Camp Navajo Hunting Information

Camp Navajo Hunting Information

 Camp Navajo OTC Turkey Archery Hunt (August 27, 2021 through September 9, 2021). 

All individuals interested in the fall turkey archery OTC must call the Camp Navajo hunting coordinator at 928-773-3124. All interested hunters (to include hunter helpers) must have their completed application packets submitted to the Hunting Coordinator by August 20, 2021. Email hunting applications to [email protected].   Any Hunter (including the helpers) requesting access to hunt in the Limited/ASA for the Turkey Hunt, due to missions and operations, your request for access must be submitted no later August 2, 2021.

 

Due to operations and missions, the access coordinator of the Limited Area/ASA will not be processing any requests between August 3 to August 30, 2021.  It is recommended to all Hunters and Helpers, that you submit access as soon as possible, if they are requesting to hunt in the Limited area/ASA.

 

Attention Hunters & Hunter Helpers:

All Hunters and Hunter Helpers are required to have Camp Navajo Hunter Safety Course Card. If you have a Camp Navajo Orage Safety Card (recived by physically attending a Camp Navajo Safety Course in the past) are valid for 2021 fall hunts. Hunters must submit their Hunter Helper's Safety Card & Waiver of Liability with their Camp Navajo hunting packet. If Hunter and Hunter Helper doesn't have Camp Navajo Safety Card (Online Certificate no longer approved), Hunter and to include Hunter Helper isn't qualified for that hunt. For further assitance with Camp Navajo Hunter Safety Course requirements, contact Major Brems at (928) 773-3225. 

 

Attention for Limited Area Access:

the background search has increased the price affective May 24, 2021. Questions or assistance with contact Mr. Charles Anderson, Camp Navajo's Security Manager at (928) 637-0848.

 

Camp Navajo is currently at Health Protection Condition Bravo (HPCON B) following AZARNG guidance. The hunting program is open, subject to change on short notice. Please check this website frequently for updates.

Welcome

Camp Navajo is a military training site and therefore several rules and requirements apply at Camp Navajo that hunters would not encounter in other hunt area. Training is the priority at Camp Navajo and at any given time land authorized for hunting may be deemed not available due to units training in the area or other mission requirements. The Camp Navajo Garrison Commander reserves the right to close off hunting areas from time to time in support of military operations.

Safety notice-Camp Navajo, like all military locations, must notify all users of the possibility of encountering un-exploded munitions. Camp Navajo’s history includes munitions production and disposal. Camp Navajo continuously conducts checks and remediation efforts to remove these hazards. Users of Camp Navajo must be aware and follow all signs and instructions provided. Do not attempt to pick up, move or disturb anything that looks hazardous. Report it immediately to Security.

Types of Hunts on Camp Navajo. Disabled veterans, current and former military, and civilians are able to hunt on Camp Navajo. To hunt in the Restricted Area a security check is required (refer to Section 3.d to apply). The categories of hunts are:

Tier 1: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Purple Heart Recipient (PH), and Wounded Warrior (WW). This is about 30% of all hunts on Camp Navajo. To verify DAV status hunters must provide a memorandum rating with a disability of 50 percent or greater from the Veteran’s Administration (VA). To verify PH status hunters must provide DD214 or proof of award. To verify WW status hunters must provide verification of current or former Active Duty status AND a memorandum rating with disability of 30 percent or greater from their service Physical Evaluation Board or the VA.

Tier 2. Military Hunts: This is about 60% of all hunts on Camp Navajo. Active, retired military, or honorably discharged former military (MIL). To verify status hunters must submit a copy of their Military Identification Card (CAC), Retired Identification Card, or DD214.

Tier 3. Other, non-military (OTH). This is about 10% of all hunts on Camp Navajo. Military and non-military can apply. Non-military are excluded from hunting inside the Restricted Area.

Requirements to Hunt on Camp Navajo.

Apply (and be selected) for big game draw through Arizona Game and Fish. www.azgfd.com/hunting/draw/

Complete the Camp Navajo Hunter Application Packet (this includes verifying veteran and disability status). Refer to Section 3.

Attend the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course. Starting January 2022 this course is valid for three years. Any course attendance prior to summer of 2021, you must complete the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Safety Course before the hunting season starting Jan 2022. Refer to Section 3.c.

Camp Navajo Hunting and Non-Hunting Areas

Hunting Areas.

