Above: 2017 gohunt.com Article on Arizona OTC deer tags.

The “Gohunt” Effect and Arizona OTC Late Season Archery Deer Tag Sales

By Mountain Pursuit

While the number of hunters in the United States is declining with the corresponding decline in rural America, the interest, media attention and marketing of western state big game hunting has exploded in recent years.

This increased attention and marketing, driven by hunting brands (clothes, weapons), hunting-related internet companies (Onx Maps, GoHunt), and even western state game and fish departments, the “Gohunt” effect after gohunt.com, a subscription-based website created in 2013 to help nonresident do-it-yourself hunters find and apply for big game tags in the western states.

In a previous article we noted the significant increase in nonresident elk tag applications across four western states, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Colorado between 2013 and 2018 and it’s link to the “GoHunt Effect.”

Today we take a narrower look at one specific tag - Arizona Late Season Over-The-Counter (OTC) Archery-only Deer Tags. These late season tags, offered in December and January of each year, were little known until the “GoHunt Effect’s” marketing efforts and media attention kicked in.

Based on records from the Arizona Game & Fish Department, overall Arizona late season OTC archery-only deer tag sales have increased 45% since 2014. The vast majority of the OTC tags are sold to resident Arizonans, but the largest increase by a percentage basis over that time period has been among nonresidents.

Resident OTC late season deer tag sales have increased 39.8% from 2013 to 2018. Nonresident tag sales have increased 143% during that same period.

A quick, google.com search for “Arizona Over The Counter Deer” revealed 22 articles, 10 Podcasts and 5 professionally made youtube movies all on Arizona’s late season OTC archery-only Mule Deer hunting.

2011 Articles

DYI Over-The-Counter Arizona Mule Deer, DYI Bowhunter

 

2013 Articles

Where the Mule Deer Are, Part 2, Hunting Report

 

2015 Articles

Forget the Draw, Hunt Every Year, gohunt.com

 

2016 Articles

Curing Winter Deer Hunting Blues With an Over The Counter Arizona Mule Deer Hunt, Muley Freak

 

2017 Articles

Arizona’s Best Over-The-Counter Mule Deer Units, Montana Decoy

5 Great Last Minute DYI Hunts, Petersen’s Outdoors

Extend Your Season - Late Season OTC Hunting Opportunities, johnstallone.me

Our Picks for Top Mule Deer Opportunities in 2017, Epic Outdoors

 

2018 Articles

Late Season Arizona Over-The-Counter Deer Opportunities, gohunt.com
Over-The-Counter Hunts in Arizona, outdoors-international.com

Top 10 Western DYI Hunts, Outdoor Life

January Archery Deer and Javelina Season Open, Payson Roundup

 

2019 Articles

“Anyone’s Hunt” Plus Packing List, onxmaps.com

Obtaining a License in Arizona, Tripsavvy.com

 

No Date Articles

Arizona Mule Deer Over the Counter Opportunities, arizonamuledeerhunting.com

Mule Deer Hunting: Tags, Applications and Budget, Pnuma Outdoors

Coues Deer Information, Huntin Fool

3 Things You Should Know about Arizona Deer Hunting, Antler Canyon Outfitters

OTC Late Archery Combo, Arizona Trophy Hunters International

Top 5 States for Over the Counter, Wide Open Spaces

Over The Counter Coues Deer Opportunities, Sportsmans Warehouse

Where OTC Tags Are, “Where It’s At,” Dialed In Hunter

 

Podcasts

Arizona OTC Mule Deer Hunt - 3 Part, Hunt the Land
Hunting Arizona with Ed Franchin, the Western Bowhunter

Public Land Mule Deer, Mule Deer and More Mule Deer, Hunt Talk Podcast
Cactus Conservation, Right to Roam

Arizona Hunt Opportunities You’re Missing Out On, Gritty Bowman

Arizona Coues Deer Hunting, Highlander Hunting Podcast

Arizona Spot & Stalk Mule Deer, John Stallone Podcast

Arizona Mule Deer, John Stallone

Arizona Mule Deer, Epic Outdoors Podcast

DYI Arizona Mule Deer, Interviews with the Hunting Masters Podcast

 

Movies/Videos

“Anyone’s Hunt” Arizona Mule Deer, (5 Episodes), Onx Maps

Desert Islands - Arizona Over the Counter Deer and Javelina, gohunt.com

Over-The-Counter Mule Deer Hunting in Arizona, Outdoors International

Public Land, Over the Counter Arizona Mule Deer, The Mountain Project

Mule Deer Hunting in Arizona, Jay Scott Outdoors

 

Looking Forward

Because of the “Gohunt Effect” Mountain Pursuit recommends eliminating all non-resident big game OTC tags in the western states. One issue is the inability of management agencies to manage the nonresident OTC tag sales year to year, and the pervasive and increasing marketing of these tags by the hunting industry.

Looking forward, we’ll research historical OTC nonresident tag sale data for Idaho, Montana and Colorado - all of which offer nonresident OTC tags for various species.

Mountain Pursuit represents the western-state, resident, subsistent hunter and strongly favors resident preference for western state hunting tags. At issue with OTC tags in Arizona and other states is not only wildlife management, but also the hunting experience for resident hunters for hunts heavily marketed to nonresident hunters by the hunting residents.

 

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