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Old 10-28-2020, 07:28 PM   #101
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Good luck with the lease Brent. RIP to the landowner.
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Old 11-09-2020, 03:23 PM   #102
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Opening weekend of rifle was pretty slow for deer movement. We saw a ton of hogs(put down a few) some small groups of auodad, a few does with yearlings, and some young bucks.

Of course we had things to fix. We repaired the feeder I made a temporary fix with a koozie a month or so ago. We anchored the feeders at the 110 that blew over, so hopefully that issue is over. We also adjusted feed times. We had two feeders that went off crazy early on opening morning. It was warm and the wind was ripping out of the canyons.

We met the guys that hunt the property right before the 110 acres Mike purchased before he died. They were a super nice generational group. Pretty cool to see 3 generations hunting together. We exchanged numbers in case either needed help sometime. Also met another ďhunterĒ that has adjacent property to ours. He was pretty sketchy and is apparently in a dispute with his uncle over the property. Got a vibe that we need to keep an eye on him for sure.

I headed home yesterday after the morning hunt and a little work. Joe, Keegan, and Truitt stayed for today since they were off work/school for Veterans Day.

Joe popped a nice 10 this morning that weíve had on camera regularly.





Heís headed back home now and Keegan and Truitt are staying for the evening hunt. Hopefully they have some luck.

I wonít be able to make it back down until December. Iíve got honeydoís this weekend and then Iíll be on a drawn hunt at Laguna Atascosa the 20-24th. Follow that up with hunting the in-laws in DeWitt County over Thanksgiving.

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Old 11-09-2020, 03:41 PM   #103
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Very cool! Thanks for the update. Will you be starting a thread for your Nilgai hunt?
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Old 11-09-2020, 03:43 PM   #104
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I’ll be down for the 11/20 Laguna hunt as well. Feel free to shoot me a pm and we can exchange notes and hopefully help each other with packing out a nilgai.
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Old 11-09-2020, 03:54 PM   #105
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Very cool! Thanks for the update. Will you be starting a thread for your Nilgai hunt?

Iíll probably just be posting on the 2020 Laguna thread thatís already going.


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Old 11-09-2020, 03:55 PM   #106
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Iíll be down for the 11/20 Laguna hunt as well. Feel free to shoot me a pm and we can exchange notes and hopefully help each other with packing out a nilgai.

For sure! Iím staying in Los Fresnos. Iíd be glad to share notes, help pack out, or share a meal and a beer.


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Old 11-09-2020, 04:20 PM   #107
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Old 11-09-2020, 04:57 PM   #108
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Brent,

That's a nice deer lucky Joe got. Congratulations to him.

Good luck on Nilgai, they are tough!
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:29 PM   #109
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AWESOME thread sir, thank you for sharing!
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:31 PM   #110
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Brent,

That's a nice deer lucky Joe got. Congratulations to him.

Good luck on Nilgai, they are tough!

Heís definitely got a horseshoe up his rear. His taxidermy bill for 2020 keeps climbing at this rate, lol.


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Old 11-09-2020, 07:31 PM   #111
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AWESOME thread sir, thank you for sharing!

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Old 12-01-2020, 02:40 PM   #112
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Thereís been some killing at the Fat G.

My buddy took his kids out there for a few days before thanksgiving. His daughter stuck a spike and an Auodad. Sheís a killing machine.





This past weekend we had some guys out and they laid the hammer down as well. An Axis spike, two axis does, and two big pigs hit the dirt. There was also a trash 7pt killed that they didnít bother to send me a picture of.



Iím heading down there Friday for my first hunt since the rifle opener. Hopefully some more animals take dirt naps. Thereís some quality bucks we are after and since Iím down to about 10lbs of axis in the freezer, they better be on alert too.


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Old 12-04-2020, 07:45 PM   #113
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Well, one less coon and a personal best auodad down so far and the weekend is still young.





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Old 12-04-2020, 09:28 PM   #114
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Make sure you save that toothpick, word on the street is they have all kinds of uses!


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Old 12-05-2020, 06:19 AM   #115
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HaHa! I read that thread too. No toothpicks were saved. He fed the scavengers.


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Old 12-05-2020, 05:19 PM   #116
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Man this is a great follow....keep it going
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Old 12-06-2020, 12:05 PM   #117
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Helluva Ram. How long are the horns? Shoulder mount?

Congrats. Love this thread.
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Old 12-07-2020, 08:27 AM   #118
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Helluva Ram. How long are the horns? Shoulder mount?

