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Indianhead Ranch, Del Rio, Texas


Safari Club International sponsors a number of very well run educational summer programs available to teenagers that provide education and experience on ethical hunting practices and SCI in general. I have attended two such programs, the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) in Wyoming and the Advanced Apprenticeship Program at Indianhead Ranch in Del Rio, Texas. The latter offers the opportunity for young hunters to learn about all facets of hunting, from shooting rifles and bows, to tracking, to identification, to obtaining their hunters safety training. Furthermore, students are allowed to hunt a management animal of their choosing, or opt to pay the remaining balance for a trophy animal. My dad had told me earlier that year, “If you make the grades I’ll pay for the trophy.” With this further motivation, I met the goal, and had the opportunity to choose a trophy to hunt on this beautiful property.
My initial plan was to hunt an aoudad, and for the time allotted into our schedule, we hunted hard every day. At one point we came within five yards of two young rams fighting. How I longed for a bow! It is only because I am a hunter that I had this opportunity. Most people have never even heard an aoudad, let alone been five yards away from a wild one.
Having been unsuccessful and with the week wearing on, I decided to pursue new quarry. My fascination with the oryx family and successful harvest of a Gemsbok the previous summer turned my gaze to the herd of Scimitar Horned Oryx residing on the property. Their majestic sweeping horns are hard for any hunter to ignore. On our first stalk, we came in contact with a handsome old bull. One of his horns was well broomed, but he had beautiful mass In fact this animal that continued my trend of shooting animals with great mass, giving this site its name. Furthermore, I am a firm believer that an animal chooses you, not vice-versa. I lined up the sights on the single shot Thompson Center Encore .30-’06 and placed the bullet right in his shoulder. His front legs dropped immediately, and the scar on his nose is still visible in the mount. This beautiful animal signified the perfect end to a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend every young hunter apply and attend.


11 comments (Add your own)

1. LIVIO wrote:
"You have shares in Mcdonalds?What is the dneffreice? Beef is about as common as it gets. Thousands of people get a share of the money Mcdonalds pays for beef"Wait! Wait! There's no scrap of intelligence there. Please rewrite it so it comes closer to making sense. " The only dneffreice is the declaration and protection of ownership. Right now, in PA it is done by the game comission on behalf of the common owners."The game commission is not allocating shares of common goods. You are off the rails here. How would I exercise my shares to vote against hunting?"You think the centrally organized game commission can do a better job than thousands of individual owners?"No I don't. Incentives matter. "Are they common goods because no one owns them or are they "goods" because they are in fact good, and we all have an interest in them?"They are because they are owned in common by everyone, so that invariably, we see the resulting ."Do you have a better idea, or is it that you see this leads to cap and trade? I imagine those texas ranches ahve to set some kind of cap on the hunting they allow."My better idea is that everything should be privately owned, and there would be no common goods that must be controlled and administered by central planning. If you understood the concept of original ownership, you would better understand why this should be so. "for a species genetically hardwired to kill, very few actually do so.The wiring must have shorted out somewhere." Division of labor, and the advent of farming and raising animals for food, has very recently in human history made it unnecessary for each of us to hunt and kill our own dinner."If we were genetetically hardwired to hunt and kill, we would be out doing it even if we don't have to."Duh, what do you think this post is about?"It is probably more accurate that we are programmed to ingratiate ourselves with those that do this for us."You mean like cozying up to lions and hyenas?"And, we actually subsist better on grains and fruit. "Now THAT is a demonstrably weak, if not false statement. Do you really believe that all the many arrowheads, spearpoints, stone knives and scrapers, found at archaeological sites where prehistoric humans lived were used to hunt fruit and grain?It must have been a much more hostile environment than I imagined.Likewise, how would you explain the many charred animal bones found at these same sitesd that appear to have been scraped and smashed perhaps as part of someones dinner?Without eating meat, early human ancesters might not have .

Sat, April 21, 2012 @ 6:17 AM

2. Natan wrote:
"uh huh..how about the Indian Elephant? how about these endangered: " Himalayan WolfKashmir StagBatagur baska (Four-toed Terrapin)Batagur kgchuaa (Red-crowned Roofed Turtle)Biswamoyopterus biswasi (Namdapha Flying Squirrel)Cremnomys elvira (Large Rock-rat)Crocidura andamanensis (Andaman White-toothed Shrew)Jenkin's Shrew),Sumatran Rhinoceros):"As juandos asked, "What have YOU done today to save any of these species?"I doubt that many people would be interested in hunting very many of the animals you listed. Perhaps they are good to eat, or fun to look at in something resembling their natural habitat. Those like you, who cry about endangered species, need to step up to your responsibility to pay for their protection in some way. As with people selling children, people who are desperately poor will do what is necessary to survive, including capturing or killing native endangered species for food or money. You can't effectively legislate against that. Your job is to figure out how to make these animals more desirable in their native habitat, then dead or shipped elsewhere by providing financial incentives to people that live with these animals."They've carefully picked species that the public will not widely object to while staying away from species the public would raise holy hell about and probably demand a halt to all of it."No, they have carefully picked species that are desirable to hunters willing to spend big bucks to hunt them. "the basic premise is bogus to the bone."Privately property has value to the owner, and will be protected. Public property - the commons - will not."Let me go out on a limb here and say that there will never be a Disney Park where parents take their kids to teach them how to gun down Elephants or Tigers or Lions so the breed can be "saved".You are being obtuse."this is at best a dirty little secret... I'm betting the majority of people who saw this on 60 minutes are appalled."There is nothing secret about it. Maybe you should check the comments at YouTube, which are mostly positive.If these folks raised white tailed deer for hunting would you still be appalled? What about raising cattle for food? What exactly are your ethics on this?

Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 10:50 AM

3. Hamka wrote:
one neighbors prcitoeton cannot exceed the damage another neighbor incurs to provide that prcitoeton. They need to undeerstand thee is no public benefit, unless the winners can fairly compensate the losers, and still come out ahead.Where we disagree is that I believe that such and outcome is possible (even if rare), and you apperently think the goovernment is forever and always a total failure. How do you achive a truly balanced government? You establish market based regulations.The government has lost sight of its central mission: to protect people and property and promote the general welfare, and defend Liberty. As a result, it protects some better than others, and the feedback loop to correct such problems is too slow, and too indirect. We have become a nation of Hurricane Carters, where it takes a lifetime or more to identify and correct injustices.In my area there is a lively debate about what non-agricultural or agricultural related activites whould be allowed. One case is about to come to the state supreme court. It is a long slow way to fix a problem that Coase would have solved through some sort of bidding.But, Paint Ball is probably not going to be part of that debate for the same reason some object to canned hunts: it is distatesteful to them. My problem is not with government, per se, but with the fact that government has failed to develop a dispassionate method of continuously re-evaluating and re-adjusting regulation to achieve the highest benefit at lowest cost.Now, the Auk had some value, which could have multiplied over time, but it is gone forever. Therefore, one cannot very well argue that no regulation and extinction could possibley have been the lowest cost option.Extinction is not a good business model.

Sat, July 14, 2012 @ 4:34 PM

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6. Enrique wrote:
Which animals are the most sucsuscfel? The ones we eat and the ones we pet :)=================================Yes, and that worked so well for the Passenger Pigeons.Then there was the Great Auk"Once estimated to number in the millions, these huge flightless waterbirds were hunted to extinction by the 1850s. As their numbers dwindled, the price of their pelts and eggs became so valuable that even museums of the time had sanctioned them to be collected, so that their skins could be used for preservation and display. The effort to wipe the birds out was so systematic that the killing of the last known pair was documented in gruesome detail. On July 3rd, 1844, a hunter named Sigurf0ur cdsleifsson had strangled the last two adults, while his partner Ketill Ketilsson smashed the egg the birds had been incubating with his boot."Market worked well there, didn't it?Worked Pretty Well for the Monk Seal, The Quagga, and the Falkland Wolf, too.Then there was the Sea Mink, the Carolina Parakeet and the Toolache Wallaby, all wiped out by hunters.The last known example of several animals, including the hartebeest ied in captivity. So much for human protection.The Stellar Sea Cow was wiped out within 30 years of being discovered.And the Atlas Bear, which was hunted and captured by the Romans, for the purpose of executing humans.The Serengeti National park was created because hunters had killed so many lions.Yep, good old hunters, the original conservationists.You want to re write some history, Michael? There is plenty here to work with.I have hunters on my property, but let's not kid ourselves, they are not conservationists, they are predators.

Sat, September 22, 2012 @ 10:37 AM

7. Markus wrote:
Not only do you have to hunt the first day, but you've better be in the woods bofere the sun comes up. Most of the shooting is done in the first hour of the shooting. The thing is, there are more hunters in the woods on the first day pushing the deer around. Deer are actually nocturnal animals they like to lay down during the day and sleep and then get up at sunset to go out and find food. This is why you see them more often in the evenings along the side of the road and why some folks go spotlighting after it get dark. So, if there are only a handful of hunters in the woods, then the deer simply bed down and sleep. But, if there are scores of hunters moving around, then the deer start to get anxious and run giving you an opportunity to shoot one.References :

Sat, September 22, 2012 @ 1:46 PM

8. Akire wrote:
I don't think it's a problem of not hinvag enough hunters. It is more a problem of not enough land to hunt. Areas that have been posted no hunting are where we have the most deer strikes around here. If you see one of the hunting clubs out working an area then we have less problems there. I am not a big fan for hunt clubs using dogs but it does cut down the number of wrecks each year. Once more land owners open there land to hunters, still hunters or dog hunters, it will make those areas all little safer also.

Sat, September 22, 2012 @ 4:08 PM

9. Kawani wrote:
It does seem that in many states the potolapiuns of deer are out of control and that the simple solution is to offer more tags and keep the population in line. While I am of the mindset that government does almost nothing correctly and need to keep their hands out of most things, I have a tremendous respect for most state wildlife officials and the job that they do. These are guys that know their business and do the best they can with what they have, so I still have faith that they are keeping track of potolapiuns and responding accordingly.

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