Arizona OTC Archery Mule Deer
Late season archery mule deer hunts in Central and Southern Arizona take place in December and January during the peak of the rut.
Because of the open terrain, expect 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, and you can expect to do a lot of glassing and come with a good pair of binos. This is a very affordable and fun hunt.
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.
- 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 awhile you will see a buck that will score 180-190″.
A great off-season hunt for over the counter Arizona archery mule deer during the rut.” ~Cory Glauner