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Hunting in the Preserve

The City of Scottsdale would like to remind you of the status of hunting in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. There are 2 primary things you should know:

  1. Firearm hunting is PROHIBITED in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  However, the Tonto National Forest and McDowell Mountain Regional Park are open for firearm (shotgun) hunting for dove and quail from September through early February.

    If you see hunters hunting with firearms in any area of the City of Scottsdale Preserve, please report it by calling the Scottsdale Police Department Non-Emergency Number at (480) 312-5000.

  2. Archery hunting is PERMITTED in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  The archery deer and javelina seasons are in December and January. For more information on archery hunting in the Preserve, please see our fact sheet.

    If you plan to hunt in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, please register here. This information is used to assist the City of Scottsdale and the AZ Game and Fish Department with determining hunter participation for Game Management Unit 25M.

All rules and regulations regarding hunting in Arizona, including the Scottsdale Preserve, are established by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. For complete rules and regulations go to www.azgfd.com .