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Ok, so my plan didnt work out too well for a live online hunt due to being out in the middle of nowhere, but man what a trip! This trip was a father daughter hunt on the Vick Ranch in Halletsville on the weekend of Nov 20-22, I had booked this hunt back in early October I guess, and all of the anticipation and excitement was well worth it!

Started out by planning on being at the ranch around noon on friday, well you know how that goes, Melissa needed to get a physical for powerlifting and that friday am was the only day I could get it done, so we left the house in Palacios headed for Bay City at 8:30am, got the physical done and headed back to Palacios to finish packing and loading up. Finally headed out of Palacios to grandma's house in Wharton to drop a package off for my mom at 10:30, got to my mom's house and hopped out of the truck, opened the rear door only to have a 1/2gallon of good kentucky Bourbon (for medicinal use) roll out onto the concrete......first 40bucks down the gutter.:headknock......no matter....picked up the shards of glass...good thing it was pouring down rain! And finished my business there and made my 3rd detour of the trip to Loui's liquor in 'wharton. Got the medicine replinished and headed for HEB to finish up our snack shopping, which wasnt needed after all, the fine folks at the Vick Ranch fed us like you would never believe! Anyhow, not knowing that in advance, another 70 bucks went to the local economy on junk food, then we were off to stop at Buc-ees for Ice and gas. Well you know how good their jerky is.....so another 100bucks (ice, gas, jerky) donated to the economy, we only had ONE other stop to make before FINALLY getting on to the business at hand......Carrolls Gun shop, where I needed to stock up on another box of ammo. Coincidentally they just HAPPENED to be having a sale on knives....so being that this was Melissa's first REAL trip and she had a new rifle, new camo, new boots, and 100bucks worth of junk food and jerky, why not get her a new knife????????? Ok, so another 80 bucks to the fine folks of Wharton county later, we were FINALLY on our way with no stops in the way! Melissa was happy as a lark with her new buck knife in one hand and her bag of teriyaki jerky in the other.....she even let me listen to my "chill music" as she calls it.:bounce:
We arrive at the Vick Ranch just outside of Halletsville at 2Pm in the pouring rain We were quickly met at the gate and escorted to the main lodge which basically left us speechless! I mean, heck I am a working type of guy, you know work boots, bologna sandwich, knuckel dragging type! Even though I had been in contact with Brad Vick and had seen photos, actually walking through the the front doors of the lodge just blew me away! Ceramic tile, granite counter tops, grand great beamed ceiling, first rate furnishings, flat screen tv......you know, basic stuff! lol "heck!", I thought, "where is the tent?" We were assigned the top floor, I dunno, maybe 5 bedrooms up there, along with a sitting room, 2 full baths, really horribly cramped quarters!:spineyes:

We were introduced to our guide, Joe, and with no further prodding were told to grab our gear if we were ready to go hunt!:dance: As excited as I have ever been we loaded up in the ranch polaris and headed out, drizzly rain, scrub oaks on 1600 acres of high fenced heaven! After a short ride we arrived at our blind, a 5x6 box blind about 70yards from the feeder, (actually both Melissa and I are used to either a rickety old ladder stand, crooked tree limb or a funky cramped 4x4 blind) so to say we were impressed is an understatement. We quickly got situated, rifles loaded and on safe, binos out, and by the time we got settled, the feed pen was already teeming with activity! Now, we were on a doe/spike hunt, but what we were seeing just a scant 60-70 yards away was a sight that would take your breath away! Count em, 11 deer, most sporting the biggest racks I had ever seen! I mean, 8's, 10's, 12's, 4's, 6's, and one knarly old spike! I saw more antlers that first afternoon than I've seen on my place in El Maton in the last 5 years combined! Course a monster to me or Melissa was.......eh! hes alright! to Joe!
Melissa was raring to let loose on the spike and we had the ok from Joe, our only problem was there were too many other bucks in the line of fire, by the time Melissa lined up on her spike, with a clear shot, I was hyperventilating, had the shakes, seeing double, and had Joe really worried I was having a heartattack! I've had buck fever before I'll admit, and for some reason get it really bad on little bitty ol spikes, but sheesh, buck fever when my rifle was still in the CASE????????sad_smiles
So with a constant stream of coaching in her ear, "pick a spot, wait til he stops, broadside, just behind the shoulder, and SQUEEZE the trigger, her winchester went BOOOOOOOOM! ****! I had my binos up and jumped like a newby! All the deer scattered and none of could call the shot except for me, I had seen the puddle of water under the spike erupt in a direct hit! What the heck???????:hairout: Melissa and I had spent countless hours at the range and she was a dead shot with her rifle, what the heck? We got out of the stand and scouted around but no blood, hair or deer, just a muddy spot where the bullet had hit! I looked at my daughter with a question in my eyes, and she just stated, "Next time just keep your advice to yourself!" Ok, my fault,sad_smiles all my hyperventilating, shaking and coaching along with the fact it was her first shot at a deer, and I could see how she pulled the shot! Not to mention all of the other great bucks that were around! No matter, we got all day saturday and half a day sunday for her to succeed!
We got back to the camp house, I say that lightly, and were greeted by a blazing campfire, and a dinner of ribeyes that were so big they had horns on one end and a tail on the other, who needed to clean a deer?
To make a really really long story short, Melissa connected on her first deer, a spike, the next morning, I connected on a nice fat sausage sow saturday afternoon, and Melissa connected again on another spike sunday morning! Not having me constanly coaching in her ear, (Joe had me gagged!) she managed to pull through in great form! Even making a great high neck shot on the second spike! I was lucky and fortunate enough to be right next to her on both occasions, and sheesh, the deer we saw! It is definately a trip to remeber, and we will be going back next year, and the year after! Just being able to sit there and field judge the bucks, age and score with a guide like Joe there to correct me, added YEARS to my abilities. Add to that the great people, (Joe's wife Sheryl makes a **** good rum cake!) all the trimmings, and effort they put in to making this a special once in a lifetime event for Melissa and I, and you cant go wrong. If your looking for a great hunt, with great folks, contact huntersheryl on the classifieds, or Brad at TheVickranch.com and set one up, you absolutely will not regret it!

