RSS Feed This is an RSS Feed en Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:35:01 +0000 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:35:01 +0000 5 Mama said there'll be days like this <p>Mama said there’ll be days like this (Song by the Shirelles). </p><p> </p><p>The good of this past weekend: </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Thank God for rifle range, pig hunting, fishing, good food, good friends / clients and college football. </p><p> </p><p>The bad of this past weekend: </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Birds went missing. </p><p> </p><p>Why are the birds missing? </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Good question, but I believe it has something to do with 4.0 plus inches of rain in 10 days, a cool front and a tropical waive that came out of the gulf. </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I know many of my fields still have good amount of sunflowers, some winter wheat, water and trees. </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I also know some of my fields have only been hunted 1 to 1 ½ days since September 1. </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Finally, I know when I left after opening weekend we had a good amount (several hundred) dove in my south winter wheat field and several birds in fields around Abilene.</p><p> </p><p>Gentlemen, the bottom line is the hunting was flat out not good around Abilene or Winters.</p><p>I have taken care of, and will take care of, my clients who have “Mama said” dove hunting weekends. </p><p>No hunts this weekend. </p><p>I am going back out to Winters early to verify if the birds are down from the north, or back in the fields before the next group leaves to come to Winters.</p><p> </p><p>Those are the facts, although I would prefer to not report the “difficult” hunting weekends.</p><p> </p><p> </p> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:00:00 +0000 Texas Dove Hunters Association Banded Bird Challenge <p>Gentlemen,</p><p>I have been alerted to the fact that several banded Eurasian Collared Doves with a TDHA band on one of each of their legs were released around Winters, Texas.</p><p>Please go to Texas Dove Hunters Association website and check out the contest / prizes.</p><p>I suggest you looking into TDHA contest at&nbsp;</p><p>Ryan</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 05:00:00 +0000 Opening Weekend <p>We had 10 guys in the cabin and 11 guys in the house (excluding me).&nbsp; On Saturday we hunted Potosi.&nbsp; We had approximately 11 limits and many others right at the limit.&nbsp; On Sunday we hunted my fields below the hill.&nbsp; We had approximately 15 limits, and several others right at the limit.&nbsp; Sunday night we picked up 9/10ths of an inch of rain and Monday morning hunt on my property was below average.&nbsp; We were limited somewhat to fields based on reports I was receiving on other fields (normally great fields were struggling on numbers) and then rain on Sunday night.</p><p>Had several guys shoot at the rifle range and had a good time.&nbsp; Had a few fishermen and those fishermen caught several bass.&nbsp; Had 3 or 4 people do the skeet shooting.&nbsp; Don't think we had anyone play on the pistol range.&nbsp; College football (Longhorns tick me off) was on Saturday, and several games of 42 broke out Saturday and Sunday.&nbsp; </p><p>Saturday night was lasagna with amazing coconut pie and chocolate pie (thank you Rhonda Joeris).&nbsp; Sunday we broke out the ribeye steaks on the fire pit (thank you Jeff Carnes for some outstanding ribeye steaks - Jeff's place is between Whitehouse and Troup on 110), baked potato and apple pie and cherry pie (thank you Rhonda Joeris, Winters). Breakfast was egg, sausage, cheese and picante burrito and sausage biscuits.&nbsp; For lunch both days we had 24 dogs and 24 hamburgers smoked on the pellet smoker (again thank you Jeff Carnes for the good dogs/burgers).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Several people all over West Texas were really struggling with numbers on birds.&nbsp; Some of the normal mainstays were getting 6 to 10 on day one and less on day 2.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Drought and lack of grain.&nbsp; Thankfully, we were hunting winter wheat / wild sunflowers fields with plenty of grain.&nbsp; I will always have the above combination (winter wheat / wild sunflowers) with some strips of spring dove mix (see Turner Seed in Breckenridge, Texas).