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Arizona mule deer hunting is legendary in the West. Offering a wide range in different habitat, the state has both rocky mountain and desert mule deer. Most well known are the giants of the Arizona Strip and Kaibab Plateau, however trophy desert mule deer live throughout much of the rest of the state as well. They are one of our most wide ranging big game species. CHASE'N THE KING's mule deer guides specialize in Arizona mule deer hunting during the general season rifle hunts and over-the-counter archery hunts in central AZ.
MULE DEER HUNTING PACKAGES
Gold package Mule deer hunts are "Fully Outfitted." A CHASE'N THE KING fully Licensed and permitted Arizona Mule deer hunting guide, all meals, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, lodging, field care of game, camp equipment, and all other items necessary for outfitting this hunt will be provided. Fully outfitted options are typically the best value and provide the best hunter experience.
Mule deer hunters are responsible for their weapon, tag, license, all personal items, and clothing needed for this hunt.
Improved hunt options include: a dedicated camp cook, additional spotters, and a dedicated videographer.
FULLY OUTFITTED COST
5 Days, 1x1 4500
5 Days, 2x1 3750
7 Days, 1X1 5000
7 Days, 2X1 4550
10 Days, 1X1 6000
10 Days, 2X1 5000
Silver package Mule deer hunts include ONLY a CTK fully Licensed and permitted Arizona Mule deer guide, transportation while hunting, and field care of game.
"Guide Only" Mule deer hunters are responsible for providing their own lodging and meals suited for their respective hunt conditions. If camping your guide will coordinate the appropriate location.
Additionally, hunters are responsible for their weapon, tag, license, all personal items, and clothing needed for this hunt.
Dedicated videographer and additional spotters are available as an improved hunt option. All other aspects and details of the hunt would fall under the Gold Package.
GUIDE ONLY COST
5 Day, 1X1 4000
5 Day, 2X1 3250
7 Day, 1X1 4500
7 Day, 2X1 3750
10 Days, 1X1 5500
10 Days, 2X1 4400
Arizona Mule Deer Hunts
Mule Deer are widespread throughout Arizona. They exist as two distinct but not exclusively separated sub-species. Both sub-species of Mule Deer exhibit the same general characteristics and behavior. Our state offers ample opportunity to hunt Mule deer in almost every unit in Arizona. General season rifle tags begin in late October and run through mid-November. The late season “rut” hunts run from late November to early December depending on the particular unit. Many of the Central and Southwestern Arizona Desert Mule Deer hunts are easy to draw with very few bonus points. Northern Arizona Mule Deer tags may take multiple years, if not decades to acquire. Many of these tags are considered once-in-a-lifetime because of their difficulty to obtain. In contrast, Central and Southern Arizona Mule deer tags may take only 2-5 years to draw in many units.
Over-The-Counter Archery Mule Deer Hunts
Check out our OTC Archery Deer hunts page for more detailed information about our available hunts. Over-The-Counter tags are available for archery seasons in August-September, December, and January throughout much of the state. The early season August-September archery hunts allow for the unique opportunity of harvesting a velvet Mule Deer in much of the central portions of Arizona. Late season archery hunts take place during the pre-rut and rut phases in both December and January. Late season hunts can be the best time to see Mule Deer interaction and activity. All of the archery seasons also offer ample hunting opportunity by allowing you to take either a Mule Deer or Coues Whitetail with your bow. The late season, particularly January can be a phenomenal time to hunt the low desert portions of Southwestern AZ for true Desert bucks, among the Saguaro cactus and creosote flats.
Arizona Mule Deer Hunt Length
Arizona general season rifle Mule Deer hunts are typically 7 to 10 days in length for the late October and November seasons. Hunt dates will vary based on which hunt is applied for and drawn. December tags can run for up to three weeks depending upon the year and calendar shift. Archery Mule Deer hunts can be booked in 5,7,10, or 14-day increments during any of the three Over-The-Counter seasons in either August, December, and January.
Arizona Mule Deer Draw
The Mid-Winter Draw takes place annually the second Tuesday in June, the next draw deadline in June 14th, 2022. Rifle Arizona Mule Deer Tags must be applied for and drawn through the AZGFD Mid-Winter Drawing. Non-Permit or Over-The-Counter (OTC) tags can be purchased at any tag retailer across the state. These are good for any of the Archery-Only seasons throughout the year. If you have questions regarding the Arizona Mule Deer draw process or Archery hunts, contact us. A detailed explanation of how the draw process functions is described in our Blog post: Understanding Arizona’s Big Game Draw and Application Process.
Desert Mule Deer Habitat
Desert Mule Deer Units exits below the Mogollon Rim of Central Arizona down to the floor of the Sonoran Desert to the South. These deer live in a landscape dominated by cacti, creosote, Palo Verde trees, and other flora distinct to the Sonoran desert region. Arizona Desert Mule Deer in the low country tend to roam over vast expanses of country sometimes, covering a home range of several dozen square miles. The desert sub-specie does not participate in large, annual, weather dependent migrations like its northern cousins on the Kaibab Plateau in Arizona. The Desert Mule Deer of central and southwestern AZ rut later in the year than Rocky Mountain Mule Deer of Northern Arizona and other intermountain states. The rut begins in late December and runs throughout the month of January.
Rocky Mountain Mule Deer Habitat
Rocky Mountain Mule Deer Units are to the North, they inhabitants of the legendary Arizona Strip, Kaibab Plateau, and the area to the South of the Grand Canyon, above the Mogollon Rim. These areas have produced some of the largest Rocky Mountain Mule Deer ever taken in North America. The habitat of Northern Arizona is a mix of sage flats, cliff rose, juniper, ponderosa pine and spectacular canyon lands. The Kaibab Plateau deer heard preforms an annual migration to its winter range in late November in preparation for the winter snows. Rocky Mountain Mule Deer of Northern AZ represent the iconic western image of large bodied mule deer in the rugged mountainous West.
Mule Deer Hunting Videos
Our Mule deer hunting videos are showcased on the Hunt Videos page.
BOOKING YOUR MULE DEER HUNT
Mule Deer tags are available through the AZGFD Mid-Winter Drawing or for some archery hunts Over-The-Counter. Hunts are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you want to hunt the best seasons and areas, talk with us early to go over the application and draw process. Upon booking a 50% deposit is required to hold your upcoming hunt spot. For information on season dates, openings, and pricing contact us.