Now for a few of the hundreds of pics.......
Melissa's 1st and second, then my hog, some of the deer we saw, the lodge and etc.......
 

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more deer, Melissa's second, the lodge interior etc....and the end result, a sink full of nothing but backstrap and tenderloin (hog and deer) and a freezer full of hamburger, steaks and link sausage from Jureks in Markham!
 

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NICE!!!! You still have a little room left in the freezer....keep knocking them down! Congrats to your daughter!
 

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NICE!!!! You still have a little room left in the freezer....keep knocking them down! Congrats to your daughter!
lol! that pic was BEFORE I put the sink full of backstrap and tenderloin in there! I dont think I could get a loaf of bread in there now!

Thanks for the congrats! I am a lucky man to have a daughter like her!
 

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Fun Weekend!

Hey Brian & Melissa,
What a fun "story" about yall's weekend with us at the ranch....from the very beginning, leaving home! We had a blast and I'm so glad that yall were able to go home happy....and fill your freezer! Brad, Joe, Andrew, Austin and I really enjoyed getting to spend the weekend with yall and we had a great time showing you around, cooking, entertaining, etc. Can't wait for a weekend next year! Also, the pictures you posted were great! Thanks. Watch for a package in the mail....you should get it soon!
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lol! that pic was BEFORE I put the sink full of backstrap and tenderloin in there! I dont think I could get a loaf of bread in there now!

Thanks for the congrats! I am a lucky man to have a daughter like her!
 

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Congrats to you and your daughter. Great story and thanks for sharing. Thats the second time someone has mentioned Sheryl's rum cake. Might have to see if she will sell one.
 

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LOL!!! What a great story! I felt like I was in the blind with you except I was imagining me coaching my 9yr old. Congrats on a successful trip. That looks like an awesome place.
 

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Hey Brian & Melissa,
What a fun "story" about yall's weekend with us at the ranch....from the very beginning, leaving home! We had a blast and I'm so glad that yall were able to go home happy....and fill your freezer! Brad, Joe, Andrew, Austin and I really enjoyed getting to spend the weekend with yall and we had a great time showing you around, cooking, entertaining, etc. Can't wait for a weekend next year! Also, the pictures you posted were great! Thanks. Watch for a package in the mail....you should get it soon!
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Sheryl, we got the package yesterday, ya'll didn't have to do all that! Melissa is having a hard time with deciding where to put them! lol

I cant thank ya'll enough! Did Andrew catch his redfish yet?

Brian
 

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Thanks for the story and the pics, my son and I will be there this weekend.
Ya'll are gonna have a great time! Just watch that co rd 14, it gives new meaning to washboard! Empty your kidneys out at least!

Give us a post on your return!
 

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Sheryl, we got the package yesterday, ya'll didn't have to do all that! Melissa is having a hard time with deciding where to put them! lol

I cant thank ya'll enough! Did Andrew catch his redfish yet?

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Hey Brian,
Remember I said....I love to take pictures! I only wish I would have gotten one of you two together! I love doing "little" things like that. I know how much I appreciate pictures of my boys!

As for the redfish.....All we found was some cold, cold water! We had a blast though. On Tuesday we hit Cemetary Road in Matagorda then headed to Selkirk Island. No luck on Cemetary Rd. and the water was MUDDY at Selkirk. Headed back on Wednesday to Beach Road and those crazy boys went wading at the mouth of the river in their blue jeans and tennies! Luckily I took extra "warm" clothes for the ride home. Other people around them caught a couple of reds but they had no luck. They were o.k. though...just enjoyed being out! I've decided to get him waders for Christmas!!!

On Saturday we went to Oyster Lake where you told us about. What a cool place. Didn't have any luck but Andrew did manage to get back out in the water wading again.

Oh well....reason to keep trying! Hope yall have a great weekend! We are headed back out to the ranch with more hunters and I can't wait!

Take Care and please say hi to Melissa!
Sheryl
 
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