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JABSporting May Meat Hunt Synopsis #7525883 06/03/19 03:27 PM
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What began as a replacement for a spring black bear hunt in Wyoming evolved into a planned four ranch exotic hunt in south Texas.

Then, participant attrition due to family plans and health issues ended up as a two exotic ranch hunt for three different small groups of hunters. The first was just west of Corpus Christie and the second was the was at Hondo, Texas.
My friend and owner of JABSPORTING, JR arranged the hunts and another friend, JS, drove down with me from the Dallas area. JS is an experienced hunter of birds, deer, elk, pronghorn, and African plains game and wanted to see what exotic animals might be available right here near home. He thought maybe a bull Axis deer might be nice.

Corpus Christi
We arrived Friday afternoon and were met at the ranch gate by JR and the game manager. The ranch was running a special to reduce the overpopulation of Axis doe and red deer hind(doe). I wanted a hind and JS was shopping and taking pictures. The ranch “lodge” was a luxury home decorated with native and African trophies; excellent accommodations. All the ranch roads are paved and the fields of coastal Bermuda grass are neatly mowed as in this photo of my hind taken Saturday morning with my .405 double rifle:


One of us also took a hind with his new flint lock rifle and JS took many pictures of big game and wild turkey. He decided that this Axis would look good on his wall, but the taking of the picture spooked it away:


Looking at the pictures now it is easy to see how the animal could slip into the shade and become invisible.



Hondo
After a mid day lunch and a two hour drive Saturday afternoon, JS and I arrived at the entrance to JR's ranch just three miles south of Hondo where we were met by JR and an unlocked gate. I have hunted with JR for 15 years and this ranch is usually dry and a bit dusty this time of year, but now the grass, weeds, and mesquite forest was still very green and lush from frequent rains. It appeared that the usual 25 to 50 yard shot would be reduced to just a few yards. After quickly tossing gear into our rooms, JS and I grabbed rifles and hopped into the 4 door, 4WD ranch pickup to get in a quick hunt before dark.
Rather than the usual tour to view the many varieties of exotics, JR headed for the far southeast corner of the 1,200 acre property where “my” cow elk had been recently seen. And see it we did- or rather JR saw it standing by a dead tree about 10 yards from us. Jim and I looked all around, but never saw the elk, even when it slipped away into the green mass of mesquite. How? Look at this mess of brush just below a stock tank; JR and I creeping into the brush where we did flush out the cow elk where it became a running blur shielded by the thick brush; no chance for a shot.


Richard, JR's partner, took us to supper and regaled us with hunting tales. Back at the lodge, I prepped the coffee pot for an early morning and then hit the sack. Sunday morning we had micro-waved frozen breakfast and coffee before resuming our hunt for the elk cow. Richard took JS out to locate an Axis buck and to get the tour of his exotic animal zoo. During this slowly driving of the many two track trails, we saw many exotics, including bison, Asian water buff, Watusi cattle (one had an 8 foot horn spread), red deer, white tailed deer, red sheep, kudu, black buck, feral hogs, and wild goats and sheep of many breeds and colors. They did locate an Axis to shoot, but as JS was preparing to fire, it stepped into the shady gloom and disappeared, not to be seen again.

Then Richard called JR and told him that he had t spotted the elk cow and would talk us in and back out as we came near. After a few minutes driving, we saw Richard’s white pickup and slowed to a creep as Richard backed away. Soon JR spotted the elk and pointed to about a city block of greenery. After a bit, I thought I saw the butt of the cow and slipped out of the truck and the pickup eased slowly away. You guessed it – no elk to be seen and no sound as it disappeared further into the shady brush. Back in the truck, we slowly made many more passes around the area but the elk was gone and it was noon and time to head back to Dallas.

After a good BBQ lunch in Hondo, we put more ice on my red deer and drove back home. The red deer is said to taste like elk and I will find out next week.

I encourage you to take advantage of one of JR's hunting opportunities. I've been to 7 States and 2 continents with him as my PH over the years and I have been hard pressed to find more quality for less money.

I give permission for this to be posted for reading pleasure and as an endorsement and I may be contacted for one-on-one conversation of referral.

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Charles R. Shelton
Shelton Technologies, Inc.

Re: JABSporting May Meat Hunt Synopsis [Re: JABHunting] #7525933 06/03/19 04:20 PM
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