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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:24 pm    Post subject: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

My 14 and 15 year old daughters drew late bull tags here in AZ for and area about 30 miles south of where we live. Should have been a better hunt but the wallow fire messed up alot of area. Just finding elk seemed to be almost impossible but finally on the 5th day of the hunt we went further down in the unit and found some. My 15 year old missed a bull that morning but at least we had finally got to look at an elk. We seen a couple of bulls running along a canyon bottom around 10:30 that morning as we were traveling to another place to hunt. They crossed the road and dissapeared over a ridge. Later that day we came back to the same area to walk in and sit until dark hoping they would pass by us on their way to feed. The grass is over a foot tall in the burned areas. After sitting for a long time and dark only 20 minutes away I decided to head back to the truck. I had the girls walk in front of me a ways just in case we saw something. After about 10 minutes my 14 year old says "Dad, I think I see one". So I pull up my binos and sure enough a bull was standing up on the hill side looking at us. She got so excited she asked me "what do I do"? So I helped her get ready for a shot and told her to aim where we had talked about. I thought this bull was going to bolt at any second when the gun finally went off. I put my binos up and watched as a bull ran over the hill. I thought maybe she made a bad shot so we hurried up to where he was standing to look for blood. Thats when I heard the sounds of a dying bull and found him piled up. It turns out there were two bulls up there and I only saw the one. I'm not sure who was more excited between me or her but I was very proud of her. She hit him through both lungs and the top of the heart. Perfect shot. There were only two days left in the hunt and sadly I wasn't able to get my other daughter another shot. Hopefully she will get another chance next year.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

What a fine way to end the day.

Well done her!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

Kudos to you and your Daughter.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

That is fantastic! Congrats to both of you!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

Congrats on the success! Now how did you get the bull out and who did most of the dragging?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

A great hunt with your two girls mate...and an even better end to the hunt.

That is one very happy, and pretty, young lass with the elk mate...although in the first pic your other girl looks a little dejected, not that I can blame her. I feel sorry that she missed out, but that's hunting.

Cheers, Vince

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

Good go there! Great Bull!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

Congrats, way to go!!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

Scrappy looking bull!!! way to go!! Might be a bit cold there too?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

That's freakin' awesome! Damn fine job!

White Mtns rule. Payson Pine or Strawberry? Rim Country is great. Comin' back up for good in a couple years.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

Time well spent with the girls, and a very nice bull. Congrats to all. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

slimjim wrote:
Congrats on the success! Now how did you get the bull out and who did most of the dragging?

Sorry for the long wait in my reply. We were only about 100 yards off of an old logging road that has been out of use for several years. I had to cut several trees that have fallen across the road out of the way. The water bars that were warn down from atv traffic over the years so I was able to drive my truck over all but one without any problem. I was able to drive right to the elk. Had to use a come a long to pull him into my truck. It was still tough to get it done.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

stovepipe wrote:
That's freakin' awesome! Damn fine job!

White Mtns rule. Payson Pine or Strawberry? Rim Country is great. Comin' back up for good in a couple years.

We were actually about 2 miles as the crow flies north of Hanagan Meadow. Almost 30 miles south of Alpine.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:11 am    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

Great country.

Greta to hear from ya again!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Late AZ elk hunt. Reply with quote

stovepipe wrote:
Great country.

Greta to hear from ya again!

Yeah I don't spend much time here. Lurk and read a little but hardly ever post. Guess I will have to remedy that.
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