Camp Navajo Hunting Information
Camp Navajo Hunting Information
Changes and New Information
Camp Navajo Hunter Safety Courses have begun, classes are first come, first serve basis. There is no request or sign up roster, do not call the hunt coordinator to schedule a class. Please bring copies of all your documents.
There are no leftover Big Game tags left for 2019.
OTC Dates: OTC Archery Deer: 23 August - 12 September 2019
OTC Tag Limits: 25 Hunters for the season. First come, first serve basis, packets must be recieved by 14 June 2019 and will be reviewed by hunting coordinator and base operations on 17 June 2019, prospective hunters will recieve notification of a successful OTC draw NLT 21 June 2019. Please read below for instructions on eligibility and fees.
The hunter is required to purchase an OTC Archery tag from an authorized AZGFD dealer, and also remit payments as outlined on this page. It is advisable you secure your Camp Navajo slot prior to the purchase of that OTC Tag. Please reference paragraph 12 below for additional information.
Hunting classes begin at 0900 and can last through the noon time hour for the paperwork processing. Please register for a class date with the Hunting Coordinator. Check-in with security and they will direct you to the class room. Please be on time as late attendees will not receive the card and will be required to retake the class at a later date.
Note: Safety Courses are mandatory to hunt on Camp Navajo. The class is required due to unique restrictions on Camp Navajo and the risk of MEC/UXO.
Hunting turkey and/or deer on Camp Navajo requires a $25.00 fee to the State of Arizona and a $5.00 fee payable to Department of Treasury. No cash shall be accepted.
Also, please check this site frequently for safety updates and notifications as able for Camp Navajo training events which may affect buffer access in part or in its entirety.
Camp Navajo hunting classes are scheduled for the following dates in 2019, and begin at 0900 with the potential to run until 1200 noon for the purpose of processing paperwork:
Friday March 1, 2019
Friday April 5, 2019
Friday May 10, 2019
Friday June 7, 2019
Friday July 19, 2019
Friday August 9, 2019
Friday September 13, 2019
Friday October 4, 2019
Hunters, two additional classes are tentatively scheduled at the Papago Park Military Reservation, Saguaro Conference Room in building M5101. Security on Papago Park Military Reservation requires a picture ID (Military ID or Driver's license) for access. Please ask to be directed to M5101, the headquarters building. The Saguaro conference room is in the basement of that building. Classes begin at 0900, please be on time as late attendees will not be provided a completion card.
Friday July 26, 2019
Friday September 20, 2019
Elk, Antelope, Deer & Turkey Safety Course
Camp Navajo Safety Courses will be available for those hunters that were successfully drawn for Camp Navajo hunts and for those who may wish to apply for Camp Navajo hunts in the future. Times/location of the courses are announced on this web page once draw results are published by AZGFD.
Only those hunters that have taken the new Camp Navajo safety course, and have your safety card will be allowed to provide copies of all required documentation and fees by mail. It is the hunter’s responsibility to ensure all documents required are mailed in, and confirmation of document receipt should be confirmed by the hunter via email correspondence with the MWR/Hunting Coordinator. Hunters should check this website frequently. All hunters who have not received a Camp Navajo safety card are required to apply in person at one of the scheduled classes. It is solely the hunter’s responsibility to ensure Camp Navajo receives all required documentation.
HUNT DRAW NUMBERS: Are posted once Arizona Game and Fish Department releases them to Camp Navajo for publication. They will not be provided to individual callers or via e-mail, please check this website frequently for all updates.
Camp Navajo hunting eligibility is divided into the following four categories: Department of Defense (DOD) and Military, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) & Purple Heart Recipient (DAV) (PH), Wounded Warrior (WW) and Other (OTH). All hunting applicants must attend the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course prior to hunting. The purpose of the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course is designed to promote safe, knowledgeable and responsible hunter conduct, to emphasize the importance of abiding by policies specific to Camp Navajo, and to ensure hunting practices that do not impair the military or storage missions on the installation. All hunting prerequisite requirements will be collected during the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course or by mail. Due to mission requirements, hunting dates may be canceled, hunting areas may be minimized and/or hunting may be closed temporarily with little, to no notice. In the event a hunt is canceled, hunters drawn for these permits shall not be reimbursed or otherwise compensated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department or Camp Navajo.
