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Arizona's Top 10 Best Archery Hunting Spots
for Mule White-Tailed Deer Period in 2007

Each year, the Arizona Game & Fish does a post hunt survey to assess the hunter harvest success rate for the Mule White-Tailed Deer population. In the Spring, they are also conduct a survey to see how many new Mule White-Tailed Deer fawns dropped. Based on these surveys, they allocate the proper number of Mule White-Tailed Deer hunting tags each year to adjust the Mule White Tailed Deer herd population so that there will be sufficient food and water available to maintain a healthy herd.

Therefore, one criteria used to evaluate where the the best Mule White-Tailed Deer hunting spots in Arizona are located is to see where the most Mule White-Tailed Deer tags are issued. Knowing where the most Mule White-Tailed Deer tags are issued is an easy way to learn where the the most Mule White-Tailed Deer are available to be harvested.

However, this is only one piece of the puzzle. You also need to focus on how many 1st and 2nd applicants that put in for a Mule White-Tailed Deer tag for each unit and the resulting draw odds for getting drawn for a Mule White-Tailed Deer tag in that unit. If the hunt unit has a 100% draw rate, then you are almost guaranteed a tag.

The next thing that is important is the hunting success rate that Coues White-Tailed Deer hunters had last season. While the Coues White-Tailed Deer draw rate might have been 100% successful, if the success rate of Mule White-Tailed Deer hunters in that unit was only 10%, you need to find out why they struck out.

Another thing we like to look at is the increase/decrease in the number of tags issued this year versus last year. More tags will increase the chance of getting drawn over last year's reported draw rates. You would be suprised at how much the drawing odds change with only 100 extra tags. Same goes for a decrease in tags. It simply might be better to focus on another unit that either has the same number or more tags available.

The choice of weapon is ultimately determines a hunter's success rate for getting drawn in Arizona. Hunting with a rifle is the best way NOT to get drawn.

However, hunting with a bow is always 100% guaranteed since you can still buy a tag over the counter. With an archery tag you can hunt almost anywhere in Arizona.

The Arizona Game & Fish doesn't report hunting success for archery hunts. Instead, focus on the same areas we recommend for deer rifle hunts. Focus on Mule White-Tailed Deer hunt units that issue thousands of rifle tags or where the rifle deer Mule White-Tailed Deer hunt success rates are above 50%. But please remember, a rifle can reach a lot further than a bow in difficult or wide open terrain.

Also think about the season you are hunting. Some units with high success rates are during the rut. Deer archery hunts start in August. A better archery season is December, because the deer are in full rut this time of year. The only problem is that other hunters have been in the woods for a long time shooting at every thing that moves by this time of year. Not many animals will be left in areas that are easy to find.

If you are looking for a trophy Mule White-Tailed Deer, then you need to pull out the Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett record books to see where the most Mule White-Tailed Deer trophies were shot over the last 20 years.

Arizona's Top 10 Best Archery Hunting Spots Period for Mule White-Tailed Deer:
  1. Hunt Unit 8 was the Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  2. Hunt Unit 31 was the 2nd Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  3. Hunt Unit 27 was the 3rd Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  4. Hunt Unit 30b was the 4th Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  5. Hunt Unit 36b was the 5th Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  6. Hunt Unit 23 was the 6th Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  7. Hunt Unit 29 was the 7th Best Place to Draw/Hunt Deer
  8. Hunt Unit 30a was the 8th Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  9. Hunt Unit 34b was the 9th Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer
  10. Hunt Unit 36a was the 10th Best Place to Draw/Hunt Mule Deer

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