Lookout tower has been constructed on the Indian Reservation line, near Deer Spring above Bailey's Ranch. 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. The 30’ Aermotor Mc-24 tower with a modified L-4 cab was built in 1933 and remains in active service. Watch for a buck that is chasing does or actively driving off other bucks. The facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The open hunt area is in close proximity to an urban area and high hunter densities are typical. Remove harvested antelope quickly and cool the meat as soon as possible to prevent spoilage. What is need is three 3/4 anchor bolts with welded eyes. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Helping Lee man the 50-foot high lookout tower this year are Burr McRae, a senior at Brigham Young University, and Leroy Long, a senior at the University of Arizona." 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. Revised October 25, 2020. Don’t rely on a colorful head or even the sound of a gobble when making a decision to shoot. "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. Nearby water is also helpful in locating lions. An extensive ground search for Robert Legg, general assistant Flagstaff district ranger of the Coconino Forest, and Taylor Sheffield, state employed lookout at Turkey Butte, reported they walked on through the forest rather than try to climb back out of the rugged canyon. A small archery bull hunt has been offered here annually since 1993. 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. Attached herewith is form 1300-4 covering the construction of a new lookout on Hutch Mountain. I left the crew bolting into place the steel frames below the window level. They came out of the canyon some 25 miles from where they parked their pickup Tuesday. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within ¼ mile of a residence or occupied structure. Accidentally killing multiple birds with one shot is more common than one might think. ", no date - Tonto National Forest Collection. The Coues whitetail deer population in Unit 19A seems more stable, although there have always been relatively few whitetail in the unit. Much of the pine type is located on top of Mingus Mountain, within a Forest Service recreation area where hunting is prohibited. 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. 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. Looking out across the same rock layers that line the Grand Canyon you can see Sedona No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. It is free of charge, and may be obtained at any U.S. Forest Service office in the area. We should be interested to know just when we may expect these lookout towers. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. ". ... Media in category "Mingus Lookout Complex" This category contains only the following file. This is all easy construction and will be about 2 1/2 or 3 miles of truck trail. However, the Region plan dies not at present provide for a truck trail to this point. Accordingly, the towers should be received by you soon after the 15th of October, and some may arrive before that time.". Monsoon-type storms during the archery bull hunt briefly intensify elk rutting behavior, aiding hunters who stay afield. • Mingus Mountain Picnic Area – Water is available • Mingus Lake – Water is never available at this site. The crew all wore hard hats. Springer Mountain Lookout: US 424, AZ 31: Spruce Mountain Lookout: US 531, AZ 53: Sugarloaf Mountain Lookout: US 575, AZ 55: 1 report Tower Mountain Lookout: US 532, AZ 54: Turkey Butte Lookout: US 374, AZ 19: Volunteer Lookout: US 665, AZ 60: Webb Peak Lookout: US 451, AZ 44: West Peak Lookout: US 220, AZ 14: Woody Mountain Lookout: US 375, AZ 20 The fire tower is a 60 feet (18 m) Pacific Coast Steel tower built in 1935. The key to successful javelina hunting is spending a lot of time glassing. Obtain a Forest Service map, which shows private, State Trust, and public land designations. Remember that javelina are fair weather creatures and are most active during periods of good weather. Good lion habitat is generally rocky canyons that have at least some dense patches of brush. Arizona Forest Fire Lookout sites, Table 1, 121 active and abandoned sites listed. Overview: Unit 19A has some of the highest antelope densities in Arizona. East Pocket, near Flagstaff, is the site of a historic wooden fire tower that is still manned every summer. A mandatory physical check-in of all harvested black bears is now required within 10 days of harvest. By October, most bears have moved with the food source; leaving prickly pear stands and feeding on acorns in the more remote canyons. Rules pertaining to off-highway travel and road damage are strictly enforced. 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. The area near Copper Mountain and the Agua Fria River near the town of Mayer is also productive. Some of these requests are declined. 8th General Order To Give the Alarm in case of Fire or Disorder The Spruce Mountain Tower was built in 1936. 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. 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. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within ¼ mile of a residence or occupied structure. