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,
Selfbow and Wood Arrow AddictCentral TexasCharter Member Traditional Archery Society
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2015 Traditional Archery Society Honorees Mr. John Schulz, Mr. Jerry Hill, Mr. Jacques Bonin. http://t.co/uqtwL2f30j pic.twitter.com/nZySLMRXwP— traditional archery (@TASFORUM) February 24, 2015
2015 Traditional Archery Society Honorees Mr. John Schulz, Mr. Jerry Hill, Mr. Jacques Bonin. http://t.co/uqtwL2f30j pic.twitter.com/nZySLMRXwP