Husband, wife draw out for elk hunt
Sometimes good news travels in pairs, and this week I've got another successful elk hunting story.
The lucky hunters in this story are Kingman residents Clint and Katie Zumwalt.
Seems that 2011 was a very good year for the husband and wife duo when it came to drawing elk tags. It seems Clint got an archery bull tag in Unit 18A, while his wife got an early rifle bull tag in the same unit.
Clint drew his tag with just three points, and his wife Katie drew her coveted early bull tag the first time out!
Clint was going to do the bulk of the scouting as his 20-day hunt was right before his wife's hunt would start.
Clint found a real nice 7 X 7 bull during his trip, but right before his hunt started, the big bull disappeared.
It was on the 14th day of his hunt that he was able to call in a nice 6 X 6 that he arrowed at 30 yards. Zumwalt said the bull had all of his points in tact and scored about 340 P&Y points.
With his hunt done, Zumwalt continued to look for bulls for his wife's upcoming hunt. Much to his surprise, he was able to relocate the 7 X 7 he had been looking for during his hunt.
This old bull had a very distinctive bugle and for the next week Clint went out daily to keep tabs on him.
With the rifle hunt coming up, Clint prepared Katie for the expedition. Katie was going to use a 270 rifle and Clint had her shoot five shots off of the shooting sticks she was going to use.
"She hit the bulls eye every time," Clint said with a smile.
On opening morning the pair were out way before daylight and heard the old bull issuing challenges and insults to other bulls in the area. As the night gave way to a new day, they moved towards the herd. They found that the old bull had accumulated cows and had eight in his harem.
They got to within 300 yards of the herd, but decided to wait until they started moving towards their bedding area.
When they got to within 200 yards of the herd, the stalk got busted and off the elk ran.
But Clint knew where they were going and he and Katie quickly moved over the ridge and waited for the elk to come out into a valley.
Katie got set up on the shooting sticks while they watched the herd mill around in the thick stand of junipers below them.
The herd bull was still bugling at another nearby bull, but he was getting nervous. He wanted to leave the area.
Clint could see that a shot off the walking sticks was going to be tough for the new hunter, so he pulled off his back pack, set it up and used his tripod as another rest.
The elk were moving away and Clint knew there wouldn't be a lot of time for Katie to shoot.
The big bull stepped out giving the lady hunter the shot she had been waiting for.
At the report of the rifle, the bull dropped literally in his tracks.
Though the shot was about 340 yards, its shot was true. The bullet struck the bull in the neck, causing his immediate demise.
When they walked up to the bull Katie was very pleased.
Though the old master had broken off a lot of his points, he still scored an amazing 320 points. In tact this guy was probably in the 360 class, Clint said.
It was remarkable that the bull he had wanted to hunt on his archery hunt just happened to be the bull his wife took on her two hour elk hunt.
This is just the second big game animal that the young mother has taken. Two years ago she bagged a javelina.