Saturday, August 29, 2009

Brian Rimsza's Giant Coues Deer!

Brian Rimsza just shot a buck of a lifetime with his new Elite GT500 bow! He is a coues deer fanatic and has been after a trophy like this for some time. Well, this buck is a bomber. I was honored just to get to put my hands on him. Here are some rough preliminary measurements, over 32 inches of mass, 18+ inch mainbeams, 15 7/8 wide, 5 inch eyeguards, 4 1/8 inches of extras....125 plus gross. This thing is an absolute beauty and he got it all on video and it is outstanding footage. Congrats to Brian and all of his dedication and hard work!! If anyone truly deserves this buck it is Brian! I will let Brian post the total number when he has a second to breath a little.

OK here is what the preliminary measurements are:
Inside SPREAD 15 7/8 Right Side MAIN Beam 18 6/8 G1 5 1/8 G2 7 2/8 G3 6 H1 4 7/8 H2 4 1/8 H3 4 1/8 H4 3 2/8 TOTAL RIGHT = 53 4/8 LEFT SIDE MAIN BEAM 18 5/8 G1 5 1/8 G2 8 2/8 G3 6 3/8 H1 5 H2 4 1/8 H3 4 1/8 H4 3 2/8 TOTAL LEFT = 54 7/83 ABNORMAL POINTS RIGHT SIDE 1, 1 1/8, 2 1/8 TOTAL 4 2/8 SYMMETRY DEDUCTION BETWEEN BOTH SIDES 1 5/8 DEDUCTION PLUS ABNORMAL POINTS = 5 7/8 MAINFRAME TYPICAL GROSS 124 2/8 NET TYPICAL SCORE 118 3/8 THE BUCK IS A 128 4/8 GROSS

The New GT500 by Elite Archery did the job on this giant!

Awesome Job Brian! This buck should qualify very high in Pope and Young!
Here is Brian Story:
"Hey Everyone,Well just when I thought my year could not get any better it did. Most of you know I am an absolute coues deer fanatic. I have been hunting these little guys like most of you for the better part of my life. Up until August 29, 2009 my best buck with a gun was right at 102". On Saturday, I got permission from my fiance to go hunting so I jumped at the chance (she really did not have a choice!!!!). I went to a water hole which I had seen some decent bucks on in the past and figured I might have a chance to get a nice buck with my bow because it has been so hot. I got in my double bull at approximately 7am and figured I would sit all day. At 9:30 I had a doe come in and then at 10:30 I was visited by a nice black bear. At 1:30 I had two small bucks show up but they were nothing I was going to shoot. At 3pm another doe came and drank. As the doe left my view from the blind window this giant showed up. I was ready and he walked to the same spot where all the other deer had watered which was 30 yards. I flipped on the video camera and prepared myself for the shot (YES I GOT IT ALL ON VIDEO). It was everything I could do not to shake the arrow off the rest. Once the buck committed to drinking I drew. At the shot the buck ducked a little and I caught him in the spine dropping him instantly.This is the first animal I have harvested using my new ELITE GT500. If you have not had a chance to shoot an ELITE bow I suggest you check them out. They are lightening fast and have a great feel to them. I was using GOLD TIP arrows with 100 grain Wac Em broadheads. Spot Hogg sight with a limb driver rest along with fuse accessories. I also want to thank the staff at Archery Headquarters for getting me set up especially George and Randy. This buck is everything I could ever imagine. He has 7 points on his right and 4 on his left. Depending on how things are scored his SCI (no detuct/adding everything) score is 128 4/8. His gross pope and young score is 124 2/8 and he should net around 118 3/8. The buck has 18" of mass per side with over 18 inch beams. I hope you enjoy.Brian "
Updated Video Below of Brians awesome hunt!

Don Colburn's 2008 Elk

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bugling Bulls

Elk season is upon us! This clip is one I filmed awhile back. You might push pause and let the clip get ahead a little bit and then it will play continuous. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Darr's Coues Buck

Check out this video of my hunting partner, Darr Colburn, as he harvests his second net Boone and Crockett Coues Deer. Our tape got mauled and our audio got ruined but the buck is worth it. Check it out!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Don't Mess with this Bull

This is one of the best elk video clips I have ever seen! Click to view:

Elk Rams Cars in Mammoth (Yellowstone)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Coues Deer Scouting

Darr and I went scouting for his upcoming AZ deer hunt this fall. We saw 8 western diamondback rattlesnakes, 1 Mojave Rattler, 1 Bear, 1 Lion(#35 for me), 1 Desert Tortoise and a few deer. It was a fun trip overall although the 100+ degree temps made it interesting at times. The sonoran desert is an absolutely amazing place for all sorts of creatures!

Lots of tire repair kits are needed in the desert!

32X Kowa Vision is Outstanding!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wilderness Athlete

I have been getting emails and phone calls about Wilderness Athlete and the best thing to do is just call the guys at the Outdoorsmans 1-800-291-8065. What I can tell you is that they have the website up and running and are taking orders on some of the products. I am pumped about the Hy Altitude Advantage being available again because it really helps me when I travel to Colorado for summertime flyfishing and high country deer hunts. I have had Altitude sickness symtoms many times and have used the WA product several years and not had any symptoms. I was always a fan of the berry bars and have lately really liked the energy gels. I am excited to use and test the rest of their products on my hunts this year!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hunting Boots

I have been reorganizing my hunting closet and I figured I would take a photo of my hunting shoes and boots. Merrells are awesome for elkhunting in Arizona. The Danners are sweet for all aspects of hunting where you need a little more support. Pictured are the Danner Pronghorn and the Danner Talus.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Papa's Birthday

My Papa, Clayton Jay Vincent, birthday is today,August 11th. He would have turned 89 today. My wife Jeanne wrote this poem for him and recited it at his funeral. He was the greatest man I ever knew! He worked hard, he did what he said he was going to do, he wasn't afraid to say he knew Jesus, he talked to everybody rich or poor, he loved his family and his family loved him. Happy Birthday my friend and I look forward to the day I see you again.

