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Old 09-17-2020, 12:42 PM   #1
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It begins. Got off a 24 hour shift this morning. Went to the company hotel and took a nap. Got food and Iím on the road. Itís always a nice wake up call from the ER call room by your nurse say multiple ambulances are in route ha ha. Did not get much sleep but good to go. Here is the first pic. Somewhere between Ft. Stockton and Junction to Menard.




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Old 09-17-2020, 12:47 PM   #2
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Old 09-17-2020, 01:10 PM   #3
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Robert Earl keen, his college roommate Lyle Lovett along with Pat and Stoney LaRue covering the highway noise.

DRT is 170 miles out and Iím 100. Owner and his son are about 100 miles out too.
Ellis is alive and coming tomorrow.


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Old 09-17-2020, 01:17 PM   #4
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Good luck! Tuned in

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Old 09-17-2020, 06:24 PM   #5
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In about an 8ft tripod style stand. Nice little breeze. Comfortable temp. A few whitetail here. Saw some axis go by a bit ago.





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Old 09-17-2020, 06:48 PM   #6
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Great place! You guys are going to have a blast.
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:17 PM   #7
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Some big fallow doe.

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Old 09-18-2020, 08:43 AM   #8
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Mostly WT until now.

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Old 09-18-2020, 08:44 AM   #9
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Old 09-18-2020, 11:24 AM   #10
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Good luck guys!!!

Jeremy, where are you from? I live in Sonora. From your first post, I gather we might be west Tx neighbors!

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Old 09-18-2020, 12:18 PM   #11
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I would love to hunt London Oaks someday. Only heard great things about Tim, his animals, and the operation he runs. Wish I would have seen this sooner so I coulda asked if you guys mind if I tagged along.

Best of Luck, Guys.

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Old 09-18-2020, 02:32 PM   #12
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Not sure if Jeremy has a signal . . .

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Old 09-18-2020, 04:42 PM   #13
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If he does not have AT&T, he wonít have phone service at the ranch.

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Old 09-18-2020, 06:20 PM   #14
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Arrows have been released.. The blood has started to flow.
Waiting on the dog.

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Old 09-18-2020, 07:20 PM   #15
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:22 PM   #16
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:49 PM   #17
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Good luck with the tracking, and good luck to everyone on this hunting trip.
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Old 09-18-2020, 07:49 PM   #18
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Good luck, what on the menu?
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Old 09-18-2020, 09:44 PM   #19
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Blood has been shed! X2


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Steaks and potatoes, whiskey and beer is on the menu for tonight with blood stained hands!!!


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Old 09-18-2020, 09:53 PM   #21
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Old 09-19-2020, 12:04 AM   #22
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Busted my phone. Pics in the am. One each dead axis buck and doe.

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Old 09-19-2020, 07:46 AM   #23
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Borrowed camp phone so no pics til later but in a Krivoman on the ground. Have two axis bucks, on scimitar orynx and a group of wildebeest to entertain me so far this morning. A big boar came by but not into the feeder. He kinda messed things up feeding around for a while.
I don't know how many folks have been here but the facility is really nice and there are plenty of varied species.
When I shot the axis doe last night it didn't sound right and turns out I split the lower limb at the fade. Still, the arrow got through her and did the job but for now my TallTines recurve is toast

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Old 09-19-2020, 04:10 PM   #24
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Sorry about your bow Gary; glad the shot still brought the doe down.

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Old 09-19-2020, 07:08 PM   #25
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I may have a lead on some limbs.
I just let go of another arrow on an auodad ewe. Shot looked good and blood pouring as she left.

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Old 09-19-2020, 07:34 PM   #26
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I may have a lead on some limbs.
I just let go of another arrow on an auodad ewe. Shot looked good and blood pouring as she left.

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Old 09-19-2020, 09:18 PM   #28
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So I will say this...this is the bowhunting paradise I've dreamed about. Tim and his son Jake are some incredible people. They run a very fine operation. I hope to be a regular customer there and am already planning my next few trips back...yes multiple. I'm going to find a weekend to take my whole family there and I'm also going to take my former boss there. This place cuts no corners. It is a little slice of heaven on this earth.

DRT (Gary) and Tradtiger (Ellis) are some great guys to hang out with. They have quite some experience and know how to fling arrows. Great companions and the type of guys you can immediately feel at home with.

Unfortunately, I cut the trip short and went home a day early. I've been away from my kiddos and wife more than I have been with them due to my career in medicine. I picked up an entire week of ER work out of town and have to be on the road Sunday afternoon, so I decided to go get some quality time with them for 24hrs before I once again leave.

As far as the hunting- this place is total 1200ac of high fence. It is NOT a gimme hunt. The game is plentiful but they are very wild and will not give you multiple chances to slip up.

