For 14-year-old David Randall of Pine, a Nov. 16 trophy elk hunt in Unit 7 north of Flagstaff produced the stuff of which dreams are made.
Hunting with his father, Dean, the Payson High School freshman downed a 6x6 bull elk that would be a source of pride for most seasoned hunters.
"It was exciting and a lot of fun," David said.
The elk was the first bull the teenager had bagged. The two cow elks he tagged during youth hunts in past seasons were rewarding, but didn't provide the thrill of scoring a bull, he said.
He said he and his father began the day glassing an area in which the two suspected elk would be grazing. After spotting the bull about 200 yards in the distance, David downed the animal with a single shot from his 300-magnum rifle.
Using an ATV, David and his father were able to retrieve the animal and return it to their campsite.
Although bagging a bull was a first for David, the excitement of a hunt was nothing new. He's been hunting with his father since he was about 8.
The youngster hopes there will be even more outdoor adventures for the hunting team.
"We'll keep putting in for (hunt) tags and hope we get drawn," he said.