hunter success will increase with time spent glassing. A good pair of binoculars and spotting scope will improve the chance of taking a trophy bull.
Beginning at the junction of the Salt and Verde Rivers; north along the Verde River to Childs; easterly on the Childs-Strawberry Rd. to Fossil Creek; north on the creek to Fossil Springs; southeasterly on FS trail 18 (Fossil Spring Trail) to the top of the rim; northeasterly on the rim to Nash Point on the Tonto-Coconino National Forest boundary along the Mogollon Rim; easterly along this boundary to Tonto Creek; southerly along the east fork of Tonto Creek to the spring box, north of the Tonto Creek Hatchery, and continuing southerly along Tonto Creek to the Salt River; westerly along the Salt River to the Verde River; except those portions that are sovereign tribal lands of the Tonto Apache Tribe and the Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Community.
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4% Private, 96% Public, 96% USFS, 30% Wilderness
Elk numbers in this unit are stable around the 1700 level, with a bull/cow ratio hovering around 35 bulls: 100 cows. Generally, good populations of elk exist throughout the northern portions of Uni... Create a free account to read the rest of this elk hunting note!
The quality of your hunt depends on you. Preseason scouting, preparation for the environmental conditions, and physical conditioning are important factors. The success and quality of your hunt will likely increase with the distance from your vehicle and roads.
Elk Management Plan
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Terrain varies from relatively flat desert grasslands to high, forested mountains. The elevation in this area ranges from 1,500' at Saguaro Lake to 7,894' at Mazatzal Peak. Sonoran desert vegetati... Create a free account to read the rest of this terrain note!
HuntScore generates thousands of synthetic hikes in the unit to create an elevation profile. This profile is what
you can expect to experience within a 2 mile hike from a road or trail in this unit.
Elevation in this unit ranges from 1332' to 7253' with a median elevation of 2416'. If you are preparing to hunt this unit
you should train for hiking up and down slopes of 6.8%.
This is typical incline or decline experienced while hiking from a road or trail in the unit
Common Elevation Profiles
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Overall harvests trends are broken down by hunt_code, manner, season, sex, type, and species of deer (if applicable) to the extent state wildlife managers provide such data.
Weather can vary by elevation. See how weather varies by elevation within a unit by selecting an elevation range. Elevation ranges are based on weather stations in or near the unit. Not all weather elements are available within the unit.
Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used.
Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters.
If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.
The probability of precipitation is the likelihood of experience rain, snow, hail, etc... on a given day within the month.
A good trick is to invert the probability to estimate how many days will pass, on average, between precipitation events.
Hover or click a month to see how many days will pass between precipitation events.
Use the average and maximum precipitation events to set expetations for what rain gear to bring.
Also remember that water availability can influence wildlife patterns, so be sure to check out the current weather patterns leading up to your hunt.
Each month of the year brings it's own challenges for weather. Select a month to see what you can expect and how to prepare for extreme events.