FalconryJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)Any cottontail rabbit
Pheasant: ShotgunSep. 1 – Sep. 15 202240BAny rooster pheasant
ArcheryOct. 14 2022 – Feb. 12 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)Any pheasant
FalconrySep. 12 2022 – Feb. 12 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)Any pheasant
Quail: GeneralOct. 14 2022 – Feb. 12 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding some National Wildlife Refuges)Dates may vary by Units, Gambel’s Scaled, California quail or Mearn’s quail may vary by Units
FalconryJul. 1 2022 – Mar. 31 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges and Unit 11M)Dates may vary by Units, any quail
Chukar PartridgeSep. 1 2022 – Feb. 12 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)Any chukar
Dusky GrouseSep. 1 – Nov. 6 2022Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges and Unit 31)
CoyoteJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Oper areas Statewide (excluding some National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)Nighttime hunting may vary by Units
SkunkJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Oper areas Statewide (excluding some National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)
FoxesAug. 1 2022 – Mar. 31 2023Oper areas Statewide (excluding some National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)Dates may vary by Units
CoatiSep. 1 2022 – Mar. 31 2023Oper areas Statewide (excluding some National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)
CrowSep. 1 – Dec. 31 20221, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11M, 17A, 17B, 18A, 18B, 19B, 27 (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)
JackrabbitJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Open areas Statewide (including Buenos Aires and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuges; excluding all other National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, and 38M)
Brack-tailed jackrabbitAug. 19 2022 – Feb. 23 2023Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge
Gunnison’s prairie dogJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Open areas north of the Gila River (excluding National Wildlife Refuges and Units 25M, 26M, and 38M)Shotgun only in Unit 11M
House (English) Sparrow and European StarlingJul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)

Predatory and Fur-bearing Mammals

Raccoon, bobcat, weasel, badger, ringtail

DatesZonesNotes
Aug. 1 2022 – Mar. 31 2023Oper areas Statewide (excluding some National Wildlife Refuges and Units 11M, 25M, 26M, 38M)Dates may vary by Units

All Mammals

EXCEPT game mammals, fur-bearing mammals, predatory mammals, bats, coati, black-footed ferret, New Mexico jumping mouse, Gunnison’s prairie dog, black-tailed prairie dog, jaguar, jaguarundi, ocelot, otter, porcupine and wolves

DatesZonesNotes
Jul. 1 2022 – Jun. 30 2023Open areas Statewide (excluding National Wildlife Refuges)General/Shotgun/Archery/Falconry

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