Tagged: This one's for the Mn. brother.
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November 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm #8790
If your into whitetail hunting. You can go to Patagonia or Kanab. I’m not sure of the spelling of Kanab. Patagonia is unit 34 if I remember right. It may be unit 36. There has always been whitetail hunting there for years. Kanab, or Canab is just south of the town of Sonoita. I usually hunt mule deer. They are a bigger deer. They are all over the state. Since your in the Phoenix area. Flagstaff, Payson. The White Mountain area is just a matter of a couple hours from you. There is good mule deer and elk hunting there. There is Gambels, and scaled quail hunting near you. You have three species of dove also. There the Mourning dove, whitewing. And, a new species that there isn’t any regs for bag limit on them. The Eurasian dove. You also have pronghorn antelope in Flagstaff and north of there. You also have black bear in the mountains around Arizona. I’ve seen them in Payson, and hunted them in the Chiricahua Mountains. Had a couple come with in a mile or so from my house on the north side of Tucson when they were chased off the mountain by a younger boar.November 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm #8792
There is good squirrel hunting on the Mogollon rim. It’s pronounced ” Mogian”. Just outside of Payson. There is bear there too. With elk. Around Phoenix and most of the middle on south of the state are Javalina.November 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm #9423
How do? O.K. Arizona is one of the most rugged and difficult places to hunt in north America. With northern mountains at 14000′ + to the deserts of a couple thousand above sea level. One third of my time is spent in the woods and I see hunters, laughably so, driving through the woods “looking”. Let me tell you guys, hunting Az is not for the unprepared and out of shape. You wont be able to set a chair or build a blind on the edge of a field here and score consistent results. Hiking to find the trails and runs are a must. Find where they’re moving through to feed and water and you’ll quadruple your chances at a clean shot. To hunt Az one must love not only hunting but being in the woods cause if you want to be consistently successful you’ll need to get up close and personal with the game and their environment. Unless you love it, it’s more work than fun. A lot of kids these days don’t want to work that hard for a reward. Also, in recent years Az has at least doubled the fees for licenses and tags. I really can’t afford to hunt and fish much anymore so I just hang out in the woods. I am sorry to hear that your son may be moving away from the traditions that you have shared and taught him. Unfortunately, Az is the place to come to make money and vacation. The traditions that I grew up with are dying and I never expected the commercialism and the amount the state charges to keep family traditions alive and well.November 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm #9748
I couldnt agree more, the fees are alot and the work is hard.But I do love it because its hard. succes is the most rewarding when its hard. You know what they say, its not the destination its the journey. I do think thats what has made my hunts out of state or when I have moved to a new area so special. The biggest thing that makes for a new adventure possible and with in budget for me has always relied on gaining new friends earning respect and trust and getting honest expierenced advice.
My boy is starting to come around. he is seeing the pics of the fish and game I have got and hes planning ahead to hit the woods and waters in the up and coming seasons. Commercialism and the high fees can be overcome when sportsmen come togeather and help each other.December 17, 2013 at 3:14 am #10399
AZ Hunting Tip:
Invest in good glass, 15x Binoculars and tripod, and sit and wear out the seat of your pants before wearing out the soles of your boots.
Unlike anywhere else Arizona is an optics intense environment. I hunt AZ every year as coues deer are my passion. Got a javelina hunt this Spring, handgun, that I’ll use to scout for future mule deer hunts. I’m also hoping to draw an elk tag next year, should have enough points. Unlike other parts of the United States long shots are fairly common. Close is a relative term and in the circles I frequent 300 yards is close if hunting with a rifle in Arizona.
December 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm #10874
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I got cut off / interrupted very rudely at a fish & game meeting in Tucson one time when I brought up that the majority of the hunters in Arizona were blue collar people who hunted not for the sport. But, for the enjoyment of being in the woods. And, for the meat. What they were proposing was turning hunting in the state into something that could only be done by the wealthy that didn’t give a damn about the meat. But, only the trophy. What people call trophy hunters. Which aren’t hunters at all. They couldn’t do it on their own if they had to. It was at that point that they cut me off. And wouldn’t let me talk anymore.January 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm #11081
Hey bigrig. What were they propsing?
My MN hunting didnt go the best I only got out five times. I did get some meat though so I cant complain to much. Next year will be better. I am still hooked on coming to Az in the future to spend time with my boy and to get him back into the spirit of the hunt.
I did get a trophy last year. I got a small one this year. As long as we come out safe thats a success. The meat and the storys we get to tell is just the bonus. And the trophy? big or small , buck or doe they are all trophies that I appreciat. And when I stop appreciating that, I need to hang it up.January 5, 2014 at 8:39 am #11129
I was wrong about the location of Kanab. It is located in northern Arizona along or near the Utah border. The area I was thinking about is called the Canellas. That is a mountain range south of Sonoita. I’ve only hunted javalina down there. I saw a lot of whitetail, or Cowes deer while hunting javalina. A friend of mine there in Tucson used to hunt down there years ago for whitetail with his family.
They were proposing raising all the fees for licenses, and tags. Well, from what my friend was telling me just yesterday. They have gone and done it. A resident deer tag used to be like $17.00. A speedgoat tag used to be like around $75.00. It’s going up to $120.00. And the deer tag is going up to around $45.00. It looks like they are starting to focus on non-resident, and wealthy hunters. They are trying to increase the money flow. I understand that. But, they are cutting out the majority of the money by increasing the fee’s . I-E the resident hunters. Luckily, before I came to Texas. I got myself a lifetime hunting license. So, I don’t have to worry about that fee. But, the tag fee still is what concerns me. I almost forgot that they have increased the application fee’s from $10.00 to I think $25.00. Which is non refundable.
January 8, 2014 at 9:41 am #11269
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I think I get it. Im a pay check to pay check kind of family man. The fees have gone up in MN to. We dont have the amount of big game that AZ has but we do have deer, bear turkys for big game. Non res. tags are cheaper for a non resthan in AZ and the hunting adventure is different. Some states seperate res. and non res hunting times some states are going towards not allowing non res from hunting. The best solution Ive come across is when states get togeather and match thier fees the same when it is the same game. I feel that the locals should have prefrence but I dont want to be put in a catagory that the only way I can expierence other parts of our county is to breack my piggy bank and pretend Im wealthy. I know its some what about the money if not mostly about the money, But I will keep on fighting with the faith that true out doors men and women have a passion of being supportive of each other and having each others backs. One way or anouther I will always support or help a fellow hunter in chaseing a dream. Almost all of my out of state hunts have been cheeper because of the friends Ive made out of state. there are a lot of great people out thier.
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