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Unit 99 Coues Deer Hunt
General notes on 99
Unit 99 is often said to be one of the top 2 or 3 units in the state, for both numbers of deer and as a quality Coues Deer unit. There are good Coues Deer to be found here, for the hunter that is willing to get out of the truck and away from the roads.
During the October hunt, there are a lot of tags issued, so you must expect to see other hunters. Use them to your advantage by getting to your spot early and be ready to start glassing at the first hint of light. Often times, hunters moving into the area after you have set up ahead of them, will push a buck right to you.
A spooked buck is going to either head straight up the slope he is on to get to the opposite side as soon as possible or head down into the canyon bottom to use the vegetation that is usually present as cover. So, if you see or hear hunters coming your way, look in the saddles at the top of the ridges for fleeing bucks, or glass the north facing slopes ahead of them to try and see a buck slipping through the trees.
A lot of the area that makes up the central section of the unit is rugged, mountainous terrain. Although there are some Coues deer in lower, cactus filled washes, most of the bigger bucks are going to be up high at the heads of the canyons.
I spent all day Friday, the first day of scouting, up high and saw a lot of deer and deer sign. The second day, I went lower, below the Oracle road and saw nothing and very little sign. Most of the sign I did see was old tracks and droppings.
When you watch the video, you will notice that the wind was blowing pretty hard at times. Some of the audio will be hard to hear because the wind was so loud. There is nothing I can do about that. If there is something you do not understand, let me know and I will try my best to decipher it for you.
To get the area I scouted, go to Oracle Arizona and follow the sign to Mount Lemmon. Go south on the Mount Lemmon Road. It will turn to a dirt road right outside of town. After going through some desert, it will start to climb. You will go past a small campground at Peppersauce Canyon. Once past the campground, it will climb some more then drop back down. You will cross a small stone bridge and then climb through rocky stretch of road. When you get to the top, the road will turn sharp to the west . The road will be very straight here. Right where the road starts to turn sharply again to the south, there is a place to pull in next to a gate in the fence. I park here. Go through the walk in gate and the first point I give here is a only a few hundred yards up the ridge. If it is dark, just follow the fence line.
These reference numbers correspond to the photos.
151 thru 153 1st glassing point - Just up the ridge is a good place to glass the area where two large canyons come together. Early in the morning, before the sun hits the south facing slopes, you can find deer fedding on the open, grassy hillsides. As the sun starts rising, you’ll see them start working towards a patch of timber or the shady sides of the canyons, just like is shown in the video. The 2 does with their fawns came up out of the bottom of the canyon right at first light, fed in the open for about 30 minutes then headed for other side of the ridge as the sun hit their feeding area. The small buck, headed north, into the cedars to bed. You need to be in position BEFORE in gets light in order to see the most deer. If you plan on hunting the upper reaches of these canyons, in the places I have pointed out to you later in the video and in this written document, you need to give yourself at least 90 minutes of hiking time to get there.
GPS- N38° 30' 31.9" W114° 42' 1.1"
154 - Does and Fawns, 1 small buck - I moved up the ridge a little way to get a better view of this large grassy slope. This slope is where I have seen a lot of deer in the past few years and at least 5 bucks in the last two years. Mostly younger bucks, still hanging out with the does instead of in the buck bachelor groups they will join when they get a little older. I saw this group of deer come out of the bottom of the canyon and start feeding up toward the middle of the slope. Once the sun got up, they headed for cover pretty quick. The buck I saw was just to the east of these deer, on the cedar covered hillside. The buck left for cover well before the does, which is typical and why you need to be in position very early.
GPS- N38° 30' 46.1" W114° 22' 40.0"
155 - Does and Fawns, 1 small buck - I moved up a little farther up the ridge and stopped to glass the back side (south) of the ridge, and spotted this doe and twin fawns back toward the road. This slope is very similar to one across the canyon to the north. Very open, but with more mesquites and cactus. The opposite side of the canyon from here, is very steep, but there is a water tank at the bottom of the canyon. Just as many deer live in this canyon as the one I was glassing this morning.
