US Border Patrol and The Border Battle Is Real

Note: This article only applies to states that border Mexico unless you are traveling to a southern border state for hunting, fishing or visiting any Parks or Monuments.

Don McDowellMarch 14, 2017 – Ajo, Arizona.  We arrived as guests of the U.S. Border Patrol just outside Ajo, Arizona and were greeted by our contact and Border Patrol Agent Paco.  It was already 80 some degrees at 9:30 in the morning and the three of us from Shake, Rattle & Troll were given a tour of their facility and introduced to two other agents which would accompany us on our day long tour.  From the onset, we were advised that there was always the possibility of two things, that we could encounter immigrants, illegal or otherwise and if required as support for an arrest, we would be support for the arresting crew (back up).

The focus of our invitation to ride along with the Border Patrol was to see firsthand the reality of the “life of a Border Agent” and to ascertain the issues they face both with immigrants but more so the relationship between agents and hunters in these southern sectors.  By the end of the day, we developed a great relationship with Agent Paco and the agents that rode along with us.

Border WallDon McDowell, Doug Stricker and Cat Thor represented not just the hunters and outdoorsmen of Arizona, but the general public as well along with the many visitors of Organ Pipe Cactus National Park and Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge, both visited by millions of Americans each year and although we think we know the reality of this area and presume the border is a stronghold, it is not as you would think.  For up close and personal, to touch the fence itself and witness the life of a Border Patrol agent is definitely a reality check if visiting from.  Between the Border Patrol and the National Park Service agents, visitation has increased over the years and generally, they rarely have encounters with immigrants.