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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 two 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. (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

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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