RSS Feed This is an RSS Feed en Sun, 26 Jun 2022 23:34:43 +0000 Sun, 26 Jun 2022 23:34:43 +0000 5 Hunting & Land Update - Book NOW! <p>Ladies and Gentlemen,</p><p> </p><p>Hope this email finds you doing well. This email provides you a few updates on upcoming hunts and land for hunting:</p><p> </p><ul> <li><b><i><u>Spring turkey season (April and ½ of May):</u></i></b></li> <ul type="circle"> <li><i>Starts April 2 and runs through May 15 (best time is early April)</i>;</li> <li>Seeing around 30 or more turkeys on the property;</li> <li>Working with other landowners for additional property;</li> <ul type="square"> <li>See below for more landowners coming on board;</li></ul><li>Starting to book up for early hunts (i.e., CALL ME NOW);</li></ul> <li><b><i><u>Dove season (September and October):</u></i></b></li> <ul type="circle"> <li><i>Normally starts September 1 and runs through the end of Octobe</i>r;</li> <li>Thank God last year’s dove season is over (horrible bird numbers);</li> <ul type="square"> <li>Dove numbers appear to be rebounding from February 2021 freeze;</li> <li>To help combat a repeat of 2021, we are now pursuing land 116 miles north and 70 miles south of Winters;</li> <ul type="disc"> <li>See below for more landowners coming on board;</li> </ul> </ul> <li>September 1, 2 and 3 morning hunt (house taken, cabin open);</li> <li>September 3 afternoon, 4 and 5 hunt (open);</li> <li>Rest of the Friday, Saturday and Sundays in September / October currently open; </li> <ul type="square"> <li>Currently only one party of twelve is booked;</li> <li>All bookings (for turkey, dove, and/or sandhill crane) require contacting us, sending deposit and reserving; </li> <li>Some people believe I go every year on xyz date, so I am booked (that is an incorrect assumption);</li> <li>If you know when you want to go (specifically in early September, CALL ME NOW);</li></ul></ul></ul><ul type="disc"> <li><b><i><u>Sandhill crane season (November, December and January):</u></i></b></li> <ul type="circle"> <li><i>Normally starts November 1 and runs through January 31 (on west side of 83)</i>;</li> <li>100 SX sandhill crane decoys, 16 top quality chairs, 4 Lucky Duck A frame blinds, and new 18 foot trailer;</li> <li>Guides being added;</li> <li>We will be doing full package hunts and day hunts;</li> <li>4 landowners around Winters on board now; </li> <li>See below for more landowners coming on board;</li></ul> <li><b><i><u>Rifle Range:</u></i></b></li> <ul type="circle"> <li>Powerlines being moved up;</li> <li>Should be shooting at 1,000 and 1,200 in the next month;</li> <li>Berms and targets at 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1,000 and 1,200;</li> <li>When power lines are moved up, we will analyze the 1,500 and 1,800 potential;</li></ul> <li><b><i><u>Fishing:</u></i></b></li> <ul type="circle"> <li>Cedar trees going in tank and pig paneling by spillway in April; </li> <li>Pending a few variables: </li> <ul type="square"> <li>3 fish feeders in April / May;</li> <li>Grass carp in May;</li> <li>Bait fish in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024; </li> <li>Florida bass in Spring 2024;</li></ul></ul> <li><b><i><u>More landowners coming on board:</u></i></b></li> <ul type="circle"> <li>Calling landowners daily in target area in West Texas;</li> <li>I expect many more properties this year, and I expect more below par farmland to be left open: </li> <ul type="square"> <li>Why? </li> <ul type="disc"> <li>Diesel prices are going out of sight and fertilizer prices are up 143% over last year prices and will probably double from today’s prices in the near future;</li> <li>Think about that: Food prices WILL GO UP SIGNIFICANTLY.</li> <li>“Somebody” decided to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline;</li> <li>“Somebody” decided to “punish” Russia with oil ban (672,000 barrels a day gone, from last year’s imports);</li> <li>China (37m metric tons, largest in world) and Russia (10m metric tons, 4th largest in world) are massive fertilizer producers, and I believe they both think it is time to “get” the USA because of “somebody”; </li> <li>Green new deal being shoved down our throat, hook, line and sinker by “somebody”;</li> </ul> </ul> <li>Currently sending out letters, then calling up to 1,601 farmers from a list generated from the following counties:</li> <ul type="square"> <li>300 in Haskell County (Munday, 116 miles north of Winters); </li> <li>300 in Jones County (just south of Haskell County); </li> <li>160 in Taylor County (just south of Jones County and includes Abilene);</li> <li>300 in Runnels County (where the primary property is located and includes Winters);</li> <li>140 in Concho County (Melvin, 70 miles south east of Winters);</li> <li>61 in Callahan County (Putnam, east of Taylor County and 70 miles north east of Winters)</li> <li>40 in Coke County (just west of Runnels County, includes Robert Lee);</li> <li>300 in Tom Green County (just south of Coke County, includes San Angelo).