The AZ Strip. Arguably the best mule deer hunting.
Mule deer bucks over 200″ B&C are taken EVERY year on the AZ Strip, but hunters usually have to wait a decade or longer to hunt mule deer on the AZ Strip.
The success rate in the draw is 1%. Don’t gamble your success on hoping to get lucky. Hire a good outfitter if you draw this tag.
The AZ Strip hunting units 13A and 13B produce giant mule deer every year, year after year. The AZ Strip has the genetics AND the trophy management strategies in place to ensure that this track record continues.
First Choice: AZ Strip Hunting Unit 13B
The first season in Unit 13B is an archery mule deer hunt starting in mid-August. If you want to take a monster muley with your bow, apply for this tag as your first choice (success rate for drawing the archery tag is about 20%).
The second Unit 13B mule deer hunt the rifle hunt that starts in early-November. The Unit 13B rifle hunt is the premier mule deer hunt in Arizona. This hunt can be a rut hunt depending on the weather and rainfall.
First Choice: Arizona Strip Hunting Unit 13A
Unit 13A, on the Eastern side of the AZ Strip can be tougher to hunt than unit 13B but the quality of the mule deer that are found here is phenomenal.
Unit 13A also has an early season archery hunt and a November rifle hunt. The rifle hunt is a little bit later than 13B, so it has better rut dates. Unit 13A should be your second choice when applying for Arizona mule deer.