Arizona & New Mexico Outfitters & Guides
Shooting across a big canyon in the prone position is our typical hunting style.
Arizona Guided Hunts is a licensed and insured hunting outfit that has been operating in Arizona since 1997. The outfitter is permitted to operate on certain USDA Forest Service Lands. Other incidental hunting areas may include Private, Wildlife Refuges, BLM and State Trust Lands on a case by case basis and depending upon where the hunter is drawn.
The owner, Pat Feldt, is a very experienced hunter of all big game species within the State. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Natural Resources with a major in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona in 1994. This adds to his credibility, passion, and dedication as a full-time outfitter. Outfitting and guiding is not a part-time job for Pat. The majority of his time is spent in the field scouting for wildlife or guiding hunters. He and his guides are very knowledgeable and experienced with nearly all game species hunted in the West. Their expertise has allowed hunters to take many trophy-class animals while enjoying a well organized operation. Hunter opportunity is very high with AGH. This is not only due to it being a full-time operation that spends extended hours in the field, but they have developed advanced hunting techniques, have experienced guides, and excellent areas. Hunters looking for an Arizona outfitter guide service will find these hunts very professional, exciting and rewarding. Hunters have a great chance at taking home a trophy of a lifetime with Arizona Guided Hunts!
Arizona offers a wide variety of game animals to hunt. Arizona Guided Hunts offers various hunting packages for many of these animals including Coues Whitetail Deer, Desert Mule Deer, Javelina, Elk, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Black Bear, Antelope, Merriam's, and Gould's Turkey. Hunts can be either archery, rifle, handgun, crossbow, or muzzleloader, depending upon which season or area drawn.
Our Main Guides:
Pat takes pride in having only friendly, personable and "team-oriented" guides. Each of the professional assistants are legally licensed to guide hunters in the State of Arizona. The guides have passed Arizona State exams and background checks. Each is also First Aid Certified at a minimum. Having guided over 1,000 hunters combined, they are definitely experienced and qualified to hunt the species you are after! Each guide also has experience with all weapon types, including archery, rifle, handgun, crossbow, or muzzleloader. Additionally, they have each been hunting big game for a minimum of 20 years apiece. The guides are mature professionals and know how important it is that you have a very enjoyable hunting experience. The following are the current guides for Arizona Guided Hunts:
Patrick Feldt (owner/outfitter/guide) - Pat is 48 years old and has hunted nearly his entire lifetime in Arizona. He has operated as the outfitter of AZ Guided Hunts since 1997. Pat has personally guided over 600 clients in Arizona and New Mexico during his career as a professional outfitter and guide. Pat is licensed in Arizona and obtains "Special Use" permits to operate his hunting business on certain Federal Lands. He has also completed the "Gila Wilderness Outfitter School" and is "Leave No Trace" certified. Pat rarely has time to hunt for himself since he is a full-time outfitter, but he has been fortunate enough to take many Arizona trophy-class animals in the past. Some of his "personal best" trophies include the former #8 SCI World Record black bear ( 21 13/16" skull, 7' 6" length, and 500lbs.), a 155 lb. desert mountain lion, an 86" SCI pronghorn antelope, many large Coues Deer, several large bull elk (one over 350 inches), multiple javelina, Merriam's and Gould's turkeys and many more. Additionally, Pat has successfully guided clients for all 10 big game species of Arizona with many of them being record-class animals. One final note, Pat is a turkey hunting fanatic! He has completed the U.S. Royal Slam and will travel anywhere across the country just to hunt another strutting gobbler!
Randy Epperson is a Native Arizonan that resides in Camp Verde, AZ. Randy has guided for AZ Guided Hunts since the year 2000. He has taken huge coues deer, mule deer, multiple bull elk, bears, and tons of lions. He is a very experienced and polished hunter with 45+ years of experience. His favorite pastime is running dogs for lions, whether it's just for fun or to guide a hunter.
Jake Lindsey is also a native of AZ, living in Tucson. Jake has been guiding since 2003. He's had the good fortune of helping quite a few hunters in his time as a guide; from pronghorn to buffalo to trophy Coues (which is his all-time favorite). Jake has enjoyed helping several hunters take "record book" animals. He has also managed to take a few for himself, both B&C and P&Y. If Jake is not at home with his 5 children and supportive wife, you'll find him on a hill somewhere glassing for animals. In addition to all of this, he has the best full-time job anyone could ask for as a firefighter.
