Awesome Aoudad Hunt @ Cibolo Creek Ranch

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There is definitely a story to be told about this HUNT! I was fortunate to be invited to accompany Kenneth Tallent, of Tallent Roofing and Johnny Kennedy to the historical Cibolo Creek Ranch in Marfa Texas.

“The finest luxury hotel and resort in the Big Bend of West Texas isn’t really a hotel, at least not a traditional one. But this is Texas, after all. So imagine the ultimate in peace, comfort, and luxury, as enchanting as you can experience in the Lone Star State, and then you’ll start to comprehend Cibolo Creek Ranch. Captains of industry have escaped from responsibility here. Numerous high profile clients have touched down on our airstrip for the privilege of privacy and serenity. World-famous songbirds have filled the night sky here with their familiar tunes. Some have even gotten married here. All you need to know is that every guest at Cibolo Creek Ranch is treated like a welcomed friend.”—-Cibolo Creek Resort.

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Kenneth and I present Just a small bit of the beautiful scenery that we had for the entire hunt @ Cibolo Creek Ranch. You don't have to go hunting to enjoy this magical place on earth, they have Hummer tours, ATV tours, and many ways to experience it all!

Kenneth and I present Just a small bit of the beautiful scenery that we had for the entire hunt @ Cibolo Creek Ranch. You don’t have to go hunting to enjoy this magical place on earth, they have Hummer tours, ATV tours, and many ways to experience it all!

 

This magnificent resort provides full service lodging from the like that you may have never seen, at least it was like that for. Treated like Royalty from the moment you arrive, and never skipping a beat with all of your needs recognized and addressed before it is even a though in your head! Our group were the only hunters among all the guests, and most were there to find peace and tranquility, which surrounds the entire area. I did not get to go on the Hummer tours, or experience the ATV tours offered, nor did I get to participate in the star gazing, but I did tour the breathtaking area as we hunted for the Free Range Aoudad, spotting many herds, but usually a mile or more away. This was some hard hunting for this girlie-girl, eventually hiking over 600 yards, nearly straight up a mountain side, to sneak up on a herd of Aoudad we had spotted thousands of yards away from the other side! The story has a happy and rewarding ending as you can see here, and the details are being composed as I type and will bring you to the edge of your seat! From checking mountain Lion Traps with Cody and Robert Canvass, and shooting trap with owner John Poindexter, I had a wonderful time, and I cannot wait to go back, and hang around for a few days of relaxation before… or after the hunt!

, and will always be one of the most memorable trips in my life. Rustic in design, the Cibolo Creek Ranch was orignially a Fort Visit the website and whatever you see there can only touch upon this magical ranch and the stories around every stone!

Cody Canvass, my trusty (and very tired) guide for this hunt, sits with me as we talk about the hunt and how exciting it is for him each time he guides an Aoudad hunt, and how rewarding it is to put your hands on the critter after he has run you half way around the world! We had hiked UP over 600 yds, and Cody, Kenneth, & Johnny had hiked down & back up another 175 to fetch this Big Boy! WHEW!

Cody Canvass, my trusty (and very tired) guide for this hunt, sits with me as we talk about the hunt and how exciting it is for him each time he guides an Aoudad hunt, and how rewarding it is to put your hands on the critter after he has run you half way around the world! We had hiked UP over 600 yds, and Cody, Kenneth, & Johnny had hiked down & back up another 175 to fetch this Big Boy! WHEW!

 

 

Click the picture below for a short clip video that I put together, but the HD footage the guys got will be spectacular!! Stay Tuned!!

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4 thoughts on “Awesome Aoudad Hunt @ Cibolo Creek Ranch

  1. Robyn Tonkin Reply

    Hello Becky:

    I found a piece you had written on the OutdoorHub website, read it, read some of your other pieces and then visited your website. It appears to me that what you are doing is making a living in the outdoors niche market. You never miss an opportunity to name drop, push an outdoor business or pose in promotional gear. I understand that you are simply trying to earn a living by following a trend, and I appear to be singling you out when in reality I am opposed to this approach to the outdoors, not your blog per se. What ever happened to just quietly enjoying the out of doors without making a spending point out of it? I live in the far North, in a very outdoorsey place, and even the local guys around here are infected with this attitude. Nobody wants a hunting dog anymore. Everybody wants a very expensive exotic dog, of a breed almost nobody has heard of. Nobody wants to simply go out the back door and hunt and fish, which they could do. They all want to get in the car or on a plane and go someplace thousands of miles away, and bag something that doesn’t live around home, so they can come back home and brag about it in the bar. Do you have any more fun going to a dried up part of Texas and shooting some non-native animal than you would going out the back door during deer season and bagging a spike buck? No–but the spike buck hunt isn’t putting any money in anyone’s pocket and that is what your version of the outdoors is all about–the “thrill” of the purchased event. Hunting and fishing are not the only outdoors endevours that have had the joy killed by the profit motive– so has hiking, backpacking and even bicycling. You dasn’t do any of that stuff in shoes you would be ashamed of, and perish the thought that you would hike someplace close to home, someplace with a rather pedestrian attractiveness. You have to go out west to some ugly rocky barren place with pickety mountains and grizzly bears and tramp along with the latest titanium trekking poles and ultra light shoes and the latest geez whiz, all the bells and whistles backpack. Your version of the outdoors is great for bragging rights, but it is no fun.

    I am an outdoors woman, and have been for most of my 60 years. I am a forester, which means I am university trained in the science of growing trees and harvesting timber. You know, being an outdoorswoman encompasses more than just killing animals, fish and birds whilst you are clad in form-fitting camoflage clothing and jaunty hats. Or maybe you don’t know that. It encompasses outdoor skills– handling gun, rod and also ax, chainsaw, canoe and outboard motor, and knowing how to start a fire with green frozen wood and make an edible meal over a campfire, using nothing freeze dried. It encompasses navigating through the woods using lay of the land, aerial photography, and map and compass, not a fancy satellite following electronic device. It encompasses knowing the weather, the trees, the rocks, soil and landforms, and the stars and the names and habits of the little plants that grow and all the birds and creatures that no body thinks to draw a bead on, and how all these parts knit themselves into one miraculous whole. That’s being an outdoorswoman.

    • Becky Lou Reply

      Robyn,

      I am still trying to react to your unsolicited message, and to be quite frank, you have no idea who I am and it is disturbing that you would insinuate any insight into my life. You have no right to judge anyone on their choices, skills, or abilities in any sport. Not everyone is capable of doing some of the activities that you are suggesting that would define an “outdoor woman” including some men I know.
      If I were you, I would try to spend less time judging others, and more time enjoying outdoors the way you see fit.

      I am not sure who you are mad at, but I am certain it is not me.

      Have a Good day, and keep on keeping on. Try not to let other peoples opinions, judgements, and unfounded statements spoil it for you.

      Sincerely,
      Becky Lou

  2. Laura Hicks Lamoy Reply

    Hi Becky –

    Cibolo Creek Ranch is one of my favorite places in the entire world as well. I totally concur with your description of the Ranch, the amenities and the staff. It is one of the most accommodating places I have ever stayed. From making sure your room is perfect, all dietary restrictions are taken into consideration when menus are prepared, arranging private tours, etc. And every time I visit, Paula Cavness makes sure that one evening they serve my favorite Tres Leches cake. I have been on the Hummer Tour numerous times, toured the Ranch on ATV, shot skeet and watched the night sky put on an amazing display by the lake. So next up for me will be a hunt with Robert Cavness!

    Mr. John Poindexter has done an amazing job on researching the original fort and on the renovation and up keep of the property.

    Wishing you the very best of luck in all of your adventures!

    Laura

  3. Jess James Reply

    Becky Lou is one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve been able to learn and hear about. I too have looked at her website, facebook page, and other media on Becky Lou. She does not ‘name drop’ trying to ‘make a living’ for ‘show’ and has absolutely no hidden agenda. Yes, she is an honest outdoors woman who DOES love the thrill of her work. She has been fortunate enough that it happens to fuel her life, but not only hers – SO many others. So many people, so many kids look up to her. It is not a fair comment to judge her on her life. Everyone has a past which has put them where they are at today, and Becky has touched people, fueled them with excitement of the outdoors and one-ness that hunting brings to nature, animals, and the people around her.

    I would never say someone who’s life revolves around being able to introduced others to the love of outdoors and the relationships you build through that is not a ‘true’ outdoorsman.

    Like you, she is passionate about the outdoors – and I thank you BOTH for making me even more interested in all aspects of it. It’s just awesome and Becky Lou has a heart full of excitement for what she loves!

    -JesseD. James

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