Down the river road past San Manuel is a good area. Areas: Mule deer numbers in Unit 23 are at currently at low levels compared to long term averages. Unit 23 is a vast and variable unit. They also blend in very well with the desert landscape. If you're interested in why this might be the case you can read up on the Arizona Draw Process here to better understand why these stats happen. If you aren't caught up in competition of "score" then this hunt lacks nothing. It is reflective of the demand for the tags relative to each category. Arizona Hunting Reviews. November Mule Deer tags for Residents of Arizona in 2019 took from 4-9 Bonus Points to secure. Mule deer inhabit virtually all habitat types in the unit. This can’t be done unless you have the proper equipment. Therefore, it is important to spend more time on the seat of your pants glassing than tromping around the desert. Overall mule deer populations in GMU 23 are well below their historic averages primarily due to prolonged drought conditions and an ever changing environment. Overview: The mountain lion harvest has averaged 11 lions in Unit 23 the past few years. So it is better to stay where you are when you hear the “gobble’ and find a good place that will act as a blind. Log In. Check their references and you can call the Game and Fish department to verify their license and do the same with the Tonto National Forest. To judge a bear, look at body bulk and relative size of legs to the body and the ear size relative to the head. Antlerless elk tags are allocated between 23 North and 23 South as well with a general antlerless hunt in the North and a juniors only antlerless hunt in the South. If you have a unit 12AW, 12AE, 12B or 12BW please call us to see what we offer. Next in abundance is the Arizona gray squirrel that inhabits the denser mixed broadleaf communities of riparian deciduous forest between the elevations of 5,000 and 6,500 feet (Brown 1984). Total turkey observations were a little below average compared to previous years. During some years, the mid-October season occurs after the bulk of the birds have headed south. These units are often referred to as “The Strip” amongst most muley enthusiasts. Scores. LRH Team Member. Mule deer numbers in Unit 23 are at currently at low levels compared to long term averages. Tips: Many hunters use guides to hunt lions. The early season begins September 1 while the late season begins in November. Arizona offers over-the-counter (OTC) archery mule deer and Coues deer hunts during prime hunting times in prime hunting units. As companions, guides and mentors, JP and Michael were awesome. Overview: Black bears are primarily associated with the chaparral, pine-oak woodlands, and the pine/mixed conifer habitat types. Finding areas where the birds are congregating is what you’re looking for but can vary year to year. Scouting Services Details. The lion population in this unit appears to be stable with an abundant reservoir to the east on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The same warning holds true for crossing Cherry, Coon, and Salome Creeks. The past several years’ drought is primarily responsible for this condition, but recent normal range precipitation seem to be helping the mule deer in 23 bounce back. Statewide, the band-tailed population appears to be on a downward trend. The southern and lower elevation areas provide mule deer hunting along the A-Cross road (Forest Road 60) and the Cherry Creek road (Forest Road 203). Joined Jun 20, 2015 Messages 12. “Anyone’s Hunt” breaks down and explores hunting opportunities that are available to anyone. Nevertheless, do not let its cunning nature and unforgiving habitat discourage you as it is possible to take down a mule deer. Both residents and nonresidents can hunt. The two halves have different hunt starting dates, so be sure to check which half you plan to hunt and be sure of the starting date. During some years, black bears can be located in the desert scrub habitat where thick stands of prickly pear cactus are found. Areas: The entire Sierra Ancha Mountain range and its drainages are good bear habitat. These areas all offer excellent elk hunting opportunities. Access: Access is widely available via State Routes 260 and 288 and the complex of Forest Service roads. Late Season Mule Deer Hunts: Late Season hunts in Northern Arizona start December 13th and end January 31st. Season status must be checked by calling 1-800-970-BEAR (2327). This places the quail hunt emphasis on the southern and lower elevation areas of the unit. There is a Game and Fish Commission Rule, as well as federal regulations, which prohibit the use of aircraft to take or pursue wildlife in Arizona. From the south end of the lake, go north on State Route 288 to F.S. The past several