tracy vacinating the cattle Sunset vultures Jim and Mary with the blooms Mike and Danille with pear tunas

Off for another adventure to the ranch with a couple’s only trip. We were accompanied by good friends Mike and Danielle Tomei and new friends Jim and Mary Payne. Actually Jim and I have worked together for many years but this was the first time we met his wife Mary. The mission of our trip was primarily to put the smack down on the local Dove population along with the normal ranch duties.

The ranch had received a couple of inches of rain the previous week so the brush country was alive with cactus blooms of every type. Temperatures were reasonable for August but we did we enjoyed the extra cooling power of the new mini splits that my brother had given us. Thank You Kevin! The deer cam pictures caught a really nice drop tine buck along with some very wide boys and way to many lions! Check them out on our web site at under the hunt menu/ deer cam. The dove fields had been tended well and Manuel had tidy up our blinds.

For three nights the gringos from Michigan threw lead in every direction and although the Paloma won the vast majority of the battles we did manage to kill enough for dinner. As is customary on our ranch hunting trips the last night is a wild game dinner and we once again dined in splendor on the tiny fowl. Marinated succulent breast with an array of veggies and cooked on a mesquite smoked fire is a treasure for ones palate.

The hunt was a huge success with enough birds bagged for our dinner (which took 80) along with Manuel’s family and Angelis’s family. The most comical sight of the trip was watching Mike retrieve his wife’s birds and yes he did carry one back in his mouth!!! The scenery was breath taking as usual, and the deer herd looks in great shape. We are making progress on the breeding pens and the high fence around our food plot is gorgeous. I am really looking forward to another awesome fall hunt. Until then Adios