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Was Cecil A Teacher?
In today's modern era that is often driven by social media, where photographs and verbal blurbs can go viral by simply pushing "send," it has become apparent that the practices which characterize our hunting community are under the microscope for the world to see. I suspect we are all too familiar with the dramatic attention that Cecil, the lion, received a few weeks ago. There's only one other occasion that I recall where a hunting-related matter created as much attention as Cecil. I continue to hear "qualified reports" on what actually took place, who's at fault, whether lawful boundaries were breached, etc., and let me make it clear that the nature of this editorial is not to cast judgment on what took place.
Regardless of whether you, or I, think that the whole Cecil matter is a crock, I do think there are some take-home lessons to be learned from Cecil; for the hunting community to think otherwise, is perhaps burying our head in proverbial sand. Hunting and wildlife cultures vary immensely from one country to the next, so certain lessons to be learned from Cecil that apply to one part of the globe, may have little or no merit within other international cultures.

Here's my 5-pronged, short summary on take-home lessons from Cecil:

1. Never Apologize For Being A Hunter - It's been well-documented on how funds from hunting have served as the chief financier for wildlife restoration and wildlife conservation in the U.S. for well over 100 years. Hunting incentivizes stewardship of our natural resources, translating into habitat management and protection of wildlife. Hunters should never apologize for being a hunter.

I hope that you and your family are doing well. Please drop us a line if you would like to explore any hunting possibilities in the future. Take care and we'll catch you later.


Greg Simons


For a group who is interested in a great seasonal type hunting lease, we are offering an opportunity to lease ~4600 acres of the historic Ward Walker 7 Oaks Ranch, located in Val Verde and Crockett Counties. Terrain consists of rolling hills that have an abundance of live oaks in the bottoms, with juniper, mesquite, and other mixed brush making up the majority of the woody cover. A progressive habitat management program has been in place for several years, resulting in a highly productive ecological environment with a great deal of diversity of wildlife.

There is a designated campsite with electric and water. There are also 6 blinds and electric feeders and feeders are enclosed with feed pens. Lease is set up for 8 or 9 hunters at $3000 per hunters. Each hunter may harvest one mature buck, plus there will be an allocation of does and management type bucks, based upon the population survey. Hunters may also spring turkey hunt, dove hunt, shoot hogs, and any exotics that they may see.


For an interesting perspective on this unique ranch, click on the link below to read an article that was recently published in the Texas Wildlife Association magazine. 


For anyone looking for a last minute elk hunt in West Texas, we still have a few spots available. 

Texas is not a state that many people think of when considering a free-range elk hunt, but there are pockets of elk in West Texas that produce some great quality bulls. Though hunters do not typically see a great abundance of elk on these hunts, our over-all success rate in the last 5 years has been over 80%, with most bulls scoring in the 310" - 330" range, but we did harvest 2 bulls last year that scored over 350". 

WSI generally accommodates about 6-8 elk hunters a year on multiple properties in the Trans-Pecos Region of West Texas. These hunts are set up as 4 day programs which include modest lodging, guide, meals, and game care. Since we are typically doing these hunts with 1-2 hunters per hunt, the guides typically multi-tasks as the cook, as well. Hunts are priced on a base fee with a trophy fee, and there is slight variation in pricing between properties, so inquire on these pricing details.


Due to generous rainfall over much of the state, things are shaping up to be an excellent wildlife year in Texas. Antler growth should be the best since at least 2010, plus we are seeing an abundance of little quail and turkeys. This is not the year to skip your Texas hunt, so please let us know if you are interested in a whitetail hunt for this fall. We still have some openings on some great properties and have several option for 1 -3 hunters, as well as a few options for larger groups. 


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August 24, 2015
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