&nbsp; Why will I have this mixture?&nbsp; Well lack of rain from April to August in Winters did not allow the Spring Dove Mix to fully develop.&nbsp; Combining the winter wheat and wild sunflowers (winter wheat planted in October or November / light tilling in January for sunflowers) normally yields good amount of grazing and then dove hunts.&nbsp; The "Dove Cocaine" which is the Spring Dove Mix I believe will be outstanding, but that crop is completely dependent on April / May / June rains.&nbsp; I will always plant some Spring Dove Mix, but will plant strips of it within the winter wheat / wild sunflowers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rain in West Texas for the next 6 days?&nbsp; &nbsp;Really?&nbsp; I have a hard time believing it will rain every day for 6 days in Winters, but if it does we will reschedule this weekend's hunts.</p><p>Ryan Gardner</p><p><br></p> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 05:00:00 +0000 Rifle range / Birds in Potosi <p>Short and sweet. Birds in Potosi, hot and heavy. Should be an OUTSTANDING opening weekend. Should be a great second weekend. Rifle house / range (100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600) almost completed. House in Winters done (pending paint in utility room). Roads on property completed. Outside HardiPlank siding coming soon on house. Fishing (tequilla sunrise berkley power pack worm, yellow magic, or something else on top of the water). Pistol range (up to 50 yards) is done. Not sure right now on bow range. Checking on skeet thrower to make sure it is working on Wednesday.&nbsp; College football on TVs. Leave guns / ammo in autos, just bring in clothes to house.</p><p>Food: Opening weekend is currently planned as following: </p><p> Saturday and Sunday morning: breakfast burritos, sausage biscuits, milk, OJ, coffee. </p><p> Saturday and Sunday lunch: smoked hamburgers / hotdogs, chips, water, tea and homemade pies. </p><p> Saturday supper: lasagna, bread, salad (possibly dove if so desire and you clean / wrap) and homemade pies. </p><p> Sunday supper: Ribeye, potato, salad, water, tea (possibly dove if so desire and you clean / wrap) and homemade pies. </p><p>If you have any questions on how to get to the property (MapQuest is completely screwed up, we are 5 miles NORTH of 153 / 83, on east side of 83, NOT south of 153/83) call me.</p><p> </p><p>Ryan</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 05:00:00 +0000 TTHA, Rain and Booking <p>Ladies and gentlemen,</p><p> </p><p><u> Houses completed</u>:</p><p> We have completed (excluding the new Lopi fire insert, flooring in utility room, new hardiplank on all eaves / garage) the entire overhaul </p><p>(wire (partial), AC, plumbing, septic, painting, carpets, kitchen, bathroom, appliances etc) of my house in Winters (6 miles north of Winters).</p><p> The house in Denton Valley, Texas (604 and 36) is almost completely overhauled.</p><p> The cabin below the hill in Winters is ready to roll.</p><p> </p><p><u> Other fun events</u>:</p><p>The rifle range to 1,000 yards (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800 and 1000 (pending what you are shooting for low hanging electrical wire </p><p>for 800 / 1000)) is completed, and targets / table / bench are being made as I type.</p><p> The pistol range is almost complete.</p><p> The fishing should be the normal good “tank” fishing (top waters – yellow magic; buzz bait; and then going below and in moss with Berkley </p><p>power pack worms) for 1 pound to 4 pounds bass (occasionally something bigger).</p><p> Skeet knockout via skeet throwers.</p><p> I might have 6 or so bow targets for walking around and practicing with your bow (bow range).</p><p> The obvious will be happening – 42, dominos, Texas hold em, Big 12 and SEC football.</p><p> </p><p><u> Dove:</u></p><p> The dove fields are looking really good (after 2 inches (Winters) to 4 inches (Potosi) of rain) with birds thereto.</p><p> Some of the black oil sunflower / milo / millet did not get enough rain earlier this year and did not make, </p><p>but the winter wheat / wild sunflowers look very hot with large number of birds.</p><p> When I was getting out of my truck last Tuesday to lock up the cabin, I had hundreds of doves take off from the trees around the cabin.</p><p> We are getting some good dove reports out of Potosi.