Congrats. Love this thread.

Heís not as impressive as the pictures look, lol. He was only 24Ē, but he had beautiful chaps. He is getting mounted though.

Movement was pretty poor this weekend. It was dead calm which makes for a comfortable hunt, but our animals donít move without wind. Weíll be back at it this coming weekend. Iíll have my 6 year old hunting buddy with me so hopefully thatíll bring us some luck.


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Old 12-07-2020, 12:51 PM   #119
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Thereís been some killing at the Fat G.

My buddy took his kids out there for a few days before thanksgiving. His daughter stuck a spike and an Auodad. Sheís a killing machine.





This past weekend we had some guys out and they laid the hammer down as well. An Axis spike, two axis does, and two big pigs hit the dirt. There was also a trash 7pt killed that they didnít bother to send me a picture of.



Iím heading down there Friday for my first hunt since the rifle opener. Hopefully some more animals take dirt naps. Thereís some quality bucks we are after and since Iím down to about 10lbs of axis in the freezer, they better be on alert too.


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The guy with the glasses on his hat, is his name Brandon?
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Old 12-07-2020, 03:52 PM   #120
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The guy with the glasses on his hat, is his name Brandon?

Nope. That is Matt. Itís his father that passed away that we lease from.


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Old 12-07-2020, 08:37 PM   #121
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Oh ok. Looks a lot like a guy I went to Clarendon with
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Old 12-11-2020, 03:56 PM   #122
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Me and my hunting buddy are headed south to see if we can knock down some critters. Itíll just be us in camp. I absolutely love the one on one time in camp and the stand. Weíll hit the gate around 8:00 PM. Should have a full crew next weekend.


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Old 12-11-2020, 04:25 PM   #123
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Good luck!! Weather is going to help get them moving in the next few days.


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Old 12-11-2020, 09:33 PM   #124
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Hard to beat this kind of therapy. Hopefully the critters cooperate in the morning.


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Old 12-12-2020, 02:19 AM   #125
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Hope y’all have an awesome weekend - best of luck!
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Old 12-12-2020, 06:52 PM   #126
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Hope yíall have an awesome weekend - best of luck!

Thanks! Critters didnít cooperate today. The stand we hunted this morning didnít feed. Had a clogged funnel. We did see two bucks and a doe passing through though.

Cooper and I then road around and filled/fixed all 9 feeders and put out alfalfa.

Hunted a different set this evening. Had one doe super early and then two bucks way after legal light, but neither were shooters anyway. Weíll give it a go again in the morning and then roll back home.





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Old 12-12-2020, 07:36 PM   #127
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Great thread! Look forward to more updates.
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Old 12-13-2020, 07:48 PM   #128
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This morning was foggy!!





Couldnít even see the feeder until 8:45. Had two does come out at 9 and a small brow tine 8 skirted the rim of the canyon. Another doe at 10 and then we abandoned the stand. Had to winterize the cabin before we left. Supposed to be in the mid 20s tonight. Really wish I could have stayed, but Iíve got a busy week at the office. I think there will be 6 of us there this coming weekend and then Cooper and I will hunt Monday-Wednesday after Christmas. Hopefully we run into some more quality bucks during that time. I expect some dirt naps next weekend. Thereís definitely some less than picky shooters coming.

As usual, I wore Cooper out. He was asleep before we ever made it back to the main road. We had a blast even though we didnít pull the trigger.




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Old 12-13-2020, 07:52 PM   #129
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Well done sir. I’ve enjoyed the thread this year
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Old 12-19-2020, 10:18 AM   #130
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Thereís been some killing on the Fat G. I shot a stud aoudad last night and Matt killed a barbado. Animals should beware. We will do more killing today. Celebrated a little hard last night so they got a pass this morning, lol










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Old 12-19-2020, 07:44 PM   #131
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We watched the aggies kick the crap out of Tennessee and played a little guitar and dominoes before heading out for the evening.




More killing... PB WT buck was shot by Keegan tonight.




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Old 12-19-2020, 08:34 PM   #132
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Great job on the write up. Just read all the through
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Great thread and very nice harvests.
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Old 12-20-2020, 01:16 AM   #134
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Awesome thread and awesome place!


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Old 12-20-2020, 08:11 PM   #135
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More killing!

Owen (Mattís son) shot his first aoudad. A HUGE ewe.



Matt, Keegan, and Owen rolled out this afternoon. I stayed for another sit. I probably saw close to 100 animals this evening. It was an incredible hunt. I was running low on Axis meat so I whacked this girl. Sheís quartered up and on ice and Iíll roll out at 4AM.



