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Air Whitetails

Air Whitetails

When you manage a Texas hunting ranch, taking inventory starts with climbing into a chopper with your camera.
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from Jacob Koger wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

O My God. I got an idea. Ok we need a M16,a giant net gun, and a string.......... The rest is history

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from Winger wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

even though these bucks are very nice deer nothing beats a good ol' northern alberta whitetail last one i brought back from the butcher supplied me with 98kgs of winter food

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Kody,
We all have a little of the character Gus in us. The key is just behaving like you know how to.
Like Gus, I hope to have my adventuring days and then settle down on a porch, sip whiskey and enjoy the fine company of my pretty wife... and be ready with my pistol when some sneaky bandit tries to do some injustice.
I work with a lot of fellas like Gus. They fight like men, are gentle with women and kids, and have an outrageous sense of humor.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Captain,
I wish Gus of Lonesome Dove could have lived forever. No wonder Robert Duvall has said it was his favorite role. Damn, this world would be so much better if each of us had a Gus in our lives. I hope you Texans are able to raise a few modern day versions of this character.
Kody

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Gmbhunter, I liked your post on this subject. Your comment about guys able to afford expensive hunting camps but choosing to hunt on their own exposes a simple truth. The guy who is envious of the rich man's hunt seems to think it has higher value because it comes at a higher price. Oddly, the rich guy who can afford the costly hunt may choose to do otherwise and share the woods like everybody else. He places a value on the hunt that is not linked to dollars. Certainly, money increases one's options but the best it can do it to broaden your perspective. He may choose to hunt it alone or resort to paying for the outing when circumstances make it the only option on a particular season. Either way, the hunt is what you make of it not what you paid for it!

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Kody, Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorites. And you are right about your suppositions... it's too darn hot to be a biggun' in TX, whether man or animal.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I suspected as much, Captain, our Big Horn sheep are large bodied animals in contrast to the desert sheep. It is a necessary adaptation for survival in contrasting climates. Similarly Texans tend to be tall and lanky, all sinew and muscle with weathered faces still able to crack a smile.. I saw the whole series "Lonesome Dove'.

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Kody, the TX summers are so vicious that it would be murder on a deer to be any bigger. Also, the winters are not cold enough for the deer to have to put on much mass.
The upside to this is that we have A LOT of deer. Depending on where you are in TX, you can harvest around 7 deer per season (mix of buck and doe). I have never shot this many deer in a season, but it is legal and the game population will support it in many areas.

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from Colombo473 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

To Everyone,You are all forgetting that real hunting is about family and friends and not the size of the deer harvested.Good Luck to all in the up and coming seasons

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Dear Captain, I thought everything was big in Texas. My Uncle who was born in Galveston, swore that Texas grew everything bigger. I believed him, so finding out those big whitetail antlers are perched on such little deer is quite a shock. This calls for drastic measures, you need to import some Alberta deer to bring things back to scale. Put those big antlers on some big deer within a few generation... food permitting.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

pjsabella,
Deer don't range very far afield. The deer on our family farm which is only a couple of sections with a creek running through stay there. When I choose to keep track I can soon know where and when they usually travel. There is a herd of whitetail on the farm that are wild but within our fences most of their lifes. Nevertheless, that does not guarantee success. How is this so different from the Texas hunt where you are on a thousands of acres of land? They had better be keeping track of the herd on their land. Unlike the leisurely walk in the woods at the farm, they have lots of ground to cover to have a clue where to find the bucks. The helicopter is a sensible scouting method. It is not as if they are shooting from the copter, nor are they dropping hunters in the vicinity.

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from DivineStrake wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

pjsabella: Who said anything about hunting? This is herd inventory. Nowhere does it say they were hunting the deer from, or with the assistance of, a helicopter. Why is it so difficult for people to read?

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Yep, TX deer do have small bodies. The biggest buck I shot in TX field dressed to 120 lbs. But they have the potential of growing huge racks.
As far as TX hunting, if you do not own the land, you are normally going to have to pay for a hunt as 98% of land is privately owned.
You can cry about the difference between hunting public land and private, but the truth is in TX for any land you hunt you are on a lease. There really is no public land hunting in TX.