Clayton Vincent was his name
The cattle business was his game
His cows and calves and bulls
He knew them all by name

Clayton Vincent was his name
A great cow man he became
He traded, shipped, and weighed
Always praying for some rain

Clayton Vincent was his name
Dolores Conley was his dame
Their love so strong and true
It could not be explained

Clayton Vincent was his name
His family he acclaimed
Special attention he always paid
Fond memories will remain

Clayton Vincent was his name
Much admiration he obtained
A great man he proved to be
For great things he did aim

Clayton Vincent was his name
Great character he attained
A handshake meant a deal
For his word he had fame

Clayton Vincent was his name
A sports fan he remained
Though his teams had ups and downs
Cheers and support he did maintain

Clayton Vincent was his name
Many loved ones he can claim
Those whose lives he touched
Will never be the same

Clayton Vincent was his name
To the Lord he gladly came
He now rests high above
The heavens do proclaim

Clayton Vincent was his name

Monday, August 10, 2009

ARC, AZ E-Z Fletch and Blazer Vanes

Archery Headquarters, Arizona E-Z Fletch & Blazer Vanes by Darr Colburn
Jay and I headed down to Archery Headquarters to shoot the DART and ran into our friend Brian Rimsza. We shot the Dart and had a blast. The DART system is a great way to practice shooting at real animal targets. Shooting indoors with the AC going at Archery Headquarters sure beats shooting outside in the heat. Randy, George and the crew down there are a lot of fun and provide the best service in the business. Jay purchased some 2” Blazer Vanes by Bohning Archery and I came home and re-fletched his arrows for him. I used the Arizona E-Z Fletch which was invented by Randy Philips of Archery Headquarters. This tool makes fletching your arrows a breeze. I can fletch a dozen arrows in as little as 30 minutes. This tool saves time and money and pays for itself in no time. There is no way to mess up fletching an arrow when using this tool. This tool is a must have in your archery gear box. I have been shooting the 2 inch Blazer Vanes by Bohning Archery now for about a year and a half and absolutely love them. They are super durable, stabilize the arrow quickly and increase arrow speed. These short vanes are great for stabilizing fixed blade broad heads. They also increase arrow speed for a flatter trajectory. If you have not tried these vanes yet you owe it to yourself to give them a try.

Brian and Darr are very good shooters and they spanked me pretty good but we had a great time shooting at Archery Headquarters. The dart system is fun to shoot! Thanks for fletching my arrows Darr!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Check out my friends website called it is an awesome elk hunting website. Corey Jacobsen, founder of, is a 6-Time World Champion Elk Caller, placing in the top 5 at the RMEF World Championship Elk Calling contest 11 times in the past 12 years. He has been hunting elk in over-the-counter archery units on public land in Idaho for over 20 years. Corey currently serves as the Pro Staff Director for Sitka Gear and is a regular on the Extreme Bulls Video series produced by Steve Chappell.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Darr's 2005 Mule Deer

Special Thanks to our buddy Steve Whinnery!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Coffee Caddy and Mtn House

Backpacking Essentials by DARR COLBURN

A good friend of mine called me the other day and asked what he needed to bring on his first back packing Coues deer hunt. Here are a few things that Jay and I have used in the past. You will need a stove to boil water for your food. One of the large butane canisters lasted me for 5 nights last season. These things are amazing and will get your water boiling in minutes. We also tried out several of the Mountain House freeze dried meals and they are excellent. A few of our favorites are Spaghetti, Lasagna and Noodles & Chicken. We also like to take some of the Propel Fit Powder packs to mix in your water for a little flavor and vitamins. If you don’t plan on packing in your own water you will need a water purifier and or iodine tablets.
For all the caffeine junkies like me I came across a great inexpensive must have. The product is called the Coffee Caddy and I purchased mine for about $8 at REI. The Coffee Caddy weighs next to nothing and will make a fresh cup of coffee in minutes. There is a screen filter where you pack your coffee grounds in and then just poor in a cup of hot water and let it perk atop your coffee cup. You will be drinking fresh brewed coffee in minutes. I use my Coffee Caddy when I am camping and back packing. Mix in a little hazelnut powdered coffee creamer and it tastes like heaven in the back country!

The 2 serving entrees weigh 4.8 oz.

Jay's Mule Deer Hunt

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Darr Colburn Mule Deer

Check out the MULE DEER that my hunting partner, Darr Colburn harvested!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Where are we?

Jeanne and I made it home to Arizona and it is a wee bit hotter here than in Colorado! I think it was 115 today! My cousin Jimmy and his wife Jenny had a beautiful baby girl named Ava last night. I started shooting my bow last night and it feels good to be shooting again.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Roaring Fork Madness

Our last day of fishing for the summer was with Mike Shook on the Roaring Fork. We had a great day and lots of rainbows and browns were caught. Shook was in fine form as usual and was as entertaining as ever!

Check out video!

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