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2018 Tarbone Ranch Update

Tarbone Ranch 2017 Hunting Review

2017 will be a season to remember. We had several successful hunts and made some great memories.

We started the fall hunting season off great. We were able to film a hunt for Trijicon’s World of Sports Afield TV show on the Sportsman Network with our good friend Dave Fulson. The hunt was challenging, but Robert and Scott were able to take these two amazing bucks. This will definitley make for a great show. Be sure to tune in!

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Our next hunt was a great group. David Zinn is getting maried and decided to take his wedding party for an experience they would never forget. He was able to take the elk of a lifetime and Chris was fortunate enough to get this huge bison.

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Our last hunt of the year had us out after another trophy bison. After a day of hunting we were able to take down this beast with Jordan Nichols and his dad. 

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2016 Tarbone Ranch Update

This was our first hunting season without Ken, the founder of Tarbone Ranch. When he passed away suddenly in January of 2016 we knew that Tarbone must continue operations in his honor. We are proud to bring his legacy and love of the outdoors to all of our visiting hunters.

In the Fall we had Dave Fulson come hunt this beautiful buck for his television show, “Trijicon’s World of Sports Afield”. We were very glad to be able to host him and his crew, and are excited to bring Ken’s story to more outdoorsmen.

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This fall, Brian and Justin Stamps came for a dream-fulfilling four day hunt with us. These two brothers were able to harvest two bull elk and a trophy buck.

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This Winter we had a wonderful snowfall as we hosted returning hunters Ed and Wyatt Mountain. This season they were able to harvest a cow bison. It was a very special hunt as we were able to track these bison through the snow and terrain of Tarbone Ranch. Once we had them in range, Wyatt made a fantastic shot and some even more amazing memories.

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2015 Tarbone Ranch Update

The year will go down as a great growing year for the ranch. We had excellent rains in the spring and early summer and the ponds stayed full. The native grasses grew extremely well, and the bison heard grazed it over. The oaks continued to grow and fill in some areas where the fires cut them back a few years ago. Toward the end of the summer, some of the areas started to look like they did before the fire. We were able to grow some amazing food plots in the summer, and the deer and elk grew like weeds.

Because of this, we had great growth. We had many successful hunts and made some fond memories with new friends. Here are some of the highlights from the last hunting season.

To start off the year, in January, Chuck Vessels came to hunt this magnificent bull bison.

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Then, in the fall, Chuck came back with his son, Hugh, and they each got a trophy elk. It is so nice to be able to take a father and son out on a hunt. Sharing the outdoors with the next generation will always be our passion.

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Read more: 2015 Tarbone Ranch Update

2014 Update

Tarbone Ranch 2014 Review

Recovery is a good word to describe the year. Spring rains were in short supply leaving the ponds in need of more water. Summer rain was better, but still no runoff to fill ponds. Thank goodness for our year around spring that has maintained a steady level and supplies an excellent water source for our animals at all times. It even maintains open water during times when other sources are frozen due to its flow of relatively warm water.

Summer rains were enough to allow the native grasses and food plots to survive, if not thrive. Oak and other species saplings are continuing their reach for the sky. This has produced a plethora of cover for the various species allowing them to bring their offspring into the new world in safety and shelter.

Our bison produced two female and one male calves. It’s unbelievable how fast they grow. The elk herd also grew by three with two male and one female calves being born. All these young animals seem to be doing great on the grass and food plots. Of course, they all seem to have a liking for the high protein deer food as well. This program is expensive, but it assures the health of all the animals on the Ranch.

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In October, Paul from Smith & Wesson came down to the Ranch on an elk hunt. He wanted to use the S&W .500 revolver to try to take down a big bull. He managed to find and harvest a monster bull with one shot from the big handgun. This bull green scored 377” even after having broken both his G2’s while fighting other bulls to maintain his dominance and breeding status. Before the breakage, he would have score around 417” since both broken tines were over 20” in length.

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In November, Maria traveled from south Texas to take a meat bison for her family to enjoy. She and Billy arrived to beautiful weather. After shooting her new AR 10 in to verify her zero we started the hunt early the next morning. After a rather long hunt, we managed to get the shot she needed to take down this big female bison. The animal fell in a difficult spot for retrieval, but we managed to get it done. We all pitched in to make sure the meat was well taken care of. They put all the meat into big ice chests on their trailer and took it straight back to Texas where they will enjoy their winter meat supply.

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Next came Shon and Bruce on a quest to take two elk for their winter meat supply and trophies. Bruce was first to find a suitable management bull. He took it down with an excellent shot from his .45-90 Sharps with a period scope. This bull fell in a rocky rough spot, but with the help of my tractor, we managed to extract it to the skinning rack. After skinning and boning the meat, we placed it all in a big ice chest and continued the hunt for Shon’s cow elk.

The herd had become rather skittish, but finally we managed to locate a suitable mature cow in a small opening. One shot from Shon’s left handed .45-90 Sharps was all it took to put this big cow on the meat pole.

The most special thing about these hunts was that both guns used in the hunts were hand made by Shon in his workshop, Eychaner Rifle Works.

Thanks to all these hunters, we had a good year on Tarbone Ranch. All of our hunters managed to take their quarry with a single shot. This says a lot about the quality of their equipment and their ability to use it.

We are looking forward to the coming year. It’s always easy to look forward to finding out what the new year will bring. There will be shed antlers to find and new calves and fawns to discover.

If you would like to come hunt with us, please give us a call and we can make some memories together.

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