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Application Strategy 2023: Arizona elk and antelope

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Arizona's 2023 elk and antelope application overview

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Note: The online application deadline for Arizona elk and antelope is Feb. 14, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time. You can apply online here.


Noteworthy for 2023

  • The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) requires applicants to have a Customer ID to apply in the draw. New applicants can set up an account on their website. The Customer ID Retrieval Tool can be accessed at www.azgfd.gov/draw during the draw application process to look up the number.
  • Applicants should keep their credit card payment information current. If your payment is declined at the time of the draw, your application will not be drawn.
  • As of 2022 and continuing into 2023, a person cannot not use any images, video or data/information from a trail camera for the purposes of taking or locating wildlife or aiding in the taking of wildlife.
  • Hunting licenses will be sold online only. AZGFD will no longer offer traditional paper licenses sold through licensed dealers.
  • Arizona offers an online hunter’s education course. Once completed, one lifetime bonus point for each species will be added to your account. This is a great way to increase the number of bonus points you have and a must if you plan to keep up with other applicants. You must be 18+ to complete the course and the cost is $300 for nonresidents and $150 for residents. It may take two weeks to a month to have the extra point show up in your account. Do not delay in taking the course!
  • Unit 5A will have a new rifle elk hunt in 2023. Dates will be Sept. 15 to 21, 2023.
  • Unit 5B will have a new rifle elk hunt in 2023. Dates will be Sept. 29 to Oct. 5th, 2023.
  • Unit 1/2B/2C alternates between early rifle and muzzleloader each year. In 2023, it will offer a rifle hunt and not a muzzleloader hunt.
  • Unit 9 alternates between a rifle and muzzleloader hunt each year. In 2023, it will offer a muzzleloader hunt and not a rifle hunt.
  • Unit 27 alternates between a rifle and muzzleloader hunt each year. In 2023, it will offer a muzzleloader hunt and not a rifle hunt.

Insider Features

Hunt Planner

To aid in your research and planning efforts, we created a brand new tool for Insiders called Hunt Planner. This tool will help you be more efficient at planning for hunts and also keeps all your research data organized. No more notepads getting lost or headaches when trying to remember what units caught your eye during your research! Everything you need is always in one place at GOHUNT.

What can you do in Hunt Planner?

  • Save unit seasons in Filtering 2.0 
    • Never lose track of units you want to further research
  • Rank seasons
    • Can help decide what unit to apply for or what order to place your units when applying on a state's website
  • Compare seasons (up to three at a time)
  • Save the filter settings you used in Filtering 2.0 to find a great hunt
  • Add notes to your research folder under season level or hunt folder level
  • And much more!

Learn more about Hunt Planner here

Point Tracker

Point Tracker allows you to enter the number of points you have for each state and species and, as you research through Filtering 2.0 and Draw Odds, your point total will automatically be highlighted. Learn more about using Point Tracker here.

Access Point Tracker here

Draw Odds 

GOHUNT displays the number of applicants at each point level below the cut-off draw line for each hunt on the detailed draw odds page. This gives applicants a much greater understanding of point creep for each hunt and allows them to apply with a much better understanding of their chances. Check out a great article on point creep here and how to find the detailed draw odds page for each hunt.

Use our standalone Draw Odds tool here


How to apply

To apply, visit www.azgfd.com/hunting/draw and login to your AZGFD portal account. If you have not created a portal you will need to take the necessary steps to do so. Once inside your portal, click on “Apply For A Draw.”

Make sure to review your bonus point totals. Check your points to ensure that you have the proper number of points. If the number doesn’t seem accurate, call AZGFD at 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Do not wait to call if there is an issue. Take care of it well in advance of the application deadline.

Applicants must possess a valid Arizona hunting license to apply for a hunting tag. That license must be valid on the last day of the application period (Feb. 14, 2023) to be eligible in the draw. Check your AZGFD portal account to make sure yours is up to date. 