years’ drought is primarily responsible for this condition, but recent normal range precipitation seem to be helping the mule deer in 23 bounce back. Deer Hunting in Arizona Game Management Unit 22. If you use a guide be sure they are licensed with the state and that they have the proper permits for guiding on the Tonto National Forest. Archery (OTC) Mule Deer hunts . Whether you are looking to apply or have already draw the tag our. Band-tailed pigeons nest in dense stands of ponderosa pines, which in the past 20 years have been heavily thinned out in many areas. Portions of Unit 23 in the Canyon Creek area were burned in the Rodeo-Chediski Fire and will have an impact on turkey populations there. Aberts are the most common of these three in unit 23. Unit Summary. Both the reservoir and the masonry dam that created it, Roosevelt Dam, were named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who dedicated the dam himself in March 1911. Located roughly 80 miles northeast of Phoenix in the Salt River Valley, Roosevelt Lake is the largest lake or reservoir located entirely within the state of Arizona (Lake Mead and Lake Powell are larger but both are located partially within the neighboring states of Nevada and Utah respectively). Climate Information The lake is also home to wintering flocks of Canada Geese with occasional Snow, Cackling and Ross visiting as well. Many species of both diving and puddle ducks call this lake home during the winter. Arizona is known for it's monster muleys. Red squirrels are limited to the moist north facing slopes of Colcord Mountain and upper Canyon Creek. Areas: Areas to locate during Band-tailed pigeon season are areas of abundant oak mast. Whether you are looking to apply or have already draw the tag our AZ mule deer guides can help you with your unit 23 hunt. Prickly pear flats can often provide excellent glassing and stalking opportunities for bear hunters. The early archery hunt will generally have hot, summer-like temperatures with moderate to cool nights. The largest … Our years of experience and generations of knowledge hunting the unit make it and experience that is always interesting and exciting. Primary Game Species/ Hunting Month(s) White-Tailed Deer October-December Mule Deer October/November Javelina January/February Secondary Game Species/ Hunting Month(s) Antelope August/September Quail October-February Average # permits in past 5 years White-Tailed Deer 1500 Mule Deer 1000 Javelina 800 Antelope 20. Because trophy quality is pretty limited on this hunt, Non-Residents tend to apply elsewhere thus the great draw odds. Areas to scout will include Canyon Creek, Naegelin Rim/Canyon, Colcord Mountain/Canyon, Christopher Mountain, Turkey Peak (Of Course! Portions of Unit 23 in the Canyon Creek area were burned in the Rodeo-Chediski Fire and will have an impact on mule deer populations there. During the early bull hunt, if you have a north permit, your hunt will concentrate on the extreme northern portion of the unit. Hunters are also required to contact the Arizona Game & Fish Department in person or by phone at the same number within 48 hours after taking a bear. Hunters who use lion dogs take over 80% of the lions harvested. However, I tend to target bucks that are 160 inches or larger. Overview: Unit 23 is not considered a primary dove unit, but it does offer limited dove hunting opportunities. TIPS: Scouting for the earlier hunts should begin soon after being drawn. Arizona Unit 12AW mule deer outfitter. These birds are fair weather residents and will migrate south with the onset of cooler weather. Trophy potential on average is fairly moderate. The reasons for this probably have more to do with timber harvest practices than any other factor. Boats are required to hunt some of the areas on the lake but walk in shore hunters can do well also. Last summer Unit 23 surveys revealed 2.3 poults per hen, which is above the three year average. Since unit 23 is below the Mogollon Rim, by definition all of the Mule deer in the unit would be categorized by SCI as Desert Mule deer. Use binoculars to locate them in trees around you. Tips: Black bears, more than any other big game species in Arizona must be hunted early in the morning or late afternoon during the early fall hunts, if the hunter is to have an opportunity to locate the animals. Areas to scout will include Canyon Creek, Naegelin Rim/Canyon, Christopher Mountain, Bottle Springs, Aztec Peak, and Armer Mountain. The ducks and geese typically begin showing up as soon as the weather starts cooling quite a bit, especially in States to our North. They leave large distinct tracks in soft dirt and mud, they drop feathers in dusting areas and beneath roosts, they scrape up pine needles and oak leaves in search of mast (seeds and