Iíll be back after Christmas, so hopefully we get some more LDPs for you fellas. It was a great weekend at the Fat G!


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Old 12-21-2020, 10:03 AM   #136
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With all the work you guys have put in, I was hoping you would not get burned. I'm glad to see your efforts are being rewarded!! Congrats to you, your family and friends on a great season so far.
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Old 01-04-2021, 10:08 AM   #137
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What a wild weather week at The Fat G.

Cooper and I rolled down on Monday for what I thought was our last hunt of the season. (We were supposed to head to Midland over New Yearís, but the weather cancelled that trip)

We rolled into the ranch and threw out alfalfa at a few spots. We got settled into the stand Monday evening and hadnít seen anything at what had been a hot stand. I called Keegan to confirm when the feeder was supposed to go off as I hadnít heard it. After talking with him, I got out to check the feeder and it was bone dry with unit about 2 inches down from the funnel. Cooper and I scrambled to get set up in another stand before last light. We make it in and shortly after I see a couple of axis meandering through the cedar. Nothing was really presenting a shot and then a pig comes out. I told Cooper we could wait on the axis and maybe not get a shot opportunity or kill this pig. He said kill the pig, so we did. That evening we filled the empty feeder and moved the timer unit back up to the funnel.

The next morning was about 50 degrees but the wind was absolutely howling. Cooper had chosen the stand we were going to hunt the night before. Itís the tallest stand on the place and it was sketchy in the wind. We saw a couple of WT doe and then had a booner of a spike roll through. He was going to die, but every time we got set up on him, the wind would howl and buckle the blind. We got out and stayed at camp the rest of the day. The wind was miserable and I had work to get done.





The evening hunt was more eventful. I made what I thought was a great shot on a doe early around 4:45. We hunted until dark and went to recover her. Good blood at impact and then nothing after. I mean nothing. I hate losing an animal. The next morning hunt i had 4 axis come out. 1 buck growing antlers, a young spike, a doe, and a yearling. I got settled in on the doe and CLICK! No boom and they scattered.





A little dejected, we got out of the stand and we headed home. We passed Joe coming down outside of Sonora. Joe experience all the winter storm madness. He thinks we got about 4 inches of accumulation at the ranch.




I wish he would have gotten a kill during this time. It would have made for an amazing picture.

Matt rolled in Thursday night. He went through all the sketchy road conditions around Junction, but made it to camp safely.

With my trip to Midland cancelled, I got the green light from the wife to head back down Friday. Keegan, Truitt, and I rolled out around 9:30AM. I think they were a little wounded from the NYE festivities.




Most of the snow had melted and it was a swampy drive into the ranch. Truitt pelted me with a snowball during a pee break. I got him back later at camp. We put some of the remaining snow to good use.




It was great to have us all at camp together!




That evening we scattered to different stand locations. Truitt and Joe hunted together and it was a success! Truitt shot a stud Auodad! Thatís our third of the season and his may be the biggest of the 3.





I caped him out and we celebrated pretty hard that night. The next morning was rough. I got settled into the airstream stand and after 8AM I had a cull buck roll out. Weak tine length and very short beams. I sent a bino picture out and Keegan said to shoot it, so down he went.



Keeganís brother made a surprise trip through Temple so he decided to head back home that morning with Truitt and Joe. I got the buck quartered and on ice and shortly after got to meet two of our local game wardens. Those meetings are a lot better when everything is legal. We had a good talk and one of the wardens was named Brent Deen which we got a chuckle about because my first and middle name is Brent Dean. Matt left after the evening hunt and I spent Saturday night solo watching the A&M game. I hunted Sunday morning and saw a few doe, a couple of scrub young 6pts and about 10 axis on the property behind us. No additional shots fired and that put a bow on our whitetail season. Axis herd looks strong this year so hopefully we can put down some studs as they come out of velvet in the coming months. Weíll have a work weekend coming up soon. Weíve got to paint the cabin and put up some skirting on the bottom for our LO insurance company to maintain the policy. Thanks for following along and Iíll have more updates in a month or so!


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Old 01-04-2021, 11:56 AM   #138
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Awesome thread! Thanks and congrats
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Old 01-04-2021, 12:09 PM   #139
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Thanks for the update. Congrats again!
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This is a great thread.