State Information

Below you can find important information and an overview of Arizona’s rules/regulations, the draw system, bonus points, tag and license fees. An interactive boundary line map is available on our State Profile. Once at the State Profile, you can find even more information on applying in Arizona. You can also view the Arizona Elk Profile and Arizona Antelope Profile to access historical and statistical data to help you locate trophy units.

Arizona State Profile Elk Profile Antelope Profile GOHUNT Maps Draw Odds Filtering 2.0 Point Tracker Hunt Planner

Important dates and information

  • The deadline to apply online is Feb. 14, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
  • Successful applicants will have permits mailed out by April 14, 2023.
  • Payment must be made by VISA or Mastercard for online applications.
  • Applicants must have a valid Arizona hunting license to apply for a permit.
  • Your hunting license must be valid on the application deadline, otherwise the application will be void.
  • There is a $15 nonrefundable application fee per species for nonresidents.
  • Permits are awarded through a hybrid draw system, bonus point draw and a subsequent random draw (see draw system details below for more information).
  • If you need help looking up your Arizona bonus points, check out this article.

Arizona elk and antelope cost

Item Nonresident Nonresident
youth
Resident Resident
youth

Hunting license 

$160

$5

$37

$5

Application fee

$15

$15

$13

$13

Elk permit

$650

$650

$135

$135

Elk
(youth only permit)

N/A

$50

N/A

$50

Antelope permit 

$550

$550

$90

$90

PointGuard fee

$10

$10

$10

$10

PointGuard Plus 
(all species)

$25

$25

$25

$25


Note: The cost of the permit will only be charged if you are successful in the draw. If you are successful, AZGFD will charge the card used when you applied. If the card is declined, they will NOT attempt to contact you. They will move past your application to the next applicant in the queue. Make sure the card you use is current and has the room to accommodate the permit(s) you applied for!

THE ARIZONA DRAW SYSTEM

Arizona has a modified bonus point system where a portion of the permits are allocated to applicants with the most bonus points who apply for any given hunt and the rest are randomly allocated.

In Arizona, they refer to stages of the draw as “passes.” Bonus point permits are awarded in the first pass of the draw, which is often referred to as the bonus pass or first pass. The second pass is when random permits are awarded. Within the second pass (aka random draw), the number of bonus points you apply with are still taken into consideration. This means that your odds of drawing get better in the random draw with every bonus point you acquire. An applicant with no points still has a chance in the random draw, but your odds increase with each bonus point you gain. 

Permit splits and allocation

Arizona allocates 20% of the elk and antelope permits in the bonus point pass and 80% in the random pass. Within the 20% (bonus pass), up to 5% can be allocated to nonresidents. Within the 80% (random pass), up to 5% of those can be allocated to nonresidents. Thus, up to 10% of the total permits can be allocated to nonresidents; however, it is not guaranteed.

Bonus points

Bonus points are species specific. Applicants obtain a bonus point each time they apply and are unsuccessful in the draw. Applicants can apply for “point only” as their first choice if they do not want to apply for hunts, but we only advise that if an applicant cannot afford the time or the cost of the permit if they were to draw it. Remember that Arizona offers a portion of the permits in a random draw and you will automatically get a bonus point if you are unsuccessful in the draw. It makes good sense to apply for hunts and not just a bonus point. Bonus points will be purged if you successfully draw a permit with any of your choices. Bonus points will also be purged if an applicant has failed to apply in the draw for five consecutive years.

There are two other ways an applicant can gain an additional bonus point. If an applicant has applied for five consecutive years and has completed the hunter’s education course, they could go into a draw with two points already even if they drew a permit the previous year. More information below. 

  • Loyalty bonus point. A loyalty bonus point is an additional bonus point that is awarded after having applied for any given species for five consecutive years. This is a species-specific point and will not be taken away when you draw a tag. It will be purged if you miss a year of applying and would restart the process. Don’t miss a year of applying! 
  • Arizona hunter’s education course bonus point. Arizona offers a permanent bonus point for each species if you complete their hunter’s education course. In the past, you needed to attend and take this course in person in order to obtain the point. That is no longer the case. You can take their hunter’s education course online. You’ll need to pay the $300 course fee and complete the instructional and test portion of the class. You must be 18 years or older to take the class. Approximately two weeks to 30 days after you have completed the course, they will update your account with the extra bonus point. This point is permanent and will never be purged.

