Arizona Hunt Unit 23

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Big Game species found in Arizona Hunt Unit 23

  • Black Bear
  • Elk
  • Javelina
  • Merriam’s Turkey
  • Mountain Lion
  • Mule Deer
  • Coues Whitetail Deer


Arizona Unit 23 Big Game Hunts

Arizona Unit 23 Elk: Unit 23 in Arizona is home to a great population of Rocky mountain elk and offers the lucky Arizona elk hunters who are fortunate enough to be able to draw an elk tag in this unit a great opportunity to possibly harvest a Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett caliber trophy bull elk this hunting season. Unit 23 is located east of Payson on the famed Mogollon Rim country of Northern Arizona and is bordered by the world famous White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation along its entire eastern border. The White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation has a very long and very well known history of producing some of the largest trophy bull elk ever harvested in the world. The many elk herds that reside in Arizona Unit 23 are very fortunate to be able to be included into this incredible trophy elk gene pool due to its close proximity to the reservation and due to the giant bull elk that occasionally cross over into unit 23 from the reservation. Unit 23 is definitely a very good choice when deciding which Arizona elk units to apply for in your quest to harvest a high scoring trophy Arizona bull elk. Some of the elk hunts in Arizona unit 23 are split into two different halves: Unit 23 North and Unit 23 South. Unit 23 North has a higher elk population than Unit 23 South and has much easier terrain to hunt elk in and better road access. The southern portion of unit 23 has much rougher terrain and doesn’t have as high elk densities but great bulls have been harvested in both sections of Unit 23. Like the rest of the best elk units in Arizona, unit 23 offers interested Arizona elk hunters both early season archery bull elk hunts and rifle bull elk hunts in the rut along with the late season archery elk hunts and late season rifle elk hunts during the winter months of November and December. The early season archery bull elk hunts in the rut are a relatively new elk hunt that has only been in existence in unit 23 for the last few years. We feel that this is the best elk hunt, regardless of weapon, to try to take a record book Arizona bull elk in unit 23. The bull elk are going to be in the peak of the rut during this hunt and will be very visible as they bugle and fight the many other rutting elk while trying to add as many cows as they can to their breeding harem. These Arizona Unit 23 archery elk tags are highly sought after and are very difficult to draw but they are definitely worth the wait. The other rut hunt for elk that is offered in Arizona Unit 23 is the early rifle bull elk hunts that start right after the early archery bull elk hunts are over. These tags are also extremely difficult to draw but it does offer rifle elk hunters an excellent rut elk hunt with a very good chance of harvesting a high scoring trophy Arizona bull elk. The late season archery elk hunts in Unit 23 offer Arizona elk hunters very good tag drawing odds but the hunting is extremely tough during this season. Only apply for these late archery elk tags if you are a very experienced archer and can spend the entire 14 day elk season hunting. The Unit 23 late season rifle bull elk hunts are one of, if not the premier, late season rifle bull elk hunts in the state of Arizona. Late season bull elk hunts are usually very difficult hunts but the late season rifle elk hunts in Unit 23 offer Arizona elk hunters a good chance at a quality bull elk during this hunt. Unit 23 is one of our favorite late season bull elk hunts in the state of Arizona. We highly recommend putting in for these late season Arizona rifle elk hunts if you do not have a lot of bonus points built up to have a chance of drawing one of the much harder to draw rut elk hunts in Unit 23. If you do not want to wait for many years to draw one of the early season rut elk hunts in Unit 23, but you still would like to hunt trophy Arizona bull elk sometime soon, you would do very well to consider applying for the late season rifle bull elk hunts in Unit 23.

Arizona Unit 23 Black Bear: This unit proudly boasts one of the best trophy black bear populations in the entire state of Arizona. From the higher elevation thickly forested pine country, to the lower elevation prickly pear country in the desert regions, Arizona Unit 23 has plenty of trophy sized black bears that are awaiting hunters who are looking to harvest a trophy Arizona black bear this year. This is one of our all time favorite Arizona big game units to hunt black bears in. Excellent spot and stalk black bear hunting can be found in Unit 23 during the early fall Arizona black bear seasons. There is an abundance of lower elevation bear country in Arizona Unit 23 that ideally lends itself to long range glassing and spot and stalk black bear hunting. Arizona Unit 23 also has very high densities of prickly pear cactus and other rich food sources that Arizona black bears will gorge themselves on when they are putting on weight during the summer and fall months for the upcoming winter. This is the classic “Bears in the pears” Arizona black bear hunt that needs to be experienced by all big game hunters at least once in their lifetime. It is very exciting to be able to glass a prickly pear covered slope and be able to watch and observe several trophy black bears all feeding together at once. Besides the great spot and stalk bear hunting opportunities found here, Arizona Unit 23 also offers excellent hound hunting for trophy black bears. We have highly experienced Arizona bear guides that have excellent packs of experienced Arizona bear hounds to pursue these trophy black bears in the thickly forested higher elevation country that is found in Unit 23 where spotting and stalking bears can be very difficult. Arizona black bear tags are available for purchase over the counter at any Arizona Walmart or license dealer and do not need to be drawn. Look no further than Arizona Unit 23 if you are looking to experience some high quality Arizona Black Bear Hunts.

Arizona Unit 23 Coues Deer: Unit 23 supports very good numbers of coues deer and good numbers of high quality trophy coues deer bucks. From the early season archery coues deer hunts to the late season rifle coues deer hunts in the rut, this area is a good choice for deer hunters that are looking to harvest a trophy Arizona coues deer buck. You certainly will not find them under every tree but there are some absolute giant coues deer bucks that are alive and well as we speak in Unit 23. Don’t overlook this unit if you are looking for a high quality Arizona coues deer hunting experience.

Arizona Unit 23 Mule Deer: Unit 23 has a huntable population of mule deer but the hunting can be very tough and high scoring trophy mule deer bucks here are rare. Look to another unit for higher quality Arizona Mule Deer Hunting.

Arizona Unit 23 Mountain Lion: Unit 23 has one of the highest success rates for mountain lions in the state of Arizona. There is a very good population of mountain lions in this unit due to the good numbers of big game animals that are found here. Hunters who would like to harvest a mountain lion are well advised to contract the services of an experienced professional houndsman as it can be extremely difficult, if not totally impossible, to successfully hunt mountain lions without the aid of a pack of well trained hounds. We have an excellent pack of dry ground lion hounds and a reliable string of horses and mules to trail and tree your trophy mountain lion under the worst of conditions. Dry ground mountain lion hunts off horseback or on foot are our specialty and we do not need to wait for it to snow to be able to tree you a trophy Arizona mountain lion. Arizona mountain lion tags are available for purchase over the counter year round and do not have to be drawn. Call or email us today if you would like to experience world class dry ground mountain lion hunting in Arizona hunt Unit 23.

Arizona Unit 23 Guides and Outfitters: From the trophy elk hunts, to the trophy bear and lion hunts, to the trophy coues deer hunts, our team members have many years of experience guiding and outfitting trophy big game hunts in Arizona Unit 23. We are one of your top choices for premium quality professional Arizona hunting guides and outfitters for all of the Big Game species and Big Game hunts that are offered annually in Unit 23. The Yavapai Outfitters team of Arizona trophy hunting professionals have spent an enormous amount of time both trophy hunting and scouting in Arizona Unit 23 over the last several decades and will provide you with one of the finest guided trophy hunting experiences possible in this unit.

Contact us today if you have drawn a tag for Arizona Unit 23