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  1. Big Game
    So I got back into hunting late in life after a few years of hunting in my teens (that was a lot of years ago). Drew my first Arizona deer tag for 2020 after a number of years of trying and actually bagged one. A five point Coues deer during rifle season. I know many people have downed a lot...
  2. Big Game
    Hey hunting Muleys in #28 this wk, 1st time, was planning on either Guthrie Peak area or Whitlock mnts. I’m looking for spots for dry camping (small camper) and any area hunting tips anyone might share. Hunted pigs by Guthrie’s pk but not deer. Thanks Warren
  3. Big Game
    Hello everyone! As the title suggests I am new to the big game hunting. Admittedly I have always found it to be very intimidating and overwhelming because I don't know where to start. So...here I am starting. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to show me the ropes in relation to...
  4. Big Game
    Hello I am fairly new to hunting and have only bagged one deer archery 2 years ago. I have an OTC deer,elk, and turkey tag and would like to try to bag as much as I can this year. I made this forum not to talk about honey holes but to have tips and tricks on how to scout and other general...
  5. Archers Lodge
    Just curious. What is the elevation range of the area you typically hunt deer in? Do you ever change your elevation level based on temperature? The area I most often go to is above three thousand feet but under thirty eight hundred feet. I've hunted in lower Sonoran desert, but have not...
  6. Welcome & Orientation
    Hello, I recently moved to Arizona from the midwest. I grew up hunting whitetail in the midwest, but only been on a few western hunts. If anyone in the Phoenix area is looking for a hunting buddy let me know. I'll hunt small game, big game, birds, waterfowl, etc. Just looking to learn and gain...
  7. Big Game
    Doesn't look like I drew for deer this year, so I'm planning on buying a bow and getting an OTC tag. Harvest success rates are for the whole year anywhere I look, not for a particular season. Which season do you all prefer? Which one will I have the best chance at success? Late Summer, December...
  8. The Outpost & Mercantile
    Wildgame Innovations deer feeder. Programmable, 30 gallon hopper. New in box. Bought it a year ago and plans fell through so no need for it. Gonna offer it to you guys first before the craigslist goons. 50$. Located in Tempe/Mesa area...
  9. Predators & Furbearers
    I just ordered a Primos Alpha Dog since the price looks like it came down a bit. I have been using a foxpro spitfire (?) with little success. I was thinking they have heard all of those old sounds so much they know to turn the other way. What are you guys running? Pros/cons, reviews, success...
  10. Big Game
    Just curious, how long do you generally glass an area for spot and stalk? I'm talking about a ravine, canyon, field or whatever that you've seen your quarry in in the past, but not that specific day. Do you give it a few hours and then try another ravine, canyon or whatever. Or do you sit...
  11. Big Game
    Like the title says, first time hunting deer up north. According to game and fish they say the mule deer are found along the big canyons and in juniper pushes and chainings. I have the big canyon part down, but I don’t have a clue about what a juniper push or chainings are. Anyone care to give...
  12. Archers Lodge
    Hi Guys, I just wanted to report on my first weekend out bowhunting for deer. Went out Thursday and set up camp and checked out my glassing locations. Thursday evening hiked out on a finger ridge and glassed up the area. Saw lots of does and 10 elk for every deer, but no bucks. The area was...
  13. Big Game
    Hey guys, I've read a lot about deer feed/browse, but am having a difficult time finding information on preferred deer feed specific to Arizona. Any thoughts on favorite foods for deer - mulies or couse - in both the desert and timber?
  14. Community Campfire
    So as I've posted before this will be my first year big game hunting since I was a kid and my first time ever archery hunting (deer). Due to work, kids, other trips planed this summer etc... I haven't been able to do any on the ground scouting and knew I would only have the chance for one trip...
  15. Big Game
    Hey everyone. Starting to get excited about the upcoming early archery deer opener and thinking about the logistics of meat processing if I'm lucky enough to harvest. Ideally I'd like to process the larger cuts myself, and take the neck, scraps, etc somewhere else for burger and sausage. My...
  16. Big Game
    Hi guys, I didn't get drawn for rifle elk or deer this year, but I'm planning to take full advantage of the OTC deer archery (hoping to go mostly after mule deer)! I've spent the few months doing a ton of e-scouting - I know boots on the ground is better but with work and the forest closures...
  17. Welcome & Orientation
    Hi! I lived in Tucson from 74-87, last century. I moved back last year, after about 10 years in Virginia, and 20 in Colorado. I got started in archery in 1980, and was fortunate to take a P&Y buck in the Tucson Mountains in 1981. I also hunt with rifle: typically in Colorado I hunted archery...
  18. Big Game
    Ever listen to hunting podcasts to make the time go by while you're driving or working? Highlander Hunting Podcast is a new podcast available for free download on iTunes and Podbean. With my good friend and hunting partner John McCann, we talk about backcountry hunting in Alberta. We are...
  19. Welcome & Orientation
    Hello, I'm new to hunting, and am eager to learn and experience it. I'm looking to gain some info. I placed my first draw for deer(hope I get picked) I've already seen a lot about scouting in the threads which is great info. What I need to know is there certain gear that I need for the hunt...
  20. Welcome & Orientation
    Hey everyone! Im only a couple years into the hunting world, but love it so far! Filled my tag on a cow elk last year and now I just picked up my OTC archery deer tag. Looking for some 1 day hunts closer to the phoenix area, units 20B, 22, maybe even 20A. Work and family schedule make it more of...
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