Spot and Stalk Coues Deer, Arizona Public Land Bowhunt! – DEER TOUR E69

that’s it let’s go we’re in Arizona guys Greg grabbed his Arizona hunting regs book for free right in there in the Sportsman’s Warehouse swag yep so we’ve got some light reading to do on our hour drive from Tucson if they’ll meet up Randy and the guys at Camp if I look tired it’s because I am very tired we’ve been at the ATA show for the last couple days and we haven’t got much sleep we don’t have any idea what we’re doing by the way these coues deer like look like Jackrabbits compared to the deer that we’re used to hunting up in Iowa and Mike says up like they’re super super tough to get close to it’s gonna be interesting I’d say we’re probably gonna get our butts kicked but we’re used to that so should be fun we’ve reached our destination here in the desert I don’t see Randy’s truck though what’s shakin Hey look that’s it no kid that’s goes like right there yeah could have fooled me with all the Border Patrol around that’s thick nice to meet you Randy my pleasure I’m Aaron this is Greg Greg how are you doing very good I’m glad to hear that yeah we’re ready to be here man we just we just came from Louisville at ata and it was snowing and cold and back home we got 17 18 inches of snow I don’t worry about that no I think so grab whatever they want for a room we did the math over the course of now and we’re gone through this week there’s gonna be 18 different people here yeah I wish I could tell ya all go here go there awesome yeah I mean it’s so much different than what we’re used to back home you know you got 2,500 acres of public land and then for four counties you don’t have anything great you know but private down here it’s just it’s everywhere it’s about 5min here it’s about 10:05 I still got pretty bad jet lag or something my brains not working right yet Greg and I are gonna run out for a spell before it gets dark we got about an hour and 15 minutes or so alike so just gonna get familiar with the territory a little bit see which roads we can drive down and try to find some high spots this evening that we can potentially get to and glass at first like tomorrow morning this is really really big country as you can probably already tell and there’s a lot to public land I mean it’s basically all public land all the way around us so we see a deer we should be able to go after it I’m marking a couple of high points I can see in their past this gate there’s a big Ridge right here in the morning if we go up to the top of that Ridge and get on one of these Peaks that I’m marking it should allow us good Vantage with that Sun at our back all morning for glassing so don’t know much about the whole glass and game but that’s what everybody tells us is how you find the Bucks out here so deer rutting right now so they’re pretty active most of the day that’s a good option good morning friends we’re headed out for our first morning down here in Arizona so we got a bunch of guys in camp with tags surely somebody’s gonna shoot a coues deer they’ve been hunting down here for what they say Greg like three four years or something they haven’t killed one yet they said they brought in

the whitetail guys meaning us for reinforcements and me and Greg you don’t have any idea what the heck we’re doin we are excited about the Jackrabbits though we are excited about the Jackrabbits that’s a good point these Jackrabbits down here huge if we cant find coues deer we might just go on a jackrabbit Safari through the desert plan though is to get up on a high nob this morning and try to do some glass and then find one they’re rutting down here so movement should be good it’s just being able to see the little buggers and all this brush let’s go don’t that big rock right there me and Gregg don’t have our mountain legs yeah I can take that top of this knob here supposed to be 5,000 feet we ought to be able to see quite a bit from up there but might be tomorrow by the time we get there there’s one it’s almost 10:00 in the morning and Greg and I have spotted several deer took us forever to get up here as y’all could tell we were running extremely late but once we finally got up here to the top of this peak and started glass and we started picking up a few deer we haven’t been able to filming him because I keep seeing them and then they’ll move behind a rock or a ridge or something but I saw a doe or a little buck over here to the south about three ridges over seven eight hundred yards away and then I moved around the side of this rock and I’ve been glass and down in here and I saw a really big buck a few minutes ago he was on top of one of those little knobs down there for a couple of minutes and then he’d run some does off to the side and I marked them all down there by this tank and I’m sure Greg can probably see it through the spotter there’s a little drainage right there it looks like there’s quite a bit of cover in it and that’s where that buck ran those does down and into it’s a big buck – marcus killed a real nice one in this general area in December and this buck looked a lot like that one so but we just been sitting here for the last thirty minutes trying to glass them back up and we have not seen them they’re down there in that little drainage and they’re actually real close to the road I got it marked on on X though where they’re at says they’re about 1.2 miles from here I don’t think I want to walk from this mountain to get over there but you can see the road is real close to them down there so we back out and then drive around we can probably get pretty close to their location there’s no big deal just a few thousand feet down there talking to Jim last night when we got into camp he’s the Arizona Game and Fish wildlife science coordinator and he was telling us about where these deer tend to bed of course we’re very intrigued because we deal with buck bedding all the time with you know whitetails out East in the Midwest but one of the things he said was that they they like this oak woodland stuff and they’ll tend to bed on the upper third of these big ridges up against these trees and on the way up here Greg found a bunch of beds around this little tree is even a rub and it got hit and there’s beds all up around this thing where they can stand up and look down below now we’re gonna head down to the truck and see if we can’t relocate that buck I saw a while ago it’s about noon right now and Greg and I just ate a little bit while we were sitting here eating we parked on a high spot kind of down here where I saw that buck earlier and as I’m sitting here eating Greg looks out the window is by nose and spots of DOE right across the draw from us she’s bedded down now haven’t seen a buck yet but it’s encouraging we’re

