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AZ Non Permit Summer 23
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
NorCalVineyards 30-Jul-23
BOHNTR 30-Jul-23
NorCalVineyards 30-Jul-23
Scar Finga 30-Jul-23
Verdehunter3 31-Jul-23
Treeline 31-Jul-23
StickFlicker 31-Jul-23
Verdehunter3 31-Jul-23
30-Jul-23
just finalized plans for a trip with a good buddy to visit AZ this summer for some archery deer hunting. Our intent was to visit in Jan but since that didn’t work out and our tag is still valid, looks like we will give it a go this Sept.

My thinking is to hunt north of the I-40 and hope for a little cooler weather. The downside to this is pressure from elk hunters.

I’ve hunted a half dozen times south of the 40 between Kingman and Wickenburg but I think I’ll head north and get started right after Labor Day weekend.

What’s the deal with all that State ground checkerboard in those units north of 40 (is it huntable) and is the big Bo still accessible for a fee? I have hunted in this unit once but it was on private land.

Are the deer and elk existing in the same general habitat?

I’m just planning on tent camping and staying mobile. Never thought I would go out and hunt this is in the early but I’m really getting excited about it.

Grateful for any/all input.

From: BOHNTR
30-Jul-23
Elk and deer are not open at the same time, so there shouldn’t be any hunting pressure from elk hunters, per se. You may, however, see some scouting pressure from up coming elk hunts???

Not a ton of deer, but they are there. State land is open for licensed hunters during a hunt.

30-Jul-23
That’s good to know about the elk season not opening yet. There’s a good amount of state ground in that unit, most of it is checkered.

I imagine deer will be tougher to find that time of year especially the bucks.

From: Scar Finga
30-Jul-23
yes, and it's going to be "hot", even in September up high!!

From: Verdehunter3
31-Jul-23
Find a tank with tracks.

From: Treeline
31-Jul-23
^^^ Good advice. Monsoons have not been good so water is critical!

From: StickFlicker
31-Jul-23
"Find a tank with tracks."

Unless you're hunting the Big Bo. I don't believe they allow hunting on water.

From: Verdehunter3
31-Jul-23
No, not on the Bo. Stay off the Bo. It’s not worth the money, and no, you can’t sit tanks there. Plenty of other areas with big bucks off there.

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