I was so fortunate to be able to go on Parker Colburn's Arizona Strip Unit 13B Mule Deer hunt! My hunting partner, Darr Colburn, 13 year old son had drawn one of the most coveted mule deer tags in the country and he had made the decision to hire Brec Bundy of MDA Outfitters (Mule Deer Addiction). It proved to be a great decision. We had a great crew of guys including Danny Bright, Daniel Franco, Brian Rimsza, Spencer Porter, Daniel Willett, Jay Pyburn, Tony Lyle, Brekkan, Andy, Bronson and Roger Bundy. MDA Outfitter guide Brett Simonsen would be Parker's personal guide.
It turned out to be a great antler growth year and the rut was even kicking which made for a very enjoyable deer hunt. Conditions were cool and crisp with morning lows in the teens and daytime highs in the 50's. Parker passed on some great deer between 190-200 inches prior to finding the massive beast on the fourth morning. Parker's deer is 30 inches inside and 35 inches outside spread with almost 50 inches of mass. His beams are 27.5 and 26 and he gross scores 220 inches. Brec Bundy had a tag himself and harvested a buck that should gross over 290 inches and will be one of the largest bucks in history to ever come off of the Arizona Strip!
I can't say enough good things about Brec Bundy and Brett Simonsen of MDA Outfitters and the effort they put forth on the hunt! Not only are they outstanding mule deer guides that know the country incredibly well but the thing that impressed me most was their quality of character.
Check back for video of the hunt. I will be airing a podcast episode very soon on the 13B hunt. We will be breaking down the entire hunt. Click here to listen to the Jay Scott Outdoors Western Big Game Hunting and Fishing Podcast on iTunes for IOS/Apple users and here for Podbean for Computer/Android users
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
The fall hunting season has been going great! Here are some more sheep scouting photos from the past several weeks. The general season sheep hunts in Arizona are just around the corner. I will post some photos soon of Darr's son, Parker, Arizona Strip hunt in Unit 13B here real soon.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast has been rapidly growing and expanding! You can download/subscribe and listen for free on with IOS/Apple products on iTunes or with Android or on the computer on Podbean. I am pleased to announce that it is pressing towards 1,000,000 downloads and the feedback has been very good from listeners. I appreciate all of the support from my listeners and sponsors. If you haven't checked out my sponsors yet I believe you should. My title sponsor is goHUNT.com Insider. My other sponsor is DeadeyeOutfitters.com.
Here are the latest few episodes (Click to Play on Podbean):
October 7, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott as he talks with outfitter Greg Krogh of Mogollon Rim Outfitters about the multiple 200" bucks and 400" bulls they have already harvested this season. In this episode, we discuss multiple 200"+ archery and muzzleloader bucks already harvested this season and well as the success of the elk hunts both in Arizona and Nevada.
October 12, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott in Part 1 of 2 as he recaps the 2015 Arizona Elk Season. In this episode, Jay is joined by friend Chris Roe of Roe Hunting Resources, listen as we discuss the rut, antler growth, bulls harvested, hunter patterns and much more.
October 14, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott in Part 2 of 2 as he recaps the 2015 Arizona Elk Season. In this episode, Jay is joined by friend Chris Roe of Roe Hunting Resources, listen as we discuss trail cameras, opening morning shenanigans, bowhunters, the rut, antler growth, bulls harvested, hunter patterns and much more.
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October 19, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott as he talks with the goHunt.com Insider, Richard Blazer, who won the Dall Sheep Hunt with Nahanni Butte Outfitters. In this episode, hear the recording of the hunt announcement, the details of his preparation for the hunt, and all of the hunt story.
October 20, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott and Craig Steele of Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters as they discuss the 2015 Arizona Elk Season.
October 21, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott as he talks with Coues deer fanatic Elliot Weigel of Hunt_AZ on Instagram. In this episode, we discuss October Coues deer hunting, tactics, patterns, behavior, hunt strategies, gear and college football.
October 26, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott as he talks with his hunting partner, Darr Colburn. In this episode, we discuss October Coues deer hunts, Arizona 13B Mule Deer hunt, Non Resident changes to AZ draw, taking kids and hunting and much more.
November 1, 2015Join Western Big Game Hunting Guide Jay Scott and Craig Steele of Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters as they discuss the incredible antelope season where Craig and Lee's clients harvested some big goats including a 90 incher!
Sunday, November 1, 2015
After the Super Big Game Raffle Desert Sheep was completed, I continued scouting for the December general season and it is a true blessing to have a client in a great unit. It is very interesting to see how these sheep behave throughout the different months. One thing that remains constant is that sheep move a lot and are the most nomadic animals that I hunt. The best place to look for a big ram is anywhere but the last place you saw it! Some weeks the rams are by themselves and some weeks the rams are with ewes. I have been taking inventory and really enjoying being out in God's creation. I love big chips in rams because they tell a story about that animal. Each one of the rams that I have been watching has there own unique personality. Some are lovers, some are fighters, some are loaners and some can't seem to stay away from their buddies. It is funny how I have friends that are the exact same way. The trick to scouting for desert bighorn sheep in my mind is to be constantly moving just like they are. Don't stay in one spot too long. It is important to take inventory of all of the sheep and remember the places that you see them. They most likely will return to that spot over the next couple of months. Another good rule of thumb is that they like to bed up high at night for safety. Late evenings and early mornings they can often be found in the highest rocks and cliffs that seem unapproachable to humans and other predators. I am fortunate to be named as a Globalstar/Spot Brand Ambassador and have thoroughly enjoying using the Spot Gen 3 GPS and Tracking device and the Globalstar 1700 GSP Satellite Phone. I have actually owned the Satellite phone for over 10 years. The service now compared to back then is not even comparable. Globalstar spent one billion dollars on their satellites and it shows as the calls don't get dropped near as much and the service is lightning fast! My wife really likes when I send her messages with the Spot Gen 3 from the backcountry letting her know that I am ok. Scouting continues...
|I have been blessed to have my client Craig D. from Washington make several trips down to scout with me. He has been a pleasure to scout with!|
Friday, October 23, 2015
I would like to thank Frank Argo for putting your trust in Colburn and Scott Outfitters with your Arizona Big Game Super Raffle Desert Bighorn Sheep tag for the 2015/16 season. We had a great hunt and partnered with Craig Steele of Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters for the hunt. Our team consisted of hunter Frank Argo and his friend Tim Aldinger, Seth Meeske, Hunter Haynes, Jole Guthery, Craig Steele and we were hosted by our good friends Fred and Mary Ashurst. The photos below are from all of the group mentioned. Frank was able to harvest a wide flaring ram of 31 inches. The bases were 15 3/8 with a long horn of 36 4/8. Frank's ram gross scored 173 4/8 and should net 172 7/8 making it the second largest AZ Raffle ram ever harvested. We had a great time enjoying the desert sheep of Arizona and are grateful for the good fellowship throughout the hunt. Congrats Frank on a beautiful ram!