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Elk tags still left after fall big game draw

This buck was close enough to shoot with a camera, but it was antlerless elk that evaded the hunting grounds covered by Don Martin and his group.  That doesn’t mean the time spent outdoors wasn’t enjoyable.

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This buck was close enough to shoot with a camera, but it was antlerless elk that evaded the hunting grounds covered by Don Martin and his group. That doesn’t mean the time spent outdoors wasn’t enjoyable.

If you are one of the many sportsmen in the state that failed to draw an elk or antelope tag in the spring draw, here is some good news.

There are still elk tags available.

Here are some statistics courtesy of the Arizona Game & Fish Department that may find interesting.

For the antelope an elk draw this year, there were 26,613 tags issued.

There were 172,736 sportsmen that applied for tags and bonus points.

The total number of applications this year was 129,743. It is easy to see why some of us didn’t draw.

For those of us who didn’t draw an elk tag, there are still 791 tags available, but 731 of those are for minimal occurrence zone north of the Colorado River that includes game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B.

Some of those tags are in the Hopi hunt areas, but these are open to everyone, nontribal members included.

There are even a few leftover tags for military hunts at Camp Navajo, for those who qualify.

If you are interested in those tags, email Sarah Golabiewski at Camp Navajo at sarah.b.golabiewski.mol@mail.mil or call her at 928-773-3225.

For those that want to try their luck again in the draw, applications will be accepted by U.S. Mail starting at 8 a.m. on April 24, at the department headquarters.

The address to send the applications to is Arizona Game & Fish Department, ATTN: Draw/First Come, 5000 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix AZ 85086.

If there are tags left over – and I’m sure they will be in those north of the Colorado River units – they will be on sale on May 1 at any of the seven regional Game & Fish offices (including Kingman).

To find out what tags are available, go the AZGFD website and at the top, type in leftover tags and follow the prompts.

While most of the tags are for antlerless elk, there is one archery bull tag available in Unit 4A.

Even though the odds of drawing some of these leftover tags are slim, someone is gonna get them.

So like they say, “You can’t win if you don’t play!”