Bowhunting Axis Deer With Pure Instinct Hunting
This is one hunting trip I will truly remember for the rest of my life.
It was the Pure Instinct Hunting crew’s first group hunt together. The Oklahoma team was coming to South Texas to hunt with the Texas team. The date was set, and the trash talk between us brothers of Oklahoma & Texas was on in full force. I felt like Pure Instinct Hunting was actually about to be born. Everything we had been talking and dreaming about was about to culminate at the Quatro B Ranch located in Hondo, TX.
Lights, camera, action as we rolled through the gate to our weekend paradise. The landscape was breathtaking. The nerves were mounting inside me, and I’m sure everyone else. It was our first group hunt. Truthfully, I felt a lot of pressure to make a lasting impression on the guys. We met the guide, Carlos Flannery, and filled out our hunt packets and paperwork. From then on, it was straight preparation. The Texas guys, Mike & Scott, went out to set up some great filming sets. I shot my bow a few times, then we met up and unloaded our war wagons.
It was time to get serious about the hunt. We gathered up our gear and the guide dropped us off at our stands. In no time, my camera man spotted a beautiful fallow deer. After that the animals were very active. We saw Whitetails, Rams, and Fallows. The tensions were starting to build as my camera man informed me he just saw a giant axis buck run behind us. I sat there a while longer, then I was tapped on the shoulder. A Huge herd of axis was coming in. I had several doe come into shooting distance. As I sat there pondering whether or not to get ready to shoot, the camera guy looked at me and said “giant” coming in behind us. He was already filming him. He flipped the screen down on the camera where I could see him. I said “stay on him.” We both knew instantly he was a shooter. There was one problem though…the “giant” was directly behind me, and I’m a big man, so I had to turn around to draw back. I didn’t take a breath the whole time. As I turned, I had to have the camera man move his leg so I could shoot. I hit the axis with my range finder and went to full draw. At that point I knew, just keep it simple and make the shot. Thankfully, I did and the majestic beast went down just like we dreamed it would.
The hunt was so much fun. I personally can’t wait to do it again. I left the ranch that weekend with a lot more than a trophy though. Rekindled some old relationships with great guys and got two new brothers that are welcomed to anything I own. That weekend was just a bunch of everyday guys with a dream of making it big time one day. That weekend we all felt big time. I hope all you hunters out there enjoy hunting as much as we do. We are preparing to take a trip again this May. I hope you all enjoyed my experience while in the stand. Here are some memorable photos from the trip.
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