Results of our 2015/2016 Season
This is a nice buck to end our season on - Stuart Lorraine from Angleton, Texas with a nice 160" five year old taken on 01-17-2016. It is hard for me to explain how we took a buck on the last day we hunted that we had never seen.
But, here he is. Hunting whitetail deer provides challenges like nothing else I have ever hunted. About the time you think you have it all figured out, you will turn the page and start a new chapter that will break all the rules.
Misty & Scott Westmoreland from the Baton Rouge area with a Misty's buck she took on 12-28-15. Her buck was a nice five year old with the tip of the right main beam turned down like a drop tine.
Chandler Badeaux from the Baton Rouge area with a nice nine point management buck he took on 12-28-15.
Connor Badeaux from the Baton Rouge area with a nice eight point management buck he took on 12-28-15.
Kolby Badeaux from the Baton Rouge area with an eight point management buck he took on 12-28-15.
Derek Selva from Dickinson, Texas with a nice management buck taken on 12-18-15. Derek's buck was a seven year old with ten score-able points.
Pat Soniat from West Baton Rouge with a wet management buck he took on 12-13-15. It rained 1-1/2" that morning and the deer moved around pretty well. Pat also took a doe in the same sit as his buck and another doe later that same morning. That is making the best of a rainy deer hunting day.
Eden & Katie (Mother) from West Baton Rouge, LA. with a nice management buck that Katie took on 12-12-15. Katie made the hunt with her Dad (Pat Soniat) pictured above. Eden did not hunt, but she was ready at picture time.
Congratulations to the father-daughter team of Madison and Joe Hurt from Saint Amant, La., This picture shows two management bucks that Madison took the morning of 11-26-15, right after it rained three inches.
Donnie Taylor from Huntington, Texas with a nice River Ranch buck he took on 11-20-2015.
Marilyn Taylor with a free ranging eight pointer she took on the river 11-20-2015. A 200 yard shot is not an obstacle for the hunter from Huntington, Texas.
Ross (left) and Wade Polk from Danbury, Texas pose with Wades buck taken on 11-14-15.
Dylan Batten from Smithville, Texas with a five year old eight pointer he took on 11-14-15.
Jeff Green from Naples, Florida with a River Ranch buck he took on 11-08-15.
Luke Ringer from Naples, Florida with a big axis buck that he took at the River Ranch on 11-08-15.
Jeff Green from Naples, Florida with a nice free ranging Hill Country Buck he took off the River on 11-07-15.
Jeff (Dad) and Ava Bearden with a nice free ranging youth season buck taken off the River on 10-31-15.
Ava & Jeff Bearden from Conroe, Texas with a nice axis buck Jeff took on 10-31-15.
Robert Timm of Spring, Texas with a nice upgrade buck he took on 10-31-15.
Nathan Timm of Spring, Texas with a nice free ranging youth buck taken on the River 10-31-15.
Hunter Vlasek from Pearland, Texas with a nice buck taken on 10-17-2015.
Russell Trousdale from Garland, Texas with an eight pointer taken on 10-17-15.
The first week end of 2015/2016 deer hunting is behind us. Left to right Joe Gramier (observer), MD Richnow (with his buck), Greg Crase (buck not pictured) and Jay Frenzel (with his buck). Each of the hunters took a buck and a doe.
MD Richnow from Deer Park, Texas with a River Ranch buck he took on 10-10-15.
Jay Frenzel with a nice eight pointer he took on 10-10-2015. This was the first hunt of out 2015/2016 season.
Results of our 2014/2015 Season
Melinda Cam and her brother Marion Woolie (both from Houston, Texas) with a nice upgrade buck Melinda took on 01-18-15. Sometimes the hunting is easy and sometimes it is almost impossible to find a buck. This was our last hunt of the season and this buck was taken after we got out of the stand on the last morning. Melinda said that "like some quarterbacks, she doesn't get serious until late in the fourth quarter".
Jaxon Stewart (12 years old) from Angelton, Texas with a nice buck taken on 01-03-14. Jaxon took three deer on his weekend visit to the River Ranch with three shots. Good shooting Jaxon!
Edward Francis (14 years old) from Baton Rouge, La. with a nice management buck taken on 12-27-14. Edward's buck had a nine point frame (counting the broken brow tines) and a nice drop time. He was a 25" wide six year old..
