Arizona Unit 8 Early Archery ElkContributors to this thread:
Charlie Rehor 10-Mar-23
Z Barebow 15-Mar-23
Pat Lefemine 15-Mar-23
Straight Shooter 15-Mar-23
Charlie Rehor 15-Mar-23
Old School 15-Mar-23
My credit card got charged!! Apparently I drew Unit 8 early archery hunt. This is probably a one and done hunt for me. I have never stepped foot in Arizona. Deep and steep is not a problem for me. Any information anyone is willing to provide would be greatly appreciated.
From: Charlie Rehor
Congrats. My advice is block off the entire season. The first AZ elk tag I had I only did a week because I had to go back to work. Never again. Good luck. C
Unit 8 isn't all that steep, and most areas of AZ don't allow you to get deeply away from roads. Arrive a few days early, if you can, to get the lay of the land. Tall pines in the North, juniper (cedar) trees in the west and south. Elk scattered throughout. There are a LOT of people camping in the unit in the months before the hunt, which likely affects where the elk hang out, but they'll disappear just before the hunt as school starts. I would offer you more info, but it is not a unit that I have mastered. Good luck!
Thank you guys. I can use all the help I can get. Appreciate the info.
You only put in one choice?
fun hunt. killed on 6th day stayed till end helping another hunter I met cuz it got better everyday and was so fun. Found this bull scouting and couldn’t resist when called in to 17 yards. 8x6 before busted up right side. neet extra tine off the main.
Cool bull K. Shrewski, 15 poShrewsbury, in for 1 first, 8 second. Odds of getting a unit 1 tag are about 0, but I guess you never know. Would have had to not draw 8 in the first pass, then been a lucky sob
Oops. Don't know why my phone put Shrewsbury in there. Had 15 points
You will know for sure soon! I had a similar strategy-either way it will be awesome.
Didn't Big Dan take a 400 inches in 8? And at one time WR was from 8? So potential is there!
"Didn't Big Dan take a 400 inches in 8? And at one time WR was from 8? So potential is there!"
I knew big Dan. He always told me to let him know when I draw 8 and he would send me all his waypoints. He was a good man.
B igDan gave me some intel when I had the 8 tag. He had hunted it a year or two prior.
Danny helped me too, back in 2011 on 8. My arrow didn’t fly true though.
Pm sent. Way better hunt than most people think.
I’m pretty sure this is the elk Dan killed in unit 8 sorry for the picture quality as it’s off a fax I think that Dan sent me.That year in a few weeks he killed elk in Nevada,Az,and Montana they totaled 987 inches with the Az.netting 385.This was in 2005 M.R.James mentioned this in his book Unforgettable Bowhunters if you haven’t read it it’s a very interesting read.Yep unit 8 holds some nice animals.Good Luck. Lewis
Just about all the AZ units hold some nice animals! It's not just Unit 9 that has all the big bulls! But even the mid-tier units are a bugger to draw. I thought I had a chance this year, but nope! There's always next year...
I miss Dan's input on bowsite. He was a one of a kind and pretty awesome! He invited me out to hunt with him sometime, but I never got the chance. I wish I could have just tagged along and learned from his calling. He obviously knew a thing or two about how to call in a bull...
This is Bigdan's AZ Unit 8 elk.
His NV and Montana bulls from the same year. 2005 hat trick!
Thanks midwest for posting those I could only find that one picture and I thought it was that elk cool seeing Maggie in the picture. Lewis
I was blessed to spend two weeks with Dan, Maggie and his new pup (I don't recall the name?) during the 2017 MT archery elk season...same year Dan almost lost his cabin to a forest fire. Next saw him at the 2019 P&Y Convention in Omaha. He insisted (over and over...for years) that I try bowhunting black bear in Alaska. I was at the airport in August, headed to Alaska for my first black bear hunt, when I learned of Dan's passing. We lost a fine man and a notorious elk slayer that day...
From: Z Barebow
It is looking better and better that I quit worrying about drawing multiple tags in a year. No love from AZ.
RE Dan. Never got to hunt with him, but he shared everything he knew about a unit he had hunted and I drew in 2017. Sorely missed.
From: Pat Lefemine
Damn I miss BigDan. He was arguably the best elk bowhunter that ever lived. I think about him every time I see an elk thread or hear some guy cow-calling on the outdoor channel!
X2 Pat plus I lost a great friend of over 30 something years and I agree about the cow calling theories lol Lewis
From: Straight Shooter
Dan was a great elk hunter and even a better person. Have some fond memories of him when we were setting stands while traveling up and down the river in his jet boat. At least he’s hunting with his son up in heaven.
From: Charlie Rehor
Dan gave me all his intel on a New Mexico elk unit in 2009. He was spot on and totally enjoyed serving it up to me. I was then able to pass some of that on to OtcWill when he drew the unit a few years ago. He taught us a lot about more than just elk hunting.
PS: He was also good friends with Lou (Cityhunter) who also passed a few years ago.
Sure miss the guy, he was a straight up nightmare for a bull elk.
From: Old School
As I was going through some word documents in my elk hunting folder on my pc, I came across a PM that Big Dan had sent me about an old Idaho elk spot he had. He wanted me to go kill an elk there. A gracious man he was. One day I plan on getting to that spot in Idaho…and hopefully killing a bull. Would be the makings of an epic recap in Big Dans memory.