Pat Feldt of Arizona Guided Hunts made a great DIY hunt out of a coveted Unit 10 tag that took him 25 years to draw. I ran into Pat several times on The Coconino Plateau during the days preceding the hunt and he was, like all the hunters I met, discouraged with the lack of antelope. Even with very few good bucks to choose from Pat made it happen early opening morning. A tag that took him 13,148,719 minutes to obtain took him only 30 minutes to use, but to good effect! His buck scored 86 SCI. Congratulations Pat!
For the out of state readers the map below is kind of a general location for where the Coconino Plateau is located.
Rodney wrote us an email recently letting us know that his buck from Arizona's Unit 7 officially scored 84 2/8 and qualifies for the B&C All-Time record book. Congrats once again on a great buck.
Everyone who reads my blog knows how I feel about Unit 7 for out of state hunters, but it appears Rodney Hoekert plays by his own rules:
I got down there the day before the opener, spotted a decent buck from the old volcano north of Flag about 15 miles and went in and shot it at 7:30 AM on opening morning. I snuck up a draw to about 150 yards and I dropped it in its tracks - the whole thing was pretty lucky.
And just like that he takes an outstanding buck with perfect and giant hooks - if only it were that easy in real life.