Max Francis from Baton Rouge, La with a nice nine poiunter he took on 12-28-14. Max took his first white tail deer that morning (a doe) and followed up with this nice buck that afternoon. We believe he is getting the hang of it.
Ed Francis from Baton Rouge, La with a nice management buck taken on 12-28-14.
George Walker from Napa, California with a nice River Ranch buck taken on 12-08-2014.
Casey Walker from Napa, California took this six year old eight pointer on 12-08-2014. This was Casey's first whitetail deer. Casey celebrated by taking another one that afternoon.
Derek Selva from Dickinson, Texas. Derek took this nice buck on 12-08-2014, plus a doe and a free ranging axis doe from the river. Congrats Derek!
Greg Crase from Montgomery, Texas with an eight pointer taken on 12-06-14.
Joel King from Baytown, Texas with a nice River Ranch buck taken on 11-05-14.
Joe Hurt and his daughter Madison from Saint Amant, La. pose with Joe's upgrade buck taken in 08-28-14.
Madison (daughter) and Joe (dad) Hurt from Saint Amant, La. with Madison's buck taken on 11-27-14. Shooting question - Joe said that Madison was good for 200 yards with her 7mm/08. By the time she took her buck and a couple of does on both sides of the river, we knew he wasn't kidding. Good job Madison!
Ross Polk from Danbury, Texas with a managemenmt buck he took on 11-17-14
Marilyn Taylor with a large tom turkey she bagged on 11-16-14. Just in time for Thanksgiving.
Donnie Taylor from Huntington, Texas with a nice upgrade buck he took of 11-15-14.
Donny Taylor's hog, taken on 11-15-14. Before this hog showed up, I would have said "we don't have any hogs". I hope that I am able to say it now.
Josh Pelton from Hudsonville, Michigan with a nice upgrade buck taken on 11-09-2014.
Dave Hovingh from Jenison, Michigan with a nice management buck taken on 11-08-2014. Dave is in the longhorn business (Sundown Ranch), so we also spent a lot of time looking at cattle and he helped me work a few pastures.
Jacob Hovingh from Hudsonville, Michigan with a nice River Ranch upgrade buck taken on 11-08-14. Jacob came to hunt. He shot two whitetail bucks and went to the river and took an axis buck. This buck was from a 6 x 6 frame with three forks & kickers.
Jeff Bearden from Conroe, Texas with a 155" eight pointer taken on 11-02-14. This is a big solid buck that weighed 180#. Jeff is a passionate shooter. It seems like he has a newly built rifle every year he has hunted with us. This year, Jeff had a 6.5 Creedmoor caliber with a long range scope. We found this buck on Sunday morning, he was too far away to deal with - I thought. I ranged him at 454 yards with my Leica HD binoculars. Jeff adjusted the turret on his scope and settle in to make one of the most flawless long range shots I have seen. I did not even know how to spell 6.5 Creedmoor, but I do now.
Jeff Bearden from Conroe, Texas with a nice buck taken on 11-01-14.
Nathan (Nine Years Old) and proud dad, Robert Timm with Nathan's first deer taken on 11-01-14. Dad was the guide and they hunted on the river. Good shooting Nathan!
Robert (Dad) and Nathan Timm from Spring, Texas with Robert's upgrade buck taken on 11-01-14.
Robert (Dad) & Nathan Timm from Spring, Texas with a free ranging axis buck Robert bagged on the river on October 31th. The buck had a live weight of #250. When we put our package hunters on the river, they have some free ranging opportunities. This is a bonus deer form Robert - No Charge.
Hunter Vlasek from Pearland, Texas with a nice buck taken on 10-26-14.
Patrick Prine from Navarre, Fl with a nice upgrade ten pointer taken on 10-25-14.
Wayne Cassidy from Destin, Fl with a buck taken on 10-25-14.
Dale T. Adams from Belle Chase, La. with a nice opening weekend buck taken on 10-5-14. Dale's buck scored 149-2/8" gross and had a live weight of #212.
HW "Willard" Morris from LaPorte, Texas with a buck he took on 10-5-14.
