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Old 02-22-2021, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default GRXH 2021 Icepocalypse recap!

GRXH 2021 is in the books, and it was a great year despite all the obvious clues to the contrary.
Yes, it was cold, from Wednesday to Friday it was 19, 17 and 13 respectively (and that's without wind chill) but Saturday and Sunday brought it all home in Texas Style! The snow and ice melted and we were privy to the best that Texas weather has to offer!

Yes, we broke trail in the snow and ice while hiking in from the trailhead, it sucked, but we did it. As soon as we figured out the ramps were open, we dragged the boats to the water's edge.

Yes, we broke ice on both the main lake and in the river into camp.

Yes, we suffered boat failures, just like every year.

But, in the end, GRXH 2021 was what it always is; a meeting of like-minded people that we have been doing for over 21 years. Men and women that are out to prove that we have nothing to prove, we love what we love, we love who we love and we are not apologetic about it; if you don't like it, don't show up.

Yes, the cold weather, ice and snow kept some brethren out of camp this year dealing with broken pipes, power outages and family members in need; but a few hardy individuals who were blessed with a little good fortune did make it. We had 26 people in camp on Saturday, enough to have a Noobie (Griswald) win the flask.
No pigs this year, not for lack of trying, and shooting; me, Bho and Bruce trailed a pig for over a half mile before we lost blood. Wildman shot one that ended up on private property

Yes, we did eat, a nice soup on Saturday night made from Rabbit, ***** and *****. In the end, we didn't eat enough to tame the hunger, but just enough to keep the wolves at bay. Fish were non existent, because of the ice on the river, but we made do alright...

All in all, we did what we always do, we had fun, we had great fellowship around the fire and we hunted our asses off.

Pictures will follow, but here's my list for this year...
1) I have a boat that won't float (punched a hole in the bottom)
2) A fire that won't light (too cold and wet, until Friday anyway)
3) A Pig that won't die (blood trail for days, but dries up eventually)
4) Brazilians will show up no matter what.
5) Never bet on the under for Rangers to show up.
6) If you put out a call for Lonestar Beer it will be answered.
7) Record low temps WILL keep people home.
8) Breaking ice is cool in the boat.
9) A tarp is great until you need a tent.
10) In Texas, you need a 4 x 4 truck and a center console boat.

As always, it has been a great hunt and I can't wait until the next gathering.
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:03 AM   #2
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I am still getting caught up from the storms. I never have 10, but I have a few.

1. 1 rabbit can feed about 20 people.
2. I need to figure out why my feet are always cold in my hammock.
3. I can stay up until 4am at the GRXH, but I am ready for bed at 8pm if I am working.
4. Frozen/broken water pipes and broken water wells can wait for the GRXH.
5. Eating a double cheese burger, large fries, large dr pepper, and a chocolate brownie sunday all at once after not really eating for 48 hours will about make you throw up.
6. Hiking in with a 70 pound pack on ice is fun.


All in all this was another great time with great people. The GRXH doesn't disappoint. Maybe next year the weather will be nice and the Biden lovers will attend.
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:09 AM   #3
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Im always amazed at the debacles yall deal with on these. Specifically the boat issues.
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:19 AM   #4
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Glad I missed it...

Sounds like you girls did it though as usual!!
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:50 AM   #5
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I have to give you guys credit. You people are a lot tougher than I am.

Glad you could have another great year!
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:28 AM   #6
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A few pics

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Old 02-26-2021, 10:24 AM   #7
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Need more pics
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Old 02-26-2021, 12:51 PM   #8
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Need more pics
I didn't take many, but here's what I have...

These first images are of various water ways frozen over.

Water Plant Slough
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PC snowed in
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Breaking Ice on the lake at the mouth of the river.
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Bho and I had to take a break on the hike in Wednesday, we really are too old for this.
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Armadillo on the half shell...
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The hole that cut the Beer Barge's trip short, it's about the size of your thumb...
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It was a helluva hunt!
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Old 03-02-2021, 12:59 PM   #9
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Much respect gentlemen. No way in Hades I'd be out there.
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:01 PM   #10
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You guys are nuts!!!!!

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Old 03-02-2021, 02:01 PM   #11
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Nuts!!!
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:34 PM   #12
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Dotdang i wish I coulda made it. Last year was my first and I've been looking forward to this trip all year. Looks beautiful!

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Old 03-02-2021, 06:36 PM   #13
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How was the dillo? Heard it called poor man's pork before. Worth taking one next time?

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Old 03-02-2021, 06:43 PM   #14
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Dillo was amazing,or i was really hungry1
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:52 PM   #15
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Never eaten dillo
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:35 PM   #16
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Had a great time with great people. Really hated missing out Wednesday and Thursday due to work obligations but made the trip as early as I could Friday. I have a few pics to add. Donít have 10 to add but here are a few.

1. A 9 month old tracker will break ice.
2. Sitting a stand gives a great view of a veteran pig hunter taking his shot.
3. When the ice and snow melt mud will saturate your boat carpet.
4. When itís that cold carry something small to break the ice out of your pee hole.
5. Proper planning will keep you warm even is those temps.
6. Cowboy boots will not survive a dunking in the slough then baking them.
7. Good people, good music and good alcohol will keep hunger at bay for the night.
Canít wait for the next ranger adventure!











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Old 03-08-2021, 10:10 AM   #17
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How was the dillo? Heard it called poor man's pork before. Worth taking one next time?

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I wouldn't go out of my way to eat one, but they are fine on an empty stomach! I would describe it as pork-ish, like pork but with a little different after taste.
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:23 AM   #18
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Great job keeping it alive guys! Sorry I couldn't be there for the adventure this year.

I know, Biden lover.....
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:34 AM   #19
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I'm always impressed with this group. And this year has to take the cake for extreme conditions. You boys and girls are tough!
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