Both road and stream wound up through a valley dense with scrub oak
Well into the night a full moon edges over a distant line of cedars, huge and melon golden, and it gives me confidence and we plunge ahead through the tangled scrub oak
and boot-sucking sand, my compound bow with nocked arrow in one hand and a borrowed 10mm automatic pistol in the other, bent on making this boar pay for my suffering.
The buck disappeared for several minutes into scrub oak
trees and brush, but I could occasionally catch glimpses of its antlers as it made its way toward a small clearing.
When the buck cleared the scrub oak
20 yards to my right, stopped and turned to look behind him, drew, settled my sight pin low and behind his front shoulder, then released.
It also has a big feel, with a lot of mesquite flats, some classic Hill Country ridges and a lot of scrub oak
I saw the scrub oak
moving as the bull maneuvered his way through the tangle.
Where there was a trail, scrub oak
, dense brush, and blowdown slowed our progress so it was midafternoon by the time we found an opening in the timber wide enough to glass from.
There are actually a wide variety of scrub oak
species, yet the animals seem to favor all their acorns.
The sign improved with each of our careful steps, but then it came to an abrupt end between a saw palmetto head and a tangle of vines and scrub oak
. Puzzled, we crouched on the trail and closely examined every leaf and twig for even the tiniest clue.
Here is a scene: "For more than an hour, the three of us climbed the steep, trail-less canyon wall, pushing through scratchy thickets of scrub oak
and across exposed sandstone slabs.
Some 20,000 acres of scrub oak
and brush ravaged by the fire over a five-hour period on Saturday night represented "unprecedented growth in that short amount of time," he added.