Down 21,000 AZ deer applicants… WOW!

 All we can say is HOLY @$#%!  Check out these numbers…
2006-85,534 1st&2nd choice AZ General Deer Applicants (Internet & Paper Applications Accepted)

2007-68,825 1st & 2nd choice AZ General Deer Applicants (Paper Applications Accepted Only)
2009-64,469 1st & 2nd choice AZ General Deer Applicants

2006-38,138 AZ General Deer Permits issued

2007-39,834 AZ General Deer Permits issued

2009-43,738 AZ General Deer Permits issued

Economy?  Quality of deer? No Internet Application process was probably the biggest factor but a combination of both the others doesn’t help.

Check this out:
1962-93,337 Arizona General Deer Hunters
2009-40,468 Arizona General Deer Hunters  (keep in mind we have a draw now so the number of Applicants is a more relevant number 64,469)
1962-1 out every 14th person was an Arizona General Deer Hunter (population was 1.6 million)
2009-1 out every 102 people was an Arizona General Deer Applicant (population was 6.6 million)
Is it the culture?  Is it the cost?  Is it the quality?  
Probably a little of all three, but it ain’t good!

Despite the big bowhunting push, Archery hunters haven’t grown…

1983-19,814 Archery Deer Tags Sold
2009-19,991 Archery Deer Tags Sold


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Craig Steele

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Craig Steele is the founder and publisher at ORGhunt.com. Craig is an obsessed hunter and professional hunting guide. He owns and operates Predator Exclusives. Craig also guides for Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters. Besides hunting and guiding, he operates CS Creativity, which is his marketing and graphic design business.

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