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!
James Schulz came to Arizona to hunt trophy mule deer & his father, Kurt, eagerly joined his son on this trip. Being prepared is everything when it comes to the ultimate bowhunting challenge & James proved he was up for this test!
On the second day of we glassed up a group of deer & finally picked out an old trophy mule deer. James & the crew made their move after the big buck & does shaded up for an afternoon nap. As they approached the last known location of the bedded deer they found themselves at less than 15 yards from some of the does. The old buck slipped through an opening, but James was already drawn back. James made a great decision to step to his right & made a solid archery shot at just over 30 yards!