Summit Treestands
Arizona 5B North
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
Rockbass 06-Feb-22
jdee 06-Feb-22
Matt 06-Feb-22
Rockbass 06-Feb-22
Roper 06-Feb-22
'Ike' (Phone) 06-Feb-22
AZ8 06-Feb-22
'Ike' (Phone) 06-Feb-22
Tradmike 06-Feb-22
Roper 06-Feb-22
AZ8 06-Feb-22
AZ8 06-Feb-22
Heat 06-Feb-22
'Ike' (Phone) 06-Feb-22
Bill in MI 07-Feb-22
Beendare 07-Feb-22
StickFlicker 07-Feb-22
Matt 07-Feb-22
'Ike' (Phone) 07-Feb-22
Medicinemann 07-Feb-22
TD 08-Feb-22
BULELK1 08-Feb-22
SBH 08-Feb-22
SteveB 08-Feb-22
Chuckster 08-Feb-22
Roper 08-Feb-22
Beendare 09-Feb-22
Rockbass 10-Feb-22
From: Rockbass
06-Feb-22
I finally believe I will draw an early archery Arizona 5B North Elk tag for 2022.

I decided since I will be 63 when September rolls around and know nothing about the Unit I will go with an outfitter for 10-14 days.

I am not looking to put a 370-380 on the ground but would be tickled pink with a 340 class bull as I should be from that unit.

Does anyone have any outfitter recommendations for Unit 5B North and if so, what guide they think has knowledge and experience with the Unit?

Since this is most likely going to be my last archery Elk hunt I just want a great experience in some beautiful country with some great people (taking an Elk home will just be a bonus).

Hope everyone has a great 2022 hunting season. Thank you.

From: jdee
06-Feb-22
Ask that question over on coueswhitetail.com in their forum. Campfire or elk section or in both. It’s an Arizona based hunting site with a lot of good AZ info.

From: Matt
06-Feb-22
Steven Ward (Ward's Outfitters) is a Bowsite sponsor and is familiar - might start with him.

From: Rockbass
06-Feb-22
Thanks for the info. Will check out both your recommendations.

From: Roper
06-Feb-22
I heard AZG&F gave Wards a timeout for a few years.

06-Feb-22
A big difference between ‘hearing’ and proof! Wards or HighPoint, they live in Flagstaff…

From: AZ8
06-Feb-22
Ike, the Commission revoked his license for 5 years back in December 2021.

06-Feb-22
Still haven’t seen a link!

From: Tradmike
06-Feb-22
I hunted AZ unit 7 west about 5 yrs ago. Public ground was over run with people. I suggest u try and find a private ranch to hunt.

From: Roper
06-Feb-22
Go to cousewhitetail.com and search Wards outfitters there’s about a 10 page thread about it.

From: AZ8
06-Feb-22

AZ8's Link
Ike, go to 2:46 in the audio link. You can listen to the entire hearing starting around 2:09.

From: AZ8
06-Feb-22
And to the OP, sorry about the hijack. Ike asked for a link and I provided.

From: Heat
06-Feb-22
Look into Steve Chappell. Otherwise I would have said Ward's too.

06-Feb-22
Yup, Chappell is another one…Go to Jay Scott PodCast and you can hear quite a few of the guides on there, that Jay interviews and talks about units they hunt!

From: Bill in MI
07-Feb-22
Have had great hunts with Big Chino. Might be good to reach out to JP Vicente for a convo.

From: Beendare
07-Feb-22
Delete

From: StickFlicker
07-Feb-22
"Public ground was over run with people. I suggest u try and find a private ranch to hunt."

That's virtually non-existent in Arizona. The only such ranch I can think of charges $15,000 after you have to draw the tag.

From: Matt
07-Feb-22
My experience is if you can walk more than 1/4 mile from a road or a tank you get away from most AZ elk hunters. I’ve drawn 5 or 6 bull tags there over the years and never had an issue getting away from the crowds.

07-Feb-22
Walk?!? Did you say walk? That’s ridiculous…

:-)

From: Medicinemann
07-Feb-22
PM sent

From: TD
08-Feb-22
63 and last elk hunt?

Huh. Why didn't I think of using that one.......

From: BULELK1
08-Feb-22
+1 Matt

I can't remember hiking/hunting into another hunter in the 7 Bull tags I've drawn over the many years.

Good luck, Robb

From: SBH
08-Feb-22
I'm not help on referrals but I hope you have a great hunt and kill a whopper! Let us know who you go with and how you do please. Good luck.

From: SteveB
08-Feb-22
I was in 5a about 4 years ago and too many hunters were not a problem.

From: Chuckster
08-Feb-22
I listened to the whole thing regarding Steve. Bowsite and Pat were mentioned multiple times during that hearing. The cabin Steve rents belongs to my brothers boss. Nice place.

From: Roper
08-Feb-22
Go to cousewhitetail.com and search Wards outfitters there’s about a 10 page thread about it.

From: Beendare
09-Feb-22
I help a buddy guide in the rifle seasons in AZ. We typically go 4 for 5 or 3 for 5 on good bulls…most guys pass the small ones so we are not 100%.

I talk to hunters almost every day on the roads that have been hunting for days and never see an elk and the success in those units is pretty poor considering its a rifle hunt.

The secret to his success….but you have to keep this just between us- grin…….my buddy spends 300 days a year scouting those units.

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From: Rockbass
10-Feb-22
AZ8 - No problem . To everyone else that helped out..a big thank you....a lot of good information. Now I just have to narrow the search down and also...narrow the waist down!

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