Whether you’re out for a trophy elk or something smaller, hunting is at its best in Arizona’s White Mountains.

A Year-Round Hunter's Paradise

Antelope enjoy a sunny meadow near Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona.
Photographer: Judi Bassett

The State of Arizona and Apache Tribe Issue Hunting Permits for Game of All Sizes

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is home to many animals for which permits are issued to hunt including elk, deer, antelope, javelina, bear, turkey, sheep, mountain lion, squirrel, and various waterfowl.

The Arizona Game & Fish Department schedules seasons for each type of game, permits and a hunting license are required. The Apache tribe schedules hunts on Indian lands and their seasons may differ. The tribe issues permits and licenses for hunting on the reservation.

Trophy elk can be found in the White Mountains both on and off tribal lands and hunters pursue this prize game with archery, muzzle-loading rifles, firearms, and trapping.

The State of Arizona licenses hunting guides who can be hired to assist you in locating and taking game. A licensed guide that knows the area can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful hunt—so be sure to assess their knowledge of the area carefully.

The White Mountains area was included on Outdoor Life magazine’s list of the Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

For more information, visit: www.gf.state.az.us.

Hunting map, Arizona's White Mountains (image)