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. (Tucson Daily Citizen), Coconino National Forest - 20N-6E-3 - Coconino County. Be respectful by not walking through yards or dragging dead antelope past neighborhoods. Before they retired into the night, they reflected on the day, shared a meal, and wrote a couple of entries in their respective diaries. 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. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. Areas: Most elk in Unit 19A are in the juniper and shrub oak habitat types – lower in elevation than hunters would expect. He agreed to visit the job first thing on the morning of May 7, and take care of all of the safety measures necessary. Bill Pradt, lookout on Mt. Hunters should be diligent in looking for posted private property signage. There are developed areas and a ranch headquarters throughout the area. Many of the ranches here require written permission before access is granted. Fred Merkle, supervisor, said the tower will be 100 feet high and constructed of wood. (Jackson's Hole Courier) August 4, 1938: "Betty Joe Korell is spending the week with her father, Phil Korell, at the Forest Service fire lookout on Munger mountain." 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. If such an approval, is granted, I would plan to do at least a part of this clearing for this truck trail before winter.". This map identifies the open roads and trails on the forest. A two-room cabin will be built at the base for a caretaker. These anchor bolts should be placed in the deadmen at their respective locations and guy cables attached. One guy has broken completely, and the other two would probably break under strain. CLOSED: Playground Group Campground . The best acorn patches change from year-to-year and require pre-season scouting. Mingus Lookout Complex.jpg 4,288 × 2,848; 10.27 MB. There is a pile of sand at Lee Spring. I hiked the Groom Creek Loop in the Prescott National Forest up to Spruce Mountain and the Fire Lookout … Mingus!A Fire Lookout Mingus Picnic Area Viewpoint Vista Mingus Playground Group Campground Gate Mingus Hang Glider Launch!5 ... 9003P 9625R 1 0 4 B 106 28 10 5 1 0 1 1 10 6 10 8 548 547 512 54 9 533 53 8 9 03 7 537 536 50 2 550 53 0 9037 10 1 A A B B C C D D E E 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 MINGUS MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA!5!9!F!! Many times the buck will return and continue to recklessly defend this area. 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. ", We are willing to approve a similar tower for Hutch Mountain if you have determined that a 30-ft. structure will be ample. Many popular hunting areas are slated for future development. Herds are currently doing well with good fawn survival. Legg returned to Sycamore Canyon Friday to continue his mineral right survey." It is a modified L-4 on a 30’ MC-24 Aermotor tower on a 7693’ high mountain in the Prescott National Forest. Wales for the construction of four lookout towers in the Prescott district. February 1, 1924: "Fire protection in the Prescott National Forest will receive the added protection of three new towers for lookout stations which will be in service when the fire season opens next summer, according to the supervisor of the forest. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. It is 30' high. Areas: Pre-season scouting is important in locating birds and areas of activity. It replaced a 41 feet (12 m) wooden tower. 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. Manufacture: Aermotor MC-24. In late August and September, bears move lower in elevation to find ripening prickly pear cactus fruit. Mingus Mountain is also the premier flying site of the Arizona Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. Also be sure no other turkeys are behind or adjacent to the bird you decide to take. 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." Muzzleloader hunters are only allowed to hunt north of Arizona Highway 89A. ", "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. OPEN: All Verde River Access Points; Powell Springs Campground, Copper Canyon Trailhead – Water is never available at these sites With these exceptions, safety measures failed to exist. Look for tracks in the road or at water tanks. Much of the unit’s antelope population lives in or near the Town of Prescott Valley. Constructed in 1935, Mingus Mountain Lookout is a 60’ Pacific Coast Steel tower with a 7’x7’ metal cab located on a wooded mountain. The Woodchute Wilderness Area and the west side of Mingus Mountain are good hunting areas at this time. 