Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Parker Colburn's AZ Late Coues Deer Hunt Video Part 1

By Darr Colburn

My oldest son Parker drew a late coues deer tag.  We hunted the first weekend but the weather put a damper on things.  We did not see any rutting activity yet but hopefully with the cooler temperatures the bucks will start looking for does.  Here is a short video from the first weekend.  We will be back out again next weekend.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Climbing Arrow Ranch Elk Hunt 2014 with Jason Hairston of KUIU

I had the pleasure of tagging along with KUIU President Jason Hairston on his archery elk hunt in Montana this September.  This is the professionally edited version of our hunt.  I brought my video camera and filmed most of the hunt.  Great time with Jason and guides Jack Anderson and Cody Wetmore.  The credits list me as a guide although I was just there as a friend and video guy.  The laughs on this hunt were plentiful. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2014 Arizona Unit 22 Desert Bighorn Sheep Harvest Report

Darr and I have been fortunate to have spent a lot of time lately in Arizona Unit 22 looking at Desert Bighorn Sheep while scouting for the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Auction tag.  The general season is now over in Unit 22 and the 3 ram quota has been filled.  We often feel attached to a lot of the rams that we spend so much time with while photographing and videoing them.  Congrats to the three hunters and guides on their awesome rams.  In this post we will attempt to document each ram that was harvested.

The Kicker Ram
The first ram that was harvested was a ram we call "Kicker Ram".  He was actually given the nickname by Seth and Ernie Meeske, in 2012, while we were scouting for Ernie's upcoming hunt.  Kicker has been photographed and featured on several magazine covers.  He sure is a beauty.  This late summer he broke off a good piece of his right horn.  In 2012, his left horn was the one that was broomed off and his right was the long one.  2014 rolled around and now his left was the long horn and the right was the shorter of the two.  I videoed him several times prior to Ernie's hunt in 2012.  Darr and I saw him all over the unit throughout the last 3 months.  He traveled the most out of the three rams chronicled in this post.  He would literally be in one area one day and 10 miles away in a day or two.  We had some unbelievable encounters with him.  We began to notice that he had a smaller body than some of the other rams but was a true legend and warrior in his own right.  His exact score is not exactly known at this time but I will update this post when more info come out.  See the videos and photos below of the "Kicker Ram".
These two photos (above and below) of  Kicker Ram were taken from The AZ Wildlife Views and The AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society News flyer.  Photo Credit to Jim Hamberlin Jr.  Jim takes spectacular photos!  You can see in these photos he still had all of his length. These photos were taken in 2013.

Prior to the brooming of his horns he had real good length.
Kicker Ram Photo by Darr Colburn 2014 October

Kicker Ram Photo by Darr Colburn 2014 October
Kicker Ram photo by Jay Scott November 2014

The White Eye Ram
The second ram to be harvested was a ram we called "white eye".  Darr saw him several times over the summer and we both encountered him quite often during the fall of 2014.  His right horn was longer than his left which had broomed.  His AZGFD checkout score was 175 7/8 Net.  I will update as more info becomes available.
Above and below are photos of the White Eye Ram taken by Jay Scott November 2014

The Dolly Ram
The third ram that was harvested was a ram we call "Dolly".  This ram was probably one of the most visible rams during the summer and fall of 2014.  Dolly had a really good look to him with good drop and good depth of curl.  We felt this ram had some serious potential with a bit more age to be a Mega Ram that Unit 22 is so known for.  Dolly was seen in all portions of the unit.  He also traveled around quite a bit from month to month.  Dolly was always very photogenic.
(next three photos) The Dolly Ram Photo by Jay Scott November 2014 

We would like to congratulate the successful hunters again on their trophy rams.  Darr and I both feel so blessed and fortunate to have seen these special animals.  We would like to thank the AZGFD and the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society for doing such a fantastic job with our sheep herds and being such good stewards of the wildlife.  As more info comes forth on these rams we will keep this post updated in order to maintain maximum accuracy.  Make sure to follow our adventures on our Jay Scott Outdoors YouTube Channel, our Jay Scott Outdoors facebook page and on our Instagram accounts @darrcolburn and @jayscottoutdoors

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bob O'Connor's 15D AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunt Video

