Hunting the Hill Country
Little Gun Invitational Antelope Hunt 2014
January 2017 will be our fourth trip to Bandera Texas to hunt with Tommy Ryno in what has become an annual tradition to hunt the hill country over the New Years holiday. This year we have seven in our party and the group seems to grow a little each year. As you can see from some of the photos of past hunts we have taken some great animals. Almost any hunt in the Texas Hill Country will include many options for whitetail, exotics, hogs, predators and varmints.
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: MUZZLE LOADER BULL
Closing in on my intended shooting position with tunnel vision and a singular focus, something threatens to break my concentration. I think I hear my father in a strange half shout/half whispered voice warning me ‘To your right!’. It worked, so I glanced back to his voice in total disbelief, and gestured that the buck was down the other side of this ridge directly in front of me. He repeated ‘To your right!’. Totally sure of myself, I poked my head up to locate the buck that I ‘knew’ was there...
Start 'em early
When the fall weather turns Colorado's aspens to brilliant gold and ablaze with orange, the bull elk start bugling and the bow hunters and muzzleloader rifle hunters get their opportunity. But what about hunting a big bull with a muzzleloading HANDGUN?
A Contender Buck
Taking kids hunting is a powerful thing. Do it every chance you get!
February Hog Hunt
Fledgling handgun hunter takes a mature whitetail with his T/C contender after watching him fight off 3 other "contenders" for the prize doe.
Ice age tusker
Handgun hog hunt in the low country of South Carolina.
2016-01-18 South African Safari with a Contender 358JDJ - Part 3 - Warthogs
Right and wrong place to hit a boar
Hunting plains game in South Africa with my Contender 358JDJ.
Handgun'n Black Bear In Maine
For any new handgun hunters you will find that if you place your shot in a vital area you will get your animal. If you don`t a long tracking job will be next. That is if you do not lose the animal. This is what happened to me while hunting my 61st and 62nd boar....
Africa with the 358JDJ Contender - Part II - The Open Plains
Hunting black bear has been on my “to do” list for a long time. It’s an animal that’s on the protected species list, in my home State of Mississippi. Hopefully, one of these days, there’ll be a huntable population here; but until then, I’ll have to go abroad.
Emergency survival - polar bear with a 38
Part 2 of my 2014 South African safari - Hunting for Blesbok and Blue Wildebeest with my TC Contender in 358JDJ.
Africa with the 358JDJ Contender - Part I The Glen Boyd Plantation
an iron sight Colt .38 revolver and 100 rounds of ammo were part of the Arctic survival kit....
Story covering the first several days of my recent South African Safari where I take an Impala and a Kudu with my TC Contender.
The Land of Endless Stars
Meeting the challenge of stalking Kudu in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Cape buff with 500 Wyoming
In July 2014 we traveled to the African independent nation of Namibia - the land of endless stars and the most wonderful people. Larry Weishuhn, his cameraman Andrew Garay, and myself traveled to Namibia on their invitation to address the government regarding a change of law to allow handgun hunting.
Freedoms in The Land of Lincoln
Never thought I would see Africa ever again and then I retired. The hell with it... One more time......
Nilgai and Woodleigh bullets- A first for both....
My first handgun hunt in Illinois turned out to be a very memorable hunt.
Buffalo and Lion From Kruger To The Kalahari
Nilgai and Woodleigh bullets- tougher then I expected...
Rocky Mountain Elk
Members Gary Smith and Mark and Alex Key travel to South Africa for a dangerous game hunt with Bobby Hansen Safaris. Gary and Mark would hunt Cape buffalo and lioness while Alex would try for lioness and some plains game. The buffalo area joined Kruger Park and was near the town of Phalaborwa while the lion would be a tracking hunt in the Kalahari desert near the town of Ganyesa, only a few miles from Botswana.
First blood for 10mm Glock
Hunting the regal bull elk with a custom revolver.
The Target Bulldog
MO alternative arms season success
A REVIEW ON THE LEUPOLD DELTAPOINT REFLEX SIGHT
Hunting on a perfect day..
Hunting with Doug Wesson and the .357
Gregg tries out the Leupold Deltapoint on his .454 Casull.
MARCH TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM, OR INSURMOUNTABLE ODDS?
You could say that Doug Wesson and his companies new .357 Magnum started the ball rolling by mainstreaming handgun hunting to the sporting public with his 1936 Outdoor Life article about his Wyoming adventure....