How bonus points work in the draw

20% of the permits for any given hunt will be awarded to the applicants who apply with the most bonus points during the first pass of the draw. As previously stated, up to 5% of those bonus pass permits can be awarded to nonresidents. 

In the random pass of the draw, the system grants an applicant one random number for each bonus point that has been accumulated going into the drawing for that species. Each bonus point random number is in addition to the current application random number entry itself. For example, someone with six bonus points would have seven random numbers generated for their application. The lowest generated number becomes the new application number. When they begin to allocate permits, they start with the applicant who has the lowest application number and allocate them a permit and move up in ascending order until all permits are allocated. Remember that nonresidents can draw up to 5% of the permits in the random pass; however, those are not guaranteed to nonresidents. 

Basically, you need to know this: bonus points increase your odds of drawing a permit, but applicants who apply for the first time in this draw with no points still have a chance to draw a permit. 

PointGuard

Arizona offers a safeguard for applicants who draw a permit and may want to return it in order to have their points restored. This program is called PointGuard. The fee is $10 per species and can be purchased at the same time you apply. If you purchased PointGuard for a permit you drew and decided to return it, it must be done at least one day prior to opening day. You’ll also need to complete the surrender application form. If you use PointGuard, you will have your bonus points restored plus one for that year. You will forfeit the permit and application fees. Also, be aware that PointGuard can only be used one time per species, meaning you cannot draw a permit and return it year after year (while retaining your points) until you are ready to hunt.

PointGuard Plus

For applicants who apply for multiple species in Arizona and plan to continue to apply, Arizona offers PointGuard Plus. For $25, an applicant will have the opportunity to surrender a tag and have their bonus points reinstated for all eligible big game species for three consecutive draw cycles from the date of purchase. Applicants must purchase this protection at the time they apply.

Hunt choices

Applicants can apply for up to five hunt choices on their application. Only your first and second choice are considered before moving to the next application. What that means is an applicant's third, fourth and fifth choice will only be considered if there are leftover permits. Be aware that if you draw any of your choices, your points will be purged. For that reason, we advise applicants to only include first and second choices unless they are willing to burn points on the types of hunts that make it to the leftover list.

Group applications

Arizona will allow up to four individuals to apply on a group application for elk and antelope. The group application is treated as one application where, if selected, all members of the group would receive a permit. A group application will have their bonus points averaged and rounded to the nearest whole number (.5 and up would round up to the nearest whole number, .4 and down would round down). If there are not enough permits to meet the number of applicants on a group application, the application has no chance of being successful. Arizona will not over-allocate the permit quota to accommodate a group application. 

Youth and mentoring opportunities

Youth can apply for and hunt big game in Arizona at 10 years old. They must have completed a hunter’s education course and purchased an Arizona hunting license. That license is only $5 for youth (10 to 17). We highly recommend that you begin to apply and build points for your youth beginning at age 10. Arizona does offer some “youth only” elk permits, but those are all antlerless hunts. For nonresidents, we recommend applying for antlered permits and building points for your kids. There are better opportunities to hunt cow elk in other states. 

Arizona has a unique program that will allow a parent, grandparent or legal guardian to transfer a permit they have drawn to their youth (10 to 17). The youth must have a valid hunting license and completed hunter’s education if they are younger than 14.


Arizona's 2023 elk breakdown

Arizona is known for producing trophy quality bulls and offering the lucky permit holders a phenomenal experience in the elk woods. The most difficult part of the Arizona elk equation is obtaining a permit. Generally speaking, the odds of drawing the early season archery, rifle and/or muzzleloader are tough. Arizona does offer late season rifle and archery hunts that are easier to draw, but those hunts are more difficult and the quality of the bulls killed on those hunts is not on par with the early hunts. 

