by Armando J. Ruiz. The archery hunt does occur earlier in the year â during the monsoon â and if the rain patterns are consistent the deer will likely be dispersed. The potential for harvesting a giant Boone and Crockett record book mule deer … Trumbull Rd. Read More . Developed Campgrounds The Arizona Strip Guides Team frequently gets asked by many mule deer hunters about why the Arizona Strip and Kaibab Plateau always seem to produce trophy mule deer bucks. The most abundant deer in Arizona is the Rocky Mountain Mule Deer. The giant mule deer genetics of the Arizona Strip and Kaibab mule deer herds have produced, and will continue to produce, some of the largest mule deer bucks ever harvested in the world. In addition to the 48-hr reporting requirement, the hunter (or their designee) needs to present the mountain lion’s skull and hide with attached proof of sex to a designated Arizona Game and Fish Department employee for inspection within 10 days of taking the mountain lion. Those lucky enough to draw a permit/tag enjoy a high general hunt success, and typically harvest Â matureÂ mule deer. Notice: Archery deer hunters âÂ Unit 13B is not an open area for over-the-counter tag holders as of April, 2008. There are some access points coming out of Bloomington UT such as the Blake Lambing Grounds, that will allow hunters to glass this area from above. This area is widely considered to be one ofÂ the finestÂ trophy mule deer huntsÂ on the planet. In my book, Hunting Big Mule Deer, I dedicated an entire chapter to learning how to recognize big buck country. Determination pays off on the Arizona Strip. There are two separate mule deer seasons that are offered annuallyÂ in Arizona strip unitÂ 13B. Overview:Â Pronghorn generally occupy short grass plant communities in Lower Hurricane Valley, Upper Hurricane Valley, and Main street Valley in the eastern portions of unit 13B. These units are often referred to as “The Strip” amongst most muley enthusiasts. Weather in the unit during the general deer hunt is unpredictable; it can be anything from relatively warm and dry to snowing. Arizona Hunting Unit 13A Unit 13A, on the Eastern side of the AZ Strip can be tougher to hunt than unit 13B but the quality of the mule deer … Arizona StripÂ Unit 13B can be a very difficult unit to hunt due to the muleÂ deer numbers being so low and spread outÂ and the sheer size of this trophy mule deerÂ unit being so gigantic. 13B Arizona Strip Mule Deer Guides take you to a mule deer population managed under strict alternative management guidelines set by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. On Our Own on the Arizona Strip. The Kanab Plateau contains good mule deer habitat. Quail populations in this unit are much more variable than those found further south in Arizona. Today, Arizona is estimated to have between 85,000 and 90,000 whitetail deer and another 110,000 to 115,000 mule deer, for a total that's approximately ten percent higher than it was a decade ago. Bring shelter and plenty of food, water, extra fuel, and extra spare tires. Hiking the ridges between valleys and glassing is a very effective method. In recent years, wildfires have impacted quail habitat in the Mohave Desert. ); west along Mohave County Rd. The maps' emphasis is on roads, administrative boundaries, recreational sites, and topology. The unit is very large and tends to be year round habitat in most of it. Access is good to these points from the Low Mountain Road. It is accessible from a combination of trails on the Utah/Arizona border, including Warner Valley Trails, Sand Hollow State Park, Honeymoon Trail, Sunshine Trail, and Temple Trail.We like to park in Warner Valley and then ride south into Arizona from there. Most hunts are light spot and stalk method with a third of the hunters sitting over water.Â. If you are not finding antelope in the âflatsâ, look into the side canyons, and rocky faces. Trumbull, Mt. From the North: I-15 Regarding specific areas for the Archery hunt, those listed below for the rifle hunt apply. From the South: None. Both are extremely special places to hunt mule deer and areas that we have an intimate knowledge with. I don't care if you're hunting the desert floor of Arizona or the 13,000’ high country of Colorado: only a small percentage of any given area will hold big mature mule deer. To hunt Unit 13B you must now obtain a permit-tag through theÂ big game drawÂ process. Chasing the grey ghosts of the West, and their massive deep-forked tines, is a treat every hunter should experience, but not one to be taken lightly either. 5 (the Mt. OTC Rut hunts. The Unit 13B rifle hunt is the premier mule deer hunt in Arizona. All hunts – Your big game hunter questionnaire may no longer be mailed to you. Unit 13B, heralded as the “Arizona Strip”, is famous for producing large antlered “trophy” class mule deer bucks. One of the 2 best hunts in the state every year. YouTube Thanks for watching please Subscribe! Aggressive management will help ensure that this small population will continue to grow, and produce quality animals. The area is one of the most unpopulated in Arizona, and hunters should be prepared to camp in remote areas with no services available. The populations are present in the Mount Dellenbaugh area in 13BS(Merriam), and the Black Rock Mountain area in 13BN(Rio).