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Darren,

Thank you for organizing this hunt.  I was able to go with my brother and nephew javalina hunting, something we have tried to do for many years without success.  It finally happened.  We saw javalina every time we went out hunting.  The cards just did not fall in our favor to take one.  It was a blast!  We stalked up and then sat in brush blinds.  My nephew Reese was a bit timid on releasing arrows, but he was pumped at the adrenaline rush from the experience.  The brush down there make me appreciate East Texas Forest!  Everything pokes the fire out of you, and I had forgotten how cactus stickers swell up and just hurt.  Meeting all of the bowhunters and visiting with everyone was a great part of this hunt.  Congrats to Jake and Tim King for bringing in the bacon.

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Jeff, That was a good spot that you put me on. I did see javie's just couldn't close the gap between them and me. BTW, I found one of your arrows on the side of the sandaro, I'll make sure to bring it to you on the next TAS hunt.
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Yeah that was one that got away!  It skipped, BIG TIME!  The only arrow I lost.  Now it is found.  [cool]
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Good stuff guys! Thanks for,sharing congrats to all of you all on a great hunt.
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Darren, thanks for the photos, I'm going to have to be at the next hunt,,,,,looked like a lot of fun.
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I flew with Darren form Ft Lauderdale on Wednesday the 11th and we got into Austin around noon and picked up the rental Hyundai Santa Fe (not 4WD). After stopping in San Antonio for supplies we proceeded to the ranch via Hwy 59. Karl had recommended this route over Hwy 35 due to the wet conditions (it had rained almost 1-1/2 inches on Sunday and Monday) There were a few bad patches of mud but we made it through OK, arriving at the ranch around 10:00PM.

The next day Karl showed us around and put us on the Pipeline road for a morning hunt. I sat at a corn bait hoping for javelina while Darren did some stalking. A large bobcat came out of the brush while I was looking the other way and by the time I turned my head he was looking straight at me. He meandered around and came in to within 15 yards checking me out then walked back the same path he came. About 20 minutes later I saw him again sitting on his haunches across the road staring straight at me like “what are you doing here? This in my territory.” A couple of does feeding on the corn trail Karl had put down that morning also came up very close before being spooked. An interesting day, but no javies seen by me. Darren did see a couple crossing farther down from me.

That night Karl put us on corn barrel baits. Where I was sitting, two hogs came in and circled a couple of times. I was waiting for them to actually hit the barrel, but they took off suddenly. I probably could have gotten a shot if I had not waited.

The next day I went back to the pipeline road and Darren went back to the area around the hog bait he was on. I waited at the bait site a while with no activity and then walked down the road. Suddenly I saw two javelina come out of the brush and start feeding on the corn trail in the road about 200 yards away. I approached slowly as they were coming and came within about 35 yards. The lead one suddenly froze and then turned and casually walked back into the brush while the other one followed. They say javelina have poor sight, but they do have eyes, and most of the time they were looking right at us just before they bolted. That should tell you something.

No activity the next two nights at the hog baits. No wind at times. Karl put me on a different bait the last night and there was some action, but still got no shot. Trying to get in a spot down wind of the bait put me too close to the path the hogs decided to take and the lead one (there were two) winded me at about 5 yards and took off.

Day hunting for the javies was not productive, though we did see a lot of them. Just couldn’t get close, and the bigger they were the more wary. Putting down corn didn’t seem to work very well either. They just seemed to disappear. It almost seemed like corn was javelina repellent! After we left I’m sure they had a feast though.

Cottontail rabbits were everywhere, and at certain times of day they seemed quite docile, not caring if you were there or not. I took pity on them.

Well that’s about it for the hunting report. It was really a great experience meeting all the TAS members. What a great bunch of guys! I want to congratulate Tim and Jake King for the hogs they took. They really showed everyone how to get it done. Todd – I’m sure going to miss your cooking! Thanks so much for sharing with us. To all other TAS members – thanks for your warm friendship and making this hunt a wonderful experience.

Sorry for being so long winded.

Best to All,

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interesting hunting stories are not long winded.

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Lucky you guys brought some food. Beans and wieners and a small trailer don't mix.


