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Old 11-10-2017, 03:54 PM   #1
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Iím headed to AZ in January and am looking for any knowledge the greenscreen is willing to share regarding tactics. Iím not looking for you to divulge your spot or even the unit you hunt, Iíve done my own research and have a few areas picked out.

Iíve taken two mule deer in Montana by glassing broken country near alfalfa fields, then stalking in on bedded or feeding bucks. Since there isnít any agriculture in the OTC units, where do you focus your glassing efforts? Creek beds, timber clearings, broken country, desert?

Iíll be backpacking in so that I can remain mobile and be in good country early and late.

Any input is appreciated.
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:36 PM   #2
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AZ OTC mule deer. Hmmm. Sounds like fun. No advice, but if they are chasing, I would find a hot doe. Good luck!
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Old 11-10-2017, 05:24 PM   #3
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Ive hunted the AZ desert OTC around the galliuro mts areas, best advice is to get up high and glass the foothills early in the day and get ready for a long stalk if you find a shooter, watering holes are key in the desert. Good thing about it is if you buy a regular OTC deer tag you can shoot a mulie or a coues deer as long as its season for both.. Ive seen some monster coues around those mts but still havent connected with one yet.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:04 AM   #4
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:42 AM   #5
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Not exactly what you're looking for, but I'm hunting in January with an outfitter in New Mexico 2B for the late bow season. Good luck in Az! Nice to have something to look forward to after the texas season.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:35 PM   #6
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I enjoy hunting the mountains and have historically gone into withdrawals most of the year. This year I added a May spot and stalk bear hunt to my annual rotation. Adding a January mule deer hunt will help break up the longest stretch. My summer scouting trips and mountain family vacations get my legs and lungs ready for August and September. Once my career and family situation allows, I'd love to live in Montana.

Anyone else have any input? I can't seem to find any rhyme or reason behind where they find the deer on most of the videos I've watched.


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Old 01-19-2018, 11:12 AM   #7
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Challenging hunt. I went for mule deer, but was blessed with an opportunity at a coues deer that I couldnít pass.


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Old 01-19-2018, 11:15 AM   #8
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Good times!!!
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:16 AM   #9
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Congrats on the trophy! Terrain looks awesome. I'll be in AZ opening day of the 2018 archery season chasing Mulies.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:21 AM   #10
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Wow...awesome! Congrats on a great buck!
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:36 AM   #11
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Very nice. Congrats!


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Old 01-19-2018, 12:31 PM   #12
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Headed to Unit 27 in September for the first time. Glad you found success. Any tips for a first timer?
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:02 PM   #13
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CONGRATS!! Great hunt & NICE Coues!!
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:29 PM   #14
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Following is my response to the pms Iím getting:

I hiked 3.5 miles into the first area and only found 5 deer in two days. Second area I hiked back 5 miles before I started finding deer. I ended up killing my deer 7 miles in. Between 5 and 7 miles I found a lot of mule deer. I saw most deer the first 20 minutes and last hour of the day.

Iíd expect September would be a drastically different hunt, so Iím not sure my observation would apply.



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Old 01-19-2018, 01:35 PM   #15
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Following is my response to the pms Iím getting:

I hiked 3.5 miles into the first area and only found 5 deer in two days. Second area I hiked back 5 miles before I started finding deer. I ended up killing my deer 7 miles in. Between 5 and 7 miles I found a lot of mule deer. I saw most deer the first 20 minutes and last hour of the day.

Iíd expect September would be a drastically different hunt, so Iím not sure my observation would apply.



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What unit did you hunt?
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:10 PM   #16
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I enjoy hunting the mountains and have historically gone into withdrawals most of the year. This year I added a May spot and stalk bear hunt to my annual rotation. Adding a January mule deer hunt will help break up the longest stretch. My summer scouting trips and mountain family vacations get my legs and lungs ready for August and September. Once my career and family situation allows, I'd love to live in Montana.

Anyone else have any input? I can't seem to find any rhyme or reason behind where they find the deer on most of the videos I've watched.


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Looks like you got it figured out!

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Old 01-19-2018, 02:48 PM   #17
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Wow! Awesome job, man. Way to go!
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:52 PM   #18
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Following is my response to the pms Iím getting:

I hiked 3.5 miles into the first area and only found 5 deer in two days. Second area I hiked back 5 miles before I started finding deer. I ended up killing my deer 7 miles in. Between 5 and 7 miles I found a lot of mule deer. I saw most deer the first 20 minutes and last hour of the day.

Iíd expect September would be a drastically different hunt, so Iím not sure my observation would apply.



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This has me rethinking my approach. Plan was to camp at the vehicle and hike in daily 3-5 miles. Considering packing camp in now.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:23 PM   #19
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:24 PM   #20
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:25 PM   #21
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Lol, I ask because I lived there for 3 years... If I want to go hunt and need a spot, I call my cousin who is a guide in AZ
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:29 PM   #22
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Very cool congrats
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:31 PM   #23
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Nice, beautiful country! Congrats on the buck! I haven't been in the past 2 years. I try to make the December season, maybe this year!!
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:44 PM   #24
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Congrats!
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:16 PM   #25
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Congrats on the Coues deer! Story?
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:54 PM   #26
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Gotcha, id be taking full advantage of that connection
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:01 PM   #27
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Great job. I have hunted out there 3 or 4 years in January. We are thinking about finding a spot and going back in 2019.
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:48 PM   #28
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:54 PM   #29
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Congrats on the Coues deer! Story?


Not much of a story. I was easing through the timber looking for mule deer. As I came over a rise this buck was with a doe. I initially thought it was a small mule deer until I got my binos on him. As soon as I realized that he was a coues and a decent one I ranged him (50yds), loaded an arrow and sent it. From the time I initially saw him to the shot was probably under a minute. While the exciting part took under a minute, it took 5.5hrs before I had the buck and all my gear back to the truck.


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Old 01-20-2018, 04:48 PM   #30
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Yep, not much of a story. Lol. Did you see more Muleys than coues deer?
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:54 PM   #31
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:01 AM   #32
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Yep, not much of a story. Lol. Did you see more Muleys than coues deer?


Yes. I only saw 4 coues total.


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