and on the spot pictures -- by Robert Hoague
Annual Bowhunting.net Bowhunt - 2006
Billy Don at Wild Horse Prairie Ranch in Burnet, Texas
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#3 - A Deer Day (Morning Hunt and Afternoon
(Left to Right) Clay
Gilmer and Rick Philippi.
Two hunters had does with
them when they drove up to the lodge.
Clay hunted a 12-foot two
man ladder stand inside the edge of a thick cedar break in a big flat area
called Horse Prairie. Clay had two does come in front of him at 27 yards
and he split his pins and made a double lung shot. The doe went only 15
yards and expired.
Rick hunted at View Point
in a Woodsey Two gray ghost treestand. Tyge Floyd went with him to video
and sat below Rick in a 16 foot ladder stand.
Two bucks came through and
one was a good looking 8-point but Rick let him go on by.
Rick had a Quik Wick sweetened
with Trail's End deer scent(both from Wildlife
Research Center) and when a buck investigated it Tyge took its picture.
Soon some does came through
and Rich wanted to take one for the freezer.
Rich drew slowly and got
to full draw. One of the does got skitish and the doe Rick intended to
shoot got that "I'm leaving here" look. Rick put his pin on the doe and
triggered his release. The arrow hit the doe and it immediately did an
oiff the ground cartwheel and hit the ground out of gas.
Rick Philippi with his
doe. Rick shot a BowTech Tribute set at 70 pounds and Terminator Hunter
arrows from Carbon Expres.
When we finished taking a
few photos of Clay and Rick with their deer we went inside the lodge to
see if dinner was ready yet. It was. Here are Ronda Carpenter and Don Beckwith
(Donald Duck) with meat loag that is Chef Klaus's secret ricipee.
The full aroma of this secret
recipee meatloof and even more secret mashed potatoes drifted through the
dining room and no one was shy about filling their plates.
We got after it and believe
me it was every bit as delicious as it smelled.
Then Ronda went to the refrigerator
and got out her own secret recipee desert, bannana cream pudding.
After dinner we visited
for awhile and everyone turned in to get as much sleep as possible before
4:30 the next morning.
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