The responsibility for compliance with Camp Navajo policies
Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) regulations and adherence to these laws remains solely with the individual hunter. No refunds may be made for funds spent on licenses, fees or permits. Non-resident hunters must apply using the non-resident license and application fees. It is the responsibility of the individual applicant to determine his or her own residency status for application purposes. It is also the responsibility of each applicant to read and understand the definitions of each category of “Authorized Participants” below, and apply for a tag for which they are eligible to participate, there shall be no substitutions accepted for any category and hunters are advised NOT to apply for a category based on anticipation of a status not yet awarded. Any violations of AZGFD regulations and/or Camp Navajo policies shall result in hunting privileges suspended or revoked. All AZGFD regulations apply on Camp Navajo and any violations of these regulations shall be reported immediately to AZGFD.
Please refer to the form on this page titled “AZGFD Residence Fact Sheet” to determine how you qualify to apply. The responsibility to properly apply for a tag rests solely with the applicant.
2. AUTHORIZED PARTICIPANTS
DOD Military: Applicants must be current, or honorably retired uniformed military service members, or have the ability to provide proof of Uniform Service with DD214. DOD military members must provide proof of status during the mandatory Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course or by mail: Military Identification Card (CAC), or Retired Identification Card, or DD214 Form Four. Hunters drawn for DOD Military tags that are later identified as Non-DOD military category members shall not be eligible to hunt on Camp Navajo and shall not be issued a Camp Navajo access permit. Individuals who draw tags for which they are not eligible will be forwarded to the AZGFD. Please see Limited Area access rules to determine if you are eligible to request Limited Area access. Not all applicants will qualify.
OTH Hunts: All eligible applicants, including all non-military and military personnel, are eligible for these permits.
DAV/Purple Heart Hunts: Applicants must provide a letter from the Veterans Administration showing a service connected disability of 50 percent or greater. Purple Heart recipient or also eligible in the DAV category, you must provide DD214 or proof of award.
Wounded Warriors (WW): A Wounded Warrior, as defined by the Chief Administrative Officer of the United States House of Representatives (http://cao.house.gov/wounded-warrior/frequently-asked-questions (link is external)), is any disabled veteran who has served on active duty since September 11, 2001, has fewer than 20 years of military service, and has received either a Memorandum Rating of 30 percent or greater from their service Physical Evaluation Board or a VA service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or greater. WW permit applicants must have been honorably discharged and or still in a medical hold unit/active duty unit. There shall be no substitutions for requirements as outlined via the link in this paragraph.
3. HUNTING PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
Hunters may apply for big game draw though Arizona Game and Fish process only. http://www.azgfd.gov/eservices/draw.shtml (link is external)
To hunt on Camp Navajo, all hunters shall provide the following documentation and fees:
a. AZGFD Hunting License (purchased from AZGFD)
b. AZGFD Hunt Permit -Tag for Area 6B Camp Navajo (received from AZGFD when successfully drawn for a hunt; (see AZGFD regional offices and retailers for big game details)
c. Hunter Safety Education Course Card (AZGFD, NRA, or an equivalent state hunter safety education course card is acceptable, hunter education courses taken outside of the United States shall not be substituted)
d. Attend the Camp Navajo Hunter Safety Course conducted on Camp Navajo and or/have proof of completion. (course card)
Each year the following forms shall be updated by the hunter; Waiver of Liability, Hunter ID Form and Request for Limited Area Access Form 19B. All forms are below. Review requirements for Limited Area access prior to your request and ACCUSEARCH documentation. Camp Navajo shall not reimburse fees accrued by the hunter due to Limited Area ineligibility.
