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(Here’s a long one)   When I was about 16-17 years old my dad, uncle, grandpa, cousins and I leased out about 1,000 acres in deep southwest Texas. It was a LONG drive to get there from where we live in DFW area. I think my dad and uncle got the place cause they thought it would be a place in TX where they could spot and stalk hunt like they used to do with their dad back in the day. Place looked FANTASTIC.

We put out a few feeders to try and “hold” deer and hunted it hard for 3 or 4 trips, 7 of us in all. One of my cousins claimed he shot at a deer one morning but to this day most of us think he just got bored and picked out a rock on a cliff about 100 yards away and blasted it. That was the only “deer” seen between the lot of us on those trips though. Come to find out the place had been day leased just about every day of the season the previous few years and someone had over grazed it with who knows how many goats for about the same amount of time. After finding this out, and due to the distance to the place, everyone decided to give up and retrieve their stuff after season (most had better places to hunt closer to home).

There was one small corner of the place I stubbornly believed I could get a deer from though. I told my dad and cousins or whoever would listen we were hunting it wrong. They all thought I was crazy. About a week before X-mas I got a duck hunting friend of mine to make the trek back down there with me. He was an avid hunter but had never been deer hunting before. We got to the lease at about midnight. I drove directly to a feeder and me and him loaded it up and moved it across the place to “my spot.” We then drove back to our “camp” but pulled out our sleeping bags and slept in the truck cause it was COLD outside and we were ill prepared for it.

Next morning we were tucked into some rocks about 100 yards away from the feeder. We saw does the first 3 hunts. Looking back, it was lunacy I told him this, but I was some combination of young, foolish, and cocky and I told him to not shoot those cause I knew a buck would be along. Well, on our last afternoon sit a decent size 7 point comes wondering through and my buddy dropped him like it was his 40th deer he’d taken. We got up to it and then the buck fever sat in. It was funny to watch someone almost start hyperventilating after everything was over.

That was one happy truck ride back to town. We displayed the antlers over the side of the truck like we had a Booner. I think I made him go show my dad the deer before we went to show his. He had it euro mounted and it still hangs in his house to this day as far as I know.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Big Whitetail
« on: Yesterday at 09:08:23 AM »
You guys are harsh! But, suppose I am too, since I agree. If I own the place, “my stand” is wherever I happen to be sitting at the moment!  ;D :D

Other Big Game / Re: Georgia Public Land Pig Hunt
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:08:14 PM »
Easy access to public hunting is always nice.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Is it time for an AR-15?
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:30:04 AM »
Wonder what they'd say if you wanted to walk out with 3? I'm thinking about buying 3 on gunbroker.I've owned a Rock River with a 20 inch heavy SS barrel.Loved the way it shot,but didn't like the weight.It's not something that's easy to grab with one hand from the passenger seat and get out the window easy and shoot.

That’s a good question.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Is it time for an AR-15?
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:58:41 PM »
You guys have me wanting to go to Acadamey tomorrow and walk out with an AR.  :) :)

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: New Mexico Javelina
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:12:45 PM »
Yes,Really enjoying the Picts and stories that go along with them.

Absolutely! Keep em coming!!

I know what Zonie means about sliding down the mountain since I did that last fall in Montana chasing a big Mule deer Buck. I was climbing a 30 degree slope when I stopped to catch my breath and the ground gave out from under my feet and I face planted and started sliding backwards down the mountain, I had to jam my rifle stock into the ground to stop the slide. Very bad situation that could have been disastrous.

Stuff like that makes for good stories latter..... as long as everything works out. Glad it did for you.

That is awesome! Did you use an outfitter for the caribou?

Other Big Game / Re: Georgia Public Land Pig Hunt
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:59:29 AM »
Congrats! Hope you can get back soon. Is the public land you are hunting accessible by otc permit or did you have to gain access through some type of lottery/draw? I’m hoping to finally get out with my night vision scope next weekend. Been trying to get out for about a month now but life keeps on happening... ::) After seeing your pics and hearing about your hunt, now I’m even more antsy to get out...

Rifles / Re: Help identifying my Vanguard
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:53:32 AM »
Btw, welcome to the nation. Hope you stick around for more than just information on your rifle Big T. There is plenty of Weatherby experience here on this site and the guys that provide it know their stuff.

Yes, welcome!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: New Mexico Oryx
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:40:15 PM »
Michiganhunter, I need to become friends with your brother! ;D
Then you will do what I have been  doing for 45 years.....be his pack mule.

Beats sitting at the house! Especially if you actually enjoy the company along the way. Really cool that he had such an outstanding year, and cool that you’ve had such a bada** hunting partner for 45 years!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: New Mexico Oryx
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:21:52 PM »
Michiganhunter, I need to become friends with your brother! ;D

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: New Mexico Mouflon Sheep
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:58:27 PM »
That’s awesome!

Zonie, Danno, I agree with that last statement 100%. Reason I want to set this rig up is I do plan on using this more than once, Good Lord willing. I know me and and a buddy of mine are talking about a western black bear hunt, and my dad and I are talking about a mule deer hunt or 2, plus an elk hunt in the next several years. Hopefully those won’t be one off hunts too.

I definitely have rifles that will already get the job done, I just like the idea of having a general purpose, big game “carry all day” rifle. And I’d be lying if I said I don’t look for any excuse to get a new gun!   :D :D

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Prayers For Blackbear and Family
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:40:33 PM »
Blackbear, just wanted to say prayers are still being sent. While there is nothing that can be said to make your’s and your family’s situation magically better, I do know prayer is a powerful thing. I know it is a powerful thing to know others pray for your wellness as well. I would have sent this as a DM but I also know there are others on here who are praying too, and bet they chime in. Thank you for the wisdom and grace you have shared with the Nation during a time I can’t begin to comprehend.

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