The cost to apply in Arizona is not exactly cheap. You must buy the annual hunting license at a cost of $160 and then the application fee is $15 per species. It’s going to cost you a minimum of $175 if you only want to apply for elk. My advice would be to apply for any and all species in Arizona that you are interested in. If you are already buying the hunting license to apply for elk, you might as well also apply for deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, javelina and even bison. Remember that a portion of the permits are randomly allocated so it’s possible that you could draw a great permit on any given year. I believe that Arizona is a worthwhile state to apply and build points in. 

Arizona’s elk hunting structure offers an early archery and rifle hunt as well as a late archery and late rifle hunt in most units. They also offer some muzzleloader hunts. The early hunts typically have higher harvest success and the trophy potential is better earlier on. The late hunts can be tough, especially the late archery hunts. Those hunts are spot and stalk — often in rough, remote terrain — and the biggest bulls can be hard to locate consistently that time of year. The late archery hunts often have low harvest success rates and some of the bigger bulls often have broken antlers by the time the late hunts roll around. The late rifle hunts are good options for applicants without a lot of points. Many of the late rifle hunts are available with seven or more bonus points.

There is good news going into 2023. Arizona is having a very good winter in terms of the amount of moisture it’s receiving and the antler growth is highly dependent on the availability of quality feed. We are hearing that antler growth in Arizona should be one of the best years in the past decade. Not every unit is going to consistently produce 350”+ caliber bulls. There are 10 or so units where the opportunity for that type of bull exists. Almost every unit can offer 310” to 320” bulls for hunters who are willing to scout and hunt hard. As stated, antler growth is based on drought/moisture conditions and, although Arizoan is still dry, we do anticipate that 2023 is going to be a banner year for big bulls in the Grand Canyon State.

2021 drought status

2022 drought status

2023 drought status

2023 top hit list early archery hunts to consider for 350"+ or better bulls

Unit Dates Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Nonresident
points to draw 2022
Resident
points to draw 2022

23 North
early archery

Sept. 15 to 28

380”+

73%

50% with 26 points

100% with 22 points

23 South
early archery

Sept. 15 to 28

380”+

50%

N/A 

100% with 22 points 

23 North
early rifle

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

380”+

100%

20% with 27 points 

100% with 24 points

23 South
early rifle

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

380”+

60%

N/A

100% with 26 points 

23 
late rifle 

Dec. 1 to 7

380”+

66%

33% with 21 points 

100% with 13 points 


early archery

Sept. 15 to 28

370”+

67%

71% with 24 points

100% with 15 points

9
muzzleloader

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

380”+

88%

100% with 27 points

75% with 21 points 

27
early archery

Sept. 15 to 28

370”+

36%

100% with 18 points

100% with 11 points

27
muzzleloader

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

360”+

55%

50% with 23 points 

100% with 19 points 

27
late rifle 

Dec. 1 to 7 

360%

64%

28% with 14 points

100% with 10 points

10
early archery

Sept. 15 to 28

360”+

53%

50% with 23 points

100% with 14 points

10
early rifle 

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

360”+

74%

50% with 28 points

100% with 23 points

3A/3C
early archery

Sept. 15 to 28

360”+

62%

33% with 22 points

100% with 15 points

3A/3C
early rifle

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

360”+

89%

57% with 26 points

100% with 24 points

1/2B/2C
early archery

Sept. 15 to 28

360”+

63%

28% with 19 points

100% with 13 points

1/2B/2C
early rifle 

Sept. 29 to Oct. 5

360”+

93%

24% with 24 points

18% with 23 points

Use the detailed Draw Odds view to look at draw trends and see where you can expect to draw in the maximum points pool and random draw.

Access our standalone Draw Odds here

As you can see, the best hunts require a lot of points. Given the fact that a portion of Arizona’s permits are offered to applicants with the most bonus points, point creep is an issue just like it is in several states in the West. Generally speaking, many hunts are jumping approximately one point per year. This means that if applicants are looking at the odds at their current point level, they may not draw going into 2023. You should consider hunts that show 100% odds at one point less than you currently have. You should also look at the detailed draw odds pages for the hunts you are considering to further evaluate your odds of drawing this year. Below we will break down some of the best hunt options for applicants at a variety of point levels.

