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    Quote Originally Posted by couesarizona View Post
    Drew another early tag!! Cant wait!!
    I'm new to coues and only hunted the January rut. But I hear a lot of guys who love the early tag because they get first crack at the deer. But my question is do you guys think it's even possible to come from out of state and be successful on the early hunt with no scouting other than what you know about from December early hunt and January hunt. I feel like drawing the October hunt would be a waste without having deer pre scouted and located


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    Quote Originally Posted by huntstrong2850 View Post
    I'm new to coues and only hunted the January rut. But I hear a lot of guys who love the early tag because they get first crack at the deer. But my question is do you guys think it's even possible to come from out of state and be successful on the early hunt with no scouting other than what you know about from December early hunt and January hunt. I feel like drawing the October hunt would be a waste without having deer pre scouted and located


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    Nah, it can be done. It is tougher, yes, but very doable. I don't want to save points forever to hunt the late hunts so I hunt the October/November hunts. I don't live close enough to scout pre-season either. Heck, I couldn't even get out there until day 2 of the season last year and I still saw deer every AM and PM. There is a learning curve for sure and you have to do some serious pre-season "Google Earth" scouting to find some promising points. The big thing for me is getting away from others. I'll hike in 1-4 miles to set up camp and glass the heck out of the area. Even in low density areas I've seen good deer this way. Nothing is better than glassing up a buck in the Arizona backcountry. You'll remember the first one you find...it's addictive.

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    Well that's good to know. I did draw the early December hunt this year but I'd like to try that October hunt also one year.


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    The late October and early November hunts are typically "dream hunts", because the bucks are usually still in their individual bachelor groups and still loyal to their little core areas and not traveling all over the countryside doing pre-rut stuff. When wanting to kill an exceptionally large buck (aka; 110 inches and bigger) I prefer the early hunts. The late hunts are great for seeing a lot of bucks and to watch pre-rut behavior. The early hunts are especially good when trying to kill a specific buck and especially if that buck is an incredibly large one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntstrong2850 View Post
    Well that's good to know. I did draw the early December hunt this year but I'd like to try that October hunt also one year.


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    In my experience, the early December hunt is much like the Oct/Nov hunts. Bucks still aren't moving much. It is a bit cooler, however, most of the time.

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    I did it. Drove from KY- arrived in camp Wed night, scouted all day Thursday located some deer. Opening day the nice buck we saw was just about the same place we saw him when scouting. Unfortunately someone got there before we did and tagged a nice 92" 3x3. We relocated and killed 2 3x3 that were hanging out together in a wash that evening. Spent the rest of the week chasing predators and quail while the processor cut and froze our deer.

    I did a literal sh*t ton of scouting on google earth, ordered maps, etc etc had gps points loaded and we just started marking things off when we arrived.

    Quote Originally Posted by huntstrong2850 View Post
    I'm new to coues and only hunted the January rut. But I hear a lot of guys who love the early tag because they get first crack at the deer. But my question is do you guys think it's even possible to come from out of state and be successful on the early hunt with no scouting other than what you know about from December early hunt and January hunt. I feel like drawing the October hunt would be a waste without having deer pre scouted and located


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    I drew an early Nov. tag in 37B. Most of the unit is mule deer country, but the tag is for "any antlered deer", so I plan to devote a few scouting trips to trying to locate some whitetail bucks.

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