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    24A - Pinal Mountains - Snow?

    I will be heading up tomorrow, but will take the 4x4 to a reasonable distance, but then switch to the ATV for the remainder of the trip, once it starts getting dicey. Should cost less to extract an ATV than an F150. :-) Going with a buddy too, so there's backup.
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    24A - Pinal Mountains - Snow?

    Thanks guys. I may have to reconsider.
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    24A - Pinal Mountains - Snow?

    Is it as nasty as last year? I am interested in this guy
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    What Kind of trail?

    Goes uphill/downhill, 35* angle About 40ft long, foot wide Ends at small drainage that feeds into larger dry creek. No discenible tracks, but dirt is not flat, like what water would do. It did rain the night before. 7000ft, unit 24 Thoughts? Sasquatch body surfing?
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    DIY replace bowstrings

    Sportsman warehouse installed mine free. I don't believe they can do 90* limbs, though. Give them a call
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    Help with first archery deer

    Got my first deer (coues) this year with bow. How I did it: 1) Scouted and used game cameras where I found evidence of deer (deer scat, trails, tracks, rubs) November 2015, December 2015 and July 2016 2) Setup tree stand so I could get a shot, so the wind blew my scent away from where I thought the deer would come. 3) Waited for 11 hours (took a nap in truck from 1 - 3) 4) Little buck came within 14 yards to my left at 6:50pm and presented a broadside shot- didn't know I was there until I drew 5) Deer crashed within 50 yards Hunted 24a, and got myself a little spike, so I've got one under my belt and some meat in the freezer. No trophy, but I enjoyed the adventure with a buddy of mine - It was great.
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    What Kind of trail?

    Pinal Peak. I thought water at first, but the dirt isn't flat like water would do. It looks kicked up (dirt, rocks). Also, the leaves looked pushed to the sides.
  8. I bet you were all sprayed down and had a few ozonics going... or did you just have the wind in your favor....lol.
  9. So, I've been doing some research, and can't decide which would be "better" for Arizona, and would like opinions of those that have used them in Arizona. My consideration for "where" to use them would be the following game units: 22, 24A/B, 12a/b, 33 I know the climbers need a straight, limbless tree to climb, where a hang on can pretty much climb around such limitations (within reason). So, my questions: 1. Which is easier to put up? I'm not interested in racing up a tree, just don't want to waste 1/2 hour in the dark putting up a tree 2. Which is more likely to be used given the type of trees we have in these units? Thoughts? Thanks.
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    Tree Stand: Hang On or Climber for AZ

    tree saddle doesnt look like my thing. I need something solid under my feet. thanks, though, I didn't know that they exist. it appears trees are likely to have branches, so a hang may be the better choice if I were to get just one stand? I have a ground blind already. I dont think a ladder would be good, if I am hiking 1 mile plus. I will have to take a 2 hour nap when I arrive at my tree and will miss the morning hunt. is a hang on more difficult to put up as a climber or about the same with practice? I will practice with either that I get before going into the field, along with shooting from it. thanks for the other tips too.
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    Tree Stand: Hang On or Climber for AZ

    Thanks for the replies. So, in general, the trees in the units that I'm looking at (if there are trees :-). I could likely find both straight with no branches and not so straight with branches, equally? I'm leaning towards a hang on with climbing sticks, but like the "ease" of the climbers. Low pack in weight is what I'm looking at, as I'm looking at hiking in 1 mile from the roads. How difficult is it to attach and then climb up the climbing sticks? I'm considering the 3 or 4 pack that are strapped in sections to the tree. Thanks!
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    Deer in 24A

    Well, my optimist attitude didn't work out. Didn't see a single deer where my cameras were set. Couple of guys I came across saw a solo buck from a distance and solo does. Froze a bit, but had a good time with my son and good Mexican food in Miami. Can't decide if I prefer bugs and heat or cold and no bugs... May try lower elevation.
  13. First time bow hunting and prefer to be prepared, so I have a few questions as I plan on trying the gutless method and hate to waste any usable meat: 1. For those that do the gutless method, what do you do with the rib meat? any videos on this method only show the quarters. 2. I dont necessarily need the head or antlers, as I am not planning on mounting, is it okay to leave with carcass? 3. Given #2, where should I apply the tag? I was planning on deboning in the field, or is that not a good idea?
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    being optimistic, I have a few questions

    Thanks for all the responses. They will help!
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    Deer in 24A

    Can you tell if the rut is on yet?
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    Deer in 24A

    picture from a week ago didn't load. here it is. was about 6 to 8 inches on the road.
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    Deer in 24A

    Anyone know if the rain they got in 24a has rid some of the snow or made it worse? Here's a pic going up to the peak on 21st. Thanks
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    Deer in 24A

    Ya, taken on the 21st. Time is right, date is wrong.. A doe had gone through that same exact spot not even 1 minute before (same time stamp), so the rut my be on any time now... Tons of doe pictures too... so that should be great once the rut is on. :-)
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    Deer in 24A

    Yup, no deer in 24A. No snow either.
  20. So, I'm going OTC for deer in December, since I had tag soup in October with Rifle I'm going to go scout out 24A, and wondering if I could get some thoughts from those that have been on the condition of the roads in December? My only reference ponit is Unit 33, the peppersauce canyon area (easy/breezy roads) and then the roads up to Oracle Ridge and/or Charloue Gap (ATV or 4x4 with Loc Diff needed). Is an ATV needed with will a regular truck and/or 4x4 do just fine? I'm considering going all the way up to Signal Peak, coming down from Miami. Given I have no idea on the road conditions in these mountains, how long of a trip would this be? Any thoughts, opinions or experience is appreciated.
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    Unit 24A - Just a little help with OTC

    Probably going up this weekend with a buddy to scout around and setup a camera or two. Just wanted to know if we should bring the quads or leave them at home. Actual hunting will be later December, so hopefully the rut may be starting by then. I'm just wanting to do some tree standing for a change. 24A only has 50 permits for rifle in late December, so there shouldn't be too many hunters around?
  22. For a sec, there, I thought this was my post from October! GL.
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    Considering OTC Deer in Dec

    thanks for the $.02... I will take it!why muleys? Cuz they always stop and look back of course. hey everything helps when starting out in archery. If you draw on 1 at 30 and he bails expect him to stop at 50-60yards, keep that bow at full draw. Got it, thanks
  24. So, I have never bow hunted before, and I am considering buying an OTC for a December hunt, since I'm going to be off work during the holidays. Any advice on a decent unit for a first-timer bow hunter? The only one I've scouted so far, has been 33, for rifle, but was hoping for something a bit further north, but I am unfamiliar with the units up North. Any thoughts on Unit 22, 23, 24 (assuming they have a Dec OTC hunt). Thanks for any thoughts.
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    Considering OTC Deer in Dec

    thanks for the $.02... I will take it! why muleys?
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