Elk workshop at Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area
PINETOP, Ariz — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is again partnering with the Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter (AES) to offer an elk natural history and viewing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area near Eagar. Workshop presentations will begin at 11 a.m. After the presentations, an early dinner will be served by the AES. Maps will be provided to nearby areas with likely elk viewing opportunities. Sipe Wildlife Area has several hiking trails where you might see elk or other wildlife.
Late September to early October is the best time of year to view elk because it is breeding season. The bulls will bugle as they battle to gather cow elk into harems and it is truly an awesome time of year to experience this unique wildlife event.
The workshop will be limited to 150 participants. A $20/person dinner ticket is required for each reservation. The dinner is a fundraiser for the AES, whose mission is to enhance the quality of wildlife habitat as well as teaching our next generation the importance of being responsible stewards of our national heritage our great outdoors. Dinner will include a hamburger, side and dessert. Children must be 12 years old to participate.
Workshop topics will include:
● Elk natural history
● Elk management in Arizona
● History of Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area
● How to choose the best optics for wildlife viewing or hunting
● Elk calling
● Wildlife Photography by AZGFD photographer George Andrejko
● How to get started hunting by AES
Directions to Sipe: Take Highway 191 south to Eagar towards Alpine; you’ll see the turnoff signs just two miles outside of Eagar. Follow the graded dirt road, suitable for passenger cars, about five miles to the property.
If you plan on looking for elk after the workshop, please wear long pants and hiking/comfortable shoes. Participants might be walking distances of a ¼ mile or more in low light conditions. Be prepared for a cool night and possible rain; layering would be best. Also, try to wear dark or camo clothing. White or bright clothes will alert wildlife when we are near. You will also want to bring a headlamp or flashlight, binoculars or spotting scope if you have one, a camera and water.
For more information contact Diane Tilton at the Arizona Game and Fish Pinetop Office at (928) 532-3691 or email [email protected] Register for the event at https://shopaes.org/