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Location: Northern AZ
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'05 Archery Deer

Did the Kaibab, AZ hunt again this year. Hunting was hard and it seems the herd is getting significantly smaller each year. I saw very few mature bucks and more suprisingly, very few little ones as well. This 3x2 was the first and only deer I was able to draw on and I took him at 55 yds on my last morning. So it looks like I am still Dreamin of 30 in....

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'05 Archery Deer

Congrats!

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At least you didn't go home empty handed, you'll do better next year.

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Hmmm, interesting, I thought the Kaibab was hard to draw because it was considered a trophy area? Perhaps I'm misinformed...

Location: Northern AZ
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'05 Archery Deer

Thanks Goosehunter Jr and PaRu. I'll get my 30 incher next year.

bitmasher, the Kaibab is a trophy area and can be hard to get a rifle tag there, depending on whether it's early or late and 12A east or west or 12B. 12B late is the best rifle tag in my opinion.

You can buy an archery deer tag over the counter rather than a draw only for rifle. The Kaibab opens up for a few weeks on the archery hunt. The trophies are there albeit not in the same number they once were.

The archery hunt is in the high country where the deer summer and are starting to migrate down to low country for winter. 12B late rifle is the hard tag to get because it is in the range where you get big bucks migrating down from where the archery hunt is and in from Utah.

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