As an entrepreneur, outfitter/guide and human, I fail more than I succeed. One could say, I set myself up for failure in hunting, because I generally have HIGH standards. As an outfitter in the BIG BULL state of Arizona, it would be an utter marketing death if I told you my hunter didn’t kill a bull this year.
I mean, if my hunter didn’t kill a big bull, it must mean I am a crappy guide/hunter.
Well, I am not afraid to show you what’s in my deck of cards…
I just got done scouting and guiding in Arizona’s Unit 9 with an Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters Archery Elk Hunting client, Ben Howard. I spent 24 days scouting and hunting for a big bull and we hunted x1 Giant almost exclusively for 11 days. We didn’t kill the giant bull we dubbed, “HOWARD”, but we damn sure went for it!
As I walked back to the truck the last night, I was disappointed in myself. I felt like I let Ben down and I also felt like I made some mistakes while trying to get Howard on the ground.
I grabbed my keys and looked at Ben… “I am sorry Ben; I failed.”
Ben looks at me with a surprising smile, “Dude, you have nothing to be sorry about. This was the best elk hunt I have ever been on. We could have killed a bull, but that’s not what I came for. We passed on 340-360 class bulls and we got to hunt a giant; it just didn’t work out.”
A 345-350″ bull we walked away from several times while trying to get Howard on the ground.
We saw Howard 6 times during the hunt, which was a HUGE task in itself. Only once did Howard have cows and we only saw him in the same place twice! He was a big old bull who knew everyone and everything in the woods. We had him from 120-40 yards 4 times, but things didn’t go our way once we got in tight.
I know the percentages were stacked against us killing Howard, but it doesn’t mean I am going to hide or excuse myself from not succeeding as a guide and hunter. I am not afraid to say I failed. I think it’s NEEDED in the outfitting industry, because far too many are posing and inflating.[caption id="attachment_3982" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Big Howard walks into the trees, after smelling us.[/caption]
Although Ben’s words softened the blow the last night, I still want to make 1 thing clear; I failed.