With all the "Jackets" she has won, this lady won't be getting cold..!
One of the "Badges of Honor" that is widely recognized in south Texas by deer hunters is the coveted "Jacket" awarded at the close of each deer season by the Los Cazadores ("The Hunters" in Spanish) contest at Cotulla. A registered hunter is eligible if they take a 160 class buck during the current season, and Sue Mundy, of Sugarland, Texas, falls in that ultra-rare atmosphere with a Jacket Buck in both the 1997 and 1998 seasons..!
Sue hunts in Webb County and has taken about 15 bucks in her 10 years of hunting in south Texas; however these last 2 were her best. The 1997 buck was taken in a pasture filled with livestock and Sue had to sweat out a bull that seemed to her to be shielding this great buck from harm...the way finally came clear and she downed this fine 164 gross buck at 150 yards with a 160 gr. Nosler from her 7mm Mag. The 1998 buck, a 160 gross deer, fell to the same medicine at 125 yards. Sue says that part of her secret to success is to be very unpredictable in hunting so that the smart old bucks never get a chance to "pattern" her. Sounds as if she has the winning combination, a place to hunt that lets deer mature to 6 1/2 years, as both of these bucks were, and a plan of attack that works.
As another year passed on Sue to the 1999 season, she missed the elusive 160 mark but only by a little..! The buck shown below was an oldie at 8 1/2 years and his 11 points scored an impressive 157 gross. Though he may have scored better a year or two earlier he is a fine looking animal with a beautiful cape with cinnamon on the forehead.
Sue is back at it again...! She and her husband's ranch produced the buck shown below and continues Sue's clothes rack of "Jackets" from the Los Cazadores Contest at Cotulla, TX. This buck was known as "Quince" (Spanish for fifteen) because he was seen often over the years and was generally thought to be a 15 pointer, however when Sue took him in 2002 it turned out that he was actually a 21 pointer that final year. The deer had many broken points at the time of harvest and still scored 162 5/8. They had numerous pictures taken while he was alive and were able to restore his rack to its pre-rut glory as shown in the picture. The restored antlers subsequently scored 186 5/8 and has set a new record for their ranch. As an interesting sidelight, there had been so much rain at the ranch that movement on the ranch was severely limited. After an anxious wait of a number of days for things to dry up, the ranch roads were still impassable to a 4WD vehicle. Sue and John were only able to reach the pasture where Quince was known to roam by fitting their ranch truck with the "Mattracks" track drive. You know their hunting is serious business when hunters go that far to ensure success.
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