Archery Mule Deer Hunt ends with Shovel Beams

Archery Mule Deer Hunting in Arizona with Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters
Archery Mule Deer Hunting in Arizona with Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters

After several days of hard bowhunting in Arizona, Troy Seward was able to wrap his over-the-counter archery mule deer tag around an old desert buck we called Shovel Beams.  This was Troy’s biggest archery mule deer to date & 2nd archery mule deer in 2 years of archery mule deer hunting with us.

The 2016 Arizona Archery Mule Deer rut was very dull & sporadic as compared to years past.  We were able to find multiple bucks throughout the archery hunt, but most of the bigger mature mule deer were very inconsistent in courting does. One day you would find a big mature mule deer buck rutting, while the next day he was disappear & go off by himself.  This made for tougher than normal archery mule deer rut hunting conditions, but was still a very enjoyable hunt for all of our 2016 bowhunters.

Troy holding his biggest archery mule deer.
Troy holding his biggest archery mule deer.
Troy's buck had awesome Shovel Beams & was 29 inches wide!
Troy’s buck was 29 inches wide!
Archery Mule Deer Hunting in Arizona is something Troy looks forward to every year.
Archery Mule Deer Hunting in Arizona is something Troy looks forward to every year.

Lee & Troy found Shovel Beams late on the afternoon of the 4th day, but they were hunting a bigger mule deer buck.  In fact, Troy had the bigger buck within bow range for several minutes but the wind swirled before the bedded buck presented a shot.  The big desert mule deer blew out just before dark, thus a plan was formed to try & relocated the buck the next morning.

The big archery mule deer buck bedded as Troy waits for him to stand.
The big archery mule deer buck bedded as Troy waits for him to stand.

The next morning Troy & Lee glassed for their big buck, while Craig & Logan Knopp glassed for Shovel Beams.   Shovel Beams showed up while in the middle of a mule deer rutting frenzy.  Meanwhile, the big buck the other crew was searching for slipped off in some mule deer black hole.  A plan was launched for both Troy & Logan to pursue Shovel Beams as he was intensely searching for more does.

Shovel Beams was zigging & zagging for almost an hour, before Troy was able to release a single deadly arrow at 60 yards.  The big old Arizona desert mule deer buck literally fell to his death just 30 yards from Logan while he was waiting with a knocked arrow!

Check-out some live & dead video of the Shovel Beams:

 

The crew smiling after an eventful morning.
The bowhunting crew smiling after an eventful archery mule deer hunting morning.
All smiles after taking a big old Arizona Archery Mule Deer with Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters.
All smiles after taking a big old Arizona Archery Mule Deer with Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters.
Lee packing out Troy's Archery Mule Deer in the Outdoorsmans Pack.
Lee packing out Troy’s Archery Mule Deer in the Outdoorsmans Pack.

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Steve’s Big Kaibab Mule Deer

Steve Z. took an awesome 12AE mule deer with us.
Steve Z. took a big 12AE mule deer with us in 2015.

Steve Zeiser was a lucky hunter who drew one of the Arizona Kaibab 12AE Late Mule Deer tags in 2015.  He then booked his guided mule deer hunt with us & hunted with our Kaibab Mule Deer FREAK aka Jimmy Hoffman.  After a few days of grinding it out & passing on some nice bucks, the crew was able to close the deal on a BIG Kaibab buck.  Steve’s buck was over 30 INCHES wide with a gross score pushing 190!

Jimmy Hoffman holding Steve's brusier 12AE buck!
Jimmy Hoffman holding Steve’s brusier 12AE buck!

 

EPO guides, John & Jimmy holding Steve's big buck.
EPO guides, John & Jimmy holding Steve’s big buck.

 

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At the Jacob’s Lake Kaibab Mule Deer check-in, Steve’s buck was the biggest taken on the 12AE hunt.  (at the time of check-in)

 

Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters Late Mule Deer Camp.
Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters Late Mule Deer Camp.

 

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