Hunt options to consider in the 1 to 6 bonus point range

Unit Trophy
potential
Bull:cow
ratio
Harvest
success
Nonresident
points to draw 2022
Resident
points to draw 2022

4A
late archery

320”+

70:100

15%

38% with 4 points

43% with 5 points

4B
late archery

320”+

105:100

33%

42% with 4 points

54% with 6 points

5A
late archery

340”+

34:100

30%

88% with 5 points 

88% with 5 points 

6B
late archery

320”+

30:100

7%

38% with 3 points 

51 % with 5 points 

7E
late archery

330”+

28:100

5%

77% with 2 points 

100% with 0 points

7W
late archery

340”+

20:100

13%

100% with 5 points 

56% with 4 points 

8
late archery

350”+

32:100

26%

28% with 5 points 

52% with 5 points 

22N
late archery

310”+

28:100

13%

100% with 4 points 

76% with 3 points

22S
late archery

310”+

28:100

4%

100% with 4 points

100% with 0 points

4A 
late rifle

320”+

70:100

21%

23% with 6 points 

23% with 6 points

7E 
late rifle 

330”+

28:100

14%

88% with 5 points 

88% with 5 points 

22N
late rifle

310”+

28:100

23%

100% with 6 points 

100% with 6 points

 

Good archery hunt options to consider in the 7 to 12 bonus point range

Unit Trophy
potential
Bull:cow
ratio
Harvest
success
Nonresident
points to draw 2022
Resident
points to draw 2022


late archery

380”+

34:100

40%

100% with 10 points 

100% with 9 points 

23 
late archery

380”+

55:100

23%

100% with 7 points 

100% with 6 points 

8
late archery

350”+

32:100

26%

100% with 10 points 

52% with 5 points 

5BN
late archery

340”+

51:100

52%

68% with 6 points 

67% with 7 points

5BS
late archery

340”+

51:100

29%

100% with 7 points 

53% with 5 points 

5A
late archery 

340”+

34:100

30%

88% with 5 points 

88% with 5 points 

6A 
early archery

330”+

30:100

35%

54% with 10 points 

81% with 9 points 

7E
early archery

330”+

28:100

34%

20% with 9 points 

100% with 8 points 

11M 
early archery

320”+

N/A

30%

100% with 12 points 

48% with 7 points

6B 
early archery

320”+

30:100

29%

100% with 10 points 

100% with 8 points 

19A

310”+

10:100

29%

100% with 9 points 

100% with 10 points 

16A
early archery

300”+

20:100

75%

100% with 12 points 

100% with 12 points 

 

Good firearm hunt options to consider in the 7 to 12 bonus point range

Unit Trophy
potential
Bull:cow
ratio
Harvest
success
Nonresident
points to draw 2022
Resident
points to draw 2022

9
late rifle 

370”+

34:100

35%

36% with 9 points 

100% with 7 points 

10
late rifle

360”+

40:100

30%

55% with 11 points 

100% with 8 points 

3A/3C
late rifle 

360”+

39:100

36%

100% with 10 points

100% with 9 points 

8
late rifle

350”+

32:100

33%

100% with 8 points

100% with 7 points 

21 
late rifle

340”+

46:100

44%

50% with 10 points

100% with 8 points 

5A 
late rifle

340”+

34:100

35%

64% with 7 points 

100% with 7 points 

5BN/5BS
late rifle 

340”+

51:100

41%

100% with 8 points 

100% with 8 points 

7W
late rifle

340”+

20:100

28%

100% with 7 points 

100% with 7 points

3B
late muzzleloader 

330”+

12:100

30%

87% with 6 points 

100% with 6 points 

6A
muzzleloader

330”+

30:100

36%

100% with 10 points

100% with 8 points 

6A
late rifle

330”+

30:100

39%

100% with 8 points 

100% with 8 points 

2A/2B 
early rifle 

330”+

50:100

 

