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Game Management Unit 2A

 
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Species within this unit: Antelope, Elk, Mule Deer
 
Unit Boundaries
Beginning at St. Johns on U.S. Hwy 191 (AZ Hwy 61); north on U.S. Hwy 191 (AZ Hwy 61) to the Navajo Indian Reservation boundary; westerly along the reservation boundary to AZ Hwy 77; south on AZ Hwy 77 to Exit 292 on I-40; west on the westbound lane of I-40 to Exit 286; south on AZ Hwy 77 to U.S. Hwy 180; southeast on U.S. Hwy 180 to AZ Hwy 180A; south on AZ Hwy 180A to AZ Hwy 61; east on AZ Hwy 61 to U.S. Hwy 180 (AZ Hwy 61); east to U.S. Hwy 191 at St. Johns; except those portions that are sovereign tribal lands of the Zuni Tribe.
 
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Antelope

Overview: The pronghorn population has been relative stable in this unit.   Preseason scouting is recommended, as always, especially with the size of this unit. This will aid your hunting success.

Land Status: Most of this unit has a "checkerboard" land status.  That is, the land ownership status of alternating sections is different.  Some are private and State Trust (State) lands mixed, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and private mixed, and Petrified Forest National Park and State Trust Land mixed.  Legal hunting is allowed on all State Trust lands and BLM lands, however, access to these lands is not guaranteed.  No hunting is allowed on the Petrified Forest National Park.  The National Park has expanded its boundaries, so be aware of where you are (view map)

You must have permission to cross private lands to get to these other lands.  Some ranches have been closed to hunting in the past.   Some access points into this unit include Apache County Road (ACR) 6390 from Hwy 180 near milepost 355 and ACR 7230 from Hwy 191 near milepost 345.

It is always recommended that hunters obtain permission to hunt on or cross over private land.  This allows for good relationships to be built between the hunters and private landowners, and prevents the hunt from being interrupted by having a landowner ask the hunter to leave their property.
Various maps of the area can be purchased at map stores in Arizona.  The BLM has 1:100,000 scale land status maps that are good references when hunting in these units.  These maps can be purchased at BLM offices and some general map stores.

Bureau of Land Management Office - Phoenix
222 N. Central
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2208
(602) 417-9200

Bureau of Land Management Office - Safford
711 14th Ave.
Safford, AZ 85546
(928) 348-4400

Areas: Most of the western half and southern part of this unit is pronghorn habitat.  The western portion is between a ridge line (starting near the junction of the Salt River Project railroad line and the county road, running from Witch Wells to Navajo, and running mostly southerly to the Stinking Springs Mountains, which are owned by the Zuni Indian Tribe) and Highway 180.  The southern part is between the Hardscrabble Wash area and Highway 61.

The western part of the unit has a slightly higher pronghorn density than the eastern portion, which are the areas south of the Petrified Forest National Park to Highway 61 and between the previously noted ridge and Highway 180.  There is generally good access to this area off of Highways 61 and 180. Access to the northern and central parts of the unit is off of County Road 7230 just north of the junction of Highways 191 and 61, near milepost 345 on Highway 191.

Generally, there is limited access into Unit 2A between St. Johns and the above-mentioned county road.

The northeast portion of the unit borders the "New Lands" (the new part of the Navajo Reservation, which is not well posted).  There are also about 15 sections of land, or 15 square miles, that are owned by the Zuni tribe in the south-central part of 2A, around the Stinking Springs Mountain area, that has reservation status.  Neither the "New Lands" nor Zuni reservation lands are open for pronghorn hunting with a State permit.  Neither are well-posted; so please be aware of where you are hunting.

The Petrified Forest National Park is located in the western to northern part of this unit.  The Park recently acquired the Hatch Ranch located on its eastern boundary.  No hunting is allowed on the Park.  If a wounded pronghorn enters the Park or reservation lands, contact the appropriate landowner before entering these prohibited areas.

