Well folks, here we are again on the cusp the deer and sheep application period in Arizona. We wanted to do a write up on exactly what it is A3 can offer our full range of deer clients that will be applying this year. Over the next few weeks we will write in detail regarding all available deer options but this initial post will focus on the Kaibab units also known as 12A and 12B. These units are broken down into sub units 12A West, 12A East, 12B West and 12B for the rifle hunts. For the archery hunt they are lumped into one hunt as 12A/12B. The rifle hunts are broken down even further into west or east and early or late season hunts. There is vast differences between the late hunts and early hunts so be sure to pay close attention as you apply for one or the other. More on that shortly...
When A3 was formed we were known mainly for the giant bucks we killed on the Strip units 13A and 13B. We still are! We still kill the biggest bucks to come form the Strip each year and as recently as the 2018 season we again killed the highest scoring buck from the Strip general hunts. But, this article will be focusing on the Kaibab units. The reality is that we have been slowly and steadily growing our team of guides and we absolutely pound the Kaibab units every year! Our Kaibab team lives locally in Page and Fredonia, Arizona and this has allowed us to design and create a scouting program that is aggressive, thorough and flat out produces for our clients. It starts in May of every year when the bucks are still in early growth and continues all fall and through the latest hunts. As the summer goes on we find, follow and film the biggest bucks with great anticipation. As we get into mid August we form and refine the list of bucks we will be targeting for the seasons hunts.
First on tap each year is the archery hunt. If you are an archer with Arizona bonus points, and are tired of waiting for a Strip tag, you need to be applying for the Kaibab archery hunt. Non-residents can draw a Kaibab archery tag with 7+ points as opposed to 20+ points for a Strip archery tag. The Kaibab deer herd has been steadily improving every year in age class and the quality of bucks that can be found. The Arizona Game and Fish has implemented permit reductions in 12A and 12B over the last several years and the effects are growing steadily evident. The two fundamentals that any trophy quality herd of animals must have are genetics and age class. With out question, the Kaibab genetics are in the conversation for the best on the face of our planet. With the recent tag cuts, the age class is steadily improving at a good clip. We have seen first hand the increase in buck size every year that our clients have been harvesting and with even more tag cuts in place this year the quality should continue to improve. The archery hunt provides serious bowhunters with an opportunity to draw a tag and hunt the greatest deer herd in the world. The bucks are in their summer pattern and finding the right ones and getting multiple stalks is generally the norm. We also harvest bucks from stands and blinds and can put together any sort of hunt plan for any clients individual wishes or capabilities. The archery hunt in 2019 will be one of the best in many years. The whole state has experienced unbelievable precipitation and the antlers are going to be juiced to the max! Its going to be awesome!
Note- Every photo in this post is a Kaibab harvest picture from A3 clients from the last few years!
|Thiago's buck was the largest buck killed on Kaibab archery hunt in 2017 by anyone at 214"!|
|True Giant! Non-Residents can draw this with 7+ points.|
|Young Cody harvested the biggest buck to be killed by anyone on the Kaibab archery hunt in 2018 at 206".|
|Sweet early season rifle bucks can be had with 7-13 points.|
|Solid 170-190 bucks can be found on the early rifle hunt.|
|Happy early rifle hunters!|
|Late hunt giant that is the heaviest buck you will ever see on earth!|
|All recent A3 clients on this post.|
|More big Non-Typicals!|
|And more big Non-Typicals!|
|Camp full of giants.|
|Wide with extras!|
If you have ever wanted to hunt the world famous Kaibab deer herd, 2019 is going to be a banner year to do so. Our A3 team will work tirelessly scouting and preparing for you if you trust and book your hunt with us. From the archery hunt and through the rifle hunts let our years of expertise benefit you and your hunt. You will not regret it. We invite you to call and talk with us about any question or concern you may have. As always, thanks for your support, time and following. Best of luck this year!!