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

All that green makes me miss summer. Hope to see some racks comparable to those where I hunt, prolly never happen though, but ya never know.

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from gmbhunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I agree with Cody---hard work and determination determine whether you "choose" to go on a hunt like he mentions-----I have only missed 2 deer seasons in 43 years-----can afford to go on the hunts mentioned, but just plain choose to go it on my own in state forests. If you want it bad enough ,,,get an education(which is also hard work) and then put your nose to the grindstone---all the hunts you want can happen if you are willing to work for them. I also agree---107 lbs. dressed out is a small bodied deer in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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from albertahunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

32000 acres, may as well be in the wilderness. at least you know there are great deer all over and u just have to hunt hard and be lucky.
108 pounds field dressed?? Are they that small?
Most of my 3 and 4 year olds were around 200pounds on a scale, ready to cut up and I got a big doe couple years ago that scaled 175, and real good.
We have a strain of small ones like that in the western foothills that aren't worth tagging.
Some unique racks in the photos,good to see.

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from pjsabella wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Seems more like herding cattle than hunting to me.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I sure see plenty of moaning about the 'big spenders' able to go on that big hunt. Perhaps the big spender didn't waste his time whining and just worked hard enough and long enough to afford such luxuries. It's sour grapes to portray the rich guy as someone whose Daddy gave a big allowance. The most common vehicle owned by millionaires in America is a pickup truck. Sure there are wealthy characters who are not deserving of respect, they are in the minority. The AVERAGE person of means is deserving of respect because they earned every dime. The 'high life' club is not a private club anybody can join. Membership is free, you just have to be smart enough, tough enough and determined enough to get there. So, if it is important to you, make up your mind and plan on booking your hunt in twenty or thirty years. Otherwise, get happy with your life and leave envy out of your life.

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from toroscope wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I'd like to have the money to be able to book a hunt on a place like this...however, I'm sure Kentucky has several big boys similar to those seen in this spread that are NOT living the high life on a managed spread only available to big spenders AND which are available to the average hunter who only has to spend his/her dinero to get ammo, (or arrows and broadheads), license and tags across the counter at Wal-Mart or another big box store.

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Just a few of the reasons I miss the homeland! God blessed TX.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I sure see plenty of moaning about the 'big spenders' able to go on that big hunt. Perhaps the big spender didn't waste his time whining and just worked hard enough and long enough to afford such luxuries. It's sour grapes to portray the rich guy as someone whose Daddy gave a big allowance. The most common vehicle owned by millionaires in America is a pickup truck. Sure there are wealthy characters who are not deserving of respect, they are in the minority. The AVERAGE person of means is deserving of respect because they earned every dime. The 'high life' club is not a private club anybody can join. Membership is free, you just have to be smart enough, tough enough and determined enough to get there. So, if it is important to you, make up your mind and plan on booking your hunt in twenty or thirty years. Otherwise, get happy with your life and leave envy out of your life.

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Just a few of the reasons I miss the homeland! God blessed TX.

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from toroscope wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I'd like to have the money to be able to book a hunt on a place like this...however, I'm sure Kentucky has several big boys similar to those seen in this spread that are NOT living the high life on a managed spread only available to big spenders AND which are available to the average hunter who only has to spend his/her dinero to get ammo, (or arrows and broadheads), license and tags across the counter at Wal-Mart or another big box store.

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from pjsabella wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Seems more like herding cattle than hunting to me.

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from albertahunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

32000 acres, may as well be in the wilderness. at least you know there are great deer all over and u just have to hunt hard and be lucky.
108 pounds field dressed?? Are they that small?
Most of my 3 and 4 year olds were around 200pounds on a scale, ready to cut up and I got a big doe couple years ago that scaled 175, and real good.
We have a strain of small ones like that in the western foothills that aren't worth tagging.
Some unique racks in the photos,good to see.

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from gmbhunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I agree with Cody---hard work and determination determine whether you "choose" to go on a hunt like he mentions-----I have only missed 2 deer seasons in 43 years-----can afford to go on the hunts mentioned, but just plain choose to go it on my own in state forests. If you want it bad enough ,,,get an education(which is also hard work) and then put your nose to the grindstone---all the hunts you want can happen if you are willing to work for them. I also agree---107 lbs. dressed out is a small bodied deer in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Yep, TX deer do have small bodies. The biggest buck I shot in TX field dressed to 120 lbs. But they have the potential of growing huge racks.
As far as TX hunting, if you do not own the land, you are normally going to have to pay for a hunt as 98% of land is privately owned.
You can cry about the difference between hunting public land and private, but the truth is in TX for any land you hunt you are on a lease. There really is no public land hunting in TX.

