Posts Tagged ‘Hunter’

The hunting has been slooooow, the guide is the only one who has seen a shooter, but the buck was not close enough to put a stalk on. Plus Flores and I could never find him in our binoculars. We have had some success with the camera though. On day one we filmed two young bucks sparing and later that night a coyote almost sat in our laps (video to come).

There’s snow foretasted for tomorrow night so hopefully the big bucks will get up and feed before the temp drops.

I have to say our guide seems to be able to spot deer us first timers would ever find out here, I’m glad I went with a outfitter!

Best Buy in Pueblo opens at ten so we’re sitting I the parking lot looking at Pikes Peak in the distance…..

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Well we made it by lunch time to Amarillo. The “Big Texan is exactly that BIG! I don’t believe we’ll witness anyone attempting to knock off the old 72 but thus place is well worth the stop. Plus this is the biggest damn chicken fried chicken I’ve ever seen!

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Growing up I had opportunities to get into just about any hobby or sport. Like many children, I participated in soccer at a very young age and then naturally made the move to baseball where I found some success. At twelve, the thought of another kid throwing a baseball at me didn’t sound like much fun–not to mention my body was starting to look more like a lineman instead of a short stop. So I made the move to football and really experienced success playing for a local powerhouse. Even with that, nothing compares to the thrill and satisfaction I found in hunting and just being outdoors in general.

I remember eating dinner at my friend O.E. “Bubba” Downing’s one night as a youngster and hearing the tale of his first buck, a nice ten point Hill Country whitetail. After that night all I ever really wanted to do was spend my free time outdoors challenging myself.

Before I became interested in hunting, my father was a casual hunter–usually only going when entertaining clients. He never really considered a deer lease until I started asking, so I spent a year pestering him. And, by the next season, we had a lease in South Texas (Freer) where our neighbors had been on for a decade.

We were on two other leases after that: one in Telegraph, TX (my favorite) and another in Uvalde, TX. The year after we signed on the Uvalde lease things started to go south at home and, by the following, year, my mother and father were divorced. Unfortunately one of the first things to go was the time and a place to hunt. I spent the next 15+ years watching opening day after opening day go by without me in the field doing what I wanted to do. Yeah, a few invitations would come here and there but nothing I could really count on. I spent those years telling myself I wouldn’t let my kids down if they wanted to enjoy this lifestyle. I would do anything I could to ensure that it happened.

Now it’s my turn. I’m 32 with three kids of my own. I don’t have the financial resources my father did, so the means might be different–but I won’t stop until my kids are given the opportunity to experience this wonderful and fulfilling past-time… and pick up where I left off.

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