As some may know, I like to go hunting. Unfortunately I don't get to go hunting near as much as I would like to. This is largely due to the fact that hunting in Texas has been so screwed up by the various ranches and such. Big ranches come in, put up high fences and fence the deer in from the small ranches, then charge an arm and a leg to hunt on their property. There isn't enough public land to safely hunt on and I don't have $3500+ a year for a lease, so I generally don't go hunting as often as I would like.
For the past 3-4 years though Dwaine and I have been putting in to get drawn for the Elk lottery in New Mexico. Dwaine owns about 11 acres of land on a mountaintop (about 7600 ft) in the middle of the Lincoln National Forest near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. He has been trying to get me to go out to visit for a few years now, but I haven't looked forward to the 12+ hour drive. Well this year we finally got drawn for cow (not moo cow) season from Oct 25 - Oct 30. Once I got up there boy did I feel like a fool for not visiting sooner. Man is it nice. I digress though.
We went hunting with a bunch of friends of Dwaine's from Ohio. Randy, George and Jack came down and Ray, a friend of theirs that took Johnny's place after Johnny passed away joined them. In addition Richard joined us for the opening weekend as a guide, even though he didn't get drawn this year. It was a ton of fun. All of the guys were a blast, though I was the youngest by about 20 years. There was a ton of hunting experience up there though, and it was great to learn from them. The best part though was hanging out with just Dwaine and I. I was a real asshole to my Mom and him growing up, and it is nice that we can spend time together now. Even at 31 years of age, it's cool to just hang out with the old man without my brothers or sister around and without all the family drama going on.
The pictures are on the following pages.
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