Forister Exotics Exotic Sheep Hunts
Keith made his way out to the ranch this weekend and we had a few animals on the menu and got right down to it taking a nice Chocolate Fallow buck the first evening. Somehow we managed not to botch the pictures and got him skinned and taken care of before we figure out the pics where not good. So lesson learned there but we had other animals on the agenda and we hit the ground running Saturday. I put Keith in a box blind anticipating the Iranian Red sheep coming into bow range. After a while they came in and nosed around the corn a bit butt never got into comfortable range so as the started to leave the decision was made to take one with the rifle. Nice quartering away 100 yard shot and this awesome Iranian Red Sheep was down. We got pictures and got this Iranian Red Sheep in the cooler and proceeded to hunt for something that would go good on Keith’s wall. The day was winding down and we were getting ready to call it a hunt and head back to the lodge and have a nice dinner when we spotted a nice herd of Mouflon out on a grass flat. We picked one out and got a range of about 245 yards and knowing the weapon and his abilities Keith let his .308 loose and made a great shot dropping this Mouflon where he stood. Congrats Keith on a couple fine trophies and another great weekend at Forister Exotics.
Forister Exotics Fallow Hunts
Ryan made his way out to the ranch a few weeks ago looking or a good Fallow Buck to put on his wall. I knew with it being late season we had very few options due to numbers and some of the Fallow bucks already dropping their horns for the year and some of the bigger Fallow bucks being broken up from fighting for their breeding rights. So I had scouted an area of the ranch and found this nice Spotted Fallow Buck coming to a feeder on a very regular basis. I decided to set Ryan and his friend who tagged along in the blind with strict instruction as to which Fallow buck to shoot. So I fed pretty heavy and left them for the morning sit. About 8 I get a text “no show” I replied to hang tight I would come back and feed again and see what we could figure out. So I came and fed corn again and as I left the stand I decided to go back around the back side of the pasture and see what was moving. As I rounded the corner almost a mile away from the feeder Ryan was sitting at there was the Fallow buck with a bunch of doe and a couple other Fallow bucks. I fed corn all on the road and made my way back to get Ryan and try to make a move on the big Fallow Buck. We mad a big loop hoping to come around from the other side of where I had spotted the Fallow. We rounded the corner and at about 200 yards the Fallow deer where feeding on the corn I dropped. Ryan tried to get steady on the jeep and let one fly. Clean miss I could tell from the Fallow bucks reaction. We decided to sit Ryan at a tree that would be probably 100 yards and I would run back through and feed again. As I fed I could see the Fallow Buck up on the ridge where he ran after the ” Warning Shot ” so I knew we might get lucky. I fed again and took off around the loop again. 10 minutes or so had passed and I decided to start working my way back to the area. I knew if it was going to happen it would be quick. As I approached the area I saw the younger Fallow bucks and doe we had seen earlier so I knew Ryan must have gotten a second shot. I come driving down the road and there is Ryan standing over his Trophy Spotted Fallow Buck. I knew we got lucky and Ryan made his second shot count. Congrats Ryan on a nice Trophy Fallow Buck.
Forister Exotics Fallow Hunts
Bobby contacted me back a few months ago wanting to take his son on a Fallow Buck hunt for Christmas. We worked out the particulars and he put his deposit down. We planned to hunt the weekend before Christmas so Bobby and his son made it up Thursday afternoon to get his Fallow hunt started. We got the guys settled in and about 4 that afternoon we made a lap around the pasture to see if we couldn’t find a good Fallow Buck safari style before I put them in a stand I knew the Fallow deer had been coming to. As we got to the back fence line I spotted a small Fallow buck and a bunch of females and I knew the bigger Fallow deer had to be in the area. So instead of spooking them with the jeep I decided to go ahead and stick the hunters in the blind close by and told them they where looking for a big spotted Fallow buck. As I pulled away I spun the feeder a few times on the front of the jeep and headed to the house to wait and listen for a shot. Well I guess it didn’t take very long because before I got to the house they shot and I didn’t hear it due to noise of the jeep and bouncing around in the rocks. I had another group of hunters hunting in the next pasture over and at dark I went to pick them up and sent my Ranch hand Valdo to pick up the Fallow hunters. As I picked up the other hunters they said they heard a shot early so we made our way back over to the house about the same time Valdo was pulling up in the jeep with a nice Spotted Fallow Buck on the rack! As we got out and started to listen to the story it was just a matter of minutes from the time I dropped them off that the Fallow buck came in and this proud young hunter dropped his first Fallow deer in his tracks. You can tell from the video the young man was pretty excited! Congrats and merry Christmas to the Whittington Family santa came a few days early for this young man!
Forister Exotics Corporate Exotic Hunting
Jamie with Houston Controls brought a group out last month and we put them on some good hunting. The second fall trip was set for this past weekend and early in the week Jamie forwarded me the guest list. 12 hunters and a couple extra maybe to shoot a doe if they can. Ok no problem we got this. first day we wanted to spread everyone out and try to get some animals down and we started quickly. by the end of the first evening we had a few nice Blackbuck down. Second day brought a few more whitetail and Exotics in to the skinning shed. Saturday night we made a few laps with the spotlight and found 1 good axis buck lurking around. Sunday morning we where able to finish up the hunt with a couple of nice whitetail, a fallow buck and a stag. Congrats to all of these great people for their trophies and we thank Houston Controls for another great weekend of hunting and fellowship with some excellent folks.
It is getting down to that time of year again. Guys start lining up weekends to be at the lease bartering the house hold chores like poker chips in Vegas with the wife. Banking those brownie points so the can get out of going to their wife’s cousins wedding or couples baby shower!! Every other truck on 10 headed west on Fridays are loaded down with quads and polaris ATVs, new feeders, corn, supplies for the cabin. Small towns are bustling with the renewed energy of the upcoming season. For some the year round lease is the way to go and some do not have the time and energy to put into the grind of managing the lease year round. For those guys they choose to come to a place like Forister Exotics and have a chance to harvest a great trophy and leave having a great hunt in their memory bank to look back on. That is until they get the call from the Taxidermy company that their Trophy is ready to be picked up. Looking at the more the 30,000 camera pictures from the last month I am excited about the season to come. We have some great whitetail both improved genetics and in our hill country managed pastures. I am sitting here looking at the calendar and I am seeing a pretty busy hunting season but I have some dates open in November and December so If any of you guys who do not choose to do the year long lease or maybe you lost your spot on the lease this year and are looking for a hunt till you find the right place, give me a call and come have a hunt you will not soon forget. You can see some of the exotics we have been shooting through the summer in my previous posts but here are some cam pics I have been filtering through.