just had a great hunt!

Discussion in 'Disabled Hunters & Shooters Forum' started by Brazilnut, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Brazilnut

    Brazilnut Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    It’s autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere and the stags are roaring! For the third year in a row I went red stag hunting in La Pampa, Argentina. My aide Alex accompanied me on this trip (April 2-9).
    On my previous trips I had hunted with guide Carlos Martinez on his friend’s ranch, but this year I went to a place called Rancho La Mota because it offers handicapped-accessible facilities. Finally accepting the fact that ALS has slowed me down, I told my guide, Jorge, that I only wanted to hunt in the afternoons.
    After lunch on our first day at La Mota, Jorge mounted my adaptive shooting gear on his Ruger M77 .308 and Leupold 3-9x40 scope. I have a camera/monitor that mounts on any riflescope so Jorge could aim the rifle for me while we both viewed the sight picture; I activate my trigger device by inhaling on a tube. We took two practice shots at a 50-yard target and I was concerned when both bullets hit 3 inches low and slightly to the left. I needn’t have worried; as it turned out, Jorge’s aim was deadeye with game in the crosshairs.
    Since I can’t effectively stalk animals in the thick cover, we hunted from natural blinds built on the spot with brush and fallen branches. Before going afield each afternoon, Jorge would describe the spot to be hunted and from which direction the deer were likely to appear. His predictions proved accurate every time. Here’s a pic of one of our ambush points.

    The first afternoon I earned Jorge’s respect by staying vigilant and sighting the first female red deer (called a hind) to appear. Another soon materialized and we watched them feed for about 10 minutes. Then a stag emerged from the brush and Jorge told me it was a management-class stag. The price of my hunt included one trophy and one management, or cull, stag.
    I didn’t want to push my luck by passing up this opportunity, even though the range was 200 yards. Jorge took aim, and when the crosshairs looked right I touched off a shot. Jorge seemed surprised when the 5x5 stag dropped in its tracks.
    “I didn’t think it would be so easy!” he said, referring to the process of shooting as a team.
    “It isn’t,” I said. “But we’re so good we make it look easy.”

    I set a new personal record by having both wheelchair tires go flat on the first day of hunting. There are so many thorns in La Pampa that we didn’t even try to repair the inner tubes. I just rode on flats for a week and accepted it as part of the adventure. Hunting on flats is better than sitting at home on perfect tires.
    The excitement continued all week as we saw management-class stags every afternoon, but held out for one with a trophy rack. Jorge’s effort and enthusiasm make hunting with him a hoot. As darkness closed in one evening, I asked him to turn on the scopecam to check if we had a good enough image to aim should a stag come out in the fading light. When he flicked on the monitor I couldn’t see a thing, but Jorge squinted and moved his head side to side, and then said, “I think I can still make out the crosshairs. Let’s give it a while longer.”
    On our next-to-last evening we watched a management stag cross a field and stand broadside at 100 yards. Jorge shook his head and muttered, “If we see a cull tomorrow, it’s going down.”
    “I don’t want to hunt tomorrow,” I said. Jorge looked very disappointed until I added, “I’ve been hunting all week. Enough hunting. Tomorrow let’s just kill something!”
    That story quickly spread and at dinner that night everybody was calling us “los asesinos” (assassins).
    On the final afternoon we hunted from one of La Mota’s tower blinds with an elevator for wheelchair access. Alex took this pic before getting me out of the truck.

    We had said we’d take the first critter we saw, but we let an armadillo walk. Then we held our fire on another animal because it was Easter Sunday and we weren’t sure if we were watching a jackrabbit or the Easter Bunny. We did shoot a wild boar within the first hour. I thought we had missed until it toppled after running about 40 yards. Alex said he knew the boar was hit “because it took off, swerving and sliding like a car with bald tires.”
    Check out the cutters on the beast!

    Just before dark, two stags appeared. Jorge explained that one was too young to harvest and the other was a cull. He gave me the option to take the management stag, which I accepted. Jorge steadied the crosshairs, I activated the trigger, and we closed my hunt with a one-shot, 70-yard kill on the 3x3 raghorn.
    Jorge and our driver, Oscar, took us to the airport the next day. When we were on our way out, already a quarter-mile from the lodge, Oscar noticed Jorge’s dog (named “Macho”) sprinting behind the truck in an effort to catch us. Oscar slowed down and Macho leapt into the pickup bed to escort us to Santa Rosa.
  2. garydude

    garydude Member

    Congrats on a fantastic hunt! Thank you for sharing- it made a great read.

    BTW your "cull" stags look mighty big to my untrained eye. Got a weight on either of those beasties? Also did you get a chance to eat any of the game you shot?

  3. garydude

    garydude Member

    Oh, and WELCOME TO THE FORUM :dance::dance::dance: We are very glad to have you.
  4. Munch

    Munch Member

    May 31, 2011
    Ellenton, FL
    Thats sounds and looks like an amazing place to hunt. And wow, if that is a cull (HUGE), I can't even imagine what a trophy buck would look like. Must be the size of a small dinosaur... Congrats on a great hunt! Keep us posted on your future excursions please.
  5. Brazilnut

    Brazilnut Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Thanks for the warm welcome.
    At the lodge we ate lots of venison, and had boar ribs roasted over a pit of coals.
    I'm not sure of weights because I didn't do the dragging!!!
    Red stag are related to elk (they can interbreed), but are slightly smaller, maybe averaging 400 lbs in La Pampa's dry climate.
    Here's a pic of two guys holding trophy racks they got while I was there.
  6. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012

    I have just become a huge fan of yours. My sister in-law has ALS so I am familiar with your situation. I will never say that I know what you are going through, however it is amazing that you are so optomistic and upbeat. I love it!!!

    That is a spectacular hunt and I enjoyed the pics. If you have more pics I hope that you post each and every one of them. Your aide Alex is awesome.

    I hope you continue to spend some time on TFF. Your a great person to have on here.

  7. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    Welcome to the Forums Brazilnut and thanks for shareing your hunt and the pictures!
    An awesome looking Stag indeed and well done.
    And that is one mean looking wild boar you took, nice cutter's it has!
  8. Lapua Kid

    Lapua Kid New Member

    Aug 29, 2008
    In the USA , VA
    Brazilnut ,

    For starters that's a lot lot of meat for such a small guy Hint Hint . Great hunting man I have always thought it would be and experience to beable to travel and hunt like that . Keep up the good work and hope to see more of ya. Nice animals. That's what dreams are made of .
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012
  9. Brazilnut

    Brazilnut Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    "such a small guy"?!!
    I stood 6'4" and weighed 185 when ALS knocked on my door!
    Now the only muscle that hasn't atrophied is my sense of humor, because I exercise it regularly.
    Anybody who wants venison has to try and take it from my wife. She loves wild game, everything from squirrel to black bear.
    And I'm grateful to be able to travel, but, unfortunately, it's a necessity because there's no hunting in Brazil.
  10. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    I am truly in awe Brazilnut. :eek:

    Welcome to TFF and thanks for the inspirational post! :thumbsup:
  11. Lapua Kid

    Lapua Kid New Member

    Aug 29, 2008
    In the USA , VA
    Brazil keep exercising that humor . Great job .
  12. noslolo

    noslolo New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Johnstown PA
    Wow, that looks like a great hunt!
  13. Frogtop

    Frogtop New Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    NE Tenn
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on such a successful hunt. You mention that the red stag are related to the elk. I have a western elk hunt on by bucket list (a list of thing to do before one "kicks the bucket"). You are an inspiration and an example of determination and fortitude. Thanks for sharing and please continue to do so.l
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