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#5433998 - 11/20/14 04:09 PM Florida Mountains Ibex
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Registered: 09/14/12
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Loc: Las Cruces, NM
I had a buddy draw a once in a lifetime tag this year (his first time applying, Ive applied 15 years and never drawn)for ibex in the Florida Mountains. It was absolutely nuts, the whole thing. You hike straight uphill, then go rock climbing, then have to figure out a way to get down - and you do that about 2 or 3 times a day. We figured it wouldnt be that hard, only 25 tags and the mountains are only 10 miles long. We were wrong, spotting these tiny things requires a spotting scope - binoculars rarely work. Then when you find them you get to start hiking to them, and most of the time you get busted or they just disappear into the cliffs - after you had hiked 3 hours to get to them. We didnt have radios, huge disadvantage as all the guides out there had 2 or three spotters with radios telling the hunters where the ibex were while hiking. It got very frustrating after 3 days of walking out butts off then coming up empty handed. On the last day, I ran into an old friend who showed us where he had seen some ibex earlier in the day - then offered to hike with us to them. He pointed to the highest freaking spot on the mountain, and we tried to spot them and couldn't. But we decided to trust his judgement and took off towards the peak anyway. It took 2 hours to get to the point where we could actually see the peak, and we spotted a herd of about 45 goats. So we snuck around another point to a crack in the cliffs about 4 feet wide - this took another hour. When we spotted the goats, they were 472 yards away. I was calling marks off and best I could tell the goat was at 506 when he shot. He folded up and fell 200 yards before stopping, had a small bush not been there he would have gone another 500 yards. It took 45 minutes to get to the goat and by that time it was getting dark. So we gutted it, and hung it for the next morning....which meant we had to actually do that hike all over again. Just a crazy hunt in a crazy place.....I told my buddy he did that goat a favor by taking its life.



Biggest billy we saw, you have to look real close




Where he shot from




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#5434049 - 11/20/14 04:44 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 08/26/14
Posts: 182
Loc: Friendswood, TX
awesome! cheers

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#5434050 - 11/20/14 04:46 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 15874
Loc: Winters
What an amazing hunt. I've always wanted to put in for it. I better just go ahead and do it.
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#5434060 - 11/20/14 04:50 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 1102
Loc: Abilene
Congrats to you and your buddy.

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#5434061 - 11/20/14 04:50 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 5511
Loc: DFW
Outstanding! Thanks for sharing and congrats to your buddy!

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#5434071 - 11/20/14 04:53 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 15139
Loc: Denton/Argyle
Great job! up Thanks for sharing.
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#5434088 - 11/20/14 05:08 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 06/21/11
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Loc: Oak Harbor, Slidell La
Thanks for posting the photos and the report. Congrats on a fine looking Goat!! I Mule Deer hunted the Florida mountains in 1983/4 and I still remember those days as some of my most physically demanding days in the field ever. It was hot and windy everyday and I wore out a fairly new pair of hunting boots each year on those rocks! Thanks for the trip down memory lane....... now I think I'll go lie down. Baker
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#5434121 - 11/20/14 05:23 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
no wonder the Apache liked the place
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#5434241 - 11/20/14 06:39 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 2688
Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
Might have been a tough hunt but I bet its one you'll remember the rest of you life. Congrats.
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#5434363 - 11/20/14 07:46 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 03/08/08
Posts: 1076
Loc: Wichita County
AWESOME!!!!

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#5434375 - 11/20/14 07:53 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Congrats.
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#5434392 - 11/20/14 08:01 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 6075
Loc: Fredericktown, Ohio
up Outstanding!
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#5434433 - 11/20/14 08:33 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Chief Joe]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Originally Posted By: Chief Joe
up Outstanding!
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#5434473 - 11/20/14 08:54 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 8641
Loc: McKinney, TX
Once in a lifetime draw. Congrats to your buddy!

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#5434591 - 11/20/14 09:55 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
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Great job and congrats. I actually live about an hr away from the Florida's and those are some of the nastiest, jagged, most unforgiving pile of rocks this side of the universe. Great pics but they really don't come close to showing how truly rugged those mountains are! cheers
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