Trailing the Hunter’s Moon follows veteran outdoor writer, wildlife biologist and television personality Larry Weishuhn in exciting destinations both close to home and around the globe!
Today’s blog features Larry Weishuhn sharing his whitetail hunt with good friend and owner of FTW Ranch, Tim Fallon. You can catch Larry’s whitetail hunt at the FTW Ranch on Trailing the Hunter’s Moon Saturday, October 24 at 9:30AM ET.
Tim Fallon, who owns the FTW Ranch where they teach S.A.A.M, Sportsman’s All Weather All Terrain Marksmanship, where I spend as much time as possible learning and shooting, also doubles as my favorite hunting partner. Together we’ve shared hunts from Alaska to Kyrgyzstan to northwest Africa and points in between. Thankfully the FTW is only 62 miles from my home in southwestern Texas. When Tim invited me to come up to his ranch to pursue a big whitetail, I jumped at the chance to do so.
Tall rocky hills and deep juniper covered valleys offer great cover and habitat for whitetails and some of the other deer, goat, sheep, antelope species Tim has introduced on his property. But, certain areas of the 12,000 acre ranch are pretty much aimed at whitetails.
After some scouting, while rattling, I located an area where deer were coming out of the brushy slopes down into the bottoms to feed on acorns and green weeds as well as drink in one of the potholes in the creek. It was here I set up my Nature Blinds Stalking Shield, which I helped develop, as a ground blind. While we came up with the Stalking Shield primarily as a way to get close to animals when stalk hunting, I had learned it also works extremely well and efficiently as a ground blind. And as a ground blind, should the wind change or animals move in a different area I can quickly more and set up elsewhere.