Forister Exotics Mouflon Hunts
The Judge has been taking a few animals off the old bucket list and this trip it was a Trophy Mouflon Ram. After looking over several specimens we finally decided to take “A SHOT” at this great Trophy Mouflon and the Judge made a heck of a shot and dropped him. Congrats Judge on great Trophy Mouflon and I know you will enjoy him hopefully for many more years!
Forister Exotics Mouflon Hunts
Les Contacted me back in September looking for a Trophy Mouflon hunt for his wife. Didn’t take long and we had the dates set up. Well Sunday November 23 rolled around and Les his wife Paula and son Jacob made their way to the ranch. We discussed some options for their hunt and it was decided it would be fun for everyone to try sitting the first evening together and see what would happen. As with any hunting situation the more people in a blind is usually not for the better. More human odor the urge to talk and laugh and things of that nature is usually not good. But as I returned at dark to pick the Davis Family up they told me they had seen a good number of animals through the evening hunt and even a pretty nice Mouflon Ram. A couple hours later I got the text asking if it was a shooter or not with a picture of a nice Mouflon! Dang cell phone service!! Well we had a good dinner that evening and the group wanted to try their hand at some predator hunting and we did pretty good got a few fox and a ringtail. The next morning we woke to 40 degrees and a slight wind out of the west. I knew the same stand they where in the evening before should be good this morning because I usually see a good number of Mouflon in the are or crossing through it. So around 8 I get a call from Les saying they have a nice Mouflon on the ground. I quickly made my way out to the stand and sure enough they did have a nice Mouflon down. Forister Exotics Mouflon hunts can be conducted in many ways this time it worked out well for a Family to sit together and enjoy watching Paula take her first exotic. Congrats Davis family on a nice Mouflon ram.
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.
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.