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Trophy elk hunt in Arizona, apply for late season for better drawing odds

We've worked with this outfitter since 1994, and he usually produces 100 percent hunter success on big bulls. The hunters we have sent him in years past have raved about the quality of the hunting and the quality of hunter service. Even the outfitter's bow hunts and his late rifle hunts have been highly successful.

We've been telling our rifle hunting customers for years to apply for a tag for the late season in this area. The odds of drawing a late season rifle tag are much better than an early rifle tag. Granted, it's much easier to find a big bull during the early rut season, but this outfitter and his guides know the area so well that they normally produce well even on the late hunts.

During the late season in 2008, for example, they produced eight bulls for eight hunters with racks averaging 365 Boone and Crockett points. The biggest bull grossed 400 points.

If you're interested, call us before the application deadline (Feb. 10) so that we can have you apply in the proper zone.

To maximize your chances of taking a special bull, the outfitter has increased the length of his hunts to seven full days of hunting. You'll stay in a camp trailer, wall tent or hotel, depending on where most of the big bulls are located. Food, cooking, skinning, packing and transportation to and from the nearest airport are included in his fee. All you need is your personal gear, and your license and tag. No transferable landowner permits are available in Arizona.

You'll ride a truck or ATV to get into hunting areas, and then you'll hike to spot and stalk. During rut hunts in September or early October, the guides often can locate and sometimes call in big bulls by bugling and cow calling.

 Hunt EK4804
Hunt, guide ratio Price per person
Rifle, 7 days, 1x1 $3,975
Bow, 7 days, 1x1 $3,975
Hunter success Trophy size
Usually 100% on rifle hunts and close to that on bow hunts. The outfitter and his guides know the area well, including some "honey holes" that few people know about, and they usually do a lot of pre-season scouting to locate big bulls. The late season rifle hunters in 2008 went eight for eight. Every few years a hunter might be so choosy that he doesn't fill his tag, but everybody sees mature bulls.
You can be as selective as you want to be on this hunt. The early season has produced many bulls in the 370s, 380s, 390s and even in the 400s. Late season hunters usually don't get to see as many truly big bulls, usually averaging 350 or less, but in 2008 the average score on the late hunt was 365 with a bull grossing 400 and another over 390.
Licenses Dates
Some rifle hunts are in September. The late hunt takes place in November. Most archery hunting is in September.
Extra costs Dates

   Butcher and taxidermy fees, license, tags

  Some rifle hunts are in Sept., others Nov., most archery is Sept.

 Lodging   Notes 

Usually 15x13 wall tents with cots and stoves. Sometimes you'll stay in a travel trailer or motel, depending on where the big bulls are found.

This hunt is a good choice for hunters who are not in tip-top physical conditions because some of the good areas are not all that steep.