Hey Charles
Nice to see you here.
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Finally arrived home.  As you know, I brought my wife along on this trip, she stayed in Corpus Christi while I hunted.    On the way home we wandered and saw some sights, and visited family.  It was our first try at sharing a trip like this and it worked well....  in fact. .  for future trips, that might be a thought for other wives to participate among themselves !

To those the made the hunt. .  It was great getting to meet you and I hope to meet you again on another hunt.   I urge others to get involved.  This is a really good way to get to know some of us other folks on this site as well as enjoy a few days (or more) hunting.  

If you are incredibly awesome already, then teach the others, if you can use some tips, there are always others who know something about the things we do and can help you get better, all in person !

I must say, this is my first time at this ranch, which has been promoted as bowhunting only for quite some time now I am told.  It is owned and run by Karl and his sister, as I understand.  I don't believe I met Karl's sister, but I met Karl.  What a guy.  He was personable, interested in making my trip a fun time, and interested in helping me see critters.

His place is both rustic and well designed and well kept.  It is not a 5 star, but I for one don't want that.  I felt at home and had no issues at all with any of the facilities or hunting areas (except that it is . . like. .  25 hours away from my house..).

The guys told a lot of stories describing the ranch.  I can say this is fairly standard south Texas ranch country.  Kinda sandy. clay soils that are soft in the morning because of substantial dew, and hard baked (and crunchy) by mid afternoon, cause of substantial sun.  The weather, by the way, was awesome. .  'cept for the part of me getting overheated, dehydrated and a bit sun burned by the last day.  

Much of the wide spaces are called pastures, but I assure you, if you raise beef or dairy in Wisconsin, you will spend several days looking for it.  Very little grass, very much cactus, mesquite and many other things with big thorns.  There were also critters.   Lots of critters.  Most of us at least saw some hogs and javelina, some also saw coyotes, bobcats and bunnies.  There were also tons and tons of birds.  Doves were everywhere and their cooing was overpowering in the dawn's first light.  I had my own personal covey of Bob white quail that fed near my stand, and others stated that they saw the blue or scaled quail present as well.  There was a bunch of birds, green jays, that looked for all intents like our (Yankee) blue jay, but with a head of dark blue, a back of green, undercarriage of yellow and a tail of yellow or green with the center feathers dark, like blue.  And they were nosy and noisy !  On more than one occasion I watched thirty or more birds feeding on spread corn and a certain cry from one of these absolutely cleared the place.

As stated, the big critters, the ones we were pursuing, were spooky.  The hogs were mainly nocturnal and were hunted that way.  The javelina would let you stalk up to a certain distance, then it got tough.  Seems I could sit in my ghillie for four hours ( I did, several times) and not see a sign, then on returning from a brief walk ( to get the feeling back in my legs), right there they are, feeding on my corn not 15 yards from my seat.    Several stalks didn't work out, one got me well within range of a very well positioned javelina (broadside at maybe 15 yards with head behind tall grass clump) but I let that one walk, it was obviously a young one and I wanted one I could try mounting, an adult male.

On Sunday afternoon, I took my walk and returned to find three right in front of my chair, with an adult male feeding in a really promising spot.  Wearing a Rancho Safari ghillie suit, I snuck to maybe 40 yards, then took off my boots for the closing.  In stocking feet I closed to what I thought was a fifteen yard shot on a broadside javie, slightly uphill with a small bush partially eclipsing his head from me.  The other two were ten to fifteen yards to the side and couldn't very easily spot me.   Deep breath, draw, hold, aim and BAM !   a miss, crap.  I Have bright fluorescent yellow fletch for a reason, and saw the arrow go just beneath the critter's chest.  He ran into the brush, the others ran a bit and returned, but not as close.   After the altercation, I found my arrow and confirmed no blood or tissue sign, and followed the javie to the edge of the brush, finding no blood.   Dang.....   Sharpened the arrow and returned it to the quiver, heading for home base.  I didn't feel well, too much sun and too little water, and I needed to rehydrate for the last evening hog hunt.  Oh, I paced the javie's location to 21 yards.  No wonder I screwed up.

