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I'm in the process of putting together a DIY rifle hunt for coues deer below Tucson, Arizona. Looking for a partner or two to tag along with me. It is a draw tag but some areas are near 100% draw. Must be in good shape and be willing to go either October, November, or December. (depending on which tag/season we would draw) Anyone with any information on a hunt like this or that has done this hunt, your input would be greatly appreciated. I thought about going with an outfitter but I can't see spending $3000-$5000 to go deer hunting.
 

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Man this sounds like a great hunt. I'd love to go but on my budget it just ain't gonna happen. Good luck and make sure you get plenty of longe range practice in.
 

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I'll be taking my TC pro-hunter in .30-06 which I shoot pretty well out to 350 yards. I haven't practiced past that because of range limits where I shoot and heck I'm already dropping quite a bit at that range. I won't push anything over that with this particular rifle. Hopefully I'll be able to move in for shot under that. They take quite a few in the area I'm going with archery equipment so I should be fine. From my research waterholes seem to be the best starting point.
 

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I hunted south of Tucson back in '08. Coues' are my favorite animal to hunt. I drew a great NM Archery tag for them this coming January. Which Unit in AZ are you applying in?





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pm me if you need a partner.I'm ALWAYS up for hunting anything out west.its an animal I've been thinking of trying for myself
 

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big28: I have hunted in 34A and the reason some of those areas are 100% draw is that they are south of I-10. This is border country and you must be aware of "everything" 24/7 and never let your guard down. This took some of the fun out of my first AZ. hunt, but I will do it again, now that I know what to expect.
 

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Yes I know. It tells you right on the Arizona hunting website about the dangers. Thank you though. I'll be sure to be alert no matter where I draw.
 

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WFGinNM said:
I hunted south of Tucson back in '08. Coues' are my favorite animal to hunt. I drew a great NM Archery tag for them this coming January. Which Unit in AZ are you applying in?





Have Fun,
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I'm open to suggestions Bill! That's exactly why I wanted to post this early to get wisdom from hunters who have done it. The units directly south of Tucson are where the best coues numbers are according to my research. Any help in getting me going in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. By the way that coues you harvested is AWESOME!
 

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I hunted 36B, relatively easy to draw the 2nd to last hunt. You will see a lot of deer if you like to glass, you will also see a lot of traffic from other hunters, and some from our neighbors to the south. AZ Coues' hunting in the southern units is quite different than NM Coues' hunting. Be prepared to sit and glass the shadows, that means you will be glassing into the sun. Not as easy as having the sun to your back, but the deer like to stay in the shadows.

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I received an email from Tom Miranda and I guess the Lord has blessed me. My DIY hunt just went fully guided! Unbelievable


 

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Bob,

Good things happen to good people!! Best wishes for a fun and successful trip!

We'll need an update and pics when you get back.
 
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