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Old 10-08-2018, 06:22 PM   #1
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I am going to Arizona for a Mikey hunt. Any tips of stuff to practice during whitetail season?
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:47 PM   #2
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I am going to Arizona for a Mikey hunt. Any tips of stuff to practice during whitetail season?


I would suggest practicing at further distance for one. If your going to desert hunt you might have harder time closing in 50 yrds. The rut should still be pretty good so it gets the bucks to lose their defenses. I might be heading to Arizona myself for otc mule deer


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Old 10-08-2018, 06:48 PM   #3
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What unit are you considering?


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Old 10-08-2018, 08:02 PM   #4
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We are starting in unit 29
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:00 PM   #5
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Will this be your first archery mule deer hunt? Looks like 29 should be a good unit. I think that unit also holds a good population of coues deer.


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Old 10-08-2018, 10:16 PM   #6
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Yes this is my first.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:35 PM   #7
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Will be following this thread. I want to do a hunt like this next year.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:39 PM   #8
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Was looking at the map 29 and I found an area that I would cover if I were hunting that unit. Plenty of glassing from the tops and can cover lots of ground bybstaying on top of saddles to glass lots of area. A few natural water tanks near by.


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Old 10-08-2018, 10:47 PM   #9
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:47 PM   #10
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Here are a few mule deer that I have killed in New Mexico


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Old 10-09-2018, 11:21 AM   #11
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Ya in am excited to just get out there. We are going for 4.5 days. One of the guys that we are going with does this every year so we are not completely blind going in. I am just going to throw as many arrows at my target as I can till then.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:22 AM   #12
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What would you take in your pack. We will be staying in an rv
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:30 AM   #13
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I am going to Arizona for a Mikey hunt. Any tips of stuff to practice during whitetail season?
I'll be doing the same in January. Keep up or start your conditioning now. It isn't CO high backcountry but you still have some elevation and miles to cover. Also you likely need to extend your hunting comfort range by 15 or more yards. I would also really work on your range estimation out past 30 yards. Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:51 AM   #14
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Usually in January I wonít back pack in so I donít take much in my backpack. Game bags and you food and water for the day. I stay in RV as well. Nice to sleep in warm bed!!! . Good luck in your hunt.


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Old 10-09-2018, 11:59 AM   #15
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Best advice is extend your range!
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:56 PM   #16
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I coues hunt the Corondao area every year and yes the advise to extend your shooting range is good advise. The average shot our group takes out there is easily 300-500 yards. Last year I took mine at over 800 so practice practice..
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:14 PM   #17
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Usually in January I wonít back pack in so I donít take much in my backpack. Game bags and you food and water for the day. I stay in RV as well. Nice to sleep in warm bed!!! . Good luck in your hunt.


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Old 10-10-2018, 08:59 AM   #18
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Just moved here from the Phoenix area. I hunted Unit 29 but prefer Unit 23. More pines and real trees vs Unit 29. I always hunt the middle section of the 609 road on the east end of the burn area, 6 plus years now so growing up pretty good with the brush. Also in in the south of the unit so whenever there was a good snow it was not affected as bad as the north end of the unit.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:58 PM   #19
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When do they start selling the otc permits? this would certainly be a hunt i'd like to look into for the future.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:08 PM   #20
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I am not sure on the actual date they start selling them. But the season is January 1-15 in this unit. Other units go till the 31st

And this is an archery only season during the rut.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:32 PM   #21
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Old 10-12-2018, 05:30 PM   #22
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:57 AM   #23
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:44 PM   #24
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Having never done that hunt but having done similar hunts, my advice would be make sure you have decent glass and a tripod. Spend most of your time behind it.
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Old 10-19-2018, 04:41 PM   #25
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Got my new Exo pack. Now I need to figure out what I want to take.
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Old 10-19-2018, 04:42 PM   #26
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Anyone have any tips on flying with your bow ?
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:31 PM   #27
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Got my new Exo pack. Now I need to figure out what I want to take.
What size exo?

Suggestions:
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:43 PM   #28
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I've never hunted mikeys before.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:16 AM   #29
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Me and a couple other TBHers went to Unit 27 this past January. It was a cool experience and I'll definitely be returning. All of us got within range but no one closed the deal. You don't necessarily need to be taking super long shots as others have said, we got within 30yds a couple of times - you just need to be patient and careful (and sneaky).

My advice is to find water. Get up early, glass all day. The ground is crunchy and makes stalking difficult so keep an extra pair of socks in the bag to throw on. I did notice that mulies are not like white tails - if you spook them and the wind is still in your favor just stay put, they'll often circle back around to the same spot.

We were seeing the most deer around 4500', but the hunter density was also pushing some to higher elevations.
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