Thank you I will keep this in mind....I was told at times some cows will react to calls if they are not in the herd and looking to get back. I will be scouting around the North and West side of Kiabab Lake area.
Came back from scouting saw no elk but plenty of deer..Went around Kiabab Lake area and saw little elk signs. Scouted around the golf course area and also found no signs of elk. Could it be that the have not come down from the mountains South of the 40 highway? Still was pretty warm where I was and you can see that alot of the water tanks are drying up.
There is an excellent unit 10 map available, drawn by a previous gamewarden. It is available at many outdoor shops and at wide world of maps in the Phoenix area. There is good access to private land via Seligman through several gates that have sign in for hunters. The ranch is hunter friendly and the ranch holds most of the elk in the unit. A visit with any of the ranch employees will point you in the general direction of potential hunting spots.
How was your hunt mdad? I hope you and your sons were able to locate some elk.
I had a fun time in unit 7. Strange October cow hunt with the late rut and bugling bulls. I got in on the herd I'd found scouting a half hour before sunlight opening morning. Was waiting for legal shooting light when some clowns decided to shoot early. I was able to jog ahead and get between them and their bedding area, but more shots had them spooked and moving fast, didn't get a clean shot.
Got close a couple times Saturday, and later saw a bobcat while sitting a tank.
Sunday there was a lot of pressure, pushed them into thick cover early. Since it was my last day I decided to follow them in. Finally got close at the top of a ridge. I assessed my situation prior to shooting. Decided that with temps pushing 70, 3 miles to my truck, by myself, I was gonna loose to much meat to justify shooting a cow. Took a pic of the closest spike instead. The herd bull and a dozen cows were above the spike in the trees. Off to Colorado next Weekend to try again.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...