acorns), and they leave distinct droppings in riparian and meadow areas where they have been feeding. Lion tracks and sign can be located along forest roads and trails, as they seek easy walking when moving from location to location. This road accesses miles of quality javelina habitat between State Route 288 and Cherry Creek. Arizona Unit 23 Elk: Unit 23 in Arizona is home to a great population of Rocky mountain elk and offers the lucky Arizona elk hunters who are fortunate enough to be able to draw an elk tag in this unit a great opportunity to possibly harvest a Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett caliber trophy bull elk this hunting … The incredible and, in many parts of the unit, unique habitat are what make this hunt more than other Central AZ hunts. N/A Room to Breathe 44 44 … General Comments: The overall outlook for quail in Unit 23 is fair due to good winter rainfall. 480-221-0570. azdiyhunts@gmail.com. Four Limited Opportunity hunts in the Canyon Creek area are still in effect to address the overutilization of regenerating willows and cottonwoods by elk along Canyon Creek. With no Bonus Points the draw odds were 9.6%. Access: Gambel quail are primarily a desert scrub and chaparral species. Hunt Structure: Unit 23 is split into two halves for the black bear hunt. These early morning flights are usually over by 9 a.m. so the hunting time is limited. During your hunt you can observe the wide variety of other wildlife that Arizona is home to, and enjoy the scenery. Areas: Mule deer numbers in Unit 23 are stable. Access: As with the other desert associated species, doves are primarily hunted in the southern and lower elevation areas of the unit. road 203 (Cherry Creek road). It is reflective of the demand for the tags relative to each category. 135-165 is the category most mature bucks will fall under, that get taken on this hunt. Does anyone have any general info on weather, … Unit 23 has two dove hunts offered each year. Acorns should be nearing ripening allowing them to be readily visible with the aid of binoculars. They inhabit Ponderosa Pine forest and are very rarely out of sight of a ponderosa pine tree. They are primarily found in a band of elevation from 3,500 feet to 6,000 feet. Tips: Hunters should be proficient with turkey calling techniques. Well, To add salt to injury, the mule deer’s habitat is an unforgiving place for humans. Geographically The Strip encompasses 5,074 square miles of northwestern Arizona. A few spots to mention are Cherry Creek, Coon Creek, Salome Creek, Lambing Creek and Picture Mountain. Locate water sources near these feeding areas as pigeons travel back and forth and a location between them will allow pass shooting. The Mazatzal Wilderness area holds pockets of mule deer where water is found year round and this area can be accessed by the Sheep’s Bridge Crossing road along the east side of the Verde River. 1; 2; First Prev 2 of 2 Go to page. Southern Arizona mule deer bucks do not typically have much record book potential, but they can offer a unique and exciting desert hunting experience. Hunting squirrels in adverse weather is probably a waste of the hunter’s time. Mule deer inhabit virtually all habitat types in the unit. Note: Between November 15th and February 15th each year the area between Roosevelt Lake and the A-Cross Road from Salt Gulch to Long Gulch (F.S road 135) is closed to all hunting and posted portions are closed to all entry. Hunt by walking through good habitat and looking for squirrel sign. As the mule deer population has declined, coues deer have moved to lower elevation habitat that 30 years ago was inhabited by mule deer. Be cognizant of flow levels in Tonto Creek and check crossing conditions and weather before proceeding across the creek. Insects, especially grasshoppers, grass seeds, pine seeds, acorns, grass, and forbs are all turkey food. Look forward to years with good winter and summer rains as they should be favorable on the javelina populations. Pre-scouting areas prior to any hunting trip is always a good recommendation and waterfowl hunting is no exception. Coues whitetail deer live in nearly every portion of it, form the Saguaro covered hills just north of Roosevelt Lake to the dark timber of the Sierra Ancha and Mogollon Rim. Tips: From first light to mid-morning is the best time to look for squirrels. White-tailed deer can be found in all habitats from the semi-desert grassland areas up through through mixed-conifer forests. Scouting Services. Dec 2, 2020 #15 M T Roberts Well-Known Member. Our years of experience and generations of knowledge hunting the unit make it and experience that is always interesting and exciting. Thread starter cherokees; Start date Jul 6, 2020; Help Support Long Range Hunting : Join the LRH Team or . Prey