Nine Bar Ranch Blog
Due to COVID-19 causing mandated stay-at-home orders and a limited ability to do activities that you once enjoyed, it has seemed in many ways as though life had stopped. Fortunately, we have still been able to continue to engage with others from a distance, and make short trips to outdoor spots as long as we follow social distancing rules. There are many activities that can be enjoyed alone, such as running, cycling, hiking, walking, kayaking, and even swimming in open water areas. You can do these activities solo or with a family member with whom you have been socially isolating. Of all of the activities that are frowned upon during a pandemic, what do authorities say about hunting? Texas Park & Wildlife declares that it’s actually a fantastic activity for the current times.
In January 2020, the word, “coronavirus” started buzzing around, but few people knew the weight that the novel word would hold. By the final days of February, people began to understand that COVID-19 had imminent implications and was on the brink of reaching people on a large scale. Within a few weeks, this novel virus-turned pandemic forced not only the United States to put life on hold, but almost every other country on the globe. Thankfully, some activities haven’t ceased, and one of those happens to be hunting.
Even before the coronavirus surfaced, hunting was a solo or small group activity. Just because COVID-19 is a part of our lives and social distancing is the new normal, it doesn’t mean that hunting by yourself or with a friend has to stop. Just be sure to take the appropriate precautions such as wearing a mask if you and your buddy are riding together in the car to the location. Hunting is also an ideal pastime during the pandemic as it can take place in the outdoors and allows space to spread out as needed.
Once you find your picture-perfect hunting spot, settle in and prepare for several hours being at one with nature. If you enjoy being in the outdoors and hunting is a beloved pastime, you’re also taking steps to care for your mental health, an especially crucial aspect of wellness during this time. Despite restrictions by various levels of governments, all agree that people should actively seek out ways to relieve stress and anxiety.
The Texas Park & Wildlife officials have deemed it absolutely acceptable and legal for citizens in Texas to get out and get their hunt on. In fact, it will encourage the continuous cycle of population control that occurs within nature. Nine Bar Ranch is still open for business, and we are excited that we can still host avid hunters. We are taking the appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of our customers, but don’t worry, we’ve got it all under control. Your only responsibility is finding the trophy you’ve been dreaming of. We look forward to seeing you!
It’s likely that all of this quarantine business is making you itch even more to “get your hunt on.” At Nine Bar Ranch, we are completely in tune with how you’re feeling, and before too long, we will have you back on your game. One of our favorite parts about Nine Bar Ranch is the opportunity to go on exotic hunts without traveling to another country. You don’t even have to leave the state! The best exotic hunting in North Texas is in your backyard, at Nine Bar of course. It’s possible that you’re wondering what the difference is between a typical whitetail deer hunt and more “exotic” hunts.
As the crow flies northwest of Decatur, Texas, to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, a diamond in the rough will appear from the dusty plains of Texas. Since the ranch has been a part of the Waggoner-Sauder family for over a century, it has also become a staple in the DFW community as well. Even more remarkable is the 12,000 acres of breathtaking landscape that spans our property, on which all of the opportunities for exotic hunts take place. Whether your trek to the ranch is long or short, it’s crucial that you have at least a small amount of background information on the varieties of species that you’ll find here.
If you’re seeking out a challenging adventure, check out the Aoudad, a type of sheep native to the Ivory coast of Africa, with a fierce sense of smell, an excellent hearing ability, and a tawny coat that doubles as camouflage. We recommend hunting these unique animals anytime between October and February as they are more easily tracked when they’re socializing with ewes.
Next up is the fourth-largest deer species – dubbed the Red Stag. The beauty of a stag hunting experience is that you can use any method you prefer, from spot and stalk to safari-style. We offer hunting opportunities for these big boys year round, but their antlers are hardest between September and February.
The Fallow deer, an elusive species that comes in three varieties, provides another variety of exotic hunt. Here at Nine Bar, we have chocolate, spotted, and white Fallow deer that meander the acreage. Similar to the Red Stag, we recommend hunting this deer species between September and February to ensure that you grab an antlered trophy.
One final species at the top of our exotic list is the Sika Deer, a unique species that offers a thrilling hunt. It’s not uncommon for this species to crossbreed, but at Nine Bar, we work to ensure the purest deer possible. Like other species, we encourage hunting from September to February.
As you’ve read, these four species are quite distinctive in the Texan terrain. Here at Nine Bar, our ultimate goal is to offer an excellent hunting experience that provides the highest quality trophies. Each day, we strive to put our customers first in all aspects of our service. We can’t wait to meet you and take you on your next adventure!