Fall Hunt Draw For Deer, Turkey, Javelina, Sheep Completed

OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM

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The draw results for the rest of the fall hunts are in for deer, turkey, javelina, and sheep.

I will have to wait another year for the next lottery and a desert bighorn sheep tag.With continual population growth of Arizona some big-game tags are getting progressively tougher to draw.If you didn't draw a tag, hopefully one of your friends or a family member can use an extra pair of eyes behind a spotting scope or maybe the title of camp cook willbe your role this year.The camaraderie around the campfire in a hunting camp is hard to beat.

Believe it or not, there are still 1,100 rifleags available in the southern half of Arizona for antlered whitetail deer.These units have very good deer populations and are worth the trip south to possibly explore some new mountain ranges.

A decade ago, I drew a whitetail tag in unit 32 as my fifth choice and almost didn't go.Longtime friend Bob Ortlund and I made the trip and were pleasantly surprised at the number of bucks we saw in a 3-day hunt, glassing the grassy ravines below many of these mountain ranges.If you want to hunt deer with a rifle, the trip south of a few hours is well worth the time spent.

The following chart identifies the unit and number of tags remaining.Remember, when applying, always use the designated hunt number.

These first come, leftover permits will be accepted by mail only, starting on Aug. 20.Theyill not be accepted early, so plan your mailing accordingly.You can still hunt deer in Arizona, if you complete the application and get it in the mail at the right time.

Good luck on your next hunt in God's creation.

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