Exotic Meat Hunt with SSS
I had the distinct honor of hosting the 1st hunt with the Sharp Shooting Shikaris Hunting Club based in the greater Houston area. When I booked the hunt I had no idea what I was in for but I am glad the group was able to make it out and hunt with Forister Exotics. We started the weekend Friday afternoon at the gun range sighting in rifles and then had a small tutorial on animal species and pricing and what they could shoot and what not to shoot. After everyone was comfortable and ready to go hunt we made our way to the blinds for the first evening. Many animals where seen the first evening and the guys where able to get a few animals down including a nice Aoudad ram. After a little sleep we made our way back to the blinds Saturday morning. The group wanted to experience a few different methods of hunting so over the weekend we hunted from blinds, Safari Style and tried a few spot and stalk hunts. The group ended up with a good amount of meat to take home and they also learned a lot about the animals and hunting in general. After a great hunt the guys had one last meal at the lodge and loaded up to head home. This was a fun hunt for me and I also enjoyed seeing the different cultures the group brought to the hunt. Hopefully we will have them back out for a deer hunt when the season rolls around. Big thanks to Usmon for setting the hunt up. Congrats to all the hunters on their successful hunt at Forister Exotics.
July Axis Buck Down
On a trip in July we had Dan braving the heat with his bow on a Trophy Axis Buck Hunt. We started the hunt off keying on brush where the Axis Deer have been traveling close to a water source. After seeing some nice Axis Bucks we decided to place a second stand closer to the travel route as the Axis Bucks kept skirting the set up. First set in the new stand and this Axis buck came in to 25 yards and Dan let him have it! Congrats Dan on a great axis with the bow.
Just got a chance to sift through the 5000 pictures on the camera from the last week. Some nice Whitetail hitting the protein still. Hopefully going to add a few more inches before they rub the velvet off. Anyone looking for any type of whitetail hunt this fall give me a call and get your hunt booked today. Offering a fantastic Youth Weekend Hunt and I will take 10% off listed trophy fee for dad, mom, brother or original hunter to harvest an Exotic species on their hunt as well if they choose to. Give me a call today and get your son or daughter booked on a hunt they will not soon forget!! Still have some good Axis Bucks to shoot this year as well as other exotic species Lets get your hunt booked today.
Keith and Joe made their way from east Texas to the ranch Thursday night. Keith was wanting to get a fallow buck or two or one of each color if possible and Joe wanted an Axis buck. No easy task for hunters with the stick and string. Well we planned to give it our best shot and after 2 full days of hunting I can say we did that for sure.
The first morning I sat Joe and Keith in stands hoping they might catch a trophy coming to a feeder. After dropping Keith off I took Joe back to a tripod in the brush knowing a big axis buck was traveling through the area on a regular basis. As we turned a corner we saw a big Axis buck pretty close to the stand so I felt good for Joe’s chances. Around 9 am I went and picked them up, neither hunter had seen the deer they where after. We decided to drive around and see if we could spot and stalk on one of their trophy bucks. After a lap through the pasture we were coming back toward the house and we spotted 4 Fallow Bucks standing along a cedar break. As we got close in the truck I knew they were going to stand still long enough to get a shot. I stopped Keith got a range on them at 45 yards I told him the Chocolate Fallow Buck in the middle standing broadside was the one he wanted as he stepped out of the truck. Keith brought his bow to full draw and I backed the truck up giving him a clear 45 yard shot on the Trophy Chocolate Fallow Buck. I was watching through the binoculars when he let the arrow fly and I could tell right away something went way wrong either mechanically with the bow or with the release. The arrow went way off course to the right and the 4 fallow bucks had seen enough and bolted for the brush. Now to figure out what went wrong? We quickly learned that there was something wrong between the setup of Keith’s arrow rest or the broadhead he was shooting. When he would draw the arrow was a hair short and the boadhead hit the rest. So we quickly made a change and hoped the equipment problem was fixed. After lunch we were back at it but we decided to head to the other ranch in search of Fallow bucks that where not informed of our intentions. After driving around for a while and walking and trying to find the big Fallow bucks we finally had them but they were in a bad spot. It was to open to advance on foot so I wanted to try to get down the hill and work back up through the brush to them. As we pulled away the Fallow Bucks must have ran and found a rock to crawl under because we were not able to locate them again in that pasture the rest of the hunt. I decided the best chance was probably to head into another pasture we hadn’t hunted yet and stand hunt till dark. At dark I picked up the two hunters and both saw a ton of game just not the right one presented them with a shot.
Saturday morning found the hunters back on stand and both saw multiple animals just could not close the deal. We hunted most of the day looking for a chance to put a stalk on one of their Trophies but never could make it happen with a bow. The hunt was winding down and I knew we had one sit left Saturday evening and then the guys needed to get on the road headed home. I wanted to put Joe in a stand watching a water hole and as we approached multiple shooter Axis Bucks were there already. They never spooked and ran off they just walked into the draw. After we dropped Joe off and fed a little corn we pulled away and I could still see the Axis Bucks in the draw. On the way to Keith’s stand we spotted a very nice white fallow buck and I knew he was in a good spot to put a stalk on him. Keith was ready and we made a plan and started in on the stalk. As Keith made the final approach the Fallow buck stood up at about 25 yards and presented Keith with a shot. Keith came to full draw and let it rip. I watched through the binoculars as blood pored from the massive hole the broadhead left as it passed through this Fallow buck. I knew he hadn’t gone far. So after a little celebration and a short tracking job we were headed to take pictures and hopefully get Keith on stand for the last hour or two of the day hoping he might get a crack at another Fallow Buck. As the sun set I went and picked the hunters back up and the big Axis bucks never came back to the water hole and Keith didn’t get to fire another arrow. With some skinning to do and everyone ready to eat we headed back to the lodge.