species include elk, deer, domestic livestock, javelina, turkey, and other small game. Because trophy quality is pretty limited on this hunt, Non-Residents tend to apply elsewhere thus the great draw odds. This situation provides bears with good feeding sites adjacent to cove to retire to. In recent years precipitation has improved, benefitting the mule deer of Central, Arizona. Joined Aug 6, 2016 Messages 126 Location Mesa AZ. The area offers good vehicle access to quality javelina habitat. N/A Public Access 96 96 Ease of Terrain 0. Favorite areas to hunt are the Naegelin rim/Canyon, Colcord Mountain, Aztec Peak, and the Canyon Creek areas. A quality pair of binoculars and a tripod make this a much more enjoyable endeavor. They can be learned through a number of sources including cassette tapes and videotapes. White-tailed deer prefer areas that do not experience heavy livestock densities. Some of the more common waterfowl at Roosevelt include Northern Shovler, Mallard, American Widgeon, Gadwall and Teal. I don't know much about the unit besides the things I have found out through e-scouting and research. Scouting prospective areas helps greatly and the use of binoculars and/or a spotting scope is almost mandatory. All major drainages that run off of the Sierra Ancha Mountains hold white-tailed deer. Remember it is unlawful to discharge a firearm while hunting within 1/4 mile of any occupied building without permission. Lower elevation and Southerly sloped are predominately Piñon-Juniper landscapes. Arizona unit 27 mule deer. Turkey leave many signs that they are using an area. Mule deer inhabit virtually all habitat types in the unit. road 71 out of Punkin Center. Here again Tonto Basin south around the base of the Sierra Anchas over to Cherry Creek and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation boundary comprises the bulk of the quail habitat in Unit 23. For Non-Residents it took1-4 Bonus Points to draw the unit 23 hunt and at 0 points odds were 18.3%. Hunters should be dressed in camouflage to blend in with the area they are hunting. Bears can be taken in the pine/mixed conifer areas in the North Hunt Unit along the Naegelin Rim and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation Boundary. This is especially true during the early hunt when days are usually quite warm. Mule deer live in nearly every habitat type within unit 23. Hunting whitetail and mule deer in Arizona. Turkey calling with a diaphragm call can be practiced while driving (preferably with no one else in the car) or doing many other activities since your hands are not needed. The past several years’ drought is primarily responsible for this condition, but recent normal range precipitation seem to be helping the mule deer in 23 bounce back. Unit 27 Arizona for Archery Mule Deer in January. When we are looking for a reliable, relatively easy-to-draw, and fun mule deer hunt the unit 23 mid-November season is high on our list. Hunt Unit Maps and Data. Portions of the lake are included in the Roosevelt Lake Wildlife Area and have seasonal hunting and access restrictions that occur during waterfowl season. Although populations may still be well below their historic figures, it is our opinion that many of the mule deer groups in unit 23 have made substantial comebacks over the last 5-7 years. Thread starter koupe1447; Start date Oct 6, 2020; Oct 6, 2020 #1 K. koupe1447 Newbie. By the time the archery hunts arrive, the weather should have cooled considerably, and the elk (especially bulls) will be heading into the brushy cover of the south slopes of the Naegelin Rim, Christopher Mountain, Horse Mountain, Oxbow Mountain, and Armer Mountain. 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. Arizona has some of the best deer hunting in the world and is considered a top producer for record class bucks. Do not miss out on your opportunity to hunt Arizona! It has become one of the most overlooked and underrated hunts in the southwest. The fact the the draw odds were substantially easier for Non-Residents than for Residents is an oddity. Im planning my first archery mule deer hunt in unit 27 for January 2019. As with other species the drought has a negative impact on javelina populations. Be in your hunting area during these times. For further information and maps of the closure area, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Mule deer … There are some localized spots that will have hold-over adult birds from last year, but look forward to many young birds in the population this year. This may be a good place to introduce yourself and your site or include some credits. A bear with long -lanky looking legs is probably a young smaller bear. The third species, the red, is found in the limited mixed conifer forest along the Mogollon