Arizona Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

Arizona has many surprises when it comes to hunting seasons. While many would believe that this Southwestern state is nothing but desert, Arizona’s ecosystem is perfect for a variety of wildlife.

If you are looking to hunt common game like quail, deer and turkey, Arizona can provide prosperous hunting. But for hunters of bigger game, the Grand Canyon State offers bear, bighorn sheep and even bison hunting seasons.

Arizona regulates its hunting seasons by region, and many of its hunts are by lottery permit only. For these reasons, it is important to visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for additional details before heading out to hunt.

Deer Seasons

General Season

Oct. 27-Dec. 31*

General Youth-only Season

Oct. 6-Oct. 26*
Nov. 10-Dec. 3*

Champ Deer
(Challenged Hunter Access Mobility Permit required)

Sept. 22-28*
Oct. 27-Nov. 2*


Oct. 13-Dec. 31*

Youth-only Muzzleloader

 Nov. 24-Dec. 3*
Dec. 15-31*


Aug. 25-Sept. 14

*Dates vary by region

Bighorn Sheep Seasons

General Season

Oct. 1-Dec. 31*

*Dates may vary by region, specifically for Rocky Mountain and Desert bighorn sheep.
Many bighorn sheep hunting zones are difficult to access. Expect to hunt and camp in isolated, backcountry regions and prepare accordingly.

Bison Seasons

General Season

Sept. 1-Sept. 21*

Limited Opportunity
Muzzleloader Season

Sept. 22-Dec. 31*

Limited Opportunity
Archery-only Season

Aug. 25-Sept. 14*

*Hunting dates can vary by zone

Turkey Seasons

General Season and
Youth Hunt

Oct. 6-12

Archery Season

Aug. 25-Sept. 14*

*Some archery dates vary by region.
Turkey hunting in Arizona requires a hunting license as well as a turkey tag. One one turkey can be taken per calendar year.

Javelina Seasons

Non-permit tag season

Aug. 25-Sept. 14

Youth Hunt

Oct. 6-Dec. 3*

*Some dates vary by region
Only two javelinas can be taken per calendar year. Permits for general season javelina hunts are awarded through a lottery draw system and dates vary accordingly. For more information on hunting javelina, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.

Black Bear Seasons

General Season

Aug. 11-Dec. 31*

Archery Only

Aug. 25-Oct. 5*

*These dates can vary by zone
Arizona allows for the taking of nearly any black bear, except sows with cubs.

Mountain Lion Seasons

General Season
Daylight Shooting Hours

July 1-June 30, 2018

General Season
Daylong Shooting Hours

July 1-June 30, 2018

*These dates can vary by zone
Only one mountain lion can be taken per calendar year. Arizona offers hunting in daylight shooting hours and daylong shooting hours. Daylight hunts must be during daylight, while daylong hunts can take place in any “24-hour period between midnight and midnight.”

Small Game Seasons

Chukar Partridge

Sept. 1-Feb. 11, 2018

Blue Grouse

Sept. 1-Nov. 12

Cottontail Rabbit

July 1 – June 30, 2018*


Sept. 15-Feb. 11, 2018*


Oct. 6-Feb. 11, 2018*

Tree Squirrel

July 1-Dec. 31*

*Dates may vary by region or take method.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Arizona hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website.