100% with 9 points

100% with 9 points 

7E
late rifle

330’+

28:100

14%

100% with 6 points 

88% with 5 points 

4B
late rifle 

320”+

105:100

44%

100% with 9 points 

100% with 8 points 

6B
late rifle

320”+

30:100

32%

95% with 7 points 

100% with 7 points 

19A
late rifle

310”+

10:100

50%

100% with 12 points 

100% with 7 points 

22S
late rifle 

310”+

28:100

71%

100% with 10 points 

100% with 8 points 

22N
late rifle 

310”+

28:100

30%

83% with 6 points 

100% with 6 points 

22N
late rifle 

310”+

28:100

23%

100% with 6 points 

100% with 6 points 

16A
muzzleloader

300”+

20:100

100% 

50% with 9 points 

100% with 10 points 

 

Nonresident best hunt options to consider in the 13 to 18 bonus point range

Unit Trophy
potential
Bull:cow
ratio
Harvest
success
Nonresident
points to draw 2022

27
early archery

370”+

49:100

36%

100% with 18 points

27
late rifle

370”+

49:100

64%

28% with 14 points 

1/2B/2C 
late rifle 

360”+

36:100

63%

31% with 14 points 

8
early archery

350”+

32:100

28%

80% with 14 points

5A
early archery

340”+

34:100

54%

62% with 14 points 

5BN
early archery

340”+

51:100

47%

100% with 18 points

5BS
early archery

340”+

51:100

53%

40% with 16 points

7W
early archery

340”+

20:100

46%

100% with 17 points

21
muzzleloader

340”+

46:100

33%

100% with 15 points 

4A 
early archery

320”+

70:100

36%

60% with 16 points 

4B
early archery

320”+

105:100

53%

43% with 12 points 

 


THE POINTS SYSTEM FOR ELK

2023 maximum resident bonus points for elk: 30
2023 maximum nonresident bonus points for elk: 33

Arizona elk bonus points going into 2023

Bonus
points
Nonresidents Residents

1

32,384

51,695

2

15,592

38,934

3

8,821

24,195

4

3,217

15,839

5

4,687

11,670

6

3,615

8,648

7

2,982

5,793

8

2,041

3,889

9

1,619

2,507

10

1,335

1,789

11

1,096

1,223

12

1,017

839

13

831

650

14

674

429

15

618

287

16

543

267

17

484

198

18

490

174

19

415

155

20

281

128

21

225

127

22

186

99

23

142

86

24

128

32

25

88

19

26

54

15

27

31

6

28

18

3

29

1

1

30

0

0

31

0

0

32

0

0

33

1

0

Find your draw odds


Arizona's 2023 antelope breakdown

Arizona is still a good state for producing trophy class antelope, but it’s nowhere near as good as it was 20 years ago. Populations have seen declines mainly due tough environmental conditions and predation. While there will always be a few world class bucks taken in Arizona every fall, for the most part, hunters are harvesting average bucks on tags that have tougher draw odds than bighorn sheep. At this point, I would only advise applicants to apply for antelope in Arizona if they are already buying the $160 hunting license to apply for other species. For the $15 application fee, you have a chance in the draw. Although, if you review the odds, you will see that it’s a very slim chance and applying for antelope is similar to buying a lottery ticket. Someone is going to draw, but it’s not likely to be you or me, unfortunately.

AZGFD has cut the number of permits throughout the state in recent years and the cuts are needed. While the cuts may be good for the long term, they are not going to help move through the number of applicants backlogged in the system. 

Below we outline the goHUNT hit list for the best Arizona antelope hunts. If you do decide to take a swing for the fence approach, my personal recommendation with the current conditions of Arizona antelope herds would be to apply for the best areas and hope you draw a random permit. Personally, I believe that Arizona’s antelope hunts are generally the most overrated hunts in the West, especially outside of the hitlist units.

