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Hunting In Texas…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-02-2016

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A company I worked for had a hunting lease down in southwest Texas. It was either 8200 acres or 8700 acres, I don’t recall now which it was, but it was big and some of my fondest memories was made there on that ranch. All of our employees who were involved with our customers on that ranch were very close knit, hard working and really cared about our customers. We were up early feeding our customers before taking them out to the blinds early in the morning, usually getting up about 4am to prepare a good breakfast and hunting the morning, picking them up and feeding lunch and after a rest period taking them back out for the pm hunt. Then we prepare them a big evening meal with lots of great food. Clean up of the kitchen was required to get ready for the next morning. Then we either played pool, watched movies or played poker….I was usually at the poker table as was a couple of my best buddies. We would play over into the night even knowing that a 4am wake up call would be soon forthcoming. The three of us, along with the  main cook, slept in one of the rooms upstairs. Being so tired, snoring was very common. It was necessary to be one of the first to get to sleep before all the snoring started up. That was the topic at one of the poker games one night and one said he was getting to bed early so he did not have to listen to all the snoring while trying to get to sleep. The rest of us beat him to bed by a few minutes. I was awake, so were the other guys, and listening as he came up the stairs and was approaching the door. I started a false snore as he walked in. He hesitated in the doorway and uttered, “shit”….All of us cracked up…Two of those guys have passed on but I have such fond memories of both of them and our adventures at the hunting lease….I miss them a lot.

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I have said it before, and I will say it again, I love those memories.

thank you very much. I appreciate that.

Good story Uncle, I enjoyed very much…

Thanks, Dan..

You never said what kind of game that your company group was hunting in Texas. I supposed it might be self-evident to a west Texan or to a New Mexican. Your description of the campsite makes it sound like an early West Texas cattle drive on the plains rather than a pleasure hunt. I just wondered what kind of wild game occupied such an arid landscape. During my biking over the New Mexico plains and mountains,
I never saw any wild game other than roadrunners and jack rabbits. I do remember seeing a few deer (or antelope) up in the skiing areas of the real mountains around Angel Fire, but they were almost always so far away that I needed a good pair of binoculars to see them well.

Sorry I thought I mentioned that we slept upstairs and cleaned up the kitchen…we also took showers with running water and every thing. We also a bunkhouse that would sleep 12 or more people and the ranch house could sleep six. The ranch had deer, turkey and imported Axis deer. As I recall we had about 12 or 14 different hunting blinds that we had scattered across the acreage. The folks down that way call it Texas Hill county. Lots of brush, small trees and heavy grass land. We had the hunting lease and a rancher had the grass land leased, but we also had the ranch house and bunk house included with our lease. We had spring hunts and fall hunts, each region of our company brought in their customers for the hunts. I thought you knew most of that stuff and had traveled some in that part of the world, about half way between San Antonio and El Paso, turn south but stay north of the border…You can find it pretty easy as Texas ain’t all that big…is it?

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