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A Look Back at 2010

Pardon me while I take a moment to have a quick review of 2010,Greg Simons from a WSI perspective. Reflection is an insightful way of evaluating where you've been, which can be helpful in allowing you to chart your future path. So bear with me as we take a quick look back.

Profoundly, 2009 was a teacher of hard knocks that helped shape how we, at WSI, approached 2010. We entered last year with an enlightened view point on how to try and successfully operate a hunting business during difficult economic times. My personal take home lesson from 2009, was to approach business challenges more often from the downwind side, to measure things twice before turning on the skill saw, to be more resourceful, and to not let an ambitious ego overrule wisdom. I am pleased to report that last year was a bit better business year than 2009, but still well off of the pace of 2008.

Last year was also a year of adapting to personnel changes. Longtime office manager, Alice Ayers, retired and I must admit that I lost a few nights sleep, worrying about how we would get by without her, and no doubt we really missed her involvement. But, life is often a vacuum, and a void sometimes creates opportunity, which was the case with our hiring of Justin Bryan. The hybrid position that was created for him, included office management responsibilities, along with development projects, and he has done a great job of rising to the task.

The hiring of Ben a.k.a "Pecos Ben" Mongold as our cameraman/production specialist, for our WSI Real Hunts with Real Hunters has proved to be a good choice. While maintaining a stellar attitude, Ben has proven to be a gem of a WSI staffer, and if you have not had the opportunity to enjoy his work, then check out the video page on our website.

As I have pointed out for many years, the strength of WSI is in our people. I cannot begin to adequately extol my admiration, appreciation, and confidence that I have in our core group of WSI staffers. They are the heartbeat of this team, and from Ruben Fernandez, who serves as our field manager, on down to our guides, cooks, interns, and other support folks, I am truly blessed to play on their team.

As many of you know, we had a bang up good year in terms of our overall hunt success. Yes, some hunts were more productive than others, but as a whole 2010 was a great year for WSI and our clients. Check out photos on our website if you want to see the pudding.

On a personal matter, I am sad to say that 2010 ended with the passing of multiple personal friends, all taken from us at an early age. Mysteries of life, and death, can sometimes leave us with many unanswered questions, and although it is difficult to not dwell on these things, we must find ways to move forward. And, whether we are celebrating the life of a loved one, or simply reflecting back on the previous year, Abe Lincoln put it well, with "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Here's to living life to its fullest, making the most of what we are dealt, and enjoying all treasures of life.

 

Bookings are at a brisk pace, so please let us know if there are any hunts of interest to you. The remainder of this ENews is dedicated to our spring turkey hunts, which have represented a cornerstone business activity for us since our inception, some 24 years ago. I personally want to wish all of you a joyous and prosperous 2011.


Adios,
Greg Simons 

     
                                                                      

WSI Video's, Real Hunts with Real Hunters 

 

Take a moment to view our latest videos that have been added. The most recent is a trophy south Texas whitetail hunt on the La Rucia Ranch. This 18,000 acre property has a long history of consistently producing exceptional south Texas whitetail bucks. 

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Spring Turkey Hunts
 

Need I say that, with all this frigid cold weather that has enveloped theturkey Country, many of us will be looking forward to some warm radiant energy when spring rolls around. For those of you who have not experienced the glory and excitement of spring turkey hunting, when birds are gobbling and going through their courtship ritual, then you are missing out on one of hunting's great experiences.

 

WSI has a great selection of turkey hunting packages from which to choose. In addition to our outstanding full service packages that we offer on multiple properties, we have recently added some additional unassisted turkey hunting territory onto our menu of choices. Unlike some destinations, we moderate our harvest to ensure that we have good populations of birds every year.

 

Listed below, is some general information on some destination options.

 

North Texas Unassisted Hunt - New for 2011, we have access toArkansas Hunters approximately 30,000 acres of fabulous turkey country. This rolling grassland is interspersed with creek bottoms covered in large cottonwoods and alfalfa fields providing excellent turkey habitat. Hunters should plan on staying in Wellington at a motel, and we will have a representative meet with them and get them situated. Hunters will guide themselves and provide for themselves. Cost is $795 per hunter, which allows you to havest up to two mature birds. We have a group minimum of two and maximum of six.

