Texas ShootOut 2016 Recap & 2017 News
There IS something NEW for 2017, arrive on the Ranch on 15th and begin hunting as soon as the pasture gate opens at 9:30am. THAT’S RIGHT START YOUR HUNT THE DAY YOU ARRIVE!
Plan your calendar now for the 2017 Texas ShootOut, it is scheduled for February 15 – 19, 2017. Hunters will be allowed on the Ranch the morning of the 15th and allowed to begin hunting immediately when the pasture gate opens.
Hunters must be off the Ranch by Noon on 20th.
We will again be hunting on the historic Chaparrosa Ranch just outside La Pryor, TX.
History: in 1836 the Chaparrosa Creek. Located just east of the camp area, was a live water stream. General Santa Anna camped his 1800 troops under the trees along the banks of the Chaparrosa Creek, enroute to the Alamo. On March 2, 1936, Texas declared its Independence.
Each year we are asked what the weather will be during the ShootOut. February weather in South Texas can be very fickle with temperatures ranging for 20s to 90s. Jackets & gloves in the mornings and short sleeves by mid-afternoon.
This year the hunters had figured out the javalina like the little yellow flowers that were found in many areas around the ranch. Hunters who read the 2015 summary took advantage of the information that javalina liked the little yellow flowers. Many of those areas became hot spots.
This year we had several javalina brought in that tipped the scales at over 49 pounds. That is big when you consider the average weight is 34 pounds.
We do need to talk about some problems that arose in 2015 and 2016. Last year two of our long time hunters left their marker tags hanging in the pasture. Those tags were found by the ranch staff after we had left the ranch. In our agreement with the ranch, anyone leaving their tags in the pasture, will not be allowed to return the next year. So those two long time hunters had to set out the 2016 hunt.
The other issue was two groups of hunters left cans in their campfire ashes. And as it turned out the rain that came the day after the hunt washed away the ashes to expose the piles of cans. As you can guess the Ranch was NOT HAPPY.
If you have a camp fire, please scatter the ashes and pickup any cans and trash around your camp site.
ARRIVAL SAFETY for 2017
When arriving at the entry gate located on Hwy. 57, stay all the way over on the right shoulder until it is clear to turn across the Hwy into the ranch. Stopping in the traffic lane can be very dangerous due to the 18 wheeler traffic and high rate of speed that they are driving. The ShootOut staff will try and assist with getting trucks and trailers on to the ranch safely.
TO ASSIST US PLEASE STAY AS FAR RIGHT AS POSSIBLE OUT OF THE TRAFFIC LANE AT ALL TIMES.
NEW RANCH RULE
BEGINNING IN 2017
LEAVE SHEDS AND SKULLS LAYING WERE YOU FIND THEM