Corporate Dove Hunt

Corporate Dove Hunt

Corporate Dove hunts are a great way to entertain your clients at a low price.  Dove hunting can be a very social hunt.  You can sit right next to your client and chat about business as the doves fly in.   What should you look for in a Corporate Dove Hunt?  What should you ask the outfitter? Here are a few things you can expect and should be asking an outfitter. – Before you call an outfitter have a budget in mind.  Dove Hunts can range from a day hunt trip for $100 per hunter to $1,800 per hunter for a weekend package. – Have an idea how many hunters/clients you want to take on a dove hunt.   What to ask the outfitter before booking your Corporate Dove Hunt: Do you have a lot of corporate clients? If a outfitter does not have a large corporate client base they may not be a right chose for your corporate dove hunt. Just because they offer good quality hunts, this does not mean they are a good fit for corporate dove group. Can I hunt or come along in the field as a non-hunter with my client? You will want to be able to hunt along side your client. Since a good deal of the day is spent hunting, you might want to spend some time with them in the field.  You can also be a big help to your client by spotting incoming doves.   They will never forget the hunt and the fact that you were there with them. This builds a strong bond with you and your...
Corporate Hunting Trips

Corporate Hunting Trips

Corporate hunting trips are a great way to entertain and grow a stronger relationship with your clients.  Picosa Paloma Ranch is owned by Charlie Ammann.  Charlie has worked as a booking agent for one of the largest booking agencies in Texas and now is a full time Outfitter in South Texas.  Here are a few helpful things to know about booking a corporate hunt. What should you look for in a corporate hunting trip?   What should you ask the outfitter?   Here are a few things you can expect and should be asking an outfitter before booking your hunt. How to start: – Before you call an outfitter have a budget in mind. – Have an idea how many hunters/clients you want to entertain. If you know your budget and number of clients you want to bring before you speak with a outfitter this will save you a lot of time and sticker shock when you get a proposal.  For example:  If you want to entertain 10 clients with a budget of $10,000 total.  Don’t expect to be booking a trophy deer hunting package.  You will more than likely be looking at a Corporate Dove Hunt.  If your budget is $100,000, then you can do multiple trips and all kinds of hunts, Dove/Upland, Deer, Exotics, Hogs, Turkey, Predators, Fishing etc…. -If your not looking to spend the money on flights for your clients.  Then look for outfitters within your own state. What to ask the outfitter before booking your corporate hunting trip: Do you have a lot of corporate clients?  If a outfitter does not have a large...
South Texas Whitetail Hunts

South Texas Whitetail Hunts

2014 was a banner year for our South Texas Whitetail Hunts.  We harvested the biggest buck we have ever taken scoring 240 3/8.  We harvest some giant whitetail bucks every year but we also take some very nice “Management buck”.  I hate to use “management bucks” because some of our so called management bucks are trophy bucks on other ranches and are trophy bucks to most hunters.  Instead of saying management bucks I prefer Classic bucks.  Our classic bucks can range from 130-150 class.  A classic buck on our ranch does not have to be a 8 point or less.  Some of our Classic bucks are 8,9,10,11 and 12 pointers.  Our classic bucks are south Texas whitetails that are not up to the standard of our ranch and can be harvested at 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 years old.  Our South Texas Whitetail Trophy bucks are harvested at 5 1/2 and 6 1/2.  Clients on a classic hunt receive the same hospitality and hunting experience as our trophy hunters.  There is also a larger number of classic bucks on the ranch.  Allowing the classic hunter to see multiple shooter bucks per day.  We don’t want our ranch to exclude certain hunters just because they think we only shoot 170 class bucks and bigger.  We offer great hunts at good prices for the hunter looking for a buck in the 130, 140 and 150 class...
South Texas Whitetail Bucks vs Hogs

South Texas Whitetail Bucks vs Hogs

If you hunt in South Texas, you know how frustrating it can be when hogs come barreling in and scare off your trophy whitetail buck that your about to harvest.  It happens every year and if you have a ton of pigs then almost every hunt.    Hogs like deer get conditioned to coming to corn, be that from a road feeder or station deer feeder.  Hogs have become a problem all over north American.  We as hunters in South Texas are use to the hogs but this doesn’t mean that we like pigs spooking our whitetails.  Every South Texas hunter has his own solution.  Shoot pigs all year long, Trap them, Hog panels around feeders, Helicopter shoots, running hog dogs, you name it.  Ranches with serious hog problems will do all of the above.  As a South Texas outfitter I hate when hogs spook whitetails when I’m with a client on a whitetail hunt but hogs are great for clients to shoot after they have harvested a mature whitetail buck.  It gives the client something to hunt after they have there whitetail down and a hog can fill their coolers with more meat.  So how can we have our cake and eat it too? Here are a few things we have done.  If your hunting out of a deer blind that is 100 yards or farther away from your feeder put up hog panels around that feeder.  Add a second feeder on the opposite side of your blind 100 yards away with NO hog panel.  Now you have 2 feeders that are 200 yards apart but only 100...
South Texas Whitetail Bucks

South Texas Whitetail Bucks

While filling protein feeders this morning I saw 5 young whitetail bucks.  Our south Texas whitetail bucks are in bachelor groups now and looking healthy.  I did notice that only one buck had dropped his antlers.  He was a buck that I saw quite a bit this season running doe’s.  He is easy to spot since he has a fighting scar on his right shoulder.  He was more worn down then the other bucks, thus the reason for him losing his antlers earlier than the other bucks.  In years past, most of our whitetail bucks had dropped their antlers by this time of year.  I’m glad to see that they are not totally dropped yet.  This means that our south Texas whitetail bucks are in better health than past years.  In 2014 we feed more protein than we have ever done.  Normally we stop feeding protein in Sep but this past year we fed all the way till November.  These few extra months of feeding had put more weight on our bucks thus keeping them healthier during the Rut.  I pulled game camera cards and saw the same, most bucks still had there antlers!   The extra time and money spend in Sep and Oct on protein seems to have paid...