If you are hoping to hunt antelope or elk in the fall of 2007, one had better pay attention to the new deadline for those lottery drawings. Feb. 13 is the deadline and it is less than three months away.
The main purpose for the early drawing is to let perspective hunters plan for other big-game hunts in neighboring Western states if unsuccessful in Arizona.
Many of the fall antelope and elk seasons overlap in these states and most Arizona hunters would rather hunt in-state where potential record book animals exist.
Applications will be accepted by late December online at the Arizona Game and Fish Web site: azgfd.gov, while the printed applications will be available by Jan. 12 at all hunting license dealers.
The good news or bad news for each prospective hunter will be mailed out by April 27. This date will allow hunters who didn't draw in Arizona enough time to apply for antelope and elk tags elsewhere.
As the 2006 hunting season is in full swing, start your planning now for the new deadline date of Feb. 13 for 2007.
This four-month change will no doubt take some Arizona hunters by surprise who have hopes of drawing a much sought-after antelope or elk tag.
Don't be left behind, get those new hunting regulations and applications for elk and antelope that will be available by Jan. 12. Good luck and have a great time hunting in God's creation.