Logan Anderson took this GIANT bull in Arizona in 2010. It was one of the biggest bulls killed in the country that year and I would have NEVER guessed this bull elk would have put on 44+ INCHES of antler growth, but he did!
I was able to capture some footage of the bull in 2009 and I felt the bull was 370 inches, which is big bull in my book.
Check out the footage:
As you can see, Logan’s bull put on a ton of length in his backend. Had I known this, I would have applied for this unit and I would have drawn! HINDSIGHT IS 20/20, but at least a great guy was able to get him.
Let’s look at the facts…
Again, February through April are what I believe to be the most critical months for elk antler development in the Southwest. I was extremely surprised to see these 2 years were near the same for precipitation during FMA. So, I decided to dig a little more…
It doesn’t take a 10 year degree to figure out we had an EXTREMELY wet January. I went back and looked over the daily summary data for January. Arizona had a couple of big cold storms, which put 48 inches of snow on the ground in Flagstaff. Deep snow isn’t always good for antler growth, but in this case it was. Keep in mind, this bull lived at 4,500-5,500 ft elevation, which probably saw more rain than snow.
With that said, I still believe February through April are the most critical months for precipitation and antler growth.