TERRE HAUTE —
A beginner takes a large doe deer on the first time out and gets bit by the hunting bug.
Josh Bueher comes from a rich hunting heritage and hanging out with his uncle Steve Reedy and cousin Chris Reedy, it was bound to happen.
A 23-year-old Josh said he was a late bloomer, from starting his lifelong dream of hunting last year. He poured some powder and lead down a gun barrel and pointed it at a big doe on his first hunt and lit it off. She didn’t know what hit her.
With a deer under his belt, he picked up a bow and arrows to go all the way up to Remny, Quebec, Canada, to chase a black bear. Well, Josh came to find out he had the dreaded disease, Buck Fever. He believes both of the bears are still alive.
On Feb. 20, off he went on another adventure to the deep south Texas, as a matter of fact, close to Laredo that’s on the Mexican border. Yes, he took his stick and string again.
While Josh was working on “Old Brown,” a name given to a 1983 Ford truck that has been handed down through three Reedy generations, the phone rang with uncle Steve on the other end saying let’s go chase some wild boar and javalina’s in South Texas. It took Josh two seconds t say, let’s go!
They stood out in the freezing cold and snow to practice with their bows bopping for that thirty yard shot. A Hoyt compound set on a 70-pound pull with spitfire Broadheads and a release is his choice of weapon. He sights with standard sights with a peep in the string.
So a couple of rednecks got out an old 2002 atlas and started mapping their route to adventure in lands unknown. The highlighted trail on the map looked like a snake had crawled on the page. They said they never got lost but was mighty confused for a couple of days, after all, Josh had to drive the entire 1,378 miles or he said they would have ended up in California. They purchased a new road atlas before heir return and it saved them 200 miles.
Carl Dickson owns the 10,000-acre Lincoln Ranch with total open range hunting. Josh loved the 80-degree weather vs. the snow and cold he came from.
A cowboy-type bunk house roared with two rednecks snoring that first night. A second building held the cooking facilities.
Day 1 — Set in a blind hog hunting until midnight. Yes, you can legally hunt there after dark. With no light on their bow’s they had to silhouette them and shoot instinctively. None came in.
Day 2 — Walking and stalking for Javalina. Walked a lot of miles with not putting an eyeball on one.
Day 3 — Woke up early and rode four wheelers to their favorite spot. They spotted three Javalina’s at 300 yards out. So, at 200 yards they started their walking and stalking getting within 30 yards. Without a good shot they slipped back into heavy cover. After playing cat and mouse with different groups of Javalina, Josh got within 20 yards, his comfort zone. He put a mental picture in his mind’s eye on the way it should happen before making his draw.
Josh took a shot of a lifetime that will be told around many campfires, with it being his first animal harvested with a bow. After taking the hit the Javalina went into thick cactus only to be recovered from the proud hunter. High fives with pats on the back then a cold beer was the celebration.
While taking pictures a swarm of killer bees joined in with both hunters looking like Muhammad Ali in a prize fight, swatting bees. That is why Josh has a swollen eye in the picture.
They skinned the varmint to have the hide tanned for bragging rights.
So they said Ava La Viesta to Texas and pointed their noses to the north and followed all those bread crumbs they threw out on the way down to find their way home.
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