Big game hunting for Mule Deer
, wild turkey, Pronghorn
, and Bighorn Sheep
occurs each year on the Arizona Strip. The hunts are administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and cooperatively occur on BLM administered public lands. Hunting permits and licenses
must be obtained from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Arizona Strip is a vast area. No gas or other services are available in the hunting areas, nor is drinking water provided. Animal densities are generally low. Weather conditions can change quickly and vary widely. Be prepared for a rugged hunt that will provide memories to last a lifetime.
Where to Hunt?
Almost all public lands on the Arizona Strip are open to lawful hunting under state regulations. Three Game Management Units (GMUs) have been established on the Arizona Strip by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. They are: GMU 12B, which includes BLM and tribal lands on the Arizona Strip from Kanab Creek east to the Colorado River and south to the Kaibab National Forest; GMU 13A, which includes all lands on the Arizona Strip from the Hurricane Cliffs east to Kanab Creek and south to the Colorado River; and, GMU 13B, which includes all lands from the Nevada border east to the Hurricane Cliffs and south to the Colorado River. Each of the GMUs is bordered on the north by the State of Utah. Hunters are responsible for knowing the boundaries.
National Parks are closed to hunting. Wilderness areas are open to hunting, however motor vehicles, as well as mechanized equipment such as mountain bikes, generators and chain saws, are prohibited in wilderness areas. All Cultural Resources on public lands, including arrowheads, pottery and historic sites, are protected by federal laws and should not be collected or disturbed. Whether you hunt or not, please be careful not to camp or build fires on archaeological sites. Also, please remember to leave fence gates as you find them.
The BLM offers a visitor map of the Arizona Strip region which shows important access roads, topographic features and wilderness areas. It also marks land ownership, including private, state, Indian reservation, BLM, National Forest and National Park Service land. Be aware that some of these lands are not open to hunting. To purchase a copy of the visitor map, contact the Information Center.
Safety and Conservation Tips
- Be prudent on muddy roads
- Identify your target
- Wear blaze orange clothing
- Show respect for the land
- Carry out all trash
- "Leave No Trace"
Check on specific hunting season dates and permit requirements with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The agency publishes an annual guide to hunting regulations in Arizona that lists all the season dates.