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2021 AZ Bull
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
BOHNTR 15-Sep-21
molsonarcher 15-Sep-21
Charlie Rehor 15-Sep-21
Dale06 15-Sep-21
sticksender 15-Sep-21
Junior 15-Sep-21
Grey Ghost 15-Sep-21
bowbender77 15-Sep-21
iceman 15-Sep-21
BOHNTR 15-Sep-21
Rickm 15-Sep-21
Jasper 15-Sep-21
BOHNTR 15-Sep-21
pav 15-Sep-21
IdyllwildArcher 15-Sep-21
Zackman 15-Sep-21
t-roy 15-Sep-21
Treeline 15-Sep-21
BULELK1 16-Sep-21
midwest 16-Sep-21
SteveB 16-Sep-21
maxracx 16-Sep-21
Z Barebow 16-Sep-21
Buckeye 16-Sep-21
Hackbow 16-Sep-21
Heat 16-Sep-21
Dennis Razza 16-Sep-21
deerhunter72 16-Sep-21
Southern draw 16-Sep-21
Novembermadman 16-Sep-21
jdbbowhunter 16-Sep-21
Beav 16-Sep-21
6x6 bull 18-Sep-21
StickFlicker 18-Sep-21
HUNT MAN 18-Sep-21
Ermine 19-Sep-21
Oryx35 19-Sep-21
BOHNTR 19-Sep-21
Jaquomo 19-Sep-21
From: BOHNTR
15-Sep-21

BOHNTR's embedded Photo
BOHNTR's embedded Photo
Since retiring in 2018 and moving to Arizona, I’ve been lucky drawing tags (bull elk in 2019, antelope and Kaibab deer in 2020). So when I drew another bull elk tag this year, I was a little shocked, but loving being a resident.

I used my ‘everyday is Saturday’ time to scout the unit I drew throughout the summer, planning trips between major monsoon storms. Since I’ve hunted this unit in the past I had a pretty good idea where the elk would be when they’re rutting. This trip would be a bit different, as it would be mostly solo, except for when my wife would drive over for a day or two to help.

Once opening day arrived, I found elk where my scouting indicated they’d be. A nice 285” P&Y class 5x5 Bull bulged a few times and I snuck into 43 yards of him…..just not opening day material so he lives another day. But my wife really enjoyed the close encounter.

After several close encounters with a few decent bulls, I hiked into a familiar area on day four after hearing several bugles in the early morning darkness. I eventually stalked into the herd of 20 or so cows and got hung up by a trailing cow. One little chuckle did the trick, as the herd bull came towards me to herd his trailing cow and fight off the intruder. When he came by me at 40 yards, I made a good shot…..he only went 50 yards.

With the unseasonably warm temperatures, I had to hurry and break down the meat and try and cool it in the shade. Eventually, I was able to get all the meat out and to a locker…..my wife picked a good day to go home and run some errands. :(

The bull has really nice sword points (20.5” each)….but the back end is indicative of a year with no spring moisture……just didn’t finish off really high. Still a decent bull, especially for a lower tier unit. Perfect timing, as we ate the latest elk steak two weeks ago!

From: molsonarcher
15-Sep-21
Congrats on your bull.

15-Sep-21
Happy for you Roy. Great bull.

From: Dale06
15-Sep-21
Congrats on a very nice bull.

From: sticksender
15-Sep-21
Nice bull, congrats to you.

From: Junior
15-Sep-21
Congratulations...good bull there!...the pretty green grass sure makes it hell, hiking and packing! Idk how many times we almost broke our neck out there!

From: Grey Ghost
15-Sep-21
We’ll done, Sir!!

One thing I’ve noticed is mature AZ bulls always seem to have exceptionally long swords. Yours is consistent with that observation. Good genes I guess.

Matt

From: bowbender77
15-Sep-21
BOHNTR: Your luck at drawing all those tags and your skill as a bowhunter makes you exceptional. Congrats !!!

From: iceman
15-Sep-21
Congrats, Roy!

From: BOHNTR
15-Sep-21

BOHNTR's embedded Photo
BOHNTR's embedded Photo
Thanks, fellas.

Here’s one side done!

From: Rickm
15-Sep-21
Rib roll? Congrats on a fine bull!

From: Jasper
15-Sep-21
Very nice! Congratulations!

From: BOHNTR
15-Sep-21
Ricky:

Yes sir….rib roll. Lots of good meat there!

From: pav
15-Sep-21
Not bad for an expert spot & stalk mule deer bowhunter! Nicely done Roy!

15-Sep-21
Grats Roy!

From: Zackman
15-Sep-21
Congrats Roy!

From: t-roy
15-Sep-21
You’re sure making the most of that Arizona residency, Roy! Congrats on a nice bull!

From: Treeline
15-Sep-21
Congratulations Roy! Beautiful bull!

From: BULELK1
16-Sep-21
Good for you Roy--------->

Robb

From: midwest
16-Sep-21
Congrats! Can't wait for my first AZ elk hunt!

From: SteveB
16-Sep-21
Well done Roy! Livin the dream

From: maxracx
16-Sep-21
Great bull, congrats!!!

From: Z Barebow
16-Sep-21
Congrats Roy! Who knows, I might have to become a resident someday also!

From: Buckeye
16-Sep-21
awesome ! way to go on a fantastic bull!

From: Hackbow
16-Sep-21
Sweet...great bull!

From: Heat
16-Sep-21
Congratulations Roy!

From: Dennis Razza
16-Sep-21
Way to go Roy! Congrats!

From: deerhunter72
16-Sep-21
Well done!

16-Sep-21
Congrats!

16-Sep-21
Great job Roy!

From: jdbbowhunter
16-Sep-21
That is what retirement is all about! Congrats on a great bull!

From: Beav
16-Sep-21
Beautiful bull! Congrats!

From: 6x6 bull
18-Sep-21
Congrats Roy! Beautiful bull!

From: StickFlicker
18-Sep-21
Great job Roy!

From: HUNT MAN
18-Sep-21
Congrats on another great animal. Hunt

From: Ermine
19-Sep-21
Congrats! Looks like a nice bull

From: Oryx35
19-Sep-21
Congrats! Thanks for posting.

From: BOHNTR
19-Sep-21
Thanks, all. Going to pick up the meat tomorrow…..blessed to say the least!

From: Jaquomo
19-Sep-21
Never a doubt, Roy. Good job!

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