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BACK-TO-BACK BULLS S TA F F A R T I C L E GARTH JENSON PROFESSIONAL HUNT ADVISOR H aving two trophy elk tags in one year is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when their season dates are lined up back to back. My strategy for most of my hunt applications is simple – apply for the unit with the best draw odds that gives me a good chance at a mature animal, even if that unit doesn’t have great harvest success. I always believe I can beat the odds and be that successful guy, even though it doesn’t always work out that way. I never really think about the “What if I draw too many tags this year?” scenario as most draw elk tags are so difficult to draw and I GARTH AND THE ELK HE HARVESTED IN UTAH typically don’t have enough points to warrant any concern. However, in 2015, this scenario reached up and bit me with a long-awaited Arizona archery elk tag and an unexpected Utah archery elk tag. My Utah elk hunt ended on September 11 th , and that was the exact date my Arizona elk hunt opened. My best chance of making them both work was to harvest a bull early in the Utah season and then get down to Arizona to scout and learn the unit. I always like to have a backup plan, so I called one of our Endorsed Outfitters in Arizona and he told me of a scouting package option he had been offering for a couple years. It was a no-brainer for the position I was in. This package would allow me to focus on my Utah hunt and not have to worry about trying to harvest a lesser animal than my goal in an attempt to run down to Arizona to scout my other unit. I spent most of my summer combing over my Utah unit with the help of my good friend, Jake Bess. All of my scouting was pointing to a few different areas that were on opposite sides of the unit, so I had to make up my mind where I wanted to spend the first week of the season. I decided to spend that first week hitting the trails before daylight, and I often returned after dark with only a few shooter bull sightings and no shot opportunities. About midway through week two, I started to check areas that held mainly cows throughout the summer to see if anything had showed up to sniff around. This produced mostly raghorn bulls with a few small 6-points and very little rutting. By the end of week three, I had totally abandoned my opening week haunt and had moved on to cow paradise in hopes of finding a few mature bulls. This hunt was a grind, and the thought of not finding a bull that would fit the bill was weighing on my mind. Therefore, I enlisted the help of a trusted friend, Warren Parker, if for no other reason than to keep me motivated this late in the hunt when I felt like there was no end in sight. 14 It was down to my last four days of hunting when I decided to venture into a canyon I knew from prior scouting. As Warren and I worked our way down the canyon to a trail camera I had placed during a mid-summer scouting trip, I