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#5433998 - 11/20/14 04:09 PM Florida Mountains Ibex
Texas Tatonkas Offline
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Registered: 09/14/12
Posts: 1720
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


#5434049 - 11/20/14 04:44 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
Mako My Day Offline
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Registered: 08/26/14
Posts: 333
Loc: Tiki Island, TX
awesome! cheers

#5434050 - 11/20/14 04:46 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
Sneaky Offline
The "Grouch"

Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 18642
Loc: Winters
What an amazing hunt. I've always wanted to put in for it. I better just go ahead and do it.

#5434060 - 11/20/14 04:50 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
cowboybam58 Offline
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Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 1151
Loc: Abilene
Congrats to you and your buddy.

#5434061 - 11/20/14 04:50 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
Deerhunter61 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7595
Loc: DFW
Outstanding! Thanks for sharing and congrats to your buddy!

#5434071 - 11/20/14 04:53 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
dkershen Online   content

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 18046
Loc: Denton/Argyle
Great job! up Thanks for sharing.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

#5434088 - 11/20/14 05:08 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
Elkhunter49 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/11
Posts: 4078
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
A true friend reaches for your hand but touches your heart.

#5434121 - 11/20/14 05:23 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
colt45 Online   content
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 7774
Loc: bastrop county
no wonder the Apache liked the place
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

#5434241 - 11/20/14 06:39 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
Michael W. Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 3471
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.

A clear conscience is often the sign of a fuzzy memory.

#5434363 - 11/20/14 07:46 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
James A Offline
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Registered: 03/08/08
Posts: 1096
Loc: Wichita County

#5434375 - 11/20/14 07:53 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
dogcatcher Offline
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Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 85726
Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________

#5434392 - 11/20/14 08:01 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
Chief Joe Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 6162
Loc: Fredericktown, Ohio
up Outstanding!

"It is the same boiling water that softens the rice, which hardens the egg." It's not always about the circumstances, but what you are made of....

#5434433 - 11/20/14 08:33 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Chief Joe]
stxranchman Online   content
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52323
Originally Posted By: Chief Joe
up Outstanding!

#5434473 - 11/20/14 08:54 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
NDN98 Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 10850
Loc: McKinney, TX
Once in a lifetime draw. Congrats to your buddy!

#5434591 - 11/20/14 09:55 PM Re: Florida Mountains Ibex [Re: Texas Tatonkas]
BuckRage Offline
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Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 20729
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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