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Arizona Archery Elk Hunt

I currently have 6pts for Arizonia elk. I am not planning to wait 14-18 yrs for some of the top areas.  I am looking at possibly trying to draw 6a , 6b or 5b. I understand that these areas dont take as long to draw and you still have a chance at a mature bull. Does anybody have any information or thoughts that might help? Thank you.

Derek

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Farce

I'm looking at hunting somewhere other than AZ because the lottery system here is a farce.

Buy a point each year from date of birth until senility. Then, when senile and crippled, you will be drawn for a once in a lifetime tag. Your gun bearer, that you paid your over-priced and underworked guide two month's wages for, will cart your gun. For the rest of your year's salary you can have two men and a boy cart you, your oxygen canister, and your wheelchair, since you are now so old you cannot walk, twenty feet from the road when your game animal has been spotted.

The game animal was spotted by your guide and three assistants using NASA telescopes. They will tell you, "It's right over there, easy shot Dude." "Right over there" is the width of three counties in Iowa. In short, it's in another freaking zip code! You will hear a clunking sound as your guide puts his high tech tripod in front of you with a rifle rest. In reality it's three pool cues held together with electrical tape and BBQ Tongs to stabilize the butt of your rifle.

You attempt to dial in the yardage but you cannot even see the freaking game animal. You're thinking your cataracts are getting worse but the truth is nothing short of a 25 power optic will even discern that the brown or grey blob is anything but a rock. Your trusty rusty rifle with a 3-9 x 40 scope won't even pick up the animal's movement as he gets up from his bed, sensing that hunters are in the area, and proceeds to walk up the hill and over the next ridge.

For this you will pay two year's salary and not fire a shot. Yeah, lets all hunt Arizona.

OK, trying to be jocular here. How'd I do? I have some friends that are guides and they've helped me a bunch over the last three years, my entire real life hunting career. As for your question, I have no idea. Good luck!

Biker

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Are you hunting rifle or

Are you hunting rifle or archery?

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If you're asking Derek I would venture he hunts stick and string given the title of this thread.

If you're asking me, I'm not an octogenarian yet so I don't hunt.

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Yes, I am planning to bow

Yes, I am planning to bow hunt in 4a or 4b. Last year was a guaranteed draw with 6pts for 4b. I am just looking for some input from someone who is familar with the areas. This will probably be a once in a lifetime hunt for me. Any info will be appreciated.  Derek

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I talked with a couple buddies that hunt elk pretty regular in AZ.

Late season shouldn't be much of an issue getting drawn with 6 points. That's late, think December, rifle season. As for the units nobody I know, myself included, hunts those areas. We all have other units that we favor for various reasons.

Your best starting point is the Game and Fish, "Where To Hunt" section online. The biologist do a pretty good job of giving you the skinny on the various units. Feel free to PM me if I can be of more help.

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