Bowhunting Deer With Rick Philippi

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Rick Philippi called me earlier and invited me to hunt as a guest at his ranch. Rick is on the state’s game management program and invited me to help out by hunting for one of the 8-point bucks that are considered management bucks. I, of course, said yes.

I met Rick at his home and we drove to his ranch near Jacksboro, Texas. It had been raining there and rained all week. We put our stuff in Rick’s trailer and he drove me out to the area he wanted me to hunt. He has a Blind Turtle set up there and I put my hunting stuff inside it.

This is a picture of a Blind Turtle hunting blind that Rick has. The blind is made of polyurethane and is 8 feet off the ground. Rick took this pic at an earlier date.

When we drove out it was drizzling but on the way it commenced to rain hard. Even with my rain coat on I was glad to get inside the Turtle. Rain can’t penetrate that polyurethane shell. Rick left for another area and his own Turtle.

After I got my bow and other stuff situated I sat and watched the rain pour down.

All the trails were full of water and several large puddles of water were scattered around. The place was a muddy, water soaked mess. If it rained like this the rest of the afternoon I would not expect to see any deer.

Half an hour later the rain stopped abruptly and a light drizzle began to fall. After a rain stops you see deer movment lots of times. Maybe I would this afternoon. Minutes later I noticed a buck walking through the trees on the left side of the blind.

He disappeared behind me and I waited. I texted Rick that I had seen a buck. Rick said he was watching a big 9-point right now. A spike was with it.

Shortly after that he texted that a group of wild hogs had passed through the area and when they showed up the bucks hurried away.

Woooops, a buck had come up from behind the Turtle and was just now coming into view about 6 yards from the elevated blind. I took its picture.

A 10-point. A couple of his points were chipped on the end. He walked several yards further and stopped and looked around the area.

Because this buck is a 10-point he is off limits for me. But I can take all the pictures I want. However the weather man had other ideas and it thundered loudly and started pouring rain again. The 10-point moved on.

Fifteen or so minutes later the rain stopped. The 10-point had not gone very far because in a few minutes he appeared on the right side of the blind.

He was soaking wet. He ploded on through the water and mud. I took some more pictures.

When I texted Rick again and said the buck was back he replied that I should be on the lookout for a big 8-point that he saw with a 10-point earlier in the season. I’m thinking, “Come on big 8-point.”

Another buck showed up in the trees. This one was a sixer. When the 10-point saw the sixer it took off after it and ran the sixer off.

Suddenly the the 10-point hurried away along a water soaked trail.

In the woods to the left i saw a wild hog coming along near a trail that crossed right in front of me. I watched to see how this played out.

The hog was a 200 plus boar and with a tall mane sticking up. I took one picture of it close by and set my camera down and clipped my Fletch Hook on the string loop an drew my Alpine into the stops.

But he turned towards me, head on. Then he hurried by me to the left side of the blind. I couldn’t get a shot.

The remaining daylight passed quickly and Rick texted me to leave my stuff in the Turtle and walk up the road to meet him. So I did.

When we returned to Rick’s trailor we nuked a casserole that Rick’s wife had sent for us to eat. It rained almost all night.

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