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Tyler’s ranch is a geographical oddity: every single time I go there, it gets more beautiful. It was a weekend much like this one that finally convinced me to move to Texas, and the frequency with which scenes like this one happen keeps me happily planted in my adoptive state. There’s something magical about spending all day in the wilderness, enjoying the beauty of nature, then shooting some guns and eating fresh free-range meat. And I feel like this one picture captured that feeling pretty well. But there’s one more picture that sums up the weekend’s activities . . .


Tyler here didn’t get into the proper shooting position before taking the shot, and as a result will be known as “Harry Potter” until the mark where the scope hit him on the forehead disappears. That was a common theme for the weekend: needing to know our equipment better. I needed to refine my zero (and possibly pick a better brand of ammunition) and Tyler needed to practice improvised shooting positions with his rifle.

That’s good news, though. It means we have something to work on in the off-season, and something to keep us going to the range for next year.

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  1. Cant beat the woods. Sure as hell wish I got some spirit of the deer this weekend. Got a great zero with my new hunting ammo yesterday, now I just need the chance to go use it 😀

    • You’ll be fine. Just tell the girls you got it rescuing orphans and puppies from an exploding orphanage/pet rescue.

        • Well then tell her the deer got close and you were forced to take it down in hand to hand combat. Least then she’ll get a giggle out of it if she hasn’t already.

  2. Spent some time in the country this weekend too. Didn’t hunt but had a blast. Got to shoot guns though.

  3. A geographical oddity… Is it also two weeks from everywhere?

    Some fine country you’re surveying through that rifle scope, that’s for sure. Nothing can beat the Paunsaugunt Plateau and the Paria River drainage, but still, a fine view. Makes me want to leave the office right now and carry my rifle in the great outdoors.

  4. Hahahahaha
    Laughing with you, not at you. Got a picture just like that after my first shot at game in Africa.
    Didn’t happen during practices, sight in, etc.
    something about the excitement of the moment.

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