e. All fees must be paid by personnel check or cashier’s check, NO CASH shall be accepted. If you are a hunter that has had a check returned, you shall not be eligible to hunt on Camp Navajo. All hunters with delinquent fees must first pay their debt by casher check before hunting privilege will be reinstated on Camp Navajo and delinquencies from previous years shall carry over to future hunts. If you have a question regarding your fees call the Camp Navajo hunting coordinator 928-773-3225.
f. LIMITED AREA ACCESS REQUIREMENTS: Active Duty Military, Active Drilling Reservists, Active Guardsmen, DoD/and DoD affiliated entities with an active Secret clearance that can be verified in JPAS and fully retired Military personnel are permitted to request Limited Area access. Retirement shall be verified with retirement documentation, for example a DD214. The request for Limited Area access is not a guarantee the access will be permitted. Retirees shall submit a Form 19B and ensure Camp Navajo receives the ACCUSEARCH background check for each hunt annually. ACCUSEARCH 1-800-462-7019 X202. You must request and pay for a Nation Wide (NCIC) Criminal Search at cost to the hunter, and ensure results are sent directly to Camp Navajo’s Security Manager at [email protected] (link sends e-mail). Documents filtered through the hunter and not received directly from ACCUSEARCH shall not be accepted as valid. Hunters may use alternate but equivalent background search option which shall include an NCIC and a local check as well as a social security number run. Please contact Mr. Handley prior to using an alternate check to ensure its full compliance. Please see instructions at the link titled “Limited Area Access Instructions for Hunters” to the left.
Hunter Helpers: A hunter is limited to one (1) hunter helper that may also request access into the limited area. The hunter helper shall also meet the same requirements as the hunter, in order to request limited area access. Helpers that cannot meet the requirements shall not be allowed at any time into the limited area. Hunters shall be responsible to harvest their own animal in the Limited Area if they do not have a helper who meets the required qualifications. Buffer Area (BA) is limited to two (2) hunter helpers and they must be listed on the Hunter ID Form. There are absolutely no exceptions to the hunter helper rule for any reason.
g. Fees: Checks will be needed for elk and/or antelope. 1) $55.00 dollars recreation fee, check made out to the State of Arizona. 2) $5.00 dollar wildlife conservation fee, check made out the Department of Treasury. Each species you have received a tag for require two separate checks, for example if you are drawn for both antelope and elk, you will owe the State of Arizona $110.00 and Department of Treasury $10.00. If you know you have been drawn for multiple species and wish to pay them at the same time, two checks can be made for the aforementioned totals, but the applicant needs to notate the hunts paid for in the memo portion of his or her checks.
h. Must mail in a copy of military ID, DD214 or physically display the ID card or DD214 to the Hunting Coordinator if selected for a Military hunt in conjunction with other required paper work. If you do not have a Camp Navajo Safety Course Card, the hunter shall apply in person.
Mail in Requirements
If you have completed the Camp Navajo Safety Course and have all above documentation you may mail in a copy of all above requirements and fees A-F to: Hunting Coordinator, Camp Navajo P.O Box 16123, Bellemont AZ, 86015. Ensure you provide copy of Camp Navajo Safety Course Card and Hunter Safety Education card.
4. CAMP NAVAJO HUNTING CERTIFICATION COURSE/ AMMUNITION STORAGE AREA (ASA) AWARNESS
All hunters (DOD, OTH, DAV, and WW) shall attend this mandatory class located on Camp Navajo. Classes will be available on Camp Navajo. Classes shall be posted as soon as they are available, and no additional classes shall be scheduled. It is the hunter’s responsibility to ensure he or she can attend the class prior to their hunt, in person regardless of the hunter’s home of record or travel requirements. There is no longer a registration requirement, classes are on a first come, first serve basis.
