Dates to enter Big Game Hunting lottery drawings will be October 2nd 2021, through to December 18th 2021. Lottery will close on 18th Dec 2021. The public lottery drawing will be held at the San Carlos Apache Recreation & Wildlife Department on the 20th December.
Successful hunters that are drawn will be charged accordingly to their draw choices starting with their first choice through eighteen etc, per species.
An alternative list will be made available by the Recreation & Wildlife Department for hunters unable to hunt and/or were drawn successfully in other areas (if you draw your first choice your credit card will be charged immediately or submitted check will be processed.
Only one application (one lottery ticket) per person for the Antelope drawing.
Licenced San Carlos Apache Tribal Guide Required. Hunters must be guided and the hunter cannot separate from their guide.
Q: "Do you have a lottery for elk permits?"
A: Yes - You can apply online for the Big Game Lottery Draw for Elk, Coues Deer and Antelope. The lottery cost to apply is $26.00. If your name is drawn in the lottery, you will then be charged for the price of Elk tag which is a separate fee.
Q: "How do I apply for one of your hunts?"
A: Apply online, complete the application form online or contact the San Carlos Apache Recreation & Wildlife Department.
Q: "Am I required to hire a San Carlos Tribal Hunting Guide?"
A: A tribal guide is required for the premier trophy hunts for elk, sheep, and some Coues Deer Units. Please read our 2021 Rules & Regulations
Q: "With so many 400+ bulls harvested are there any left?"
A: Absolutely. The Hilltop and Dry Lake elk herds are managed to produce several 400+ point bulls annually. Aerial surveys are flown each year to monitor the herds and several 400+ point bulls are generally seen during those surveys as well as during ground surveys.
Hunting pressure is very limited and bull survival is high, which is key to producing huge bulls. The largest elk harvested at San Carlos tend to be older than 10 years of age, and biologists maintain high bull-to-cow ratios in the trophy herds, about 60-to-100. The department also conducts habitat improvement projects to maintain high quality habitat.