Game Management Unit 16A
Though deer numbers have not returned to historic levels, there are still a good number of deer available in this unit, including some larger mature bucks.
Game Management Unit 15D
This unit has a low-density mule deer population with relatively low use by hunters.
Game Management Unit 45C
Hunters should concentrate in and around desert washes. This is a good strategy, but hunters who are interested in a challenging hunt and larger, older bucks should try the broad, desert flats near to the larger washes, such as those located in King Valle
Game Management Unit 45A
Most people hunting the flats try to find high points from which to glass the flats. Hunter densities are much lower in the flat country than the mountainous areas of the refuge.
Game Management Unit 44A
The higher deer densities are still associated with the Harcuvar Mountains. There are some deer in the Harquahala Mountains, but the overall density is low.
Game Management Unit 36B
Trophy bucks can be found throughout the unit and are most susceptible during the rut, which occurs in late December. If you want to be successful, spend more time sitting and glassing than walking.
Game Management Unit 20B
When searching for mule deer, spend a majority of your time looking for them with binoculars from a good glassing point where you can see a large basin, canyon or drainage with food, water, and cover within close proximity to one another.
Game Management Unit 15A
Huntable mule deer populations can be found in three separate mountain ranges in this unit. Highest deer densities are in the Peacock and Music Mountains.
Game Management Unit 15B
Early season archers typically will find their best shooting opportunities by sitting at a watering source. Late season archers will again find success by sitting at a watering source or by spot-and-stalk methods while deer occupy themselves with rutting
Game Management Unit 15C
Deer can be difficult to locate in this desert unit. Pre-season scouting and glassing is critical. Concentrate around waters and north facing slopes that have stands of junipers and oaks.
Game Management Unit 21
When hunting on BLM Land, glass and hunt all drainages that lead into the Agua Fria River system. White-tailed deer utilize these drainages along with mule deer, so species identification is very important. Look for mule deer at the head of drainage cuts.
Game Management Unit 31
Deer numbers are fair with pre-scouting being highly recommended for a successful hunt. It's worth noting mule deer are not found in the timber and high elevations of the Pinaleno mountains along Hwy 366.
Game Management Unit 22
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.
Game Management Unit 24B
Mule deer can be found throughout much of Unit 24B in areas that are generally below 4,500 feet in elevation. Such areas tend to provide the more open habitats that mule deer prefer.
Game Management Unit 28
Because of the open terrain, unit 28 typically has a high hunter success with a 5 year average of 28%.
Game Management Unit 44B
For hunters who like to glass, look to the area south of I-10 and work the rolling hills between the interstate and Wilderness boundary.
Game Management Unit 36A
This unit supports a fair number of desert mule deer. Hunters have the most success finding the mule deer in the foothills and the lower hills throughout the unit as well as the deeper ravines and canyons in the central portion of the unit.
Game Management Unit 41
With mule deer densities at about 1 deer per square mile, hunting mule deer in this unit on the best years and under the best circumstances is a tough hunt, but, the rewards can be great as some of the largest mule deer bucks in western Arizona are found
Game Management Unit 42
Mule deer are found throughout the unit but are often concentrated in areas depending on weather conditions. During dry years, look for deer concentrations in areas where spotty rain has fallen and has greened up the surrounding desert.
Game Management Unit 6B
The upland conifer forest north of the Mogollon Rim supports a higher density of deer, but older and larger bucks are observed with greater frequency in the chaparral and juniper-pinyon habitats.