Authorized Area (AA): The Authorized Area, also known as the Buffer Area or Training Area, is the area between the Restricted Area and the Camp Navajo perimeter fence. There are approximately 17,000 acres of hunting in the AA. The AA is mostly forested with some meadows. These areas may be closed due to training requirements.

Restricted Area (RA): The restricted area is governed by federal and state regulations and is strictly controlled. Current and former military, are the only hunters eligible to apply for access into the RA. Hunting in the RA is limited to archery only. This area may be closed to hunting due to mission requirements. The area is limited to ten hunts during each scheduled hunt. Refer to Section 3.d. on how to apply for access.

Non-Hunting 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 can include up to a lifetime ban from hunting on Camp Navajo.

Areas OFF LIMITS without exception are listed below. Anyone found inside these areas shall lose all hunting privileges indefinitely on Camp Navajo. Maps and an orientation of the area will be provided when available by Camp Navajo staff.

Post Closure Permit Area (PCPA): The area to the southwest of Camp Navajo where munitions were consolidated. This area is OFF LIMITS and extremely dangerous to enter. The area was formerly called the Open Burn Open Detonation (OBOD) Area. The PCPA is clearly identified with “Restricted” signs for everyone’s safety. Anyone found inside the PCPA shall lose all hunting privileges indefinitely on Camp Navajo, and may be subject to trespassing charges by ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality). Maps and an orientation of the area will be provided when available by Camp Navajo staff.

Area F inside the Restricted Area. This area is controlled by higher security requirements and no hunters are ever approved access.

Indian Village. Closed due to archeological and preservation reasons.

Camp Navajo Hunter Application Packet

Hunting application packets and payment must be verified as complete 14 days prior to the start date of a hunt. If scouting prior to your hunt your packet must be verified as completed 21 days prior to your hunt start date. Email application packets to [email protected] or mail to 1 Hughes Ave, Attn: Camp Navajo Hunting Coordinator, Bellmont, AZ 86015.

Hunting Application Requirements

Requirement:

Tier 1

(DAV

/WW)

Tier 2
(MIL)

Tier 3
(OTH)

Restricted Area Access

Hunter Helpers

AZGFD Hunting License

X

X

X

 

 

AZGFD Hunt Permit-Tag for Area 6B Camp Navajo

X

X

X

 

 

Hunter Safety Course Card (AZGFD, NRA, or equivalent state hunter safety education course card is acceptable.

X

X

X

 

 

Camp Navajo Hunter Safety Course Certification “Orange Card” (Refer to Section 3.c.)

X

X

X

 

X

Waiver of Liability

X

X

X

 

X

Hunter ID Form

X

X

X

 

 

Disability Status verification

X

 

 

 

 

Military Status verification

 

X

 

 

 

Form 19B (Refer to Section 3.d.1)

 

 

 

X

 

Security Clearance verification

(Refer to Section 3.d.2)

 

 

 

X

 

Payment. (Refer to Section 3.e.)

X

X

X

 

 

Camp Navajo Hunter Safety Course. All hunters and hunter helpers must attend a Camp Navajo Safety Course prior to beginning their hunt. An “Orange Card” will be issued to individuals that attend the training with an expiration date of three years following the briefing date. The card will not be replaced if lost; if the card is lost the hunter/hunter helper will be required to repeat the in-person course. A copy of the card is provided with the application packet to the Camp Navajo MWR Hunting Coordinator.

Access to the Restricted Area is limited to DAV, WW, current military, retired military only. Due to day-to-day mission requirements at Camp Navajo access to the Restricted Area is not guaranteed during your hunt. Submit documents no less than 30 days prior to your hunt start date to [email protected] or inquire for questions to the Ordinance Operations Department Security Manager Charles Anderson at 928-637-0848.

Form 19B. Section 3 must include your specific AZGFD authorized hunt dates (not a full season or year) and one form per species/approved hunt.

Security clearance verification. Verification must be sent directly to the Ordinance Operations Department Security Manager Charles Anderson from the security verification source.

Active Secret clearance: Must have at an active Secret clearance that can be verified in DISS. Provide a memorandum or email from your security manager.

Those without an Active Secret clearance: Complete a “national criminal search” purchased from Guardian and/or Wolfe. The cost is about $90 (a recent increase in price from $39). If hunters prefer to use an alternate NCIC and local check contact Charles Anderson to verify equivalency.

