Southeastern Arizona holds more Coues' deer than any area north of the border, but even here, finding a diminutive and shy grayish whitetail among a panorama of grayish parched hills and canyons presents a fabulous, if formidable, challenge. The rut, at least, evens the playing field some. "Hunter success is much better during the late season," says Brian Wakeling, big-game manager with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "The deer cover much more ground during the rut, which improves your odds of glassing them enormously. Look for whitetails where the grasslands meet the scrub oaks, and on slopes rather than the desert floor. The bulk of the deer will be between 3,000 and 6,000 feet."