Also be sure no other turkeys are behind or adjacent to the bird you decide to take. Mingus Mountain, in the Black Hills of Arizona Mingus Lookout Complex , a fire tower lookout complex in Prescott National Forest, Arizona Max Mingus, a character in a series of books by British thriller writer Nick Stone ATV habitat damage has led to the Forest Service closing most of the roads leading to the Verde River. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. this winter and put them up in the spring with CCC labor. 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. Overview: The elk population in Unit 19A is relatively low. Although the unit has both Abert’s and red squirrels, it does not have much squirrel habitat (stands of pine/fir). A small archery bull hunt has been offered here annually since 1993. This hunt is not a wilderness experience. 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. 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. Elevation 7,693'. Mingus Mountain is also the premier flying site of the Arizona Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. OPEN: All Verde River Access Points; Powell Springs Campground, Copper Canyon Trailhead – Water is never available at these sites Most of these lions are taken with the assistance of hounds during the winter months, when lion sign is easier to locate in the snow. Be advised, laws pertaining to unsafe use of firearms and other violations will be strictly enforced. When not looking for fires their time is spent knitting or sewing." Unit 19A turkey populations have been augmented with several translocations and recent forest management activities have benefited this species as well. The open hunt area is in close proximity to an urban area and high hunter densities are typical. Please observe all Forest Service road closures, as identified on the Prescott National Forest’s “Motor Vehicle Use Map”. Bill Pradt, lookout on Mt. Many of the ranches here require written permission before access is granted. This is all easy construction and will be about 2 1/2 or 3 miles of truck trail. ", "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. Arizona Forest Fire Lookout sites, Table 1, 121 active and abandoned sites listed. ... Media in category "Mingus Lookout Complex" This category contains only the following file. Review the current hunt regulations to determine what areas are open to hunting for certain seasons. 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. 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. Constructed in 1935, Mingus Mountain Lookout is a 60’ Pacific Coast Steel tower with a 7’x7’ metal cab located on a wooded mountain. It is a modified L-4 on a 30’ MC-24 Aermotor tower on a 7693’ high mountain in the Prescott National Forest. Much of the unit’s antelope population lives in or near the Town of Prescott Valley. Areas: East of the Town of Chino Valley and north of Perkinsville Road (County Road 70). These areas have dense vegetation cover, so stalking may be difficult at times. District: Bradshaw / Prescott. Overview: Black bears are more vulnerable to hunting in late August and early September, when they travel to low elevation hillsides to feed on the ripening prickly pear cactus fruit. Mingus Mountain, Woodchute Mountain and along the upper Verde River areas hold small populations of turkeys. The fire tower is a 60 feet (18 m) Pacific Coast Steel tower built in 1935. It was located in the middle of a densely wooded area on the south side of Cove Mountain, some 30 feet below the trail between Maine and Georgia. 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). Please review the hunting regulations for information and the phone number to determine if the unit remains open to bear hunting prior to your hunt, and for required harvest reporting procedures. If such an approval, is granted, I would plan to do at least a part of this clearing for this truck trail before winter.". 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. (Arizona Daily Sun), June 26, 1964:  "A few months away from civilization may seem like an ideal situation at times--until it becomes a reality. Lower elk densities are found west of Woodchute Wilderness in Martin Canyon and CCC Canyon, northwest of Woodchute Wilderness in Munds Draw and Wildcat Draw, and near the Verde River off Forest Service Road 638 downstream to Perkinsville (at the junction of County Roads 70/72). 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. Model: L-4 12x12 Cab. • Mingus Mountain Picnic Area – Water is available • Mingus Lake – Water is never available at this site. Woodchute Mountain comes into view here, as the trail switchbacks up the ridge. 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. One guy has broken completely, and the other two would probably break under strain. Be courteous of others – other hunters keep antelope moving around. CLOSED: Playground Group Campground . Firearms hunters: See current hunt regulations for open hunt areas. 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. (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. 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. When this buck circles out of sight, move into this area and wait behind any available cover. Overview: Each year, between two and six lions are reported harvested from Unit 19A. Of course everything had to be packed and that may have been considered, If you do build a new layout on Hutch, we would recommend that the present layout on Mahan be left intact for use by emergency firemen and as a camp for district rangers. The area near Copper Mountain and the Agua Fria River near the town of Mayer is also productive. 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. It replaced an earlier 41’ wooden tower. 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. ", We are willing to approve a similar tower for Hutch Mountain if you have determined that a 30-ft. structure will be ample. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. 8th General Order To Give the Alarm in case of Fire or Disorder The Spruce Mountain Tower was built in 1936. But he has seen non-drinking fire-watchers plunge into a two-week drunk after a lonely month in the forests. This map identifies the open roads and trails on the forest. 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. The area immediately east of Watson Lake is private land. He agreed to visit the job first thing on the morning of May 7, and take care of all of the safety measures necessary. Most elk in Unit 19A are relatively low in elevation and temperatures are still warm during the archery hunt. For archery: See current hunt regulations for open hunt areas. Watch for a buck that is chasing does or actively driving off other bucks. Hunters should obtain access permission here before applying for this hunt. 