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Jon Yokley – Arizona Muleys


Arizona Muleys

ARIZONA MULEYS My friend Tiger and I had just finished up our fantastic archery Pronghorn season here in Arizona. We spent many weeks preparing for that hunt and we were fortunate enough to tag out on two nice spot and stalk P&Y 70” class bucks.

After that hunt was over we decided to try our luck on some of our very elusive OTC desert Muleys. The success rate for archery in Arizona runs between 3% and 7% on most years, so you can see that odds are usually in the Muleys favor. The August/September hunt can be very difficult to turn up a nice buck in the daytime hours mainly due to the heat. We knew that we had to get out and be in our location before daybreak to start picking the hills apart with our 15X binos. We didn’t spend much time on this day. As soon as it broke daylight we picked up a nice solo buck leaving an area where we assumed he had just watered. We made a plan and for some reason I was up to bat, I just know how to pick my hunting buddies. After a very unusual short stalk I found myself in position and had the buck feeding right by me at 33 yards. I was able to draw my BTX 28 but he picked up my movement. He stopped and gave me just enough time to settle in my 30 yard pin before releasing.

We decided to give the buck a solid hour before going in to track and locate any sign. An hour feels like forever in this situation but is necessary. Time was up so we went in and immediately found my arrow in two pieces but it appeared to be a good hit. We slowly followed a very solid blood trail about 60 yards before walking up on my expired 2016 Early season Muley.

I was overwhelmed with sight of this beautiful buck and saddened at the same time knowing that all of my 2016 Arizona tags had now been filled. This will now allow me to help my buddy pursue his buck on our late hunt around mid-December, there are times that I find this more rewarding.

The great news is that on January 1st I will have another Mule deer tag accompanied by one if not two Javelina tags. I’m excited to see what next year will bring! Click Here…

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