GPS- N38° 35' 99.4" W114° 22' 47.6"
156 - Top of the Canyon - This is the view from the top of the canyon looking back toward the road you will hike up from. If you can get to this point, 30 minutes before daylight, you have an excellent chance of catching a buck coming up from the canyon bottom, crossing the ridge in one of the saddles to the south, or crossing the saddle to west of this point. The wind SHOULD, with normal weather conditions, be drifting down the slope early in the morning and then start to drift back up slope as the air warms after sunrise. It’s not always the case if there is a strong wind from the east or south. Once you feel the thermals shift up, it’s just a short hike over the saddle to glass towards the west and have the wind in your favor again.
GPS- N38° 36' 34.3" W114° 42' 40.4"
157 thru 159 Burn - Directly over the saddle at the top of the canyon is a spot where you can glass a large area that was burned a few years ago. It looks very desolate, but there are a lot of deer feeding in this area early and late. Due to the lack of cover here, they do not stay out in the open very long during shooting hours. Glass the edges of the cover that the fire missed, the bottoms of the draws where the vegetation has grown back, and the shady spots. You can also glass the north facing slope of the hill that the does and small buck were spotted. This is where they usually go to bed.
GPS- N39° 32' 34.6" W113° 24' 50.2"
160 & 161 Glassing spot - From the previous spot, move around to the south of the hill and you get a great view of the upper end of Stratton Canyon. This part did not burn and is still very thick with oaks. The oaks have a decent crop of acorns this year and the deer are feeding on them. Take your time and glass the upper end of the canyon. These little deer are very hard to see in the brushy areas and you have to make sure you are not glassing too fast or you will not see any deer.
GPS- N39° 50' 31.1" W114° 42' 46.8"
162 Fresh deer droppings. - I stopped glassing here about 4:00 pm in the afternoon and start farther up the canyon. Right below where I was sitting, the open slope was covered in deer droppings. Some old, some a few days old and some very fresh. They have either been feeding in here heavily or using this spot to cross over from canyon to canyon.
GPS- N36° 10' 25.0" W113° 22' 48.2"
163 3 point buck. - While hiking, I jumped a bedded 3 point buck in these old burned out oaks. My video and still cameras were in my pack while hiking and by the time I got them out he had trotted over the ridge top. With your hunt only a few days away, I did not really want to risk blowing him out of the area. These deer are very territorial and will stick in an area until the rut makes them start traveling, looking for does or something pushes them. I only got a good look at his right side but he was 3 points on his right and he looked the same on the left. He was a good, mature buck. Not what a trophy Coues hunter would shoot, but a good buck and a shooter for most people, including me.
GPS- N35° 30' 43.3" W114° 43' 27.0"
164 - Deer Bed - Hiking back to the truck, along the fence line, I found this fresh deer bed.
GPS - N34° 30' 28.9" W112° 32' 10.9"
165 - Lower area scouting - At first light on the second day, I went to the east, in some draws that fall off to toward the river. These deep, brushy draws usually hold a lot of deer, but the thick brush makes them difficult to see once they hit the north slopes. The south slopes are still open and they are open them first thing in the morning. I glassed and walked this canyon, all day. I didn’t see a single Whitetail deer and only one mule deer doe and fawn. I am not sure if is the oaks up high, which tend to ripen and fall a little earlier than these lower ones are drawing the deer up high, or the fact that was a lot of cattle down here this year that have moved the deer out. Usually, in the early season while it is still warm, the deer come down here because there is more water. It’s not hard to miss these deer in the brush, but I did not see any tracks or fresh sign at all. If it were me, I would hunt high in the canyons I marked for you the first day.
GPS - N37° 37' 53.0" W111° 47' 26.2"
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