Texas Buck of a Lifetime
From opening day until November 28, 2004, I let several young bucks and small hogs walk into and out of my sights. I had my single buck tag ready hoping that one of the big bucks would make that fatal mistake. On Nov.28, 2004 in Goliad County Goliad, TX a wide racked buck did just that.
I have been on this deer lease for 4 seasons now, and I have seen my share of bucks and hogs. I’m not much of an antler hunter; I’m more of a meat hunter. But, I’ve never seen such a beautiful buck and awesome antlers as this one. So, I have to say I could not pass up this opportunity. Saturday Nov. 27, 2004, the guest of Tino Ramirez, Robert Ramirez (from San Antonio) and I had seen this big massive buck chasing does and smaller bucks in the middle pasture. Robert and I walked down to the fence line trying to get a better view on this buck. The buck’s antlers were wide and dark brown with a small kicker on its left rack. We watched that buck for 1 ½ hour; we could even hear the snorts that the buck was making. I said to Robert “Man that would be the buck of a lifetime to shoot”. As the evening came to an end so did the buck, while leaving the pasture we saw him run off and jump over the fence, at the same time we both looked at the buck with that big rack in slow motion jumping over the fence.
On Sunday Nov. 28, 2004, at 4:30am I got up and went hunting. As the morning sunlight reflected from the shadows of the game feeder, I detected movement at 6:15 am there were 3 does heading towards the game feeder. Suddenly they all run off, out of the left side of my blind here comes this big wide buck he is walking slowly toward the feeder. I get my binoculars out and begin to check the buck out, I could not believe my eyes this is the same buck I had seen Saturday in the pasture chasing and running other smaller bucks away. I try to stay calm and take several deep breaths, but I couldn’t I could hear my heart pound in my chest I thought it was going to come out. After viewing this monster there was no doubt I’m going to take him. He is walking slowly towards the feeder, I let him get thru the barb wire fence he is 60 yards away, and I used my rangefinder prior to get an accurate yardage to the feeder. I line up my cross hairs using my 7MM Ruger rifle, using 150 grains Winchester Ballistic Silvertip and aimed for the shoulder “ BOOM “ after the shot, I look out the deer blind window and I ask to myself “I know you didn’t miss ”. I secured my rifle up and climbed down the blind. I approached the feeder slowly and adrenalin pumping like crazy I see this massive rack laying on it’s left side down. I yelled out “YES ! YES!”. This buck is the biggest buck I’ve ever seen since I have been in this deer lease. I harvested a nice 8 pointer last deer season, he was about a 5 ½ years old buck, but nothing like this one. I get in my jeep and head to camp. My dad and father-in-law heard the shot (Gene Garcia) and (Duane Mac Payne both of Brownsville, TX) they were already waiting for me in camp. My dad asked” Son, did you shoot something?” I replied “Yes I did, I shot that big buck we had seen yesterday afternoon!” So, we all head back where my monster buck lies. This buck was heavy and took all three of us to load him up on the basket.
Once in camp, I started to prepare my buck. Because I was going to have a shoulder mount made sure that I was very careful on skinning the buck. I called my hunting buddy James “Doodle” Jarnagin and told him about my buck, he was in Michigan at the time and said he was very happy for me and proud of me. The way I see it, it’s just being there at the right time and the right place. It was an awesome and memorable day of my life and I had the thrill of sharing it with my dad and father-in-law. I will never forget this moment in my entire life. My daughter, (Emily Garcia) told me that she wants to go hunting with me. I’ve taken her before; she really enjoyed seeing the deer, hogs, birds coming to the feeder. I plan on taking Emily this season (2005).Hopefully, she will be able to harvest a nice buck and get it mounted for her. I want her to remember the times we spent together and how to appreciate the outdoors. I have taken my buck to get processed at A & A Processing and have my buck mounted with South Texas Taxidermy with Tom Eyler. They both do a super job with the processing and mounting. My 13-point buck scored 159 and 5/8 Boone and Crockett and had an amazing 21-½ inch spread.