The kills- I ended up killing a MAGNIFICENT Axis buck on my third sit...with my compound bow. Why the compound? I have not had any time to dedicate the proper practice with my recurve that is needed to ethically kill (confidently) game. That being said, I did spend some time shooting and performed very well...well enough that I will be shifting away from compound hunting. Thanks to Tim, Jake, Gary and Ellis I have a new found interest in dedicating my time to Trad hunting. With the practice at camp, I was shooting well enough to go after a ram, but we could not locate them. I'm hoping to go back within the next few weeks to get on this monster ram with my trad bow...the whole point of originally going on this hunt.

Food was great, game was plentiful and this was a weekend that turned out to be better than I had thought possible.
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:20 PM   #29
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Kill count when I left:

Jmh05: Axis buck rough score 34" main beams
DRT: Axis doe- beautiful hide and best meat available

Sounds like an aoudad ewe to be confirmed- very jealous!
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Good luck guys!!!

Jeremy, where are you from? I live in Sonora. From your first post, I gather we might be west Tx neighbors!

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Bisch, sorry we missed you this weekend. I'm in Water Valley, just north of San Angelo. It only took me about 1.5hrs to get from London Oaks to Angelo. I'm really looking forward to coming back soon and often.
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:24 PM   #31
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I'd post pics of my Axis, but I was told that some people get really butt hurt about posting wheel bow kill LDP's in the trad forum...I'll let the thread decide if I can post it.
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We ate like kings. Cooked axis and WT deer sausage along with jalapeŮo poppers for lunch.

Then we had an incredible dinner of steaks, potatoes followed by dessert- key lime pie.


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Old 09-20-2020, 06:27 AM   #34
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I'd post pics of my Axis, but I was told that some people get really butt hurt about posting wheel bow kill LDP's in the trad forum...I'll let the thread decide if I can post it.
Don't post it in the trad section, post it on the Campfire section. Congratulations on the kill.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:40 AM   #35
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Tim got some nice pics he will distribute to us and we can post them. In the blind for one last go. Pretty darn cool and hopefully there will be some action although mornings have been slightly slower than evenings.
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Don't post it in the trad section, post it on the Campfire section. Congratulations on the kill.
For a mixed thread where we brought a variety of bows, the elitist butt hurt has been verified. I'll refrain from posting any other pics from the blinds, camp or kills that may have a compound bow, case or arrows visible.
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Attachment 1019891Got an auodad ewe. Great shot and profuse blood trail but she still ran 100 yards plus.
I'm starting to wonder if those just aren't the toughest animals to kill out there. Congrats!
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:06 AM   #38
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Phillip is a good guy and that has been the standard here since I've been involved in traditional archery. Albiet that is not a really long time.
He said he'd like to see the pics, as I'm sure many on TBH would but suggested you post them on ATC.
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:29 AM   #39
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Phillip is a good guy and that has been the standard here since I've been involved in traditional archery. Albiet that is not a really long time.
He said he'd like to see the pics, as I'm sure many on TBH would but suggested you post them on ATC.
It is still a big part of this thread and story though, but alas I did not want to ruffle feathers of people who easily get offended by compound bows hence why I asked and did not post it here. It's in the ATC section.

Did Ellis knock anything down?
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Good deal cause he is a nice axis. I wasn't shooting well in practice and two came in last night . One a shooter and he just wouldn't close the distance or even give me a good angle. I wasn't going to push the range as inconsistent as I was practicing. Wish I had my Primaltech recurve.
However I plan to come back next year and get one.
This is one of the nicest set ups I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Great facilities, hunting and hosts. Can't say enough positive. Makes me very happy the other places were booked as this will be a goto destination for me.
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:30 PM   #41
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Wow, thanks for all the kind words guys. We have worked really hard to try to create a world class bowhunting ranch..
We have tried to take the best from places we have hunted, and avoid some of the problems we have seen.
The crew this weekend was a perfect example of the kind of hunters that we want to attract.
Class guys all the way around! Great Camaraderie, always great when you can spend 3 days hunting with a groups d you are looking forward to them coming back.
Only thing that would have made it better was that if Bisch could have been there. He has worked his butt off getting everything ready for this weekend and the upcoming season.

Gonna take a stab at posting your pic Gary
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I'll just echo the sentiments expressed above regarding the company and ranch -- great camaraderie and fellowship all the way around in camp, and the ranch is truly remarkable. Personally saw HERDS of gemsbock, wildebeast, scymitar-horned oryx, along with lots of axis bucks and does, plus fallow deer, blackbuck and aoudad. Also saw a nilgai bull at about 75 yards -- huge animal. Passed up a 10-yard chance at a trophy aoudad with huge horns yesterday evening late due to trying to get a scimitar today. Tim and his son Jake did all they could to get the opportunity at the scimitar, but luck was not on our side. I'll be back sooner rather than later, for sure!
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Post it. This phone isn't gonna allow me to.

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Old 09-20-2020, 11:32 PM   #44
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Here is the axis doe.
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Congrats Gary.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:04 AM   #46
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That's another thing, Tim is very nice about taking your hero pics. He is pretty set on getting good ones and although he cannot change how many chins or belly rolls his ugly hunter has he has a talent for getting a good memory for you.
Thanks again Tim.
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Looks like you all had a great time, congrats!
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