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Changes coming to Arizona OTC archery deer hunts

Changes coming to Arizona OTC archery deer

Photo credit: Logan Summers

Given the current environment of point creep and record application numbers, many hunters are focusing efforts on small and hidden away hunting opportunities. In recent years a lot of this spotlight has fallen on the OTC archery deer hunting opportunities in Arizona. The tags for these hunts are cheap and the opportunity has been very real! Currently, the southwest United States is experiencing a large drought and many of the animal populations in these regions are becoming more and more vulnerable. In response to this, several game agencies have been making proactive wildlife management decisions. 

AZGFD recently established a new ruling on the existing OTC archery deer hunts that could drastically impact hunting plans for those planning on an adventure in 2021 and even 2022. Many of these changes will close certain periods of the hunts, and also some units are also changing what species you can hunt at certain times of the year. In the table below, we will take a deep look at what to expect for the upcoming season. Changes are outlined in red.

The information below was gathered from an AZDFG commission meeting. So this is the most updated list and is different than the original PDF document that was released on March 29.

Changes to the Arizona OTC archery deer season structure in 2021/2022

Units Aug. 20 - Sept. 9, 2021 Dec. 10 - 31, 2021 Jan. 1 - 15, 2022 Jan. 1 - 31, 2022
1 No OTC hunts in Unit 1
2A/2B/2C No OTC hunts in Unit 2 anymore
3B Any Antlered Deer -- -- --
4A Any Antlered Deer -- -- To close
4B Any Antlered Deer -- -- --
5A/5B Any Antlered Deer -- -- --
6A Any Antlered Deer -- To close --
6B
(excluding camp
Navajo)
Any Antlered Deer -- -- --
6B South -- -- Any Antlered Deer --
7E/7W Any Antlered Deer -- -- --
8 Any Antlered Deer To close Any Antlered Deer --
9 Any Antlered Deer To close Any Antlered Deer --
10 Any Antlered Deer To close To close To close
15A/15BE/15BW Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
15C/15D Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
16A Any Antlered Deer To close -- To close
17A Any Antlered Deer -- -- To close
17B Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
18A Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
18B Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
19A Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
19B Any Antlered Deer To close -- To close
20A Any Antlered Deer -- -- To close
20B Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
20C Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
21 Any Antlered Deer -- -- Any Antlered Deer
22 Any Antlered Deer To close -- To close
23 Any Antlered Deer -- To close To close
24A Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
24B Any Antlered Deer To close -- Any Antlered Deer
25M -- Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
26M -- Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
27 No OTC hunts in Unit 27 anymore
28 Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
29 Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer --
30A Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
30B Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
31 Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
32 Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
33 To close Any Antlered Deer Antlered Whitetail Only To close
34A Any Antlered Deer Antlered Whitetail Only -- Any Antlered Deer
34B Any Antlered Deer Antlered Whitetail Only -- Any Antlered Deer
35A Any Antlered Deer Antlered Whitetail Only -- Any Antlered Deer
35B Any Antlered Deer Antlered Whitetail Only -- Any Antlered Deer
36A Any Antlered Deer Antlered Whitetail Only -- Antlered Whitetail Only
36B Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
36C Any Antlered Deer Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
37A -- -- Any Antlered Deer --
37B -- To close -- Any Antlered Deer
38M -- Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
39/40A/40B -- Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
41 -- Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
42 -- -- -- Any Antlered Deer
43A/43B/44A/44B -- Any Antlered Deer -- Any Antlered Deer
45A/45B/45C -- -- -- Any Antlered Deer

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