Annual Arizona Muzzleloader Hunting Season Regulations: Hunt information for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, fall bear and mountain lion.

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Arizona Muzzleloader Hunting Season

General and muzzleloader deer hunts will occur on standard opening dates. When stratified, a series of 7-day hunts may occur throughout October and November with all hunts opening on a specific Friday. A December white-tailed deer hunt will open the Friday of week 50 and continue to the end of the year.

If only a single early deer season is selected in October or November, the season should run for 10 days, unless data indicates harvest should be reduced then either permits will be reduced or the season will decrease to 7 days. If a white-tailed deer season is offered during week 48, the season will run for 10 days. Antlerless elk seasons will not overlap with a general or muzzleloader deer season in units with hunts for both species. Season dates will be selected to avoid such overlaps. If the unit is managed under Alternative Hunt Management, 10-day seasons may also be used. Rotation of units and season timing of muzzleloader hunts should be considered.

Arizona Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Arizona Muzzleloader Hunting Season Regulations

Annual Arizona Muzzleloader Hunting Season Regulations: Hunt information for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo, fall bear and mountain lion. For more information visit:

Hunting License – Arizona residents and non-residents 10 years and older need a valid hunting license to hunt during the Arizona Muzzleloader Hunting Season. A person under 10 may hunt wildlife other than big game without a license when accompanied by a properly licensed person 18 years or older. No more than two unlicensed children may accompany any license holder. No one under the age of 14 may take big game without having completed a Hunter Education Course. No one under age 10 may take big game in Arizona. Check the Arizona Hunting Regulations for additional information.

A valid Arizona license is required in the Arizona Muzzleloader Hunting Season for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona. The licensee shall carry the license when participating in hunting or fishing or other form of take. Take means pursuing, shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping, killing, capturing, snaring, or netting wildlife. Wildlife includes all wild mammals, wild birds, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans and fish.

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