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I found this built into a draw on the property I recently purchased. Definitely man made. These are some big rocks. Put the keys there for context. Any ideas what it is?
 

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Possibly a grave marker. The rocks aren't black so no fires were made inside of it so I'm going with grave marker.


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Not my find but a few years ago I was cleaning out my grandma's garage and found this, a rusted and weathered Henry Repeater. My grandfather and dad hunted on the King and Kenedy ranches quite a bit many years ago and have had properties all over the rest of south Texas as well. Unfortunately grandad passed in '89 and my dad in '03 and grandma doesn't know anything about the origin of the rifle. What I find most interesting is that the hammer is cocked. Makes me wonder about the circumstances it was lost under...

Looks more like an 1873 Winchester than a Henry. It doesn't have the same magazine as a Henry Repeating Rifle.
 

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While pronghorn hunting south of Vaughn NM ran across an area where dirt had been moved into a pattern, but I couldn't tell what it was from ground level. Asked the ranch owner about it and he told me it was a giant swastika used by the Air Force for training during WW II. Pilots would fly up from Roswell AFB and bomb it with dummies (once with live bombs, though)! He said to look at it on Google Earth...
 

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This is such a great thread, I have never looked at it before this week and now that I've read everything thanks for sharing all these great stories and pictures!

Here are a couple of "true crime" hunting stories for ya'll:

Hunting aoudad back in 2012 west of Valentine close to Ft Holland mentioned earlier and spotted 5 guys with heavy backpacks escorted by two heavily armed (AR15) muchachos hiking up from the river. Watched through the binos and the rifle scope and realized they were coming right toward my guide and I and between us and our vehicle a mile or so away. They stopped to rest in a little patch of shade and I had a cell signal so I called the personal cell of a DEA guy I knew in Houston, he called their office in El Paso and a helicopter showed up 30 minutes later. The pistoleros gave up without a scrap and they recovered a bunch of weed and a few guns.

After early limits hunting ducks north of Las Vegas at Paranagat NWR my two friends and I drove out in the desert to look around. We were 3-400 yards from a travel trailer hooked to a pickup truck about a mile off highway 93 when it suddenly blew up...BLEW THE F UP! We hauled *** over there and found two injured people, two injured dogs and a dead guy. Apparently grandson and his bud had a meth cook going and blew up the trailer killing his partner and injuring his grandmother who was asleep in the trailer. We did CPR on grandma until an ambulance got there in about 35 minutes but she died on the way to the hospital. Had to shoot one of the dogs which was literally broken in half and suffering terribly. The mastermind of this little operation was unscathed...but I went back to Nye County NV and testified at his double manslaughter trial. Glad he died in prison.

But my best discovery: shortly after moving to Houston I was invited to go duck hunting. We didn't have a bling, just jump shooting over a pond. We got there in the dark, tossed out some decoys and hunkered down in the marshgrass to wait until shooting time. I found a nice hump to sit on so I could see those quackers coming in. Unfortunately no one told me about fire ants or their mounds...they can get in your waders fast! Got bit about 20 times. I'm sure my buddies could post on here "we saw a guy strip completely naked while duck hunting once..."

Thanks for reading!
 

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while hunting on the hopper ranch in brooks co , we had been driveing cross country bird hunting . we found a car " about 5 miles from any road " and next to the car hanging from fishing line was a dead guy " he looked like a mummy / leather " we called the cops they could not tell us what or why the guy was doing that far from a road
Thought I would digg this one up from the way back
 

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My most memorable

I was 10 or 11 yrs old hunting in a large working ranch outside of Mason. I was a city boy from a town of 40k and har not experienced any ranch operations before but this one day the ranch hands had corralled some calves outside the old stone German homestead at the ranch and I was encouraged to observe their activities. I might not be using the correct vernacular in this description but they were separating the boys and the girls. All the boys were getting castrated, then they would get something that looked like lard lather on their exposed remaining reproduction parts and then they were set free to join the other new steers. This was circa 1964 and I thought that this was the best deer hunting trip yet even though I had only been on about 2 up to then. Chalk it up to an educational one too.

The river that ran along the ranch would show dinosaur foot prints on the rocks when the water was low enough too.
 

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Thanksgiving weekend on the ranch, my brother brought his metal detector and decided to go into the brush where an old road bed was. He discovered a pistol round with the bullet about 2 inches away. They were both 2-3 inches in the ground. Neither of us could distinguish the markings on it. Sunday night he posted on some gun/ammo forums and discovered it was a .455 webley cartridge with a C stamped on it apparently Identifies cordite propellant.. 1891-1897.. We know nobody on the ranch , guest or grandfather has ever had that caliber., We have owned since 1932...
 

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On my way back from Dove hunting I came across the ugliest puppy in the world abandoned and starving. He devoured three doves and jumped into the back of my car.
That was 13 years ago and he is still with us
I have a similar story, but it was only 3 years ago. My wife wanted to kill me from bringing that dog home, in fact she looked at our eldest and pointed at me saying something like "Get that ugly flea-bitten dirt bag out of my house, and throw his dog out with him!" Now three years later, I can't separate her from that dog.
 

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This has been an amazing thread! Read the whole darn thing.

A few stories from the years.

I grew up in Hays county West of Kyle, when it was still a small town. Before I was old enough to start working we spent many summer days out on the Blanco river just fishing, swimming, and paddling around. One day we saw something odd floating in the water. Turned out to be a dead Flounder, about 16" long. No idea how it got there. Maybe somebody tried to keep it alive back from the coast and dumped it or something?

Around 1996 I was deer hunting along a creek outside Driftwood. Washed up at the edge of the water was a rather nice sized dead Rainbow trout. Best guess is he had navigated up from the Guadalupe river or something.

Growing up a neighbor kid and I were digging a hole one day just for fun. About a foot down we found a few coins, one turned out to be a penny dated 1912. I always wondered how they came to be there, just ranch country back in the day.

Elk hunting in New Mexico, found the old log cabin of the original Home Steaders. Brought back a couple cool old Whiskey bottles that dated back to the 30's, still have them. Found some old painted pottery pieces up next to a hill at that same place.

On an old deer lease outside Castell found the cab to a 35 Chevy out in the pasture, all grown up around it. Turns out it was somewhat common for them to take old cars out and use them as deer blinds back in the day. This one had a **** who was quite happy in it.

Have a few more, will post as I remember.
 
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