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San Carlos Hunting

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Q: "Do you have a lottery for elk permits?"
A: Yes - You can apply
Q: "How do I apply for one of your hunts?"
A: Apply 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* (*only for Cull Elk Hunt), sheep, and some Coues Deer Units. 

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.

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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.

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