2009 Huge Bulls hitting the dirt, despite lack luster rut!

Well, the (Arizona) 2009 Archery Elk Hunt is in the books & some big bulls hit the dirt despite tough conditions. Have talked with a few folks & have seen many people posting that their hunt was frustrating. I have empathy for those hunters but at the same time if you hunt long enough in the Southwest you are going to find out that it is not very easy to kill a MONSTER bull.

Below I have some factual #’s regarding the Arizona Archery Hunt start date, rainfall, weather & equinox.

Archery Elk Start Dates, Drought Monitor Images & Moon Phases:

2009-September 11th
Fall Equinox: September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 4th
New Moon:  September 18th

2008-September 12th
Fall Equinox: September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 15th
New Moon:  September 29th
2007-September 14th
Fall Equinox: September 23rd
Full Moon:  September 26th
New Moon:  September 11th

2006-September 22nd
Fall Equinox: September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 7th
New Moon:  September 22nd

2005-September 16th
Fall Equinox: September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 17th
New Moon:  September 3rd

2004-September 17th
Fall Equinox: September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 28th
New Moon: September 14th

2003-September 12th
Fall Equinox: September 23rd
Full Moon:  September 10th
New Moon:  September 25th
Note:  This years data was still affected by the worst drought year on record 2002.  I have found more data that shows a better short-term reflection.  Some Huge bulls were filmed & killed during this season.  I was in Unit 8 & the rut was rocking for most of the season.
2002-September 13th
Fall Equinox: September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 21nd
New Moon:  September 6th & October 6th

2001-September 15th
Fall Equinox:  September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 17th
New Moon:  September 2nd & October 2nd

2000-September 17th
Fall Equinox:  September 22nd
Full Moon:  September 13th
New Moon: September 27th
1999-September 18th

more data to come…

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Craig Steele is the founder and publisher at ORGhunt.com. Craig is an obsessed hunter and professional hunting guide. He owns and operates Predator Exclusives. Craig also guides for Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters. Besides hunting and guiding, he operates CS Creativity, which is his marketing and graphic design business.

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