“It’s the BEST I have ever seen it…”
I have heard this quote about 10x this year and in Arizona, it is surely going to be better than we have seen it in several years. I don’t dispute it looks good for elk antler (deer as well) in the Southwest and specifically Arizona, but I will dispute the BEST ever claims. I believe the data doesn’t lie, but our memories sure do.
2005 vs 2015 for the BEST ever title?
Let’s look at the March to May data…
My wife was lucky to draw her first elk tag in Arizona in 2005. We saw a ton of bulls over 350 and a couple in the 390+ range and here is her archery elk hunt:
The data doesn’t lie, 2005 still crushed the precipitation totals we have received during the critical antler growth period for 2015. It’s going to be a great year and we have seen some TIMELY precipitation, but the best ever is still 2005.
Some more of my Antler Growth and drought articles: