The most common way to hunt desert mulies is to track them, which can often mean days of walking. Another method is to wait near desert thickets and washes, hoping that a buck will show himself. No matter how you go about it, the reward is time spent in a beautiful and uncrowded desert environment, not to mention bucks that frequently reach the magic 30-inch mark. With all this in mind, here's an overview of the hunting you can find in the state Arizona.
The best desert mule deer opportunities in Arizona are in the southwest and south-central portions of the state. Desert mule deer habitat in Arizona is generally more productive than the habitat found in California. As a result, deer densities are higher. As recently as 10 years ago, hunting success for desert mule deer for most units ranged from 15 percent to as high as 30 percent. Then came several years of drought, high predation rates and localized habitat degradation, which led to a drop in the success rate to 15 percent or less.
According to biologists, the same drought that plagued southeastern California for the past two years also impacted desert mule deer populations in Arizona. As a result, they expect hunter success to be about........(continued)