Hunting in the Preserve

Wildlife found throughout the State of Arizona, including within the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, is managed by the State and may be hunted in accordance with rules and regulations established by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Hunting in the Scottsdale Preserve is limited to archery only, with deer and javelina seasons generally occurring in December and January. Hunting with firearms is PROHIBITED.  For additional information please see our fact sheet (PDF).

All rules and regulations regarding hunting in Arizona, including the Scottsdale Preserve, are established by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.links to external site

SPECIAL NOTE:  Hunters please be aware of access restrictions in the Tom’s Thumb area. See the fact sheet (PDF) for the specific location of the closed area.

If you suspect a violation of State hunting laws, such as hunters hunting with firearms in any area of the City of Scottsdale Preserve, please call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700. This is the AZ Game and Fish Department’s anonymous 24-hour hotline.

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Contact Information

Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve
7447 E. Indian School Rd. Suite 300
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
P: 480-312-7013

Kroy Ekblaw
Preserve Director
P: 480-312-7064

Ruth Johnson
Admin Support
P: 480-312-2304

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