Over The Counter Hunts in Arizona
Many hunters don't realize that Arizona hunts aren't all limited entry and hard to draw.
Many hunters don’t realize that Arizona hunts aren’t all limited entry and hard to draw. There are some good over the counter hunting tags in Arizona, and you can make plans to experience Arizona’s great hunting much sooner than you think by taking advantage of them.
Late Archery Deer OTC Tags
Arizona has a long archery deer season that runs mid-December through January. This hunt is over the counter and you can hunt trophy Mule Deer and Coues deer bucks in the late season during the peak of the rut.
Early Archery Deer OTC Tags
OTC Black Bear Tags
If you are looking for a different kind of black bear hunt, you should hunt “bears in the pears.” They’re available over the counter for the prime fall hunts where you will be spot and stalk hunting big trophy boars in the desert. It is a very cool hunt. Unit 5B should be on your short list.
Mountain Lion Hunting is over-the-counter as well
Arizona mountain lion tags are also available over the counter as well! In Arizona, they hunt mountain lions different as well. You will most likely be horseback with some VERY well trained hounds casting for scent on the dry ground. Once a track is hit, the race is on and you will see some of the best hunting dogs in the world do their thing. You should consider Unit 22 or Unit 12A (The Kaibab).
Elk Hunting in Arizona is by draw only.
However, here are our picks for the best elk units in Arizona to apply for.