I HAVE A 5A BULL TAG AND IT HAS BEEN YEARS THAT I HAVE HUNTED THAT AREA. NEED SOME TIPS REAL BAD . I WENT SCOUTING THIS LAST WEEKEND AND SAW NOTHING. MY HUNT STARTS NOV 27. SOME HELP TO KEY SPOTS WOULD BE GREAT. THANKS DONNY
Donny I've hunted all along the rim for many years but I've never hunted that unit.
Call the AZ G&F and ask them for the Game Warden's name & phone number for that unit. Call him or her up and ask them good questions. Don't just ask things like "where are all the elk at?" If you ask educated questions you will get educated answers. I do that for every hunt I get drawn for and sometimes I even go on ride alongs with them before the hunt starts. I usually only hunt the general hunts for big game so when I do go on a ride along there is usually another hunt going on and I really learn where the animals are from the Warden checking game at camps. Game Wardens are full of info. After all it is their job to manage the wildlife in that unit. YOU need to put in the time scouting as well. The elk aren't gonna come to you. Anyhow that's the best advice that I can give. Good luck on your hunt.
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...