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REPORT: Third Annual Bowhunt
By Rick Philippi
Jan 30, 2007, 00:32

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  Third Annual Bowhunt

This was the third year in a row that hosted its annual deer hunt at the Wild Horse Prairie Ranch in Central Texas. To say the hunt was a success would be putting it mildly. This was the largest group of hunters yet. There were guys from Illinois, Texas, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. All in camp were die hard bow hunters and most important of all great individuals.

The ranch consists of approximately 8,500 acres. There is an abundance of game animals which consists of deer, turkey, hogs, and a variety of exotics. The ranch is controlled and ran by Billy Don Van Cleave. He and his guides know the land well and they try and ensure that your hunt is a safe and successful one. Also I donít want to leave out the fact that the food is fantastic. They serve two meals daily with snacks in between.
The star of the hunt was Roy Keefer from Las Vegas, Nevada. Roy who is well known for his bow hunting endeavors through out the country had to consider this as one of his top hunts of all times. He started the hunt off by taking a beautiful Pope and Young buck from a DOUBLE BULL BLIND. He then proceeded to take a nice fat hill country doe. After that he double lunged a big fat wild boar. But to top this off he was fortunate enough to bag an animal that I have been after my whole life. It was the fourth day of the hunt and extremely hot. Roy climbed back into the Double Bull blind that he got his deer out of. In a matter of no time he had a group of Aoudad come in and he made a beautiful shot on a good one. To say he was excited is an understatement. To take an Aoudad with a bow is an incredible feat. They are very elusive and cunning animals. A lot will disagree with me but I feel they are twice as tough to hunt as deer. Their eye sight and noses are second to none. Another key ingredient is they are almost impossible to pattern. Congratulations Roy on an incredible hunt. Way to go!!!!

Another hunter who was a close second to Roy was Chef Klaus from Chicago, Illinois. He was fortunate enough on the sixth day of the hunt to bag a beautiful 10 point and big Aoudad Ram on the same hunt out of the same tree. Unbelievable!! Congratulations also to you Chef on a job well done.

I hunted for five straight days with Tyge Floyd. We were shooting some video for the new and upcoming TV show, I was trying to bag an Aoudad while Tyge videoed but things did not work out. It was not because we did not try. I saw a total of 8 Aoudad but none within bow range. I passed on a few smaller whitetail bucks and ended up taking a nice hill country doe on the third evening of the hunt with my new Allegiance bow by BOW TECH. This bow is smoking hot and shoots like a scud missile.

In all it was a great hunt and fun was had by everyone. I actually lost count but there were around 18 animals taken. Incredible numbers for bow and arrow. Billy Don and his guides have all their stands set up for bowhunting and they understand what needs to take place to get a hunter within 15 to 20 yards of a whitetail. Very organized and precise set ups.

I would also like to say a big thank you to WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER on the care packages they sent to all the hunters. They donated so many products and believe me all the hunters really appreciated it and most importantly utilized the products and had nothing but raving reviews. I have been using wildlife research products for years and I can sum it up simply by saying their products flat out work!!! Thanks again Wildlife Research Center.

I know that they are already making plans for the fourth annual hunt for next year. Anyone interested needs to contact Billy Don (see below). The hunt will book up fast. I know that I will be there, God willing. All I can say is those Aoudad best be ready.

Billy Don Van Cleave

Wild Horse Prairie Ranch
P.O. Box 199, Satin, TX 76685
Call: 254-749-6119
Fax: 254-546-2709
Web Site:

Safe hunting,


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