What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by taking a trip to Texas to tag a whitetail? Armed with a Savage Arms Model 14 and Federal Premium's Fusion ammunition, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper joined Mossy Oak on a journey to Sonora, Texas, with hopes of knocking down a buck before 2014 could wind down. Get an inside look at his trip with this gallery.
Our hunting grounds would be the deer-rich grounds of "Vatoville," owned by Stephen Anderson, known to his hunters simply as "Vato." The ranch was located a little ways from Sonora, Texas, and didn't disappoint.
Though I'm typically a right-handed shot, I went lefty during my stay in the Lone Star State. You'll read more about that somewhere down the line in the pages of American Hunter. My rifle of choice was the Savage Arms Model 14.
We also got an up-close-and-personal look at one of the ranch's two "Stickers" bucks. One of a pair of nearly identical twins, the bucks are believed to be just over 3 years old. That fact kept them safe for this particular trip, because we were looking for whitetail that were pushing five, at least.
We had a "Fat Tuesday" of our own on the final day of my stay. Vato and I each knocked down a buck within minutes of each other from different box blinds, and were ecstatic to load them up in the back of our Polaris Ranger.