Payment. Two separate checks (personal check/cashier’s check/money orders) must be written when submitting your packet to Camp Navajo. NO CASH. One check is written to “State of Arizona” and the second check is written to the “Department of the Treasury”. If your check is returned you shall be ineligible to hunt on Camp Navajo this season and any fees incurred must be paid prior to being eligible to hunt in future seasons. Mail payments to: 1 Hughes Ave, Attn: Camp Navajo Hunting Coordinator, Bellemont, AZ 86015.

Permit Type

Department of the Treasury

State of Arizona

Elk Rifle and Archery

$5.00

$55.00

Antelope Archery

$5.00

$55.00

Deer

$5.00

$25.00

Turkey

$5.00

$25.00

Hunter helpers.

Restricted Area. Hunters are limited to one hunter helper at a given time. Hunter helpers can change during the duration of the hunt. Hunter helpers entering the RA must complete the requirements listed in Section 3.d. Hunter Helpers must be 18years or older.

Authorized Area. Hunters are authorized a maximum of two adult hunter helpers at a given time. Hunter helpers can change through the duration of the hunt. Children can attend a hunt.

Complete the Camp Navajo Safety Course.

Sign the Camp Navajo Hunting Waiver.

Reporting to Security

Daily reporting. The main gate security must be informed of the location and time a hunter is hunting. Report to the main gate security between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. Checking in and out is a daily requirement for hunters whether hunting the Authorized Area or Restricted Area.

The main gate maintains a roster of all permitted hunters and approved access roster for the “Restricted Area”. A Camp Navajo hunter permit card will be issued on the first daily check-in.

Security will brief the daily closures. Training takes precedence over hunting. If a training area is being used for training it will be off limits to hunters for both hunting and pass-through travel.

At the end of the daily hunt hunters can (1) check-out as they depart post, or (2) if camping on post can call into the Main Gate at 928-637-0864/0869.

Camp Navajo Security is authorized on a limited basis to check paperwork at the Main Gate. Security CANNOT under any circumstance accept payment of cash or check.

Reporting Harvested Game

In accordance with AZGFD regulation, all game must be properly tagged immediately upon locating it.

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. The animal guts will be consumed within 24-hours from local prey.

Report game found and not found. Reporting game not found supports safe future training, for example, to prevent training in the area of the carcass while other carnivorous animals are attempting to consume the animal. The non-guts body parts will not disappear quickly. 

Camp Navajo Hunting Rules and Restrictions

All AZGFD rules apply.

Scouting. Scouting is limited to Authorized Area only and is only permitted for one week (seven calendar days) prior to your scheduled hunt.

Documentation. Have available to show on request a copy of your (1) hunting license, (2) hunting 6B Tag, (3) Camp Navajo hunting permit, (4) State Hunting License, and (5) NRA/GFD Hunt Ed.

Hours of hunt. In accordance with state hunting laws the hunting hours are limited to daylight. Security personnel will process hunters into the areas after 0400 each day. Hunters are expected to be out of the area shortly after dark. The exception is recovering harvested game.

Off-limit training areas. If a training area is being used for training it will be off limits to hunters for both hunting and pass-through travel. If you are found in an off limit training area, FIRST OFFENSE is a 72-hour removal from post. SECOND OFFENSE is a 5-year ban from Camp Navajo MWR.

Traffic rules. The speed limit is 25 MPH unless otherwise posted. Give all other traffic the right of way. Damage and/or accidents will be reported to security @ 928-637-0864/0869.

Vehicles. 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.

ATV’s and Off-road vehicles. Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) that have a 4 wheel chassis and are licensed with an OHV decal in compliance with Arizona Law (effective January 1, 2009) are may be used in the BA/LA for hunting purposes.

Off-road driving prohibited. Vehicle operators shall stay on road systems and are not authorized to take vehicles off road. 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.

Cameras. No game cameras or drones are allowed on Camp Navajo. Cameras are only permitted to take photos of harvested animals.

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 be referred to AZGFD.

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.

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 archery only military tags are offered for the specific purpose of providing hunting pressure, by qualified hunters, inside the Restricted Area while there are general and muzzleloader hunts in the Authorized. This strategy should maximize hunter success in both the Restricted Area and Authorized Area.

Lodging. Hunters are no longer offered to use Camp Navajo Lodging.

Camping.

Camping is available at the Pine View RV Camp and Tappen Springs camp ground. Customers must check in with the camp host first @ 928-698-8866. All camping locations are first come first serve. All camping will close to the public mid October of every fall season but will remain open to hunters until the end of the hunt season.