Thanks for sharing and congrats on all the killin!!
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Old 01-28-2021, 02:33 PM   #142
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Wow Brent, just read thru the whole thread!! VERY NICE SIR!! Real sorry to hear of your friend's passing. You mentioned that he was a Christian, so there's a great reunion to look forward to some day! Hope you guys are able to keep helping out to maintain the properties so that his wife will be able to keep the property and you guys enjoy any years of memories. That's a fantastic place to raise up your and your friend's kids!!
Congratulations of a fantastic first year of hopefully what will be many!! I'll follow along for the axis LDP's comin' up!!
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Wow Brent, just read thru the whole thread!! VERY NICE SIR!! Real sorry to hear of your friend's passing. You mentioned that he was a Christian, so there's a great reunion to look forward to some day! Hope you guys are able to keep helping out to maintain the properties so that his wife will be able to keep the property and you guys enjoy any years of memories. That's a fantastic place to raise up your and your friend's kids!!
Congratulations of a fantastic first year of hopefully what will be many!! I'll follow along for the axis LDP's comin' up!!

Thanks Charlie! Weíve got a work weekend coming up in a few weeks, so Iíll have some more updates coming soon. Itís a cool place and Iím thankful to get to hunt it. I just wish Mike was able to share in it too, but there will be a glorious reunion one day and I hope he tells us all ďwell doneĒ. The kids are what itís all about. I didnít have access to ground like this when I was a kid and I love the smiles on the kidís faces when they work hard and get to harvest an animal. Hopefully I get Cooper comfortable enough to take a shot this year. I just hope it doesnít take too much .243 ammo at the range. Gold bars are cheaper at this rate and more easily found, lol.


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Well... we made it back to the ranch this weekend after snovid. It was a memorable trip and not in a good way.

First off, Trevor and some of his buddies went to the ranch back in January. (Trevor is our LOís son in law) they took the ranger out to the 110 to hunt some aoudad that have been prevalent at that spot. I donít know what happened, but he sent us this picture.



They had flown into Sonora and drove the old Ď99 F250 to the ranch. At that time, we were supposed to go to the ranch in a couple of weeks. I told him we would try to get it loaded on a trailer and bring it home. Well, the winter weather apocalypse happened and we didnít make it down until this weekend.

Keeganís trailer has a bent axle, so we had to borrow Mattís. His cattle ate the lights and wiring so before we even left I had to rewire the trailer from front to back. No point in hauling an empty trailer so we loaded it with 50 sacks of corn and head south around 5PM. Stop in Llano on Friday night for a meal at Cooperís and then keep trucking. We get to the airport in Sonora to pick up the F250. (The ranger broke in one of the most remote places we have and I was not driving my truck through there)



We make it to camp around midnight and quickly discover that the ground is soaked. Come to find out it was an easy issue with the freeze. A trough thatís fed by our well storage tank popped a hose off.



Easy fix. Downside was that our well runs on solar and our storage tank was empty, so we had no water for the evening. I pulled a camera on the way in and looked the photos over. Seems we didnít get near the snow that Del Rio did and our Axis looked healthy just days after the freeze.





We get up the next morning, eat breakfast and set out to fill feeders. All but two were completely bone dry. We filled 5 feeders and then put the trailer on the F250 headed for the 110. We get there and find the ranger. We look around and canít find the key. Make a call to Trevor and he says the key is at camp. Ugh. We drop the trailer and go fill the other two feeders on the 110. By this time, it would be too late in the day to run to camp, get the key, come back and mess with this ranger. We decide to come at it first thing Sunday morning and head to camp. We play a little dominoes and head out to hunt. A fox and boar hit the ground.





We cook dinner, play dominoes and head off to bed. By the way, the weather man said low 80s and sunny. It was 60 and overcast all day Saturday. Temps didnít get high enough to paint the cabin and the sun didnít shine enough to run our solar pump, so we still donít have water.

We get up Sunday and head over to the 110. We check and doublecheck before we drive over there adding things weíd forgot to the truck before we head over. Right when we are almost at the ranger, we realize we donít have the key, again. This was the start of a real sh*t day.

We unload tools at the ranger and send Truitt back for the key. We had two floor jacks. One didnít work at all. The other wouldnít lift more than a few inches. We cut up some boards and make due enough to get a couple jack stands installed and the tire off the ranger. Then we can really see whatís wrong and itís not good. Geometry on the front end was ALL jacked. I attempted to get it able to be winched on the trailer, but without disconnecting the entire front end and rebuilding it, I donít see how that was possible. We were afraid to winch it on in the condition it was in because I think we would have ripped the tire off and Lord knows what else. We called Trevor and said basically that we tried, but you need to get it resolved and that might require bringing parts and a mechanic all the way out here. Hereís some photos of the damage.