Good Time in Texas
Self-filming and Hunting An Elk With a Custom .475 Linebaugh Revolver
Tag Team Tag Out.
I never expected to have had such a good time as we did during our recent hunt in Texas..
A good start in Missouri
A Father And Son Hunt, Too Long In The Making.
The first LGI Antelope hunt, short-n-sweet, we hunted for a total of approximately 5 hours.
A nerve wracking antelope hunt
Mo Urban deer season starts fall hunting well.
My "Dream" Bear Hunt
Killing an antelope was not as easy as I thought it would be.
Trophies - In The Eye Of The Beholder
29 years ago, a black bear hunt in Maine with Foggy Mountain Guide Service was just a dream. Good things come to those who wait!
King of the Woods
Do your trophies measure up? Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder while others only see beauty if they have the biggest and best.
The other handgun hunting books
"I realized that my impression of this magnificent buck was getting the best of me as I considered letting him just walk by"
Till Case Do Us Part
There are many books that were published and contain sections on handgun hunting that are available for your enjoyment and these are just a few....
2010-12-08 Sika in the Rain
The Missouri Expadition
A Contender's first blood.
2010-10-25 Buffalo - with a handgun
Aoudad with a .41
We arrived Harare – and after 1,5 hour with a charter – Corris and Rod Ferreira wished us welcome to their camp – which was close to Lake Kariba. Because of a misunderstanding – they did not know that I should hunt with a revolver. They had no experience with handgun hunters – and no experience with my little cartridge. Therefor – there was no positive comments to receive!
The Three P's Of Handgun Hunting
A red sheep hunt turn into a successful aoudad hunt at the White Elk Ranch. Using a Freedom Arms in 41 Remington Magnum, the author takes a fantastic aouad
Time to Call My Camera Crew!
The hunt, the friends, the memories of that once in a lifetime elk.
Sweet first sucess
The 2009 season started out slow but in an 8 day span in November I shot my biggest buck with a bow and a nice 7 pointer with my anniversary present. The best part of all it was I got to share it all with my family.
Second chance buck
My first deer taken with my S&W 460XVR.
New Turkey Tactics
It was the last day of my deer hunting and I wanted a buck.
Spring Hunting in Arizona
Turkey at 200 yards...with a handgun!! I admit that my methods of turkey hunting may be a little different when compared against the norm, but I sure do have fun!!! There is nothing like sitting along a hedgerow as a sniper with shooting gear ready to rock’n’roll and glassing for distant feathered targets.
Montana Pronghorn Hunt
At the shot the javelina dropped out of sight, and I saw the rest of the herd scatter. I called to my brother to follow me up to the top of the embankment...
"Antelope!" I yelled as my dad quickly spun to look in the direction I was glassing...
Gerry and Mike's Elk Hunting adventure
23.0grs of H-110 going off at sunset does not help your night vision....
My first Monster Ram
Handgunning for Elk with a TC Contender in 375JDJ and Gerry's custom 16" Enocre 375 Holland and Holland Magnum!
Lucky then good
Hunting a monster four-horn ram at a hunting ranch is a great thing in itself, but it also allows you to test equipment before going out hunting in the real woods. Given the lack of free-ranging monsters of this kind, if you want a four-horned wallhanger this is about the only way to get it...
I`am an OK shot with a handgun,not great but I get by.Thats why when I make a great shot I keep my mouth shut.
Good Day/ Bad Day
The time was almost 10 years ago, September 1999, and the goal was to take a Shiras, bull moose using my Freedom Arms 454 Casull. After four days of nothing, I thought I`ed be going home without a moose.
.500 Muley Buck
I wanted to compare terminal ballistics between cast versus jacketed bullets in .475 on a some large boar.
My mid-winter boar ( 2007 )
Gregg hunts a mule deer buck in open country with a Freedom Arms revolver in .500 Wyoming Express. How can he get close enough to use a revolver fitted with a Red Dot sight? And how will that big .500 slug perform? You will like the surprise ending.
Texas Axis Hunt
There is nothing better for a city boy to do on a cold winter weekend then to hunt for boar. The temperatures hovered in the low 20's but we were undeterred and had a great hunt taking boar, a corsican, and a black Hawaiian ram.
