The Top Five Units for Elk Hunting in Arizona (in our opinion)
- Unit 10
Unit 10 is our #1 pick for the best unit for elk hunting in Arizona. With incredible genetics, it produces 400 class bulls every year, even on the drought years. Besides the genetics, Unit 10 is very easy to hunt. The terrain is well suited for glassing. Even on bad rut years, when the elk aren’t bugling, you can always glass up a bull in Unit 10. This unit also offers one of the best late hunts in Arizona.
- Unit 9
Unit 9 is our second choice unit for elk hunting in Arizona only because it is harder to hunt. The genetics are just as good or even better than in Unit 10. Much of Unit 9 is thick and flat which makes glassing impossible (the late hunt is very tough). If you draw unit 9 on a good rut year you should have some incredible hunting. If the elk aren’t vocal… you will be disappointed.
- Unit 23
While Unit 23 may not always produce giant bulls in the numbers that Unit 9 and 10 do, hunters can’t go wrong by applying for an elk tag in unit 23. With great genetics it usually has great rutting activity which makes for a very fun and enjoyable hunt. The late season hunt in Unit 23 is also one of the best late elk hunts in Arizona.
- Unit 8
Unit 8 boasts the current P&Y non-typical elk at a whopping 444″ P&Y net! Add to that, the SCI world record non-typical archery elk, scoring a CRAZY 460″+ SCI also came from unit 8. Our Arizona elk hunting outfitter has had clients take bulls in this unit that scored 424″ B&C and 435″ B&C!!!… so why isn’t unit 8 our number one pick for elk hunting in Arizona you ask? Well, it can be tough. It’s a popular recreation area and there is a lot of pressure from campers, hikers, off-road vehicles, etc. This is a good choice for a late season hunt.
- Unit 7 West
Arizona Unit 7 West is number 5 on our list, but you can’t go wrong here. Good genetics, high elk numbers, and glassable terrain make it a great choice. Unit 7 West held the 400″ P&Y world record typical bull for many years.
Frequently asked questions
- How long does it usually take to draw?
If you are a non-resident and want to draw a rut season tag for one of the units above, you are in for a long wait unless you have 10 plus bonus points. If you are a resident you might be able to draw on of these tags the very first time. Apply!
- Are there any units that are easy to draw yet still offer a good opportunity at good bulls?
YES THERE ARE! There are several Arizona Elk hunts that offer hunters the chance to hunt good bulls and offer great draw odds for non residents. Would you like to hunt 320 to 340 class bulls nearly every year? If so, contact us right away and we will get you set up to apply for these easier to draw Arizona elk units.