Hey Coues, I live in Mesa as well. I decided to put in my applications the old fashion way this year in case there were any bugs in the new on-line process. Just chicken I guess.
All my choices are for archery and I'm partial to 5a for Elk, 21 for Antelope. I hunt deer/turkey on the Rim in the summer season, and hit the desert for deer/javelina in the winter. For Coues I usually head down to unit 35b, but haven't done so in a couple years. My wife and son have apps in for pretty much the same areas but for the rifle season hunts.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...