Unit 12A West on the world famous Kaibab Plateau is home to some of the highest scoring trophy mule deer bucks in the entire state of Arizona. Unit 12A West is widely considered by many trophy mule deer hunters and trophy mule deer outfitters, specifically the late season rifle mule deer hunt in the rut that is offered here, to be one of the best trophy mule deer hunts available anywhere. The west side of the Kaibab Plateau has a very long and very distinguished history of producing numerous trophy mule deer bucks on an annual basis and has a trophy mule deer gene pool that is difficult to match anywhere. Arizona is the only state in the enitre United States that has not one but two monster mule deer in the Boone & Crockett record book that net score over 300 inches. Where did both of these 300 inch giant mule deer bucks come from? The Kaibab Plateau. Unit 12A West contains a lot of mule deer country that is much more open and much more accessible by roads than most of the trophy mule deer country that is found on the east side of the Kaibab Plateau. There is a multitude of great mule deer country in Unit 12A West that ideally lends itself to long range glassing and spot and stalk trophy mule deer hunting. Hiking to high topography points and glassing the vast country with tripod mounted optics will definitely produce numerous mule deer sightings daily, especially during the late season 12A west kaibab rifle mule deer hunts. The mule deer populations and mule deer densities in Kaibab unit 12A West are currently doing very well. Trophy mule deer hunters that are lucky enough to draw a late season west side Kaibab rifle mule deer tag will get to enjoy one of the ultimate western mule deer hunts with Boone and Crockett trophy buck potential and a very high amount of mule deer being sighted daily.


The late season rifle mule deer hunt in Kaibab Unit 12A West is where trophy mule deer hunters will have the highest chances of harvesting high scoring Kaibab mule deer bucks.  Although many trophy mule deer bucks have also been harvested in this Kaibab unit on the early rifle and archery hunts, the late season rifle mule deer hunt in Unit 12A West is your best bet for targeting giant Kaibab mule deer bucks. The early season rifle mule deer hunts in Unit 12A West are much easier to draw than the late season kaibab deer hunts but the hunting is more difficult on these early hunts. Although it is very dependent on the weather, the bucks tend to be in the thickly forested high elevation terrain on the early Kaibab hunts. This heavily forested terrain makes glasing and locating these mule deer a lot tougher than the lower open country that these deer will move into during the late season Kaibab rut hunts in Unit 12A West.


10 day season with very high hunting pressure. Expect to see 155 – 170+. Very high deer density however mature deer are hard to find this time of year. Hunting in ponderosa pines and burned areas elevation is 7000 down to 3500. Lower elevations will be cedars and sage flats. 

  • Buck to doe ratio is 56:100
  • 90% successful harvest last season
  • 300 total tags for 2022 

10 day season with very high density of deer. Expect to see 180 to 185+ with a good possibility of bigger. Reduction in tags over the last several years has made this hunt much more attractive. Heavy hunting pressure but if the deer are rutting this unit makes for one of the best in the state. Hunting in lower elevations will be cedars and sage flats.

  • Buck to doe ratio is 56:100
  • 94% successful harvest last season
  • 50 total tags for 2022 


On the early archery mule deer hunts in Kaibab Unit 12A West most hunters focus their hunting efforts in the higher elevation forested country of the Kaibab. 90% or more of the trophy mule deer bucks that live on the Kaibab Plateau spend their summers in the cooler high country areas. The hot summer weather tends to congregate many of the trophy Kaibab bucks around the plentiful water sources that are found in the upper ranges of the Kaibab. If you can find a water source that is littered with big buck tracks be patient and focus you hunting efforts there. You never know just what kind of giant Kaibab mule deer buck might come in to visit the water hole you are hunting in Unit 12A West.


This season is 21 days long with a high density of deer. You will find more deer in the higher elevations grouped up in bachelor herds. Spot and stalk in dense ponderosa pines with occasionally sitting water if not to wet during the summer monsoons will be your best bet. Ability to shoot at longer distances will increase success odds. Expect to hunt deer from 160 to 180+ 

  • Buck to doe ratio is 56:100
  • 40% successful harvest last season
  • 300 total tags for 2022


The Arizona Strip Guides Team has decades of trophy mule deer hunting experience in Kaibab Unit 12A west. Arizona Strip Guides would like to put our decades of Kaibab experience to work for you this year and help you to harvest the trophy mule deer buck of a lifetime on the Kaibab Plateau. The Arizona Strip Guides Team is one of your top choices in premium quality professional Arizona mule deer outfitters and Arizona mule deer guides for all of the trophy mule deer hunts that are available in Unit 12A West. Arizona Strip Guides LLC will use our incredible amount of scouting time and resources that we have at our disposal to ensure that you will be enjoying some of the finest quality professionally guided and outfitted trophy mule deer hunts available on the Kaibab Plateau. Please feel free to contact the Arizona Strip Guides Team of Arizona trophy mule deer hunting professionals at anytime to discuss how we can help you to harvest the trophy mule deer buck of a lifetime on the Kaibab Plateau this year.

  • Call us: Travis McClendon 928-300-6755



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