What a nice fallow buck for the first one of the season. Congrats Keith on a great hunt hope to have you guys back to finish out the fallow slam and get Joe an Axis buck later this fall.
First I would like to thank Dave and Dan from New Mexico for coming down and hunting with Forister Exotics. They got to the ranch Thursday night and the plan was to hunt Friday and Saturday. We discussed a game plan to go to the ranch in Real county to start with to look at an Addax, the big Elk, maybe a red sheep and an axis buck would not be passed if the opportunity presented itself. We woke Friday to extremely nice weather calm winds and overcast skies mid 60’s temps. Wow is this mid July in Texas? As the day went on it never got over 85 degrees and was pleasant most of the day. We left the lodge about 5:45 and made the short ride over to the other ranch. I was hoping to find the Addax Bull quickly and see if Dave was going to be happy with him and once we found him it didn’t take long for Dave to make his mind up and make a quick stalk on him. Dave made a good shot and we were standing over a nice Addax Bull prepping for pictures.
After a quick stop at the skinning pole we were back out driving looking for the Red Sheep originally but we came down a hill and jumped this nice Axis buck. Dan was quick to get the rifle on him and get a shot. So there was a major bullet problem here with this deer and after Dan finished him off we took some pictures and got him gutted.
Dan was shooting a STW armed with a berger bullet be aware this bullet did not do the job as advertised. The bullet blew up on entry and did not penetrate at all. Man we all felt bad watching this Axis buck expire and wondered what went wrong. Once we got his guts out we found out the bullet did not perform so Dan thought best to head back to the main ranch and get his other rifle loaded with a different bullet and try to round-up some lunch. After a quick bite we decided to go look at the Mouflon in the main pasture. We came across a big group of Mouflon rams after a few laps and Dan decided the leader of the pack was the one he wanted. As we tried to get a range on the herd Dan knew the big one he wanted was about to hit the brush and made a great 200 yard shot. We marked the spot visually and made our way over to find him.
What a beautiful Mouflon. Again we made our way over to take some pictures and to the skinning pole. Once we were done we decided to run in and find something for dinner. After dinner we had time for another ride through the main ranch and Dave would like to shoot a good Axis buck if we could find one. After seeing a few good ones this nice buck stood still long enough for Dave to decide he wanted him and get a shot. After the shot it quickly got dark and we were having trouble finding blood. We kept looking and after a few minutes I rounded a corner of brush and shined the light and low and behold there was Dave’s Axis buck tucked away in a clump of trees. Since it was dark we figured we would get him gutted and posed in the walk in cooler so we could take some pics in the morning. What a fun Friday of hunting! Dave and Dan are 2 great guys from Clovis NM and if you are ever in Clovis stop in DC Tactical (Dan’s gun shop.) Thanks again guys we hunted hard but got it done and had a good time to boot. Looking forward to having Dave back in November for an Elk hunt and Dan wants to come back and shoot a good Fallow. Can’t wait!!
Driving through the ranch this morning I don’t recall this country being this green in July in a long time. Starting to heat up and get into the normal summer weather pattern for this time of the year. This morning on the pass through checking fence and water stations I saw our big Red Stag males and they are still in velvet growing but they looked impressive. I also ran across some giant mouflon sheep and some good Axis Bucks. Yesterday I was over at the ranch in Real County and had a chance to look at our Red Sheep and one of the Elk we have in the pasture over there. That Elk has really started to come along looks to be bigger than the 330 class bull he was last year. So anyone interested in a great Elk, absolutely fantastic Red Sheep, super nice Red Stag or some big Axis or mouflon give me a call and get your hunt booked today.
Houston Controls made it to the ranch midday Friday and the guys were ready to get on some Axis deer. After a trip to the range and unloading all the gear it was time to head for blinds. Ricky, Michael, T-boy and his son Chase where all looking for Trophy Axis Bucks and Jamie and Gene were there to cook and try to tag a doe if possible. Well Jamie was nice enough to bring his caddy wagon ( Polaris Ranger ) for us to put around the ranch in and we put the machine to the the test. This ended up being a fun filled weekend with some nice deer shot and some new friends made. The first evening Ricky scored on a nice Axis Buck and a little later Michael connected with one as well.
Friday night we had some heavy rain through the night and early morning hours so everyone stayed in camp and slept in after a late night. After breakfast the guys went back into the pasture in search of more Axis Deer. Through the day we ended up getting a couple Axis Doe and shot at a couple bucks with no hits. As the evening winded down we spotted a good Axis buck and Chace put the wood to him. Great shot on a moving target. As we were headed in T-boy Chases dad redeemed himself and made a nice Texas heart shot on a good Axis Buck. Over all a pretty good weekend and some nice Axis Bucks taken. Forister Exotics can’t wait to have the Houston Controls guys back in November! Congrats guys on some great animals!