Concerns: The most common complaints from landowners deal with off-road driving.  It is illegal to drive off-road with any vehicle, including ATV's, on State and BLM lands.  Also, criminal charges can be filed for damages to private land from off-road driving.  Please help us to keep all of these areas open to hunting by respecting both the land and the landowners. Remember, your OHV requires an OHV decal if it weighs under 1,800 pounds and will be ridden on State or Federal lands.

Questions? Contact the Pinetop regional office @ 928-367-4281.

 
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Elk

Overview: The majority of this unit has low-density elk habitat. This unit has been combined with the 2B limited opportunity hunts to make it the 2A and 2B limited opportunity hunts. Pre-season scouting is very important, as elk numbers are low and junipers are thick, making it hard to locate elk.

Land Status: Most of this unit has a "checkerboard" land status. That is, that the land ownership of alternating sections is different. Some are a mix of private and State Trust (State) lands, while others are a mix of private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Legal hunting is allowed on all State lands and BLM lands, however, access to these lands is not guaranteed. You must have permission to cross private lands to get to these other lands. Some ranches have been closed to hunting in the past.   Some access points into this unit include Apache County Road (ACR) 6390 from Hwy 180 near milepost 355 and ACR 7230 from Hwy 191 near milepost 345.

It is always recommended that hunters obtain permission to hunt on or cross over private land. This allows for good relationships to be built between hunters and private landowners, and prevents the hunt from being interrupted by having a landowner ask the hunter to leave their land.
Various maps of the area can be purchased at map stores in Arizona. The BLM has 1:100,000 scale land status maps that are good to have when hunting in these units. These maps can be purchased at BLM offices and some general map stores.

Bureau of Land Management Office - Phoenix
222 N Central
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2208
(602) 417-9200

Bureau of Land Management Office - Safford
711 14th Ave.
Safford, AZ 85546
(928) 348-4400

Areas: The majority of elk are found in the northern half of the unit around juniper stands. The main access to these areas are by County Road 7230, which heads west, just north of the junctions of Hwys 191 and 61 (Witch Wells), near milepost 345 and off of Hwy 180 on County Road 6193.

There are also about 15 sections of land in the south-central part of 2A that are owned by the Zuni tribe and have reservation status, which is the Stinking Springs Mountain area. Neither the "New Lands" nor Zuni reservation lands are open for elk hunting with a state permit. Neither is well-posted, so please be aware of where you are hunting. For more specific boundary details, consult the hunt regulations district boundaries section.

Petrified Forest National Park is located within Unit 2A.   The Park recently acquired the Hatch Ranch located on its eastern boundary (view map).  No hunting is allowed on the Park. If a wounded animal enters the Park or reservation lands, contact the appropriate landowner before entering these prohibited areas.

Concerns: The most common complaints from landowners deal with off-road driving.  It is illegal to drive off-road with any vehicle, including ATV's, on State and BLM lands.  In addition, criminal charges can be filed for damages to private land from off-road driving.  Please help us keep all of these areas open to hunting by respecting both the land and the landowners. Remember, your OHV requires an OHV decal if it weighs under 1,800 pounds and will be ridden on State or Federal lands.

Questions? Contact the Pinetop regional office @ 928-367-4281.

 
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Mule Deer

Overview: The majority of this unit has very low-density mule deer habitat, with a few pockets of higher concentrations.  Pre-season scouting is very important.

Land Status: Most of this unit has a "checkerboard" land status.  That is, that the land ownership of alternating sections is different.  Some are a mix of private and State Trust (State) lands, while others are a mix of private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.  Legal hunting is allowed on all State lands and BLM lands, however, access to these lands is not guaranteed.  You must have permission to cross private lands to get to these other lands.  Some ranches have been closed to hunting in the past.   Some access points into this unit include Apache County Road (ACR) 6390 from Hwy 180 near milepost 355 and ACR 7230 from Hwy 191 near milepost 345.

