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  1. AzNative63

    Ever regret passing on a shot?

    Yeah, I usually don't let a missed opportunity bother me but last year was the best "glad I didn't shoot" happening. My son-in-law and I had deer hunted opening day in 6A and were slowly making our way back to camp before dark . When we were just a few hundred yards from camp on a scrub oak covered mesa my son-in-law yelled "buck"! Not 50 yards away we had spooked a really nice 4X4 buck that was bedded down among 3-4 foot high scrub oak. As the buck took off, I shouldered my rifle and looked over my scope to initially line up my shot and then dropped my view down into the scope as I started to squeeze the trigger. There was an instant mental/physical block that kept me from shooting and it took a second to realize what was happening. I stopped and realized that deer was exactly in line of our camp not a quarter mile away where my girlfriend was preparing dinner in our pop up trailer. Maybe my shot, if I missed, would have ended up hundreds of feet away from camp. Maybe the deer, if I hit it, would have stopped the bullet. Maybe if I missed, a tree would have stopped the bullet. I'm just glad it didn't come down to that. I ended up getting a not so big fork horn and that was okay with me
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    Where's The CC Hit Time Thread

    7:36 am got a hit on my cc for deer. I put in for Crane down South for a kicker and thought I'd get a Crane tag WAY before getting drawn for deer for 3 years in a row! No news on the Crane hunt. I have fond memories of following the cranes with my uncle (no longer with us) in the morning to where they were feeding and then setting dekes up. Either hunt makes me smile
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    I was fooled

    That sucks. Two years ago I was in a meeting with a bunch of suit types and a text message came at 7:30 a.m. day after dead line to update CC's and I glanced at it and it said by CC was hit for $135. I couldn't contain myself and started jumping up and down...yeah, I sorta made an butt of myself...oh well. Then last year got a tag as well...I guess I used up all my luck cause nothing yet....
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    Bull Elk are Tough!!

    About 15 years ago was my first muzzy elk hunt. I had a cow tag and not too far out of camp on opening day my buddy and I found one just standing in a small meadow. We got within 100 yards and I put a round right behind her shoulder. She just stood there. Then, she slowly swapped sides and I put a round in her other shoulder. Again, she just acted like nothing was happening. My buddy kept whispering "you are missing her". I was using a Thompson Center Hawken with a peep sight and neither one of us realized with the load I was shooting it was more of an "arrow impact" than a rifle bullet impact. The elk finally layed down. After almost an hour she was still bedded down with her head erect and chewing her cud. I wanted to get the job done so I got within 50 yards when she got up and I shot her again. She finally dropped. The first two shots were in the lungs, the last one found her heart. Yeah, they are tuff.
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    Out of state hunts

    My hunt was 1978 bull at Houserock Valley. I was one of the first ones out and was told a big bull was at a tank a couple miles away. Yeah, an agfd officer had to go out with you back then. "We" got within 150 yards and I got lucky and put a bullet a couple inches below his horn. It was like he was standing on a rug and somebody pulled the rug out. He did a backflip and was done. My brother in law went out the next day and was tickled a photographer wanted to ride and take pics. Bad part was the photographer didn't say he was part of PETA and was documenting the "horrors" of hunting
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    Unit 6 Muzz Anyone?

    Hello, It's probably going to be another good year! On the way back from elk hunting last year I was listening to the radio and one of the gentlemen that guides "wounded warriors" said in his opinion it was the best the elk herds looked in 20 years. I'm sure you'll hear about Clint's Well and Happy Jack. I don't think I am divulging precious intel, everyone probably has hunted elk and deer near there at one time or the other. That certainly is no secret. Actually the elk I got last year was only a few miles from there. Game and fish has some good info in their unit description about where to start scouting and they were right on last year. Last year I got a real thrill when a herd of 10-12 elk crossed only 10 yards in front of me at a dead run when another hunter spooked them. Anyway, my group has 6A muzzy bull from 9/16 to 9/22 this year. Last year I figured was going to be the last elk tag for me, but I lucked out again!
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    Day One Results

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    Day One Results

    Got my B of A alert on my card for $135 at 7:09 this morning. I was in a meeting and I started waving my arms like a nut. Yeah, just a bit embarrasing, I guess. Only had one loyalty point this year cause I got a tag (and elk ) last year. After 5 years of no elk tag got two in a row. My best bud and his sons got drawn too so hopefully we got the same unit. Just not sure if it is with muzzle loader or cartridge yet. Congrats to all the successful hunters !
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    Yup, got hit at 7:20! Two years in a row, no bonus points this year and still got it .
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    Cow elk unit 8

