The thrill of a lifetime will be relived for years to come by father and son Dave and Josh Blalock.
The pair, hunting in Unit 22 east of Payson, both filled their tags by downing nice-size bull elk.
Josh, a 13-year-old student at Rim Country Middle School, bagged a 5x5 elk. Because it was his first-ever, "It was really exciting for him," his dad said.
Dad, a Payson Police officer who also serves as the school district's School Resource Officer, downed a 6x6 bull.
The pair spotted the elks mulling in a large herd Dec. 2 the second day of the hunt.
"We glassed them from a ridge," Dave Blalock said.
After dropping the bulls which were standing only about 15 yards from one another the two faced the arduous task of packing the animals out of the dense vegetation.
"We couldn't get to them with four-wheelers, so we had to pack them about a mile. It was a heck of a job," Dave Blalock said.
The chore tested the mettle of the teenager and his father but eventually the duo lugged the two elk to where they had earlier parked their truck.
Both Dave and Josh have long been involved in local team sports and athletics, but both now agree the excitement of the successful father/son hunt was an adrenaline rush that will be tough to duplicate.