Arizona Elk & Antelope Draw, what does an AZ Quality Bull Elk Tag cost?

(A Quality Bull Elk tag can cost some BIG $$$$!)

The 2010 draw deadline has come and gone for Arizona’s Elk and Antelope hunts. I sure hope you applied because some big bulls will be hitting the dirt this year. I know that on average 33,000 Non-Residents buy Arizona hunting licenses every year and I was wondering what it truly cost folks to get a Quality AZ Bull Elk tag. I just got done applying for Utah and it cost me $65 for a Non-Resident license, which is significantly less than AZ fees.

Here are how my numbers worked out:

Unit 10 Early Rifle Bull:
Non-Resident Draw Odds (2010 data):
0 pts- .1%
10 pts- 1.6%
17 pts- 53.3%
18 pts-100%

Minus the Loyalty & Hunter Ed point it will likely take most non-residents 16 years to draw this tag. With the current Non-Resident rates this is what it will cost them:

$2,420.00 (License Fees) + $595 (Elk Permit) = $3,015.00

3A&C Archery Bull Elk Permit:
Non-Resident Draw Odds:
0 pts- .2%
10 pts- 1.9%
16 pts- 2.6%
17 pts- 100%

Again, minus the loyalty & Hunter Education points it will likely take them 15 years to draw!

1,512.50 + 595.00= $2,101.50

Holy COW! That doesn’t include equipment, food, lodging, possible guide service and everything else they must have.

Unit 10 Early Rifle Bull
Arizona Resident Draw Odds:
0 pts- .1%
10 pts- 1.6%
17 pts- 100%

It will likely take an AZ resident 15 years to draw this tag and they will pay:

482.25 (License Fees) + 121.50 (Elk Permit) = $633.75

Still not CHEAP!!!

3A&C Archery Bull Elk Tag
Resident Draw Odds:
0 pts- 1.0%
10 pts- 11%
11 pts- 16%
12 pts- 100%

10 years for a guy like me to draw this tag!

322.50 + 121.50= $444.00

As a Resident of Arizona & a Non-Resident of other states I agree 100% that we should have a non-resident cap but I can’t help but wonder if we lowered our license fees, if this would allow for a more diversified group & greater number of middle class people to apply. No wonder folks go buy landowner tags for $5,500, at least they know they will get to go hunting!

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Craig Steele

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Craig Steele is the founder and publisher at Craig is an obsessed hunter and professional hunting guide. He owns and operates Predator Exclusives. Craig also guides for Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters. Besides hunting and guiding, he operates CS Creativity, which is his marketing and graphic design business.

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