Mouflon Hunts at Forister Exotics
After the shot Doug called it my Mouflon Sales tactic, That is to drive around continuously looking at big Mouflon and the hunter or someone in the truck will eventually say ” I’ll shoot that one” !! Well we had been looking for a couple of fallow bucks for a good part of the day for another hunter in the group and we had already harvested a nice Blackbuck. We kept running into a group of Mouflon and this time I guess they were just tired of running away from us and we got a chance to really look at them and pick out a good old Mouflon Ram. Once we had our Mouflon Ram picked out Doug was quick to pull the trigger and made a tough quartering shot that stopped the Mouflon in his tracks. Once we got up on him we quickly realized we had a a pretty nice old Mouflon on our hands. Congrats Doug and this one will go great on the wall.
Forister Exotics Sika Deer
Keith and Joe had booked a hunt back in August for this past weekend. Keith has hunted a few times over the summer and harvested a few animals on a mission to train his new blood dog TJ. After deciding we might like to look for a big Mouflon possibly for both hunters we made our way around the pasture in the rain looking for the biggest Mouflon we could find. After a couple of almost shot opportunities we were set up on the herd trying to pick the biggest one when Keith asks ” Hey what the heck is that coming out in the back?” I quickly shifted my binoculars to the back of the herd and there was this Impressive Sika Buck working his way along the cedar line at about 200 yards. Keith quickly got the deer in focus and made what we thought was a pretty good first shot on the Sika Buck. We gave him a few minutes and with TJ in tow we set out before the rain could was the blood and scent away. As we approached where the Sika buck went into the cedar at TJ quickly picked up the trail and before we knew it he had jumped the big Sika Buck and the chase was on. We quickly caught up to the next cedar break and TJ had lost the Sika Buck. As we watched him work the trails TJ locked on again and Keith was able to get another shot off on the Sika buck. This time the Sika buck went down for good and we let TJ finish tracking him out. What a great learning experience for TJ who is showing signs of being a valuable asset for Keith hopefully for many years to come. Oh yeah and Keith had his hands on a very impressive Sika buck to boot. Congrats Keith on an awesome hunt and finally getting a good work out for TJ.
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.
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.
Fallow Buck for the Recent Graduate!
Doug called me late last week looking to put together a quick Fallow hunt for his son before he left for college. Knowing he would not get much time to spend hunting this fall with his favorite hunting partner. I told Doug we could do it Tuesday and Wednesday. So Doug and Mason showed up to the ranch ready to go look for a Trophy Fallow. We quickly spotted a few Fallow bucks here at the main ranch but they made a quick getaway into the brush. I was looking for a particular chocolate Fallow Buck but I could not find him. With it being early in the day we decided to run over to the other ranch and look at a few fallow bucks there as well. This was a strange day for early August we had a little shower pass through and a slight cool front so with the north wind and a little cooler temps deer were not in the normal spots we had been seeing them while it was hot and dry. We looked and looked and only spotted a few smaller Fallow and some doe. I have been hunting for a long time and it always seems to hold true when you are looking for 1 particular deer or species it is like they got the memo and hide out. Every other species in the pasture we could have shot 2-3 times yet the Trophy Chocolate Fallow Buck in that pasture never showed himself. As it was getting later in the evening the north wind had some bad stuff flying around in the air and Mason began to feel the effects of this. Mason had dealt with asthma in his early years and found himself with out an inhaler in the middle of nowhere. Now he never had an attack but it could have been a bad situation had he had one. So we made our way back to the main ranch with the hopes of running across one of the Fallow bucks we had seen earlier in the day. As we pulled in we headed for a big cedar patch on the edge of the cactus flat where I had been seeing the big boys every day. As we pulled up I spotted the fallow behind a small cedar and Mason was ready. As the Fallow buck made a run for the brush with Doug and I making all kinds of noises in effort to get the Fallow Buck to stop. At the last split second before he made it in the brush he stopped and Mason squeezed a round off from his trusty .270 Remington! Doug and I were both a little startled by the quick shot but more than likely that was the last chance of the day and Mason Made it count! We followed a short blood trail and actually kicked him up. Somehow the rifle got left in the truck (I guess Mason was confident in his shot) Mason quickly made his way back to the truck and got his gun and shortly after he got back the Fallow buck expired without having to fire another round. Congrats Mason on a nice White Fallow buck. Here’s to dads taking their children hunting!