Some exceptional animals taken by this group through the last year!
Some exceptional animals taken by this group through the last year!
Whitetail Hunts in Texas –
We had a few late season MLD Whitetail Hunts in Texas. Chris had his youngsters down for their first Whitetail hunts in Texas. Everyone managed to take a nice buck on these hunts and I am pretty sure we have some future hunters on our hands here. Can’t wait to have these guys back in camp for more whitetail hunts in Texas.
Whitetail Hunts in Texas – John and His Last Minute Management Buck
John from North Carolina had been calling looking to book his whitetail hunts in Texas. We had discussed his options for Whitetail hunts in Texas, And we had a couple if he could make it to Texas before the end of the north season then we would hunt there if not we would go south and try and get a south Texas management deer. John decided he would rather hunt South Texas regardless for his whitetail hunts in Texas and John said he was planning to drive down and he would call me when he got close. After finishing up some other hunts John called and said he was in San Antonio and was ready for his Whitetail hunts in Texas to begin. I instructed John to head south on 35 and I would meet him in Pearsall and we would continue south to the ranch in Laredo. So after meeting up With John we set out to walmart to get John legal for his Whitetail hunts in Texas. Back on the road we hurried to get to the ranch so we could go sit for the first evening of John’s Whitetail hunts in Texas. Upon arrival at the ranch we had other hunters in camp as well so we made all the introductions and got John Settled in the lodge. Once John was ready we set off for the blinds. First evening we saw a few deer and some Javelina but nothing we were looking for to fulfill John’s Whitetail hunts in Texas. On the first morning of John’s Whitetail hunts in Texas we went back to the same location because the previous group had seen a really big 9 point high 130” class deer in the area and I wanted to get John a good look at that deer. So after a couple hours we had seen some smaller young deer but no deer that caught John’s eye to complete his whitetail hunts in Texas. After the first 2 sits I could somewhat see a pattern the deer where in and I knew it was going to be one of those hunts where it might take a little luck to get the deal done for John on his whitetail hunts in Texas. The deer were moving at first and last light and then it was pretty slow after that. So we moved around a little over the next couple days and we began to hunt a popup that had been productive throughout the season. We had taken 4-5 deer from that stand already and well I guess when you got a hot stand you might as well hunt it. So John was feeling the pressure after 5 sits we were down to his last morning and had seen glimpses of shooter deer but either to early or late to tell exactly what you were looking at. Places like this ranch you have to be on the safe side or your pocket book could get a lot lighter in a hurry if you catch my drift. John was on a management hunt which meant any deer under 140” that was 4 ½ years or older. So back to the last morning of John’s Whitetail hunts in Texas, we got to the blind and for the last 5-6 days it had been very cold and this morning was much the same. We got into the blind and settled in for the sit. After a few minutes we had enough light we could make out shapes down the road in front of the feeder. We could tell there was a buck standing there but how big how many points? As it got a little lighter we could tell it was the 10 pointer we had an encounter with earlier in the hunt. On day 2 of John’s whitetail hunts in Texas we had this 10 pointer come in at 50 yards and stared into the blind at us. After not being able to move to position the gun the deer spooked and ran off. So we knew this deer would be on the lookout. As we contemplated if this was the deer that would finish off John’s hunt we noticed a doe was about to bust us. John said he was good with that buck so he quickly readied his rifle. By this time the buck was on high alert and as getting ready to bolt. I told John to wait for him to turn so he could have a good broadside shot but John replied “ I can hit him in the neck” by the time I got the o in OK out of my mouth the shot had found its mark. The deer Collapsed in his tracks and John’s whitetail hunts in Texas had come to a close. So it came down to the last sit of the hunt but John’s whitetail hunts in Texas was a success. Congrats on a great deer John look forward to hunting with you in the future.
Whitetail Hunts in Texas – Michigan Father and Son Hunt
Al and his son Matt made their way from Michigan to enjoy some whitetail hunts in Texas. On the first morning of their whitetail hunts in Texas Al took a very nice 9 point buck. Now it was time to focus on Matt’s whitetail hunts in Texas. We had been hunting hard and sitting in the blind every evening and every morning and Matt was ready for a big Texas buck to come out and give him a good shot. On the last morning of the hunt Matt pulled the trigger on a young deer and closed out his whitetail hunts in Texas. I think all the predator calling at night had Matt pretty tired and he was ready to get his deer. Great hunt and look forward to Al coming back to Texas in the future.
