Hunters are always looking for that special hunt on an animal not native to our land. An exotic hunt that will provide a lifetime of memories and a beautiful addition to any trophy room. Hunters can do one of two things. First, they can travel to a far-off land and spend lots of money on a hunt where they may or might not have success. Or secondly, they can stay right here in the good old United States and have a thrilling hunt that will provide a lifetime of memories. And, the good news it is a lot cheaper than traveling halfway across the country and the odds for success are a lot better.
After deciding I wanted to do some exotic hunting, I began doing some research into what I wanted to hunt, the amount it would cost, and where I would get the best bang for my buck.
Spending countless hours on the internet and phone talking to references I narrowed down my choice to Razzor Ranch near Arcadia, Florida. Razzor Ranch has a large variety of animals to choose from, and everyone I talked with went on and on about the great staff, lodging and amazing food.
Booking the hunt after talking with the owner, Larry William, I was satisfied I made the right choice.
Arriving at the ranch, we sighted in our bows and guns and made a game plan for that night. We would attempt some spot and stalk style of hunting our first night out. The animals lived up to our expectations. We saw a lot of animals in just about every size category imaginable. But, getting a shot was a different story. These our wild animals and if you are under the impression hunting at Razzor Ranch would be a slam dunk, think again. You are going to hunt for your trophy.
After some failed stalks, we called it a night and hashed out a game plan for the following morning while enjoying a delicious dinner. Because I chose to use my bow, I was going to sit in a two-man ladder stand over a well-used trail and my partner would continue his stalking.
Not long after first light, the Axis began making their way down the trail that led within 15-yards of my stand. Finding a nice axis cull buck I wanted, I settled my 15-yard pin behind his shoulder and let an arrow fly.
Almost instantly, crimson blood began flowing and my Axis buck was on the ground. A dream come true. My partner did not succeed that morning, but later in the evening he was also able to connect on a nice Axis cull buck as well.
Returning home to Illinois, I couldn’t wait to try the meat. All I heard from people when I was doing research for this hunt was how good Axis meat was compared to other venison. I have to admit it is some of the best tasting meat I have ever had.
I am already planning my next hunt to Razzor Ranch for some more exotic hunting. My thoughts this time are to combine a Fallow deer hunt with either a wild hog or alligator. Heck, maybe all three.