Long Range Ram
I had been dreaming of an Exotic hunt in Texas for quit some time. So, after a couple years of rat-hole’n some folding money, I had enough saved up to go on my first Texas hunt.
As I topped the saddle, maybe a thousand feet or so above timberline, I immediately knew I’d screwed up. Maybe there was too little oxygen getting to my brain at 12,000 ft. or something, but whatever the reason, I’d silhouetted myself momentarily, and of course, when hunting, momentarily is often long enough.
I crouched down then, put the binoc. to my eyes, and quickly realized my worst fears. About 500 yds. to my right a 3/4 curl bighorn ram was staring a hole right through me.
First Handgun Deer
Buffalo Creek is a ten mile by five mile ranch 100 miles northwest of San Antonio in the hill country of Leaky, Texas (the Texans call them hills while I consider them small mountains). The dirt roads cover about 10%% of the operation while the rest has to covered by foot. The elk herd that inhabits the ranch has been there for sixteen years giving rise to good quality bulls of which I only saw two. On the first day we spotted a nice bull at sundown as he drank from a pond near the lodge; he was gone within 10 seconds.
Most Challenging Sport?
Member Matt Rosamilia sent this note along with the picture and I thought I would share it with the rest of the members and visitors here at Handgun Hunter Magazine. Matt's experience on his first handgun deer is much like the passion the rest of us experience who enjoy this sport so much.
Surreal @ 15 yards
Handgun'n for Spring Turkey, could this be the most challenging hunting sport? Try it this coming spring and you decide.
Alaskan Spring Black Bear
At that moment I realized this was now turning into a handgun affair
6.8 SPC Buck
"The hardest thing for me to get used to was how very long the daylight hours were".
My Anniversary Gift
My best handgunned whitetail buck to date was taken with the 6.8 SPC — a fine little deer cartridge!
My Bittersweet Buck
With one complete season under my belt with hunting only with a handgun, and one buck down, I was eager to get out and try my new anniversary present.
Views From Down Under
A clean miss on my first attempt at handgun hunting and I was hooked. It took another year, lots of practice, and some misfortune on my father's part, but I finally got my first buck with a handgun.
777 Aoudad Adventure
Most kangaroos have been shot by Pro's for the canned dog meat market. They shoot millions of them each year, and no they are NOT being wiped out. The government estimates we now have about 2 million more kangaroos in Australia than 200 years ago. They just love the new paddocks and food supply. In recent years Roo has started turning up on resturant tables and is shipped OS to Asia and England that I know of. In Tasmania wallabies (Small version of a kangaroo) is shot by most people for either dog food or mincing to make patties/hamburgers (Wallyburgers?).
HHI Antelope Hunt 2002
The names San Antonio, Comanchee Springs, and Hondo conjure up images in the mind of great battles, of ranches stretching as far as the eye can see, and of cowboys and Indians. Even though I must admit all of my cowboys look like John Wayne. However, this Texas trip was to have more of an African flavor than old west. Some even describe the 777 Ranch as "Africa in Texas". I had a hunting trip booked at the 777 Ranch in Hondo and for several weeks prior to the hunt I was getting gear together, making frequent trips to the range, and making lists of things to take. I can only imagine what the first settlers must have gone through preparing for life on a wagon train. I was only going to be gone four days.
One Shot Buffalo
When I put my deposit down on the 2002 Handgun Hunters International (HHI) antelope hunt in early September it seemed like such a good idea. With the date of departure rapidly approaching, the thought of driving 1200 miles alone was a bit daunting. My work load was crushing, deadlines were fast approaching, soccer schedules were conflicting, my wife was in need of more of my time.hell, I needed a road trip! I gathered up all my camping gear, ordered BLM and road maps to Wright, WY, worked up my hunting loads and started to pray for the day I could escape this madhouse and hit the road. I allowed 2 « days of travel that charted a path through Yellowstone National Park. Where I would go from there I didn't know or care as long as I ended up at the Durham Ranch on Monday at 2:00 P.M. There I'd meet the other HHI hunters. I've been a handgun hunter for years and I have always looked forward to receiving my issue of
After several days and stalks, the Professional Hunter (PH) and I, were able to leopard crawl inside a small herd of fifty animals to see if I could let the air out of a huge old bull with my pistol. Myself, the PH, and the trackers had been following three very large bulls over the course of several water holes and other herds. They seemed to wander in and out of the herds and be by themselves throughout the evening and mornings. We just couldn't catch up to them.
