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    Those were some great pics, too bad they were all 4 years ago!
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    Unit 10 no luck

    If you're seeing fresh tracks, but not elk, try cow calling... make a "stand", call for 15 min or so. It can work.
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    Bull Elk are Tough!!

    Evidently! haha Below you can see the entrance wound on my bull (not a real good pic for that, but you can make out where it is). The exit wound was a mirror of the right side (broadside 37 yds). We had very little external blood so the blood trail on this bull was almost non-existent, however the arrow was a complete pass-through including the top half of the heart & shearing ribs on both sides and the chest cavity was full of blood. The arrow just missed the humerus on both legs (just above it). This bull went about 200 yards and was dead w/in a cpl minutes. Second pic shows the "L-type" cut typical of many single bevel broadheads as they pass through tissue.
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    Bull Elk are Tough!!

    Swhacker for a frontal shot? It's possible he had a good angle and the bull just got his head in the way, but if he was shooting at a quartering toward him or frontal shot with an expandable broadhead I'd say that's a great mentality to have if one doesn't care about contributing to lost animals. Expandables can work well on broadside shots, but that angle looks suspect.
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    4B Archery Bull success! ...and a miracle

    great story, and you're right on regarding waiting before tracking an animal you can't see. One of the worst things you can do is to push an animal that's been hit by an arrow, especially a bull as tough as they are. An hour is what we wait, minimum, but that all depends on the circumstances. If it's raining, you probably need to change your tactics, and for gut shots, you may want to wait for several hours, but each situation is different. Congrats!
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    We did OK

    looks like you did better than "OK"! Great job!
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    Tough hunt

    3-bladed broadheads are the worst for penetrating hard tissue/bone. I had a complete pass-through on a satellite bull, however my setup utilizes a single bevel broadhead on a very heavy shaft. Arrow went through both shoulders, but down low, and right through the upper half of the heart. My bull went about 200 yards, but was probably dead within a minute or two. It wasn't a huge bull, but was bugling trying to get cows away from a bull that had cows I was chasing, so I decided to take him instead. The bugling in unit 8 was very active the entire season. We experienced more bugling for longer periods of time as the season went on, but never had "quiet" days. We had other issues to deal with like lightning caused fires as well as controlled burns. Sorry about your lost bull, many of us have been there too.
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    Unit 8 hunting camp?

    Our camp was at the corner of 110 and 11. There was a huge camp right before we got there... toy haulers, pull behinds, tents, & 5th wheels, upwards of 40 people or more I'd guess. That said, they left it pretty clean. It only took us one small bags to pick up what they left behind. Not bad...
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    2018 Bugling Bulls

    Elk are talking a lot in 8 right now, but quit after about 7:30-ish in the morning and don't start up until late afternoon/early evening. Hunting bulls is so much fun this time of year!
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    Unit 10 Cow Elk

    There may be some bugling, but don't count on it. Likely some at night or before daylight, but that all depends on the cows and if their cycle is running late. Typically by that time they're done. That said, bulls bugle all year long so you may want to send out a "location bugle" to see what happens. If you do hear a bugle or two, it's quite possible that the bulls will be solitary by then. Funny story, my wife had a December unit 10 cow tag in '05 and it was spitting snow (her first hunt in a while). She got cold and asked me to just "call one in" for her. I told her it doesn't quite work that way, especially in December, but after insisting I gave it a try (cow calls) and sure enough called in a herd of cows where she proceeded to take a very large one. You just never can tell...
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    19A questions, help

    they didn't, but once they tell you (as they did me) that will hold up in court... or so I'm told. Also, since it had been established I knew exactly where I was... (with Onx) No, and that's the problem. The new ranch manager is Brent, son's name is Clancy. I've been the first at a fatality on a snow-covered highway w/kids in the car... not a pretty site. We stayed there until units arrived, which was a little while. Thankfully the FD/state police (in Vermont) let us leave/drive through before they started extracting... it was midnight, but the kids were wide awake and very curious...
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    19A questions, help

    Well, I did not tag a goat, but finally did get a shot on the last day (spot/stalk). There's a lot of water in 19A now due to all the rain, including more that was added the first 3 days of the first hunt, so sitting water was basically worse than a crap shoot. Also, the bucks were not quite in the rut and using decoys even after getting as close as possible did not work for myself and a few others that I met in the field. BTW, two comments that anyone hunting antelope in 19A needs to know: 1) The Fain Ranch does not allow hunting on their property 2) Corner Hopping IS LEGAL in Arizona I had a run-in with the Fain ranch manager's son on Sunday. It's a long story, but basically he blew my afternoon hunt trying to run me off of state land because I "corner hopped" to get there. His opinion was corner hopping was not legal in Arizona. Afterwards, the G&F got involved and basically set him straight that; 1) corner hopping in AZ is legal as there is no law saying it is not, nor has there ever been any court case in this regards, and 2) any hunter that corner hops on state land has every right to hunt on state land, regardless of adjacent private property owner's wishes. BTW, hats off to Virginia who is the WM for the unit, she's a great advocate and supporter of what we do! That said, he pretty much screwed up an afternoon hunt, and given we only have seven days, it hurt some. I heard repeatedly that in the past the ranch manager didn't mind people hunting on the Fain Ranch, but the current ranch manager won't allow it. Plan accordingly...
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    Archery Antelope Roll Call

    Hard to sit at water when there's water everywhere due to all the recent rain! I never had a shot while sitting on water, but spot/stalk was more productive.
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    Elk arrow locked in

    yes, of sorts! A very large "BULL" :)
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    Archery Antelope Roll Call

    same here, & it's likely going to be wet.