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Since 2002, Independence Ranch has been a full service deer, hog, and exotic game hunting ranch in central Texas suitable for family, business or ministry events. Our ranch is home to several exotic animals including Fallow Deer, Axis Deer, Sika Deer, Blackbuck, Ram, Elk, Boars, Water Buffalo, and Watusi.

We are located in South Central Texas, 75 SE of Austin, or 75 miles East of San Antonio.  Our address is 9797 Texas 97, Waelder Tx. 78959

You can also call the ranch at 832-419-6151


Hunting Environment

Part of the Post Oak Savanna forest area, early settlers called this area “Cross-Timbers” which was a cross of oak forest and prairie grassland. Mesquite Trees dominate the ranch and provide food and cover for wildlife including quail, dove, raven, turkey, mallard duck, white-tail and mule deer, ground squirrel, prairie dog, cottontail, jackrabbit, skunk, peccary (javelina), coyote, feral hogs and Mexican raccoon.

Our Ranch Animals

Our ranch homes a wide variety of different exotic animals including Whitetail Deer, Ram, Axis Deer, Elk, Red Stag, Ibex, Sika Deer, Fallow Buck, Black Buck, and more! Not all the animals at the ranch are available for hunting.

History of Independence Ranch

This Ranch was part of Mexico in 1830 and that’s when this property was deeded to a family from Missouri. This was part of a larger ranch of 4400 Acres. Mexico was trying to populate the wilderness and they were advertising all over the world, “Free Land in Texas, Come to Texas.” You had people all over the world coming to claim their 4400 Acres. What settlers were not told about was savage Indians and Mexican bandits. For families that came overseas, there was no turning back.

A family, husband, wife & 5 kids were able to settle the property in 1832. At that time there were many dangerous animals including mountain lions & bears. A slave was believed to be eaten by wild animals.

Gonzales is referred to as the “Lexington of Texas” because it was the site of the first skirmish of the Texas Revolution. The “Come and Take It” Flag of the area represents an confrontation between a small group of local settlers against the Mexican military. Many Texans consider this historic act a symbolic act of defiance against government tyranny and gun confiscation.

In 1836, Ranch Boss describes the beginnings of the Birth of Texas as a nation. Eventually settlers came back to the area and began working on the ranch. Recently Gonzales County found the remains of up to 25 settlers and later, left grave markers inscribed with only the words male or female. Eventually, Ranch Boss uncovered one marked grave that belonged to Nash Perry, Born Dec. 11th, 1872, died July 11th, 1902. his epitaph reads, “friends and strangers pass me by, you are now, once was I. I am now, soon you must be, prepare for death and follow me.”