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Reflected Dog

Tex takes a swim in a Texas stock pond during our annual dove hunt. The still morning gave us a pool of glass, reflecting a very happy puppy.

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Texas Dove 2013

This year we had the great fortune to hunt the opening day of the Texas dove season.
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Texas Turkey

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Rio Grande tom taken with a .223 sporting rifle.

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Remembering Texas Quail

There was no Texas quail hunt this year for us. A 100 year drought, a new job and the bird dog up and dying kept us home. Here are a few pictures of the good old days.

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Turkey Head

Since turkeys are birds, hunting them must qualify as “bird hunting” but if you ask me its much more like hunting big game. Head-to-toe in camo you sneak into the woods, sit perfectly still and then when you get a tom in range you shoot him in the face with a shotgun. No flushing coveys, no dogs, no talking.  Just like deer hunting except the spring weather is beautiful and later you get to de-tick your balls.

Joking aside, hunting turkeys is a blast. Being in the woods at day break holds its own magic – song birds erupt, a distant maniacal yelping of a coyote pack, the ungraceful crashing of a turkey flock coming off the roost and then the stirring, booming gobble of a courting tom. Exciting stuff.

Here is a Texas Rio Grande Tom, bizarre but beautifully iridescent. Talk to Mike Wyatt at First Shot Outfitters for a terrific Texas turkey hunt.

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Texas Bird Dogs

We love West Texas quail hunting for a lot of reasons but mostly because we get to hunt behind these beautiful pointers. I can’t imagine hunting without them. Below are some of the superb animals at First Shot Outfitters.  These are hardworking dogs, tools of the trade who spend their lives doing exactly what they were put on earth to do. I can’t think of a place I would rather be than walking up on one of these puppies pointing the way to old Bob.

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Prickly Pear Bobwhites

West Texas Bobwhite quail have pink faces from feasting on prickly pear cactus.  These cocks were taken southwest of Sweetwater on a perfect December morning.

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Mind those rear hooves.

 White-tail deer usually clear fences with ease but sometimes will catch the top wire with thier hind legs which when pulled below the second wire creates a deadly snare.

 

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