Mike Cross is a wildlife biologist by trade, but has been guiding for Arizona Guided Hunts for over 18 years. If he's not at work on a wildlife biology project, you can probably find him in the field hunting any type of game bird that is in season! Of course, he is also a well-rounded and avid big game hunter.
Eliot Anderson is also an Arizona native residing near Tucson. He has been guiding Arizona's various big game species with us for over 15 years. Although he likes to hunt all game species in Arizona, his true passion is Coues deer hunting. His skills have led him to take several record-class bucks, using both rifle and archery gear! When Eliot is not guiding or hunting, he is either spending time with his wife and two children or working as a Captain with the Fire Department.
John Vance is another Arizona native that has extensive experience guiding for all 10 big game animals in the State. He is a very personable, passionate, and knowledgable guide that has been working for us since 2013. John has been fortunate to take many trophy-class animals, including a mule deer buck over 200 inches! But, his most rewarding hunt was being chosen in the draw to hunt Arizona desert bighorn sheep and taking a giant trophy ram!
Helpful Information About Your Hunt
Accommodations: We use a Southwestern Style outfitter camp which is often located many miles from civilization. Sleeping quarters for big game hunts are typically in deluxe outfitter tents, unless noted otherwise. A trailer often serves as the kitchen/mess hall where hunters gather to eat. If you are looking for a hunt with fancy lodges, this is NOT the hunt for you! Camps are used because we stay in remote areas. The deluxe tents consist of either large outfitter canvas tents or Alaknak tents with heat during the colder months. The size of our tents are tall and spacious inside; either 10X10, 10X14, or 12x12 and stand 7-9 feet tall. Cots with thick pads are provided, but all hunters must bring their own sleeping bags. For those that own a camping trailer and would like to bring it to camp to stay in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. It must be high enough for ground clearance on rough dirt roads. Please ask for road conditions before bringing one. Video of our typical camp.
Meals and beverages are provided on fully-guided/outfitted hunts. Quick breakfasts with coffee, packed lunches, and cooked, hot dinners are the norm. Trial Mix/Snacks/goodies for your daypack are not provided, neither are alcoholic beverages. Due to the law and liability, we will not provide your alcoholic beverages. If you drink, please bring your alcohol with you. Your own alcohol shall only be consumed off our time after the sun goes down or if you are done hunting for the day.
Meeting Details: Big Game Hunters are expected to meet us about noon the day prior to any big game hunt, unless specified otherwise. A designated meeting spot near the hunt area will be arranged. Most of our hunts are near Tucson, but before booking a flight, it’s best to ask us which airport is most feasible for your particular hunt. Flying big game hunters should schedule a flight into Tucson or Phoenix two evenings prior to hunting, rent a vehicle and get an airport hotel room. This eliminates loss of hunting time if your flight is delayed or cancelled, which is becoming a common occurrence. We will meet the next day about noon (the day prior to the hunt) at a specified location near the hunt area. All hunters should meet us in the hunt unit and follow us to camp. The meeting place could be 1 to 4 hours from any airport, depending upon which area we are hunting and which airport you flew into. We will only make one trip to meet all hunters in camp for your particular timeframe. So, one meeting time will be arranged for all hunters.
Hotel: If flying, a hotel room should be considered on both ends of the hunt (prior and after). The hotel stay is not included in our packages. Rates are $70.00 to $100.00 per night, depending upon your hotel choice. The best approach is to book a room through the hotel's Internet site before you arrive. Most of our hunts are near Tucson, but please ask before booking a flight and renting a car. If hunting near Tucson, pick a hotel at the Tucson Airport. It's best to book a room for the day prior to meeting us and for the evening after the hunt. A few in Tucson to look at are: Hilton Tucson Airport, La Quinta Airport, Marriott Airport, Country Inn Airport, Embassy Suites Airport, Amerisuites Airport, Quality Inn Airport, Holiday Inn Express Airport, and Hampton Inn Airport. The Airport hotels provide a free shuttle to/from the airport or you can rent your vehicle from the Tucson or Phoenix Airport.
Hunts end at noon on the last day. Hunters pack up and depart camp shortly thereafter. Flying hunters should get a flight that departs the day following the hunt, since travel time to the city can be up to a few hours. Therefore, an airport hotel room should also be considered following the hunt. Again, ask which part of the State we will be hunting before booking a hotel or flight.
