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Hunting:  A Game of Inches.....Or Not!

 
When it comes to a measure of success of the hunt, is bigger always better? In today's community of big game hunting, many participants often weigh their "wins and losses" through a game of inches. Perhaps humans are hard
Simons posing with an ancient, war-torn mule deer buck taken last season. Not the highest score deer, but a super "trophy",  none the less.
wired to be a competitive sort, even when it comes to hunting? After all, during pre-historic periods, when hominids were surviving through a hunting culture, which 
male do you think had the most choice location nearest the social fire at night and likely had his pick of companionship? There is plenty of historical evidence that suggests that those individuals who were the most successful providers from the hunt were also the individuals who held superior rank within the social structure of their community. Hence, there is a "competitive" nature within our innate hunting fiber that dates back thousands of years.  

Today, certain aspects of our hunting culture remain somewhat competitive; we find it in the dove field, with the friendly horse-play associated with the hunter who puts a limit of birds in the bag versus the hunter who does not. We see it with the escalating emphasis placed on long range  shooting. And of course, many big game hunters are hyper-focused on wanting to shoot an animal that "out-scores" the next guy, hence many hunters' fixation with scores. Personally, I think that some hunters do place too much emphasis on score, allowing this metrics of inches to overshadow the other features of the hunt. We occasionally blame this score fixation on the Boone & Crockett measuring system and how this 100+ year old record keeping system has shaped this part of our hunting appetite, but let's not forget that the B&C Club never intended for their measuring system to be a competition. Rather, the spirit of the B&C records were essentially intended to serve a means of documenting North America's charismatic large mammals that were headed toward extirpation in the late 1800s...it was a way to commemorate these great beasts that many felt were on the verge of being something of the past. However, along the way, people being people, we began to rely on the B&C scoring system as a measure of the "success" of the hunt, and over time, this game of inches created its own competitive aspect of the hunt and many hunters' fixation with the score of an animal is often extremely compulsive.
  
Scoring systems, such as B&C, certainly have their place within the ranks of our hunting community. Scores are a great way of communication with others in giving them a perspective of the character or size of an animal that may be in question. Also, the size of antlers can often be so
mewhat of a product of habitat quality, and this creates a nice platform for promoting and celebrating the benefits of habitat management relative to antler size and antler score. But, once again, people being people, these scoring systems can also incentivize intensive "cutting edge" practices that are highly artificial, encouraging us to use high-tech and controversial approaches in growing bigger and bigger antlers, some that are so large that we are seeing animals that cannot properly hold their head erect and animals that are experiencing fractures of pedicels and frontal bones. The edge of intensity can often cut both ways, some of which may be unintended. This begs many questions, including, "Are we turning our wildlife diamonds into cubic zirconias?" In some ways, and in some instances, I think that is exactly what we are doing, but that's fodder for a different discussion.
  
Bottom line, the spirit of this editorial is to shine the light on the importance of not allowing the fixation of inches of antler to overshadow and mute the other fine features of the hunt that makes hunting fun, exciting, and relaxing. The mystery and magic of hunting has less to do with a score sheet, and more to do with things such as the challenge of the hunt, the fellowship with family and friends, connecting with our natural world, the splendor and natural beauty of the animal, enjoying the bounty of meat, and the spiritual nurturing of our mind, body, and soul. Yes, using scores and scoring systems for various purposes does have its functional place in our hunting community, but let's not allow ourselves to become so engulfed in that simple metrics that it takes away from the whole of the hunt. Most of us, including me, are indeed enamored with antler size and in some ways we are driven by antler size, but it's so important that we maintain some appropriate balance in our hunting motives....otherwise, the retention qualities  of hunting are diminished, and that's not a good thing for the long-term viability of hunting and it's also not good for sustainable conservation funding.
  
Speaking of antler size and wildlife health, as you'll see below, the great rains that we are receiving this year in Texas are a boon for wildlife, and the outlook for our upcoming fall hunting seasons is looking great. Please let us know if we can do anything for you with your future hunting plans.


Best regards,
Greg Simons
Proprietor, Wildlife Systems, Inc.


 
 
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Whitetail Prospects Look Great

Ladson Barnes - Longbranch 2015

As many of you know, much of Texas has been blessed with generous rainfall over the last several months. While the flooding is certainly a bane for folks in certain parts of the state, the flipside is that much of our landscape has been nourished through good soil moisture, which translates into abundant foliar production and good groceries for deer. The 2016 year is shaping up to be perhaps the best antler growth year that Texas has witnessed since 2010, which was a banner year.