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. If the replacement of these towers is approved, it is planned to order the new towers from E.C.F. Their length should be approximately 3 feet. Dutch Joe Ridge is about 60 miles south of Winslow. The other two women lookouts are Mrs. Gloria McCauley, wife of Ranger Gilbert McCauley, stationed at Monta Vista in the Chiricahuas; and Mrs. Alice Hultz, stationed at Sentinel peak, also in the Chiricahuas. Others just pack up and leave without word--or bothering to pick up their pay. Remove all blinds following the hunt. Be mindful of your image as a sportsman and be courteous of Prescott Valley residents. (7.9 km) #3 Mingus Lookout Complex National Register of Historic Places Updated: 2017-03-09 Mingus Lookout Complex is a fire tower lookout complex atop Mingus Mountain in Prescott National Forest, in Arizona. The Mingus Lookout Complex is a complex of fire tower and associated buildings at the top of the mountain, and … When not looking for fires their time is spent knitting or sewing." Spruce Mountain Lookout was constructed in 1936 and continues in active service. Many quail hunters use pointing dogs toward the south end of Unit 19A because of the more open terrain and the absence of cholla cactus, which hunters encounter in hunting units closer to Phoenix. Mingus Lookout Benchmark at ListsOfJohn.com Weather and Snow National Weather Service Forecast NOAA Snow Depth Map Lists that contain Mingus Lookout: Arizona Fire Lookouts (Rank #68) ATV habitat damage has led to the Forest Service closing most of the roads leading to the Verde River. Set up your blind early to establish your site, but hunters must be tolerant of others also wanting to use the area. Kaibab National Forest - 24N-4E-17 - Coconino County, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest - 3N-28E-10 - Greenlee County, Coconino National Forest - 24N-6E-26 - Coconino County, May 21, 1945:   "The third woman to serve as a lookout for spotting fires during the current dry season in the Coronado forest, Mrs. Lyn Stevenson, winter hostess of Desert Grove ranch, went to assume her new duties atop Silver peak, in the Chiricahua mountains today. 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. Turkeys occupy a range of elevations from areas along the upper Verde River up through the higher Mingus Mountains east of the Chino Valley/Prescott area. Triplog. Overview: The elk population in Unit 19A is relatively low. 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. This hunt is not a wilderness experience. With the expansion of the elk herd, a rifle bull hunt and rifle cow hunts were added in the past few years. Scout the area well in advance; identify land ownership, and request permission of the landowner if the area you wish to hunt is on private land. Trail layout: The trail leaves the lookout road descending to Gaddes Spring and then back to the ridge overlooking Gaddes Canyon. 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. Model: L-4 12x12 Cab. All of this work could be done from the catwalk, and with minimum hazard. While I was very favorably impressed with the progress of the job, I was amazed at the complete disregard for common-sense rules of safety which I encountered. This, however, doesn't do away with the loneliness of the job, according to Lee, who has seen about a dozen men walk off their posts during his six years at West Peak. Upon my return I phoned Mr. Adams and advised him of my findings. Be advised, laws pertaining to unsafe use of firearms and other violations will be strictly enforced. Please observe all Forest Service road closures, as identified on the Prescott National Forest’s “Motor Vehicle Use Map”. At mile 1.75 the … 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. Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, east half; U.S.G.S. July 2, 1936: "A telephone line to the fire lookout station on top of Munger mountain is being built under the supervision of Ranger Jim Lambert." Areas: Good bets for glassing javelina are the east and west foothills of Mingus Mountain. Although the unit has both Abert’s and red squirrels, it does not have much squirrel habitat (stands of pine/fir). Hunters should obtain access permission here before applying for this hunt. (Tucson Daily Citizen), Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest - 9N-23E-30 - Navaho County, Prescott National Forest     Yavapai County, Coconino National Forest - 19N-5E-18 - Coconino County, May 23, 1958:  "Two men who were feared lost in the rugged wilds of Sycamore Canyon walked out of the forest at Clarksdale Thursday afternoon. 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. "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. Overview: The turkey population in Game Management Unit 19A is on a relatively stable trend within the limited habitat which exists. 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. Other Sites on the Verde Ranger District. Other methods of hunting lions are varmint calling and glassing for lions with binoculars. Evel Nave, ranger of the Chiricahuas, concurs with Merker in the estimate of women lookouts. Overview: Mule deer numbers in Unit 19A have increased in recent years. topographic 7.5' quad for Hickey Mountain. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. Be aware, there are subdivisions and a fairgrounds/race track complex at the north end of the area. this winter and put them up in the spring with CCC labor. The Forests are beginning to inquire about the status of this order since the season is advancing and possible moves of ECW camps to new locations may prevent building of the towers unless they are received shortly. This may be a good place to introduce yourself and your site or include some credits. 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