Rim. We spend more time on the Kaibab than any other outfitter! Since these deer are on the Northern extent of the desert sub species and butt up against the contiguous habitat of the "Rocky Mountain" sub species, above the rim, these deer physically exhibit characteristics that blend the two. Check the migratory bird hunt regulations for exact season dates. As with any other hunting trip the research you do on the front end will make the difference between success and failure. Locate an area away from roads and glass the area to locate deer. Tips: Javelina are one of the smaller “big game” animals you will encounter in Arizona. White-tailed deer are very localized and can be found in the same canyon or hillside several times. Later in the fall, Gambel oak thickets (in years with good acorn production) are places to check. Although populations may still be well below their historic figures, it is our opinion that many of the mule deer groups in unit 23 have made substantial comebacks over the last 5-7 years. It’s a 7 day hunt and we had 4 days to get it done with our work schedules. Just buy a license, buy a tag, and bring a bow. Photos and Video. The unit has somewhat of a cult like dedication from Resident hunters, despite the fact that it is not well known for big deer. It can also be dangerous to stalk a turkey. Look for Gambel oak thickets in the higher elevations and Emory and/or Arizona White oak thickets in the lower areas. Elk will be found from the Mogollon Rim south to Parker Creek. This is particularly a bonus for archers who generally need to stalk within close range. AZ DIY Hunting. Try hunting both high and low elevation types of habitat if you are having trouble-locating bears in one or the other. Few places in the West rival the mule deer producing power of Arizona’s units 13A & 13B. The unit is diverse and large. If you’re looking to get up a little higher in elevation, there are areas to the west of the town of Young that have javelina habitat and you can camp in the coolness of the pines close by. Research. Portions of Unit 23 in the Canyon Creek area were burned in the Rodeo-Chediski Fire and will have an impact on elk populations there. The December hunt is a rut hunt and the bucks are usually actively seeking out does. Overview: White-tail deer numbers in unit 23 are static to improving. In addition, a premolar tooth from each bear taken must be received in the Phoenix office of the Arizona Game & Fish Department within 20 days after contacting the Department. The late bull hunt in November and December will have the bulls pushed into remote often rugged areas of the Unit. ↳ Elk Hunting ↳ Antelope Hunting ↳ Whitetail Deer ↳ Shed Hunting ↳ Moose, Caribou, Sheep, Goat Hunting etc. Javelina frequent these slopes and can be spotted much easier than in the brush. Sit and wait to hear the sounds of squirrels feeding or scurrying about. If you're interested in why this might be the case you can read up on, When we are looking for a reliable, relatively easy-to-draw, and fun mule deer hunt the unit 23 mid-November season is high on our list. Roosevelt Lake closure map, Address 123 Main Street New York, NY 10001, Hours Monday—Friday: 9:00AM–5:00PM Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM–3:00PM. During the general antlerless hunt in late October, you should concentrate on the same areas in both the north and south units, as the bulls will generally still be bugling, though to a lesser degree than in early October. We also charge $500 per additional hunter. There are areas in the unit where a good glasser can glass 20 to 30 deer from one vantage point. The fact the the draw odds were substantially easier for Non-Residents than for Residents is an oddity. Also, later hunts have seen an increase in the use of aircraft for scouting. My wife Tia and I both drew Arizona rifle mule deer tags for November 2018. Archery mule deer hunters who are lucky enough to draw a unit 13B archery mule deer tag will enjoy a very high quality trophy hunt for giant Arizona Strip bucks that are in the velvet. These guys are skilled guides and elk hunters! Hunt Structure: The quail hunt will be similar to the past years with a liberal 4-month season. Mourning doves are the primary species available on the early hunt and the only species present during the late hunt. To conclude, a mule deer hunt in one of Arizona OTC units is often overlooked by hunters who think they need to draw a tag in order to experience a quality hunt. 33 is my favorite area to hunt in the entire state. Areas: Depending on which hunt you are hunting, areas differ. The northern and higher elevation areas north of Young to scout are the Naegelin Rim/Canyon area and the Valentine Ridge/Canyon area. 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