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. The 30’ Aermotor Mc-24 tower with a modified L-4 cab was built in 1933 and remains in active service. I hiked the Groom Creek Loop in the Prescott National Forest up to Spruce Mountain and the Fire Lookout … It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within ¼ mile of a residence or occupied structure. Areas: Most elk in Unit 19A are in the juniper and shrub oak habitat types – lower in elevation than hunters would expect. These anchor bolts should be placed in the deadmen at their respective locations and guy cables attached. All of this work could be done from the catwalk, and with minimum hazard. Replacement of this lookout should be programmed within the next five years.". If the replacement of these towers is approved, it is planned to order the new towers from E.C.F. 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. They came out of the canyon some 25 miles from where they parked their pickup Tuesday. Areas: Lions can be found unit-wide since individual adult lions can have large territories. A two-room cabin will be built at the base for a caretaker. Areas: Good bets for glassing javelina are the east and west foothills of Mingus Mountain. 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 Herds are currently doing well with good fawn survival. Another source attributes the name to William Mingus (d. 1911, Prescott, Arizona), a pioneer prospector who lived and worked on Mingus Mountain in the 1870s. Be aware, there are subdivisions and a fairgrounds/race track complex at the north end of the area. Legg returned to Sycamore Canyon Friday to continue his mineral right survey." 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. As with the archery hunts, no vehicle travel is permitted on Fain Ranch. Merker, Coronado national forest supervisor states, and it has been discovered that women so employed compare favorably with men. Check stock tanks for elk use (tracks) prior to the season. Western foothills of Mingus Mountain. 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." 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. Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, east half; U.S.G.S. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within ¼ mile of a residence or occupied structure. Because these hunts are during the rut, bucks are relatively easy to stalk. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. No discharge of firearms is allowed in this recreation area. 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. Hunters are usually most productive hunting brushy hillsides in close proximity to permanent water sources, such as earthen stock tanks. Their length should be approximately 3 feet. It is free of charge, and may be obtained at any U.S. Forest Service office in the area. Triplog. With these exceptions, safety measures failed to exist. (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." 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. Many times the buck will return and continue to recklessly defend this area. Muzzleloader hunters are only allowed to hunt north of Arizona Highway 89A. These hunts occur during hot weather. A limited stratified spring shotgun shooting shot season was initiated in 2015. He heads a three-man post and there is usually someone to talk to. There is a pile of sand at Lee Spring. It replaced a 41 feet (12 m) wooden tower. 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. 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. Many residents are non-hunters and enjoy the presence of antelope near town. Good lion habitat is generally rocky canyons that have at least some dense patches of brush. The North Mingus Trail now heads south up the ridge and enters the forest on Mingus Mountain's north face. "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. This with about two sacks of cement could be used to set the anchor bolts in the present deadmen after they were star drilled.". Manufacture: Aermotor MC-24. 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!! September 11, 1958: "Since our lookout on Warm Springs lookout is leaving this week, we are planning to send our Fire Control Aid (name omitted) to the lookout as needed.He is a GS-4 but since lookout manning is expected to be of short duration for the rest of the season we do not feel it is necessary to put (name omitted) on differential or to change his rate to GS-2. We should be interested to know just when we may expect these lookout towers. Revised October 25, 2020. 135 to the top of Hutch Mountain. The crew all wore hard hats. "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. Areas of elk concentrations change somewhat year-to-year, depending on localized summer rainfall filling stock tanks and greening up vegetation. Upon my return I phoned Mr. Adams and advised him of my findings. 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. 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. Evel Nave, ranger of the Chiricahuas, concurs with Merker in the estimate of women lookouts. Turn left at the "T", and follow forest road 104 north for 0.55 miles to the Mingus Work Center building on the left. 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 CCC camp at Chevelon canyon is building the tower. Set up your blind early to establish your site, but hunters must be tolerant of others also wanting to use the area. The guy wire cables were placed immediately into the cement in the deadmen and have rusted at their entry into the cement. Rules pertaining to off-highway travel and road damage are strictly enforced. Nearby water is also helpful in locating lions. The Coues whitetail deer population in Unit 19A seems more stable, although there have always been relatively few whitetail in the unit. ". 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. Areas: Pre-season scouting is important in locating birds and areas of activity. One lookout tower on Mingus mountain near the recreational area established on the summit last fall, is under construction." A mandatory physical check-in of all harvested black bears is now required within 10 days of harvest. Also, per state regulations, no firearms may be discharged within 1/4 mile of any building without permission of the owner. Spruce Mountain Lookout was constructed in 1936 and continues in active service. This may be a good place to introduce yourself and your site or include some credits. In late August and September, bears move lower in elevation to find ripening prickly pear cactus fruit. Overview: Unit 19A has limited hunting of tree squirrels. 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. Areas: During most of the year, the unit’s bears live in the upper steep canyons of Mingus Mountain and Woodchute Mountain, which contain thick vegetation and permanent water sources. Agua Fria River drainage and Ash Creek drainage south of Highway 169. 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. 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. What is need is three 3/4 anchor bolts with welded eyes. 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. 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