Hunting in Arizona


Arizona Elk outfittersHunting in Arizona

Did you know that the state of Arizona is home to 12 different trophy Big Game species that are available for you to hunt?

 That’s right, we said 12 different Big Game Species are available for you to hunt in the great state of Arizona.

 Mule Deer, Coues Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Desert Bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Merriams Turkey, Goulds Turkey, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Buffalo, and Javelina all make their home in the beautiful wildlands of Arizona.

 All of these magnificent trophy big game species can be found in abundance and in record book quality size while you are hunting in Arizona.

Arizona Mule Deer outfittersThe diversity and the incredible trophy quality of the 12 Big Game species that are found while you are hunting in Arizona are what continue to attract thousands of sportsmen from around the world and make Arizona big game hunting tags so desired and highly sought after.

Arizona offers, and will continue to offer for many years, serious trophy hunters some of the finest Trophy Big Game Hunting available on the planet.

The copper state proudly holds numerous Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young world records for the above mentioned 12 big game species and it will continue to produce world record class specimens for lucky trophy hunters for many years to come.

Another feature that hunting big game in Arizona can offer serious trophy hunters is that it is also home to one of the last free ranging herds of Buffalo left in the world.

The herd of Buffalo that is found on the House Rock range on the Kaibab Plateau in Arizona is officially recognized by the Boone & Crockett Club as being a wild and free ranging herd that is eligible for inclusion into the Boone & Crockett record book program.

Arizona Black Bear outfittersWhy is there such high quality trophy big game hunting in Arizona you might ask? Two very important factors. Genetics and careful trophy big game management.

The entire state of Arizona is essentially a controlled entry hunting unit. The vast majority of the big game hunting tags in the state are issued in limited numbers exclusively through a lottery draw process.

Arizona Trophy Big Game Tag numbers are very limited in number and are allocated based on strict trophy quality management guidelines set forth by the Arizona Game and Fish Department  ( WWW.AZGFD.GOV  ). Arizona trophy big game hunting tags can be very difficult to obtain due to low numbers of tags being issued and a very high volume of sportsmen applying and competing for them year after year.

Is it worth the effort to try for years to draw a trophy hunting tag in Arizona? Absolutely. When a trophy hunter finally draws a coveted Arizona hunting tag, he or she will be rewarded with a quality big game hunting experience that is very difficult to find anywhere else.

Desert Bighorn Sheep outfittersLet’s talk about Genetics as they relate to the trophy big game hunting in Arizona. You were either born with the genetics to grow giant antlers or giant horns or you weren’t.

Genetics are the biggest factor in total growth in both human beings and trophy big game animals as well. If you are looking to harvest a world class big game animal you have to concentrate your hunting efforts in areas that have the kind of trophy genetics that consistently produce giant sized horns and antlers.

If you were an NBA basketball scout, would you concentrate your scouting efforts by searching in the pygmy colonies of Papua New Guinea looking for the next 7 foot tall NBA Basketball Superstar? I think not.

Sure, there are always exceptions to the rule and areas not known for producing giant trophies will occasionally produce world class big game animals. But, to  ensure your chances of success on a record book animal and to stack the odds in your favor, stick to only hunting the areas that have proven trophy big game producing genetics such as the great State of Arizona. The trophy big game genetics that are found in the state of Arizona are among the very finest in the world. Don’t believe us? Simply pick up a copy of the Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young record books and decide for yourself. Contact us today to experience some of the incredible trophy big game hunting that is awaiting you in Arizona……..



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