Shed Hunting in South Texas

Shed Hunting in South Texas

Shed hunting is my second favorite activity in the outdoors besides whitetail hunting.  Its time I get to spend with my boys on the ranch.  I explain it to them as the Easter egg hunt for antlers.  Shed hunting also allows me the chance to see how many big bucks never showed their face this past season and to get a tape on their antlers. Where do you look? – Any Water – Fence lines – Creeks / Drains – Protein feeders – Food crops – Game Trails Some of these are pretty obvious but why check fence lines, creeks and drains.  You want to check places where a whitetail will need to jump or exert energy.  Any jolting can shake a bucks antlers loose. Watch out for snakes while shed hunting!  Good luck and happy...
South Texas Whitetail Hunts, El Nino

South Texas Whitetail Hunts, El Nino

The season started off pretty normal.  Corn head bucks came in like they always do (those bucks were harvested at feeders).  Our guides had other bucks patterned and we took a few of them by setting up in the right areas.  The early season hunts went off like they should, the time in the field and game cameras had paid off. Then normally the weather starts to cool off and the rut will begin.  This was not the case this year.  We had a few cold snaps, then hot days and then came the rain!  Our normal game plan had to change, we had clients coming in that week.  We asked ourselves, where are the mature bucks?  Water holes/ponds were out because there was water everywhere.  The ranch was lush and green.  Corn was piling up under the feeders, even the hogs weren’t coming in regular.  Young bucks were showing signs of rutting but no movement from the mature bucks.  The only option we had was to set up popup blinds in the thick brush by scape’s and rubs.  We didn’t want to disturb the areas so the shots were going to be close very close.  This was our only hope of havesting a big buck till the rut kicked in.  I purchased some Caldwell Deadshot FieldPod’s to put in the popups.  Blinds were set up 15-30 yards away from scape’s.  We cut small shooting lanes to the scape’s, trying to not disturb the area.  I have never hunted Leopards before but this would be the same type of set up.  The Client’s gun would sit on the fieldpod pointed...
Texas Deer Season, To Dos

Texas Deer Season, To Dos

25 Days till South Texas Whitetail Rifle Season! TO DOS: -If you have not been to the gun range to sight in your rifle, you better do it now.  Don’t wait till the week or day before because the lines will be long.  Don’t wait to shoot your rifle in at your hunting ranch or lease.  Keep it quite around your camp, no gun fire.  Don’t give that big buck a heads up that rifle season is here. – Are your feeders filled?  If not, get out there ASAP and get them filled up.  Sometimes you can harvest the biggest buck on your property on opening morning.  Once that big buck hears the first shot ring off you might not see him again till the rut or never again because your neighbor filled his feeders first! – Check your blinds.  Make sure your blinds are clean and free of wasps and bee hives.  Its no fun to climb in your blind on opening morning just to find a yellow jacket hive in the corner. – Open and close your windows/doors to make sure there is no squeaking. – Make sure your shooting lanes are clear, no low hanging branches or over grown brush. – TIME CHANGE, The time change is on November 1, 2015.  Don’t forget to set your feeders to coincide with the time change. – If you use Pop-up blinds, set them up now!  That big buck will know that there is something different, let the deer get use to it.  Just stake it down well.  I’ve had mine up for the last 2 months. – Tree...
South Texas Whitetail Hunts

South Texas Whitetail Hunts

If your not counting down the days till whitetail season then its time to start.  Only 100 days till the texas whitetail season opens!  We are starting to check game cameras to see how are whitetails look for this coming season……and they look good so far!  These bucks can still put on 20-40 inches before the season begins.  The spring rains helped a ton on the health of our whitetails.  The next few south texas months looks to be pretty dry so I’m sure the bucks will be hitting the protien feeders harder.  I have set up the cameras at our protein stations to see the growth of the bucks.  Here are just a few pics from one protein station. Good luck and hunt...

Texas Deer Hunting Ranches

Texas Deer Hunting Ranches What are you looking for in a Texas hunt?  Trophy buck for yourself, planning on entertaining clients, take your son or daughter on their first hunt? Below are a few helpful things to know before you book your hunt of a lifetime. Hunting prices: Packages will vary and it depends on what you are looking to harvest.  The price of the hunt will depend on a number of things.  The accommodations, full meal service and beverages, if its fully guided or semi guided, and last the size of your trophy.  A good rule of thumb, if your looking for a 150 class whitetail then you will spend around $5000 on a package hunt, 130 class whitetail around $3,000, 170 class around $7,000.  This is not set in stone and lots of other factors come to play like how many hunters are you bringing and extra amenities ETC.  These prices just give you a good reference to start from. The Lodge: Texas offers a large variety of outfitters for you to choose from.  There has been a big movement with outfitters in the past 5 years, going from the huge expansive lodges with 20-30 clients in camp at once to smaller boutique lodges that hold 5-10 hunters.  These smaller lodges make for a more enjoyable experience for the hunter and more personal attention during your hunt.  These boutique lodges are great for a family or group of friends or small Corporate events. Because you can book the entire lodge and ranch exclusively to your party.  If you have done package hunts before and your group was...
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...