For more information, contact the appropriate tribe directly. Forums > Species and Groups > Big Game > OTC archery deer help Discussion in 'Big Game' started by Donny, Mar 7, 2018. ! The OTC tags and licenses for our trophy Arizona coues or mule deer trip are purchased over the counter and do not need to be drawn. Arizona Over-The-Counter Mule Deer Hunts. Cost: Deer tag: $315 Combo license: $160 Flagstaff is particularly popular for producing trophy bucks among its twelve units, most notably unit 6A. Look for dirt tanks that contain water, as deer should be nearby. The mule deer hunting is generally better in the units closer to the Mogollon Rim than down south by me as I understand (Coues deer are doing really well down here) but regardless I would caution you on the heat. Just get a map and go out and explore! OTC states like Nebraska (archery and muzzleloader) and South Dakota (archery) are go-to locations for mule deer fanatics who come up empty in draw states / units. Colorado doesn’t have OTC mule deer tags. I haven't looked at the plains states like OK, NE, KS and the Dakotas because I enjoy spending my 2 weeks vacation in the high country. I am planning on buying OTC tags so I don't know which units you are allowed to hunt because I know some you need to apply for to hunt there. Arizona is unique in that if offers over the counter tags for archery mule deer and coues deer hunting. This is where we have looked: I have never hunted in AZ before and I am trying to figure out what are the best units to hunt in. Early Season Archery hunts begin the last week of August through Mid September annually. Page 1 ... but I live in Unit 10 and hunt both 10 and 8. The sky’s the limit when you’re mule deer hunting on The Strip. 2020 Season Information. We have spent 4 weekends scouting/hunting and have only seen a little sign (but no deer). Generally the trophy mule deer prefer the more rugged Arizona high country and southeastern areas. Both residents and nonresidents can hunt. It’s probably the easiest way to get it. Velvet Bucks in the summer range. Looking for a buck this January (2013) on the AZ OTC archery deer tag (valid in various units Jan 1-31; 4 weeks in Aug/Sep(~8/24-9/13), and then again last 2 weeks of December). The Wasatch and Manti units have very large herds of elk, a lot of tags, and are not managed for the same age class as the units listed above – that being said, 300+ bulls are fairly common, and seeing a 350+ bull can happen with hard work and a little luck. There are ~ 150 deer units in CO. All tags are draw, but you can buy the leftovers in August. The hunt takes place in early November. Over the Counter Archery Deer Hunts. This is a relatively dry unit. The best mule deer hunt....any you have tag for. Mule deer are found on all terrains from the low southern deserts to high forested northern and eastern mountains. Early season hunts begin August 19 through September 8th. Utah has an interesting Mule Deer … The best way to hunt the dense mesquite-cacti flats is by still-hunting. While the units do not present as much trophy mule deer potential, there are trophy bucks harvested in these units regularly. This hunt is over the counter and you can hunt trophy mule deer and Arizona coues deer bucks in the late season during the peak of the rut.. The only OTC mule deer tags I have found are archery in AZ. From January 31st and December 31st, you can only kill one deer. "We are a Veteran friendly guiding service" See R12-4-108 of the Arizona Hunting Regulations for legal descriptions of Game Management Unit Boundaries. Plenty of states have over-the-counter tags for deer so what makes these so special? Top LE Mule deer hunts Idaho is a strong mule deer state that offers hunts with high quality and high harvest success. ! The biggest buck one of our hunters have gotten so far on this hunt was a 229 inch monster! Arizona Hunting Today - Your Arizona Hunting Resource. I am planning on going Mule deer hunting in AZ this year. It won’t be cheap, but it is a way to position yourself into probably the very best mule deer hunting on earth. That's how I learned 'em. Last year we killed a 201 gross typical. However, don’t be discouraged, MANY hunts in MANY great units offer very good draw odds for both resident as well as non-resident applicants with few, to no bonus points at all. Many also hunt the late season in Arizona with a non-permit OTC archery tag. However, don’t be discouraged, MANY hunts in MANY great units offer very good draw odds for both resident as well as non-resident applicants with few, to no bonus points at all. The OTC archery tags for Coues deer and Mule Deer are among the most flexible tags around in terms of opportunity and the actual hunting timeframe. The best units are very difficult to draw. But I'm not opposed to chasing muleys anywhere if need be. Our Outfitter believes that the two Arizona Strip units are the best premier mule deer tags in Arizona. Go to the CPW site and check out the hunting statistics. The terrain where you’ll find mule deer ranges from dry, high-desert foothills to the rugged, mountainous, alpine zone. Additionally, each individual tribe controls hunting, if allowed, on the respective Reservation. Access is the primary issue; most of Texas is private land. It’s the over-the-counter archery mule deer and Coues deer hunting. However you may not harvest 2 mule deer in the same calendar year. On the plus side, outfitted hunts generally run south of $4,000 and offer a legitimate opportunity at a nice 140- … Plenty of good deer and elk in both units. AZ OTC Archery Deer Units 16A, 15A/B Report/Advice? "A nonresident generally can draw a rifle tag in this unit every 2 to 3 years. The most abundant deer in Arizona is the Rocky Mountain Mule Deer. Of Tucson’s seventeen units, 36A and 36C are best known for their all-around success rate for deer hunting harvest in Arizona, rating almost 65% in the late season. Arizona OTC (over the counter) Mule & Coues Deer Hunts. Hiking between 2-6 miles daily various terrain and weather conditions depending on the season. These units are premier mule deer units in Arizona for giant mule deer. The best mule deer numbers are found southeast of the Panhandle region of Idaho. The mule deer in general aren't doing as well as the Coues deer but that's not to say there aren't any nice bucks around. 