This is a simple task. Hunting and fishing, which are governed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, are permitted on both public and private properties with the approval of the landowner. No shooting is permitted on private properties within 1/4 mile of any occupied structure, or from or across a road or railway.
To check if you're allowed to hunt on private property in Arizona, contact the owner or manager of the property. If no one can help you out then you should consider another state to hunt in.
Except for approved hunting, target shooting is absolutely forbidden. Arizona State Trust Land is not considered public land. The property is utilized for the 13 trust beneficiaries in Arizona. They include universities, museums, conservation groups and other organizations that use the land for educational or research purposes.
People can report violations of this restriction to the Department of Game and Fish through their website. They will investigate and take action if necessary. Shooting firearms on state trust land without permission from the department is a criminal offense.
Non-hunting activities that involve using a firearm are allowed on AZ state trust land provided that you have the legal right to use it. For example, someone who owns property near the land may grant another person permission to hunt on that property as long as they know that the person has a license and is using the weapon for recreation rather than hunting.
If you do allow someone to use one of your guns on trust land, make sure that they understand the rules regarding possession and use of weapons in Arizona. You don't want anyone getting arrested because they were just having fun with their friends!
The best way to enjoy state trust land is by visiting one of our many state parks.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is in charge of enacting and enforcing hunting rules in the state. The Department publishes gathered information in the publication "Arizona Hunting Regulations," which is published yearly in accordance with the fiscal year. Game regulations serve as the foundation for Arizona's hunting legislation. Changes to the game code may be proposed by any member of the public who submits a proposal for consideration by the Board.
How are new hunting laws implemented in Arizona? New law proposals go before the Board for review and can then be adopted, rejected, or modified by the Board. The Board may also reject a proposal solely because it believes that another method should be used to implement the change desired. If the Board rejects a proposal, it sends it back to the person who submitted it for modification. A modified version of the proposal may then be resubmitted to the Board for consideration.
What is the process for changing hunting laws in Arizona? Anyone wishing to propose changes to hunting regulations must do so through the Board. The Board receives about 100 such proposals each year and can take up to six months to address them all. In the meantime, the Board leaves its current policy in place while it considers the merits of the proposal.
What are some examples of recent hunting law changes in Arizona? Since 2000, Arizona has banned the use of lead ammunition on deer-hunting leases.
Shooting is prohibited in state parks and on state trust lands. Understand your goal and what is beyond it. Shots can travel more than a mile across the open desert. If you fire a shot, even one with fertilizer on it, it could be reported by a neighbor or discovered by a ranger later. They may call police to report an abandoned vehicle in a no-parking zone.
It's also against the law to discharge a firearm within city limits except when required by law or in the defense of self or others. The same rule applies in rural areas that are not incorporated towns or cities (i.e., outside city limits).
The only exception is if you own the land on which you are shooting. If you're on someone else's property, they may not allow firearms. Ask permission before you go out shooting. You could really annoy some people if you start firing shots in the desert around them!
Even if you have permission, be sure to clean up after yourself. Discharge a firearm anywhere other than where it is intended leads to legal problems for everyone involved.
In Arizona, it is also illegal to discharge a firearm in a reckless manner that creates a substantial risk of serious injury or death to another person.
Hunting License: To hunt in Arizona, citizens and non-residents 10 years of age and older must have a valid hunting license. When accompanied by a fully licensed person 18 years of age or older, a person under the age of ten may hunt animals other than large game without a license. Any license holder may be accompanied by no more than two unlicensed youngsters. Licenses are available from local fish and wildlife departments, sports stores, online at www.azoutdoorrecreation.com and through private license sellers. The cost is $10 for residents and $50 for non-residents.
Big Game Tags: These tags are required for all hunters wanting to kill antelope, bear, buffalo, deer, elk, moose, sheep, and turkey. Big game licenses are valid for the following season and must be purchased in advance online at www.azoutdoorrecreation.com or at any Department of Wildlife Conservation office. Fees vary depending on the species and whether the animal is taken during the regular season or during bow season.
Archery Tags: Archery licenses are free but space is limited to only 70,000 permits annually. Only one tag per permit number can be issued so make sure you get your permit before you buy your tag. You can apply for an archery tag online at www.azoutdoorrecreation.com.
Fish and Boat Tags: These tags are required for anyone fishing or boating within the state boundaries.