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Hunting

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department sets the regulations and hunts for the Kaibab National Forest.

MULE DEER

Location: District-wide, but split into two hunting units.

The North Kaibab deer herd is migratory. To determine where the deer are you must know the past weather for a period of at least two weeks. The deer usually remain on the higher elevation summer range until late October, unless an early snow drives them out.

By early November, the deer are starting to move and are as low as the pinyon juniper areas. During late hunts (last of November), the deer have moved off the plateau and are found from the dense pinyon juniper to the sagebrush points above Kanab Creek.

Remember: Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment are not permitted in the Wilderness. When conditions are wet, please stay on gravel roads.

Season: The Arizona Game and Fish Department sets the hunt dates and numbers. Hunters are selected by drawing. The normal hunting periods are: bow hunts in August and September, rifle hunts in early and late November, special hunts, if any, in October.

The elevation, topography and vegetation will vary depending on the hunting unit you draw, and where in that unit you choose to hunt.

During hunting season many of the Forest Service campgrounds are closed for the year. Because of the reduced facilities and services, make sure you arrive with adequate water. Also, please pack out any garbage. Gasoline, basic foods, and a restaurant are available at Jacob Lake AZ. Come prepared for your needs and try to anticipate emergencies.

Sometimes the weather-conditions during the fall are dry and the forest is vulnerable to wildfire. Please be careful with campfires, and don't leave your campfire unattended at any time. Please report any unattended campfires or wildfires.

SPECIAL NOTICE:

The Arizona Game and Fish Department requires that each successful Kaibab deer hunter present his/her deer for inspection at the Jacob Lake Check In Station on Forest Development Road (FDR) 461, 1/2 mile south of Jacob Lake, AZ. The Station is open from 8:00 a.m. daily and until 12:00 Noon on the day after the close of the hunt. Failure to check out in person will result a citation and confiscation of the deer.

CHUKAR PARTRIDGE

Location: West and northwest side of District.

Elevational Range: 3500 feet to 6000 feet.

Season: The Arizona Game and Fish Department sets the hunt dates and bag limits. There is normally one hunting period in the spring, for three birds, either sex.

Water and Facilities: Plan to bring your own drinking water.

Campsites: No established sites in this vicinity.

Cultural Resources: LEAVE ALL ARTIFACTS UNDISTURBED!

Weather: During the chukar hunting season, weather is usually pleasantly cool in the hunting area. Even in this dry arid region, however, snowstorms do occur. Keep up to date on current local forecasts and be prepared for foul weather.

TURKEY

Location: Upper elevations in the Ponderosa pine and spruce-fir vegetation.

Season: The Arizona Game and Fish Department sets the hunt dates and numbers. There are normally two hunting periods: one in the fall for any sex, and one in spring for gobblers only.

Same information applies as under "Deer" above.

Information provided by the North Kaibab Ranger District