Archery Mule Deer Hunt in Arizona are available with Over the Counter Archery Tags.
Arizona Over The Counter Hunt Opportunities
The stigma of hunting in the southwest is truly not as difficult as people have portrayed.
In Arizona, most hunter believe that you must go through a costly long application and draw process that takes many years to obtain a tag as well as the incurred cost in order to so. The truth is , Arizona like most Western States, has a preference point system for drawing tags but what trophy hunters are finding out that there are Over The Counter hunt opportunities that do not require a draw with great trophy hunt potential.
The draw typically takes 5-20 years dependent on the species and hunt area if hunters apply for one of the premier trophy units. There are so many hunts that are over looked because of this stigma.
An example the Arizona Strip which is known for its trophy mule deer and is one of the most coveted tags in the country to obtain, is difficult to even consider as to this date if you are not a maximum bonus point holder mathematically it would talked over 30 years before you would be eligible to draw a tag, as all the non resident tags go to the maximum bonus points holders.
Who wants to wait 30 years.? But the Kaibab has draw tags that have similar quality animals for Bowhunters that can be drawn with 1-3 years if applying. That’s an example of a hunt opportunity that many nonresident hunters are un aware of. Now yes, these are examples of draw tags , and every species has the same.
INFORMATION ABOUT OTC HUNTS.
First, I want to share that it is my opinion that the over the counter deer hunts are the most over looked hunts in the south west.
Arizona has the genetics for trophy animals and it has been proven by the hunters that actually come here and witness the trophy hunts and annually harvest or have hunt opportunities to harvest these animals.
You ask the following questions;
- 1. What hunts are available?
- 2. What times of the year?
- 3. What caliber of animals can I expect to hunt?
- 4. Are there private land tags?
- 5. Are the hunt areas private or public?
Here’s what you need to know about out OTC hunts:
- Archery Mule Deer and Couse Deer – August-September- (RUT) December- (RUT) January
Mule Deer Trophy expectation 170 class with annual opportunity at 180-200 caliber bucks.
Couse Deer Trophy expectation 100-105 caliber with annual opportunities at 110 + (FYI Boone and Crocket entries for Couse Deer are 110)
- Mountain Lion – Any weapon with Dogs September through April with December through March the best time to hunt them. 125-200 lb cats
- Black Bear – Any weapon with dogs or Spot and Stalk August through December with best time in August through 1st 2 weeks of October 200-250 lbs bears on average (Spring hunts also available on Indian reservations)
- OTC fall turkey combo with deer
- OTC Javelina combo with deer
- Private land access vs Public Land : Arizona does not have Private Land tags.
Our outfit has 50,000 acres of private land access with offer trespass fees of $2500 per hunter and we also have some private that does not charge trespass fees as well . Again keep in mind that 80 % of hunting lands in Arizona is public. And in many cases with over 26 years of outfitting in Arizona, we will be on public and no other hunters or outfitters will be seen.
- Sonora Mexico hunt opportunities.
We have control of over 100,000 acres in Mexico for Desert Mule Deer and Couse Deer. These tags are pricey but the hunt opportunities are excellent.
FOR HUNTS THAT REQUIRE A DRAW APPLICATION, WE INVITE HUNTERS TO CONTACT US FOR APPLICAITON ASSISTANCE.
PLEAE VIEW THE ARIZONA GAME AND FISH WEGSITE FOR DETAILED ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS.