Black Gold Sights
First bull of ‘19
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
Billyvanness 16-Jul-19
Bowboy 16-Jul-19
TrapperKayak 16-Jul-19
midwest 16-Jul-19
ElkNut1 16-Jul-19
Rut Nut 16-Jul-19
elkmtngear 16-Jul-19
Grey Ghost 16-Jul-19
wilbur 16-Jul-19
Billyvanness 16-Jul-19
Glunt@work 16-Jul-19
T Mac 16-Jul-19
Coyote 65 16-Jul-19
Franklin 16-Jul-19
SD BuckBuster 16-Jul-19
nmwapiti 16-Jul-19
Nick Muche 16-Jul-19
HUNT MAN 16-Jul-19
Treeline 16-Jul-19
StickFlicker 16-Jul-19
sticksender 16-Jul-19
Empty Freezer 16-Jul-19
Heat 16-Jul-19
njbuck 16-Jul-19
Brotsky 16-Jul-19
'Ike' 16-Jul-19
Southern draw 16-Jul-19
Destroyer350 16-Jul-19
jordanathome 16-Jul-19
EmbryOklahoma 16-Jul-19
sticksender 16-Jul-19
Rut Nut 16-Jul-19
huntnmuleys 16-Jul-19
Willieboat 16-Jul-19
Snag 16-Jul-19
Billyvanness 16-Jul-19
Bigdan 17-Jul-19
BULELK1 17-Jul-19
Junior 17-Jul-19
Norseman 17-Jul-19
Junior 17-Jul-19
Heat 17-Jul-19
StickFlicker 17-Jul-19
Brotsky 17-Jul-19
nmwapiti 17-Jul-19
Junior 18-Jul-19
DConcrete 18-Jul-19
ELKMAN 18-Jul-19
Billyvanness 18-Jul-19
nmwapiti 18-Jul-19
wildwilderness 18-Jul-19
Mark Watkins 18-Jul-19
TreeWalker 18-Jul-19
Billyvanness 28-Jul-19
Billyvanness 28-Jul-19
DL 28-Jul-19
16-Jul-19

Billyvanness 's embedded Photo
Billyvanness 's embedded Photo
A3 in Arizona helped the raffle tag winner with a beauty. Rifle kill but sure reinforces the growth/moisture is great.

From: Bowboy
16-Jul-19
Very nice!

From: TrapperKayak
16-Jul-19
That's a beautiful bull, but personally I think that bull needed to attain its full potential and wait until it was hard horned. Personally...

From: midwest
16-Jul-19
This thread will go south quick.

From: ElkNut1
16-Jul-19
Nice bull for the older gentleman!

ElkNut/Paul

From: Rut Nut
16-Jul-19
Pretty cool to see an Elk in velvet!

From: elkmtngear
16-Jul-19
Beautiful, unique velvet Trophy Bull.

From: Grey Ghost
16-Jul-19
Great bull!! I doubt It would have put much more antler, either, if any.

Matt

From: wilbur
16-Jul-19
Personally I don't care how a legal ethical hunter hunts. More power to him or her that they are physically able to get out and stir their stumps in the pursuit of critters.

That is awesome that this guy was successful in bagging a great elk.

I can't wait to see more pictures of bulls regardless of the weapon.

16-Jul-19
I agree...25$ raffle ticket, public land, it’s a feast for the eyes. I personally prefer hard horned also but the tag expires August 15. Time to git er done.

From: Glunt@work
16-Jul-19
They carry velvet around 3 weeks after growing is done so he was likely there.

From: T Mac
16-Jul-19
Awesome Bull congrats to the hunter!

From: Coyote 65
16-Jul-19
Just think of the money from that one elk going for conservation.

Terry

From: Franklin
16-Jul-19
Very unique trophy. Congrats.

16-Jul-19
COOL!

SO, dumb question but elk are done growing their antlers already??

From: nmwapiti
16-Jul-19
I expect he would continue to add some length and mass for several more weeks. Didnt realize any state let you hunt them in july.

From: Nick Muche
16-Jul-19
Great looking bull!

From: HUNT MAN
16-Jul-19
Amazing animal. Congrats to the hunter!!

From: Treeline
16-Jul-19
Congratulations to the hunter!

AZ bulls seem to finish early, especially the big boys. This bull was likely done growing. I would love to have a big velvet bull on the wall!

Great bull and that AZ raffle is an awesome program for conservation!

There are elk bull rifle tags in Colorado that start in July as well...

From: StickFlicker
16-Jul-19
" Didnt realize any state let you hunt them in july."

If you have the money to buy a Commissioners Tag, or are lucky in drawing the raffle tag, Arizona allows you to hunt year round in almost any unit in the state.

From: sticksender
16-Jul-19
Great bull and what a cool opportunity for the guy.

Once antler tips start looking pointy you know they're pretty much done growing.

