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Hunting Arizona Cow Elk - Best Method ??

I haven't been able to draw an Arizona Bull Elk tag yet, so, I thought I would put in for an Archery Cow tag this year. The draw success rate is much better, but I have a problem if I get drawn. What is the best way to hunt Cow Elk? Can you call them in to you in the early season? They aren't Bulls, so how do you most effectively increase your odds for getting a cow in close? Any help would be greatly appreciated and a help for others even if I don't get the tag this year either. Think

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Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Hunting Arizona Cow Elk - Best Method ??

Hunt the water holes. I have not ever put in for cow archery but have been along with a friend. We set up in a home made ground blind and got there very early. He has been doing this for years and usually always finds a way to come home with one. If the wind is wrong, then an ambush along the path to the water hole is also a good tactic.

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Water Holes

So I guess I know what I'll be doing if I am drawn - scouting and marking water holes with my GPS! How heavily hunted are the areas you have been along with him on?

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Hunting Arizona Cow Elk - Best Method ??

Like I said, get there very early and stay there. In Arizona, most of the hunting is on public land and there is a first come first served policy about hunting spots. I would hope that another hunter will not try to move in on a water hole that you are already sitting. Having said that, some hunters think that if they put up a blind, then they own the water hole. Wrong! Be careful about camping too close to the water. There are laws against that. It seems like a dumb idea anyway because it will drive the animals away.

Don't underestimate the ambush method on the approach to the water. It can be very productive.

I have also heard of hunters blowing a calf call with a distressed continued pattern. I believe Wayne Carlton mentions this in one of his recordings. Apparently some cows cannot resist it. I have never tried it.

Last, after talking to the same hunter mentioned in a previous post, he said that he took a nice yearling by stalking it in it's bed. With a large herd it is probably not likely.

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