Arizona Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recognizes the importance of quality recreation experiences to national and local economies, as well as to the health and well-being of society and the enjoyment of our visitors. The BLM is committed to managing and protecting the lands, natural attractions, and sensitive areas so that the areas and activities which are most important to you are still available for years to come.
Treat these lands as if they were your own—because they are!
Recreational Shooting in Arizona
Target shooting is generally allowed on BLM-administered public lands, as long as it is done in a safe manner, without damaging natural resources or improvements on public lands.
Using fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM Arizona-managed public land. Fire Prevention Order: AZ910-2015-0001 (PDF).
Hunting in Arizona
Big game hunting for mule deer, wild turkey, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep occurs each year in Arizona. The hunts are administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and cooperatively occur on BLM-administered public lands.
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 should provide memories for a lifetime.
Check on specific hunting season dates and permit requirements with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. They publish an annual guide to hunting regulations in Arizona that lists all the season dates.
Fishing in Arizona
There is no such thing as a bad day of fishing.
Fishing is one of the many ways to experience Arizona’s public lands managed by the BLM.
Whether you prefer fishing on a river, from a boat, or just casting from the shoreline, the BLM offers every enthusiast an opportunity to fish at a number of different recreation sites throughout Arizona. With a valid Arizona fishing license, everyone can enjoy a day of fishing for popular species of fish, such as large and small-mouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish, and trout. Those seeking an even further adventure can try their skill in catching a few of Arizona’s unique species, such as the desert sucker and northern pike. BLM fishing sites range in setting and many are located near major metropolitan areas.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department regulates fishing on all Arizona public lands. Visit their website for information on fishing in Arizona.