Laxton conducted his first hunts on the property this season and says trophy quality was excellent. Five antelope hunters connected on "goats" green-scoring 81, 78, 72, 71 and 68 B & C. His five muzzleloader deer hunters scored on four mulie bucks with 28- and 29-inch spreads that scored into the high 150's. He says they spotted a number of 160- and 170-class bucks but were unable to get on them for a shot with a primitive weapon. Later, he had 23 rifle hunters connect on deer up to 160 B & C. The average calculated to 155 B & C because a number of hunters took older bucks that were big 2 x 3's and 3 x 3's scoring from 135 to 140 B & C.
However, Laxton says there is the potential for much bigger deer, pointing to two unguided rifle hunters who hunted the property last year and took a 178- and a 196-class buck. As this was written in late December, Laxton was preparing for his early January archery hunts, which take place during the rut. He was confident that these clients would do as well or better than the two unguided hunters last year.
We spoke with one of his muzzleloader hunters who had also hunted the property the year before on an unguided fee-access basis. He raved about the ranch and........(continued)