seeing deer and we’re starting to kind of figure out where they’d like to be they want to be in these little on these side hills where there’s some thick oak brush it’s a little bit steeper country and you’re getting into more of that oak woodland and that’s right where they are is on the side hills in the thicker Oaks so we’re gonna keep cruising around see if we can spot a few more we’re still a mile away from when I saw that buck though so we’re just gonna ease our way down that direction and then this evening we’ll try to get up high and overlook that tank area where he was headed there’s our water tank right there that buck was right up here about another quarter mile or so up on top here to the south of us I’m probably blocking your view but she’s standing in the wide open though dropping down into the valley you see him we gotta go he’s coming right down the hill right there he’s gonna we just out of sight in a minute you got a buck spotted from your truck as you can see as we were eating lunch while ago Greg saw that doe over here on this opposite face we just spotted a few more does looked up there’s a buck coming off the hill so we gotta drop down here circle around him just to get in the stupid truck and drive around below and go right up that drainage so obviously not bothered by the truck there’s Border Patrol everywhere gonna mark this on Onx quick now shoot there he goes see him running up the hill I knew better than to take that last step on the top of this thing I was starting to think though you know they were last time we saw they were just right on that side of this Ridge I’m thinking you know they’re probably not gonna be there very long which is my mistake I shouldn’t have done that I should have known better that they weren’t gonna go very far but I took the risk and hoping that they were on this side instead of this side and soon as i crested the ridge they were right here 100 yards both of em small bucks but who cares love to at least got in the position that was tough one though because I last place I marked them was on the back side of this Ridge over there and they had obviously while we were moving the truck around hopped over and got over here somehow I want to hit up top though is that where he walked over the top right there he’s right where I was wanting the glass like a waiter went there in the first place he walked right over us y’all can see how this lays down through there

just these little humps run down for the next mile down this Ridgeline and on either side or these little secondary ridges that run out and that’s where we’ve been seeing all these deer bedded I don’t know how far we’re gonna go down tonight but probably try to make that next hill at least and glass and in that next little Valley below it that’s right where I saw that big buck this morning easy wait till he goes out of sight we’re just cruising along this top and Greg looked down and spotted a real nice buck few hundred yards below us going back this way the problem is our wind is going like this so we have to try to get over there and cut him off can you see him you can’t see us but he might be able to smell us oh man that was pretty tense that buck was like 200 yards and I don’t know if he’d caught movement up here or if he smelled a wiff of us cuz the wind is really bad right now but he stood there at that cactus for like 15 minutes staring up here big buck – but he went on the backside that hill we got a car coming to the bottom right now so me and greg are gonna try to cup around him the wind in our favor and get down low where he’s cruising that that’s Randy I i think I think I got a drawback I’m just gonna slide down we tried to flank around that buck last-ditch effort essentially never did see him it’s gonna be tough sledding trying to get a coues deer this week with a bow and arrow you think about these things got a lot more predators than the whitetails that we’re dealing with back home do got mountain lions down here make them extra cautious but on the good side we are seeing bucks lot of fun after all this right now we got I’ll walk back to the truck so I’m gonna start heading that way get back to camp see what everybody else got into today how are

you doing man good good to see it man Casey there and that’s me nice to meet you finally man hug himself haven’t seen you for so long good spot though Marcus yeah yeah how would you guys go to that close by anyway we went to that drink it’s not like well there’s a pretty good peak there and about two and a half hours later we were up there John coues chili phenomenal I bring it in you