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Moving to Arizona

I'm moving to Arizona this week...anybody have any advice on hunting around the Tucson area?  So far I've heard Arizona is good for Mearns Quail, and has some decent Elk if you head North.  But I haven't heard a lot about what's good in the Tucson area.  I've hunted a lot of different climates, from the Rockies to midwest to sagebrush to Southeastern woods to coastal Alaska to subarctic.  But desert Southwest and cactus country is a new one for me.

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arizona

Good luck with your move to Arizona! Thumbs up Can't help you with the hunting. There are guys on here from AZ, hopefully they'll jump in. 

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AZ Big Game

AZ is the place to be if you want to chase the "Grey Ghost".

 

Coues Deer are pretty abundant, and hard to hunt. Lots of sitting and glassing combined with long range shooting. There are ten big game species in AZ, and most are drawn on a lottery system. Here's a link to a good site primarily dedicated to AZ:

http://forums.coueswhitetail.com/forums/index.php

 

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Congrats on the move

Congrats on the move expatriate. Lots of history there, especially the Chiricahua Apache, named Geronimo. The desert is easy to fall in love with.

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Arizona is a beautiful and

Arizona is a beautiful and unique state and has some great hunting, the problem with most of the animals though is drawing the tag. I'm not sure how hard it is to get some of the better coues deer tags but they are in your area. The best thing I believe around those parts besides the quail will be the javelina hunting if that's one you might be interested in. I have hunted them down there twice on the eastern side of hte state with mixed results but the Tucson area was where I was planning to go if I get back down there again.

Good luck with your move and hope you enjoy the new state. If nothing else Colorado is only about ten hours to the border for some deer or elk hunting here as well.

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Some of the best Coues Deer

Some of the best Coues Deer hunting is north of Tucson up on Mt. Lemon but the tags are hard to draw and the draw due date for deer is coming up early in June, elk and antelope happened in the spring.  Since you will not qualify for a resident tag yet you will need to purchase a non resident hunting license for around $150.00 to apply in the draw even for a bonus point.  As far as hunting in the desert I would head north towards Catilina and then take the road towards Phoenix.  One area around there that I have seen a lot of quail is on the Rail X ranch which is across the hwy from Clairs Cafe in Catilina.  I head down with a partner to hunt javelina every Feburary north of Oricle and around the Tucson wash and from the number of empty shotgun hulls the quail hunting must be pretty good but we get there at the end of the hunt so we don't have too much luck hunting quail but we do run into quite a few while out hiking around.  We mostly run around on wheelers but a 4x4 truck will get you into most back areas. 

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Moving to Arizona

Thanks a lot, guys.  We're looking forward to a new experience.  Might have to give Coures deer a shot (so to speak).  My Dad and brother used to go javelina hunting down there a few years ago...might have to give that a shot, too.  After hunting in Alaska fighting tussocks, mud, etc, the desert will be a nice change.

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