The Land Report

Texas 2018

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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94 The LandReport | T E X A S 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM Still can't find what you want? How about a .32 caliber side-by-side? That's not a typo. Rizzini is currently finishing the prototype of the Gordy & Sons Texas Quail Special. Production will be limited to 10 over-unders and 10 side-by-sides. You probably ought not to plan on bumming shells. Like the .410, the Gordy & Sons Texas Quail Special will be specified by caliber, not gauge. "For guys who think a 28 gauge is too heavy but can't hit anything with a .410, the Quail Special should be perfect. More importantly, it's just cool," Russell says. About a third of the second-floor showroom is devoted to fly fishing. Garrett stocks the finest rods from Hardy, Winston, Scott, Temple Fork Outfitters, and reels from Hatch, Abel, Ross, and Galvan, as well as waders, fly lines, flies, and other equipment, and apparel from the top names in the industry. Out back, you can test drive a fly rod in an 80-foot casting pond stocked with peacock bass and other species. Garrett jokes that they "started with an unlimited budget, then doubled it." Although his typical client fishes the Gulf Coast and stalks inland waters for trophy largemouth bass, many travel widely. "A lot of the locals here in Houston have homes in the Rockies, so they spend several weeks every year trout fishing in Colorado or Jackson Hole or Montana and even abroad. So, in that regard, we also cater to the traveling angler as well," Garrett says. Captain Harris Dudley, one of the Gulf Coast's most respected saltwater guides, ties custom flies for the shop and shares advice with customers. Like the late Robert Ruark stopping in at Abercrombie & Fitch's flagship store to gear up for one of his legendary safaris, today's hunter can swing by Gordy & Sons and leave kitted out with all the essentials: boots, jackets, hats, and ties, as well as waterfowl gear, hunting knives, and luggage of all shapes and sizes. Russell puts in a couple of hours at the store just about every day he's in Houston. (Don't be surprised to see Glenda too.) He approaches retail sales with the same zest he brought to the oil patch as a young wildcatter: He does whatever needs to be done. Recently, his friend Jeff Hildebrand, a fellow Houston oilman, stopped in at Gordy & Sons and saw Russell in an animated conversation with a customer. "What the hell are you doing behind the counter?" Jeff asked. Said Russell, "Doing what I love to do: trying to sell a gun." H As a world-class outfitter, Gordy & Sons devotes a large portion of its second-floor showroom to soft goods and accessories for men and women, including boots by Le Chameau, hunting apparel, and Sitka gear.

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