Camp Navajo Fishing Information

2014 Camp Navajo Hunting Information

For those who missed the Safety courses referenced in the information below, a make up course is being offered...

 

A Camp Navajo Safety make-up course is scheduled for 22 Aug 2014 from 0900-1400hrs at Camp Navajo.  Please call the hunting coordinator at 928-864-6239 for reservation into the course.  This will be the last course available before the 2014 big game hunts on Camp Navajo.  This course is mandatory for hunting on Camp Navajo.

 

Please see Arizona Game and Fish 2015 big game regulation for 2015 draw  process.  The criteria for hunting Camp Navajo will be published fall of 2014.

 

1. GENERAL

Camp Navajo hunting eligibility is divided into four categories: Department of Defense (DOD) Military, Disabled American Veteran (DAV), Wounded Warrior (WW) and Other (OTH). All hunting applicants must attend the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course1 prior to hunting. The purpose of the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course is 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 mission on the installation. All hunting prerequisite requirements2 will be collected during the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course. Due to mission requirements, hunting dates may be cancelled, hunting areas may be minimized and/or hunting may be closed temporarily with little, to no notice. In the event a hunt is cancelled hunters drawn for these permits will not be reimbursed or otherwise compensated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department or Camp Navajo. 

The responsibility for compliance with Camp Navajo policies and Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) regulations remains solely with the individual hunter. 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.  Any violations of AZGFD regulations and/or Camp Navajo policies may result in hunting privileges suspended or revoked. All AZGFD regulations apply on Camp Navajo and any violations of these regulations will be reported immediately to AZGFD.

A "Resident", for the purposes of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp, is defined as a person who is:

(a) A member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty and who is stationed in:

(i) This state for a period of thirty days immediately preceding the date of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp.

(ii) Another state or country but who lists this state as the person's home of record at the time of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp.

(b) Domiciled in this state for six months immediately preceding the date of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp and who does not claim residency privileges for any purpose in any other state or jurisdiction.

A "Nonresident", for the purposes of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp, is defined as a citizen of the United States or an alien who is not a resident.

2. AUTHORIZED PARTICIPANTS

DOD Military:  Applicants must be current or honorably retired uniformed military service members. DOD military members must provide proof of status during the mandatory Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course: Military Identification Card (CAC), or Retired Identification Card. Hunters drawn for DOD Military tags that are later identified as Non-DOD military category members will not be eligible to hunt on Camp Navajo and will not be issued a Camp Navajo access permit. Individuals who draw tags for which they are not eligible will be forwarded to the AZGFD. Verification of clearance requirements will be required for Limited Area access. All applicants who draw a tag must attend the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course conducted June 13 or 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Navajo prior to hunting.

OTH Hunts:  All eligible applicants, including all non-military and military personnel, are eligible for these permits. All applicants who draw a tag must attend the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course conducted June 13 or 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Navajo prior to hunting.

DAV Hunts:  Applicants must provide a letter from the Veterans Administration showing a service connected disability of 50 percent or greater. All applicants who draw a tag must attend the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course conducted June 13 or 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Navajo prior to hunting.

1 Hunting Certification Course information may be found in Para. 4
2 Hunting prerequisite requirements for hunting may be found in Para. 3  

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), 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 or a Purple Heart recipient. All applicants who draw a tag must attend the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course conducted June 13 or 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Navajo prior to hunting.  

3. HUNTING PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Hunters may apply for the draw using a paper application that can be obtained at any authorized license dealer in Arizona.  Hunters may also apply at the following web address:

http://www.azgfd.gov/eservices/draw.shtml

 To hunt on Camp Navajo, all hunters must provide the following:

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)

 

The following requirements will be completed during the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course:

 

A.    Safety and Orientation Form

B.    Waiver of Liability

C.    Hunter Identification Card

D.    DOD hunters desiring to hunt in the Limited Area will submit Camp Navajo Form 19B (Limited Area Access Form) and may be required to complete a Criminal Background Check (processing fees apply)

4. CAMP NAVAJO HUNTING CERTIFICATION COURSE

All hunters (DOD, OTH, DAV, and WW) must attend this mandatory class located on Camp Navajo. Two class dates are available: June 13 and 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please contact the Hunting Coordinator to register and for more information: peter.tosi@campnavajo.com or 928-864-6239. All hunters must register at least two weeks prior to the course.  

5. HUNTING AREAS AND RESTRICTED AREAS

Administrative Area: The Administrative Area is where office buildings, armories, and maintenance shops are located. HUNTING is PROHIBITED in these areas. All weapons must have a cable or trigger lock (key or combination) or be in a locked case while in this area. Violations will 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 excellent 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 will 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 permitted to hunt archery and crossbow will have access to the LA. This area may be closed to hunting due to mission requirements. Violations will be investigated by installation officials and violators may be subject to administrative and/or criminal charges. Hunters desiring to hunt in the LA must possess current license, insurance, a functional fire extinguisher (1A10BC) with current certification. No lighter or incendiary devices, cell phones, cameras or communication devices of any kind are authorized in the LA. Your vehicle will be inspected by the Hunting and Fishing Coordinator (or designee) before entry is allowed into the LA. Failure to adhere to these policies will result in the suspension of hunting privileges in the LA. The Camp Navajo Limited Area is off limits to all hunters except active/reserve component military members and retirees pending background check clearance.

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 will lose all hunting privileges for the next two hunting seasons on Camp Navajo. Further disciplinary action may also occur depending on the severity of the violation. Maps and an orientation of the area will be provided at the Camp Navajo Hunting Certification Course.

5. SCOUTING

Scouting will be allowed after the Camp Navajo Safety Course from 2 p.m. to dusk and is limited to the Buffer Area only. Additional scouting is limited to two weeks prior to hunting and must be coordinated through the hunting coordinator.    

6. 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 will stay on road systems and are not authorized to take vehicles off road. Failure to comply will 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.  

All vehicles will 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.

7. PREDATOR AND SMALL GAME

Predator and small game hunting will not be held on Camp Navajo.

8. GENERAL INQUIRIES

For more information regarding hunting on Camp Navajo, please contact the Camp Navajo Hunting Coordinator; email: peter.tosi@campnavajo.com or phone: 928-864-6239. The final Camp Navajo Hunting Policy will be available no later than March 1, 2014.

9. WEAPONS RESTRICTIONS

It is possible that Camp Navajo, for security 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.

10. MIXED WEAPON TYPE HUNTS

While looking at season dates and weapon types available for the 2014 elk seasons, hunters will notice that there are archery and general seasons offered concurrently.  While mixed-weapon type hunts are not a normal offering in Arizona, this hunt stratification is being 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 active/reserve component military members and retirees pending background check clearance.  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. 

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. 

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.

Individuals who draw a general or muzzleloader tag, and who meet the limited area security requirements, may hunt in the limited area with archery equipment.

11. LEFTOVER TAGS

If there are elk tags left over after the draw, those tags will be offered in the leftover sales process “OTH” category.   Leftover tags will be sold through the AZGFD leftover tag process, which you can view through the website:

 http://www.azgfd.gov/eservices/draw.shtml

12.  HUNT NUMBERS

The link below opens a chart showing the hunt dates and 4-digit hunt numbers that must used to apply for the 2014 Camp Navajo elk and pronghorn hunts:  HUNT NUMBER CHART