So we hook up the trailer and drive back to camp. Sun still isnít out, so we still donít have water and Iím not able to pressurize the cabin and check for leaks. We close up camp and load the trucks. I go to hook up the trailer from the F250 to my truck and discover that we ripped a tail light off somewhere on the 110 and we didnít raise the jack high enough and screwed it all up. We swap the trailer and head out from camp with Keegan and Truitt in the F250 behind me. About 500 yards from camp they stop. Keegan calls me and says they have a flat. Oh great. This day keeps getting better. I back up to them to check it out.



Tear in the sidewall. We get a bottle jack and get the truck lifted and the tire off. In the meantime, Iím trying to drop the spare. The tool for that is MIA. Try to do it with a socket, but we donít have an extension that will reach. We finally remove the tailgate and use bolt cutters to cut the cable. Low and behold, that tire is flat.



We load up both tires and make a run for Del Rio. Only one tire shop is open on Sundayís and they close at 3. We get there around 2PM and drop off the tires. None of us had eaten yet so we grab a bite to eat and return. They had ďforgot to do themĒ when we arrived back. They proceed to swap out the tires and we load them up and head back to the ranch.

Truitt and Keegan install the tire while I check the wiring on the trailer. Had to repair a couple of wires to get lights back and theyíre working.



As you can tell, we were all dressed to travel, not work, lol.

On our way out the high fence gate on Dolan Creek, we find this at the gate.



The new hand working the gate for the pipeline workers apparently doesnít have a dang clue. We manage to get the gate open and on our way.

On the road again. Finally. We drop the F250 at the airport in Sonora and continue home. As we ease into Georgetown on 29, a truck waves us down and says we have some sparks coming from the trailer. My initial thought was the live wires hanging from the ripped off light. No erratic noise or problems pulling the trailer. We pull into the First Baptist Church of Georgetown parking lot and find this...



Luckily we have two spares and a brand new 4 ton jack floor jack we bought while in Del Rio. Downside was Keegan asked me if I wanted an extra 4 way he had and I declined. These lugs were so tight my impact wouldnít budge them. Detach the trailer and make a run to Walmart for a 4 way. These lugs were on there! We basically had to jump on the 4 way to get them to move. We got both tires changed and limp home.



We roll to my house around 11PM. My wife texts and says my son is running a 101.6 fever. This day just wonít quit.

We made it home way later than intended, but we got home safe. This country is rough, but itís a heck of a lot of fun to hunt. Iím headed to get two new tires and a light for Mattís trailer. Iíll be headed south again this weekend with my boss and his son to run some electrical. Hopefully our well is working and we have no other plumbing issues, but time will tell. Weekends like this are hard and not fun, but it definitely makes you appreciate the fun ones much more. I hope to have a much more encouraging post after next weekend, lol. Thanks for hanging around for the long read.


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Old 03-02-2021, 12:53 PM   #145
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Man! What a weekend that was... 2 tires on the trailer at the same time? Good thing it wasn't loaded.

But, you'll forever have a "Remember that weekend when..." story to tell and laugh about while sitting around the campfire!

Glad everyone made it home safe.
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Dang! If you didn't have bad luck, you'd have no luck at all! Nevertheless, quite an adventure! Thanks for taking us along!
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Man! What a weekend that was... 2 tires on the trailer at the same time? Good thing it wasn't loaded.

But, you'll forever have a "Remember that weekend when..." story to tell and laugh about while sitting around the campfire!

Glad everyone made it home safe.

Yeah... when the front tire blew, the tread got wrapped around the second axle and shredded that one. We were actually super glad we were unable to get the ranger or that would have been a much more terrible experience under load.

Iím sure weíll laugh about it someday, but that day isnít in the near future. It was pretty depressing just to write this post, lol.


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Very nice. You’ll need a full time flat fixer out there let me know.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:24 PM   #150
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Yeah... when the front tire blew, the tread got wrapped around the second axle and shredded that one. We were actually super glad we were unable to get the ranger or that would have been a much more terrible experience under load.

Iím sure weíll laugh about it someday, but that day isnít in the near future. It was pretty depressing just to write this post, lol.


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Hahaha! I work with Joe D at the PD. He was just telling me about the place he was hunting this year and the ranch name. Low and behold I open up TBH and see this thread. Small world! Really nice property, and sorry you have to hunt with Joe lol!
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