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Anyone ever hunt Arizona Elk unit 23 or 27 late?

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trophyelk6x6:
Talked with Huntin Fool and Epic and studied GoHunt.  Wondering if anyone on this board has any experience in these units during late tag?  Thanks

boneaddict:
I've been there.  Haven't hunted it. Its gorgeous freakin' elk country.  Its pretty much connected to the Gila out of NM.  The genetics and rapid growth are amazing.  You'll see young bulls with wonderful tine length that score in the low 300s well before what you see in growth versus age here.     They had a couple pretty big fires there and I haven't seen it since that, so 'Im not sure of the landscape now.   It will probably be an impossible draw but probably where Id put in.  I liked the looks of the country better than the other "Big" units.  (9 and 10). and with the rez right there......

Stein:
If I had 23 points, that is one of the places I would put in. 

WAcoueshunter:
The Jay Scott podcast has had several episodes in the last couple weeks on the AZ elk and antelope draws.  Most of these episodes are interviews with outfitters, and getting their take on the different units and hunts.  You might check those out.  Invariably these units and the late hunts come up.  I'm sure HF and Epic probably gave you similar input.  Great units, lots of elk.  Unit 27 burned a few years ago and opened it up, making success on the late hunt (for better or worse) that much higher.  23 has fewer tags all around, generally considered the best unit in the State right now.  Lots of broken tines on these hunts, particularly last year with the drought conditions.  Rain thus far this year has been better. 

I'll have 20 points myself in this draw, debating what to do. 

Stein:

--- Quote from: WAcoueshunter on January 23, 2019, 01:29:00 PM ---The Jay Scott podcast has had several episodes in the last couple weeks on the AZ elk and antelope draws.  Most of these episodes are interviews with outfitters, and getting their take on the different units and hunts.  You might check those out.  Invariably these units and the late hunts come up.  I'm sure HF and Epic probably gave you similar input.  Great units, lots of elk.  Unit 27 burned a few years ago and opened it up, making success on the late hunt (for better or worse) that much higher.  23 has fewer tags all around, generally considered the best unit in the State right now.  Lots of broken tines on these hunts, particularly last year with the drought conditions.  Rain thus far this year has been better. 

I'll have 20 points myself in this draw, debating what to do.

--- End quote ---

Last year, you didn't have a 1% chance of drawing the early 23 tag until you hit 22 points.  The late tag you could draw 100% with 4, so I wouldn't want to be in your position, you are either burning 16 extra points or buying a lottery ticket.

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