Here is the Trip Report for our recent (June 2-June 10) Hunting trip and Introduction to Texas for my 14 year old Grandson. We began planning this hunting trip last winter when the two Grandfathers decided that Chris would enjoy a visit to Texas, and a Hog Hunt would be a good reason to go. We signed up for a Package Hunt at a "ranch" near Gonzales,Texas, just a few miles from the Shiner Brewery
We packed up and departed late Thursday evening, after Chris had marched thru his 8th grade graduation ceremony.
It was a long night behind the wheel, but we had lots of planning to do and the excitement of the trip kept us going all night. We had called ahead (the day before) to Mary at the Family Pie Shop
about how early she might have some pies that we might be able to buy as we passed thru DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. She asked about our arrival time and then assured us she could have a Lemon, a Coconut, and a Chocolate Fudge pie ready to go at 5 AM. So at exactly 5AM we pulled into her dark driveway and I told my companions it was PIE-TIME ! They laughed at me and told me she probably went to bed and forgot the pies... Just as they said that the porch light came on and out came Mary, escorting us to the bakery-garage, and boxed the still warm pies for us on the spot. I think I scored a few points with the grandson on that deal. Mary had stayed up late getting the pies ready for us and was pleased that we were so excited about them.
We took the pies with us and completed the long ride to Temple,Texas for a good nights rest. No roadfood other than Petro Brothers Truck Stop
CFS, which is one of the best CFS Breakfasts I find on the interstates.
Next morning found us meeting our RF Brother Bushie
at Louis Muellers BBQ
in Taylor, Texas, for the kids first intro to Texas BBQ. Chris tasted a variety of choices there, eyes growing larger with each sample.
Then Bushie Appeared with one of the famous Texas Sized Round Rock Do-Nuts
!! That made quite a hit
We did locate the business card I posted on Muellers 'Wall of Fame' fourteen years ago, and attached it to a new one and posted it on the wall again.
After several interesting cultural stops in the area with Bushie and some interesting discussions about crops, farming and livestock with several locals at those locations, we parted company with Bushie
and headed back to the motel to give the kid some pool time and let the Grandpa's catch up on a lot of missing nap-time.
We Made Lockhart the target for our BBQ search for the day. Smitty's
didn't have anything other than sausage ready early in the morning, so we selected three rings of their great links and enjoyed what promised to be a great day.
A bit later we stopped in at Blacks BBQ.
Chris had learned the difference between 'Lean' and 'Juicy' Brisket, and was quick to order his Brisket "Juicy" ! He raved about how good all Texas brisket is and especially that offered at Blacks. Here's the sample we got there.
We managed to get the boy snagged on the 'Jack-a-lope' legend. Hoping he would get involved with a search for the elusive critter at the hunting camp later. He almost fell for it, but caught on before we had him hooked !
Then it was time to check into the hunting camp. The wild critters came right into the camp looking for food. In fact, the buffalo we saw that night followed us back to our bunkhouse and tore thru one bag of the 'Deer Corn we had brought with us for Hog Bait'
After a great pulled pork dinner, and sighting in our rifles, we went out to our blind and got set-up for the night. Corn was spread along the dirt track to draw the hogs toward the blind as the sun set.
Much to our surprise a group of 6 Buffalo came thundering into our area and began chowing down on our bait corn.
We put up with it for awhile, then Larry, our 'other' grandpa, went out and chased them away like a bunch of farm cows.
As soon as he returned they came back and worked over the corn pretty well. The only hogs we saw the first night knew how to dart among the Buffalo to get the corn without exposing themselves as targets. Since the price for shooting a Buffalo was about $2500, we were pretty careful not to shoot when any of them were around.
Chris was the first one to shoot a hog. He got his in the morning on a 'walk and stalk' in the woods. It weighed in at just over 100 lbs.
Larry and I had to wait for the night hunt from the blind again. This time the Bison left us alone for awhile and we were able to shoot our hogs. Just after I got mine, a Water Buffalo appeared and blocked us from getting my downed hog. We finally had to call the camp crew to come out and force the Buffalo to move so we could load the hog up and get it back to camp.
In addition to the three we hunted, we got two young pigs (about 70 lbs each) to be used for whole roasts
Then we loaded up, took 50 lbs of Pork to Greens Sausage House
in Temple to be converted into Jalopena Cheese Links, which will be shipped shortly. The rest is with a processor here in Indiana being prepared for our family use.
It was a long drive home but we wanted to get the meat out of the iced-coolers and into proper refrigeration in the 100 degree weather we were 'enjoying'.
We awarded the grandson a trophy for shooting his first ever Hog and left him full of memories that none of us will forget. It was quite an experience !!