Over the Counter Arizona Archery Mule Deer Hunts:
These over the counter “off season” mule deer hunts take place in December and January during the Arizona rut.
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A great off-season hunt for over the counter Arizona archery mule deer during the rut.”
These archery mule deer hunts are conducted mid December through January during the peak of the rut. Because of the open terrain, expect archery shots to average 40 yards. The further you can shoot with a bow accurately, the higher your chances for success. The late season archery mule deer tags are over the counter. Hunting style is the spot and stalk method. Expect to do a lot of glassing.
These hunts are either in Central Arizona or Southern Arizona in the desert. The Arizona desert sub-species of mule deer live in the foothills of Southern Arizona’s mountain ranges. These desert muleys are not typically as big as other mule deer. Many of the mature bucks harvested have had 20-25 inch spreads with 3 to 4 points per side. Densities of desert deer are not high, but on typical Arizona archery mule deer hunts, you should see 60+ deer with 5-15 bucks.
I’m very happy with my buck, but I’m definatly going to be selective on the next hunt here. Seems like a lot of great deer. Super fun to glass then up from a mile off then close the gap. I’m addicted to mule deer now!”
December – January during the Arizona mule deer rut
Archery mule deer hunts are typically done by glassing until you find a good buck and then spot-and-stalk.
You will have a stalking opportunity on a mature deer.
You can expect an opportunity at an “average” 150-160″ buck, but every once in a while you will see a buck that will score 180-190″.
Once hunters arrive in Arizona, the Outfitter will arrange to pick you up and all transportation will be provided for the duration of the hunt.
You will stay in Hotel rooms during this hunt.