KINGMAN - Kingman resident Lacie Robbins, 29, didn't start hunting until three years ago when she met local sportsman Tony Campbell.
Campbell got her interested in hunting and the first order of business for her was to take an Arizona Hunter Education class. After graduation, Robbins started applying for big game hunts.
She's been very lucky, drawing two muzzleloader deer tags and taking a buck each time. She also drew an early Kaibab deer tag in 2013, but didn't get a buck.
But that's hunting! I don't know anyone who can say that they have never failed to fill a tag.
Robbins also bagged a javelina on a general hunt in 2013.
She's also been applying for a Unit 10 bull elk tag, and last year she got one for a hunt that would start around Thanksgiving.
Campbell knows Unit 10 very well. He would be her main guide on the hunt, but other Kingman residents who are friends with the couple also offered to help.
Kingman resident and longtime sportsman Kenny Robison also drew the same tag, and Mike and Debi Cobb assisted.
Campbell and Robbins scouted the area they wanted to hunt and were surprised when they didn't see much of anything.
On opening day, Robbins and Campbell were joined by 16-year-old Josh Allen, an avid hunter. It didn't take Robison long to find elk.
In fact, he found a large bachelor band of bulls, 10 in all.
Most of them had antlers that were broken up as a result of the fighting that bulls do during the annual rut, but at least one of them, and the largest of the group, had his massive antlers intact.
The bulls were on the move. Robison told Robbins, Campbell and Allen which way to go. The trio headed off to another location where they would try and glass up the bulls while Robison and his 7-year old son, Hunter, stayed after them on foot.
Robison and his son lost the bulls. Robbins, Campbell and Allen stopped at a water hole and Robbins saw the bulls going over a nearby hill.
The trio got in an intercept position and waited. A short time later, the bulls appeared and Robbins prepared for the shot.
The big bull was still in the lead when Robbins fired a shot from her 7mm Magnum rifle.
The bull was obviously hit, but didn't go down.
Before the hunt ended, Robbins found out first-hand that bull elk are tough creatures and can and often do absorb a lot lead before they expire.
A second shot put the bull down but not out.
As the other elk started to run off, Robbins' bull got up and followed.
The trio then had to pursue the herd some distance before Robbins was able to administer the final shot that put the bull down for good.
The bull turned out to be an old monarch with seven points on one side and six on the other. They also noted that the bull had grown an eighth point, but he had broken it off fighting.
The bull was taken to local wildlife artist Henry Aguilar, who will do the taxidermy work on the young lady's bull. The meat was processed and will provide food for the next year to Robbins and Campbell, plus a number of other Kingman residents.
Local sportsman Hub Grounds scored the bull at 350 B&C points, which is a great bull.
As it turned out, Robison also took a bull on the first day of the hunt.
"As we were walking back to the truck, I found another group of 10 bulls," Robison said. "My 7-year-old son told me to shoot the 6 X 5 bull that was with the group, so I did.
"The best part of the hunt was that he was with me, like he always is."