Home Camp: Regular Price 98.5% success on bucks (includes bucks both missed and lost) Trophy Option 76.3% successful (long-time average is about 70%)
McManus Camp 100% success (for the past decade or longer)
First-Ever Buck Success:
100% Three first-ever buck hunters at the Home Camp each took a buck.
Season Summary and Highlights:
For the past two years, our West Texas area has been blessed with plenty of rain. Indeed, during 2016, over 30 inches of rain was recorded - well above our normal amount of just under twenty inches.
So the good conditions produced bucks that were better than normal. In fact, that magnificent "Buck of the Year," the main-frame twelve pointer taken by Charlie Eifert, Mason, OH, is the 6th largest buck ever taken at our Home Camp.
But despite this good news, most of the deer which wound up in our skinning shed at the Home Camp were actually skinny. Back bones and hip bones protruded to a noticeable degree. And it follows that weights were down, as well.
Why? We all wondered at the poor condition of the deer. But the mystery was compounded by the fact that we saw many, many fewer antlers broken or damaged by fighting. To be sure, there were some bucks which had broken tines. But most of them were entirely undamaged. Both the # 1 and # 2 Home Camp bucks were simply perfect. The largest McManus Camp buck, however, would have been perhaps six inches larger with intact antlers.
So skinny deer, but great antlers. Such facts are difficult to reconcile.
Another interesting tidbit about 2016 was that good bucks were taken all during the entire season. We have often made this claim in our advertising, but it was proven beyond doubt as the hunts unfolded. When you check-out the collection of the top-end bucks from both camps posted elsewhere on this website, please note the number of the hunt on which a particular buck was taken.
As has been our good fortune over the years, most of our clients each season are repeats. Or they are accompanying the veteran clients. We really welcome newcomers, but there are just not all that many of them. Veteran hunters seem to dominate - many having been here each season for a decade or more. But in 2016, we were privileged to host some long-ago clients we have not seen in a decade or more. Heck, it was over two decades or more for a couple of them.
Another factoid about our hunters is this: half our hunters are here with kinfolk. We see fathers bringing their sons and daughters. We host sons who have invited their fathers. We have husbands and wives. We have brothers. This year we had sisters.
If you are looking for a quality, fair-chase/low fence genuine hunt for a good whitetail, please consider Adobe Lodge. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our references - or simply call us or send an email.