Arizona Game and Fish Department — August 6, 2011
Recent Law Changes AffectHunting Regulations
Changes to A.R.S. §13-3107 and A.R.S. §13-3108 transerred the au-thority to regulate discharging a rearm while lawully taking wildliewithin the limits o any municipality, park, or preserve during an openseason to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.This change reopened approximately 1 million acres o public andstate trust lands on the ringes o municipalities to hunting.Implementing this change responsibly required amending the2011-12 Arizona Hunting and Trapping regulations, as well as the2011 Pronghorn Antelope and elk hunt regulations ater they werepublished.The inormation below is an overview o some o the key regulatorychanges that hunters and citizens need to know about. However, it isthe hunter’s responsibility to understand the new rules, particularlythe notes section or each hunting season and species or the ociallegal requirements.Hunters are asked to report violations to the Operation Game Thiehotline at (800) 352-0700, or the local law enorcement agency im-mediately.For more inormation, a map o the Phoenix no-hunting area, andthe latest regulations, visit
NO HUNTING AREAS:
Closed to hunting
– A large portion o the Phoenix metropolitanarea is closed to all hunting. This area closure pertains to hunts inmetro units 25M, 26M and 47M. This closure is to ensure hunting onlyoccurs in open, undeveloped, uninhabited public and state trust landswhere it is sae to do so.County islands that are large enough to comply with the quartermile rule are excluded rom this closure. However, hunting in these ar-eas is restricted to “limited weapon - shotgun shooting shot” seasonsor public saety (no single projectile rearms—i.e.: rifes, pistols,muzzleloaders).
Closed to hunting
– Gol courses, airports, and posted water treat-ment acilities statewide are closed to hunting.
Closed to hunting
– City and county parks and/or preserves areclosed to hunting, except where specically opened by commissionorder. Any parks and/or preserves that the commission has opened tohunting will be indicated in the notes section o the appropriate hunt-ing regulations by species and season.
PRIVATE LANDS CLOSED TO HUNTING WITHFIREARMS:
Private lands inside city limits within the Tucson metrohunt unit 38M are closed to all rearm hunting. However, theseprivate lands are open to “archery-only” seasons.
Private lands inside city limits within Flagsta metrohunt unit 11M are closed to all rearm hunting. However, these pri-vate lands are open to “archery-only” seasons.Hunting with a rearm in the 38M Tucson and 11M Flagsta metrounits is only permitted on public and state trust lands that complywith the quarter mile rule.
RESTRICTED HUNTING AREAS:
Open to hunting with restrictions – Generally, county and city parksand preserves are closed to hunting. Some Pima and Maricopa Countyparks and/or preserves are open to hunting by commission order.However, additional restrictions have been implemented or saetyreasons, and to avoid conficts by multi-uses o the area.In these commission opened parks and/or preserves, it is alsounlawul to take wildlie within a quarter mile o a developed camp-ground, picnic area, occupied building, boat ramp, shooting range, orgol course. Hunters must comply with applicable check-in and eerequirements.The parks and/or preserves that are open to hunting, and anyweapon type restrictions, will be listed by commission order undereach specic season, species, and appropriate notes.
RESTRICTED HUNTING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY:
For those private Lands within city limits, and not already addressedby restrictions or metro units 11M, 38M, or the Phoenix metro no-hunting area, the ollowing restrictions apply.Private property is closed or “General Rife Seasons” – Privateproperty within city limits is closed to hunting during any “general rifeseason.” This is not a weapon-type restriction, but a closure o theproperty to rife seasons (or the use o a lesser weapon type duringthat season) on private property lands inside city limits.This restriction does not aect private property outside city limits.The restriction does not aect public and state lands inside city limits.There are some limited exceptions or wildlie management needs,such as the limited-opportunity elk hunts in Unit 1, and Unit 19Apronghorn antelope hunts. These exceptions are identied by commis-sion order in the appropriate regulations and notes section.Realizing that some private lands inside o city limits may accom-modate sae areas to hunt with short-ranged shotguns the commis-sion added new “limited weapon - shotgun shooting shot” seasonsto provide provisions or hunting on private property inside city limits.Species that these seasons were created or include predators andurbearers, rabbits, quail, dove, and other birds and mammals.
Approximately 1 million acres of lands now open to hunting