The following is my trip report from a recent adventure with Fair Chase, Ltd. for javelina and hogs. This is a modified North American Hunting Club format.

1) Outfitter: Fair Chase, Ltd

2) Owner: Rob Kiebler

3) Address: P.O. Box 1679, Azle, TX 76098

4) Phone: 972-523-5621 (cell)

5) E-mail:  [email protected]

6) When: January 18-20, 2012

7) Where: El Indio, TX

8) Guided: Fully

9) Drop: No

10) Transportation to hunting area: By truck driven by guide and/or outfitter.

11) Accommodations: Motel-type rooms that exceed the comfort and quality of actual motels; two beds per room per bathroom.  The strip of rooms has a large porch with Cracker Barrel rockers.  Separate game room, lounge and bar also with a large covered porch and rocking chairs. Separate kitchen and dining building.

Above:  The “motel” type rooms at the Cinco Ranch.

Above:  The interior of a Cinco Ranch room.

Above:  The exterior of the game room and bar.

Above:  The interior of the game room/bar.

Above:  The pond is just outside the “motel” rooms.

12) Trophy hunt only: No

13) Species hunted / harvested: Javelina and feral hog hunted. One javelina harvested with two botched opportunities on feral hogs.

Above:  I love stalking javelina.  Probably because we are of about the same intelligence level.

14) Tools used: Compound bow.

15) Land hunted: Private

16) Cost: Booked at 2012 rate of $375 per person per day for three-day hunt including one animal per day, food, various beverages, lodging, guiding, transportation on ranch and basic meat and trophy care. Check with outfitter for current rates. Additional costs included air fare $296.30, rental car $223.56, license $49, and tip.

17) Challenging terrain adversely affect hunt: No

18) Did weather adversely affect hunt: No

19) Quantity of game: Outstanding

20) Quality of game: Excellent

21) Guide’s Competence: Guide and outfitters’ skills and ability to apply them exceeded my own hunting skills.

22) Guide’s Hunting Ethics: Excellent

23) Condition of Equipment: Good

24) Food: Outstanding!

25) Trophy care: Excellent

26) Meat care: Good

27) Number of outfitted / guided hunts for myself: 9

28) Recommended: Highly!

29) General comments: Rob is part outfitter, part guide, part host, part concierge.  His customer service is second to none that I have ever experienced.  Smilie the ranch manager who also acts as guide is also the consummate host.  Juanita and Pattie prepare fabulous Tex-Mex meals that absolutely ensure a hunter will not starve away from home.  The approximate 15,000 acre low/no/cattle fence O’Brien Cinco Ranch is a fantastic place.  My only regret hunting with Fair Chase and on the Cinco Ranch is that I can’t do it every year or multiple times each year.  

Temperatures ranged from forty to low eighty degrees.  Being cold-blooded I often wore long underwear in the mornings and shucked them after breakfast.  Cell service for many visitors is extremely limited on the ranch which is on the Rio Grande River in southwest Texas.  Shot distances from blinds, ladder stands and tri-pod set-ups ranged from 16-21 yards.  There is a separate gun area.

happy hunting, dv

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