When you're out there trying your best to hunt legally and ethically, there's seldom anything remotely resembling a "sure thing." And yet recently I stumbled onto the "surest" thing in the hunting world I've yet to hear about. Tony Grimmett's Pronghorn Guide Service holds perhaps the most enviable record in all of hunting. As the name of his outfitting service suggests, Tony Grimmett guides exclusively for pronghorn bucks. What it doesn't suggest is that nearly all the bucks Grimmett guides for qualify for the Boone and Crockett Record Book. Grimmett, who's been outfitting and guiding for eight years, spends over 100 days in the field each year scouting for big pronghorns. His clients kill anywhere from 15 to 22 bucks a year. Last year, only two of those bucks failed to make the book. To date, 99 of Grimmett's hunters have killed 99 bucks. A whopping 88 of those bucks - 88.89 percent - have scored high enough to make Boone and Crockett. The only reason every buck didn't make the book is that sometimes his hunters get itchy trigger fingers.
Grimmett leaves little to chance. He does not foist clients off on other guides. Book with him, and you'll go with him. It may not always be a 1 X 1 hunt, however, as his hunts are often 2 X 1 and even 3 X 1. Interestingly enough, however, Grimmett points out, "The last guy to shoot usually takes the biggest buck. I don't know why it works that way, but it usually does." Grimmett prefers guiding hunters who hold modern rifle tags. He'll occasionally book blackpowder hunters or archers, but he does so sparingly. Even so, one of his archery hunters in 1998 killed an antelope scoring 86-6/8. Grimmett guides in Nevada, Utah, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. He usually guides for the Governor's Tag holder in Utah and Nevada and sometimes in Arizona, too. Although he hunts on private land a lot, Grimmett's hunters have also taken record book heads on public ground, including the number three antelope in the world and one scoring 91-2/8 taken last year. The length of your........(continued)