The O'Connor Family and guides Darr Colburn and Jay Scott

Friday, December 5, 2014

Unit 15D Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunt Photos III

Darr Colburn captured some great photos and video of Bob's ram prior to the hunt.  Bob's ram has 39 1/8 and 38 4/8 inch horns with 15 inch bases.  This ram is truly a special Nelsoni Desert Bighorn with a ton of flare.  His tip to tip spread is almost 31 inches!  The video of Bob's hunt should be ready pretty soon. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Unit 15D Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Photos II

Here are some more images of the awesome adventure with the O'Connor family in Unit 15D North on the Desert Bighorn Sheep hunt.  Darr and Bob actually stayed with the ram on the mountain and huddled by a fire all night to stay warm.  Bob's wife Becky and two sons, Ben and Chris and I came in the early morning hours to assist with the pack out of the ram.  One of the boys had a step counter on and it registered over 15 miles when we reached the truck.  The mountains that the Nelsoni Desert Sheep live in humble me in a big way.  Their ruggedness and beauty is amazing.  Lots of memories!  What a hunt we had!  Find us on our facebook page Jay Scott Outdoors and on our Instagram at @darrcolburn and @jayscottoutdoors.  Click on the second pic down to see some video that Darr Colburn captured during his scouting for Bob's hunt.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Unit 15D Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunt Photos I

We just got back from an incredible adventure in the Black Hills of Northwestern Arizona in Unit 15D.  Darr Colburn of Colburn and Scott Outfitters, was guiding Bob O'Connor from Payson and my general season hunt had not started yet so I ran up to lend a hand.  The Good Lord was watching over us and Bob harvested a fantastic ram!  It was great to spend time with Bob and his family including his wife, Becky and sons Chris and Ben.  They all were a very genuine family and a true pleasure to be around.  Our camp host was Fred Ashurst of Golden Valley, Arizona.  Fred has always been a part of our adventures in 15D and it was awesome to see him and share some meals and stories.  It is always humbling to be a part of such a great hunt in the deserts of Arizona in the company of old and new friends.  We have a lot of photos and videos to share from the hunt so check back for more soon!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Scouting Update 6

As the days roll closer to the Arizona general season Desert Sheep hunt, I am reminded how exciting this time of year is!  I have been getting emails from guys all across the state who have been out scouting.  Seems as the sheep are pretty spread out this year due to the great moisture we have had over the summer and fall.  Preparation is key to success on a sheep hunt but patience and a great attitude is probably the most important ingredient to a successful hunt.  If you haven't been able to scout as much as you would have liked remember that there is a reason that the hunt last all month.  Take your time and don't allow yourself to get burnt out or tired.  If you do simply take a day or two off and rest up.  Sheep hunts only happen once in your life so make sure to stay mentally tough at all times and don't settle for something that you are not happy with.  We have been scouting like crazy for the auction desert sheep hunt and have turned up many really nice rams.  We have yet to turn a ram that we believe scores over 185 inches so the search continues.  What a blessing it is to have bighorns to dream about!  Arizona has incredible sheep hunting and much of that is because of the AZGFD and the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society.  Take time to give thanks to these guys if you see them around and make sure to be a member of ADBSS even if you haven't drawn your once in a lifetime tag yet.  Below are some photos from the recent capture of desert bighorns from Unit 24B North which were transplanted to Unit 33 in the Catalinas.  With some added animals from 44B North the herd in Unit 33 should be on its way to sustaining itself.  The project has not been without hurdles but it would be fantastic if the Desert Bighorn could once again thrive just North of Tucson.  Make sure to find us on our Instagram accounts at @jayscottoutdoors and @darrcolburn.  Also get updates on our facebook page.  Check out the head butting video at the bottom of this post.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Scouting Update 5

Scouting for the AZ Auction Desert Sheep tag continues as the November weather finally cools down a bit.  We keep getting asked the question of "How is it going?"  We have found a handful of really good rams but none yet that are truly special in size and character for our hunter.  We were hoping to have found a giant ram before the general season starts in a couple of weeks but have not done so yet.  The search continues for a truly special ram.  We will continue to search and enjoy each day that comes our way.  Come find us on Instagram @darrcolburn and @jayscottoutdoors.  If you are scouting for your own upcoming sheep hunt we would encourage you to give it everything you got because it only happens once!  Make each day count!

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