</p><p> </p><p><u> Fields</u>:</p><p>The 610 acres in 13 fields are comprised of:</p><p> 3 adjacent fields that total 100 acres in Winters (sunflowers and winter wheat);</p><p> 5 fields that total 285 acres in Potosi (sunflowers and some winter wheat);</p><p> 2 adjacent fields that total 90 acres between Potosi and Clyde (heavy in wild sunflowers - new fields just obtained);</p><p> 1 field south of Clyde of 45 acres (heavy in wild sunflowers);</p><p> 1 field on I20 in Clyde of 40 acres (milo and black oil sunflowers); and</p><p> 1 field in Baird of 50 plus acres (water and close to feed store).</p><p> </p><p> Several stock tanks if dry in September / October.</p><p> </p><p><u> Texas Trophy Hunters Association</u>:</p><p>I just finished 3 days in a booth F953 at Texas Trophy Hunters Association in Fort Worth. </p><p>The event lasted 22 hours consisting of Friday 3 to 8; Saturday 9 to 7 and Sunday 10 to 5.</p><p>I am guessing, but I believe I talked to between 300 to 500 hunters looking for dove hunting, and there was around 15,000 or more people visit the event.</p><p>I know I was on go and on my feet for about 98% of the entire event, normally with 3 or more people at the booth.</p><p>Not really sure what that means, other than a few more bookings currently, and a bunch of people saying we are coming with groups of ____ people. </p><p> </p><p>What that means to you, is if you are wanting to go and have a weekend picked out, let me know as soon as possible.</p><p>Ryan</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 05:00:00 +0000 Grandparent's House Being Updated <p>Ladies and Gentlemen,</p><p>I have almost completed updating the inside of what I call my Grandparent's house (see pictures of house across lake in lodging photos).&nbsp; The inside (including a good amount of the electrical, all water, all plumbing, all septic, all AC etc) of the house has been, or is currently, being updated.&nbsp; Next year the eaves and garage will receive hardiplank, and a new roof will go on the house.&nbsp; So I have (or will have soon) a 1934 house for 2x4s, hardwood floors and wood rafters, and 2018 / 2019 for rest of the house.&nbsp; I will be going to the house outside Clyde to observe the updates on it this weekend. Pictures of both houses / locations will be coming next week in photos / lodging.</p><p>The rifle range up to 400 yards should be done in the next couple of weeks, and maybe up to 1,100 yards by September 1.&nbsp; Next year, I hope to have a five stand station / skeet &amp; trap station.&nbsp; We have a skeet thrower (wobbler etc or 2), but hoping to increase that capacity next year.&nbsp;</p><p>The wild sunflowers / headed out winter wheat looks like it will provide ample food for the birds and we have several fields with that mixture.&nbsp; What might not be so "hot" this year is the black oil sunflowers, milo and millet due to the lack of rain (2 inches since April in Winters).&nbsp; Thankfully, Clyde, Abilene, Baird etc has received at least 4 more inches of rain than Winters.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>I will be at the Fort Worth Hunters Extravaganza show in Fort Worth August 10 to 12 (main entrance, go far right and up against the wall 953-F), so come see us.&nbsp; In my opinion, if you are interested in going dove hunting with 24 Outfitters LLC, you might want to book that trip before August 10 to 12.</p><p>Hope you have a great week.&nbsp; Pray for rain in / around Winters, Texas.</p><p>Ryan Gardner</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 05:00:00 +0000 1/2 inch of rain and pigs going down <p>This past Saturday, JB and Pierce took out a few pigs on the ranch (THANK YOU).&nbsp; Pictures of the 375 pound boar are in the duck and pig photos.&nbsp; </p><p>Please note in the website, to see all 100 or so pictures:</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; Go to Photos;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; Click on applicable category (farming, dove, lodging, turkey, duck &amp; pig, fishing);</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; Series of pictures will come up and you can scroll through that "category" of pictures.</p><p>Certain people want to save and protect the pigs.&nbsp; I think those people <em><u>are absolutely nuts</u></em>.&nbsp; After having around 150 pigs trapped off our place this past December, I thought we were done with them for a little while.&nbsp; Well, I was wrong.&nbsp; I have approximately 50 or so pigs back on my creek (actually all over the property moving around for water).&nbsp; Did you know 1 male and 1 female can have up to 3 litters of 10 (total of 30 pigs) a year.