David Morton - Longbranch 2015

Rick Jackson - Longbranch 2015


Michael Cooley - Scrub Oak  Ranch 2014

Scott Campbell - Rocky Creek Ranch 2015

 

For those of you who may still be pondering a fall hunt for this season, we still have some availability for you to consider. Our whitetail hunts are well-suited for individuals, spouses, kids, groups of buddies, or corporate entertainment. We can hunt folks of all ages and various capabilities. Our standard whitetail hunt is generally either a 3.5 or 4 day program, and includes meals, lodging, guide, and game care. Most of our hunts are scheduled during the October - December time frame. We offer options on large low fenced properties with free-ranging deer herds, as well as on high-fenced properties with native deer.

Thomas Mecouch - Rocky Creek Ranch 2015

 
To review our options and availability, please call our office at (325)655-0877. Don't set this year out...this is the season to make plans to attend a great Texas deer hunt.
 
Allan Holloway - Scrub Oak Ranch 2013

Chris Gray - S Ranch 2013

 

Joe Montoro - Rocky Creek - 2015


 


Cheers,
Greg Simons
Proprietor, WSI


 
 
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New Mexico Pronghorn Hunts

Vannie Collins enjoying the expansive prairies, while checking out pronghorns off in the distance.


One of the best values in North American big-game hunting is pronghorn antelope. WSI still has openings on the historic Day Ranch, located in northeastern New Mexico b etween Raton  and Clayton. Through recent land acquisitions by the landowner, this property now encompasses over 50,000 acres of prime pronghorn country.
Chris Lunt - NM 2014
 

WSI sets this hunt up as a 2.5 day, 3 night program which includes meals, lodging, guide (2x1) and game care. Price of the hunt is $2995 plus NM sales tax. Non-resi dent licenses are guaranteed through a landowner's tag system, so no drawing or lotteries are necessary in securing the license. WSI only offers two hunt dates during the late August and early September time period.
 
This region of New Mexico is steeped in Am erican-west history and the Santa Fe Trail passed through this area providing access to early travelers and settlers, including the famous outlaw Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum. For those modern day travelers heading west, the stretch from Clayton to Raton, along Hwy 64, signals the start of the "west" as you begin to ease into eye-sight of the distant mountain peaks.  This is a beautiful area of the country,  characterized by big unspoiled working ranches, with miles of rolling grassland prairies and volcanic knobs, setting at the base of the Sangre de Christo Mountains just to the west .

Guide, Scott "One Shot" Keating looking on while Rudy Marmelo checks his gun.
  
Hunting is action-oriented wit h spotting and stalking being the main focus. Pronghorn hunt ing can be described as the dove hunting of big game animals  in that the temps are still warm, you don't have to worry about being in the field an hour before daylight, the social spirit of the hunt is light-hearted and relaxed, and success rates approach 100%. This is a fun and interesting hunt, to say the least.


Vannie Collins - NM 2015

Lee Robertson - NM 2014



Pronghorns are the fastest land animal in North America and these prairie icons are truly symbolic of the American West. No trophy room is complete without a beautiful pronghorn mount and many hunters choose to make pronghorn hunts as part of their annual hunting itinerary. This hunt is suitable for beginning and veteran hunters, is well-suited for a family or corporate outing, or can be one of those hunting excursions that are also a good fit for a hunter who is traveling solo. This is any easy hunt to fit into your schedule and the northern New Mexico season falls during a time that does not compete with than many other big-game seasons.

Early morning sunrise on first morning of 
2015 pronghorn hunt.
 
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Free Range Aoudad Hunts

Ryan Driebelbis - Aoudad 2016

For someone looking for a unique hunting experience in a spectacular port consider this hunt.  Free-range aoudad sheep hunts are one of the most under-rated hunts in North America, provided what is arguably the best value for the dollar in the sheep hunting world.

 
Scott Avery - Aoudad 2015

Ky McNett - Aoudad 2016

We conduct the majority of these hunts on two large properties near Alpine and Marathon, TX. One ranch encompasses almost 200,000 acres, and the other even larger than that. This is big, raw, unspoiled country, very well suited to a sheep's liking. 

Mark Sumption - Aoudad 2016

Our package includes 3.5 days, and 4 nights, with guide, lodging, meals, and game care included as part of the package. Facilities are modest, but plenty adequate.  Our 2 x 1 guided hunts are priced at   $4200 , and our 1 x 1 hunts are  $4700 . Nonresident licenses are $48 and are guaranteed, with no drawing or lottery.

Igor Kaplansky - Aoudad 2015

Tony Neinas - Aoudad 2016

 
Over the last 5 years, we have had a great run on big sheep, with approximately 70% of our harvest including rams  over 30" . The majority of the aoudads we harvest are in the 29"-31" range, with most of the rams being 8-10 years old. Success rates on having shots at mature rams approach 90%. But, make no mistake about it, this is not a fish shoot. This is most well suited for a hunter looking for a sporty, challenging experience in big wild terrain, chasing extremely wary animals. Big time hunting, at a very reasonable price.

 
David Jenkins - Aoudad 2016

 

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June 21, 2016
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