What makes this somewhat remarkable is that Kriewaldt suffers from COPD and tells us he's in "bad shape." As he puts it, "I've hunted most of the major game animals across North America except mountain sheep, but my days of hunting at elevations are done." He finds the sea-level elevations, the flat terrain and the safari-style hunting in south Texas all suit the particular limitations he faces. "The Yturria Ranch has both lease hunters and guided hunters, but ranch management doesn't allow permanent stands, blinds or baiting, and they don't allow hunters to get territorial. The animals aren't baited with agricultural products; instead they roam naturally, eating what's there.
"This is safari-style hunting you'll move from place to place in a vehicle, spot and stalk, or sneak into openings to see what you can see. This isn't gimmee' hunting. In my experience, you can actually get a shot at about one out of five animals you see that you want. The game has done well, considering the poor rainfall in far south Texas, and we do see a lot of game, both whitetails and exotics. That's one of the highlights of the hunt for me, that and the fact that it feels like I'm at home' there now."........(continued)