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varnco
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Jul-21-17, 
01:07 PM (MST)
"Arizona Unit 33 Early November Rifle Muley Hunt"

Hi all, new to the forum, but old to the coues whitetail forum. Pulled a unit 33 early November (thought I'd try muley this time)

I've hunted 33 before, but only for whitetail, and tended to focus on the northern/eastern part of the Catalina Mountains around Saddlebrook and Peppersauce Canyon (N/W side).

Pretty much, all I've seen have been whitetail in the unit, as that's where I was hunting and looking (higher elevations). I've always done the first rifle hunt, and the deer scatter after day 2 of the hunt. This hunt is a week after 650 of my fellow hunters have been all over the unit chasing/taking coues.

Any general pointing beyond what the G&F department website so I can start scouting would be appreciated. My initial thoughts on on the fingers on the west side of the Catalina mountains?

I've heard Redington pass area, but that also there are hunters crawling over themselves and trying not to get hit by all the ATV's out on weekends.

I just broke in my second pair of boots last season, so I'm ready to wear my new pair out.

Thanks!

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 RE: Arizona Un...  varnco      Jul-24-17   1 
  RE: Arizona Un...  huntazido      Jul-26-17   2 
   RE: Arizona Un...  CouesFanatic      Jul-26-17   3 
 RE: Arizona Un...  Santana      Jul-26-17   4 

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varnco
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Jul-24-17, 
08:46 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Arizona Unit 33 Early November Rifle Muley Hunt"

No tips?

How about honey holes?

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Jul-26-17, 
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2. "RE: Arizona Unit 33 Early November Rifle Muley Hunt"

Sorry, I have hunted 33 a couple times and have not even seen a mule deer in this unit. I tend to spend most my time up the mountain or at least higher elevations. Have always heard they are down lower.

Good luck

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Jul-26-17, 
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3. "RE: Arizona Unit 33 Early November Rifle Muley Hunt"

LAST EDITED ON Jul-26-17 AT 03:58 PM (MST)

The only mule deer I have seen was south of the highway east of Oracle just before the San Manuel turn off. I would scout the north end if it was me.

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Jul-26-17, 
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4. "RE: Arizona Unit 33 Early November Rifle Muley Hunt"

The foothills and flats surrounding the Catalinas and Rincons all hold mule deer. Basically from Catalina up to Oracle, then east to San Manuel and down the old road (forgot the name) along the San Pedro River to Benson. Then west along I-10 to the unit border near Vail. I have seen nice bucks and sheds in all those areas. Redington area will have a lot of deer camps. Yes, the north side near Oracle-San Manuel is nice, but some quail hunters up there too. If you can't scout spend some time with quad maps and Google Earth and find good habitat pockets away from roads - they do exist, it's a big unit. Don't forget the flats - they can be productive - find a high spot and glass. Know that some of these areas, like near Oracle, and between Benson and Vail are becoming more and more developed. Good luck!

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