Dear Wild West Texas

Dear Wild West Texas,
I have hunted the Heart of the Hill Country & the Soul of South Texas but only passed through your land out west. You have a personality all it’s own that has stood the time, ignores the progression of technology, and has touched a piece of my soul. You, Wild West Texas, have been a blessed adventure I will never forget.
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I found you 50 miles from the nearest anything, with no cell phone service, a single radio station of AM only, and the only traffic traveling your roads were tire testers. Your dust has filled my nose, my eyes, and my teeth; not to mention my gear but I am thankful for your unforgiving nature. Your rocky, steep mountains and hills tested my steps but provided breathtaking views. Your canyons and draws showed off your beauty and serenity, a stark green contrast to the monotone pallet of dust, dirt, & rock.
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Oh Wild West Texas you are so stubborn but yet so inviting. When you showed me your sparse water I was thankful and you were gracious enough to allow animals to drink and survive. I can feel your intensity in the dryness of my hands and chapped lips but feel your softness in the fur of the rams & sheep who call you home.
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Thank you for revealing yourself to me in the people who live life a little slower, spend their entire day outside, work hard, are gracious for the important things in life and love every bit of it. Seeing children outside from sun up to sun down only emphasizes your true beauty and tradition and reminds me of why I want to be in the field as much as possible.
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Your Wild spirit captured my heart and secured a place in it. You unveiled unique animals to me I have never seen up close including Texas Dahl, Corsican Rams, & Barbado’s. You also produced Axis deer, hogs, whitetail deer, turkey,  and red stag, all free roaming, unfenced and wild. You provided unlimited predators and varmints including over 10 foxes we were able to call in. As I heard them bark I said Thank You for such an open area to see and hear them.
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Wild West Texas, you slowed down even more at night and wrapped your arms around me with your endless sky, countless stars, and a silence so loud it was deafening. You are a contradiction that many will never understand. From afar you are a vast, empty, endless area of rugged land that is stifling, uncomfortable, and almost painful; up close, however, as I stood in the middle of nowhere, it is your somewhere that makes me believe, adore, and love you.
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Although you did not provide an opportunity to harvest an animal with my bow, you did present them to be taken with a gun; I however passed on that opportunity and instead soaked up your beauty and saw things to add to my scrapbook of memories in my heart and head. I saw two gorgeous lambs that were so pregnant they could barely walk; a piece of me was hoping to witness their birth in the middle of the wild. It would have been an exquisite moment to be there and watch the circle of life from 15 yards away in my ground blind. Even though a birth didn’t happen I saw the love of a mother in nature and I am content. I know, however, that you my friend will be there to nurture them and raise them.
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Finally Wild West Texas, you have unlocked a piece of my soul and opened my eyes to another unique place to hunt, a place to love for what it is; an unforgiving land that forces you to respect its beauty of endless skies, mountains, and rock bluffs. I hope you will remain untouched by the destruction of the city and technology; do not let it change you, but rather change the minds of those who only see you from afar. Stay Wild my West Texas friend, ill see you again soon!
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Sincerely,
A Huntress with a Wild Heart

Mar 02, 2013 | Category: Blog | Comments: 4

 

4 comments on “Dear Wild West Texas

  1. Nice Post. Enjoyed reading it. My Sons and I Hunted South Texas in December. Very Memorable. I have a place in Bozeman Mt. But live in Ga. Have you ever Hunted out West ? I’ve harvested Lots of Nice Whitetails here in Ga. And have Probably Harvested 50 or more deer with my BOW. Love it. Lately I’ve been Hunting Muleys in Montana, Wyoming and The Badlands of North Dakota on an Indian Reservation. Beautiful Country. God’s Country. …..Enjoy the Hunt… Not Just the Harvest… Your fellow Hunter…Wild at Heart 😉

    • Candace

      Thanks Jerry, I am glad you enjoyed it, I truly enjoyed writing it because I was so inspired it just poured out into words.

      I have only hunted in Texas, never had the blessing of hunting anywhere else. I know there is soooo much out there and I can’t wait to explore it! The places you hunt sound amazing! Cant wait to experience those! and absolutely enjoy the hunt, not just the harvest!! Love it!

  2. Thia

    Great post, Candace! Makes me want to visit the Wild West of Texas!!! You painted a beautiful picture of this mysterious place!! Nice job!!

    Thia

    • Candace

      Thanks Thia!! I will show you all of Texas as long as you show me all of the snow up North! Ive never hunted in snow so ill be a rookie!!!!

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