</li> </ul> </ul> </ul><p> </p><p><br></p> Fri, 11 Mar 2022 06:00:00 +0000 Come Now Come All - Dove Arrived <p>Ladies and Gentlemen,</p><p> </p><p>John Joeris earlier today was driving out to my farm in Winters to work on my pellet smoker. </p><p> </p><p>He pulled into the gate and approximately 50 dove came flying out of the north field (i.e., 110 acre black oil sunflower field) towards the tank. </p><p> </p><p>Then he was driving down the road to my house and more and more dove started flying out of the trees on the fence line. </p><p> </p><p>So the dove appear to have arrived in Winters.</p><p> </p><p><b>Come now, come all.</b></p><p> </p><p>I will be out of pocket for a few days next week, but telling you “IT APPEARS THE DOVE FINALLY ARRIVED.”</p><p> </p><p>I hopefully can accommodate you, if you are wanting to shoot some dove.</p><p> </p><p>Sure hope the dove do not go to San Antonio tomorrow.</p><p> </p><p>903-787-2889</p><p> </p><p>Ryan</p> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 05:00:00 +0000 Dove Hunting Around Abilene, Covid and Bring Your Fishing Poles <p>Ladies and Gentlemen, </p><p> </p><p><b><i><u>Friends That Saved My Butt:</u></i></b></p><p>I have had John Hargis, John Joeris, Charlie Tobler and Craig Goodroe running the dove hunting in West Texas the last thirteen days as I was playing with Covid, then Covid pneumonia for 3 ½ weeks. As most of you know, Vickie Williams handles most, if not all, of the booking, returning calls, and internal work for this business. Needless to say, since I could not get my head off a pillow for 3 weeks, these people saved my butt. </p><p> </p><p>Thank you: </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;John Hargis, </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;John Joeris, </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Charlie Tobler, </p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Craig Goodroe, and</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Vickie Williams. </p><p> </p><p>This entire operation would have shut down without your work. Thank you, again for covering for me as I played with Covid, then Covid pneumonia. </p><p> </p><p><b><i><u>Now on whether the entire operation should shut down? </u></i></b></p><p>The dove hunting simply “<strong><em><u>STINKS</u></em></strong>” right now around Abilene.&nbsp; &nbsp; We have black oil sunflower fields, wild sunflower fields, milo fields, maize fields, and hay grazer fields spread up to 70 miles around my farm.&nbsp; &nbsp;<em><u>Problem: NO (OR NOMINAL) BIRDS</u></em>.&nbsp; I am not remotely close to a biologist, but <em><u>it could have been</u></em> the fact that we lost thousands (or more) of local dove in the freeze in February and apparently, the dove have migrated to Lubbock and not further south. </p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><p><b><i><u>Where to go right now for dove?</u></i></b></p><p>I am not in the business of sending business away, but I will tell you (as I have now told several people calling me) that Nathan Williams, West Texas Safaris Guide Service, 903-539-8389 is a good person and guide for Lubbock dove, duck and sandhill crane hunting. I believe Nathan had 250 dove killed in one morning hunt this past weekend (just shy of 20 hunters).&nbsp; &nbsp;I am telling you right now, I don’t think we have had 250 dove killed this season.&nbsp; I would love to tell you something different, but those are the facts. </p><p> </p><p>When you hear from me <strong><u>come now, come all,</u>&nbsp;</strong>then it will be hot and heavy around Abilene.&nbsp; Right now, based on my friends above, discussion with three other outfitters, it is REALLY REALLY SLOW (AKA DEAD) DOVE HUNTING AROUND ABILENE.</p><p> </p><p>Not trying to hurt my own operation, but I am telling you the dove appear to be in Lubbock and NOT AROUND ABILENE.</p><p> </p><p>Hope this helps you.