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West Texas Whitetails: Managing the herd

December 16, 2015
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My first clients of the year to hunt my biggest deer ranch just north of Dryden, were Raymond and Jo H. from east Texas. They had hunted the ranch before and when Raymond got a hold of me back in the summer asking about a hunt, we instantly hit it off. He booked a management hunt for him and his wife for the first week of season. We talked on and off through the fall and by the time they showed up, I almost felt like it was old friends coming to hunt! After showing them trail camera pictures of some of the bucks we wanted to take, they picked two that they liked and we made aplan to go after them. I took Jo the first morning and one of my guides went with Raymond. Ten minutes after shooting light, I found the buck Jo wanted she made a perfect shot and put the buck down! We took pictures, got the deer taken care of, and then went looking for does. I hunted with Jo the next day also, but Raymond was struggling to find the buck he was looking for, so on the third morning Jo and I went to try and find him. After glassing an area where I knew the buck frequented, I found him feeding and we went and got Raymond. We came back, made a short stalk, and he put him straight down! They stayed for several more days and harvested 4 does in addtion to thier bucks! Taking these managment bucks that do not have desireable breeding traits, and keeping your doe numbers under control is essential to maintaining trophy quality! I had a blast hunting with Raymond and Jo and cant wait to have them back next year!

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Zach Knowles

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Zach Knowles is a professional outfitter and guide as well as doing contract camera work for an outdoor television show in some of the most extreme destinations anywhere in the world. He thrives in the harsh places and isn't afraid to take on any challenge in any terrain. Zach’s family has been in the hunting and outfitting business since he was a small child and he spent a lot of his young years in Saskatchewan where his father outfitted 70+ deer and bear hunts a year. At 12 years old Zach harvested an elk, mule deer, and antelope on a trip to Wyoming and it was then that his love of the mountains and western hunting was born. Since then he has gone on to guide and harvest many more animals from Alaska to Mexico, to the Middle East. He owns and operates Xtreme Outfitters, running 60+ whitetail, mule deer, mountain lion, and sheep hunts a year. When he’s not guiding or hunting for himself, you'll find him in the team roping arena or at the ranch taking care of his commercial cow herd.