In the interest of brevity, all states require mandatory check-in for species such as goats, sheep or cougars, so these species will not be included here unless exceptions are noted. Also, for those who play the bonus or preference points game, I have included information on the number of years you can miss applying before you lose those valuable points. Here's how it all breaks down:
* Arizona: Harvest reporting is voluntary except for archery deer hunters, who must report within 10 days of harvesting a deer by calling 866-903-3337. Arizona has a bonus point system, and if you do not apply for five consecutive years, you will lose the points accrued, but only for that genus.
Be aware that Arizona also uses a loyalty point system that is widely misunderstood. This is a point issued if an applicant submits a valid application at least once a year for a permit or buys a bonus point. You retain the loyalty point as long as you submit an application or buy the point for a specific genus. Here's the rub. If you miss applying, you not only lose the bonus point, but the loyalty point, so for the next year's drawing you are two points........(continued)