It is one week after the end regular whitetail season… Normally this is a dreadful time for all hunters. But as luck would have it my good friend, and amazing country musician Aaron Einhouse has one last hurrah for the OT crew. He tells me that he has some friends with Nature Blinds and they have an amazing lease in South Texas.
To make things better they have “land management tags” for us. Texas is over populated with whitetail deer and so to manage a proper buck to doe ratio each ranch is surveyed and then given a certain number of tags to maintain a sustainable population. This is a huge ranch and to say that we are excited would be the understatement of the year. Aaron is a real breath of fresh air in country music. When I spoke to him about his musical influences I was not surprised to hear him bring up the names Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earl, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His single, “Blue Collar Troubadour” was one of 2014‘s top 50 hits of the year in Texas. He is not only an accomplished songwriter but he is a AVID hunter so I knew we were in for non stop action.
We set out early the next morning and the action was highly anticipated. The South Texas Lease did not disappoint, it is absolutely packed with game. The 10,000 acre plot backs up to the King Ranch, one of the most famous ranches in the world. This particular ranch has a number of tags and they tell us that if it is a mature deer then it is free game. Aaron seemed to have all of the luck on this hunt. I see why he’s the one taking me hunting and not the other way around.
We continued to hunt hard for the rest of the trip and the action never stopped. Aaron is a phenomenal hunter and he proved to be proficient with both his bow and rifle. The final count after 2 full days of hunting was a doe, a javelina and three great bucks. Not only that but we had a really cool surprise while we were out. Aaron got a text message that he was getting a shout out on the radio while we were in the jeep. We turned it up to 104.9 The Rig in south Texas and sure enough one of his songs was playing loud and proud. The DJ was even nice enough to plug OT after the song played.
I don’t know what it is about this inhospitable terrain that I love so much. It’s always hot, humid, seemingly every plant has thorns, and all signs point to the fact that humans just don’t belong here. But when I get into a blind or begin a stalk in south Texas I feel like anything is possible. You could see everything from a monster whitetail, giant hogs, javelina, rattlers, and even a loose nilgai or axis. This feeling of being on safari and not knowing what will be around the bend on the next “sendero” is a rush all by itself.
I don’t claim to be a distinguished hunter by any means so it is both exciting and very intimidating. I do not know how I got to be the lucky one that has this job but I am grateful for every moment that I get to do it. After this amazing hunt we kicked back by the fireplace, had a few beers and listened to Aaron play his music. After an amazing hunt we loaded up and headed to Corpus Christi, TX to Aaron’s gig that the famous Brewster Street Icehouse.