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ridgerunner
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Dec-23-03, 
04:19 PM (MST)
"AZ Strip Overrated?"

At the risk of offending many other regulars on this site I have to pose a question, is the AZ Strip an overrated place to hunt mule deer?

Before I get blasted on this one let me say that I am not from the SW, haven't hunted desert country before, and agree that the Strip puts out some of the best mule deer bucks in the country year after year.

I can't justify it in my mind as being one of the top hunts out there though with the low deer densitities, and toughness of the hunting(based on the stories I've read). Personally I would much rather hunt an area that still put out great bucks where you would see more critters, i.e. the high country in some of the other premier mule deer states. I mean not seeing a deer for days on end is not my idea of a dream hunt. I don't mind working for an animal and prefer to hunt the high country more than any other terrian so its not about being lazy.

Is there something I'm missing, I'd welcome any thoughts.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: AZ Strip O...  Bluehair      Dec-23-03   1 
 RE: AZ Strip O...  HullinPhx      Dec-23-03   2 
  RE: AZ Strip O...  AntlerKing      Dec-23-03   3 
   RE: AZ Strip O...  270longshot      Dec-23-03   4 
 RE: AZ Strip O...  BOHNTR      Dec-23-03   5 
 RE: AZ Strip O...  azpaul      Dec-24-03   6 
  RE: AZ Strip O...  PotatoWhisp...      Dec-24-03   7 
   RE: AZ Strip O...  BCbucks      Dec-24-03   8 

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Bluehair
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Dec-23-03, 
04:32 PM (MST)
1. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

Yes. And I hope about 4000 other people realize that next year.

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HullinPhx
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Dec-23-03, 
04:34 PM (MST)
2. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

Please for us AZ hunters... Don't come to the Strip.. Go somewhere else.. There are no deer here

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AntlerKing
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Dec-23-03, 
04:37 PM (MST)
3. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

Wyoming/Utah are the same, you'll have to find another State. Try Florida, I'm sure there are some hogs out that way.
J/K

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270longshot
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Dec-23-03, 
11:01 PM (MST)
4. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

There's no deer at the strip. Try utah! New Mexico or Nevada!

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BOHNTR
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Dec-23-03, 
11:30 PM (MST)
5. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

Arizona has deer?????

BOHNTR )))------------->

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azpaul
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Dec-24-03, 
06:56 AM (MST)
6. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

Those pictures that you've seen were pen-raised animals. They are released just prior to the hunt. I'd look closer at some other states where deer actually live in the wild.

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Dec-24-03, 
08:37 AM (MST)
7. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

I agree with the sentiments of the others...

Even thou I've never hunted or even been to the strip, I had heard from many guides that hunt that area every year and it's a tough hunt. Not many deer, and yeah, you'll go sometimes days without seeing deer...but that's the trade off. If it doesn't seem like a hunt for you then don't apply. Try Montana or Colorado if you want to see numbers! The AZ deer herd is suffering big time all over the state. A long drought, predators, urban sprawl, etc...all contribute to this problem. So if you want to see numbers, don't come to AZ...we issued an all time low in numbers of tags this year, and not looking better for next year!

Scott G.

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Dec-24-03, 
01:03 PM (MST)
8. "RE: AZ Strip Overrated?"

Looks like to me boys that you had all better put in for those AZ strip draws to hunt for a buck of a lifetime


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