An Elk Odyssey: Part 1 Of 7

As I stood at my mailbox early last summer, staring at the second elk tag
that had came out of it within the last two months, I was both excited and
worried. I now had Arizona and Montana elk tags in my possession and I
wondered if I could do justice to both of them.

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Arizona Elk Excitement

As I hunkered in some juniper on a sere, rocky mesa, an enormous, 7×7-trophy bull swaggered back and forth 70 yards away, contemplating whether it was worth his effort to walk over and investigate the source of the sweet cow-calling coming from behind me. Off on the side two smaller bulls — one easily Pope & Young — duked it out. I’d heard elk hunting was thrilling, but I just wasn’t prepared for this!

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Deer, Elk Hunting: Have A Year-Round Game Plan

The bulk of my field time as a full-time guide and outfitter is spent prior to
the turning of the leaves in the fall. It’s long before the bulls start to
scream their dominance across the valleys, and long before the bucks begin beating
up innocent trees in preparation for breeding. I have a year-round game plan.

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Aggressive Western Scouting: Part 2

In the first installment of this three part series we covered the homework
needed for aggressive western scouting. Now you have a plan on paper, so
to speak. Here’s how to put that plan into action.

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Aggressive Western Scouting: Part 1

As an Arizona guide and outfitter, I have been fortunate to be able to spend the bulk of every year in the woods either scouting for, or hunting deer. I routinely show up in entirely new country and immediately go about trying to find the best bucks that reside there. Arriving in big, new country can be very intimidating. Here are some tips to make it easier for you to zero in on deer.

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Bowhunting My Favorite Whitetail

Each winter, I make a pilgrimage to the desert Southwest to bowhunt Coues deer. The quiet, wide-open spaces move me, and the challenge of bow-killing one of our most elusive trophies, drives me. Overall, these experiences — and many more — make for an outing that holds a special place in my heart. Yes … I’m a Coues deer junkie!

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Bowhunting Mountain Coues Deer

Traveling to southeastern Arizona in late December of 2004, I was in search of a new place to bowhunt Coues deer. Glancing to my left, a slight movement riveted my attention to a thicket of oakbrush. I was looking at the largest-antlered Coues buck that I’d ever seen. A wide, heavy 5×5, this buck was most assuredly a Boone & Crockett record book caliber animal. Suddenly, the effects of buck fever began to take hold of me. Man, oh man, I had to calm down … now!

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Elk Hunting: Arizona’s Mogollon Monsters

After 10 years of trying, I finally received an Arizona archery elk tag in the summer of 2004. I found myself dreaming of the monster bulls that I knew inhabited the Mogollon Rim country of central Arizona. On the fourth morning of the season, I found myself within 50 yards of a large herd bull. A quick glimpse of the monarch flipped me to the “shoot” mode … this one looked a little better than most.

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