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7/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Some hunters get lucky in the fall draw - and others don't

Don Martin
The Great Outdoors

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced the Fall 2013 big game draw results, which are available online.

Sportsmen from all over America have anxiously waited for the results of general deer, bighorn sheep, junior's deer, javelina and pheasant draws.

For my family and me, the results were mostly dismal.

I didn't draw a coveted Arizona Strip deer tag once again and I now have a whopping 15 bonus points. I didn't draw a Rocky Mountain sheep tag either, and now I have 20 bonus points for that species!

The best news was that my 11-year-old grandson, Logan, who lives in Oklahoma, got lucky and drew both a junior's deer and a javelina tag in Unit 18B.

Those hunts start around the Thanksgiving holiday, so I hope he and his dad will make it out so we can to spend some quality time in the field.

Last year, Logan drew his first Arizona big game tag, a pig tag in Unit 18B - and he got a boar with one shot.

When my son told him he had drawn tags in Arizona again, Logan was ready to start scouting immediately.

Others in Kingman fared much better than the Martin family.

Dan Butler finally got a desert bighorn sheep tag for 15D South. That hunt goes for the entire month of December.

Jeff Pebworth, one of the guys at Game and Fish's Region III office, drew a Unit 15D North (late) tag.

For those who don't know, Unit 15D is arguably the best sheep unit in Region III. It produces some huge, old rams each year.

I also got a text from Mike Cobb, who really got lucky when he drew tag number 25 out of the 25 tags issued for the archery deer hunt on the Arizona Strip (Unit 13B).

I'm sure that I'll be hearing about more successful local hunters who got premium deer or bighorn sheep tags in the days to come.

To all those who were successful, I offer my congratulations.

For the hundreds and maybe thousands of us who didn't draw, look at it this way: There is always next year, and the javelina and spring turkey draws are just around the corner.

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