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.
I've heard many horror stories of guides and outfitters not following through with what they had promised their clients. I'm not sure if there's ever a way to know if what you're getting is the real deal until you've actually gotten it. A lot of times just visiting the outfitters website can give you a good idea if what they're selling is legit. You can look for repeat clients in the photos, press articles that may have been published, and references listed on their site. Sometimes you can even talk to the guides and outfitters on some of the hunting forums and ask friends you've met on the boards or just your friends you've had for years.....