Attached herewith is form 1300-4 covering the construction of a new lookout on Hutch Mountain. The area near Copper Mountain and the Agua Fria River near the town of Mayer is also productive. Areas: During the fall archery hunt, and during mild weather conditions for the rifle hunt, many deer are in the Ponderosa pine habitat on top of Mingus Mountain and in the juniper habitat on the sides of Mingus Mountain. This lookout is fast becoming a safety problem due to its overall condition and age of the structure. Unit 19A turkey populations have been augmented with several translocations and recent forest management activities have benefited this species as well. Look for tracks in the road or at water tanks. A fire lookout was established at Signal Hill and gives observation on Powell Plateau and Swamp Point ridge, areas where the greatest fire hazards exist." 8th General Order To Give the Alarm in case of Fire or Disorder The Spruce Mountain Tower was built in 1936. Access to the west side of Mingus Mountain north of Hwy 89A has become limited due to housing developments – it is best to reach this area from Perkinsville Road (County Road 70) off of State Highway 89 in Chino Valley. Accordingly, the towers should be received by you soon after the 15th of October, and some may arrive before that time.". Horsethief Basin Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities including: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, and OHV riding.Castle Creek Wilderness is located nearby, and Horsethief Cabin and Turney Gulch Group Campground are available by reservation. fire tower lookout complex in Prescott National Forest, in Arizona. Please note that all successful lion hunters must present their lion to the Arizona Game and Fish Department within 10 days for a mandatory physical check-in. It would be appreciated if we could secure approval to add this spur to project No. The best morning glassing locations are off Forest Service Road 643, where a hunter can sit in the foothills, looking into the valley with the sun at their back. Because these hunts are during the rut, bucks are relatively easy to stalk. Please observe all Forest Service road closures, as identified on the Prescott National Forest’s “Motor Vehicle Use Map”. Mingus Mountain Located in the cool pines of central Arizona, Mingus Mountain offers a wide range of recreational opportunities including: picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, fishing, hunting, hang gliding, and paragliding. For archery: See current hunt regulations for open hunt areas. It is 30' high. A limited stratified spring shotgun shooting shot season was initiated in 2015. The vantage of this high plateau offers incredible views, especially at the rim where the ground falls away dramatically into the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness and Verde Valley. Since a large percentage of the quail population is made up of young-of-the-year birds, these rains will have a large impact on the quail population that is present during the autumn hunting season. Overview: Unit 19A has limited hunting of tree squirrels. Some areas in Unit 19A to hunt include: north central (the canyons draining north into the Verde River), west side of Woodchute Wilderness, west side of Mingus Mountain (from Hickey Mountain to Tex Canyon), south of Mingus Mountain (from Ash Creek to Table Mountain), south of Highway 169 (near the Cienega Creek, Ash Creek, and Agua Fria River drainages). No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. Accidentally killing multiple birds with one shot is more common than one might think. Some areas to try on top of Mingus Mountain include Gaddes Canyon, Burnt Canyon, upper end of Black Canyon, and the upper end of Ash Creek. This is all easy construction and will be about 2 1/2 or 3 miles of truck trail. Key to column headings: ID - A numerical count, County - The county the Lookout is in, Topo Map - The name of the 7.5 minute topographic map the Lookout is on, Year - Date of the map, Lookout Name - Name of active Lookout or inactive site, - Status of standing Lookout (see below), EL, ft. By October, most bears have moved with the food source; leaving prickly pear stands and feeding on acorns in the more remote canyons. Other areas with good concentrations of javelina include Copper Mountain (northeast of the town of Mayer), Ash Creek (from just north of Highway 169 to south of the highway), the Agua Fria River drainage (from the town of Dewey southeast to Interstate 17), and the canyons north of Orme School (northwest of the Interstate 17/Orme Road junction, near the confluence of Ash Creek and Cienega Creek). Be respectful by not walking through yards or dragging dead antelope past neighborhoods. Remove all blinds following the hunt. Atop a nearly 8,000’ peak stands Mount Union Lookout on the Prescott National Forest. Areas: Pre-season scouting is important in locating birds and areas of activity. Due to the acute shortage of men due to the war it has become necessary in the past three years to employ women in this type of work, C.A. "On the Sitgreaves National Forest, the headquarters of which are at Snowflake, over $6,000 has been expended, largely for the purpose of connecting ranger stations and lookout points with the Supervisor's office, in order to afford communication in case of fire. July 1, 1947: "The 10th man-caused fire in the Prescott National forests burned over one quarter of an acre of seedlings at the head of Indian creek divide, west of the White Spar, late yesterday afternoon and early last nigh. Check stock tanks for elk use (tracks) prior to the season. this winter and put them up in the spring with CCC labor. The guy wire cables were placed immediately into the cement in the deadmen and have rusted at their entry into the cement. Scout the area well in advance; identify land ownership, and request permission of the landowner if the area you wish to hunt is on posted private lands. Areas of elk concentrations change somewhat year-to-year, depending on localized summer rainfall filling stock tanks and greening up vegetation. Be advised, laws pertaining to unsafe use of firearms and other violations will be strictly enforced. (Tucson Daily Citizen), Coconino National Forest - 20N-6E-3 - Coconino County. Arizona Forest Fire Lookout sites, Table 1, 121 active and abandoned sites listed. The open archery hunt area of unit 19A is north of Arizona Highway 89A and the portion south of Arizona Highway 89A that is east of Robert Road, north of Arizona Highway 69/169, and west of Forest Road 151/643. Mingus Lookout Complex.jpg 4,288 × 2,848; 10.27 MB. Elevation 7,693'. OPEN: All Verde River Access Points; Powell Springs Campground, Copper Canyon Trailhead – Water is never available at these