1. Lots of 150ish bucks with a decent shot at something bigger. We also can purchase this upon arrival). Archery (OTC) Mule Deer hunts . However, every OTC Texas nonresident hunting license includes one buck and one doe mule deer tag with no extra or hidden tag fees. However, I tend to target bucks that are 160 inches or larger. Mule deer may be found on the flats around mesquite-lined washes. The Az OTC Archery Deer Hunt is the most over looked hunt in the west with opportunity at trophy caliber bucks with an average 160-180 class bucks with annually bucks exceeding 180+. There are several management units within Arizona that produce extremely large Rocky Mountain mule deer and most of those management units offer good chances to draw a mule deer permit. General Rifle and OTC Archery Mule Deer If you do not want to wait the several required years to hunt Arizona’s top units then there is another option for you. It’s not an easy hunt by any means, but the tags are easy to get, and the big ones are out there! While the units do not present as much trophy mule deer potential, there are trophy bucks harvested in these units regularly. Buying an OTC mule deer tag in Arizona gives a bowhunter the opportunity to hunt earlier and more often than those who draw tags. You will NOT lose any bonus points if you harvest a mule deer on an OTC hunt. Arizona Over-The-Counter Mule Deer Hunts. Arizona offers over-the-counter (OTC) archery mule deer and Coues deer hunts during prime hunting times in prime hunting units. Southeast Idaho is seeing a notable downtrend due to several severe … If you narrow down your request to specific units, you might get some input. Late Season – Arizona has a long archery deer season that runs mid-December through January. These aren’t just any tags. The area north of the Colorado River known as the Arizona Strip and the north Kaibab consist of units 13 A and B and 12 A and B. Archery season runs in September and most rifle seasons occur during October, with some exceptions. Hunt: 5-day hunt, expect to see/stalk on mature coues deer between 85-115" and mature mule deer between 150-180" and they will be in the velvet, every day have opportunities on Mule deer between 15-50yds. Mule Deer: Trophy Rocky Mountain (forest) mule deer bucks range in size between 150 inches and 250 inches and average about 170 inches. As with most LE hunts, draw odds for Idaho mule deer tend to be tough, but in this case, worth the wait. 5th Choice – Arizona Hunt Unit 12 A East: Unit 12A east, the east side of the world famous Kaibab Plateau, is our 5th ranking choice for the best mule deer units in Arizona. Typically bachelor groups varying between 3-5 bucks in a group. Over the Counter Archery Mule Deer Hunts in Arizona are the most overlooked in the west with opportunity at trophy caliber bucks with an average 160 – 180 class bucks, with annual bucks exceeding 180+ and our biggest archery buck to date being 223 inches!. In Arizona, you’re only allowed to kill one deer per calendar year. If you shot a Coues deer, then you can’t come back and shoot a mule deer. Arizona offers some of the best OTC (over the counter) archery Coues deer hunting opportunities in the west! Mule Deer. Arizona offers some of the best OTC (over the counter) archery Mule deer hunting opportunities in the west! Region III has productive mule deer units too near Kingman in western Arizona," he noted. Arizona in Dec/Jan. Darveau also suggests hunting mule deer in Unit 22 with its 20 percent success rate. Prime Units. ... Shiloh, There are not any OTC deer units in CO. As for elk goes I would just do a google search. It has become one of the most overlooked and underrated hunts in the southwest. Trophy mule deer and Coues bucks can be hunted in January and December (in most units) and bucks are relatively easy to … Species and hunts available are: archery-only deer (some unit restrictions); limited opportunity elk; mountain lion; bear; archery-only javelina and juniors-only turkey (shotgun only). Buying an OTC mule deer tag in Arizona gives a bowhunter the opportunity to hunt earlier and more often than those who draw tags. Montana The Strip and Kaibab units are difficult to draw but have arguably the best genetics in the world. There are many units in central and southern Arizona that hold good bucks and can be drawn with minimal or no bonus points. You can buy archery licenses in prime units. OTC tags and beautiful weather too. However, Arizona has some very good opportunities that can be purchased over the counter to hunt desert bucks. The best part about this OTC hunt is that there is no draw, no application and no waiting. Hunters can apply for mule deer … If you have questions regarding this hunt or would like assistance applying into the Arizona big game draw please contact WTA TAGS at 1-800-755-TAGS(8247) or [email protected]. The maps and information provided are for reference only. 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