We were asked by one of our friends to go on a hunting trip with her at the H5 Trophy Ranch in Barksdale, TX! It was absolutely amazing and we had the best time. The accommodations were fabulous, the guides were awesome and so much fun..and the scenery was beautiful! I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a high fence exotic hunt...or if you just want a whitetail or turkey in season. It was amazing!
It's about 4 hours from midland...since we all live in the same neighborhood it was easy picking everyone up..ha!
We left that morning by 8..had lunch in rock springs...and then spent the reset of our weekend looking at beautiful animals and shooting some! Hehe! and one of the biggest perks for me, not going to lie, was not having to cook or do dishes! aaahhhh! now, that's a vacation!
No sleeping in when hunting...but when you wake up at 6 to go find animals is a little more relaxing than the hustle and bustle of 3 kiddos! :)
Once we got there friday afternoon we just cruised around in the rangers and found some animals..and then the shooting started...Oh wait..back up..how could I forget...we did a little range shooting to get guns dialed in...and guess who got BULLSEYE...this girl..haha! I was shocked too! haha! Haven't shot a gun in years..but sure was fun...and this could be the year, now that kids are older, for me to get back into the hunting game! we'll see!
Friday was gorgeous..and hot! shoulders wished I would have put sunscreen on...but, totally didn't think of that! oops! we rode around for hours..hunting down animals and learning all about the exotic game they had!
View from our room... ready to go..
not planned..but we acted like we were going to sadie hawkins party! haha!
enjoying the view and fire pit...
we lit it that night...
Brenda had never been hunting or shot a rifle/shotgun before..but, she's wanting to learn (hence the trip) so, they had a pig trapped and let her practice..sorry little piggy! ha! but it was a great shot!
we rode up and down rocky mountains..sometimes you forget that you were even in texas...and with all the rain it was so green!
next on her list...was an Oryx....beautiful horns...
and then a calefornia ram...she was on a roll! and so much fun to watch!
trav picked me some flowers..aahh! who said hunting can't be romantic...which reminds me..one guy said if I planted them they would grow and spread..need to get those out of my suitcase and test it! haha!
Travis had one thing and one thing only...a trophy axis!
we saw several HUGE ones!!!
all the animals horns were unique and beautiful..but these fallow were my fav! sooo pretty!
vibrant got him an axis saturday morning...
of course, the picture taker in me spied an excellent photo op....just a gorgeous background.
then later saturday morning it started to rain...like pour...so, we stayed at lodge, ate lunch..and waited for it to pass...well, one of the guides (who is in charge there) wanted to see how much it had rained and check the spill way...so, he and other guide got in the truck only to return a couple minutes later..with, "hey, there are a ton of axis right here." so, trav grabs his gun..i get my camera and we find them...one axis was smart and hid behind the bushes...so, we decided to drive up and turn around to find him again...but, came upon another huge one..who was even bigger...so, trav scooed me to the side where I was basically in lynn's lap...(we were great friends by then..haha..) and in the rain, uphill, shot but there was a blank bullet..aahhh! maybe a foul word was said..but, he loaded again(in about 1 sec)..and shot.....and that thing didn't run but a few feet and feel right into the bottom of a tree! woohoo! it was super exciting!
a little rain never hurt anyone!
I drove the truck back to the lodge to get everyone else and the rangers..and it was was time to gut!
and measure to see if it was Gold worthy...and pretty sure it was!
he was huge and beautiful!
the kills in the freezer!
of course, after all that..the rain stopped and it was gorgeous!
so, we kept driving around..and found these aoudad sheep from a long ways away...so, used the gun scope! ha!
Sunday, we woke up early again to try and get brenda an axis...but, after 3 attempts we called it quits...and will just have to go back! :)
so, since the sun was out we took advantage and got some better shots of trav and his deer!
can't wait to get him in our house and freezer! :)
We headed back that afternoon and got back just in time to get gamy and granddaddy to the airport since they were here watching our littles...and having a great time!
next day..i had a little tummy bug...so, what better place for all my babies to be than in my lap..on my tummy! ha! we made it though!
Thumbs up for H5 ranch and a successful hunting trip!