MD Richnow from Deer Park, Texas with our first buck taken this season on 10-04-14. MD has a plan, it involves shooting the first shooter buck and doe he can and hunting the river for exotics. This year, his plan paid off with a feral hog.
Results of our 2013/2014 Season
Nathan and Skip Taylor (also pictures below) with a six year old, eight point management buck taken on 02-02-14. This buck had 7-3/4" brow tines. I mostly remember this as being a cold day. Maybe not cold by national standards, but in the low 30's, high humidity, sleeting and a hard north wind. It was a day where you come in for breakfast and put on more clothes. A perfect day to hunt out of an open topped jeep. This was our last buck hunt of the season. The hunt ended at noon on Sunday and the buck was taken at noon on Sunday.
Mathew Thorne of Covington, La. with a nice upgrade buck taken on 01-25-14. Matt's buck had 5" bases and a handfull of additional base points.
Brian Bubrig from Buras, La. with a good solid eight pointer taken on 01-25-14.
Darryl Bubrig, Sr. from Belle Chasse, La. with a nine heavy pointer he took on 01-24-14
Jaxon Zeller (Twelve Years Old) of Katy, Texas with a nice eight point he took on 01-18-14. Jaxon's buck was 22" outside (20-3/4" I/S) and scored 128-6/8".
Staurt Lorraine of Angleton, Texas with a nice 10 point upgrade buck he took on 01-12-14.
Bria, Jeff & Ava Beardon (L to R) from Conroe, Texas with a nice 10 point upgrade buck that Jeff took on 01-04-14. We have always advertised that we do father & son hunts. Sorry girls, we did not intent to leave ya'll out. Make that - father & daughter hunts as well!
Robert & Halie Timm from Spring, Texas with a nice eight pointer that Robert took on 01-03-14.
Joel King from Baytown, Texas with a nice five year old eight pointer he took on 12-22-13. The buck was 19-3/4" inside and scored 126-4/8".
Curtis Buck of Burton, Texas with a wild looking whitetail he took on 12-22-13.
Derek Selva from Dickinson, Texas with an old River Ranch nine pointer. This buck was 19" inside and scored 126-4/8". When deer have teeth, we can age them. When they don't, we just know that they are old. This is an old deer that we had not seen before.
Chris (Dad) and Jaeden Marchlewicz of Crosby, Texas pose with Jaeden's buck taken on 12-06-13. This is a five year old dominant buck that weighed 170# (live weight).
Olivia Bubrig from Belle Chasse, La with her first buck taken on 11-29-13.
Julieanna Bubrig of Belle Chasse, La. with her first buck taken of 11-29-13.
Dale T. Adams from Belle Chasse, La. with a nice buck he took on 11-29-13. Dale punched out a 153 yards shot like it was nothing. For a man from shotgun country, that is pretty good. I love these guys that can reach out and touch one.
Wade Polk of Danbury, Texas with a nice buck taken on November 22, 2013. This buck was taken on the first hunt. Sometimes it seems easy and sometimes you have to really hunt for them. Good shooting Wade.
Marilyn Taylor of Huntington, Texas with a nice eight pointer taken in the afternoon on 11-17-13. This was suppose to be Marilyn's first buck. But, actually the warm up buck she shot yesterday was proabably her first. Good shooting Marilyn!
Donnie Taylor of Huntington, Texas with a nice free ranging Hill Country eight pointer he took off the Pedernales river on 11-17-13.
Congratulations to Ashley Woolie & her dad, Marion Woolie of Houston, Texas with a nice 6 x 7 taken on 11-15-13. This is an upgrade buck that they nick named "Old Gnarly". As it turned out, Old Gnarly met his match when Ashley got him in her scope. It was a love story.
Congratulations to David Vlasek Jr and son, Hunter Vlasek of Pearland, Texas on Hunter's first buck. Hunter took a nine point (137-2/8" B & C) on Nov 1st at 125 yards. The buck weighed 175#
Melvin Richnow with a free ranging Sika buck taken on the River. We try to send each hunter home with a extra deer for the additional meat. The extra deer is usally a doe out of one of our high fenced pastures. But we do hunt the free ranging exotics on the river as well. Each season we will take about 10-12 axis or sika deer, plus a few hogs on the river. Melivin took a nice sika buck last year as well. Not bad for a free bonus deer.