Whitetail Hunts in Texas – Fred and His Foggy Morning Buck
Fred was a guest with the Clean Blast group and found success on the 3rd day of his Whitetail hunts in Texas. It was a foggy morning and we sat Fred in the blind and told him there had been a big 9 point and a good 10 point coming to the stand every day and that either buck would be a great trophy. I pulled away from the blind with the other hunter and knew Fred would find some luck on his whitetail hunts in Texas. A few minutes after daylight I heard a shot. I was in the stand with one of the other hunters and I got a text. Fred had taken a big 8 or 9 point and was just going to stay in the blind till we came and got him. As we were sitting in the blind he began to text me the story of his whitetail hunts in Texas. He began by cussing the fog and then was explaining how it was coming in waves and every time a lane opened in the fog he could see deer very close to him. As it lightened up he could see a big buck chasing a doe on the horizon then it fogged up again. A couple seconds later a wave of clear and the buck had worked the doe to within 50 yards of the blind on his morning whitetail hunts in Texas. He could see the next wave of fog coming so he readied his rifle and took a shot while he could still see. Down he went the buck had dropped. After I was finished with the morning hunt we went to get Fred and see his buck. Very nice 8 point had completed Fred’s Whitetail hunts in Texas. Congrats Fred on a nice buck.
Whitetail Hunts in Texas – Lester and a Pretty Nice Whitetail
Lester was along with the guys from Clean Blast from Louisiana and he also intended to take a nice whitetail and Axis if the opportunity presented itself. After the first evening of whitetail hunts in Texas Lester and his guide Josh Johnson had seen some good bucks but nothing special like Lester was after on his whitetail hunts in Texas. So he was along with us on day 2 in the high fence. On the evening hunt we had 3 hunters out and one was bow hunting. At around 5:00 we heard a gunshot and then I got the Text Jay and I were hunting a big 11 point well Lester was in a blind about a mile from where we had been seeing the big 11 and he had just shot him. So about that time a nice 10 point stepped out and Jay decided since the big 11 was no longer available that this 10 pointer would do. So he took a shot and dropped him. We loaded him and we couldn’t wait to hear the story behind Lester’s whitetail hunts in Texas. As we approached Josh and Lester were getting out of the blind and so we drove down to where the big buck was down. Josh started to tell the story us what had gone down on Lester’s whitetail hunts in Texas and it was good thinking by the guide. The noticed the deer come out of the brush on the ridge behind them and he was not going to go to the feeder. Instead he was heading right through the area and Josh grunted at him. No Response so he grunted again louder and still no response. So Josh gave him a snort wheeze as the deer went through the last opening. The big buck stopped in his tracks and Lester squeezed the trigger. The rest is history. Lester was successful on his whitetail hunts in Texas. Congrats Lester and a great example of a guide doing a good job for his client.
Whitetail Hunts in Texas –
Big Joe was back in Texas for Whitetail hunts in Texas. This year he brought his Son along with him to try to get a good buck on their Whitetail hunts in Texas. Joe and Tim would be guiding Joe and his son on this hunt and they hoped to find some good deer for Big Joe and Little Joe to look over on their Whitetail hunts in Texas. The first day Joe picked the guys up at the airport and got them out to the lodge to get settled in and get ready for the evening hunt. Once everyone was ready the headed out with high hopes to fill their tags on their Whitetail hunts in Texas. First evening was a little slow. The guys saw a few deer but nothing the guys were wanting to shoot on the first day of their whitetail hunts in Texas. After dinner everyone settled in at the lodge and got ready for day two of Whitetail hunts in Texas. After a good nights sleep the guys were back at it in the morning. Again it was a little slow. The weather was a little warm but there were some changes in sight on the weather front and with a front barreling towards us we knew the deer would be responding to the weather. That evening the guides decided to go into a pasture that had not been hunted and hoped the deer would be moving better. As the Whitetail hunts in Texas continued the guys spotted a nice buck and wanted to try to stalk in for a better look. As they got big Joe closer in on the deer they could tell it was the type of deer they were after on Joe’s Whitetail hunts in Texas. Joe Prepared for the shot and waited for the buck to turn broadside. As he turned and offered a shot Joe put a great shot on his whitetail and the buck ran a few steps and fell in some brush. The guides gave him a few minutes and then they went over to look at Big Joe’s trophy. After a few pictures they loaded the deer and headed for the skinning rack. After skinning it was time to focus on Little Joe’s deer and he wanted to out do his dad so the guides knew they were in for a challenge. After a long afternoon of hunting and passing on a few nice deer the light faded on day two of Little Joe’s Whitetail hunts in Texas. After returning to the lodge they guys got some news that The hunters flights had been changed and they would only be able to hunt till around noon on day 3 so we knew we needed to get in early and try to get Little Joe on a good buck. We decided The best way to go about this was to walk the pasture and try to push the deer through a pinch point. We got Joes and his guide Tim set up on the spot and the rest of us began our push. We pushed a few deer down to them but not the deer we were looking for. After that we were driving back the front of the pasture and saw a nice 10 point walking down the fenceline. We called tim and told him to get in position ahead of us and we would funnel them down to them. As we made the push We noticed the deer cut in front of us and luckily Tim caught them and repositioned. Tim and little Joe closed the distance and got set up for the shot. Little Joe settled the crosshairs on the big bucks shoulder and squeezed a shot off. Last day… Last couple of minutes and Little Joe had found success on his whitetail hunts in Texas. Congrats guys on 2 fine Whitetail bucks. Good to have you guys back we are looking forward to year three of Whitetail hunts in Texas with Big Joe and Little Joe.
