Thursday, October 18, 2012

Burnt Timber Outfitters featured on Cabela's Out West

Here is our episode of Cabela's Out West featuring our Arizona early rifle bull hunts in units 3A/3C.  A special thanks again to Jay Scott and Damon Hughes for filming these hunts!  And Congatulations to Rob Cox and Chester Crandell on their trophy bulls.  Enjoy the Show.

Friday, October 12, 2012

3A/3C Early Rifle Bulls

With the archery tags filled, we began scouting for our early rifle clients in units 3A/3C.  Rob Cox of Oregon has been applying with us since 2008 and finally drew with 18 points.  His brother Billy, who has hunted with us on two previous elk hunts, accompanied us on the hunt.  My father-in-law, Chester Crandell, lucked out and drew his 2nd early bull tag in 6 years.  I know what you're thinking and I agree; Sick and wrong!  Steve Ingersoll of Phoenix also got lucky when he drew with only 2 points.

Scouting was fast and furious.  Mike and Devin located the first big bull a week before the rifle hunt began.  He was an inline 7x7 with flattened G6 points that looked like crab pinchers on the ends of both main beams.  Because of this unique characteristic, we nicknamed this bull, "Lobster Claw".  Mike and Devin kept tabs on the bull and filmed him on two different occasions.

Just days before the rifle season, I found a bull and got a short video clip of what appeared to be a 350 type bull.  Upon further review, we noticed that the bull had triple eyeguards on his left horn and double G3's on his right horn.  This 7x7 bull got the nickname of "Triple Double".  These two 370 class bulls topped our hit list for 2012.

Rob and Billy arrived a day early.  We showed Rob the footage of the two bulls and told him to make the decision of which bull he wanted to pursue.  After much deliberation, Rob chose Lobster Claw.  Opening day had us scattered all over the unit.  But there were no shots on day one.

On the second morning, Chester, myself, and Damon Hughes(cameraman) were hot on the trail of the Triple Double.  Just when I thought our morning hunt was over, the bull made a fatal mistake.  He left the thick cover to check another batch of cows still feeding in the burn.  We quickly positioned ourselves between the bull and the thick trees.  Triple Double singled out a cow and headed our way.  Chester made a perfect 200 yard shot and Damon captured it all on video.

Chester with Triple Double
Congrats Dad-in-law
On the third morning, Rob, Mike, Billy and Jay Scott(cameraman) also got the break they had been patiently waiting for.  Lobster Claw had finally stayed out feeding on some open points long enough for Rob to take advantage of.  Rob made a couple of well placed shots at 275 yards.  Jay also captured the entire hunt on film.

The Cox brothers with an AZ trophy
Rob and Mike with Lobster Claw
By the third evening, Steve, Devin, Bill Rimsza, and myself we're covered up in bulls.  After passing on over a dozen bulls that night, we decided to start heading for the truck(2 miles away).  Suddenly a bull appeared out of the trees and enticed us into taking a closer look.  We gave a quick assessment of the bull and put Steve in the scope.  Steve took the 140 yard shot and dropped the unique bull in his tracks.
Steve with his 1st AZ bull
Steve and Devin

A BIG THANKS to Jay Scott and Damon Hughes for coming along and filming our hunts.  Jay has also made it possible for both Rob's and Chester's hunts to be aired on next Thursdays (Oct. 18) Cabelas Out West web show.  We will post the show link here on our blog next week when it's available. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

AZ Archery Elk .....Tim's 4B & Eric's 4A Bulls

Sorry for the blitz in posts, but we're trying to get caught up.

This year we had the pleasure of hunting with Tim Allen of CA.  Tim drew a 4B Archery bull tag and was looking to cash in on his 3rd AZ bull with a bow.  It had been more than 10 years since I had personally guided in 4B. I can honestly say the unit is better than I remembered.  But it's still no 3C.

We located and chased bulls every day and saw some really good bulls.  We had some close calls early on and even a deflected arrow on the 5th morning on a dandy bull.  On the evening of day 6, we worked in on a cluster of 6 bulls.  The handful of cows kept the bulls occupied while we moved into the middle of the group.  Tim decided he wanted to have a bull called into bow range so Mike and Tim got setup by some trees and I moved back 40 yards and began calling.  Immediately a bull screamed and started moving our way.  The bull stepped into the open presenting Tim with an 18 yard shot.  Tim made two great shots to end the hunt.

Tim's called-in archery bull
Congrats Tim on another AZ Archery Bull

With Tim's tag filled and a little bit of time to spare, I headed for 4A.  Damon Hughes was hunting with his brother, Eric, and had been experiencing the highs & lows of archery elk hunting.  Eric Hughes and I attended school together and I was hoping to have some time to try and help Eric fill his tag.
I showed up at camp at 4pm and gave Eric my pep talk.(brown it's down; hops it drops; flies it dies!)  Eric agreed and off we went.  Within the hour we had moved in on a good bull with cows.  Unfortunately the swirling winds foiled our plans and the chase was on.  We bounced from bugle to bugle trying to find a good candidate for Eric's tag.  With darkness falling, we approached a bugle that sounded promising.  The bull emerged and we noticed that he was missing his G4.  Eric decided that he didn't care and was ready to fill his tag.  Eric's 1st shot deflected off a branch and sliced the bull above his left eye.  Then Eric smoked him at 50 yards.  Congrats Haird!!!(school nickname)
Eric's 1st Archery Bull
The Motley Crew

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Taylor's 4A Rifle Antelope

We had the pleasure of hunting antelope in unit 4A with Taylor Rimsza.  After a few weeks of scouting, we were ready to see something hit the dirt.  A buck we'd nicknamed "Lefty" was on the top of our list.  However, some other hunters bumped Lefty the night before the hunt and we never saw him again.  But on day 2, we'd glassed a buck tending a doe about 2 miles away.  A plan was devised and I went to the top of a hill, while Taylor and his brother, Brian, moved in to cut the distance.

We watched the bedded buck and doe for 2 hours in the heat.  Finally the buck got up and pushed his doe into an opening.  Taylor settled in for the 385 yard shot and let it rip.............. twice!  Brian did a great job of capturing the whole thing on film.  We will post the video soon.  Thanks to Devin and Damon for their time and also Taylor and Brian Rimsza for allowing us to help.  It's always nice to hunt with good guys that love to hunt as much as we do.

  Congrats Taylor!!
Great Mass and Prongs

Monday, October 1, 2012

OE4A AZ Antelope Hunt

After hunting the archery antelope season the BTO team moved straight into the rifle antelope hunts.
 Having spent alot of time in unit 5A, I was contacted by Brad Remfrey and asked if I could help out a great organization called the Outdoor Experience for All. This great organization has been created by Eddie Corona and assists kids with life threatening illnesses and provides outdoor experiences for them. I jumped at the opportunity and a first rate camp was set up by Eddie and his crew and the hunt was on.
Opening day found us glassing and seeing several lesser bucks before deciding to make a play on a great mature buck. With a short stalk and a 20 minute waiting game, Matt made an incredible 480
yard one shot kill on his first AZ antelope. Matt showed incredible composure and his no fear attitude was a perfect combination for success.
It was a pleasure and a honor to get to know and hunt with the Gonzalez family and friends. They are a great group of people and look forward to the new friendships made and sharing future hunts.
If you are interested in supporting a great organization check out website for information and give Eddie a call.

Matthew Gonzalez with a great AZ antelope
harvested with a 480 yd shot

The "Crew"