Texas Safari Handgun Style
It was still dark and cool, exceptionally so at about 65 degrees, for a hill country morning on August 12 1997, when Thompson Temple and I arrived at the big wrought iron gate at the entrance to the property where we were to meet the landowner of the ranch where I was slated to embark on the adventure and challenge of a handgun hunt for the elusive and wary Aoudad sheep, native of Africa and popular transplant to the Texas hill country exotic hunting scene.
Free Ranging Texas Blackbuck And The 257 JDJ
When I was asked by my company C.E.O. if I was interested in attending an industry trade show in San Antonio, Texas, I jumped at the opportunity. This would give me the perfect chance to combine work with a hunting trip. After spending three days in San Antonio (a neat city) I was met at the Marriott RiverCenter by my hunting guide for the next three days, Mr. Chip Harmon, of Ultimate Safaris.
Handgun Hunting Deer
A few weeks ago I ran across an internet ad for a used TC Contender in 257 JDJ at a good price. Already owning SSK barrels in 6 JDJ, 6.5 JDJ, 309 JDJ and 375 JDJ, I figured I just had to have a 257 to go with the others, so the deal was made. The frame has been worked by SSK and the trigger is absolutely excellent. Both the frame and the barrel are coated with SSK Chrome finish, a 3 ring T’SOB scope mount holding a 3X9 AO Burris scope and Pachmayr grip and forend complete the package. I also got 300 pieces of fireformed brass, dies, 175 loaded rounds, 900 Nosler 85 grain Ballistic Tips and 200 87 grain Sierras.
Hogs and Deer: World's Apart
After hunting white-tailed deer for several years with modern gun, bow and muzzleloader, I started to feel that using a long gun took something away from the hunting experience. With my bowhunting skills at the opposite end of the spectrum, my only reward during most bow seasons was getting to smash large numbers of mosquitoes to the benefit other warm blooded animals! After hunting with long guns for several years, I decided that a handgun would increase the challenge for modern gun seasons. As I reflected on the deer I had taken I realized most were shot at less than 100 yards with the majority less than 75 yards, well within range of a single shot pistol or a revolver.
The afternoon of Thanksgiving Day, 1994 was a perfect day for hunting. The temperature was in the upper forties with a light breeze blowing and overcast. I was hunting atop a hill over looking an old creek bottom. The bottom had been recently cleared by a logging company, which made the hill an excellent spot to hunt deer. I was hunting with a Desert Eagle-"Lone Eagle" chambered in 7mm-08, using Remington factory ammunition with 140-grain Core-Lokt bullets.
Lions In My Darkness
Most of the hunting I do is backpack hunting in wilderness areas between 8,000 and 13,000 feet elevation. Whether bivy hunting or hunting out of a spike camp my gear does not vary too much. This is what I carry for deer and elk hunts. Even when I go in for a day hunt for marmots or big game, I carry all of this but cut the food back to a two day supply.
This trip began sometime around February of 2000 when Larry Rogers told me he was planning to make another trip to Africa. During the course of the conversation, I told him I wanted to go also. Larry said nothing, but called me back a couple of days later to see if I was joking. After convincing him that I wasn't messing with him, we started putting the trip together. Larry had already lined up an outfitter, so I was that much ahead of the game. I spent the rest of the year getting such things as my passport and registration of the firearms I was taking with me. My choice of cases was simple; I ordered a Bear Track case. The only thing I wished I had done differently was getting a nylon cover for my case. Although it was blue, it still looked like a gun case and this created some anxious moments during our travels.
My Best Boar
My wife (Linda) is very tolerable of my hunting and shooting habits. I have been blessed in this area. She says that I have a disease, but is glad that it’s my only bad habit. I love to take her hunting with me whenever I can. Most often I have to take the initiative and ask her to come along. I know Linda would never say, "Honey lets go Charlie hunting". So I called a babysitter for the kids and asked her out for a date of chuck hunting and dinner. I think she accepted mostly for the dinner out.
