Re: Arizona Elk
I had the 22S September muzzleloader tag. I ended up with a 290" gross 6x7 on the last afternoon shot off a wallow. I was within range a couple times of an absolute beast but could never get a clean shot. I and my cousin got great video of him. As perfect as they come. Perfect in line 7x7 with exceptionally long main beams, average mass and long tine length. We guess he would have been every bit of 370 and he was most likely 380-390. I know that is a huge jump from 370 to possibly 390, he was a bull you just knew you would kill with ANY tag, in ANY unit, with ANY weapon, in ANY season. We never saw a single other hunter! Great bulls in great country with NO competition! I cant imagine the area we were in ever getting much pressure as there were several VERY mature bulls in a small area. There were some bulls with bodies that were just incredible. They had shoulders that looked like moose shoulders with some very healthy racks. Only one exceptional bull though. The next best bull was a solid 330 bull that would have been 340+ if he were symetrical.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.