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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Apache Springs Alarm Clocks


Occasionally a turkey hunt begins as a hopeful journey to an unfamiliar and exciting place. Then the hunt develops into an event with so much fast paced action and success that it is never forgotten. The details are fondly relived often. The days during such an event pass like minutes. The stars, moon, sun, and the bead of the shotgun all properly align, and hence, big gobblers are felled, and the hunt is forever forged into memory. These special days are filled with joyous sights and sounds of spring in God’s splendid and perfect creation. It was my good fortune to enjoy such a hunt, three fabulous days chasing Rio’s in spring of 2014 at Bill and Ellen Carter’s Texas Hill Country wonderland, Apache Springs Ranch.

Our gracious hosts for the hunt, Mr. Bill Carter along with his daughter Lori Carter, and Apache Springs game manager and grandson, Travis Carter, and Travis’ friend Ricky Root, welcomed me and my wife Angie for what Bill calls a Texas Hill Country “kick-back"weekend. From the moment we arrived it was “Texas hospitality Carter style”. This can only be described in superlatives. Simply the best! I have spent many days over the last 28 seasons chasing trophy whitetails and big Rio’s all over Texas, taking my own personal dream buck in January 2013 at Bill Carter’s Sombrerito Ranch, an 11,000 acre slice of big buck fantasy land in the Golden Triangle. So I am no stranger to the gracious down home hospitality that is found inside the friendly confines of a Bill Carter owned and managed ranch. There may be no guarantee of hunting success at Bill’s ranches, after all hunts there are fair chase, and success rates do run close to 100%. But Carter Country Ranches offers much more than the opportunity to take a trophy beast. You might arrive at Bill Carter’s as a guest, but you will leave as a friend, no doubt! That’s the Carter motto!

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Posted by David Shashy on 04/08 at 10:35 AM
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