Arizona Coues/Mule Deer - Late Season Archery (January)

Arizona Coues/Mule Deer - Late Season Archery (January)

Gear List: Arizona Coues/Mule Deer - Late Season Archery (January)

For those of us who reside in a more northerly latitude than those associated with The Grand Canyon State, being able to travel southward in January is a welcomed opportunity to escape the cold and snow with bow in hand. Don't let this hunt fool you though when it comes to your gear selection! The landscapes that host Coues Deer and Mule Deer in Arizona are incredibly unforgiving, from their thorn-ridden vegetation to their endless rock outcroppings. We generally operate using a vehicular basecamp for this hunt to maintain flexibility and mobility; however, it isn’t unusual to see an 8-10 mile day spent on foot. Here's a breakdown of quality gear recommendations specific to this late-season opportunity in Arizona, some brands of which we don't personally offer (...yet!), as an authentic and transparent offering to better prepare yourself for an experience well-enjoyed:

Check out this year's Late-Season Arizona Experience had by the Huntin' Fool here:

Gear List Breakdown:

Performance Apparel:

  • Footwear
    • Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker 
    • Kenetrek Corrie II Hiker
    • Crispi Lapponia II GTX
    • Crispi Summit II GTX
  • Socks
    • Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Midweight with Cushion
    • Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Midweight with Full Cushion
  • Pants
    • Stone Glacier DeHavilland LITE Pants
    • SITKA Traverse Pants
  • Base Layers
    • Stone Glacier Chinook Merino Boxer
    • Stone Glacier Chinook Merino Crew LS
    • SITKA Merino Core Lightweight Boxer
    • SITKA Core Lightweight Crew LS
  • Mid Layer
    • Stone Glacier Helio Hoody
    • SITKA Heavyweight Hoody
  • Insulation
    • Stone Glacier Grumman Down Jacket
    • SITKA Kelvin Aerolite Jacket
  • Outerwear
    • Stone Glacier Cirque Synthetic Jacket
    • Stone Glacier DeHavilland Jacket
    • SITKA Jetstream Jacket
  • Rainwear
    • Stone Glacier M5 Jacket and Pants
    • SITKA Dewpoint Jacket and Pants
  • Belt
  • Gloves
  • Headwear

On Your Back:

  • Backpack
    • Mystery Ranch Pintler
    • Mystery Ranch Metcalf
    • Stone Glacier Sky 5900
  • Spotting Scope
    • Vortex Razor HD 22-48x65 (Angled or Straight)
    • Vortex Razor HD 27-60x85 (Angled or Straight)
  • Tripod
    • SIRUI ST-124 with VA-5 Fluid Head Kit
    • SIRUI TY-70A Quick Release Plate
    • BOG Binocular Rest
  • Hydration
    • Platypus Big Zip EVO 3L
    • Nalgene Bottle(s)
  • Trekking Poles
    • LEKI
  • Headlamp
    • Lightbar Pro Headlamp
    • Fenix HL32R Rechargeable Headlamp
  • Kill Kit
    • Tyto Finisher Ti Ultralight Knife
    • Havalon Piranta-Bolt Ultralight Knife
    • Tyto AIR Fixed Blade Knife
    • Worksharp Knife Sharpener
    • Extra 60A Removable Blades or Similar Profile
    • Caribou Gear Muley Game Bags
    • Reflective Paracord or Similar (30’ or so)
    • Nitrile Gloves
    • Marsupial Meat Tarp or 55-Gallon Contractor Bag

On Your Chest:

  • Bino Harness
    • Mystery Ranch Bino Harness 10x or 12x
    • Mystery Ranch Quick Draw Rangefinder Holster
  • Optics
    • Vortex Razor UHD 10x42
    • Vortex Razor UHD 12x50
  • Optics Accessories
    • Aziak Bino Clamp
  • Rangefinder
    • Vortex Razor 4000
    • Vortex Razor Impact 1000
  • Wind Checker
  • Fire Starter and Tinder