Harvest A Bull In Game Management Units 1, 9, 10 or 23? Send A Tooth

By Arizona Game and Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is asking all elk hunters to submit data from their upcoming hunts to assist the department in managing the state’s herds. 

AZGFD’s goal is to receive a completed questionnaire from each hunter who was issued a hunt permit-tag, whether or not that hunter harvested an elk or participated in a hunt. AZGFD will use that data to estimate harvest and hunter participation, along with population surveys, to set hunt permit-tag numbers.

A questionnaire will be mailed (or emailed) to each elk hunter, to be completed and returned to the department after the hunt.Other options include using a link or scanning a QR code, which are located on the back of the questionnaire. A questionnaire and link also can be found on the reverse side of the hunt permit-tag.

Meanwhile, hunters who are successful harvesting a bull elk in Game Management Units 1, 9, 10 or 23 are being asked to submit a tooth from the animal. These units are managed under alternative management guidelines to provide higher hunt success and more abundant, older, age-class elk. 

In order to manage herds in accordance with these guidelines, it’s important to collect additional data on the age of harvested elk. All successful applicants who received hunt permit-tags in these units will receive a mailing that includes a return envelope in which to send back a tooth.

For more information, email AZGFD’s big game management supervisor, Amber Munig, atL amunig@azgfd.gov

Hunting Season

Archery elk hunting season opens Friday, Sept. 13, in Game Management Unit 6B

The lightning-caused Whiskey Fire, burning about 15 miles southwest of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest, could affect archery elk hunters in that area.

According to a news release issued late Monday by the Coconino National Forest, firefighting vehicles and firefighters are present on roadways and smoke may reduce visibility. A closure around the fire area is expected soon, and parts of Forest Road 231 may be closed periodically to allow for firefighting equipment and operations. Areas outside of any closure will remain open to hunting.  

The Whiskey Fire, within the footprint of the 2014 Slide Fire, will be active for weeks to come. Due to safety concerns for the public and firefighters, campers should not set up long-term campsites near the fire area.