</p><p>Ryan Gardner</p><p> </p> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 05:00:00 +0000 Update on Fields / Book Now <p><strong><em><u>The following is an update on the fields / property being prepared now for dove hunts:</u></em></strong></p><ul type="disc"><li>May 10, 2021 - at my farm the 200 to 220 acres of plowed fields were planted with black oil sunflowers; <ul><li>The May 10 planting was right before the farm received 1.6 inches of rain on May 11, 2021 and 2.5 inches on May 17-18, 2021;</li></ul></li><li>In May 2021 – at other farmers’ property that we have hunting rights, such farmers have planted milo on about 500 to 600 acres;</li><li>Wild sunflowers growing on around 600 to 700 acres which we have hunting rights;</li><li>Total from above of 1,300 to 1,520 acres of fields – some black oil, some milo and some wild sunflower fields; and</li><li>Hopefully, we have 3 to 5 stock tanks that are full of water. </li></ul><p>Please pray for continued rain (1 inch of rain every couple of weeks, or 2 to 3 inches a month and not the normal 6 inches in one weekend and no rain thereafter for 3 months) for the next 90 days (growing to harvest time for the black oil sunflowers and milo is 90 to 100 days). The rain prayer is selfish on my part, but such prayer is also for my farming friends who prefer to collect market return on their work on thousands of acres (i.e., most individual farmers must farm 2,000 to 3,000 acres today based on the yields thereto) and not try to recover planting costs through crop insurance and pay other bills via subsidies.</p><p><strong style="font-size: 0.9rem;"><em><u>Book now:</u></em></strong></p><p>We have openings for the <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;"><u>full package</u></em> and <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;">day hunts</em> for hunting September 1 and September 2.</p><p>We are fully booked for opening weekend for the <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;"><u>full package</u></em> and still booking for <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;">day hunts</em>.</p><p>We are partially booked for the second weekend for the <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;"><u>full package</u></em> and still booking for <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;">day hunts</em>.</p><p>We have a group looking at taking most of the <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;"><u>full package</u></em> on the third weekend and another group for the fourth weekend, but until we have applicable deposits the third weekend and fourth weekend <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;"><u>full packages</u></em> are open and all <em style="font-size: 0.9rem; font-weight: lighter;">day hunts</em> are open.</p><p>We are sending out around 3,800 flyers all over Texas in advertisement this next week. Thereafter, we should send another 2,000 plus flyers in July.</p><p>If you have not made your reservation (hotel and outfitter for day hunts, or outfitter for full package) and want to dove hunt the first weekend to fourth weekend of dove season, <strong style="font-size: 0.9rem;"><em><u>DO IT NOW</u></em></strong>.</p><p><strong style="font-size: 0.9rem;"><em><u>Help Me, Help You:</u></em></strong></p><p>Pick up your hulls (hulls do kill cows).</p><p>Pick up your trash. </p><p>Don’t clean birds and leave remains in the field. </p><p>Don’t press down on fences to cross (go under or to a clearing) as farmer has to pull fence back up and potentially rework the fence. </p><p>Close gates and lock up. </p><p>If you were out of town and had friends coming over to use your backyard pool and outdoor kitchen, would you want the fence that keeps your dog in pushed down where the dog can escape, the fence left open where the dog can get out, the friends pool toys left in your pool, trash left on the concrete around the pool, and soft drink cans and food wrappers left in your outdoor kitchen? Obviously, the answer is no, if you love your dog and take pride in your property.</p><p>Take that same idea and apply it to the farmers’ backyard. Farmers take pride in their land, just as I do, so please likewise take pride in that land with them.</p><p><strong style="font-size: 0.9rem;"><em><u>If you cannot take pride in the farmers’ land, please don’t book with me, because I am going to protect my farmers at all costs.</u></em></strong></p> Fri, 21 May 2021 05:00:00 +0000 Turkey Hunts <p>Ladies and Gentlemen: </p><p> </p><p>We are seeing good numbers of turkeys (approximately 40 to 60 in one flock observed this past week).</p><p> </p><p>We have started to lease other land for turkey hunts.</p><p> </p><p>We will hunt until I see that hunting is not productive.</p><p> </p><p>We have some openings left, but bookings are happening fast.</p><p> </p><p>This morning, the Turkeys started gobbling. </p><p> </p><p>Call me.</p> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 06:00:00 +0000 Dove Hunting Report - Winter Season Around The Corner (Dove, Sandhill Crane, Duck, Pig) <p>Ladies and Gentlemen,</p><p> </p><p>The fall dove season came to an end this past weekend and we are still waiting on the northern dove to come down. </p><p>This past weekend, we had dove numbers but the dove were really spread all over the place (not enough hunters and dove spread to many milo and hay grazer fields – several hundred dove in my north field but 6 hunters on 110 acres??). </p><p>In 2019, the northern dove started to appear the second to last weekend and the last weekend of the fall dove season. Also in 2019, the first seven weeks of dove season were absolutely horrible in numbers of dove.