Keith Lake

Wildlife Biologist


Raised in Buda, Texas, Keith began hunting with his father at the age of 6. Growing up and through college, Keith hunted for whitetail deer, turkey and quail in West Texas near Ozona. He attained his Wildlife Biology degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos (now Texas State University). While attending college, Keith interned for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area for two summers. During that time, he also guided whitetail deer hunts on two South Texas ranches. Keith has been employed as the Wildlife Biologist on the Flying A Ranch since January 2001. Keith enjoys scouting and judging whitetail deer via trail cameras, and out of blinds. He also enjoys the challenge of looking for shed antlers in the spring and identifying which buck the sheds belong to.

Brent Trussell

Assistant Wildlife Biologist/Cattleman


Born and raised in Pflugerville, Texas, Brent has been hunting since the age of 6. The love of hunting and the outdoors aspired Brent to get his degree in Wildlife Biology from Southwest Texas State University. During his college career, Brent participated in the fall 2002 intern program here at the Flying A Ranch. After graduating, Brent guided whitetail hunts for two seasons at the Brasada Ranch in Brady, Texas. Brent started as a full time Assistant Wildlife Biologist/Cattleman at the Flying A Ranch in May 2006. He enjoys guiding whitetail hunts and overseeing the cattle.

Jesse Artrip

Ranch Operations/Guide


Jesse was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. He started hunting and fishing at a very early age and took his first deer at the age of 8. He graduated from Lee’s McRae College in North Carolina and majored in wildlife biology. After college, he worked in various states preforming telemetry recording, whitetail research and was employed at several hunting lodges before coming to The Flying A Ranch in August of 2019. After being in the ranch’s internship program, he became a full time employee in the spring of 2021. He now enjoys helping to oversee ranch operations, the internship program and guiding.

James Waller

Equipment manager/hunting guide

James was born and raised in Coweta, Oklahoma. He began hunting with his father as soon as he could walk, and killed his first deer at the age of 7. James attended Connors State College for wildlife management and ecology. In January of 2021 he came to the Flying A Ranch as an intern, and started full time in May of 2023. James enjoys guiding, scouting, and most of all getting to know and build new friendships with clients.


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