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Aug-18-10, 
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"AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

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Well, I drew x2 awesome Arizona Hunts and I will also be hunting Archery Mule Deer. My archery pronghorn & mule deer hunt starts this Friday. My archery elk hunt starts September 10th.

I am putting together a little video series called No Excuses for my elk hunt adventure. The first Episode will show you guys my last elk hunting adventure. Then I will hopefully upload the first mule deer episode tonight.

I will be updating stuff with pictures and some short comments but when I get back from all of my hunts I will finish the video series. I hope you guys enjoy my story & can relate to my experiences.

http://www.monsterhuntclips.com/video/978/NO-EXCUSES-AZ-Elk-Hunt-Episode-1

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 RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Aug-18-10   1 
  RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Aug-24-10   2 
   RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Aug-25-10   3 
    RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-05-10   4 
     RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-23-10   5 
     RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-27-10   10 
     RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-27-10   11 
     RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-27-10   12 
   RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-27-10   9 
  RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-27-10   7 
  RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-27-10   8 
 RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-27-10   6 
  RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Sep-28-10   13 
   RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Oct-20-10   14 
    RE: AZ ELK, Mu...  CraigS      Oct-22-10   15 

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CraigS
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Aug-18-10, 
08:26 AM (MST)
1. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Been uploading & editing all day... I still have to pack alot of stuff for my hunts, but I wanted to get this online before I left for my first two hunts.

No EXCUSES! AZ Archery Mule Deer Episode #1
http://www.monsterhuntclips.com/video/979/No-EXCUSES-AZ-Mule-Deer-Hunt-Episode-1

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Aug-24-10, 
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2. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Just got back yesterday & I have been working non-stop in the office. I hope you guys enjoy this Episode & #3 will be posted up in the morning!

http://www.monsterhuntclips.com/video/986/No-Excuses-AZ-Archery-Elk-Deer--Pronghorn-Episode-2

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Aug-25-10, 
09:52 AM (MST)
3. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Okay, it was uploaded over night & here is the link. I will post some pictures when I get time.

Here is my Pronghorn-Antelope footage from August 23, 2010!

http://www.monsterhuntclips.com/video/991/No-Excuses-2010-AZ-Elk-Mule-Deer--Pronghorn-Episode-3

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Sep-05-10, 
07:30 PM (MST)
4. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Here is a couple photos of my 2010 AZ Goat:

I will post of some more story shots in a few weeks. I head out Tuesday morning to finish up my AZ Archery Muley Hunt & My AZ Archery Elk hunt starts Friday!!!


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Sep-23-10, 
09:21 AM (MST)
5. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Just shot my AZ Archery Bull yesterday morning, it was not as easy as my Pronghorn hunt. I will have more story pics & some video to follow.

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Sep-27-10, 
09:42 AM (MST)
10. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Great meat & horns!

Clean it! Cool it! Cover it!

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Sep-27-10, 
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11. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

After a short break it was back to deer hunting for me...

I found this young buck for the third year in a row. I bet next year he will be a TOAD!

Even with the full moon I was seeing good muleys, but I wasn't seeing the right one.


One of my best friends returned to camp to hunt muleys, but everytime we went out we couldn't find the good bucks I had been seeing. That's MULE DEER HUNTING for you!

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12. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

I went home for a day or two & then came back to find Mike Collins had found a good one. He tried a stalk, but the southerly wind swirled & that was all it took.

After several blown opportunities by both Mike & myself, the 2010 Early Archery Deer season had come to a close. We both had a lot of EXCUSES! You will be able to see some of our deer footage on Episode #4.

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9. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

It was opening day for both Archery Mule Deer & Pronghorn. We glassed up a few good Muley's that night, but we couldn't get it done.

Over the next few days we saw some good muleys & I almost got a shot at a big 85+ pronghorn, but it just didn't work out. We did a ton of glassing...

Then Episode #3 happened

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7. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Checkerboard Land... It's good & bad, but a GPS with a land status overlay will help keep you out of trouble!

After a lot of waiting the Monsoon showed up in Late July, better late than never!

The end of July & begining of August was a muddy mess! Many of the areas were to muddy to get too, which wasn't a bad thing!

My kids got to see their very first live Black Rattle Snake. My 3.5 yr old son wanted to kill him, but I just let him be. I was scared he would try to be like dad the next time he saw one.

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8. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Feed & Water are major issues when hunting the desert. This picture was taken during the second week of August. The old feed was good & the new feed was sprouting up.

By the third week in August it was super green & looking very good...

Around August 16th we found our first elk rub, which was a good sign.

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6. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

After the Arizona Draw Results were released I knew I was going to be hunting Elk, Mule Deer & Pronghorn all in the same Unit. I was very blessed & lucky! Most of Arizona had received good winter snowfall & precipitation, but the spring months were dry & colder than normal, so the grass growth was slower than I anticipated. Tanks were almost full & the browse feed was great. The above picture was taken in April & the elk were pounding this tank.

A 350 type shed we found on May 2, 2010. It was snowing at 5,500 ft on this day, but it didn't last long.

Our totals for May 2, 2010! I try to get my family involved when shed hunting, as it is something they can all do without being quiet & at a slower pace. My FAMILY is my world & I truly believe that getting your family involved in the outdoors is the single most important thing we can do to help preserve the outdoorsman's way of life! PERIOD


Working opposite & two jobs; means I have the kids with me a lot. It was mid-July & I had to get out. I loaded up some food, my gear & my #1 hunting buddies! We didn't see much...

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Sep-28-10, 
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13. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Just noticed everything is out of order, SORRY about that not sure how to change it?

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Oct-20-10, 
08:38 AM (MST)
14. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Finally had a chance to sit down with some more footage, still have one more to upload.

http://www.monsterhuntclips.com/video/1099/2010-Arizona-Mule-Deer-Hunt-NO-EXCUSES-Episode-4

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15. "RE: AZ ELK, Mule Deer & Pronghorn NO EXCUSES!"

Enjoy!!!

http://www.monsterhuntclips.com/video/1103/2010-Arizona-Elk-Hunt-NO-EXCUSES-Final-Episode

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