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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

This is the first elk hunt for me, brother, and dad. We know it's a good one, we feel very lucky, and we want to make the most of it. We're going to start scouting soon, and I'd really appreciate some of your advice on where to look. First time in unit 10 for anything...

We aren't looking to enter any record books, just have a look at some mature bulls.

Thanks for any good advice!

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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

I would start by trying to locate the privatly owned land in your area and start knocking on doors,if you can obtain permision to hunt on private land your odds of taking a mature bull will go way up.

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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

I've hunted deer in Unit 10 and had success in parts of Cateract Canyon. I saw quite a few elk in the area as well. From what I remember, the locals are pretty friendly and offered some helpful advice. I just struck up a conversation at a gas station and the guy gave me more places to look than I had time to hunt.

On the same note as what nevadahntr said, I was able to hunt some private land, but others declined because they already had a hand full hunters they let on. They are usually willing, so maybe take some of your time scouting and build some repport with the private land owners.

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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

Thanks for the information! That's great to know.

I will look into it during an upcoming scouting trip. Is there a "standard fee" the private landowners appreciate in this process?

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Location: North Eastern Arizona
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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

The Unit 10 early Elk hunt is a great and highly sought after tag. One of, if not the best tag in the state. Count your blessings, you are very lucky! Virtually one half of Unit 10 is on the Big Boquillas Ranch, which is owned by the Navajo Tribe. There are no tresspass or landowner fees to pay on the Boquillas. A number of ranches in the eastern portion of the unit are closed for various reasons. Hunter access is allowed on the Boquillas and other small ranches, but they do require hunter's and their parties to register in at various register stations. Pica Camp being the closest at the southern access. (License plate, vehicle description, name, number in party, and hunt license# info is required.) Get caught without registering on the Boquillas and you can expect to get your privileges revoked and/or fined by G&F. Shame on You! You'll also be banned from hunting here, escorted out, and thus your tag will be worthless, and then limited only to Public Lands. Small price to pay to hunt this great unit. FYI, the Rose Well area is still closed to hunter accesss due to environmental issues, and will remain closed until those issues are addressed. Special Unit 10 Access maps are available through most regional G&F offices. I highly suggest obtaining one if this is your first visit.

I just participated as a volunteer on a Trash CleanUp Project sponsored by the Mohave Valley Sportsmans Club. This cleanup is done in co-operation with G&F and the Navajo tribe to preserve the hunting privileges and the 3,000 big-game tags this year. G&F currently has a verbal and renewable 1 yr. agreement with the tribe to keep hunter access open, as long as there's a yearly cleanup. Expect to see G&F WM Tim Pender while here. Great guy, with 30 yrs in the department.

I also highly suggest carrying plenty of spare gas, a good shovel, and a worthy spare tire. Rains and/or snow can make travel in here extremely difficult. A GPS can also be a Godsend, as a few of the smaller ranches may/will be locked, and access back the way you came can be long and cumbersome. Good luck on your hunt.

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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

Thank you for that information, AZThunder. That's a lot of helpful information (that took some time to type). We'll defnitely put all the information you gentlemen give to good use!

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Location: North Eastern Arizona
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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

Last week the AZG&FD and Navajo tribe announced that the Rose Well area is now reopened to hunter access. Might be a good place to work early in the hunt, since the area has been limited only to foot access. A lot will depend on the pressure brought about by the archery deer/antelope hunts. Get you a good 'ol biggun, and post some pics for us. Best of luck to ya!

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Location: North Eastern Arizona
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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

Last week the AZG&FD and Navajo tribe announced that the Rose Well area is now reopened to hunter access. Might be a good place to work early in the hunt, since the area has been limited only to foot access. A lot will depend on the pressure brought about by the archery deer/antelope hunts. Get you a good 'ol biggun, and post some pics for us. Best of luck to ya!

AZThunder

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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

I would LOVE to post some pics if I get to harvest one. I'm getting so excited now, it's hard to focus on anything else!

Thanks again, Thunder!

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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

Well, I guess I have to eat a little crow iheartoutdoors. Brick Wall,)

The Boquillas Ranch will maintain a small "vehicle access" closure near Rose Well this fall. Arizona Game & Fish officially released an update on September 13th. Not all bad news, as foot access is still permitted. Also, you'll have to leave the quads and horses on the trailer if you're planning on hunting within the Boquillas, as they're both prohibited within the ranch.

Here's a link to the article: http://www.azgfd.gov/artman/publish/article_383.shtml

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AZ Unit 10 rifle Bull Elk, Sept. 30th

Yeah, thanks, Thunder. We've scouted a few areas: near Espee camp, Welch Rd, and Devil Dog Rd. We're going to head up a couple days early and try to look around Crookton Rd.

Espee Camp seems like a good area. Have you hunted around there before?

Thanks again!

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