Taxidermy: If you are successful, your game animal will be skinned and caped for the taxidermist and the game meat will be quartered for your transport. If flying, you can transport your trophy cape and horns in a cooler and check it in as extra baggage (except for large elk antlers). We highly recommend using our taxidermist www.wellerswildlifestudio.com for your big game mount. If flying, it's best to transport your cape to our taxidermist after the hunt on the way back to the airport hotel. Hunters will be given directions to the taxidermist studio.
Meat: You must take home your game meat if you are successful (unless you live outside the continental U.S.). On a rare occasion, someone in camp might be willing to take the meat off your hands, but don't count on it. If you are driving/renting a car and want to use our Tucson butcher, we will give you directions. It's best to transport the meat to our Arizona butcher on the way back to the airport hotels. The butchered meat can be shipped to you via next day air in approximately two weeks after the hunt. The second option is to take the quartered game meat on the airplane and check it as extra baggage in a cooler with DRY ice.
Physical Aspects of the Hunt
The wild animals of Arizona are usually found in rugged areas. Hunters are encouraged to condition themselves for mountain terrain in order to increase their odds for success. We do not use or even own horses or pack animals. A successful hunter could encounter remote, rocky and steep areas in order to locate game. There is nothing worse than getting sick from over-exertion or being sore for the duration of the hunt. Getting in-shape entails hiking a few miles several times a week, aerobics, mountain biking, and/or using a stair climber. "Hiking" does not mean walking on flat ground, but rather on an incline. If there are large hills or bleachers near your hometown, use them to your advantage and hike. The conditioning should start a few months ahead of time. Please consult your physician before starting any exercise regimen. Also, please break in your boots before you arrive. Hiking with new boots often causes blisters. These can be painful with every step and a bloody mess. Wear your boots when you do your conditioning for the hunt.
**A Note on MARKSMANSHIP**
For Our RIFLE Hunters: Arizona is known for big canyon hunting. Almost all big game species we hunt live in the mountainous terrain or open country. The canyons in this type of habitat may be large and wide open with little cover. This sometimes makes it hard to get a close-in stalk. Animals may be spotted at vast distances and stalked upon to cross-canyon shots. In this type of country, it may be hard to get closer without being detected or without the animal leaving the canyon before you get over to his side. It’s hard to explain to an Eastern flat-lander or anyone that hasn't hunted this type of country, but sometimes you just CAN’T get any closer. Sometimes it is a must to take rifle shots from across a big canyon if you want that trophy of a lifetime.
Most of our rifle shots are around 300 yards, but shooting at distances of 400 yards or more may be encountered while on your rifle hunt for black bear, elk, sheep, pronghorn, Coues, or desert mule deer. Javelina hunts are different in that the shots typically range from 50 yards to 250 yards. Therefore, practicing at distances up to 400 yards will get you ready and build confidence for the "shot" you have been waiting for. If your range does not have 400 yards, try to get 5-shot groups from a prone position of 1" to 1.5" at 100 yards. A good high-power riflescope is the key to long range shooting. A 3-9X is insufficient on most of our hunts. We recommend at least 4.5-14X. Most western hunters use 6.5-20X. Make sure to practice with the highest power setting. For those hunters who insist on using a low powered scope - A high powered scope will greatly improve your long distance shooting! Most of your shots will be in the prone position, but we also recommend practicing from all possible positions (sitting, kneeling, prone, standing). The most successful hunters are the ones that can adapt to the shot that is presented. If you don’t feel your gun setup is adequate, we can lend you the highest quality setup at no charge. You will still need to practice with your own rifle before arriving so that you are prepared for proper trigger control and breathing techniques.
We often hear a hunter say: “I sighted-in with 3 shots on a tin can at 100 yards off the hood of my truck. I’m ready!” We know that guy just came for an expensive "hiking trip" and will more than likely leave empty handed. You should practice shooting a few times per month on paper targets. We recommend practicing most of your rifle shooting with a 9"-13" or a 12.5"-23" Harris bipod while in the prone position. Harris bipods are retractable and mount to the sling studs on the rifle stock. They are relatively lightweight and fold forward when not in use.
It is also recommended that you use a rest at the butt end of the rifle stock, as well as the bipod in the front, to make the gun more stable and to have 3 points of ground contact. Millett has a very efficient lightweight, portable rear rest (Millett Benchmaster has since been discontinued but you can often find it on ebay) or buy an empty leather rear rest and fill it with instant rice, or pillow stuffing, or foam, just NOT sand. A leather rest filled with sand would be too heavy while hunting in the field. You can keep the rest in your backpack. A tightly rolled up shirt for the rear of the gun is also another popular technique for stability. Trying to make long distance shots with the rear of the gun supported by just your shoulder could mean the difference between hitting and missing at long range. All match shooters rely upon a rear rest for 3-point stability. You wouldn't go to the rifle range with just a front rest and expect to get good groups, so why go into the field like that.