I love hunting boar...I`ve been quoted in the past as saying "that God put boar on this planet to be handgun hunted" or "if told I had to choose only one animal to hunt...it would be wild boar". I`ve taken my share using handguns in 357-41- and 44mag- 45Colt- 454- 460S&W and a few with a 270Win. rifle. However, most of these animals were feral hogs and not the true strain of boar found in the Black forest of Germany or those from Poland or the Chechnya Republic. That all changed when I recently had the opportunity to hunt at the Double Boar Ranch located in west-central Pennsylvania. This is a brand new operation put together by longtime hunters Andy Krantz and Dion Magestro. They were fed up with the quality of the animals that were listed as "pure Russian boar" at different preserves throughout the country. They contacted Two Rivers Outdoor Club of Illinois who specialize in the rasing of purebred wild boar and put together an excellent line of breeding stock. I know I am making this sound much easier then it was because they also had built a hunting lodge that rivals the top lodges of South Africa.
Alldays In The Dark Continent
I just recently returned from my fourth handgun hunting trip to South Africa. Although I have been blessed to walk this beautiful country and enjoy it's scenery and take some fine trophies with my handguns, the one animal that I have spent more time on than all others is eland. I have walked, ridden, and yes, even crawled countless kilometers for these elusive, huge creatures. I have spent endless hours overlooking waterholes, and I have seen, touched, and smelt enough eland spoor to make a grown man cry - but yet, things never have quite worked in my favor. Until this year, that is. The ranch that we were hunting is the Zingela Hunting Lodge near Tolwe - approximately one hours drive North-northwest of Alldays. I was hunting with Professional Outfitter and P.H. D.J. (Dave) Dewsnap along with my associates Gary Wolfe and Bill Kirschner. The property is a privately owned, 20,000 hectre (that's 50,000 acres, folks) facility that is owned by one of the higher ups in the Microsoft organization.
My interest in Africa grew at a tremendous rate. I began checking into the costs of a plains game hunt and was pleasantly surprised to find that I could book a 5-6 animal hunt in South Africa for little more than a guided Montana elk hunt cost. In 1996 I found the package that I thought was the best and put down my deposit. May of 1997 I found myself on a South African Airways flight heading towards Johannesburg, RSA. This was my first international trip, and I was full of anticipation. The long flight was only tempered by my excitement about my upcoming ten day stay in South Africa. I spent the night in Jo'burg and then caught the early morning flight into Pietersburg, about one hour flying time North.
Perseverance Pays Off
I can think of no other animal whose name so perfectly fits his character as the squirrel. Squirrelly, by their very nature I suppose, and intelligent beyond belief sometimes, the squirrel is a challenging adversary for any who have made his acquaintance in the hardwoods. Should you doubt their intelligence, just try keeping one of the little safe crackers out of a backyard bird feeder for any length of time. I'm talking about the Eastern Gray Squirrel - capable of outwitting countless youngsters each year as they try to develop their stalking, shooting, and other woodsmanship skills and providing even the seasoned hunter hours of hunting pleasure. Few of any age will turn down an opportunity for a days hunt in prime hardwoods even though hardly a squirrel has been born that would be considered a trophy by those over the age of ten. They are just plain fun to hunt and that's reason enough for gettin' squirrelly.
Handgun Hunting Bedded Bucks
After years of hunting on state game lands, with very little success, three of us decided to lease 120 acres of land to hunt whitetail deer on. All summer long we performed repairs on the property, cleaned up the roadways, replaced access gates, and put in food plots. Having a place of our own to hunt, had me really looking forward to the up coming deer season. The property was mostly wooded with a few fields. The only drawback was that it was an hour and a half from home, but the long drive seemed a small price to pay for our own piece of paradise.
An 8 The Hard Way
The buck was feeding on acorns that were falling like rain in the light breeze from oak trees overhead. He almost looked like a cow grazing as his antlers rocked back and forth with each mouthful. Every few steps he would raise his head and check the position of a doe he was shadowing. Then for no apparent reason he stopped feeding, walked back along his trail about 20 feet and stood head-erect facing first one direction then another but without advancing or retreating.
Since 1873 the 45 Colt or as it's often called, the 45 Long Colt, has been a favorite of cowboys, lawmen and more recently handgun hunters. It is still popular with the would-be cowboys playing games but this gun is not for them and lawmen have gone down another road altogether. No, this 45 is a hunter's handgun. The 45 Colt started out as a black powder round and at the time it was pretty potent. As smokeless powders were developed the 45 Colt had new life breathed into it and all of a sudden there was a 45 caliber handgun that could keep up with a 44 Magnum. You can't use the more powerful loadings in old single action Colt's, for example, but in modern revolvers the scene is much different or so I had heard.