When the Midwest is cold and snowy, in Arizona the springtime is all about calling in a wild turkey in the pines, or stalking a javelina in the open desert.
The seasons for these two sought-after species are set and hunters can begin submitting applications for tags issued through the drawing process.
The 2012 Spring Turkey, Javelina, Buffalo and Bear Hunt Draw Information booklet and regulations are now available at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's website, and applications for applying are available at www.azgfd.gov/draw.
Many of the spring hunts have a limited number of tags and are issued through a draw/lottery process. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 11 by 7 p.m. (MST). Postmarks do not count.
At this time, applications can be mailed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department or hand-delivered to drop boxes at any of the seven offices located in Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson, Mesa and Phoenix.
Mailed applications should be addressed to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052.
Game and Fish continues to test its new online application system, and officials anticipate that it may become available during the spring drawing cycle.
However, there is no set date at this time. To be notified when the system is available, you can sign up for email alerts, "like" their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.
Worth noting, applicants who submit their application by the Sept. 23 correction period will be contacted by Game and Fish (by phone, three times in a 24-hour period) if there is a mistake on the application, providing an opportunity to correct the mistake.
After that date, mistakes can cause your application to be rejected.
Applicants are reminded a 2012 license is required to enter the spring draw. Licenses may be purchased through the draw/application process.
For those who wish to purchase a license outside of the application process, 2012 licenses should now be available at Game and Fish offices and website service and at license dealers.
Printed copies of the regulations are anticipated to be in stores at license dealers and Game and Fish offices statewide by early September.
For more information about hunting and drawing information, including leftover tags remaining for fall deer, juniors-only javelina and fall turkey, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.