</p><p>In 2018, the first few weekends were really good, then 20 inches of rain decided to come to West Texas.</p><p>In 2017, the first three or four weekends were good (limited hunts thereafter).</p><p><strong>WINTER DOVE SEASON (</strong><strong style="font-size: 0.9rem;"><em><u>December 18, 2020 to January 14, 2021</u></em></strong>):</p><p>My 110 acre north field is starting to fill up with dove.</p><p>Trying to hunt 110 acres with 6 hunters is like using a slingshot to kill dove.</p><p>In January 2021, we will more than likely be heading to Lubbock for morning sandhill crane hunts for one morning of each hunt, </p><p>then dove hunting in the afternoons and “pond hopping” the ducks on the other mornings.</p><p>We have sandhill crane in Winters, so I might have the “sandhill crane guides” from Lubbock come to Winters.</p><p>In addition, the pigs should be hungry in January and destroying winter wheat fields.</p><p> </p><p>The following is a recap of the Fall 2020 dove season:</p><p> </p><ul><li>First two days of dove season (1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;and 2<sup>nd</sup>) – limits by all (slaughtered the dove);</li><li>Opening weekend (4<sup>th</sup>, 5<sup>th</sup> and 6<sup>th</sup>) – limits by all (slaughtered the dove);</li><li>Second weekend (11<sup>th</sup>, 12<sup>th</sup> and 13<sup>th</sup>) – limits by most, many others shot hundreds of rounds (dang good hunting);</li><li>Third weekend (18<sup>th</sup>, 19<sup>th</sup> and 20<sup>th</sup>) – COVID took out hunters via being sick, no hunters;</li><li>Fourth weekend (25<sup>th</sup>, 26<sup>th</sup> and 27<sup>th</sup>) – few outstanding shooters with limits on milo, otherwise slow (slow hunting);</li><li>Fifth weekend (2<sup>nd</sup>, 3<sup>rd</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup>) – few with limits on milo, otherwise pretty slow (slow hunting);</li><li>Sixth weekend (9<sup>th</sup>, 10<sup>th</sup> and 11<sup>th</sup>) – no hunting;</li><li>Seventh weekend (16<sup>th</sup>, 17<sup>th</sup> and 18<sup>th</sup>) – decent hunts on Saturday (okay hunt);</li><li>Eighth weekend (23<sup>rd</sup>, 24<sup>th</sup> and 25<sup>th</sup>) – one decent afternoon hunt, otherwise pretty slow (slow hunt); and</li><li>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Sleet and ice on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week:</li><li>Ninth weekend (30<sup>th</sup>, 31<sup>st</sup> and 1<sup>st</sup>) – pretty slow weekend and birds scattered (slow hunt).</li></ul><p> </p><p><b><i><u>In September and October 2021, based on discussions with current landowners / farmers, 24 Outfitters LLC will have:</u></i></b></p><p> 700 acres of black oil (new this coming year - 2021);</p><p> 600 to 1,000 acres of milo (hopefully, one landowner coming back into the mix </p><p>(used in 2019, was out for various reasons in 2020) for 400 extra milo acres);</p><p> 1,000 acres of wild sunflowers.</p><p> </p><p> 2,300 acres to 2,700 acres of fields, several stock tanks etc.</p><p> </p><p> <b><i><u>Hopefully, the election tomorrow will not destroy our right to hunt / bear arms</u></i></b>.</p><p> </p><p>In 2021, we will attempt to have the following:</p><p> </p><p> <b><i><u>Large numbers of hunters</u></i></b> (many day hunters) on: </p><p> </p><p>Opening days - September 1 (Wednesday), 2 (Thursday) and 3 (Friday);</p><p> </p><p>First weekend - September 4 (Saturday), 5 (Sunday) and 6 (Monday);</p><p> </p><p>Second weekend - September 10 (Friday), 11 (Saturday) and 12 (Sunday); and</p><p> </p><p>Third weekend - September 17 (Friday), 18 (Saturday) and 19 (Sunday).</p><p> </p><p>Other weekends – call me to discuss.</p><p> </p><p> Full packages will be available, <b><i><u>but there will be considerable more day hunters this next year (2021)</u></i></b>.</p><p> </p><p> If you have been to my place, you know I can accommodate about 25 people in sleeping arrangements in the house / cabin.</p><p> </p><p> We will make off grid accommodations for tents / RVs this next year to accommodate more hunters in early September.</p><p> </p><p><strong><u>Based on current returning clients and a large amount of ongoing advertising, we are anticipating way more hunters per each of the above hunts (i.e., <em>several hundred hunters per hunt</em>) in the early part of September.</u></strong></p><p><strong><u> Therefore, contact me ASAP or I would book your hotel rooms at the latest by the first of May 2021.</u></strong></p><p> </p><p>Hotels: Abilene, Ballinger, Winters, etc.</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 06:00:00 +0000 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