Arizona Unit 27

mitschkeb

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Started the season chasing moose in Alaska now looking to get into some mule deer. Planning on January otc unit 27 I've done about all the onx scouting to prepare us going to arrive a couple days in advance to put boots on the ground if there's anybody with some knowledge of the unit willing to share biggest thing is planning on bringing my 11 year old son would this be a good unit to start him off into backpack hunting or should I look further south due to snow. Any info would be appreciated.

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I can't say for sure about your son but I personally would not take an 11 year old backpacking in January out there. It's rough country that can be pretty cold and snowy.
 

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My experience with the unit has been positive most years, regarding the weather. Last year however, was snowing with high winds for the first two weeks of January. The wall tent with a wood stove made the 10 day hunt a lot more enjoyable.
 

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AZ has always been my backup plan if I don't draw the January rut hunt in NM. The problem is, I keep drawing the darn NM tag ;)
 

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I have hunted the unit the last 10 days or so of January the last couple years, weather has been great for me, cold in the morning and at night of course, but days and evenings are great.

Only had one day that was a wash with crazy wind. It is rugged in places but there are plenty of deer and many guys seem to glass from the road. Lots of good trails to access the back country and I think if you get in a mile or two you will not see anyone most likely.

As far as the kid back packing in, be prepared for nights in the teens, I was south of the rim too. Some of the roads will become impassible with a little moisture but they dry quickly.

Some dirt bags stole a cooler full of my food last year also!
 
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mitschkeb

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I have hunted the unit the last 10 days or so of January the last couple years, weather has been great for me, cold in the morning and at night of course, but days and evenings are great.

Only had one day that was a wash with crazy wind. It is rugged in places but there are plenty of deer and many guys seem to glass from the road. Lots of good trails to access the back country and I think if you get in a mile or two you will not see anyone most likely.

As far as the kid back packing in, be prepared for nights in the teens, I was south of the rim too. Some of the roads will become impassible with a little moisture but they dry quickly.

Some dirt bags stole a cooler full of my food last year also!
Thanks for the insight we are going to give it a shot definitely going to pack the layers and a hot tent. One of the rangers in the area was saying that some roads get snowed in tell spring have you had any issues with this and are tire chains necessary.

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Out of curiosity, why did you choose Unit 27?

Are you actually planning to backpack in? Or driving in, setting up camp, and going out each day?

No matter what be prepared for a variety of weather.
 

dtrkyman

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Some roads will get impassible, I have not had that issue but I did luck out last year as the snow 10 days prior had melted and the roads dried out.

Worst case with bad roads there is plenty of ground to access off the highway!
 

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If I was bringing an 11 year old I would look at units further south without the weather risks. Want to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for him.
 
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mitschkeb

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Out of curiosity, why did you choose Unit 27?

Are you actually planning to backpack in? Or driving in, setting up camp, and going out each day?

No matter what be prepared for a variety of weather.
Was trying to find a unit with highest deer density but couldn't find much on that coming from Texas it's been more of throwing darts at a map came down between 36a and 27

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