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Post #1  Post subject: Grubbsi Adventures, Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:48 am 
Aoudads
I saw my first aoudads this weekend. I got to go out to my friends ranch in Edwards county. Its about 100 miles west of San Antonio. As I was driving in Friday nite I saw a big ram beside the road about 5 miles from Rocksprings. I thought " thats a really big deer" then he lifted his head and I saw the huge sweeping horns. The next morning we could see some from the ranch house. They were up high on the ridge next door. When we went hiking to put up game cams and see the layout of the ranch we saw several. Up high on the ridges. Later when we had our rifles we didnt see any, except across the fence on that ridge next door. These are not nearly as spooky as whitetails. We tried for Axis that evening and Sunday morning but all we saw were a long way off across the fences. Heard them barking not too far away. Could also hear a porcupine gnawing on a tree not too far from my sit spot behind a boulder. Their friends who were at the ranch a couple weeks ago shot 2 Sika deer. All these animals are free range naturalizing species that have escaped from high fence ranches and now have established breeding populations. As I was driving home I saw a herd or 2 of blackbuck antelope that were behind low fences, so they also were not captives held in by high fences. Nobody seems to have a handle whats getting out and naturalizing, where and how many there are of what species. The last published article you can find was written in the 80s by a wildlife biologist at TPWD who is no longer with us.

When we downloaded the gamecams I told my friends that if I wanted pictures of wild hogs at night I can get those in San Marcos. The hogs have been rooting all the way up at the tops of the dry rocky ridges. We did get some pics of Axis by a feeder, including 2 "sparring"


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Post #2  Post subject: Re: Grubbsi Adventures, Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:17 pm 
The ranch house
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Aoudad up on the hill next door, Aoudad is near the top of the ridge in the center of the pic. Notice the fence line on the left side of the view

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Bruce and Jared Moring and the valley of Pulliam Creek

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Looking down at the ranch house from up on the ridge


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Hogs rooting in the rocks at the top of the hill where the soil is 3" deep


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Post #3  Post subject: Re: Grubbsi Adventures, Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:30 pm 
:thumbsup: ... Dang hogs!


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Post #4  Post subject: Re: Grubbsi Adventures, Texas, Arkansas and elsewhere
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:26 pm 
How many acres is this ranch? Looks like one neighbor has high fence. I love hunting the exotics, well before they got out of my price range. I have shot axis and a aoudad. My son killed a nice Sika buck when he was 10. Must be fun knowing about anything could show up. A black buck has always been high on my list.


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