The Big Country

In the late 1990’s, Millersview, in Concho County,Texas consisted of a one pump, gas station/feed store, a Post Office and a WW II memorial. Millersview is in the part of West Texas known as “The Big Country”. It is on Farm to Market Road 765, 60 miles west of Goldthwaite and 40 miles east of San Angelo and the closest town is Eden.

Back then I was on a 2,000 acre, Quail/Deer lease with plenty of mesquite and prickly pear cactus, about 3 miles outside of Millersview, absolutely no turkeys and a minimum of 10 points on the bucks. We had a nice camp house (running water) and the place was loaded with game, big Deer and “mucho” Quail and definitely, shoot any Coyote we saw.

Predator control was the foremost item for our rancher. Coyotes would eat and wantonly kill his goats, sometime killing twenty or thirty in one wild frenzy.

My first year on the lease, September 1, found me and my 8 year old, Grandson, Bradley, in the shadow of a mesquite, beside a stock tank being “covered up” by Mourning Doves. Bradley loved it because we had to wade out and retrieve most of the birds.

Sitting under the same mesquite cleaning the birds, I counted 8 Deer that tried to come into the water.

For the next 4 years it only got better!

More to come on my lease at Millersview………