After 4 days of hunting with Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters in Arizona’s Unit 15D John Barczak was able to lay his hands on an absolute giant of a desert bighorn ram. John’s willingness to push through some challenging obstacles in order to get into a position to shoot his ram was critical. This ram was located on a mountain with steep edges, unreal rock structures, cliffs & chutes.
Amazingly after the 60 day drying period John’s desert bighorn officially grossed scored 174 0/8″ & net scored 173 1/8″. This was the largest ram taken in unit 15d in over 2 years & it was the largest nelsoni desert bighorn sheep taken in the state of Arizona in 2017!
Our good friend Mark B. drew his dream Arizona Mule Deer tag in Unit 13B in 2016. The EPO crew scouted & hunted harder, which turned up several great strip bucks. After 4 days of hunting hard, they looked over this BIG heavy typical & decided it was time to pull the trigger.
While scouting hard in 2014, we were able to find a big pronghorn antelope we called “The Heavy Buck”. He had great bottom in mass & was obviously one of 2 bucks were were looking at. Ultimately, decided to shoot another great buck that went 86 inches gross.
Shane Wright called us in 2015 after drawing an Arizona Rifle Pronghorn Antelope tag. We discussed the complex unit structure & the obstacles of finding a solid mid-80’s pronghorn. We mentioned “The Heavy Buck” was on top of our list to re-find & look at. Shane decided he was ready to hunt with us & we went searching for our buck.
After multiple scouting days & looking over several nice bucks, we were able to finally locate “The Heavy Buck”. He looked bigger than ever, but knowing he was the best buck we had seen in 2 years of scouting this unit, we did not press the issue. Being frank, it didn’t matter if he was 86 inches or 90 inches, he was the best buck we knew of in this unit, thus we didn’t want to attract any attention or bump him just days prior to the hunt.
Here is video of “The Heavy Buck” just days before we killed him:
Opening morning found Shane, Chris (Shane’s brother) & myself glassing the last spot I saw The Heavy Buck. After a few minutes we picked out a doe & then he appeared. Shane & I raced around the pronghorn in the trees. Eventually we spotted him & he was well with in range. Click here to watch Shane shoot The Heavy Buck.