So why did I choose “Elkventures” as part of my blog title? I think the reference to “elk” and “adventures” is obvious, but why pick elk when I already stated I was going to keep this year’s entries of a general nature?
Well, AZ has gone back to on-line applications as an option after many years of a paper only process. For those of us who chose this method, we were notified last week that our credit cards would be hit with charges if we were successful. The specific drawing results would then be available in a week or two. So of course, I immediately logged in to the credit card account that I used for the applications!
After numerous checks over a couple days, I was finally greeted with not 1, not 2, but 3 pending charges from the AZ Game & Fish Department! I have to explain, that this draw was for elk and antelope and that there are 4 of us (wife Kelly and sons Cody & Jordan) who all put in separately. So there were actually 8 tags available, but still, 3 tags are fantastic. And because of the fee difference between elk and antelope, it was easy to determine that all 3 are elk tags!
That’s the really, really good news, but there’s a slight catch. First, we don’t know which 3 of us drew. More importantly, we don’t know if we drew any of our first choice hunts – which are all primo – or second choices which are antlerless for everyone except Cody if I remember correctly. So now the second wait is upon us while we ponder “what if’s” until we hear the specific results. I’m hoping against hope that at least 1 of the tags is a first choice (bull) tag.
So with 3 elk tags, I’m going to have plenty to write about and lots of pictures to take regardless what happens in the upcoming deer and sheep draw. I just checked the AZ Game & Fish site and the draw section is closed so maybe they are loading the results now? I can’t wait for them to come on-line…please, please, please can just one of them be a bull tag?