Hunters on the US/Mexico Border Caught Between Illegal Aliens and Border Patrol


Published: July - 2013

A comment about bumping into illegal aliens in the Texas brush caught our attention in an otherwise highly favorable hunt report from subscriber Steve Richards (9022). He hunted this past February with outfitter Rob Kiebler of Fair Chase Limited (972-523-5621; fairchaseltd@aol.com) and briefly mentions that occasionally there were illegal aliens on the property he hunted, although they were not an issue for him on his hunt. We asked correspondent and Texas resident Mike Bodenchuk about this issue and whether hunters should be concerned. He had just returned from a Gould turkey hunt in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona, close to the border with Mexico. Here's what Bodenchuk had to say:

"I followed up with Steve Richards on his experience with illegal aliens while hunting in Texas, and he reiterated that at no time did he feel uncomfortable during his hunt. He bow hunted feral hogs and javelina and reported a great hunt, adding that he was contemplating returning for another hunt in the future. He hunted 18 miles south of Eagle Pass, Texas, in early February and was successful in arrowing both javelina and feral hogs on his three-day hunt. He also reported that he saw &a lot of big deer on the property.'

"Richards also observed what are common signs along the border these days: lots of law enforcement, well-armed local ranchers and the trash left behind by passing illegals. He saw few footprints where he hunted, but ranch personnel were occupied at times in assisting law enforcement.

"The same conditions existed in the Chiricahuas during my turkey hunt. Border Patrol has a very conspicuous presence, and we encountered agents in vehicles patrolling canyons, parked at locations where they could glass large areas, and monitoring traffic at rural road intersections. I encountered no illegals while hunting, but signs were evident, even long distances off the roads.

"It's important to remember that no reputable outfitter will ever put a client in danger. Some very good hunting occurs along the border with Mexico in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and your personal........(continued)

 
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