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Shaun Meadows, Veteran USAF

January 12th, 2011

Thunderhill Ranch staff and family members celebrated a very special event the weekend of January 7-9, 2011. Together with www.veteranoutdoors.com we hosted Veteran Shaun Meadows, USAF and his family to a very special buy windows 7 key trophy deer hunt. The combat controller lost both legs during a combat reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan when his convoy hit an improvised explosive device in July 2008.

Staff Sgt. Meadows made Air Force history on June 15, 2011 when he became the first active duty double amputee to successfully participate in a personnel drop.  Along with 39 of his coworkers, Meadows conducted a practice parachute jump from a C-17 Globemaster III in preparation for a change of command ceremony.  ”Everything went well today” Sergeant Meadows said.  ”It felt good to get up there and jump again after 2 years”.

Veteran Outdoors is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor our country’s wounded veterans’ patriotism and their sacrifice by providing quality hunting, fishing and outdoor activities.  VO’s goal is to raise public 300-206 awareness about the therapeutic effects that being in the outdoors actually has on the mental and physical disabilities of our country’s wounded men and women.  We will also provide a platform for veterans to tell their 300-070 own stories in their own words.

Shaun arrived with his wife Nicole, son Trevor (5), Hosts Cody  and Jordana Hirt with daughter Hannah and Hosts Brad and Stacey Strittmatter and sons Joseph and Sam. Photographing the event was Joseph Esparza. After introductions Shaun was presented with camo gear and a new rifle. Shaun was completely surprised about the entire weekend.  Only his wife Nicole knew about it.

After sighting in the new rifle, Shaun with Ranch Manager Chad Barington went to sit in a blind.  They saw many doe but nary a buck.  The evening included a big dinner and campfire for all.

On Saturday morning the hunting crew saw many does again and got some good photographs.

Owner Jimmy Davenport toured Shaun and Nicole through the deer breeding facilities and deer pens during the Noon hour.  The Meadows were fascinated  with the operation and deer windows 7 Product key barn working facility.

Just before dark on Saturday evening Shaun had his opportunity.  A big buck referred to as “Mulie” by the ranch staff  strolled into view and Shaun downed him with one shot. Hooray Shaun!!!

Nicole Meadows, Shaun Meadows, Trevor Meadows, Joseph Strittmatter, Cody Hirt, Brad Strittmatter

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Shaun’s proudest moment was having his wife and son pose with him after downing this beautiful 168 B&C buck.

Chad Barington measuring deer antlers

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Brad Strittmatter, Shaun Meadows, Cody Hirt

Look At This One!

December 15th, 2010

Ashlee and Karl Kinsel visited Thunderhill Ranch December 6 and 7, 2010.  Since the Kinsel family has a number of hunters,  Ashlee never has an opportunity to hunt herself.    Husband Karl. Executive Director of the Texas Deer Association gave his beautiful buy Windows 10 Professional Key wife the chance to get the deer of a lifetime.  Look at what she killed!!!  We  are all so proud cheap Windows 10 Professional Key of her.
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More Trail Camera Photos

December 9th, 2010

More bucks have been appearing in view of the trail cameras.

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Another same day photo

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Ammo and Attitude Winner With Her Trophy

November 26th, 2010

Thunderhill Ranch donated a trophy hunt to the winner of the “Ammo and Attitude”  Becky Lou Lacock.  She nailed a beautiful 4-year-old buck that scored 170 3/8 B & C.  Becky Lou is very proud of her 15 point buck and will have him 300-208 CISSPmounted.

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Becky Lou and hostess Mary H. Davenport

New Trail Camera Shots

November 19th, 2010

The photos on the trail cameras were taken between November 17-November 19, 2010.

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Trophy Bucks Taken at Thunderhill

November 16th, 2010

Jimmy Shelton from Abilene, TX had a good hunt on his second day at Thunderhill Ranch. On Tuesday morning, November 16th, he bagged 2 trophy bucks.  One buck scored 177 B&C points and the other scored 165.  A happy day for this hunter with 2 trophies for his wall!

Shelton with one of his 2 trophy bucks

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Shelton with his 2 bucks

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Bucks Caught with Trail Cameras

November 2nd, 2010

Photographing the Thunderhill bucks has been difficult this year because of the abundance of acorns available.  As a result of the good acorn crop they are only just now beginning to come into the feeders.  Each of the attached photos was taken between October 26 -October 28, 2010.

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Feeding buck caught on a trail camera

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Buck caught on trail camera with the bass pond in the background

Bucks sparring at the feeder

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Beautiful October Day!

October 2nd, 2010

What a gorgeous October day it is to begin hunting.  We have management hunters from Louisiana here for the weekend.  Residents of Llano, TX are happy as the hunters and bikers are frequenting the stores and restaurants.

At Thunderhill Ranch, the bucks are losing their velvet and necks are growing in anticipation of the coming rut. Attached are photos of the antlers of a 3 year-old buck sold to Escondido Ranch in Junction, TX.

Tony Lyon holding antlers of the 190 point buck purchased by Escondido Ranch.

This is the same buck on July 1, 2010. It is interesting to see how his antlers developed.

New Photos To Be Posted

September 5th, 2010

Fulton Davenport of PWLstudio.com has been at the ranch this weekend photographing the deer.  He has especially been working on photos of the 2 year old bucks that really look great this year.

It is not an easy task as they have a several acre pen in which to run and are really wild.  He sat for hours in a blind used specifically for photography hoping the deer would cooperate and the light would be good. He has two more chances before the end of the weekend.

Management hunts at Thunderhill Ranch are full for the season.  We still have Trophy Hunts available for 2010-2011.  Call the office or Chad Barington to make your reservations.

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A Day At Thunderhill Ranch

August 14th, 2010

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Mary Margaret Clearing Feeder

Mary Margaret Davenport (8) helped her Abuelo do deer rounds in August.  She learned how to clear out the deer feeders, saw the stocker bucks that have been sold but not delivered, oohed and ahed over the growing fawns and admired the big bucks.  She was ready for a big breakfast after making rounds.

Mary Margaret looking at the bucks

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