Off to AZ MD Hunt this SaturdayContributors to this thread:
Heading to southern AZ this Saturday for an Archery MD hunt. Does anyone have any reports or hearing about the MD runt these days?
I have heard in the southern units there is good rut activity in some areas but here in the western deserts it sucks. I have seen 2 bucks in the 160-180 range in 8 days of hunting. Numerous does without bucks and single bucks. Having said that the rut usually doesn't get going well in the areas I hunt until around the 10th.
Why do you want a mule deer runt?
Good luck Will! Keep us posted on your hunt.
What unit are you headed to?
The rut is mediocre at best
Good luck other Will, hope a gorgeous buck offers a good shot.
I would like to see a runt as well :)
Going small early and going after a runt. Ha ha
Seeing a lot of does with no bucks or small spikes or forked horns. Only seen a handful of good bucks, but they are cruising and traveling a lot. A lot of hunters in the southern units. It's a race to get to certain areas or glassing points. Guys are killing deer in the desert flats in the palo verde trees where they can shoot 60 plus yards. Below flagstaff is rough clause the 3 inches of now is frozen and loud. Areas around Sedona is getting hunted hard as well. I visited with six guys from Idaho last Thursday that will be there till the end of the season. UTV riders and lots of quail hunters. I've never seen so many hunters in areas before. Be prepared.
South of Tucson. A few small bucks are harassing does, but definitely not in the rut yet. Lot of guys down here too. Even saw a rental RV trying to go up one of these crummy desert roads. That should be entertaining.
Finally saw a nice buck dogging a doe this morning. Things are heating up.
Love it when seniority prevails. About a week ago saw 8 does with a forkhorn. Few days later, a small 4X5 had taken over. Now waiting for the buck that runs off that small 4X5.
Today is the 15th. Can’t wait to get back there tomorrow. Found a giant 4x4 last weekend but busted by the does. I was circling on another herd when I found this herd. Hope they’re still in the area
Good luck all. I'll be out solo this weekend, probably in the Prescott area. Deer and pig tag in my pocket, hope to have some luck!