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  1. My dad and his buddy had been applying as a party for mule deer tags. They realized at their age that they were probably never going to draw the Kaibab or Strip, so they decided to put in for coues tags. They lucked out and drew late December tags in 34A. My dad has hunted coues with me one time on a January OTC archery hunt and his friend has never hunted coues at all. If you are wondering why they applied for a unit they had no experience with, it's because my grandma lives in Tucson. They are getting soft in their old age and thought it would be nice to be able to go to town and get a shower every now and then. We live in Montana and I would love to go and help them, but due to some other circumstances I won't have enough vacation left in December. I have been on a couple coues hunts so I am helping them as much as I can, letting them borrow my 15x binos, tripod adapter, etc. I am trying to track down the contact info for the area biologist so I can put my dad in contact with him/her. I was hoping to get some general info and advice on the unit. I doubt my dad's friend will be very picky but my dad will try to find a big buck. Do they need to get far away from roads or are there pockets that get overlooked where they could find a good buck? Are there any roads that are blocked off that maps don't show as closed? Any general areas you would recommend? Do they need ATV's or can they get around ok in a pickup? Any helpful advice on the unit would be appreciated and I would be happy to exchange deer and elk hunting info in Montana. Feel free to PM me and thanks in advance.
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    Quiet on the Kaibab

    All is quiet.....I want to see some photos of nice muleys. Where are the Kaibab photos and updates?
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    Coues Mount - Habitat Ideas

    I'm getting a shoulder mount done and I would like to get some desert type habitat put on it. I live in Montana so when people see the mount I want something on there to differentiate it from my other northern whitetail mounts. Can anyone post up pictures to give me some ideas?
  4. When I drew my coues tag this year, I was sent a packet from AZGFD asking me to collect the front teeth from my deer for aging. It said I would be able to go online and see the results somewhere, but I'm not sure where to find this. I have asked the AZGFD but haven't heard back. Can anyone tell me where to look this information up?
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    Unit 31 Info

    Well I don't want to be one of those guys that asks for info and then you never hear from them again. Thanks to all of you who offered up some advice. I had a great hunt and can't wait to go back.
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    Coues in the Oaks

    Cool video
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    Unit 31 Info

    Thanks for the info guys. I'll be sure to report back on how my hunt goes.
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    Unit 31 Info

    I lucked out and drew the late December tag in 31 as a non resident. I have yet to break the news to the family and girlfriend that I’ll be spending my Christmas in the desert of Arizona chasing Coues haha. Im really looking forward to it though and I’m trying to get some general info on the unit. A few questions I have are - Is there good deer distribution throughout the unit, or are they more concentrated in certain areas? It sounds like it has some really rugged country. Would it be advantageous to do a backpack hunt, or can a guy have a good hunt just hiking from the truck each day? I know Flatline Maps doesn’t have a map for 31, any suggestions on a company that makes a good map of the unit? My best friend drew the late tag in 32, so it would be really cool to camp with him if there’s a place that would put us in close proximity to good hunting in both units. Does anyone know if there is such a place? Camping with him isn’t as big of a priority as having a good hunt. I live in Montana and would be more than happy to exchange info on hunting up here if someone wants to PM me.
  9. I knew the rut wouldn’t be going and I figured the Arizona hunts are better. I am applying in Arizona too. I was mainly wondering if the New Mexico units hold decent populations of Coues or if it’s tough to find them, and if there’s anything else I should know about these hunts before I apply. Are Coues spread out in these units or are they just in pockets? What is the terrain like? Are they fairly glassable or are they really thick?
  10. I recently hunted Arizona OTC archery coues and now I've got the bug in a bad way. I live in Montana and am wanting more opportunites to hunt coues with reasonable chance at success on a nice buck. I have been exploring the December hunts in New Mexico since they take place after our seasons close here in Montana. I was hoping someone who is familiar with coues hunting in New Mexico can give me some general info and tell me if these are quality hunts. Feel free to PM me.
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    Where can you usually get the best exchange rate? I read on some sites that banks sometimes take several days to get you pesos, is that the case with Bank of America too?
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    I am heading to Sonora next week and crossing the border at Nogales. Is there somewhere on the US side where I can exchange US dollars for pesos? I understand I may need some for toll booths and things like that. Any help is much appreciated.
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    Technology and Animal Quality

    I'm a non-resident and have only been hunting Arizona for two years, so take my opinion for what its worth. Technology is playing into hunting more and more in my home state of Montana too but I would say its way behind Arizona from what I have seen. I had a Kaibab archery tag this fall and I couldn't believe the number of trail cams I saw. I spend a lot of time hiking around popular hunting areas in Montana and I have yet to see another trail camera other than my own. Talking to other hunters during my Kaibab hunt I heard several stories of people shooting bucks at 80-100 yards. It is no secret that long range rifles and radios have killed a lot of elk and Coues deer in Arizona. When I first started hunting here I couldn't believe that its legal to use radios to guide hunters in on animals. It is illegal in most other states. Every year the distance that animals are being taken is being stretched further and further. The truth is the decrease in quality animals is probably a result of several factors. I think AZGFD managing for more opportunity is a big part of it, but there's no denying that advances in technology aren't helping. Most people are using these devices though so they would rather point fingers at predators or increased tag numbers.
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    First timer

    My friends want to bring a couple little propane bottles for a grill and also some of the little fuel cans for a Jet Boil/backpacking stove. Does anyone know if I will have any issues getting these across the border or where I could find out?
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    First timer

    Sorry, I should have clarified. I know I will get a permit from the outfitter to bring my guns into Mexico, but I was meaning the form for getting the guns back into the US. It sounds like that is what I use the 4457 form for.