Posts Tagged ‘Mason Mountain WMA’

Oryx on the Run at Mason Mountain

Feb
24
2012

Mason Mountain Oryx

The author's tough oryx bull from Mason Mountain WMA

Authored by: Clay Smoot

The morning of February 7, 2012 was finally here.  After years of applying for different hunts thru TWA & TPW we had finally drawn out to hunt scimitar-horned oryx and were on our way to Mason Mountain WMA in Mason, Texas.  This would be the first time since October 2009  that my dad, brother and myself would be able to hunt together.  Needless to say we were pretty excited.

After our orientation and pasture assignments, we were ready to hunt for oryx.  The afternoon of the first day, my dad had taken a 37 inch cow with really pretty markings and coloring.  The rest of the day was uneventful as we saw numerous herds, but nothing that my brother and I were really looking for.

The morning of the 8th, we were up a little bit later than usual for hunting but, nonetheless, we were on a mission to find some oryx.  Being that my father had killed his oryx the day before, he was going to drop my brother, Justin and I off in our respective blinds.

We were in our blinds by 7:30 and just waited for movement….any movement.  About 9:40 my brother sent me a text saying they were coming to get me.  I was ok with that decision because it had been a pretty slow morning, only seeing two small oryx off in the distance thru the brush.  I gathered my equipment and my chair and waited at the crossroads for them to pick me up.  I was literally standing there 2 minutes, kicking rocks, bored and frustrated.  Then I saw some movement in the brush and froze, all while wearing my bright hunter safety orange.

The oryx and I saw each other and waited for the other to move first, he lost.  He turned his head, so I got down on one knee and raised my dad’s .300 rifle, (more…)

TPWD’s 2011 ‘Big Time Texas Hunts’

Sep
16
2011

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is once again offering you a chance to win some amazing Texas dream hunts.  From whitetail to waterfowl to ‘gator, these packages are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hunt some of the most sought after game Texas has to offer.  The ‘Texas Grand Slam’ will even afford one lucky hunter the chance to pursue whitetail, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and mule deer!  You might have guessed, but here’s our favorite hunt drawing:

Texas Exotic Safari

Mason Mountain WMA Exotics

Two winners will experience the thrill of hunting African exotic game, right here in Texas on the famous Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Winners can take advantage of two exotic hunting opportunities for species including sable antelope, gemsbok oryx, scimitar-horned oryx or axis deer. Hunters may choose to shoot the exotic game with a modern rifle, muzzleloader, archery or crossbow. Winners can also bring along a companion to hunt exotic animals. Food and lodging will be provided as part of the hunting package at the scenic Mason Mountain WMA lodge. Taxidermy is provided for the two winners. Proceeds go to benefit wildlife conservation and research on Mason Mountain WMA.

Entries are only $9* and must be submitted by October 15, 2011

*tickets purchased on-line include a $5 convenience fee

For more ‘Big Time Texas Hunts’ or to purchase your chance to win the Texas Exotic Safari, follow this link.

TPWD’s Big Time Texas Hunts

Aug
12
2010
Texas Exotic Safari

Mason Mountain WMA Exotics

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is offering your chance to win some amazing Texas dream hunts.  From whitetail to waterfowl, these packages are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hunt some of the most sought after areas Texas has to offer.  The ‘Texas Grand Slam’ even lets one lucky hunter pursue whitetail, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and mule deer!  You might have guessed, but here’s our favorite:

Texas Exotic Safari

Two winners will experience the thrill of hunting African exotic game, right here in Texas on the famous Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Winners can take advantage of two exotic hunting opportunities for species including sable antelope, gemsbok oryx, scimitar-horned oryx or axis deer. Hunters may choose to    (more…)