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Don’t go hunting in Arizona without first familiarizing yourself with Arizona hunting laws. This article should help you plan your trip and get you going!

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In this article:

  1. Learn Arizona’s  Hunting Laws
  2. Deer Hunting in Arizona
  3. Duck Hunting in Arizona
  4. Black Bear Hunting in Arizona
  5. Animals Year-Round Hunting in Arizona
  6. Arizona Hunting License Information

Arizona Hunting Laws and Regulations

– This post was originally published on Survival Life and has been shared with permission –

Learn Arizona’s Hunting Laws

Open season is just a few weeks away for most of the United States. It’s an exciting time of year for veteran hunters and beginners alike.

Before heading out on your first hunt though, make sure you’re familiar with Arizona hunting laws and regulations. Hunting laws evolve on an almost yearly basis, mainly to address public safety for the benefit of the hunter and the hunted.

Therefore, it’s a must to keep up to date on Arizona hunting laws before heading out on your first hunt. Studying your state’s hunting laws might be a bit time consuming, and we know you’re impatient to get out there and start shooting.

However, breaking the law and having to pay a fine can put a serious damper on hunting season. Keep reading to learn about Arizona hunting laws including dates and which animals you’re allowed to hunt.

You also have to know which weapon you can use, how to get a hunting license, and other essential information. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the chance by overlooking a small yet important detail.

By now, you should know the State of Arizona provides more or less 10 big-game species and rich small-game selections, which includes waterfowl. The hunting opportunities are also said to be the best, and most unique, in the nation.

Check out this updated regulations first, for Arizona hunting seasons 2019-2020, for your reference. Now, let’s focus on the three most popular species: deer, ducks, and black bears.

Deer Hunting in Arizona


Deer are said to be the most popular, numerous, and widespread big-game species in Arizona. There are three distinct types of deer present in this state:

  • The Mule Deer


Mule deer are the most abundant deer in Arizona. This type of deer can be commonly found in a rugged country sometimes on sparse, low deserts to high forested mountains.

  • The White-Tailed Deer


Whitetail deer have a preference for woodlands of oak, pine, and chaparral with interspersed clearings. They can be most commonly found in these terrains.

It is very important to know which deer is legal to hunt according to antler point restrictions.

  • Elk


This species is one of the largest of the deer family and should not be confused with the Moose, which is much larger. The elk mostly inhabits the summer range as high as 7,000 to 10,000 plus feet.

Hunting Season

The general hunting seasons range from mid-October to the end of December. This depends on the type of hunt (meaning the type of firearm being used) and the areas you will be hunting in.

Legal Weapons and Ammo


  • Modern guns
  • Centerfire Rifle
  • Centerfire Handgun
  • Muzzleloading Rifle
  • Other Rifle Shooting Black Powder or Synthetic Black Powder
  • Black Powder Handgun
  • Crossbow
  • Archery

For more specific details on the types of firearms and ammo one can use to hunt deer, click here.

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License, Special Licenses, and Permits

Acquiring a license will depend on your specific needs as a hunter, be it a regular license, a special license or various permits for hunting, even disabled veterans’ licenses.

For specific details regarding licenses, and permits just click the following words: licenses, special licenses, and permits.

Duck Hunting in Arizona


There are about 15 species of waterfowl in the state of Arizona. Click here to learn more about these species and their habitat.

Hunting Season


The open season generally starts in October and ends in January.

Hunting for ducks is divided into two seasons which are as follows:

General Waterfowl Seasons:

October 18, 2019 – January 26, 2020

October 4, 2019 – January 12, 2020

November 2, 2019 – January 26, 2020

October 19, 2019 – January 12, 2020

To learn more about the possession limits and other details, click here.

Youth-Only Waterfowl Seasons:

February 1 – February 2, 2020

September 28 – September 29, 2020

To learn more about the possession limits and other details, click here.

Legal Guns and Ammo

Shotgun, crossbow, bow and arrow or falconry as prescribed.

For details on the hunt zones, shooting hours, bag limit and licenses required, click here.

Black Bear Hunting in Arizona


Of the three North American bears, this species is the most common and widely distributed. You can find them foraging around oak woodland, chaparral pine forests, woodland habitats, and aspen-fir pine forests.

To know more about black bears’ hunting history and behavior, click here.

General Hunting Season

The open season starts as early as August and ends December 31. For a detailed view of the black bear hunting season, click here.

Legal Weapons and Ammo


General Hunt: Any firearm, pre-charged pneumatic weapon, crossbow, or bow and arrow.

Archery Hunt: Bow and arrow or crossbow if you possess a crossbow permit.

Animals Year-Round Hunting in Arizona


If you want to enjoy hunting in Arizona without the restrictions given in the hunting seasons, there are four animals you can hunt all year round. These animals are a mountain lion, coyote, rabbit, and buffalo.

There are some important guidelines and reminders, though, plus some additional info you need to know before you get carried away.

Arizona Hunting License Information

Every hunter and fisherman need to have a valid license in Arizona. For additional details on how to get a license and other valuable information, click here.

As long as you are knowledgeable about the hunting laws in the state of Arizona and abide by them to the letter, you and your hunting buddies will surely enjoy every minute of hunting. Hunt safe and hunt proudly!

Learn how to draw tags and find hunts when hunting in Arizona in this video from Randy Newberg, Hunter:

For a gun enthusiast/carrier, hunting big or small game is one of the very few chances to get an adrenaline rush and put your shooting skills to the test. Of course, carrying home your priced hunt is awesome, but nothing tops the chance to try and shoot at a moving target.

You want to keep it this way though, so always keep your know-how of the hunting laws and regulations in check and updated.

How is Arizona hunting laws compared to your state’s hunting laws? Tell us your thoughts about it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 23, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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