Kyle Fogarty's two trophy bucks in three years of archery hunting is enough to make most hunters proud.
The 18-year-old's most recent success was chalked up Dec. 31 in Unit 23 near Colcord where he downed --n the last day his 2004 tag was valid -- a 4x4 mule buck. The animal's antlers green score of 152 6/8 inches and a spread of 29 inches could get Fogarty into the Pope and Young record book. A green score is taken during the antlers drying period.
His father, Pat, expected that the animal's dry score of about 146 might be good enough for the Arizona archery record books. The drying period for antler is usually 30 to 60 days.
Pat Fogarty said he didn't consider his son's harvest of the buck overly noteworthy until he began telling tales to friends who marveled at the young archer's skill. That's when he called the Roundup.
Two years ago, as a fledgling hunter, Fogarty downed his first buck -- a 4x4 mule that just missed making the state record books.
In downing both bucks, he was able to do so with one shot from his compound bow.
The most recent hunt, his father said, might have been the most exciting.
"He shot the buck from only about 20 yards away," he said. "The buck was in the rut, had his head down to the ground and just kept walking right towards us."
Prior to shooting the animal, the hunting party --hich also included Kyle's friend Ryan Wilcox -- spotted the deer in a herd that had several bucks in it.
"As soon as we saw the herd, we got excited," Pat said.
Downing the animal culminated almost a two-week hunt in which the trio had seen bucks and had shots, but with no success.
According to both Fogartys, the key to archery hunting success is perseverance.
"You have to be out there (in the hunt units) all the time," Pat said. "The more you hunt, the better chance you have."
Pat attributes his son's big game success with a sixth sense.
"He has this uncanny ability to spot game that no one else can see," he said. "Three of us were glassing for pigs (javelina) and he spotted a herd in a area two of us had just looked over and saw nothing."
In addition to downing the two trophy bucks, Kyle has harvested a javelina and an elk with his bow.
The teen is a 2004 graduate of Payson High School with plans of obtaining an associates degree in fire science from Gila Community College. He said he hopes someday to become a fireman.