Coues deer/Mule deer conundrum

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  1. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Well, I have a serious problem. I shouldnt complain as it should be a good problem to have. The problem is that I have enough bonus points this year in Arizona to put me in the "1st bonus point pass" for the 20% quota that goes to max point holders to draw any deer hunt I want south of the colorado river. My delima is there are 2 hunts that I desire equally. One is a rifle rut hunt for coues whitetails and the other is a rut mulie hunt with a muzzleloader (inlines, scopes and sabots ARE legal!). So the ML hunt may as well be a rifle hunt since I can use a scope of any power, sobots and inlines. Decisions, decisions....................I really cant make up my mind.

    ARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. gamehauler

    gamehauler Well-Known Member

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    To me thats a No-Brainer.
    Couesie baby:)
    Do you visit Coueswhitetail.com?
    If not just spend a little time there
    and we will convince you:D
     

  3. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

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    For ME, it's not even a consideration. I've lusted over hunting for a Coues for as long as I can remember. A rut hunt for a nice Muley would be nice... But a rifle hunt for Coues, now that's a dream come true.

    But that's just me. I've not had the chance to hunt either so far. You've hunted sheep many times... that nocks #1 off my wish list so I don't know where that leads to! I got to see a good number of sheep when I was hunting caribou in Alaska, I'll be back for one! When considering deer though, a Coues is at the top.

    Either way, you can't go wronge.

    Gene
     
  4. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    MICHAEL- he muzzleloader hunt i see is before the mule deer rut by a week. COUES . but what unit??
     
  5. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    The ML hunt is before the peak of the rut yeah, but having bowhunted the areas in the past many times has shown me that the big boys are still out lookin for girls the last week in December which is when the hunt would be.

    If I opt to go coues, it will be unit 22.
     
  6. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    MICHAEL- my bad. i was looking at the unit 12b muzzleloader hunt. good luck in the draw. i still say coues. roninflag
     
  7. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    MICHAEL- did you see the blurry pic of the succesful coues deer hunter on the front cover of the regs???
     
  8. gamehauler

    gamehauler Well-Known Member

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    GET OUT OF MY BACK YARD:rolleyes:
    If you put in for the Oct hunt you should get drawn with your points
    But with only 25 permits for that hunt, Good Luck.
    Hey if nothing else, you will have another point:)
    With lots of bonus points you may want to look at the 30's units.
    I have never hunted down there but is to be the best trophy units.
    If you have family or friends in 22 it is not a bad choice but again,
    only 25 permits and if you are out of state only 10% will go to nonresidents.
    Good luck on the draw.
    I did put in for the Dec 22 hunt first choice and Oct 2nd but I live here
    and have the time to scout.
    Wonder if I know somewhere I might look for the Gray Ghost:D
     
  9. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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  10. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    gamehauler/michael- did you see the deer on the front cover of the regs?? i hunted 36 last year. long ways from flag though
     
  11. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Yes. It is truly a "stud" buck. I take it you know the gal who harvested it?????
     
  12. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i wish i knew the family. i saw the buck ; then the gun then the girl. i got the regs 4 days before my trophy hunter magazine came. story is in there with professional quailty pics. 127 7/8 . while i am not a coues nutt i do like to hunt them . the pics will make your eyes bug out. i am guessing unit 23 the article does not say. a 175 pound archery bear next to the coues. i guess the gamand fish was not trying to totally mislead people
     
  13. gamehauler

    gamehauler Well-Known Member

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    Well Michael you have done your homework
    and understand the AZ draw system well.
    I hope you do draw the Dec tag as you do
    deserve it from the sounds of it.
    Thanks also for all the donated $ to AZGFD:rolleyes:
    That is not cheap for a non-res
    Payson is also my home, I may even know your Cousin.
     
  14. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    My cousin is Rex. He used to work for Ty Goodman at Goodman outfitters. He also owns RJC electric.

    I will let you know if I draw out. You never know, there could always be an influx of applicants with 11 or 12 points!