The Biggest Kaibab Mule Deer in 2018

Wade drew a 2018 Late Kaibab Mule Deer tag (12AW) & hired Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters to guide him on this special mule deer hunt.   Jimmy Hoffman (guide) & crew scouted the unit (12AWest) hard in search of a big mule deer.  The Kaibab holds a tremendous amount of mule deer but you have to grind it out to find a really big buck.  

A big 190″ Kaibab Mule Deer that Jimmy found prior to the season.
He wasn’t quite the big buck they were looking to hunt .

The mule deer was kicking in on the Kaibab, which meant they were checking groups of does daily & you just never knew exactly where a big buck would show.  After several days of hunting hard with their small group of friends, they finally found a big buck that was a giant Kaibab Mule Deer.   

Wade & Jimmy got it done on the Kaibab with the help of their small group of friends.

Wade holding one of the biggest mule deer to come out of the state of Arizona in 2018!
(Eric) Wade’s typical gross score won the SCI Gold Award for 2018. Non-Typical Gross score was over 210″
The tine length on Wade’s Kaibab Mule Deer was unreal, especially for a drought year like 2018.

 

Successful 2018 Arizona Elk season despite drought

The 2018 elk season brought many of the normal challenges to Arizona trophy elk hunters & guides, but perhaps the biggest challenge was finding big bulls that were minimally impacted by the horrible drought.  Arizona bull elk antler growth is critically impacted each year by the amount of precipitation the state receives from January to April.  Arizona received minimal precipitation amounts during this critical time period in 2018, thus many of the big bulls did not have the proper nutrition to produce their very best antlers. 

After scouting & hunting hard with our select group of clients we were able to overcome these challenges on many of the hunts we guided.  Here are some of the quality bulls we took last season, despite the horrible conditions!

 

Largest Arizona Nelsoni Desert Bighorn Sheep

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!