Keith King has made arrangements with the owners of the House Ranch, south of San Antonio near Three Rivers, for a group hunt on SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH. The hunt will cost $25.00 per person which is cheap compared to some western Texas sites. The ranch is known for red petrified wood and palm wood of very good quality.
This ranch has been closed to collecting for some time. Many of us in the club have never even been there. It is much closer to home than Eagle Pass.
Details of the hunt meeting site, times, and whatever else will be reported to you as soon as they are available. Joe Noonan
NOTE: As always, take pictures and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and win a prize for the best entry!
The Final Instructions for SATURDAY’S HOUSE RANCH Trip:
Please read these instructions carefully so that you get to the meeting site.
Three Rivers is located at or near the junction of U.S. HWY 281 and TX HWY 72, about 91 miles south of San Antonio ( 1 1/2-2 hrs).
At HWY 72, head west toward Choke Canyon Reservoir. LOOK FOR JEFF STREET ON THE LEFT. IT IS ADJACENT TO THE CHOKE CANYON LODGE.
Turn left onto Jeff Street and park along the roadside. Please do not take up spaces at the lodge parking area. Fees will be collected there, and then we will caravan to the ranch. WEATHER PERMITTING.
At the ranch, park on the hilltop, a couple of hundred yards from the plowed fields. DO NOT PARK DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL. IT IS A ONE-WAY ROAD AND EXITING AT DIFFERENT TIMES WILL BECOME REALLY DIFFCULT WHEN YOU TRY TO FIND THE OWNER OF THE CAR THAT HAS YOU BLOCKED IN. We will not help you. We will be hunting.
Arrive at the Jeff Street meeting area by 8:30 am. The caravan will leave at 9:00 sharp.
The hunt will cost $25.00 per person plus a $1.00 club fee ($26.00 total).
Stay in the designated hunt area. You will recognize it by the 18-inch deep furrows over the entire area. Root plowing was done fairly recently and rocks are visible. If it has rained there recently (a week or so), all the better.
This is an active ranch and livestock may be loose. Leave them alone. Domesticated cattle are still wild, they have only learned to tolerate our presence. DO NOT GO NEAR A CALF, MOTHER IS WATCHING.
WE MUST VACATE THE RANCH BY 3:00 PM SHARP.
Bring your own water, snacks, and collecting gear. Wear sturdy shoes as ankles will be at risk in the furrows. We may have help getting your buckets back up the hill. If you dig for a rock, FILL IN THE HOLE, or we may never be allowed back.
Should there be significant rain before Saturday, the hunt is likely to be cancelled. The field is too dangerous if wet.
If you have any questions, please contact Keith King or Sam Rodgers.
EXTRA: You may also find the meeting area if you drive south on TX HWY 16, and then turn east on TX HWY 72. The lodge will be on your right. I do not think that this route is faster. Good Hunting!