In the Hunt: An Angler Takes the First Buck

In this episode of In the Hunt, Dan Quinn meets Jamie down south for a round of Texas hunting. Dan works for Rapala in the marketing department managing staff while working simultaneously with their TV partners, doing all the “fun stuff” that’s fishing related. Through his job, he’s been working with Jamie for a number of years through email and phone calls, and he’s making his way to the ranch in south Texas for a deer hunt.

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While picking out flights, Jamie insisted Dan take the one that landed around noon so they could get in an afternoon hunt on the schedule. As soon as the plane touched down, Dan and the guys changed into their camo, packed up their gear and headed out for a mid-afternoon session. On the hit-list for the day was an old buck that the crew had patterned and they had a pretty good feeling they were going to be able to spot him while up in the stand. Sure enough, the buck postured up just in time.

Dan describes that it was hard to anticipate exactly how it was gonna go as far as aging the deer and getting a sense of which one is the mature one versus another. Down in south Texas, the bucks seem to continue to grow so you can see how big the bodies are on these deer and you can get a sense of what their age is. This is important when you’re a guest on a ranch and you don’t want to mistakenly shoot the wrong deer, but as the bucks kept rolling out, there was surely no question – a mature deer is 3x the size of a young one, and Dan took the first kill of the day. “Welcome to Texas.”

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