The Flying A Ranch, located in the Edwards Plateau near Bandera, Texas employs 6 to 8 college students working on wildlife related degrees each year. The intern program was started in 2001 and since that time students from over sixteen different Universities have participated in our program. These students are instrumental in helping with various projects throughout the ranch, and also serve as a part of our fall guiding staff from mid August to the first week in January.

This internship program is very important to the ranch owner, Charles Williams. He sees it as a great opportunity for students in the wildlife field to gain knowledge and experience in the day-to-day operations of a ranch and hunting program. The ranch takes pride in providing a place for students to gain this experience while the students are attaining their degrees.

The ranch has also been a site for graduate student research projects which include a migratory bird study, a Rio Grande turkey survival project, and an axis deer/whitetail deer interaction study. The ranch consists of approximately 9,000 acres with 4,000 being dedicated to exotic ungulate management and hunting and the remaining 5,000 dedicated to native flora and fauna management and hunting.

Provided by ranch:

  • House provided with electricity paid
  • Ranch vehicles issued and fuel provided
  • Workers compensation insurance
  • Wages
    Summer: $1300/Month
    Fall: $1400/Month (plus guide tips)

Summer work projects

  • Juniper control with hydraulic shears (skid steer loader)
  • Brush control on fence-lines (chemical application)
  • Windmill work
  • Cattle work (short duration grazing)
  • Helicopter capture of exotics (depending on need)
  • Tractor work
  • General ranch maintenance
  • Prescribed burn (depending on weather)
  • Road repair


  • Spotlight line counts on approximately 12 nights
  • Incidental observation data accumulation
  • Helicopter capture for exotics
  • Scouting and videotaping whitetails and exotics
  • Harvest of does and management bucks on 5600 acres of whitetail property MLDP
  • Guiding Hunters (exotics and whitetail)
  • Skinning, quartering and preparing animal for taxidermy
  • Cattle work
  • Tractor work
  • General ranch maintenance

Contact Wildlife Biologist Keith Lake for questions.

Keith Lake
(830)-688-1274 (Cell)


1919 State Highway 173 South
Bandera, Texas 78003
Phone: 830-796-4750
Toll free: 866-796-4750