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Jul 27, 2012
unit 1 coon canyon
by: Anonymous

Most of the area is closed to motorized vehicles.There is a lot of hiking to get to the elk.

Jul 20, 2012
old hunter looking for good water holes
by: Dakotaatty

I have the August 3 to Aug 12 archery hunt in the Coon Canyon area of unit 1. I am 51 years old and still archery hunting, making this my 5th decade. This is a new area for me.

I am taking a Honda recon, and would like to find a nice water hole to put up a tree stand. Any suggestions?

Jun 21, 2012
Coon's Canyon archery cow tags 2012
by: Wheels

Did a little scouting of the area this last weekend to see the area. First time in this particular corner of Arizona, so needed to see it for myself. Did some glassing and walking the area and I am preparing for a very tough hunt. The fire has left a lot of area burnt and the ash on the ground is still not completely settled. Some sign of elk, but be prepared to walk. The designated roads are closed a few miles after getting off the pavement, so walking and preparation of recovering game is paramount. I plan on taking a couple of younger guys with me to assist in the hunt/recovery, since I am 50 and had back fused earlier in the year. But got a new PSE Dream Season Evo and not staying home, but my wife is a sport and welcome to come along.

May 25, 2012
bow hunt for ?
by: tony O

I am glad there are helpful tips from you on this unit. Thanks. I have disabilities ( champ ). Can someone tell me if i get a permit for this unit, am I being nuts as I have problems getting around, even though my permit allows me to hunt with a crossbow? I'd rather be out there breathing fresh air than stay home listening to my wife, but if it's a tough hunt I guess I can stay home wearing earplugs. Thanks.

Sep 02, 2011
Coons Canyon elk hunt report
by: Skip Shephard

Well, my cow elk archery hunt came to an end with no shots fired! Coons Canyon hunt was not what I had hoped. The hunt area was challenging, elk were in there, but we did not see elk in our hunt area. But we did elsewhere. We are both disappointed, but that's hunting. If it were easy, and we were successful every time, everyone would be out there!
Now I am making other plans for this year and next.

Aug 18, 2011
Coons Canyon elk hunt info.
by: Skip Shephard

Thanks for the encouraging elk update Chuck. I go up next week . I have Been shooting my bow and my broad heads are dead on! I am really looking forward to harvesting a nice cow elk.

Aug 18, 2011
Coon Canyon Hunt
by: Anonymous


Good luck, there were elk everywhere. I was into them everyday but as they say it's hunting and I didn't get a clean shot until the final 1/2 hour of the final day, 50yds and I missed.

Good luck to ya,

Aug 01, 2011
Coons Canyon Elk Hunt Info
by: Skip Shephard

Good news for those who drew elk tags for Unit 1, Coons Canyon and other areas. It appears from talking to folks who have recently been up to Greer, SpringerVille and Egar etc. that the Wallow Fire has not significantly interrupted the wildlife, particularly elk and deer, in those areas.

I talked with a friend yesterday, Sunday 7/31, who was recently up in that area and he said they saw hundreds of elk all over the place. A lot were near the roads and in pastures browsing on any green grass etc. they could find.

AZFG reported about two weeks ago; that in some of the burned areas, small shoots of green grass were already coming up!So get your gear ready elk hunters; we still have a chance to bag an elk.

Jun 19, 2011
by: Chuck

Dave, It really sounds encouraging, I hope your right. I will probably wait until a week or two before the hunt to scout. Thanks again for your help. If you hear anything new please let me know. Chuck

Jun 19, 2011
Elk Love Wildfires
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

Glad to hear all is well, Chuck. I'll bet there will be plenty of elk in that green grass in the burned area this fall.

Elk thrive on the aftermath of wildfires. Any previous scouting will have to be redone, of course. Bedding areas may have been destroyed or altered. The elk will deal with it just fine.

Jun 19, 2011
Fire update
by: Chuck

Thanks for the contact information Dave. Mr Gagnon was able to put me in touch with the game manager for that area and he assured me that not only are elk resilient to fire but that grass was already growing in areas that burned one week prior and that the elk were using it. As long as they reopen the forest all of us with early tags should have a good hunt.

Jun 10, 2011
AZ on Fire!
by: Skip Shephard

Well the upcoming elk season is not looking good in the North section of the White Mountains. The second largest wild fire in our history is still burning thousands of acres and is uncontained. That means the Forest Service will no doubt restrict and or prohibit human intrusion into those areas. Our only hope to salvage our big game hunts is RAIN and now!! The situation is grave to say the least. Arizona is in a 10 year droubt and tinder dry. This fire was started by an unattended campfire; they are saying. This means, human caused and that means restrictions galore will be coming. If anyone wants to get more info. feel free to email me at

Jun 05, 2011
Arizona Elk Wildlife Biologist
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)


You might start with the guys below. I know Jeff Gagnon is an elk wildlife biologist.

Jeff Gagnon, Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086

Chad Loberger, Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086

Elk Hunting Tips.Net

Jun 05, 2011
Fire impact
by: chuck

I am curious as to how the major wildfires in the Greer area are going to effect our elk hunts in August. Do the elk move out of the area? Or perhaps they will be concentrated toward the western portions of the hunt area where the fire didn't reach (not yet anyway). Does anyone know of a contact for the federal wildlife biologist in the area that may have more information on the elk herds and there tendencies?

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