Melvin Richnow of Deer Park, Texas with a nine pointer taken on 10-06-2013.
Willard Morris of LaPorte, Texas took our first buck of the season on October 5, 2013. It was an old buck with a freaky rack. He weighed 180# and had fourteen scoreable points.
Results of our 2012 Management Hunts
Dale T. Adams of Belle Chase, La. witha nive nine pointer. Dale shot his buck on the last morning (01-13-13)of his hunt.
Bill Bubrig from Belle Chasse, La. with a hard earned eight pointer he bagged on 01-12-13. Sometimes we have to hunt hard to find one. This is one of those.
Blake C. Adams (Son) from LaFayette, La. and Dale T. Adams (Dad) from Belle Chase, La. with a nice River Ranch buck Blake took on 12-08-2012.
Matthew Thorne (above) from Covington, La with a nice buck he took on 12-08-2012
Jason M Champagne (above) from Baton Rouge with a nice buck he took on 12-08-2012.
Derek (Dad) and Jason Selva from Newville, Alabama with a nice buck Jason took on 12-02-12. I am not allowed to call this a last minute buck, becuase we still had 20 minutes left to hunt. So, it almost was.
BJ Fajkus of Deer Park, Texas with a 160" buck taken on 11-10-12. This was an upgade deer from our management hunts. It had a live weight of 200 pounds.
Ross Polk of Danbury, Texas with his eight point buck taken on November 4, 2012.
Austin Azinger with a nice nine pointer taken on October 21, 2012.
Mark Shubrook of Parker, Texas with his buck taken on 10-21-12.
Cyrus (Dad) & Noah (Son) Bahrami of Houston, Texas with a nice buck (first buck) taken by Cyrus on October 19,2012.
Don Wake of Pasadena, Texas (pictured above) with an eight pointer taken 10-07-12.
M.D. Richnow of Deer Park, Texas with a free ranging Sika buck taken off the River on 10-07-12.
Results of our 2011 Management Hunts
Dale T. Adams of Belle Chasse, La. with a nice buck taken on 02-02-2012. Dale's buck was 21-1/2" wide and scored 136" gross.
Jeff Beardon (pictured above) with a buck taken on 01-22-2012. Jeff's five year old buck scored 153-5/8" with thriteen scoable points. This was an upgrade hunt from our management hunts.
Lindsey Schramm of Madisonville, Texas poses with her buck taken on 12-17-2011 and her Dad - Mike Kelley. Lindsey's buck was an old timer, he scored 138" (with both brow tines). I have always said we do father/son hunts, I guess daughters like to hunt, too.
Derek Selva with a nice buck he took on 12-16-2011. Derek is one of my long distance shooters. If I can see it, he can shoot it. It is nice to have him for a late season hunt, when some of the deer are getting skittish.
Wade Polk with a porcupine taken on 11-20-11........Hey, who said we don't have any exotics?
Wade Polk (above) from Danbury, Texas with a nice buck taken on 11-19-11. Wades buck has an inside spread of 17-1/2".
Tyler (left) and Richard Smith with Richards 134" buck taken on November 12th. This buck is 18" inside with an 11" tine. A very nice mature deer.
B.J. Fajkus with a 155-6/8" buck taken on 11-05-11. This buck weighed 170 pounds. This hunt was an upgrade from our management hunts. Congratulations B.J.!
Larry Fajkus with a big solid management buck he took on 11-06-11. The five year old buck scored 126-4/8" and weighed 165 pounds.
Lynn Friedrich (above) with a nice buck she took on 11-6-11. It is looking like Lynn will carry on the hunting tradition in the Friedrich family.
Drake Morris (eleven years old) from Shore Acres with David Morris (dad) and Drake's 146" buck taken 10-30-11.
Michael Dewey (above) of Dallas, Texas with a nice buck taken on 10-22-11. The buck was 150# live weight and scored 120" B & C Gross.
Don Wake with his buck taken on 10-9-2011. Some times they come easy and some times you have to really hunt hard. Don got his buck on the last day of his hunt.
M.D Richnow with his buck taken on 10-08-2011. This buck scored 147" gross and weighed 174# live.
H.W. Morris with the first buck of our 2011 season, taken on October 7, 2011. His buck had a live weight of 178#'s and an outside spread of 19-1/2".