I will be up there in the North Kaibab from the 9th to the 19th. I drive a red Jeep Cherokee. I will most likely be hunting medium high elevations. I have not even looked yet, but usually you can buy a turkey tag for the same time. This will be the first time bow hunting in 2 years. I just had surgery on my shoulder in January. I will be practicing this whole month. I am having to crank my bow down to 60lbs. I hope to get proficient out to 40 yards.
Kaibab is my favorite place to hunt deer. I have seen some nice ones up there, but have never tagged a really big buck. Maybe this year ????
Went up there scouting for a few days and was VERY disappointed. The most deer I saw in one day was nine with a spike being the only buck. I know this country like the back of my hand and ususally can video/photo bucks even on bad years. The Kaibab is in BIG trouble....I think the last thing it needs is another doe hunt this year. I've heard they estimate the population at less than 3000 animals (according to the warden I spoke to about the matter) this year. It's beautiful country to hunt and holds fond memories for me. I wish it held the bucks of years past. Good luck to you guys....looks like you'll need it.
I'm not going this year, but I have gone the last few. As of last year you could get an archery turkey tag over the counter ($50 I think). Not a secret spot or anything, but the road to the North Rim Lodge has numerous big meadows where the deer congregate. We back tracked some trails and set up evening stands above some of these meadows. We usually hunt several waterholes, but the past few years there has been some pretty good conflicts over them. Twice guys left a note "reserving" the waterhole we were setting on (after we had set our tree stands up) and then getting mad that we did not respect the "reservation".
We may have just lucked out, but we have not had any problems with other people above the meadows. We try to get about .25 miles above them. Most evenings we saw bucks walking down to the meadow, and usually someone stalked them and ran them back by us. Both my hunting partner and I have gotten good chances at bucks every time we have went. Last year I passed on a nice 4X4 thinking that a larger 4X4 behind him would give me a shot. He did not and I went away empty handed. ALWAYS seem to get a turkey though!