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10/2/2013 6:00:00 AM
Hunting partners take bulls in Unit 7W
John Beauchamp stalked this bull elk for five days, passing up smaller bulls in the process in order to bag the one he wanted. The estimated live weight was 1,000 pounds.
John Beauchamp stalked this bull elk for five days, passing up smaller bulls in the process in order to bag the one he wanted. The estimated live weight was 1,000 pounds.

Don Martin
The Great Outdoors

There isn't much more excitement for a sportsman than pursuing a big bugling bull elk with a bow and arrow in northern Arizona.

Recently, I got a text from local archer John Beauchamp where he described his successful archery elk hunt in Unit 7W, which is located east of Williams.

Beauchamp said that he and a friend, Chris Favour, who owns Mount-N-View Taxidermy in Flagstaff, were hunting elk in their favorite northern Arizona elk unit.

It was Chris who bagged the first bull of the trip; a nice 6 X 6 that Chris said scored about 330 P&Y points.

"I got that bull on the second evening of the hunt, Favour said. "It was a mile and half from the truck, so we quartered him and packed him out the next morning."

Then it was Beauchamp's turn.

He was seeing bulls almost every day and had passed on several small bulls.

On the fifth day of his hunt, he heard a bull bugling and scraping a tree, so he quietly moved toward the animal.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw him, he was like a clone of the bull I took in 2008," Beauchamp said.

Beauchamp got to within 20 yards of the unsuspecting bull, but decided to pass on him, saying the bull looked just like the one in his garage.

The next morning Beauchamp heard a bull screaming and he started to pursue him and the harem of12 cows and calves that he had.

"I probably followed them for over a mile and a half through some thick juniper and pinion trees until they bedded down."

Carefully moving through the trees Beauchamp was able to locate the bull at a range of 30 yards.

Beauchamp let loose a deadly broadhead tipped arrow and the bull jumped up and started to run. But he didn't go far.

"The bull ran just 40 yards before he fell over and expired," Beauchamp said.

But as anyone who hunts elk knows, the excitement quickly ended and work was about to begin.

"I had a heck of a time just rolling him over to field dress him, he had such a huge body," Beauchamp said.

After getting the elk field dressed he called his friend Favour and asked if he could come out and help load the bull in his truck for a trip to the processor.

"Chris dropped what he was doing and came out to help," Beauchamp said. "I can't thank him enough for giving me a hand with this one."

When Beauchamp got the bull to a processor he was told that the hanging carcass weight was 500 pounds. "That means the live weight of the bull was almost 1,000 pounds," according to Beauchamp.

Favour scored the 6 X 6 bull at 335 points. It is the third bull Beauchamp has taken with his bow.

"It looks like we will have plenty of elk meat for the smoker this year," Beauchamp said of his successful hunt.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Article comment by: michaele lee

Exactly! Why is hanging on a wall more important than the gene pool of our Elk Herds? This disgusts me. This is not for eating......if it were they would be targeting younger animals. Right here in stories very close we have 2 gorgeous majestic animals cut down cruelly for sport. I despise this type of abuse and mentality.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Wiley Coyote

It appears the forum moderators don't trust coyotes. Maybe they will believe more reputable scientific sources...


A study conducted by the Oklahoma Fish and Wildlife Agencies found that approximately 50% of deer that were shot were never recovered. Some deer survived for up to 5–7 days before succumbing to their wounds. Despite widespread practice by bowhunters and their usual pride in their personal accuracy, "71% to 82% of all shots taken" miss the target and "shot placement is, for all practical purposes, random".

Animal Rights Coalition bow hunting report:

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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Article comment by: Hualapia Dog

Ranchers pay a fortune for a prize bulls to strengthen their herd.

How do trophy hunters and their buddies at Game and Fish think that killing the prize bulls helps the elk herds?

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