ARIZONA | NEW MEXICO | SONORA, MX
ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO
& SONORA, MEXICO
Guided Mule Deer Hunts
Few game animals signify true western hunting like the mule deer. Although other tactics are occasionally used to capitalize on opportunities or meet client requests, our primary tactic is glassing during guided mule deer hunts in Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora Mexico. From the mesas of New Mexico, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, to the low desert arroyos of Old Mexico and everywhere in between, our passionate mule deer guides draw from experience when hunting mature muley bucks with our clients.
Hunts in NM are 5-days, AZ and Sonora, MX hunts are 7-days.
Take a look at the mule deer hunt opportunities below, then contact us to start planning the hunt of your life!
Arizona Mule Deer Hunts
Arizona mule deer hunts are offered throughout the state in a variety of habitats for both the Rocky Mountain and Sonoran Desert mule deer subspecies. Arizona has fantastic mule deer habitat, although from region to region it might look vastly different. Our Arizona mule deer guides have a great record of finding mature bucks from Southern Arizona flats, to the famed Arizona Strip and North Kaibab regions…And anywhere else Arizona mule deer tags are valid!
Strip and Kaibab Mule Deer Hunts
We love guiding mule deer hunts in the famed Strip and Kaibab region (units 13A, 13B, 12AE, 12AW, 12B, 12BW) and have over three decades experience hunting this very special place. Every one of these units have the potential to produce the mule deer of your dreams, and every year multiple 200-inch bucks are taken here. Truly giant mule deer bucks rarely come easy, but if you’re looking for bucks that rival the largest in North America, then this is the place to find them!
Strip and Kaibab hunts are by draw and we can do your draw paperwork in-house through our application service if you’d like. Clients who wish to hunt this region are recommended (but not required) to use the Zero Outfitter Fees platform so that your guided mule deer hunt will be paid for by us!
Rifle or Muzzleloader Strip and Kaibab Hunts
This is one of the premier mule deer hunts in the world, period. Rifle and muzzleloader hunts in this region are scheduled during the pre-rut of late October and in mid-to-late November during the peak of the rut. The October hunt has dramatically better draw odds and weather, plus success rates are as high as the rut hunts! Diamond Outfitters has over three decades experience hunting Arizona’s Strip and Kaibab regions! At the end of the day, no other public land mule deer hunt in the U.S. offers a better chance at a 200-inch buck, and we would love to show you around.
Your Diamond Outfitters guide application consultant will review your options with you. This hunt can be booked for 7 or 10 days depending on the season.
Archery Strip and Kaibab Hunts
Archery hunts on the Strip and in Kaibab take place in late August and run into September. You will be hunting 180” plus, older age class bachelor bucks in velvet. The discriminant mule deer hunter may have an opportunity at even larger bucks after passing many others. Archery hunts in this region are primarily done over water or trace mineral salt blocks or, depending on weather, a fair amount of spot and stalk as well. Temperatures on the Strip (unit 13) during this hunt are hot, but the hunting might be even hotter! Temperatures during the early archery season in Kaibab (unit 12) are normally pleasant with afternoon sprinkles fairly common.
We limit the number of hunters we take on this hunt so get in touch to plan your Strip or Kaibab archery mule deer adventure! Opportunity rates for bowhunters during these hunts are over 90%.
Arizona Mule Deer Hunts Statewide (Except Strip and Kaibab)
Many of these hunts have good draw odds when compared to the Arizona Strip or Kaibab and quality older age class deer are available with many “sleeper” units for high quality bucks. Explore Arizona mule deer country with us this year…Regardless of unit, you’re in for a great time!
These hunts take place in October and November, with a very limited number of December rut tags available. Opportunity rates on these hunts are typically 100%.
Arizona’s archery seasons are in Aug-Sept and Dec-Jan.
Arizona General Season Mule Deer Hunts
If you’re not hunting the Strip or Kaibab there are still plenty of options throughout Arizona for an absolutely epic mule deer hunt! Depending on where you hunt, there are opportunities for both mule deer subspecies in Arizona. The northern half of the state is mostly “Rockies” and generally speaking, south of Maricopa County is Sonoran Desert mule deer country. Many of Arizona’s mule deer units have really good draw odds when compared to the Arizona Strip or Kaibab. Quality older age class deer are available statewide in hunt units that our guides know very well.
Arizona general season mule deer hunts take place in October or November, and some December tags are now available. Your Diamond Outfitters application consultant will review these options with you.
Opportunity rates on these hunts are typically 100%.
Arizona OTC Archery Mule Deer Hunts
No draw required! Arizona’s OTC deer seasons are lengthy, and they offer bowhunters a chance to hunt mule deer when they’re most visible. Early and late season archery hunts both provide tons of action and opportunity rates are very high. Our archery guests will either hunt spot and stalk or over water or trace mineral salt blocks. Both deer seasons allow our experienced mule deer guides a chance to put clients on mature bucks regardless of hunt style.
The early hunt takes place in August and runs into September. The late rut hunt is open in December and January.
If you’ve drawn an Arizona tag, would like to discuss your options for an upcoming draw or OTC mule deer hunt give us a shout…We can’t wait to show you Arizona mule deer country!
New Mexico Draw Mule Deer Hunts
Your Diamond Outfitters application consultant will review your draw options for New Mexico mule deer hunts with you. The outfitter pool gives you the best chance of drawing a New Mexico mule deer hunt, especially as a non-resident. These November rut hunts provide opportunities at 170”+ New Mexico muleys, and well above 180” bucks during the best years. Most clients should consider our Zero Outfitter Fees program for this (and other) draw hunts. A Zero Outfitter Fees client killed a 218″ on this hunt in 2021. When you draw, your hunt is on us!
Sonora Mexico Mule Deer Hunts
We have an extremely limited number of very high-demand Sonora mule deer tags available for rifle hunters during the January rut. Harvest is generally limited to 180” bucks and larger, but our goal for each client is to get a 190”+ Sonoran muley on the ground with that magic 200 inch number being a real possibility. Our Mexico rifle mule deer hunts are conducted by spot and stalk unless a hunter’s physical condition or preference calls for the use of high-racks. Archery hunters will have multiple options to hunt these desert giants.
Accommodations vary by ranch and consist of either comfortable ranch houses or beach side casitas, with hot showers and all the amenities. Fresh local food (in some camps local seafood) is the norm, and the cultural aspects, hospitality and trophy genetics are second-to-none! Hunters either cross the border from Arizona with their guide or fly into Hermosillo, where your experienced Diamond Outfitters guide will pick you up and drop you off. This is one of the most popular Diamond Outfitters hunts available and many hunters return year after year.
Coues deer and Desert Big Horn Sheep are also available on some of these ranches for those seeking combo hunts.
Learn more about hunting mule deer in Mexico, then let’s start planning the deer hunt of your life!
Veteran Owned and Operated
Dan Adler, Owner/Guide – Veteran Captain of USAF
Many of our Guides are Veterans and First Responders.