 

West Texas Unassisted Hunt - Totalling approximately 35,000 acres between two properties, we can offer excellent west Texas turkey hunting to a limited number of folks. This country, located in the south zone, provides modest facilities and a very good population of mature gobblers, with a strong age class of 4 year old big birds. Both properties are near Sanderson and we will be harvesting no more than 16 total birds. We have a 3 hunter minimum and 6 hunter maximum. Price is $895 per hunter.

 

S Ranch Lodge - Our spring turkey hunts that take place out of this 4turkey bedroom, 4 bath facility offers our turkey hunting clients an opportunity to hunt multiple properties, totaling approximately 25,000 acres of excellent Texas turkey hunting. This is a two bird package which includes meals, lodging, guide (2x1), and game care, and is priced at $1,395 per turkey hunter. Lodge is relatively new with nice furnishings, big screen TV and satellite dish. Hunters fly into San Angelo, where we can pick up and drop off at no additional expense. This is a great perennial destination for Rio Grande spring turkey hunting, and is located a few miles north of San Angelo.

 

Chaparrosa Ranch - This sprawling 80,000 acre ranch located between Crystal City and La Pryor, is a hot spot for Texas turkey hunting. In adddition to fabulous spring turkey hunting, the Chaparrosa also features a 10 bedroom, huge lodge sported by all amentities and luxuries the most scrutinizing of turkey hunters might demand, including a swimming pool for enjoying a cool dip on a warm day. This 3 day, 3 night package is $1,495 and includes 1 turkey, 1 feral hog, and 1 javelina. An additional turkey can be taken for $500. Hunters should fly into San Antonio where they need to rent a car and drive to the ranch, approximately 2 hours away.

 

H. Yturria Ranch - This legendary ranch is steep in south Texas, historyturkey and lore. Between each of the 3 south Texas H. Yturria Divisions, our spring turkey hunting here encompasses approximately 25,000 acres, and is supported by 3 nice camps. Our main camp is Punta del Monte and is built with an African theme comprised of 6 private chalets, large dining/lounging facility, and large fire ring representing the ceneterpiece of the camp. This 2.5 day, 3 night package is priced at $1,175 based on 2 x 1 guide, and includes meals, lodging, and 1 gobbler. A second bird can be taken for an additional $525. Javelina, hogs, nilgai antelope, and various other exotic game can be added into the package for an additional fee. Hunters can fly into Harlingen and airport shuttle is available for $50 per vehicle per trip. A great spring turkey hunting destination with a unique taste.


Great Corporate Options - One of the things that we can offer that isCorporate Turkey Hunt attractive from a corporate entertainment standpoint is that we offer excellent options on facilities and camps. Our H. Yturria camps are uniquely designed similar to many African safari camps. Hunts at the huge Chaparrosa Ranch take place from a spacious 10 bedroom lodge with swimming pool and all the bells and whistles. Our popular S Ranch camp is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath facility located 25 minutes from our San Angelo airport. The above represent but a sampling of options.


Combination Hunts - For those interested in variety, we have opportunities for combo type packages to conveniently hunt multiple species from one camp. Some of these other possible combo species include various exotics including our popular nilgai, hogs, and javelinas. Inquire about details.


Lots of Birds - This is one of the most obvious strengths of our springturkey turkey hunts...lots of birds. And with the vast acreage we hunt, we can moderate our hunting pressure to ensure a high level of success for all of our guests.


Nice Weather - Texas in the spring. This can be a grand time of the year to be afield in Texas. Nice weather, wild flowers, and the sounds of songbirds and gobbling turkeys,a great time to be here.


Price - As opposed to most big game hunts, our packages are very reasonable prices, with 2.5 and 3 day all inclusive packages running from $1175 - $1495. Unassisted hunts, for those of you who prefer to hunt alone, are available for $795, which does not include lodging or meals.


Our south zone season begins March 19 and north zone begins April 2. We wrap up most of our hunts by around the 25th of April, though our season in the north zone does extend to May 15. You still have time, so give us a call to schedule your Rio Grande gobbler hunt.

Spring Turkey Success

 

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Feb.9, 2011 
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