Arizona Hunt Unit 9

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Big Game species found in Arizona Hunt Unit 9:

  • Antelope
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Black Bear
  • Elk
  • Javelina
  • Merriam’s Turkey
  • Mountain Lion
  • Mule Deer


Unit 9 Big Game Hunts

Unit 9 Elk Hunting: Unit 9 is one of the top producing premier trophy elk units in the state of Arizona if not the world. Unit 9 consistently produces Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young record book elk every single year and will usually produce at least one giant Arizona bull elk that scores over 400 inches every hunting season. If you are looking to harvest a giant bull elk and don’t mind waiting many years to draw a tag, Arizona unit 9 is definitely the place to apply for your trophy Arizona elk hunts. An Arizona elk hunters best opportunity for harvesting a trophy unit 9 bull elk would come by applying for and drawing either the early rut season unit 9 archery bull elk hunt, the early rut season unit 9 early rifle bull elk hunt, or the early season unit 9 muzzleloader bull elk hunt. Most of the bull elk in Unit 9, depending on the weather conditions in Unit 9 for that particular year, are going to be in the full rut during these early season rut hunts and the trophy bull elk will be at their most vulnerable and visible to hunters. These early season Unit 9 rut hunts for elk should be the only Unit 9 elk hunts that any interested trophy elk hunters should be applying for if you are trying to harvest a world class trophy bull elk in this unit. The Arizona late season rifle bull elk hunts and late season archery bull elk hunts in unit 9 don’t have as high potential for trophy bull elk as the early season elk hunts but, you still have the chance of harvesting a great bull elk on these late season elk hunts in Unit 9. These late season elk hunts in unit 9 also offer the non-resident elk hunter much better tag drawing odds. Unit 9 can be very difficult to hunt during the late season hunts due to most of this unit being very flat and totally covered in some of the thickest pinyon juniper and ponderosa pine country in the entire state of Arizona. Arizona Unit 9 is not a very glassing friendly unit which can make for some very difficult late season elk hunts here. The early season rut hunts in Unit 9 can also be a real challenge on dry years when the elk are not bugling and rutting intensely. The weather and drought conditions have a major impact on Unit 9 and the quality of the trophy elk hunting here can vary greatly from year to year. On a good year Unit 9 is probably the best trophy elk hunting found in the world. On a dry year though, this can be some of the toughest elk hunting in the world. Make sure you contact us right away if you are interested in applying for Unit 9 and to discuss the current range conditions in the unit.

Unit 9 Antelope Hunting: Unit 9 is one of the better trophy Antelope units in the state of Arizona. Unit 9 Antelope tags are very difficult to draw, as are all Arizona antelope tags, but the lucky hunters who draw a tag here are going to experience a world class trophy antelope hunt for Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young antelope bucks. Unit 9 offers a very limited amount of Antelope tags. This a very overlooked unit for Arizona antelope that you should seriously consider when applying for antelope in Arizona. There are some giant antelope bucks in unit 9 that receive very little hunting pressure. Don’t forget about unit 9 when you are planning on where to apply for your Arizona antelope tags this year.

Unit 9 Mule Deer Hunting: Unit 9 is home to some giant mule deer bucks that can rival the Arizona Strip and Kaibab Plateau in trophy quality but mule deer numbers in Unit 9 are low and giant mule deer bucks are very few and far between. Combine these low mule deer numbers with a unit that doesn’t lend itself to glassing and you have got the makings for what could be a very frustrating and difficult mule deer hunt. Look elsewhere in the state if you want to experience high quality Arizona Mule Deer Hunting.

Unit 9 Desert Bighorn Sheep: The Arizona unit 9 desert bighorn sheep hunt is combined with the Arizona Hunt Unit 10 desert bighorn sheep hunt and is one of the most difficult big game hunts in the state of Arizona. This desert bighorn sheep hunt is best suited for individuals who are in extremely good physical condition and have lots of experience hunting in remote and primitive pack in only hunting conditions. The upside to this hunt is that some very good rams can be found here and you have a season that is 3 months long. You also won’t see any other hunters either due to only one desert sheep tag being issued in unit 9 and 10.

Unit 9 Turkey: Unit 9 holds a fair population of Merriams turkeys. Turkeys are not scattered across this unit but with a little pre-season scouting, turkey hunters can have a successful hunt in unit 9.

Unit 9 Mountain Lion: Unit 9 has a very good population of mountain lions and is a great place to do some trophy Arizona Mountain Lion Hunting. Mountain Lion hunters will experience the highest success on mountains lions by using the services of a quality houndsman. Arizona mountain lion tags are available over the counter and it is a good idea to have one in your pocket just in case you see a mountain lion while you are hunting big game in unit 9.

Unit 9 Black Bear: Unit 9 has a few black bears in it but numbers are very low and bears can be very difficult to find here. Look elsewhere if you want to experience high quality Arizona Black Bear Hunting.

Unit 9 Javelina: The Javelina population is small  in unit 9 but hunters are seeing an increase in pigs. Numbers are still limited compared to other units but sportsmen can have a successful Javelina hunt in unit 9 with a lot of scouting.

Guides and Outfitters for Arizonas’ Unit 9: Yavapai Outfitters LLC has many years of highly successful trophy big game guiding and outfitting experience in Arizona Unit 9. We have been located only 70 minutes away from this Arizona hunt unit since 1985. Yavapai Outfitters will help you to fully maximize the incredible trophy big game potential that your unit 9 tag offers you and provide you with a world class professional trophy hunt that is without equal. Yavapai Outfitters LLC is one of your top choices in Arizona Unit 9 hunting guides and Arizona Unit 9 hunting outfitters.

Contact us right away if you drew an Arizona Unit 9 hunt tag this year.



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