Blackbuck Hunts in Texas –
Andrea had already taken a very nice Trophy Axis buck on the first day of her Hunts in Texas so she wanted to go after a couple more animals if she got the opportunity. Don was focusing on a Sika buck we had been seeing pretty regular on game camera so Andrea and her guide Tim went and sat in another blind to see what would come in. Don and I were in a stand about a half a mile from Andrea and we heard a shot. We texted them and asked if that was them and got the reply ” nope must be the neighbors.” So Don and I continued to hunt. Little did we know Andrea had already completed her Blackbuck hunts in Texas. We had been seeing a couple real nice blackbuck on this property and Andrea had managed to take one on her first day of blackbuck hunts in Texas. Well a little while later we hear another shot and this one I figured had to be Andrea but we got the same reply. Well little did we know Andrea had moved on from Blackbuck Hunts in Texas to Whitetail hunts in Texas. So Don and I had seen a few deer and light was closing pretty fast. We walked back to the truck and started heading over to the Stand we had sat Andrea and Tim for her Blackbuck hunts in Texas. As we pulled into the stand we could see Andrea had been sucsesful on her blackbuck hunts in Texas, The black buck was down probably 30 yards from the blind. We got out and congratulated her on her trophy. As we were getting ready to load the blackbuck Andrea had taken on her blackbuck hunts in Texas Andrea asked me what county we were in? I informed her she didn’t need the county info for her license with exotic animals. Andrea said well we need it for the whitetail we shot after we got the blackbuck. Don and I looked at each other and I looked at Tim… Well she was going to let it walk but couldn’t. Congrats Andrea on two fine animals! We tagged the whitetail and loaded both animals and headed for the skinning rack. Thanks Andrea and congrats on two great animals.
Whitetail Hunts in Texas –
Eddie and Merryl made their way to central Texas from western Louisiana for their Whitetail Hunts in Texas. Upon arrival we took got Merryl and Eddie settled in the lodge and Eddie wanted to shoot his rifle to make sure it was still on after the trip. After a quick trip to the range we confirmed Eddie’s rifle was on target and Merryl was pretty confident her rifle was on so she declined to shoot. So with everything ready to go for their Whitetail hunts in Texas it was just a waiting game till it was time to go out to the blinds and get them started on their Whitetail hunts in Texas. We decided since we had a front blowing in that it might be good to go sit a little early in hopes to catch a buck cruising for doe. Around 2 that afternoon we set out and kicked off Eddie and Merryl’s Whitetail Hunts in Texas. Eddie and Merryl wanted to sit together for the first evening of whitetail hunts in Texas and we decided to go to a remote stand we had been catching a few game cam pics of a good Whitetail buck. We quickly found out that Merryl would rather hunt the flat country in the front of the ranch than venture up the mountain. She toughed it out the first evening and we made our way up the mountain and down into the next valley. We pulled up to a blind and I instructed them on a few of the rules we have on the ranch like to stay in the blind even if you shoot and I wished them luck and made my way out of the area. As I made my way back to pick up the hunters at dark I had to drive past the feeder and I noticed there was still corn on the ground. I figured they must have shot early on their first whitetail hunts in Texas or they must not have seen much on their whitetail hunts in texas . Well it turns out it was the latter. No deer were seen and I was disappointed because generally that stand is productive. We made our way back to the lodge and It turned out our cook had the night off so we went to town and had dinner. After a quick bite we got back to the lodge and discussed the plans for the next morning of their Whitetail Hunts in Texas. We decided to split the hunters up to hopefully improve their chances of seeing deer. After a good night sleep we made our way to the blinds once again this time we chose to stay in the flat part of the ranch. When I came back to get the hunters we had better results but no shots were fired. Merryl was covered up with turkeys for most of the morning and Eddie saw 5 different bucks one he said would be a good deer for Merryl to try to take but non that warranted him tagging out early in the hunt. Well at this juncture Eddies luck took a turn for the worse. We decided for the afternoon Eddie would sit in an area we had been seeing a good buck but he had been very inconsistent lately in when he would come in. The evening hunt concluded and I went and picked Merryl up from her stand and asked her if she had any luck and she was excited to tell me she had shot a buck. She told me he was down by the feeder and only ran a couple of steps before expiring. We went down and took a look and decided we better go