Arizona Mule Deer Guides & Outfitters
Desert Mule Deer Hunts
We also offer hunting packages for Arizona Mule Deer. We often hunt mule deer from the middle of the State southward to the Mexican border. The desert sub-species lives in the southern portions of Arizona. Southern Arizona mule deer bucks do not typically have any record book potential, but they can offer a unique desert hunting experience. A typical mature desert mule deer buck might have a rack sporting a spread of 18-25 inches and have 3 to 5 points per side. The largest bucks are seen during the January rut period when it is archery-only season.
Our guides have mastered the techniques and have done their scouting homework so that our hunters see a significant number of deer, considering it is the desert. Our hunting style is the spot and stalk method. We hike to a good vantage point where a couple square miles can be seen at one time. Most of our mule deer hunting is done with our eyes through tripod-mounted 15X binoculars and 20-60X spotting scopes. Once a good mule deer buck is spotted, we make our move from the vantage point for the final stalk. The terrain is very open, therefore rifle shots tend to be over 250 yards and archery shots might exceed 50 yards. There may be a great deal of hiking involved, so hunters are encouraged to condition themselves before arriving.
Our rifle mule deer season is in late October and mid November. Rifle season desert mule deer hunts are 4 days in duration. Rifle Season Tags are on a draw basis, but typically fair odds of drawing the tag.
Our archery mule deer hunts are conducted during January (during the peak of the rut). Since we hunt open terrain, expect archery shots to range from 30 to 60 yards. The further you can shoot with a bow accurately, the higher your chances for success. Archery hunts are 5 days and can be combined with javelina as an added bonus, provided you apply for a javelina tag. Archery deer tags are over the counter.
Opportunities have been 100% for rifle hunts and rut archery hunts!
Accommodations for our fully-guided/outfitted deer hunts are usually in deluxe tents with heat during the colder months. The size of our tents are spacious; either 10x14, or 12x12, depending upon the number of hunters in camp. Hunters sleep on cots with pads. Arrival to and from camp is done in 4x4 trucks and s.u.v.'s. For those that own a camping trailer/pop-up and would like to bring it to camp to sleep in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. It must be high enough to be pulled on rough dirt roads. Please check with us for road conditions prior to bringing a trailer. Hunting for desert mule deer is done mostly on foot since it is usually not feasible to use horses or pack animals. This is a fairly physically demanding hunt, therefore hunters should be in good shape.
Licenses and Seasons
Rifle tags are by a Lottery Draw System with an online application process in May through June. The Desert species has good draw odds. Archery desert deer tags are over the counter. If you are interested in a hunt, contact us as soon as possible since spaces fill fast.
Hunting license fees: $37.00(Res) and $160.00(NR)
Deer Tag Fees: $58 (Res) and $315 (NonRes)
Our Archery Dates: January 1 through 31 for late Archery Desert Mule Deer
Our Rifle Season Dates: November 3-9, 2017 for the 1st Rifle Desert Mule Deer Season and November 17-23, 2017 for the second rifle mule deer season.
$ 2016-17 RATES $
|Mule Deer Package||# Days||RATE|
|Rifle Desert Mule Deer (2 on 1)||4*||$2,500.00/person|
|Rifle Desert Mule Deer (1 on 1)||4*||$3,000.00/person|
|Archery Deer/Javelina Combo (2 on 1)||5*||$2,500.00/person|
|Archery Deer/Javelina Combo (1 on 1)||5*||$3,000.00/person|
Description of Mule Deer Packages
Rifle Mule Deer Hunts: Includes accommodations (tent camps), meals, a complimentary ride to camp if flying (pick-up/drop-off point: Tucson Airport Hotels Only), camp transportation, a guide, and many extras. Choose from 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 packages. 1 on 1 means one hunter per guide and 2 on 1 means two hunters per guide.If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.
Archery Desert Mule Deer/Javelina Combo: This hunt allows January archery hunters to have the added bonus of hunting javelina while archery hunting desert mule deer. The javelina tag is by draw in September and is optional with the archery deer hunt (we don't charge extra to add on javelina). Includes accommodations (tent camps), meals, complimentary airport transfer, camp transportation, a guide, and many extras. The hunt is 5 days in duration. Choose from 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 packages. 1 on 1 means one hunter per guide and 2 on 1 means two hunters per guide.If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.
Other Costs: Fees for licenses and tags, butchering, shipping of meat, taxidermy, hotel stay before/after the hunt (if flying) are the hunter's responsibility. Gratuity for your guide is gladly accepted and is customary (15% is typical).
Archery Booking Info: Since Archery deer tags are over-the-counter, a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit is due upon signing for an archery deer or combo hunt. The remainder is due 21 days prior. All monies paid are nonrefundable. We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details.
Rifle Mule Deer Hunt Booking Info: The first step for a rifle season mule deer hunt is to apply for rifle tags and licenses. Hunters must apply for timeframe choices within a given area. The Outfitter will assist in this process. Odds for drawing October or November rifle desert mule deer tags are good at around 50 to 70%. Once drawn, you will sign a contract and submit a 50% deposit. The remaining balance is due at least 21 days prior to the hunt. All monies paid are nonrefundable.We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details. If you already drew a rifle season deer tag, give us a call or email. A 50% deposit is required for those that already have tags. The remainder is due 21 days prior.
If you already drew a mule deer tag, give us a call or email to see if we are available. We guide in many parts of southern Arizona. A 50% deposit is required for those that already have tags.
Since Archery deer tags are over the counter, a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit is due upon signing for an archery hunt.
For those that own a camping trailer/pop-up and would like to bring it to camp to sleep in are more than welcome to do so, but we will not discount the hunt any. It must be high enough to be pulled on rough dirt roads. Please ask for road conditions prior to bringing one.
Space is limited, so book early!!! We usually accommodate only 4 to 6 hunters per camp.
Non-Hunter Fee: Some hunters like to bring along a buddy to camp and share the experience while they hunt. Invite your partner as a non-hunter while on your guided mule deer hunt for a fee of $750.00. Upon Space Availability.
* Hunters arrive in camp one day prior to hunting. Rifle seasons are typically Friday morning through Monday with hunters meeting us on Thursday. Archery hunts could be any 5 days of the week, depending upon availability.
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Latest Mule Deer Photos
Mike Homola from PA with a nice southern Arizona desert mule deer.
Eli Fleming with his first mule deer. He shot this desert buck at 258 yards!
Jim Webber from Michigan took this buck with a rifle on our Southern Arizona Desert Mule Deer hunt.
Anthony Ransom from California and Outfitter/Guide Pat Feldt with an Arizona Desert Mule Deer. It was taken during the January rut season using a bow.
Twelve year-old Bryce Hurd with his first deer. He used his Remington Youth Model 7 in .243 caliber to take this desert mule deer with one shot at 150 yards.
John Thompson with a Southern Arizona desert mule deer. He used a .30-06 to take this buck at 150 yards.