The White River National Forest near Rifle has the largest elk population in the world, which is a big draw for hunters hoping to take home a monster during the season. “Elk is definitely the biggest draw in the area,” Rider said. “Usually during hunting season traffic is pretty heavy and our store is usually packed with people buying apparel, ammo, supplies — you name it. “Around here hunting season is like an early Christmas for us.”
- The variety of wildlife in northern Arizona is diverse, offering hunters the opportunity to bag animals such as mountain lions, elk, fish, birds, javelina, bear, and even some reptiles.
- Draw applications for elk and pronghorn antelope are now being accepted. The draw takes place the second Tuesday in February — all applications and fees must be submitted prior to the deadline.
- Species that require a draw are elk and pronghorn antelope (February); deer, fall turkey, fall javelin, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo and pheasant (June); and spring javelina, bear, turkey and buffalo (October).
“Although the draw for the spring big-game hunt closed in October, there may still be leftover tags available for purchase in some regions.”