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San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation Coues Deer Hunt Summary

June 2, 2012 by CouesWhitetail in Hunting with 0 Comments

by Nathan Pamplin, Wildlife Biologist
February 4, 2003

The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in east-central Arizona has been noted as one of the premier places to hunt Coues deer.  The Reservation is 1.8 million acres in size and has Coues deer located throughout the region.  Habitat is extremely diverse and ranges from Sonoran desert to coniferous forest.  The Reservation issues tags on a first-come, first serve basis.  Two hunts are held each year; a pre-rut hunt in late-November and a rut hunt in January.  For the 2003-2004 hunts, 45 tags will be made available for the November pre-rut hunt and 78 tags will be made available for the January rut hunt.  The Reservation is divided into four hunting units, with tag prices varying depending on the unit and the season dates.  Tags range in price from $700 to $3,000.  Only one sub-unit is Tribal guide required, but the rest of the units do not require a guide.  However, if you do hire a guide, they must be a Tribal licensed guide. For more information about tag prices, season dates, regulations, and tag availability contact the San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife Department at (928) 475-2343.

The November 2002 and January 2003 data is still being compiled.

If you want to see some more detailed, but older data that Amanda Moors compiled as biologist from 1995-99, click here(PDF file, 1MB).  Otherwise some of the success rates are shown below.

Historical Success Rates and Rack Size for Coues Deer November Harvest Statistics (Units A, B, C)

Year Percent Success Avg. Pts. Right Antler Avg. Pts Left Antler
2001

25

3.67

3.33

1998

38

4.07

3.93

1997

33

3.75

3.58

1996

32

NA

NA

1995

43

3.78

4.22

1992

30

NA

NA

Coues Deer January 2002 Harvest Statistics

Unit Hunters Harvest Success
A

7

2

29

B

6

6

100

C

10

0

0

D

13

9

69

Unreported

4

1

25

Total

40

18

45

Historical Success of Coues Deer January Hunts (all units combined)

Year Percent Success

2002

45

1999

65

1998

60

1997

45

1996

74

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