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#7080135 - 11/15/12 07:43 PM Arizona Unit 9
Marc Offline
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Registered: 10/25/03
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Loc: Ventura, CA
Does anybody have any advice on where to find a good bull in Unit 9? It is just south of Grand Canyon NP. I am going there with a friend to help him find a bull next week.

I have been to the GC several times and it all looks pretty flat and well timbered. Is there any high ground where you can glass any distance?

Thanks for any help.

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#7080850 - 11/16/12 06:04 AM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: Marc]
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sent you a PM
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#7080974 - 11/16/12 06:47 AM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: flagstaff]
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As you noticed, 9 is relatively flat and there are few vantages to glass from. I've noticed that the elk are well dispersed and can't recommend one area over another. You might look on Google Earth to find some openings away from a road. If it stays dry, don't discount sitting water. Since it has not snowed deeply, the pines in the higher areas will likely have elk still, and they not have moved much to the winter areas that are noted on the AZGFD website.

I have the same tag this year. Good luck on your friend's hunt.
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#7083798 - 11/17/12 05:56 AM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: RedRabbit]
Marc Offline
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RedRabbit, thanks for the info. It doesn't look like an easy area to hunt. Good luck to you also.

flagstaff, I didn't get your message.

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#7084353 - 11/17/12 10:04 AM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: Marc]
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Marc, I forgot to mention Red Butte as an obvious vantage.
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#7086466 - 11/18/12 04:47 AM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: Marc]
flagstaff Offline
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Originally Posted By: Marc
RedRabbit, thanks for the info. It doesn't look like an easy area to hunt. Good luck to you also.

flagstaff, I didn't get your message.


sent a PM.
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#7086695 - 11/18/12 06:43 AM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: flagstaff]
Marc Offline
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Loc: Ventura, CA
This is the goal! My daughter took this picture a couple months ago while driving through the park.


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#7144286 - 12/04/12 04:12 PM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: Marc]
rosco1 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/08
Posts: 2765
Loc: utah
You guys having any luck down there? I just got back from helping a friend in unit 10, he's still at it but I had to come home..What a tuff year, we werent finding elk in the deep canyons like we have in the past..Busted our azz in the cliffs and only seen a raghorn and a decent 6x6 that we didnt want to shoot, he was just too busted up.Last time we hunted that area hard we seen lots of bulls. It was in the mid 60's everyday, just tuff hunting.

I think his plan after I left was to try to hunt the juniper jungles, we found lots of sign in a few area's, but its so flat I dont know how you would score in there without a lot of luck.I've never been lucky.

We did see a few nice bulls in 9 going to beat hell across the Babbit ranch headed for Cataract canyon, might be worth hunting that area..


Edited by rosco1 (12/04/12 04:13 PM)

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#7144503 - 12/04/12 04:55 PM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: rosco1]
flagstaff Offline
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Loc: Flagstaff, Az
Helped a 20 year old girl and her Dad on Saturday. I took them to where I was 3 for 3 getting 6X6's. Didn't see one elk. Everything was dry. Every dirt tank was dry. Glad I didn't have the tag.
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#7155994 - 12/07/12 04:58 PM Re: Arizona Unit 9 [Re: flagstaff]
dennisinaz Offline
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Registered: 12/08/02
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Loc: AZ
Guided a hunt in 9 during the Sept rifle hunt. It's pretty easy then as they are vocal. Unit 9 pretty much sucks for the winter hunt; too flat. Buddy just killed a real big bull in 10 last night- last 5 minutes of light on last day! It was a tough hunt. Guided a hunt in 23 where we got into bulls every morning but they were either too far or too spooky. This has been a really tough and dry year.


So, Marc, how did you do???
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