sites The area immediately east of Watson Lake is private land. I hiked the Groom Creek Loop in the Prescott National Forest up to Spruce Mountain and the Fire Lookout … Areas: Most elk in Unit 19A are in the juniper and shrub oak habitat types – lower in elevation than hunters would expect. "It doesn't bother me," claims Robert Lee, who spends two to three and a half months in a remote Graham Mountains spot each year scanning for possible forest fires. Most elk in Unit 19A are relatively low in elevation and temperatures are still warm during the archery hunt. On the top of Mingus Mountain is a Forest Service recreation area, which encompasses some private homes, the Forest Service’s Mingus Campground, the fire lookout tower, the Methodist Church Camp, and Mingus Lake at Elks Well. Plan ahead to make sure your hunting location and your elk removal/field care procedures allow meat to be cooled quickly after harvest to prevent spoilage. Bill Pradt, lookout on Mt. Some of these requests are declined. The open hunt area is in close proximity to an urban area and high hunter densities are typical. If hunting in the Lonesome Valley area, hunting access in this area is quite limited and most of the pronghorn habitat here is privately owned. Set up your blind early to establish your site, but hunters must be tolerant of others also wanting to use the area. After cold weather sets in (snow is possible at higher elevations during the opening weekend of the rifle hunt), many deer move to lower elevations, to areas north of St. Matthews Mountain and towards the Verde River, and the lower foothills of Mingus Mountain and Woodchute Mountain. When this supply runs out, and as bears are trying to put on fat for the winter, they look for patches of oak trees that produced good crops of acorns. The fire tower is a 60 feet (18 m) Pacific Coast Steel tower built in 1935. Cold storage facilities are located in the surrounding towns of Camp Verde, Dewey, and Chino Valley. This with about two sacks of cement could be used to set the anchor bolts in the present deadmen after they were star drilled.". Lee is a little more fortunate than some of his co-workers. Others just pack up and leave without word--or bothering to pick up their pay. Many popular hunting areas are slated for future development. Triplog. Water sources are in high demand by hunters for blind locations. In late August and September, bears move lower in elevation to find ripening prickly pear cactus fruit. Overview: Javelina hunts take place during the winter rainy season, so please be mindful of Forest Service road closure signs to prevent these roads from being torn up and possibly getting your vehicle stuck. Obtain permission before hunting this area. If I remember correctly some one made a study back in Drake's or Guthrie's time which indicated that Mahan had certain advantages over Hutch for some of the bad fire country unless a high tower were constructed on Hutch. At 3.1 miles, the trail climbs around another steep drainage, directly below the summit of Mingus Mountain, before meeting up with trail 105A in a lofty saddle. Muzzleloader hunters are only allowed to hunt north of Arizona Highway 89A. East Pocket, near Flagstaff, is the site of a historic wooden fire tower that is still manned every summer. Six Skyliners set out on 9 November 2013 with the intention of hiking the 2.6 mile Gaddes Canyon Trail #110 from the trailhead on Forest Road 413 near Burnt Tank to the trailhead at FR 104D near the Mingus Mountain Fire Tower. The Prescott National Forest map identifies the following locations where most of the unit’s elk are found: Onion Mountain (just north of the I-17/Hwy 169 junction), Boulder Canyon, upper Cherry Creek, Powell Springs, Goat Peak (note that some of this area burned during the summer of 2003), upper Ash Creek, and Burnt Canyon between Forest Service roads 413 and 132. On the top of Mingus Mountain is a Forest Service recreation area, which encompasses some private homes, the Forest Service's Mingus Campground, the fire lookout tower, the Methodist Church Camp, and Mingus Lake at Elks Well. Overview: The elk population in Unit 19A is relatively low. These areas have dense vegetation cover, so stalking may be difficult at times. Some of these requests are declined. Revised October 25, 2020. Overview: When late winter and springtime precipitation is above average, it results in good forage and seed production that improves Gambel’s quail reproduction and survival of the young. Western foothills of Mingus Mountain. Areas: East of the Town of Chino Valley and north of Perkinsville Road (County Road 70). ", We are willing to approve a similar tower for Hutch Mountain if you have determined that a 30-ft. structure will be ample. The Woodchute Wilderness Area and the west side of Mingus Mountain are good hunting areas at this time. Hunters should be diligent in looking for posted private property signage. Their length should be approximately 3 feet. ", "After about a week spent on the Prescott forest, J.C. Kircher, fire prevention specialist from the Albuquerque office, has approved the plans of Supervisor H.B. He is also to discuss construction safety with the crew, especially, The Baldy lookout station reported yesterday that a forest fire had been observed yesterday afternoon in Mexico, apparently about 30 miles south of Nogales. ATV habitat damage has led to the Forest Service closing most of the roads leading to the Verde River. If hunting north of Highway 89A, Hunting access in this area is quite limited and most of the pronghorn habitat here is privately owned. What is need is three 3/4 anchor bolts with welded eyes. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. One guy has broken completely, and the other two would probably break under strain. At the top of the mountain (milepost 336.6), turn right onto forest road 104, and follow it for 2.5 miles to the "T" road junction at Mingus Campground. Be mindful of your image as a sportsman and be courteous of Prescott Valley residents. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. Much of the unit’s antelope population lives in or near the Town of Prescott Valley. But he has seen non-drinking fire-watchers plunge into a two-week drunk after a lonely month in the forests. During their inspection trip Kircher and Wales went to the tops of Mount Union, Spruce mountain, Mingus mountain and Table mountain in the Crown King district and have planned that the towers be erected at these points. Lookout tower has been constructed on the Indian Reservation line, near Deer Spring above Bailey's Ranch. Overview: Unit 19A has some of the highest antelope densities in Arizona. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. 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