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Good weekend of hunting

We had a great 3 days of hunting this past weekend.  Good times with my son and brother.  Sharing the great outdoors with family and close friends is what it is all about.  I am very thankful that we get to do this and I know my boys will remember these times as the grow old.  Hopefully they are able to have good jobs and can afford to go hunting when they are old dudes!  Getting harder and harder to afford good hunting and that is only going to get worse.  We only shot a cull and a doe, but it was a great weekend!

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Great opening weekend in Texas!

Had a great 4 days of hunting on our lease south of Seguin..

We are an MLD property and so our rifle season starts Oct 1 for does and bucks start November 1.  We arrived Wednesday evening and were all really excited to get out and hunt!

We all went out Thursday morning and saw activity but no shooters.

I decided Thursday to hunt a new area that had some long range potential with the blind out on the middle of a field tucked under a tree.  Took out the 6.5 Creedmoor and took a doe at 350 yards with Hornady 143 ELDX.

Running my Southern Precision Rifles 6.5 Creedmoor that I have ran out to 1k many times, I have absolute confidence in this rifle. Golf balls at 500 yards and clay pidgeons at 1k!

  • Defiant Deviant Action
  • McMillan A5 stock
  • Huber Concepts trigger
  • Nightforce 5-25×56 Actar F1 Mil C reticle
  • Nightforce Rings
  • Mueller Rifleworks barrel at 22″
  • Crux Archangel
  • Badger DBM
  • Hornady 143 ELDX

 

Leica Geovid HD 10×42 Rangefinding binos are awesome as well.

 

Saturday morning my buddy Jason shot this nice wide 10 point!

Saturday night it was my turn!

I used this rifle.. a semi custom built around a Tikka CTR 308

Barrel chopped to 16 and threaded

  • McMillan Game Hunter carbon stock
  • Steiner Tactical 3-15
  • Talley rngs
  • Crux Nemesis 30
  • Mountain Tactical DBM
  • Hornday 178 ELDX

https://tacticalgunreview.com/mcmillan-game-hunter-stock-tikka-t3/

 

Bull Red on light tackle in Port O’Connor!

My brother Mike and I spent Saturday fishing Seadrift, despite finding bait activity we just never found the fish..  We decided on Sunday to change gears and head to Port O’Connor.

We woke up at 5AM in our favorite little hotel, the Real Time lodge.  I stepped outside and the wind was calm, checked Doppler Radar on my phone and it looked like offshore showers, sweet!.  We headed to Port O’Connor and put in at the Fishing Center, grabbed some live shrimp and dead finger mullet and made our way to Sunday Pass right at first light with lots of bait in the water and thought for sure, “yeah, we are about to get into the fish!”  Well, we had activity but only put on trout in the box.  We decided to head over to Pass Cavello and ran out into the gulf for a few minutes before turning our little 16ft jon boat back in.  Even with just small rollers we understand how the gulf works and it doesn’t give a (blank) about you!  Having grown up on the coast in the boat business and doing some dumb stuff with boats we know the limits of our boat.

Back in we went and we fished the pass for a while with shrimp (hard head catchers), various top waters and soft baits without much success.  We tried fishing the bottom with cut bait but no luck.

Since it was so calm and it’s that time of the year for bull reds we decided to make a run up to the jetties to check it out.  There wasn’t much boat activity at all and we fished the edge of the jetties for a bit, even trying cut bait on the bottom with bait casters and got hung up several times.  We changed strategy and went to spinning rods and lures.  About a 1/3 of the way out Mike spotted feeding near the rocks cast a gold/black Rapalla Broke-Back lure and WHAM! got a hit, I saw a flash of “something big” and could tell it was a beast..

I spent 30 minutes gently trying to wear it out for fear of it snapping the 20lb line.   Any time I put some pressure on it would just start stripping line off the real.  I was working it and trying not to rush the fish..  working the drag and sometimes applying just a little finger pressure to the side of the spool.

I was praying for the line and knots to hold.   We finally saw it roll near the surface and it was a big old bull red!   I continued fighting it without just trying to muscle it in to the boat as I know from experience big fish can see the boat and make a hard head snap and break off.   When we finally got to land it Mike was like “this net isn’t big enough” Just the head went in and we both we wrestled it up into the boat.  It inhaled the lure, I held up by the gills while Mike worked trying to remove the lure so we could put it back into the water fast.

Really happy with my main trout/redfish rig, there were a few times when it ran under the boat and the rod was doubled over!

  • Waterloo Salinity 7’6″ rod
  • 20lb Windtamer braid
  • Berkely 20lb flourocarbon leader
  • Shimano Stradic 3000

Bull Red Port O'Connor
Bull Red Port O’Connor

 

Great weekend of hunting

Been kind of a slow year with about 97 trillion acorns dropping and the deer just don’t need to move much to eat..  While I still haven’t nailed my “trophy” we still were able to put a doe in the cooler, bag a good cull buck which I donated the meat to Texas Hunters for the Hungry program.  Good to get another clean kill on a new rifle project with the 7mm08, gaining confidence for sure.

David got a nice doe with his trusty 6.8

7mm08 lightweight hunter project rifle

This started 2 years ago… sitting in a blind, with lots of time to think.  Being a certified gun nut I am always itching for the next one.. I just really love putting together cool guns.  I am very much a dedicated use, specialty kind of guy.  I like ones that are purpose built for specific tasks. Continue reading 7mm08 lightweight hunter project rifle