It is recommended you zero your rifle at 200 yards. Make a chart of the bullet drop at 50-yard increments from 200 to 500 yards and tape it to your stock or scope. The chart should be a table showing the distance versus the bullet drop in either inches or minutes of angle (MOA). Also, if your scope has target turrets, learn how to use them. It is a far superior method than hold-over. Just find the range, look at the chart on your stock, click-in the MOA for that distance, and hold dead on the animal or target. There are also custom turrets that you can order from many riflescope manufacturers (Leupold CDS is one of them). Would you rather "hold and hope" or hold dead on? It is much more precise than “hold over” method. The "bar system" (for example B&C Reticle) on some scopes will work well, but most hunters use it incorrectly in an actual hunting situation. Most people using this bar system seem to miss long distance shots, causing them to go home empty handed. If you are using this system, remember to always use the correct power setting for your particular load when shooting at the animal.
Sample Ballistics Charts
Sample Ballistics Chart to tape to your rifle stock or scope (example: 300 Win. Mag.) - Hold-Over Method
Sample Ballistics Chart for your rifle stock - MOA Method (for scopes with target turrets). Click-in the MOA number on the dial and hold the crosshair where you want the bullet to go. No guessing, which is the main cause for misses.
MOA Ballistics Chart taped to top of scope. Also shows 10mph wind hold (inches).
For Our ARCHERY Hunters: Arizona is known for big canyon hunting. Almost all big game species we hunt live in the mountainous terrain. The canyons in this type of habitat may be large and wide open with little cover. This sometimes makes it hard to get a close-in stalk. It’s hard to explain to an Eastern flat-lander that hunts the forest, but sometimes you just CAN’T get any closer. Your game animal may be stalked upon from vast distances. You might find yourself in a situation, because of topography or loss of cover, that you can only get within 30 to 70 yards. In this type of country, it may be hard to get closer without being detected. Sometimes it is a must to take shots from where you are if you want that trophy of a lifetime. Most of our archery shots are averaging 35 yards, but shooting at distances around 60 yards may be encountered while on your archery hunt for black bear, elk, sheep, Coues, or desert mule deer. Therefore, practicing at distances up to 70 yards will get you ready for the moment you have been waiting for. It should be noted that Javelina hunts are a different ballgame since these creatures have poor eyesight. Javelina bowhunters have taken their trophies anywhere from 5 yards to 40 yards. The most successful bowhunters are the ones that can adapt to the shot that is presented. You should practice archery shooting a few times per week. We recommend practicing most of your archery shooting from different uphill and downhill angles, since we hunt mountainous terrain. You will always aim lower at any angle, whether it is uphill or downhill. If you are not comfortable with angles, there are a couple laser rangefinders on the market that compensate for angle variations and tell you the "true gravitational distance." Bushnell and Leupold offer a couple good, economical models. This takes all the guesswork out of it. Also, you shouldn't always rely on a rangefinder. Learn to judge and get a feel of different distances incase you don’t have time to use one in the actual archery hunting situation. And of course, practice with broadheads or practice heads that often come in the broadhead package. Most fixed broadheads will fly differently than field points.
The best broadheads are the ones that fly like a field point AND produce a massive wound channel. If you prefer to use a fixed head, any brand with larger than a 1¼" cutting diameter that flies without planing at 60 yards or beyond should be used. The G5's, Shuttle T, Muzzy, and Whack 'Em seem to work okay. If you prefer to use a mechanical head like most hunters often use in the Southwest, a big 2" opening 2-blade head like Rage Hypodermic, Rage Trypan, Swhacker, or similar opening broadheads are very effective. They fly like field points, which is needed on shots out at 60 yards and beyond. Rage Hypodermic 2-blade mechanicals fly true and produce the biggest wound channels we have ever seen. They have greatly improved their design over the past several years and now offer a few tougher models (Hypodermic and Trypan). Many poorly hit animals that would have gotten away with a fixed head, were recovered when our hunters were using a giant diameter mechanical 2-blade head. You can only imagine how many poorly hit animals we witness throughout every season... Note: If choosing to use a mechanical head, we do not recommend a mechanical 3-blade though. Too much energy is expended, especially at long range, typically resulting in poor pentetration and no passthrough. Also, mechanical heads do not seem to be very beneficial on archery bull elk hunts, unless the bull is shot totally broadside.
