It was late afternoon in August, high in the Davis Mountains in far West Texas. I was standing high on a ridge glassing a flat off in the distance.
Three of my hunting buddies were behind me glassing other areas. I spotted movement at the edge of the flat. My binoculars were eight power and the figures looked small.
I hurried to find a large rock with a small rock behind it, like a shooting bench. I folded down my bipod. I turned my scope up to 25 power. I spotted three Aoudads beginning to feed. I ranged them at 410 yards. I turned my Leopold scope turret to 400 yards. I picked the largest one and dropped him. Then came the long treck to get to him and cape him out and get back before dark. Barely made it. He’s at the taxidermist now. Can’t wait to get him home. What a hunt for my first Aoudad.
Our son, Michael Eriksson Wood (5 years old), landed a 40-pounds-plus pound black drum from Moses Lake in the Texas City area (with his dad and 80-year-old grandfather’s help). The fish was CPR (caught, pictured, and released). –Michael and Tanya Wood
Kirsten Kline and Abby Marburger reeled in a 36-pound bull redfish. It took them 20 minutes. They caught it at Port O’Connor and decided to tag it and get it mounted. It was caught during Kirsten’s birthday trip to the port in August.
Addison McCleskey Harman, almost 6 years old, caught this catfish in a private pond near Tyler, Texas in late August with her uncle David Moore cheering her on. It was not the first big fish she has landed by herself.