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!