That night I sat a different bait (for hogs) and hunted a bit differently.  Instead of making a nest and sitting within shooting range of the barrel ( having been busted at least once the night before by circling piggies), I walked right in at last light, kicked over the barrel myself and rolled it around noisily.   Then I slowly backed off to around 50 yards downwind, seeing if I could avoid sniffing, circling piggies.  NOTE. .  to hunt the night crew, Karl has put together a neat bait site with a small barrel chained to a post.  The barrel has some small holes drilled through the sides and a shovel of corn is put inside.  The hogs nock it down, roll it around, and get the corn that spills out, a little at a time..  All the while, a neat green LED light is above, giving you just enough light to see and shoot.  

After standing there until almost dark, I was so overheated that I decided a ghillie suit was a moot point in the dark and backed off another 50 yards, to a winding area in the sendaro, and there quietly remove my fanny pack and ghillie suit. Start your clock, I laid my bow / arrow on the ground, took off the hat and laid it on the ground.  Unzipped the front of the ghillie and spread my arms to remove it, like a coat, and right then, over my left shoulder, I saw the danged pig walk out onto the road about 25 yards away.  So big and black I thought it was a calf at first.   He slowly walked , stood broadside, stopped to look at whatever moved (me) and then walked into the brush.   Yeah, I tried to sneak over there WITH THE BOW, but couldn't see anything.   If he had come out ONE MINUTE prior, I would have had my bow in hand and most certainly would have taken a shot.  If he had come out ONE MINUTE later, I would have already had the ghillie off and bow in hand, again, a shot.   But NOoooooooo !  My timing was off all day.

The next morning, (Monday) I hunted for the first several hours only, having said good bye to the guys in the group still present.  I walked a lot and shot a lot of cactuses and grass clumps.  I made some shots that would have made Ol' Howard proud I think.   Then I decided to sneak down one more sendaro and replaced the judo arrow with my broadhead.  There, In the nice morning light, against the bright yellow fletches, I saw a single hair stuck beneath a feather, and the morning game plan changed.    I returned to the site on my miss the day before.  I followed what I perceived to have been the javies' escape route and sure enough found some blood.  Now, I SAW the arrow miss, going beneath the critter, and there was no blood or wetness / fat. etc on that arrow.  What I was seeing was that in going past the javie, I cut his leg or lower chest and he ran to a spot maybe 25 yards into the brush and stood there, watching for whatever it was that scared him.   Needless to say, in spite of that, I spent the rest of my morning trying to follow a non existent blood trail through cactus and mesquite, of course, to no avail.

I was Soooo close, in many ways, but no dice.  I went home with a smile on my face for the time I was given in the wild and the critters I got to see.  It was great to be out.  Also for having met some really nice guys who also like to hunt the same ways I do.

Karl has a nice place and with a little luck, or a little more time to figure it all out, I think success is a very real possibility.  I think though, if I make it back to his ranch, I would like the group members to donate one afternoon to a bunny hunt, and then barBque the little buggers for a dinner.  They were everywhere and certainly a great quest for younger hunters if they were brought along.

Darren, great job on arranging this trip.  I am certainly glad I was able to participate, and Thank You.
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Oh. . . I missed something.

While down in Texas, I got to fondle Darren's new bow, the TAS R/D longbow, made by Jim Belcher (who, BTW, was down with his crew on Sunday).  Now, I don't shoot rightie any more, so didn't try it out, but I did inspect it and found it to be quite a nice bow, well designed, well made, pleasing to look at, and while watching Darren shoot, apparently a very nice shooting bow.  The handle felt great (very very  similar to the way someone else I know makes the handles on his own R/D bow !  just saying !).  If you are in the market for a nice bow, you could do a lot worse than get hold of one of these....
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I want to thank Darren and his TAS group for coming to our ranch.  That's the best part of this job meeting new folks and hearing their stories.  Hopefully you guys will come back and don't forget your tweezers.  After you left we had more rain and mud and then it dried and then more rain and mud.  Perhaps come back in July when we need it the most.  
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Nice, especially left handed!

Jeff out shoots me with his left hand...I can't even pick up a glass of water with my left!

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Nice job Jeff!
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Way  to go Jeff!!
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