pick Eddie up and he could help us load him. In all the excitement I noticed Merryl had left her gun in the blind when she put her stuff in the truck so I told her we would come back and get it when we loaded the deer. As we made our way across the ranch to get Eddie Merryl asked if I could drop her off so she didn’t have to experience the ride up the mountain again and I told her no problem. So I ran up and got Eddie and shared the news with him. He told me he was not feeling well if we could get to the lodge pretty quickly he would appreciate it. So I headed that way since we had to get Merryl to go recover her deer. I mentioned Eddies luck had changed for the worst well he had contracted a stomach virus and was not feeling good at all. Eddie made the best of it and we made our way down to the blind Merryl had hunted to recover her deer. Eddie was proud of Merryl and happy she had gotten her buck. It was the nice 8 point Eddie had seen earlier that morning of their whitetail hunts in Texas. We made our way over to gut the buck and pose him in the cooler to take pictures in the daylight the next day. (good job hiding the shoes Merryl the shadow kind of blacked them out!)
Their Whitetail hunts in Texas was set to continue and after dinner we made a game plan for the next morning and Eddie was not feeling good with his stomach virus so we where kind of in limbo to see how he felt the next morning to determine if their whitetail hunts in Texas would go on hold or if we would be hunting. Well that answer came at 6 when I got to the lodge and Eddie was waiting in the living room in shorts. Well he and Merryl had a long night up and down with Eddie being sick. So we made the call to sleep in and I would come check on them around 10 in the morning. So at 10 I went up and Eddie looked better and was up moving around a little and Merryl was ready to go take picture with her buck so off we went. After that we where going to run grab breakfast and Eddie was feeling up to it so we went and ate some breakfast. That afternoon Eddie was feeling better and ready to get back to his Whitetail hunts in Texas so we decided to put Merryl down in the low country to see if she could fill her doe tag and Eddie up top to try to get a buck. I got the hunters out and I get a phone call and it is Clay and he informs me that Eddie called him and let him know he was being swarmed by bees in the blind and he had gotten out to avoid being stung. So off I went to put him in a different blind. Did I mention Eddies luck had taken a turn for the worse!! I get up to the blind and Eddie is in the road waiting for me. I told him that was one instance where I am glad he got out of the blind. Got him put in a new spot and went back down to wait till dark to come get them. I went to get Merryl at dark and she was fired up first words out of her mouth were ” that was so much fun” I asked her if she had gotten a doe and she said yes and 2 pigs. She told me one pig was under the feeder and the doe and pig both ran off. She knew she had hit them but they ran. So we found the first pig and sure enough it was under the feeder. We then walked to were she had shot the second pig and right away we found good blood. then a couple of feet down she showed me the blood from the doe. So off I went down the trail. Found the pig I told her and carried it back to the truck. Then I had to work for the doe, As much blood as it was loosing I knew it couldn’t have gone far. Well after about 100 yards the blood trail ended at a nice doe. So after getting her back to the truck we loaded them all and headed for the skinning rack. I had called one of the other guides and told him I was tracking animals if he would run get Eddie up top. About the time we got to the skinning rack Eddie and Tommy had pulled in as well. Eddies luck had not changed but Merryl sure was making the best of her Whitetail Hunts in Texas. Over dinner we made a plan to run up to one of our other properties, a pen as Eddie referred to it yes it is high fenced but it is 900 acres of cedar and open pasture. We assured Eddie we would make it happen. So with an early start we got up to the other ranch and figured we would sit in the blind at a feeder for an hour and then try to spot and stalk as the morning went on. Well by 10 it wasn’t happening so we decided we better make a move. We knew Eddie and Merryl wanted to try to be on the road by noon but we didn’t want Eddie to go home with nothing. We called back to the ranch to make sure it was going to be ok to run a little later and learned Merryl had gone ahead and shot Eddie’s doe tag for him so we just needed to focus on the buck. Merryl was all for us taking a few more hours to try to make it happen. So we made the move to another ranch and hoped it would pay off for Eddies whitetail hunts in Texas. We got in the pasture and we drove around to try to spot a buck that we could put a spot and stalk on. No dice nothing but exotics. So we decided the only other thing would be to do a good old-fashioned deer drive. We had 2 pushers and Eddie