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Masser Ranch - Newsletter March 2006

For many of you that are unaware of it, Texas is in one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Im sure you have seen some of the news reports about the wildfires in the Texas Panhandle. The last report I have lists over 840,000 acres having burned, with tremendous losses in livestock and many human lives. Here at the ranch we have recorded 1.89 inches of moisture since October 31, 2005. That is far, far below our average, and we are extremely dry. The countryside is attempting to welcome spring and green up, though the long range forecast is not looking good. However, we are optimists of the greatest magnitude. We look up and search the sky every day and are eagerly awaiting some rainfall. Every day brings us one day closer to the end of this drought.

Whitetail deer

We had another successful deer season in 2005-2006. We harvested some outstanding bucks and some very good management bucks as well. Well expand on some of these deer at another time and in another newsletter. Our doe harvest will keep us in line with our goal of maintaining a 1 to 1 buck doe ratio, or maybe even a little better.

At this time we are booked completely for our trophy bucks for the 2006-2007 hunting season. We will have some openings for management bucks, but right now dont know how many we will have until later in the year when we have completed our deer counts. Well try to keep you posted. Due to the dry conditions we have increased the supplemental feeding on the ranch and the deer herd is in great health. All of the animals are in outstanding body condition, and we anticipate another outstanding hunting season.

Feral hogs

Many of you know that we have been experiencing a feral hog problem here on the ranch. We lost some very good deer the past two years through some holes in the fence created by the hogs. We have mended/replaced all of the problem areas, but some of the problems still exist. Thus far we have killed about 15 hogs this year. We have always allowed our deer hunters to harvest any and all hogs that they see during their hunt, and will continue to do so. However the Masser Ranch is now offering feral hog hunts to the hunting public. We have had many inquiries about hog hunting over the past few months and so are now up and running with these hunts. We should have a bullet on our web site about feral hog hunting soon. Give us a call if you need some information before we get it posted. We will furnish blinds and feeders. We will limit this hunting to archery or shotgun because of night hunting and the safety needed.

Upland bird hunting

We have enjoyed an outstanding bird hunting season this year. I cannot say enough about it. We have had many clients return and hunt with us time after time. It is always enjoyable to have them here with us. This year has seen us gain a great many new bird hunters. They too have returned many times to chase the birds and the dogs. The dogs have performed excellently as expected. We are very lucky and most fortunate to have some outstanding dogs. And by the way the birds are really flying great.

We are going to enlarge our bird hunting operation during the 2006-2007 hunting season. There has been a demand for the hunting we are offering, and we want to be able to fulfill that demand. We will expand on that in other newsletters too.

Recipes

Due to many requests we are adding a recipe bullet to our website. Try some of them out. If you have a favorite send me an e-mail and we will try to add it to the cook book.

Spring Turkey

Spring turkey season opens April 1. We kept a great number of Toms on the ranch all through the winter and now more Toms and the hens are beginning to return. Early mornings the bluffs are reverberating with their gobbling. We are anticipating having some great spring hunts. Give us a call if youre interested. We will have to cut the season short however as we are returning to Africa the end of April. More about that later.

Ramblings

We sincerely hope you enjoy this newsletter. We are going to try and make it a monthly happening. We are a family owned and operated business, and from time to time I expect to have input from various members of the family. On occasion we will have guest writers contributing. If there is anything you would like to see here let me know.

Be safe out there. We want to keep you around.

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Masser Ranch
1099 Flag Creek Road
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
830-997-5363
E-mail: info@masserranch.com

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