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Skybuster1329
07-02-2013, 05:56 PM
Was looking for some help. My Dad and I drew Arizona 5BN Archery Tags. Any advice about this unit, would be greatly appriecated.

Can't make it down there before the season to scout, but should be able to hunt the full two weeks season. Any help would be nice.

HuntWYODon
07-03-2013, 12:03 PM
Was looking for some help. My Dad and I drew Arizona 5BN Archery Tags. Any advice about this unit, would be greatly appriecated.

Can't make it down there before the season to scout, but should be able to hunt the full two weeks season. Any help would be nice.

I'm guessing you drew elk tags ? I've archery elk hunted 5BN for many yrs.. Have arrowed 5 cows and one bull there. I don't know if I should share though... LOL ! The elk are everywhere in that unit. Quite a few tanks and lakes/ponds also. From the monsoon's and rains in Aug. and Sept. there is usually plenty of water. I heard they were going to close the road in from the Observatory though so from there you would have to pack your camp in. Hint hint....

Umpqua Hunter
07-08-2013, 07:31 PM
Please keep your eyes peeled for antelope. That is an awesome antelope unit, and I have enough points that I can draw pretty much any unit in the state now. :)

HuntWYODon
07-10-2013, 04:49 PM
Please keep your eyes peeled for antelope. That is an awesome antelope unit, and I have enough points that I can draw pretty much any unit in the state now. :)

Hey Ump,
I've seen some nice lope bucks there and seems like more lope over the years. Always seems strange seeing them around pine trees. I've tried last few years to draw with no luck.
Have 13 pts. though. I drew 13A with 2 pts. in 1997. Ahh ! The good old days huh ? :)

de_ballew
07-13-2013, 07:45 AM
How many points did you have going into the draw for elk? Thanks!

Umpqua Hunter
07-13-2013, 08:48 AM
Hey Ump,
I've seen some nice lope bucks there and seems like more lope over the years. Always seems strange seeing them around pine trees. I've tried last few years to draw with no luck.
Have 13 pts. though. I drew 13A with 2 pts. in 1997. Ahh ! The good old days huh ? :)

Hey Don....A lot of guys I talk to consider 5B to be the best antelope unit in the state right now. I could have drawn it the last two years. As you mentioned, the frustration is the trees.

Skybuster1329
07-13-2013, 05:47 PM
How many points did you have going into the draw for elk? Thanks!

We both had 8 Points....

HuntWYODon
07-14-2013, 02:43 PM
Yeah Ump,
Strange hunting lopes in trees like deer. Not a lot of them but seen some nice ones. Can't draw with 13 pts... Have done well there on elk though. Deer are coming back also .

Umpqua Hunter
07-14-2013, 06:16 PM
Don....I've just been buying antelope points since the year after they started the point system in Arizona. I want to pick a year I don't have a lot else going on and go to AZ for 3 weeks. My wife's best friend is in Phoenix, she'd have a great time hanging out with her. I'd like to scout for at least a week before and hunt the entire season. My goal is to kill a book buck sometime in my lifetime! I've ate tag soup a few times trying.

de_ballew
07-14-2013, 09:57 PM
We both had 8 Points....

Thanks Skybuster! I have never applied in Arizona because of the non refundable license fee. But next year I will start applying for a middle of the road unit.

HuntWYODon
07-15-2013, 03:08 PM
Don....I've just been buying antelope points since the year after they started the point system in Arizona. I want to pick a year I don't have a lot else going on and go to AZ for 3 weeks. My wife's best friend is in Phoenix, she'd have a great time hanging out with her. I'd like to scout for at least a week before and hunt the entire season. My goal is to kill a book buck sometime in my lifetime! I've ate tag soup a few times trying.

Hey Ump,
I drew 13A lope in 1997. Lost my dedicated hunter pt. a few yrs ago because I put elk and lope app in same envelope...They are envelope challanged there you know...I think Ill get it back next year. I sopke with one of my friends in Az. today. Asked him if they blocked off road in by Observatory/Lake Ashurst like they said they were going to do. He said not yet but did some others. I think the one off Lake Mary Rd. going up to observatory where forestry road takes off of is closed now. We have a camp site we have used since 1987 there. It would be about a 5 plus mile hike in from pavement. Friend was going to buy some packing goats ! Another friend here has mules though. Can haul a lot more but a lot more work also ! I'm going to try again next yr. to draw. I saw a big lope buck leaving there in 2009 that I could of shot with rifle at 100 yds. It watched me for about a min. the ran into trees. He was heavy with nice prongs about 5 plus in. and about 16 in. tall. I'd of shot him if had a tag !
Told Skybuster raod was open.