Sunday, May 23, 2010

Strip Buck

Here is a buck killed on the strip by the son of my friend Mike Dewees. His name is Ty Dewees and he was also hunting with their friend Danny Prock. They happened on this deer a few days into the hunt and Ty was able to harvest him. They brought it into the shop a couple of days later and that afternoon Ryan Hatch called me quizzing me about the antler configuration of the buck. It turned out to be a buck that Ryan was hunting with his client. His words were something like, "I guess I wasted the past three days hunting a dead buck". Ty's buck was featured in a recent Muley Crazy Magazine. This deer was a 35 inch wide 9 X 10 that grosses 259 5/8 and nets 252 6/8. It was the largest buck taken in Arizona in 2008 by a hunter on a regular draw tag.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Early Bull

Here is customer Brandon Peddie with a bull he killed on an early rifle hunt in Arizona a few years ago that grossed over 405 inches and made the all time Boone and Crockett record book. It is bulls like this that have people from all corners of the U.S. applying for Arizona's coveted elk tags. I think with all of the moisture we had this winter and spring, the bull will be extra big this year. I am hearing reports of bulls with five and six points already with almost three months of growing time left.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sheep Capture

Here are some photos I took while working as an intern during the summer of 1995 with the AZ Game and Fish. I spent the summer living at Callville Bay on the Nevada side of Lake Mead baiting the sheep for a capture. I would go across the lake at first light every morning with buckets of apple mash for the sheep. After a couple of weeks the sheep would come to the bait site when they heard me pull up and would come quite close to me while I was putting the mash out. After about two months of this, the nets were dropped on them and a number were translocated to another area. I remember one drop that had three class IV rams under the net. It took three grown men to subdue one ram so that it could be untangled from the net. It is amazing how strong these animals are. Anyway, it was a great experience that I will never forget.