REPORTING AND CENSUS INFORMATION
Hunters approved to hunt Camp Navajo shall be required to report to the main gate prior to hunting and receive current daily restrictions. Checking in and out is a daily requirement for hunters whether hunting the Limited Area or the Buffer Area. Failure to check in and out daily with security (either in person or via telephone at 928-773-3259) shall risk the suspension or revocation of their hunting privileges on Camp Navajo.
Upon successful harvest of an animal, hunters shall physically check the animal out with Security and shall fill out the census portion of their Hunter ID Form. Head, hide and legs shall be present at the time of check out and all animals shall be properly tagged. The only animal part that can be left on Camp Navajo is the animal gut; all other parts of the animal shall be removed fully from the Post, violators for any reason are subject to MWR privilege suspension or revocation.
5. HUNTING AREAS AND RESTRICTED AREAS
Administrative Area: The Administrative Area consists of buildings, armories, maintenance shops, tenant units and the RV Park. HUNTING is PROHIBITED in these areas. All firearms must have a cable or trigger lock (key or combination) or be in a locked case while in this area and shall remain unloaded at all times. Violations shall be investigated by installation officials and violators may be subject to administrative and/or criminal charges or procedures.
Buffer Area (BA): The BA is the area outside the Limited Area (LA) designated as East/West BA. There are approximately 17,000 acres of hunting in the Buffer Area. The BA is mostly forested with some meadows. Four-wheel drive vehicles are suggested, especially during rain and snow. Hunters are responsible for removing disabled or stuck vehicles at their own cost. Camp Navajo assets shall NOT be used except for medical emergencies.
Limited Area (LA): The LA is designated as a restricted area and, by regulation, is strictly controlled. Only personnel who meet the criteria under SECTION 3, PARAGRAPH F, are permitted to request LA access. Hunting is limited to archery only. This area may be closed to hunting due to mission requirements. Violations of Limited Area rules and regulations shall be investigated by installation officials and violators may be subject to administrative and/or criminal actions. Hunters desiring to hunt in the LA must possess current drives license, insurance card, and a functional fire extinguisher (1A10BC) with current certification in their vehicle. No lighter or incendiary devices, cell phones, cameras or communication devices of any kind are authorized in the LA (GPS may be authorized; dependent upon the GPS specs). Your vehicle shall be inspected by the Hunting and Fishing Coordinator (or designee) before entry is allowed into the LA and during random inspections while in the LA. Failure to adhere to these policies and submit to inspections upon request shall result in the suspension of hunting privileges in the LA and possibly Camp Navajo. Individuals found in the LA who have no permission to be in the LA shall be submitted for prosecution under trespassing laws.
Open Burn Open Detonation (OBOD) Area: The OBOD Area is clearly identified with “Restricted” signs for everyone’s safety. Anyone found within the restricted area of the OBOD shall lose all hunting privileges indefinitely on Camp Navajo, and may be subject to trespassing charges by ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality). Further disciplinary action shall occur as a result of the violation. Maps and an orientation of the area will be provided when available by Camp Navajo staff.
Scouting is limited to Buffer Area only and is only permitted for one week (seven calendar days) prior to your scheduled hunt. There shall be absolutely no scouting prior to any hunt season in the Limited Area.
7. ATV'S AND OFF-ROAD VEHICLES
Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) that have a 4 wheel chassis and are licensed as "street legal" may be used in the BA/LA for hunting purposes as long as policies and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles that are "street legal" are followed. Vehicle operators shall stay on road systems and are not authorized to take vehicles off road. Failure to comply shall result in the immediate revocation of hunting privileges. The only exception to this policy is that an operator may take a vehicle off road to recover harvested game as long as the hunter does not damage any archeological sites or wetland areas. Any damage by a hunter requiring environmental restoration can result in legal charges, possible hunting privilege suspension or revocation, and shall result in a cost to the hunter to restore any damage.
All vehicles shall be in compliance with Arizona Law (effective January 01, 2009), requiring all Arizona registered ATV/OHVs to have an OHV decal. For information regarding the OHV decal, please see Arizona OHV Regulations.
