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Game Management Unit 16A

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.

73 /100
Game Management Unit 15D

Game Management Unit 15D

This unit has a low-density mule deer population with relatively low use by hunters.

71 /100
Game Management Unit 45C

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

71 /100
Game Management Unit 45A

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.

70 /100
Game Management Unit 44A

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.

68 /100
Game Management Unit 36B

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.

67 /100
Game Management Unit 20B

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.

67 /100
Game Management Unit 15A

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.

67 /100
Game Management Unit 15B

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

67 /100
Game Management Unit 15C

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.

66 /100
Game Management Unit 21

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.

66 /100
Game Management Unit 31

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.

66 /100
Game Management Unit 22

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.

65 /100
Game Management Unit 24B

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.

65 /100
Game Management Unit 28

Game Management Unit 28

Because of the open terrain, unit 28 typically has a high hunter success with a 5 year average of 28%.

65 /100
Game Management Unit 44B

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.

65 /100
Game Management Unit 36A

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.

64 /100
Game Management Unit 41

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

64 /100
Game Management Unit 42

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.

64 /100
Game Management Unit 6B

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.

64 /100
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