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Kody, the TX summers are so vicious that it would be murder on a deer to be any bigger. Also, the winters are not cold enough for the deer to have to put on much mass.
The upside to this is that we have A LOT of deer. Depending on where you are in TX, you can harvest around 7 deer per season (mix of buck and doe). I have never shot this many deer in a season, but it is legal and the game population will support it in many areas.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I suspected as much, Captain, our Big Horn sheep are large bodied animals in contrast to the desert sheep. It is a necessary adaptation for survival in contrasting climates. Similarly Texans tend to be tall and lanky, all sinew and muscle with weathered faces still able to crack a smile.. I saw the whole series "Lonesome Dove'.

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Kody, Lonesome Dove is one of my all-time favorites. And you are right about your suppositions... it's too darn hot to be a biggun' in TX, whether man or animal.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Gmbhunter, I liked your post on this subject. Your comment about guys able to afford expensive hunting camps but choosing to hunt on their own exposes a simple truth. The guy who is envious of the rich man's hunt seems to think it has higher value because it comes at a higher price. Oddly, the rich guy who can afford the costly hunt may choose to do otherwise and share the woods like everybody else. He places a value on the hunt that is not linked to dollars. Certainly, money increases one's options but the best it can do it to broaden your perspective. He may choose to hunt it alone or resort to paying for the outing when circumstances make it the only option on a particular season. Either way, the hunt is what you make of it not what you paid for it!

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Captain,
I wish Gus of Lonesome Dove could have lived forever. No wonder Robert Duvall has said it was his favorite role. Damn, this world would be so much better if each of us had a Gus in our lives. I hope you Texans are able to raise a few modern day versions of this character.
Kody

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from The Captain wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Kody,
We all have a little of the character Gus in us. The key is just behaving like you know how to.
Like Gus, I hope to have my adventuring days and then settle down on a porch, sip whiskey and enjoy the fine company of my pretty wife... and be ready with my pistol when some sneaky bandit tries to do some injustice.
I work with a lot of fellas like Gus. They fight like men, are gentle with women and kids, and have an outrageous sense of humor.

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from MWK_MN wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

All that green makes me miss summer. Hope to see some racks comparable to those where I hunt, prolly never happen though, but ya never know.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

pjsabella,
Deer don't range very far afield. The deer on our family farm which is only a couple of sections with a creek running through stay there. When I choose to keep track I can soon know where and when they usually travel. There is a herd of whitetail on the farm that are wild but within our fences most of their lifes. Nevertheless, that does not guarantee success. How is this so different from the Texas hunt where you are on a thousands of acres of land? They had better be keeping track of the herd on their land. Unlike the leisurely walk in the woods at the farm, they have lots of ground to cover to have a clue where to find the bucks. The helicopter is a sensible scouting method. It is not as if they are shooting from the copter, nor are they dropping hunters in the vicinity.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Dear Captain, I thought everything was big in Texas. My Uncle who was born in Galveston, swore that Texas grew everything bigger. I believed him, so finding out those big whitetail antlers are perched on such little deer is quite a shock. This calls for drastic measures, you need to import some Alberta deer to bring things back to scale. Put those big antlers on some big deer within a few generation... food permitting.

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from Colombo473 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

To Everyone,You are all forgetting that real hunting is about family and friends and not the size of the deer harvested.Good Luck to all in the up and coming seasons

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from Winger wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

even though these bucks are very nice deer nothing beats a good ol' northern alberta whitetail last one i brought back from the butcher supplied me with 98kgs of winter food

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from Jacob Koger wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

O My God. I got an idea. Ok we need a M16,a giant net gun, and a string.......... The rest is history

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from DivineStrake wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

pjsabella: Who said anything about hunting? This is herd inventory. Nowhere does it say they were hunting the deer from, or with the assistance of, a helicopter. Why is it so difficult for people to read?

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