It is always recommended that hunters obtain permission to hunt on or cross over private land.  This allows for good relationships to be built between hunters and private landowners, and prevents the hunt from being interrupted by having a landowner ask the hunter to leave their land.
Various maps of the area can be purchased at map stores in Arizona.  The BLM has 1:100,000 scale land status maps that are good to have when hunting in these units.  These maps can be purchased at BLM offices and some general map stores.

Bureau of Land Management Office - Phoenix
222 N Central
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2208
(602) 417-9200

Bureau of Land Management Office - Safford
711 14th Ave.
Safford, AZ 85546
(928) 348-4400

Areas: The majority of the western half and southern parts of this unit are not mule deer habitat.  Most of the deer habitat is located between a ridge line (that starts near the junction of the Salt River Project railroad line and the county road running from Witch Wells to Navajo, going mostly southerly to the Stinking Springs Mountains, which are owned by the Zuni tribe) and Hwy 191; and south of the "New Lands" (the new part of the Navajo Reservation, which is not always posted) to the Hardscrabble Wash area on the west side and to Zuni Wash on the east side.

The main access to these areas is by County Road 7230, which heads west, just north of the junctions of Hwys 191 and 61 (Witch Wells), near milepost 345.  Generally, there is limited access into Unit 2A along Hwy 191 between St. Johns and the county road.

Besides the "New Lands," there are also about 15 sections of land in the south-central part of 2A that are owned by the Zuni tribe and have reservation status, which is the Stinking Springs Mountain area.  Neither the "New Lands" nor Zuni reservation lands are open for mule deer hunting with a state permit.  Neither is well-posted, so please be aware of where you are hunting.  For more specific boundary details, consult the hunt regulations district boundaries section.

Petrified Forest National Park is located within Unit 2A.  The Park recently acquired the Hatch Ranch located on its eastern boundary (view map).  No hunting is allowed on the Park.  If a wounded animal enters the Park or reservation lands, contact the appropriate landowner before entering these prohibited areas.

Concerns: The most common complaints from landowners deal with off-road driving.  It is illegal to drive off-road with any vehicle, including ATV's, on State and BLM lands.  In addition, criminal charges can be filed for damages to private land from off-road driving.  Please help us keep all of these areas open to hunting by respecting both the land and the landowners. Remember, your OHV requires an OHV decal if it weighs under 1,800 pounds and will be ridden on State or Federal lands.

Questions? Contact the Pinetop regional office @ 928-367-4281.

 
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Unit Summary
Primary Game Species/ Hunting Month(s)
Antelope September
Mule Deer November
Average # permits in past 5 years
Antelope 24
Mule Deer 96 (Combined with 2B, 2C)
Elk 188 (Combined with 2B)
 
Climate Information
Month Ave. Temp Ave. Rainfall Ave. Snowfall
September Max 80°/Min 50° 1.0" 0.0"
October Max 70°/Min 40° 1.0" 0.5"
November Max 60°/Min 30° 0.5" 1.5"
 
Cities, Roads & Campgrounds
Major Cities and Towns in or Near Game Management Unit and Nearest Gas, Food, and Lodging
St. Johns, Holbrook, Snowflake, Show Low, Concho, Sanders
Major Highways and Roads Leading To
From the East: U.S. Hwy 180, 191
From the West: U.S. Hwy 180
From the North: I-40
From the South: U.S. Hwy 180, State Hwy 61
 
Brief Description of Terrain, Elevation, and Vegetation
Elevation ranges from about 5,000' - 6,500'. Almost 40 percent is plains - desert grasslands communities. Almost 30 percent is sagebrush and saltbrush communities. Almost 30 percent is pinyon-juniper communities
 
Government Agencies and Phone Numbers
Arizona Game and Fish Department/Region I Office - 928-367-4281
Petrified Forest National Park - 928-524-6228
 
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