October 04, 2013
Arizona Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast - 0
Although Arizona deer received a brief respite from the drought last year, it has returned in 2013. The northeast corner of the state in particular is under extreme drought, and patches of severe drought can also be found in the west-central part of the state.
Because of the dearth of precipitation, hunters can expect to see slightly fewer whitetails and mule deer this fall than they did in 2012. Drought puts a great deal of stress on lactating does, resulting in lower fawn recruitment rates (the number of fawns that survive until the fall). Nonetheless, the Grand Canyon State still has about 85,000 whitetails and 100,000 mule deer, giving hunters plenty of shooting opportunities.