8. PREDATOR AND SMALL GAME
Predator and small game hunting will not be held on Camp Navajo. Individuals on Camp Navajo found attempting to hunt any animal other than the tag for which they were drawn by AZGFD shall have hunting privileges suspended or revoked and shall be referred to AZGFD.
9. GENERAL INQUIRIES
For more information regarding hunting on Camp Navajo, please contact the Camp Navajo Hunting Coordinator. Please visit this site regularly for updates to hunting requirements on Camp Navajo.
10. WEAPONS RESTRICTIONS
It is possible that Camp Navajo, for security and safety reasons, may require hunters who have drawn a general elk tag to use a lesser weapon type. For example, general hunters may be restricted to the use of muzzleloaders, or shotgun shooting slugs only, during a general hunt as a condition of access to Camp Navajo. These weapon types are lawful methods of take for elk, and these restrictions may be implemented with little or no notice. If you plan to apply for a general tag on Camp Navajo, be prepared to hunt with a lesser weapon type such as a muzzleloader or shotgun shooting slugs. Any weapons restrictions will be at the discretion of the Camp Navajo commander and will be in compliance with AZGFD regulations.
11. MIXED WEAPON TYPE HUNTS
Hunters will notice there are archery and general seasons offered concurrently. While mixed-weapon type hunts are not a normal offering in Arizona, this hunt stratification is offered because of weapon type and access restrictions in the Limited Area compared to the Buffer Area.
The Camp Navajo Limited Area is off limits to all hunters except when granted permission in writing after verified qualifications as outlined in SECTION 3 PARAGRAPH F above. Archery is the only weapon type allowed for hunting in the Limited Area. Experience has made it clear that if there are no hunters in the limited area while there is a hunt going on in the Buffer Area, the elk tend to spend the majority of their time in the Limited Area, which limits hunter success. Camp Navajo and AZGFD are NOT responsible for the success of your hunt, nor shall they make any accommodations to increase the likelihood of success for your hunt.
The archery only military tags are offered for the specific purpose of providing hunting pressure, by qualified hunters, inside the Limited Area while there are general and muzzleloader hunts in the Buffer Area. This strategy should maximize hunter success in both the Limited Area and The Buffer Area, but this is not guaranteed.
A person who is drawn for a military archery only elk tag is not required to hunt only in the Limited Area. However, those hunters are encouraged to be prepared to satisfy all security requirements in order to hunt inside the Limited Area.
12. LEFTOVER TAGS/OVER THE COUNTER DEER (OTC)
If there are elk tags left over after the draw, those tags will be sold through the AZGFD leftover tag process, which you can view through that website: http://www.azgfd.gov/eservices/draw.shtml (link is external)
Camp Navajo does not issue the required OTC Tag for Turkey or Deer, the payments reflected below in this paragraph are for the permission to hunt Camp Navajo. The hunter who wishes to hunt on the OTC Archery Deer or Turkey in the fall is additionally required to purchase a “tag” from an authorized AZGFD distributor.
Over the counter deer and turkey (Archery only) , see AZGFD for OTC deer and OTC turkey archery dates. Hunters that have been drawn for elk or antelope will have first privilege to those permissions. Permissions when available will be posted at the top of this website and no earlier will they be issued Hunters requesting the tags shall have all paper work and fees into the Camp Navajo Hunting Coordinator. No reserved permission will be issued and if a hunter mails in a request and monies for an OTC Deer or turkey permissions, it is the hunter’s risk to lose the OTC opportunity to a hunter who appears in person with required payments and documents. For this reason, it is advisable for mail in requests of this nature to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of documents should tags claimed prior to the receipt of mailed documents. OTC deer and turkey fees are as follows: two checks need 1) $25 dollars to the State of Arizona, 2) $5 dollars to the Department of Treasury.
13. HUNT NUMBERS
Hunt numbers are published. Please check our site frequently for updates