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Outfitter Review - El Indio Outfitters

Submit Date: Jul 11, 1999

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: El Indio Outfitters

Outfitter / Contact: Dusty Davis

Location: Texas, USA

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Whitetail Deer

Game Quality: Excellent

Game Quantity: Excellent

Accomodations: Very Good

Camp Condition: Very Good

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: Couldn't be better

Other Personal Experience: Excellent

Review Information

Hunter: Joe Hill



Would Recommend: Beyond a doubt

Overall Impression: I am going back again in 1999

Well, sitting around the dining room table in early November 1996 talking to my wife Connie about my most recent hunting trip to Texas. Connie could tell that even though I did get a 8 point buck (scoring about 120 B&C)and have done so for the last three yrs, that I was not really pleased in what I got. Connie asked the question isn’t there some place in Texas that you could get a large deer? Her next suggestion was since you do Benchmarking for your company (The process that enables you to find the Best Practice), why don’t you Benchmark where to get a bigger deer? Well, putting my Benchmarking skills to work I began the process of Benchmarking Whitetail Deer Outfitters. The criteria being an Outfitter that could get me a chance of getting a Whitetail Deer that would break the 150 B&C mark. That lead me to creating a data base that when completed for this hunt had 60 outfitters(currently has 95 Outfitters). Of the 60 Outfitters, 51 were in Texas, the balance being in Canada, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. Not wanting to freeze on this hunt, Texas was chosen and the phone calls began. The Benchmarking process did not let me down. I found many Outfitters that fit that criteria, but when it was all over I picked El Indio Outfitters ran by Dusty Davis. I pick Dusty for some of the following reasons: He not only answers all my questions, but suggested other questions to ask, which I would have never though of. He returned All my phone calls, which I consider to be very important many outfitters never returned any of my 2nd calls. When it got down to the top six outfitters Not one had a bad word about Dusty. It turned out that 11 knew Dusty and again not one had a bad word about him. The process was complete and it was time to go hunting. Hunting in Texas, before I thought I knew what to expect, but was I mistaken. The hunt started December 26, 1997, which was over 13 months after my wife gave me the idea and all of my research was over. It took some time as you can see , but as you are also going to see it did pay off . The planning that goes into a trip like does make a difference. I was assigned a excellent guide by the name of Dennis Baird That was something that never happens on other Texas hunts, and Dennis did indeed make a difference. Being a person who sits behind a desk most of the year and not having the years of knowledge that Dennis has, made a difference in that there were many times that I thought the deer in front of me was a shooter and would have shot it if by myself (since they where Much bigger that any deer I saw in other Texas Hunts) and Dennis would only shake his head or say no. I was able to learn more from Dennis, in those three days about judging deer that I did in all the reading I had done prior to making this hunt. Well, this went on for 2 days and believe me I saw more Big deer in these 1st two days than I saw in the past three years of hunting in other parts of Texas. I was seeing appx. 4-6 10 pointers a day, that were in the 130 B&C Category. I can remember seeing a beautiful 10 Pointer that, where I had been hunting would have been shot with no hesitation, but the words out of Denny mouth was it is to young, “Let it grow up”. I was also seeing some very nice 8 pointers that in a few years will be some excellent trophys also. I was seeing 1st hand why South Texas is known for it excellent Whitetail Deer Hunts. This was very hard for a person ,like myself , who when hunting in other parts of Texas , you shoot theses type of deer, because that is all you see. I was seeing first hand the concept of Deer Management. The afternoon of the 3 th day, my guide left me in the blind to get us some lunch and about 1 :00 p.m. I saw what I thought was a shooter it was Appx. 1,000 yards down a sandero, it was eating corn and coming my way all so slowly. I watch the deer till Denny came back and he put his spotting scope on the deer. I felt great when he turned to me and said it was a shooter. Had the pupil really learned from the teacher. We decided that if it came to certain point in the sandero , I would shoot. Well just before it got to that point it went into the brush. I was heart broken but after all this is hunting. Well about 6:00 p.m. Denny nudged me and said “Big Boy is Back”, look very slowly to your left. The “Big Boy” as we had named it had come back. This time it was Appx. 150 yards from our blind. Well with one shoot from my 30-06, my Ist South Texas Whitetail Deer hunt(the 1st of many) was over. It was extremely rewarding. A Beautiful 10 point that came in at 149 & 6/8 B&C points, weighting 177 Lbs. Well it didn’t break the 150 B&C mark( but I am not upset), I did get my largest deer to date. I have been hunting Whitetail deer for 10+ years and all it took was me coming to South Texas. I would like to thank all the staff at El Indio Outfitters. They were all excellent in everything they did, which that to remember can make or break a hunt. Their phone # is 210-260-5228. Tell Dusty, Joe said to call. I would also say to those hunters who have hunted in other parts of Texas, that if you are ever get the chance to hunt South Texas, “TRY IT YOU WILL LIKE IT”, and want to go again. I am.

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