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Arizona Mule Deer Guides & Outfitters

Desert Mule Deer Hunts

 

arizona archery mule deer hunting guides outfitters huntsArizona Guided Hunts also offers hunting packages for desert Mule Deer, primarily in southern Arizona.  Southern Arizona mule deer bucks do not typically have much record book potential, but they can offer a unique and exciting desert hunting experience. A mature Arizona desert mule deer buck could have a rack sporting a spread of 18-27 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 binoculars and big 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 are usually over 300 yards and archery shots might exceed 50 yards. There may be a great deal of hiking involved, so hunters are encouraged to condition themselves to the best of their ability before arriving.

Our rifle mule deer season is typically one week in late October through early November. Rifle season desert mule deer hunts are up to 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 mule deer hunts and rut archery mule deer hunts!

 

Licenses and Tags

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 (Resident) and $160.00 (NonRes).  All draw applicants need to purchase a nonrefundable Arizona hunting license in order to apply.

Deer Tag Fees: $58 (Res) and $315 (NonRes)

 

2021-22 Season Dates

Our Rifle Season Dates: October 29 - November 1, 2021

Our Archery Season Dates: January 1-31, 2022 for Rut Archery Desert Mule Deer

2021 HUNT RATES

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Desert Mule Deer

 

Mule Deer Hunt Options # Days RATE
Rifle Desert Mule Deer (2 on 1) 4* $3,250.00/person
Rifle Desert Mule Deer (1 on 1) 4* $3,750.00/person
Archery Deer/Javelina Combo (2 on 1) 5* $3,250.00/person
Archery Deer/Javelina Combo (1 on 1) 5* $3,950.00/person

Choose a "Hunter to Guide Ratio" of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1 on 1 rate means one hunter per guide. The 2 on 1 rate means two hunters per guide.  If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.

Guide-Only Option: Take off $200.00 from normal rate

 

Description of Mule Deer Hunts

Rifle Mule Deer Hunts: Includes complimentary accommodations (tent camps), complimentary meals, a guide, skinning, packing out animal, up to *4 days of hunting. Choose a "Hunter to Guide Ratio" of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1 on 1 rate means one hunter per guide. The 2 on 1 rate means two hunters per guide.  If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.

* Hunters arrive in camp the day prior to hunting and depart camp about noon on the last day of hunting. Hunters depart sooner if they tag out early.  Rifle seasons start Friday morning through Monday with hunters meeting us on Thursday.  Archery hunts could be any 5 days of the week, depending upon availability.  So, it's best if flying non-resident hunters arrive in Arizona the evening prior to meeting us (two days before hunting), rent a car from the airport, get a hotel room and we will meet the next day about noon in the hunt area about 1 to 2 hours from the Tucson Airport or 3 to 4 hours from the Phoenix Airport.  These are the closest major airports.  Flying hunters can follow us to camp with their rental car. Flights should be scheduled to depart the morning after the hunt. More details on the general info page.

Archery Deer/Javelina Combo: January archery deer hunters who hunt during the first 3 weeks of January, have the added bonus of hunting javelina while hunting Coues deer and/or mule deer. The archery deer tag is over the counter.  The archery 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 complimentary accommodations (tent camps), complimentary meals, skinning, packing out animal, and a guide. The combo hunt is up to 5 days in duration.

Choose a "Hunter to Guide Ratio" of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1 on 1 rate means one hunter per guide. The 2 on 1 rate means two hunters per guide.  If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.

arizona outfitter tent campAccommodations: Our complimentary accommodations are basic southwestern style outfitter tent camps which are often located many miles from civilization. Sleeping quarters for big game hunts are typically in deluxe outfitter tents, unless noted otherwise.  If you are looking for a hunt with fancy lodges, this is NOT the hunt for you!  Tent camps are used because we stay in remote areas.  The deluxe tents consist of large outfitter Kodiak Canvas brand tents.  The size of our tents are tall and spacious inside; typically 10X10 or 10X14 and stand 6.5 feet tall. The tents are equipped with heaters during the colder months. Cots with thick pads are provided, but all hunters must bring their own sleeping bags. For those that own a camping trailer and would like to bring it to camp to stay in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. It must be short and high enough for ground clearance on rough, rocky dirt roads. Please ask for road conditions before bringing one.   Video of our typical camp.

Hunters should note that mule deer live in the desert mountains. Hunters are encouraged to condition themselves to the best of their ability in order to increase their odds for success. We do not use or own horses and pack animals. If you are looking for a horseback hunt, this is NOT the hunt for you.

Additional Information

Archery Mule Deer Hunt Booking Info: Since Archery deer tags are over-the-counter, the first step is to sign some paperwork and return it promptly with a 50% non-refundable deposit.  The remainder is due 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.

Rifle Mule Deer Hunt Booking Info: The first step for a rifle season mule deer hunt is to apply for rifle tags and licenses in May. Hunters must apply for timeframe choices within a given area. The Outfitter will recommend the correct hunt numbers to use in the draw. Odds for drawing rifle season desert mule deer tags are fair at around 50%. 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 also required for those that already drew tags. The remainder is due 21 days prior.

Other Costs and Considerations that are the hunter's responsibility: Licenses and tags, transporting yourself to the camp, rental car, butchering, shipping or transporting of your meat/hide/trophy to home, taxidermy, hotel stay before/after the hunt (if flying) are some other things to consider and are the hunter's responsibility. Gratuity for your guide is gladly accepted and is customary (15% is typical).

Since Archery deer tags are over the counter, a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit is due upon signing for an archery hunt.

Space is limited, so book early!!! We usually only accomodate up to four 1-on-1 hunters in camp at a time, so book early.

Non-Hunter Fee: Some hunters like to bring along a buddy to camp and share the experience while they hunt. There might be an option to invite one person as a non-hunter or observer while on your guided mule deer hunt.  Non-hunter space is very limited.  Based upon availability.  Mule Deer Non-Hunter Fee: $1,000.00

Be sure you visit our general info page.

Our Arizona Mule Deer Hunting Photos

 

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Dave with a nice desert mule deer that he shot at 255 yards. This is Dave's first big game animal!

 

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Mike from PA shot a nice southern Arizona desert mule deer with his .300 WSM

 

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Mark with his southern Arizona desert mule deer.

 

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Eli with his first mule deer.  He shot this desert buck at 258 yards with a .300 WSM!

 

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Jim from Michigan took this buck with a .300 Win Mag at 450 yards during our Southern Arizona hunt.

 

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Anthony from California and Outfitter/Guide Pat Feldt with an Arizona Desert Mule Deer. It was taken during the January rut season using a bow.

 

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Twelve year-old Bryce with his first deer. He used his Remington Youth Model 7 in .243 caliber.

 

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John  with a Southern Arizona desert mule deer.

 

 

 

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