The Department hosted a Kaibab Plateau Bison Hunter webinar in July 2021. The complete webinar can be watched below. Also, the Fall 2021 Bison Hunter Packet is below for your review and can be downloaded and printed. Hunters need to know that hunting bison on the Kaibab Plateau is very different than any other big game hunts in Arizona. Both the hunter packet and clinic are essential to review/watch before hunting and even applying to hunt the bison on the Kaibab Plateau.
Highway 67 south of Jacob Lake
Hunter access to the southern end of GMU 12A south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67 is normally available till the middle of November or until snow accumulation closes it heading into winter. Hwy 67 officially re-opens May 15 annually when Grand Canyon National Park re-opens. When Hwy 67 is closed to access, the Kaibab National Forest is open and can be used to access the bison hunt areas in southern GMU 12A. During this time, best access is via Forest Road 22 south of Fredonia. Additionally, Hwy 67 is accessible via some forest roads around the closure at Jacob Lake. Many bison and turkey hunters use Hwy 67 when it is closed without incident, but be aware when it is closed you can be cited for being on it.
Where to concentrate hunting
12A West water map
12A East water map
12A water/salt location table – Important 12A bison waters and salts (not all salt locations are listed)
Kaibab Bison Herd Seasonal Bison Range
2018-21 Kaibab bison harvest table
Hunting Bison on Raymond and House Rock Wildlife Area
Bison hunts on Raymond and House Rock Wildlife Areas will be conducted differently starting with the Fall 2021 hunts. There will still be a mandatory hunter meeting the morning of each hunt, but hunters will be on their own afterward during the hunts. Department assistance is available, if hunters prefer, but this is no longer mandatory. Watch the presentation to learn how hunting bison on either wildlife area will be conducted.