&nbsp; Did you know a piglet will have a litter before it is 1 years old.&nbsp; Do the math, assume 50 pigs and 1/2 are female.&nbsp; 25 females averaging 6 piglets 3 times a year results in 450 pigs in one year (25 x 6 x 3).&nbsp; That math does not take into account the piglets having their first litter in year one.&nbsp; Guess I need to call Lone Star Trapping (Wyatt Walton), or go ahead and purchase the Jager Pro MINE trapping system.&nbsp; These animals are very destructive and require constant "attention".</p><p>Thank God for the rain.&nbsp; I love it when God comes through, although man "says 0% chance of rain."&nbsp; 0.00% chance of rain on Saturday afternoon (6-23-18) in Winters, Texas.&nbsp; 1/2 inch of rain on Saturday afternoon (6-23-18) on my farm in Winters.&nbsp; Guess God did not check in with the weatherman or weatherwoman to figure out the forecast.&nbsp; Again, thank you God for the rain.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Booking dove hunts for September / October right now</strong>.&nbsp; Currently have room for groups up to 24 on my farm 5 miles north of Winters and have another place 15 miles outside of Clyde that will accommodate 20 people.&nbsp; We will be hunting the same fields (see dove tab).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>New septic, 5 new AC window units (3500 sq feet coverage area, house is 1600 sq feet), 24 new beds, 4 isolating fans in cabin, 8 isolating fans in house, new ceilng fans, new TV / satellite, repainted inside of house, cleaned house, new toilet, new blinds, and new microwaves (not to mention fields with some or all of the following: milo, millet, black oil sunflowers, headed out winter wheat, wild sunflowers).&nbsp; Again, thank you God for the rain.</p><p>Ryan Gardner</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +0000 June 4, 2018 <p>We went to Winters this past weekend and made a list of work for "Granny's house".&nbsp; The work starts Wednesday.&nbsp; Needless to say, the house will be outstanding come late August.</p><p>You want to see one of the best chocolate cream pies on earth (well gone now), see the pictures (I went back up to 278 pounds).</p><p>If you look at the crops and they look dry, you will see what 109 degrees and no rain for a month or so will do to crops.&nbsp; Thank GOD for the 1 inch of rain in Winters this morning (3:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.).&nbsp; Again, thank God for the rain.&nbsp; </p><p>Crops are growing, dove are eating, fish are eating, cabin clutter is being removed and "Granny's house" is being worked over in detail.&nbsp; Home outside of Clyde is currently being worked over, along with pole barn thereto.&nbsp;</p><p>Ready for you to come see us this fall.&nbsp; If you know the weekend you want to come see us, book now.&nbsp;</p><p>The rain this morning is life given from God.&nbsp; Ryan Gardner</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +0000 May 2018 Report <p>Dove Hunters, we are now signing up hunters for dove season.&nbsp; Our goal is to hunt each field one time a week (unless we determine a field can handle more) to allow each hunt on that field to be like opening weekend every time the field is hunted.&nbsp; The one time a field is hunted a week is hopefully for a maximum 3 to 4 hours (if you shoot like me), then let the field rest for a week.&nbsp; The owner of 24 Outfitters has been on many hunts where you have 80 people on 100 acre field, and then that field is hunted all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.&nbsp; Thereafter, the dove on that "destroyed" field are about 0.5% of what they were the weekend thousands of birds were killed on such field.&nbsp; The owner of 24 Outfitters wants to try to manage the birds and pressure thereto, all the time realizing a good cold front, a rain shower, or something else completely unknown to man, might cause all the birds to leave a field and/or area. Hopefully, if this occurs northern birds will enjoy the trees, food and water on the different locations to replace the birds that went south.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>I will be providing monthly updates to you up to the beginning of dove season, then hopefully weekly reports during dove season.&nbsp; The fields are planted and with all planted crops, rain is always welcome.&nbsp; If you want more information on the fields, see the "dove" tab.&nbsp;</p><!--EndFragment--> Wed, 09 May 2018 05:00:00 +0000