Don’t be surprised if you run across a picture of League City Police Officer Aaron McGaughey featured on a national hunting magazine. When he’s not out and about promoting safety on the road, he’s guiding people from all over the world on hunting trips. Read more about him in this week’s I am League City.
What do you do?
I’m certified through the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, which includes 18-wheelers, concrete trucks, just big trucks overall.
We go out in the morning and usually go to different areas of town where there’s a lot of commercial vehicle traffic and pick and inspection sites, look for violations and make sure they are in good operating condition.
How long have you been with the city?
I have been here 19 years, started out as a patrol officer and was then transferred to the criminal investigation division for 5 years then to the commercial vehicle division.
I’ve been a police officer for a total of 23 years.
Best or favorite part about your job?
I really enjoy and am passionate about helping good people.
Hobbies outside of work?
I have a lot of hobbies. Believe it or not, my favorite hobby outside of work is managing a ranch out in southwest Texas known as Clayton Ranch. It’s a 2,000-acre, high-fence, trophy hunting ranch where I manage the deer hunts and the corporate hunting there. People hunt white-tailed deer and exotics, such as axis deer and blackbuck antelope.
How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been a hunting guide for 18 years now. It’s my passion. I feel like it’s the environment that I strive in. I’ve been featured about three times in the Texas Trophy Hunters Association magazine.
Where do you hunt?
I’ve hunted in places like the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka, Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. I’ve traveled all over North America.
What are the animals that you have hunted?
Probably my favorite animal to hunt is the white-tailed deer, they’re the most challenging.
I’ve hunted most species of Texas exotic game, North American bison, all species of elk, Russian boar, and black bear. I have 18 white-tailed heads, two bears, three elk, all species of sheep, two axis bucks, one black buck antelope and dozens more. Some people call my house “McGaughey’s Museum.” (laughs)
Do you take people hunting?
I go to Canada to guide people from all over the world and all levels of hunting experience. We go on horseback and I guide them through the mountains in groups of two or three for about four days at a time. I usually do it for about three months out of the year.
Where is your next adventure?
Next year, I’m planning to go to Africa. I’m looking to hunt kudu, nyala, eland, waterbuck, black lechwe, and bushbuck.
Any other places still on your bucket list?
Mongolia and the Himalayan mountains.
What can someone expect by going on a hunting trip?
I would say to do your research because environmental conditions can be very challenging. What you thought was your dream trip can be a nightmare if you don’t research.
You can expect freezing temperatures, dangerous hikes, altitude sickness, harsh living conditions in general.
Your most prized possession?
My kids, the time spending with my kids and hunting together is my true trophy. We hunt as a family; my wife, my three children and I.
Fun fact about yourself:
I’m a prankster, I like to pull pranks on people.