We are located in Region 1 - Pinetop of Arizona. Hunting seasons are scheduled by the Arizona Game & Fish Department. Permits are required, along with a legal hunting license, for the taking of big game on public lands. Detailed information on hunting seasons, regulations, permits, and licensing for our area may be obtained by contacting the Arizona Game and Fish Department:
Arizona Game & Fish Department
Region 1 Contact Information
2878 E. White Mountain Blvd.
Pinetop, AZ 85935
Or check out the Department of Game & Fish at www.gf.state.az.us
For more information on the Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest, you can find the U.S. Forest Service Web Site at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/. If you would like more information or detailed maps of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, please stop by or call:
Alpine Ranger District
Alpine, AZ 85920
Think you're at a disadvantage because you don't know the area? Hunting guides licensed by the State of Arizona are available in the White Mountains to assist you in locating and harvesting wildlife. Make that special trip even more special. A licensed guide - who knows the area, can make your stay in Arizona's White Mountains even more memorable by helping you locate that huge "lunker" or trophy elk. The Arizona Game & Fish department keeps a list of licensed guides to assist hunters and fishermen. Remember -- if you hire a guide, he or she must be legally licensed! You are responsible for your hunt! Should you engage a licensed guide, ensure that they are knowledgeable as to hunting requirements!
Trophy Elk are not uncommon in our area! One of the most magnificent mammals of North America, elk, or "wapiti," roam in herds through the pine forests of northern Arizona mountains. The mating call, or bugling, of bull elk in the early fall is a sound, once heard, is never forgotten. It's best to scout prior to hunting season. Scouting is most successful in the early morning and late evening. Look for signs of tracks and scat. A U.S. Forest Service Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests map is essential. Use binoculars to glass a large area from a high point.
Quiet and statuesque, both mule and white-tail deer are difficult but exciting to see. When startled, the white-tail deer's "flagging" of its large white tail is distinctive. Mule deer usually breed November-December; white-tail in January. White-tail deer are found distributed in ground elevations typically between 4,000-10,000 feet, whereas Mule Deer are most typically at 9-10,000 feet.
One of the larger Arizona mammals, the black bear can also have a blond, reddish ("cinnamon"), or brown coat. Hunters can benefit from scouting for berry patches or oak stands. It's best to scout prior to your hunt in the early morning or late evening hours. Look for sign (tracks and scat) of bears along trails and in feeding areas. An Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests map is essential.
A small pig-like (though not related) animal, javelina, or collared peccaries, have a sharp sense of smell and relatively poor eyesight. Considered a range pest in the 1800's, javelina are now managed as a big game species and are enjoyed by hunters and wildlife viewers alike. Javelina have small home ranges. Once found, they'll usually remain in the same general vicinity. Glassing an area with binoculars from a high point or good vantage spot in early morning or late afternoon is a good way to begin your hunt.
A wary and keenly observant bird, the wild turkey makes for an extremely challenging hunt. The display of the male (tom) includes an impressive fanning of its large tail feathers. Mountain forests and broken woodlands. Also found in logged-over land and oak stands. Roosts in tall, older pine trees. Leaves roost site at daybreak to feed. Spends warmer part of day "loafing" in or near brush piles or downed trees where cover is readily available. Turkey are usually found in elevations between 5000 and 9000 feet, along the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains. Complete camouflage clothing is essential. Weapons and bare skin (face, hands, etc.) should be camouflaged as well. Plan on scouting for evidence and appearance of turkey prior to your hunt. Set up hunting spot prior to daylight near roosting area. A good call, or the ability to call turkey, is a necessary spring hunting tool.