Camp fires are only authorized in designated fire pits or grills at camp sites only. Fire permits must be obtained from the Camp Navajo Fire Department prior to starting fire. If any fire restrictions are in effect permits will not be issued.

When in the camping areas all weapons will be unloaded and locked (i.e. cable and/or trigger lock)

Field dressing and skinning. The only authorized areas to field dress and/or skin harvested animals is in the hunting areas, NOT at the administrative areas or camping areas.

Dumpsters. Please do not dump any animal parts in the dumpsters on Camp Navajo, to include any bear resistance dumpsters. The reinforced dumpsters were damaged by the waste management company and cannot be serviced at this time.

Restricted Area (RA) Additional Restrictions.

Violations of RA rules and regulations may be subject to administrative and/or criminal actions. A first offense will result in a 72-hour removal from Camp Navajo. A second offense will result in a 5-year ban from the Camp Navajo MWR program.

The restricted area is governed by federal and state regulations and is strictly controlled. Individuals with a current Secret Clearance or current and former military are the only hunters eligible to apply for access into the RA.

Hunting in the RA is limited to archery only.

This area may be closed to hunting due to mission requirements.

The area is limited to ten hunters being given access at any moment of time.

The Main Gate will have a roster of all permitted hunters and approved access roster for the RA.

100% of hunters must check-in/check-out at the Main Gate security prior to entering/exiting the “Restricted Area” (every day, every time you re-enter).

Personally owned vehicles must be inspected by CN Security Officers prior to entering the Restricted Area. Have available for inspection: Proof of insurance, registration, and 1A10BC fire extinguisher.

The “Restricted Area” will open at 4:00 a.m. and closes at dusk. The only exception is recovering harvested game. Entrance/exit to the “Restricted Area” is at the main gate only.

There shall be absolutely no scouting in the Limited Area.

No cell phones allowed in the “Restricted Area”.

No photos or videos are permitted.

No smoking or flame producing items allowed in the RA, i.e. cigarettes, lighter, or electronic device.

No device emitting an RF (radio frequency) is allowed. For example, GPS, transmitters, and cellphones.

No parking at or near buildings in the Restricted Area (minimum 100 meters).Your vehicle will be removed at your expense.

Off-road driving prohibited. Vehicle operators shall stay on road systems and are not authorized to take vehicles off road. 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. Do NOT drive over the top of igloos.

 No game cameras or drones are allowed on Camp Navajo. Cameras are only permitted to take photos of harvested animals.

Do not linger in areas of operation. Maintain a minimum of at least 300 meters from where depot personnel are working. Do not watch activity.

Refer to Section 3.d. on how to apply for access.

Miscellaneous

Improving the hunting program. Please submit any suggestions for improvements to the MWR programs to the MWR email address on the right of the page. Camp Navajo personnel meet with AZGFD up to two times a year, in the Spring and Fall, to discuss changes and updates to the program. We are currently on the same two year change schedule as AZGFD.

2021 hunts. 2021 Spring and Fall numbers have published and can be found under publications on the left side of the page.

Big Game (Elk, Antelope): Consists of 35 Hunts in the Fall timeframe.

Spring Turkey: Consists of 3 hunts in the Spring timeframe.

Fall Deer Draw: Hunt information posted under publications on the left side of the page as of 26APR21.

Fall Turkey Draw: Pending conversion from OTC.

Unpurchased tags. 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 no longer offers OTC Hunts.

Tier 1: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Purple Heart Recipient (PH), and Wounded Warrior (WW). This is about 30% of all hunts on Camp Navajo. To verify DAV status hunters must provide a memorandum rating with a disability of 50 percent or greater from the Veteran’s Administration (VA). To verify PH status hunters must provide DD214 or proof of award. To verify WW status hunters must provide verification of current or former Active Duty status AND a memorandum rating with disability of 30 percent or greater from their service Physical Evaluation Board or the VA.

 

Tier 2. Military Hunts: This is about 60% of all hunts on Camp Navajo. Active, retired military, or honorably discharged former military (MIL). To verify status hunters must submit a copy of their Military Identification Card (CAC), Retired Identification Card, or DD214.

 

Tier 3. Other, non-military (OTH). This is about 10% of all hunts on Camp Navajo. Military and non-military can apply. Non-military are excluded from hunting inside the Restricted Area.