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SUNDOWNER GUIDE SERVICE IS ONE OF ARIZONA'S PREMIER HUNTING OPERATIONS. BASED IN THE BEAUTIFUL WHITE MOUNTAINS OF ARIZONA, SUNDOWNER IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING OUR CLIENTS WITH HUNTING EXPERIENCES AND MEMORIES THAT WILL BE CHERISHED AND ENJOYED FOR YEARS TO COME. OUR SINGULAR GOAL IS PRESENTING TO OUR HUNTERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HARVEST THAT ONCE IN A LIFETIME TROPHY GAME ANIMAL.

 SUNDOWNER OFFERS HUNTS STATEWIDE FOR ALL BIG GAME ANIMALS.  MOST BIG GAME HUNTS IN ARIZONA ARE ON A DRAW TYPE BASIS, SO WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLAN AHEAD. CONTACT US AT ANY TIME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUR NEXT ARIZONA HUNTING ADVENTURE. HUNTS IN CALIFORNIA, NEW MEXICO, AND MEXICO ARE ALSO SOMETIMES AVAILABLE.
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Congratulations to Rob! Rob was fortunate to draw an early rifle bull tag with only a few points. After looking at over a hundred bulls, this old 8x7 was the bull that Rob wanted to go after. After several canyons and a four hour stalk, we were within range. Rob said waiting on the bull to stand up for the afternoon was the longest couple of hours in his life. When the bull finally stood up, Rob was able to make a well placed shot to put the bull down. Congratulations, Rob! We are looking forward to more hunts with you in the future.


All I can do is laugh every time I hear or think of the name Craig Bowman. We have been in contact with Craig for several years and had several good laughs way before we even met each other. When Craig called and said he had drawn his early rifle elk tag, you could tell he was serious. After countless conversations and questions preparing for his hunt, we sure were excited to see Craig pull into camp. However, the stories and jokes had only just begun. This guy made us laugh from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. every single day. When this magnificent 6x6 known as "perfect whale tail" stepped out of the cedars, there was no asking if Craig was going to shoot or not. Craig made a great shot and his twenty-one years of waiting finally paid off. This will be the last elk hunt Craig does for himself. He is looking forward to hunting with his friends and grandchildren from here on out. As long as Craig can remember good stories and jokes, he is always welcome in our camp!


Congratulations to Hank! Hank has never hunted elk or many big game animals. On our hunt, we watched this bull trail his cows and other bulls buglin' all the way up a ridge. It had been a rough and long rut for this old bull. Hank made the decision that this was the bull he wanted to try for. Not knowing completely where the bull ended up, we thought we would give it a shot. We went to where we had last seen the bull and started glassing. About thirty minutes later, we had found the bull only 65 yards from us bedded down, looking in our direction. Hank eased around to get setup. He made a perfect shot and the bull did not go anywhere. Congratulations, Hank! We will see you soon, friend.

Congratulations to Scott Spencer! He was able to harvest a desert bighorn sheep of a lifetime. This hunt was stressful. We had located this giant ram the day before the hunt and the morning of opening day, but then he disappeared. Rich, Gary, and Joe hunted a few days without being able to turn the ram up. Rayne, Cody, and Larry finished up another hunt and were then on their way to get to these guys. The night before they showed up, Gary had been able to get eyes on the ram going over the top of a peak. With some fresh legs and fresh eyes in camp, we were confident we would turn this big stud up. The next morning everyone spread out and after several hours of glassing, Rayne and Cody came over the radio and said they had located the ram. Larry, Scott, and Steve made their way up a horribly rough mountain to get positioned for the shot while Rich, Gary, and Joe set up with spotting scopes watching all potential escape routes. With one shot out of the 270 WSM, Scott’s quest to kill a desert bighorn ram was over. The amount of effort Rich, Gary, and Joe put into this ram and keeping him located was unbelievable. They deserve all the credit. With a few drinks and lots of stories that night around the campfire, everyone in camp was on cloud nine. Our bighorn sheep season was finished with two unbelievable rams killed in just five days. Congratulations to everyone involved in this hunt. A special congratulations to Scott for hanging in there and making a great shot.


Congratulations to Kasey Turley on one hell of a nice tom lion. Kasey has done all of the butchering for our Sundowner Guide Service clients for years. He is an unbelievable butcher, and we would recommend him to anyone. Kasey has had the opportunity to hunt with other outfitters and friends throughout his life and was never able to wrap his tag around a big tom lion. About three years ago, we began talking about lion hunting and recently the talks became serious. We set up some dates to hunt with Kasey and luck was on our side. The dogs struck a track around 11:00 in the morning, just at the point where we thought we were done for the day. The dogs didn't go very fast, and the track was a tough trailing track. Our confidence was not very high because we knew the dogs were struggling with this track. After about a mile, we had caught up with the dogs and found lion tracks going in every direction. At this point, I knew we had the lion up and jumped. After about 45 minutes with the dogs making no mistakes on a lion that was trying to get away from them, I finally heard Booger sit down and tree. It was just a couple of seconds later that three or four other dogs were treeing their hearts out. Kasey wanted to use is 44 mag pistol. Once he got set up, he made two really quick killing shots. Congratulations to our friend, Kasey! Thank you for all you do, and thank you for hunting with Sundowner Guide Service!


We do not normally post too much about our personal hunts. Over the past few years, the Sundowner Guide Service Team has had the opportunity to do some exceptional hunts all across the US and out of the country. I would personally like to take the time and thank my business partner, Rayne Rush, and congratulate him on one hell of a desert bighorn sheep. There is a lot that went into Rayne’s sheep hunt. I know Rayne wants to thank everyone that was involved in making this dream come true. Specifically, he wants to thank his brother/guide, RJ Rush, his longtime friend Rob Douglas, longtime friend/guiding partner Cody Rosania, a new addition to Sundowner and unbelievable help Brian Bitter, and Colton Whipple. Colton did an outstanding job helping us out with the string of pack horses getting our gear in and out on the sheep hunt. I was sitting with Rayne at lunch discussing the upcoming sheep season when he got the call from his wife, Patty, informing him that he had been drawn for a sheep tag. Needless to say he bought lunch that day. He had drawn a tag for the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge area. After lots of planning and scouting with just two weeks out, we had to change our plans. Part of our sheep unit was in the Barry Goldwater Missile Range. They had informed us that they were shutting down that mountain range for the first two weeks of the sheep season. Rayne and his brother RJ made a run down to the other mountain range and that is when they located the ram that Rayne wanted to harvest. We had some obligations we needed to take care of on opening day of sheep season. We had three late bull elk hunters already booked. On opening day of sheep season and within four hours, we laid down three bulls and we were on our way sheep hunting. In the middle of the night, we had a several mile walk and ride in to where we wanted to be at daylight. As gray light approached, Brian’s voice came on the radio calling for Rayne. Brian said, “I found him!” That is when Rayne and RJ began the stalk for Rayne’s ram. Rayne’s sheep hunt was over in about five hours on his first day of sheep hunting. Congratulations, buddy! I look forward to many more hunts with you and your family.