We do not charge daily guide fees for rifle hunts. The ranch will assess a daily rate of $250 per day for bow hunters regardless of animals harvested. Gratuities are not included in the price of the hunt. Our guides’ goal is to ensure you have a fun, safe, and successful hunt. As a general rule, the gratuities are 10-15% of the cost of the hunt. Gratuities are a reflection of your satisfaction with our guides and are left to your discretion.
Our Biologists and guides devote a great deal of time into scheduling and scouting for each hunt. The ranch has a select number of animals to harvest each year and a limited number of weeks available to hunt certain species. Cancelled hunts make it very difficult to meet the harvest objectives established by our Biologists. The nonrefundable deposit will be applied to each hunter’s final bill. If your hunt is unsuccessful, the deposit will be refunded in full. This charge is separate from the deposit required when booking your lodging.
This depends on the species hunted, but exotics are usually 2 days and whitetail deer 3 or 4 days. (A typical hunt starts and ends on half days. 2 day hunt = afternoon, full day, morning).
Yes, licenses are required to hunt both native and exotic animals. Licenses can be obtained at most sporting goods stores and several locations in Bandera.
No, we have a youth model ported .243 that can be borrowed if needed. Due to the ported barrel, the gun recoils like a .223.
Most male trophies, i.e. fallow, axis, sika, whitetail, blackbuck, corsicans, can be harvested quite easily with a 25-06 and larger. For red deer, ibex, aoudad, and gemsbok we suggest no less than a 150gr .270. Does can easily be harvested with a well-placed .243 bullet. We would much rather you bring a smaller rifle that you are comfortable with than a magnum you can’t shoot as well.
The ranch also has a 7 mag. sighted in with 160gr. partitions that a hunter can borrow for tough animals that require a bigger bullet, and more penetration to harvest cleanly.
90% of our animals are harvested from box blinds, but occasionally we will use safari style or spot and stalk. We have a much higher success rate, and more clean kills via blind hunting.
We have done both types over the years, and have determined that dawn and dusk hunting is the way to go on this ranch. If we spend the middle of the day hunting safari style or spot and stalk, this generally disrupts the normal movement of the animals, and the evening hunt will not be nearly as good as if we let the animals rest during the day. A typical hunt is 2 to 4 hours in the morning and 2 to 4 in the evening depending on time of year and animal activity.
Yes, the lodge is on site, owned, and managed by the same company and staff as the ranch. All lodging will take place at this facility. Click the highlighted link or call 1.866.796.4750 for more information about accommodations.