    Believe me I am not bragging on me, just on my rifle pictured above. This is a hundred yard target. Yeah, I know, it's just two shots...LOL..I am old, bad eyes and overweight so I quit with this two shot group cause I knew the next shot might be a foot away. The rifle was sighted in for 200 so 2" high at 100 was about right.
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    Cow elk unit 8

    Good luck! I had a really good cow hunt in 6A. I had two small herds (12-15) that were spooked come running full tilt at me the first day, but no way to single out a cow with some bulls mixed in. Second day, same thing but they were running right through a dispersed campground near Pine Grove Quiet area. The last place I would have thought they would be. LOL. Third day I finally got off a shot at a cow that was grazing and it was the first time in awhile that I saw an animal collapse through my scope. It was the first chance I got to use a 1950's Remington bolt action 300 H&H Magnum that was a steal on an internet auction.
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    6A Elk Help

    I'll chime in with my 2 cents. I drew a cow tag in 6A (10/20-10/26). I tagged out opening day and ran the elk into Flagstaff as quick as I could. Saturday someone that was helping wounded warriors go hunting was saying on the radio that this is the best shape the Arizona elk herds have been in 20 years. I believe it . On another note on a subject that has been talked about in the forum a bunch is getting your elk "cooled down" asap. This is preaching to the choir, but I was working hard as I could to gut and skin and get the animal to a meat locker, and to me, I was concerned it was taking too much time , but it all turned out okay. My brother called me and said he was behind a pickup with an elk in back with the skin on coming into Phoenix at mid day. Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't be doing that. Anyway, good luck on your hunt!
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    unit 8 muzzleloader cow hunt

    I have been hunting in Arizona for over 50 years and yes, sometimes it just seems like there's no game around. I have a friend that has a 23000 acre ranch where I used to help gather cattle now and then. Those big ol red and white and black things you would think would stick out like a diamond in a goat's butt, especially when you are on horseback with a great view. One time I figured if someone took a big iron and ironed out all the peaks, canyons and draws and creeks in those 23000 acres you'd have about 46000 acres to search. Thank God for the cow dogs that would find them in the canyons and let us know where the action was. Sure, we would see some, trail some and just flat run into some. Near Wickenburg my buddies and I had a running joke that you'd swear some years all the deer in the county were where we were hunting and in some years, like last year for me, just spikes,does and fawns. At 65, I don't make it up the hills and down the canyons like I used to when I was younger, but going to give it my all next week on my elk hunt . And for all those with a tag for an upcoming hunt, GOOD LUCK!!
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    My brother in-law got it done.

    Great Bull!!! Congratulations. Your BL must be as happy as anyone could ever be. Seeing the pictures I had a flashback of years ago on opening afternoon while skirting a meadow in 5A Archery. A 6X6 just appeared in some jack pines about 50 yards from me and started to move broadside to me. I had my bow back at full draw waiting for the right moment and as I waited for the perfect shot, I glanced down at my camo shirt and my heart was pounding so hard my shirt was bouncing in and out. THAT was a feeling I don't get as much as I would like. Again, congratulations . Oh, I did get the bull and was able to drive up to him and winch him onto my truck bed. And that doesn't happen very often to me!
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    What do you guys think?

    Not exactly what started this thread but years ago my wife and I were hunting in 36B whitetail. I heard shooting in the next canyon and watched a buck come over a crest and run down the mountain right toward us. I shot it and within a half hour there were 2 more hunters showing up, one of them saying they had shot it first. They "offered" to watch it while we went for the truck. I said "that's okay, it's only a 100 pound buck, we can handle it." I had a little trust issue and bad feelings about the whole scenario. We carried/dragged the deer back to a road and hid it when we were outa sight from the others and went for the truck. That night, about 9:00, here they come into my camp (we parked WAY off the road). We were inside the tent watching them spinning the hanging deer with their truck headlights on it. They wanted to see if there was another hole in it, AGAIN. I had my S&W 44 mag on but my coat concealed it and walked toward them. I finally had it with them and told them it's MY deer, I shot it and that's it. Didn't get much sleep that night and left early the next day.