16-Jul-19
Congrats on a beautiful bull. I will buy more tickets next year.

From: Heat
16-Jul-19
This permit raised $162,300 for elk conservation in Arizona. Not bad for a raffle.

From: njbuck
16-Jul-19
Amazing animal, congrats to the hunter.

From: Brotsky
16-Jul-19
Amazing bull! Congrats to the hunter. That is a solid chunk of change Heat! Good for AZ conservation!

From: 'Ike'
16-Jul-19
Whoa...

16-Jul-19
Great trophy for the hunter!

From: Destroyer350
16-Jul-19
A3 is always killing giants!

From: jordanathome
16-Jul-19
As long as he didn't use Nose Jammer............lol.....just kidding.

Awesome!

16-Jul-19
How much does it cost to enter this raffle? (asking seriously, not begrudging)

From: sticksender
16-Jul-19
25.00 per chance on the elk supertag

This year's drawing is coming up on 7/25.

From: Rut Nut
16-Jul-19
That’s a WIN for everyone! : )

From: huntnmuleys
16-Jul-19
One hell of a bull!

From: Willieboat
16-Jul-19
Pretty bull !! Honestly surprised they didn't find a bigger one

From: Snag
16-Jul-19
BEAUTIFUL animal sir. Well done! Thanks for letting us see what is in that part of the country.

16-Jul-19
Great program and incredible animal. I forgot to buy tickets this year damnit. Pics don’t do it justice I’m sure...rumored to have 60” beams and gross north of 440”. Yikes

From: Bigdan
17-Jul-19
Auction tag 440 is plenty big

From: BULELK1
17-Jul-19
What a Dandy Bull

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: Junior
17-Jul-19
WOW...Smoker Awesome tag to win!

From: Norseman
17-Jul-19
Nice Bull! Congrats to all involved.

Anyone know what unit/area?

From: Junior
17-Jul-19
23 south is what i read.

From: Heat
17-Jul-19
"Amazing bull! Congrats to the hunter. That is a solid chunk of change Heat! Good for AZ conservation!"

That's a good amount for sure and its in good hands but I'd say 3 of these tags per species is enough. For the record I am not in favor of any more of these tags in our state. There are two Commissioner's tags and this Super Raffle tag. 3 permits per species to pretty much legally poach is plenty.

There have been multiple attempts by internal forces to get more tags for raffles and auction in the name of conservation and now education. I'm not in favor.

From: StickFlicker
17-Jul-19
Heat, +1 on everything you said, with the possible exception of the funds being in good hands. It is the government after all...

From: Brotsky
17-Jul-19
Heat +2, fully agree. Those tags can be a slippery slope as I'm sure our friends in Utah can tell us!

From: nmwapiti
17-Jul-19
Guess I am in the minority here, but I disagree with the whole idea. Shooting a big bull in a prime AZ unit in july is not hunting. There are better ways to raise money.

From: Junior
18-Jul-19
Yea normal people wait till September when everybody and there brother has already hunted them...;)...I'm sure the winner is just playing via the rules....

From: DConcrete
18-Jul-19
But shooting a bull when he’s the most Vulnerable in September because of the rut is hunting?

I love elk hunting and I’ll hunt them in any season that is open. But to declare hunting them in July isn’t hunting is arrogant. Especially considering the advantages that September affords you during the rut.

From: ELKMAN
18-Jul-19
Beautiful bull, like they all are. Not something I would personally take part in...

18-Jul-19
The rules are 1 year tag August 15-August 15. Any open unit. Last year was crap for growth so he reaped the reward of waiting. Elk hunting is elk hunting if the opportunity presents itself and is legal. I’d certainly kill a giant velvet bull if I had the tag and it expired in August but that’s me.

From: nmwapiti
18-Jul-19
Let me rephrase...killing a big bull in july in a prime area is not much of a challenge. I could walk into half a dozen units here in utah and kill something in the 400 range if I could do it in july. The reason I chase big animals is the difficulty. AZ made the challenge getting the tag, not hunting.

18-Jul-19
" I could walk into half a dozen units here in utah and kill something in the 400 range if I could do it in july"

Wow, you must be the best hunter ever, awesomeness.

From: Mark Watkins
18-Jul-19
Awesome! Congrats to the hunter!!!

Great to see elk pics starting!

Mark

From: TreeWalker
18-Jul-19
That makes me exited for my two upcoming bull elk hunts. Hope NM and NV got some of that rain and groceries for their elk!

28-Jul-19

Billyvanness 's embedded Photo
Billyvanness 's embedded Photo
The other Az governor tags were filled this week. These were the Auction tags. Damn whoever is headed south to hunt elk, New Mexico, Az, wring it out and have some fun.

28-Jul-19

Billyvanness 's embedded Photo
Billyvanness 's embedded Photo

From: DL
28-Jul-19

DL's embedded Photo
DL's embedded Photo
We have them way bigger in California.

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