and I worked our way to an opening on the other side of the brush. About the time we got set up here came some deer. This buck was smart every time he stopped he had something between us. First a pole then a tree and then a bush and then as quick as he was there he was gone. So we tried to get back to the truck so we could catch up to him but that didn’t work out. Dang Eddies luck still hadn’t turned. It was beginning to feel like something that just wasn’t meant to be and it was going to be a long ride home to Louisiana for Eddie if we didn’t find a buck pretty quick and wrap up his whitetail hunts in Texas. So another lap around the pasture and nothing. And then I think Eddies luck began to change. We could see a bunch of deer running across the canyon and followed them in to the cedar. I asked Tommy to get out and walk the brush again and we would go to the top of the hill and get set up. As soon as we got set up deer started to file out of the brush. The first Whitetail out I could tell was a good buck and he stopped behind the brush again. His neck was sticking out and I told Eddie shoot him in the neck. Eddie readied for a shot to try to put an end to his whitetail hunts in Texas. Boom!!! We looked at each other and Eddie said I think I missed. The buck never ran until the herd of deer and aoudad came flying by out of the brush and everything ran down the back fence. By the time we topped the hill the deer where hitting the next brush line and I thought I could see the buck we shot at in the lead. So we worked our way up and I asked Tommy to swing through that clump of brush and we would see what came out. After seeing all the deer come out I didn’t see anything that looked wounded. Tommy worked his way to the truck and said he thought the shot sounded like it hit home so we went back to the area to look for blood. Sure enough the deer jumped up. It was laying in a gully and we had driven right past it. After finding very little blood I was worried we were going to be there for an extended time tracking this deer. We made a plan and knew the deer had run up into the trees ahead of us. So we planned to push him out again and be waiting on the other side. After a few minutes our drivers hollered for us to bring the truck they found him. We got down to them and the buck was sitting up. We positioned Eddie for a finishing shot and let it rip. After surviving the stomach bug and the bees and just the general bad luck of not seeing deer on Eddies whitetail hunts in Texas, Eddie had finally found success on his Whitetail hunts in Texas. And what a nice buck he ended up getting on his Whitetail hunts in Texas.
What a great whitetail hunts in Texas. Merryl was patiently waiting for us back at the lodge. We were a couple of hours late but we were able to finish cleaning their deer and get them on the road pretty quickly. Whitetail hunts in Texas can be a challenge even in the so-called pens!! Merryl and Eddie It was a pleasure guiding your Whitetail hunts in Texas. I know Merryl had a blast hope she gets to come back next time for round two of Whitetail hunts in Texas!
Whitetail Hunts in Texas – Phil from New York has been hunting with Pope Brothers Guide Service for a lot of years. Phil took a nice Zebra and Mouflon ram this spring and had planned to make his way back for Whitetail hunts in Texas. Well We always anticipate Phil wanting to look at more than just the one animal he came for so we had planned to start with Whitetail hunts in Texas and then just go from there. Phil got into camp on The first Tuesday of the season for Whitetail hunts in Texas. With hunters being in opening weekend and shooting quite a few deer we figured the deer would be pretty shook up. We had been seeing a good 8 point at one of the stands and figured it would be a good buck for Phil to go after t start his Whitetail Hunts in Texas. After the first evening in the stand Phil had see a few deer but no shooter buck on his first Sit for Whitetail. The next morning Phil was up early with high hopes that he would see a good shooter buck on his whitetail hunts in Texas. After being in the blind a few minutes it was light enough he could make out a few deer standing out in front of him and he could tell one was a bigger bodied deer. As light peered through the canyon and finally revealed what was in front of him Phil knew this was the buck we had set out to get on his Whitetail Hunts in Texas. As Phil Readied his rifle the deer stepped back into the brush. Phil was not sure if he had been seen or smelled or what. As luck would have it Phil didn’t have to wait long and the buck followed a doe back into the stand. Phil Got the gun back up and this time was able to get a shot off on the Big 8 on his second day of whitetail hunts in Texas. Phil waited for the guides to come back to pick him up and he knew the buck was down so he pointed the way and they recovered his Whitetail. Phil’s whitetail hunts in Texas had come to a close but we knew he would be ready to go look at some other animals. Congrats Phil on an excellent buck.