7/29/2014 6:00:00 AM Local hunters beat the odds on tag draw
Don Martin For the Miner
KINGMAN - The Game & Fish Department has announced that the results of the fall big game draws are out and there is both joy and sadness among the local sportsmen community.
The department noted that 125,000 sportsmen applied for this year's draw, and that over 49,000 tags were issued.
I heard that at least one local resident, Justin Sturgill, drew a once-in-a-lifetime sheep tag and that Fred and Mark Proudfoot drew a pair of what is arguably the best public lands mule deer tags in the southwest.
Yep, both beat odds of over 100-1 and got rifle tags for unit 13B, the Arizona Strip.
For Fred, this will be his second tag on the famous Strip, which is known to produce some of the largest mule deer in the world.
Local archery pro Jon Yokely beat some long odds when he drew one of the tags offered in Unit 13A, which is also an area where big mulie bucks are found.
Other locals who were successful included Ryan and Laura Borden, who drew 18A rifle mule deer tags, and Ryan Asplin, who drew a muzzleloader deer tag for the multiple 15 units.
Clayton Holloway got one of the 25 muzzleloader deer tags for the juniors hunt in the Hualapais.
The Ballard and Kash families all drew fall turkey tags in Unit 8.
I'm sure that there are many more happy sportsmen and women out there who drew tags, but I know there are also a lot of sad folks too.
I am part of that list. I now have 16 bonus points for deer and over 20 for sheep.
For those who were unsuccessful for deer, there are over 4,000 tags still available in units in the southern part of the state.
Leftover tag applications were accepted by U.S. mail only starting Monday, and sportsmen can purchase them on a first come, first serve basis at any department office starting Aug. 4.
For information on units that still have tags available, go to the department's website at www.azgfd.gov/draw.