2023 top hit list for hunts to consider for 80" or better bucks

Unit Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Resident
points to draw (2022)
Nonresident
points to draw (2022)

5B
archery

80”+

17%

100% with 24 points 

<.01%

6A
archery

80”+

N/A

50% with 19 points 

2.7% with 22 points 

17B/19B
archery

80”+

100%

26% with 10 points 

<.01%

4B
archery

80”+

0%

100% with 18 points 

3% with 20 points 

18A
archery

80”+

0%

100% with 22 points 

<.01%

19AN
archery

80”+

44%

100% with 21 points 

2.4% with 21 points 

17B/19B
muzzleloader

80”+

100%

100% with 28 points 

<.01%

18A
muzzleloader

80”+

50%

100% with 25 points 

<.01%

19AN
muzzleloader

80”+

86%

100% with 27 points 

<.01%

4B
rifle

80”+

82%

100% with 28 points 

.6% with 28 points 

5A
rifle

80”+

100%

50% with 29 points 

<.01%

5B
rifle

80”+

100%

60% with 29 points 

100% with 30 points 

6A
rifle

80”+

100%

50% with 28 points 

<.01%

19AN
rifle

80”+

82%

100% with 27 points 

.9% with 28 points 

19B
rifle

80”+

50%

33% with 27 points 

<.01%


How to uncover hidden gem antelope units

Typically, within this section of an application article, we have some tips and tricks to find opportunities that may not be on the radar for most applicants. Unfortunately, this is not the case for Arizona antelope. There were 57 hunts available for nonresidents in 2022 and, out of those, there were six that offered a bonus point permit. For nonresidents, the Unit 10 archery antelope permit took the least number of bonus points to guarantee and it required 23 points plus. 

The best random odds were for the Unit 6B archery, Unit 8 muzzleloader or the 30A rifle hunt. Most hunts had random odds from one to 30 points in the 1% to 3% range. The best advice we can offer is to review the odds and the table below listing units with the most permits offered and pick one that looks enticing to you and hope for some luck. Someone is going to draw.

Arizona antelope hunts with 14 plus total permits

Unit/hunt Trophy
potential
Harvest
success
Total
permits

1
archery

75”+

31%

30

10
archery

80”+

22%

30

1
rifle

75”+

93%

25

2A
rifle

80”+

80%

15

4B
rifle

80”+

82%

15

5B
rifle

80”+

100%

21

7
rifle

75”+

93%

40

9
rifle

75”+

80%

20

10 
rifle

80”+

88%

70

 


THE POINTS SYSTEM FOR ANTELOPE

2023 maximum resident bonus points for antelope: 33
2023 maximum nonresident bonus points for antelope: 33

Arizona antelope bonus points going into 2023

Bonus
points
Nonresidents Residents

1

8,902

14,388

2

4,538

10,853

3

2,655

6,685

4

861

4,278

5

1,542

3,064

6

1,400

3,649

7

1,201

3,370

8

870

2,823

9

787

2,550

10

661

2,177

11

693

1,892

12

606

1,721

13

537

1,406

14

418

1,206

15

420

1,080

16

425

971

17

365

933

18

359

855

19

269

698

20

219

639

21

198

626

22

202

579

23

146

458

24

96

412

25

93

297

26

67

279

27

49

215

28

30

130

29

12

53

30

7

16

31

1

5

32

1

5

33

1

1

Find your draw odds


MANAGING POINTS AND EXPECTATIONS

Do not expect to draw an antelope permit in Arizona this year or, potentially, in your life. It’s unfortunate, but that is the current state of antelope hunting there. So why apply for Arizona antelope? The only reasons that someone should apply for antelope in Arizona is if they are already buying the hunting license to apply for the other species or they have been building points for a couple decades. Beyond that, it’s very hard to make a case for applying. For the few lucky applicants who draw a permit, Arizona has historically offered good trophy potential and opportunities to harvest. For the extra $15 fee it may be worth it to you to apply, but maintain reasonable expectations if you do apply.

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