Special Notes to Consider
Packing for a Flight: Please don't ask to ship your luggage, etc., to our homes prior to the hunt. The best way to pack is to buy an extra large rolling duffel bag instead of a suitcase. A normal-sized sleeping bag will fit nicely into one of these. Also, bring your carry-on items onto the plane in your hunting backpack.
Like all hunting of true wild game, we cannot guarantee an animal. But, in order to increase your odds of taking home a trophy, please practice shooting before arriving and give some effort to prepare physically.
NOTE: It is UNETHICAL to return to an outfitter’s hard-earned spots or tell others of their location! Please refrain from using a GPS (having one in case of emergency is fine). In most instances, the guide will be with you while in the field, which eliminates the need to "find your way back" with a GPS. Marking our hot spots will make your guide paranoid. Remember, these hunting spots are where we work and we don't appreciate unethical hunters returning on their own and affecting our income or affecting the next paying customer's hunt.
Our Policy: Cancellations, Terms, and Conditions
Spaces are limited and on a first-come basis. A minimum nonrefundable deposit (usually 50% of hunt cost) and a service contract is required upon booking a hunt. The remaining balance is due at least 21 days prior to the hunt. No hunt will be considered booked until the outfitter receives the deposit AND hunt contract. All hunts must be paid in full before any hunting takes place. The deposit and/or any payments are nonrefundable. The hunt cannot be transferred from one person to another, except under one condition. A canceling hunter can transfer his hunt to a replacement hunter only if the tags for his hunt are over-the-counter and not on a lottery draw. The hunter is responsible for finding his replacement. If the hunter submits a deposit before the lottery drawing and does not draw, the deposit will be transferred to the next season or until the hunter draws a tag. If the hunter cancels a hunt, the deposit will NOT be refunded; though, it can be applied towards any vacant hunt of equal or greater value and only if a permit or tag can be easily obtained. The balance due will be adjusted if there is a difference in hunt fees. Additionally, a $250.00 rescheduling fee will be charged. This rescheduling can only be done one time. If the hunter chooses to apply the deposit to one of these hunts, the rescheduled hunt date must be within one year of the original hunt date. If a 2 on1 partner cancels, he loses his deposit and the remaining hunter will be required to pay the 1 on 1 rate.
There are no refunds. Although the main goal in hunting is for the hunter to kill an animal or have an opportunity to kill an animal, it is not a guarantee. The outfitter or guide cannot control WHEN, WHERE, or IF the game will be found because wild animals can be unpredictable. Sometimes animals may be found in steep or undesirable areas. The hunter assumes all risks associated with hunting. Once the hunter tags-out, his hunt is over. There are no refunds for unused days, such as: late arrivals, tagging-out early, departing early, bad weather, unexpected events, Acts of God or any event that may slow or stop a hunt. We break camp and depart if all hunters tag-out early, which means, for example, if all hunters tag-out by the second day, the goal was accomplished and the hunt is over on that second day. A successful big game hunter that tags earlier than the other hunters has the option of departing if using his own transportation or staying until all hunters are finished. If a hunter has not filled the tag before the hunt is scheduled to end, he (she) might have the option of paying at a daily rate for additional days. The fee must be paid in full before hunting the additional days. A hunter that bags the wrong animal type for his tag (i.e. doe, cow, or hen) or exceeds the bag limit, even by mistake, will need to be reported to the authorities and the hunt will end. Hunters must also understand that qualified guides other than the outfitter may guide them. It is not possible for the outfitter (Pat Feldt) to personally guide all hunters. These terms and conditions are a common practice among most outfitters.
We strongly recommend cancellation/travel insurance for all of our guests. If you have an unexpected circumstance which causes a cancellation of your hunt or trip, outfitters and others in the travel industry will not refund your deposit. A cancellation/travel insurance policy is the solution. You can be reimbursed for monies forfeited if unforeseeable circumstance happen to occur. It is very reasonably priced (usually around 5% of travel/hunt costs) and well worth it. There are companies that offer plans specifically catered to hunting trips. Travel Guard Sportsman's is one of them.
Payment Types Accepted: Personal Checks, Cashier's Checks, or through your personal PayPal account
Hunters interested in booking any hunt should contact us as soon as possible because spaces are limited and are filled usually 3 months to a year in advance.
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