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Hello from the Ranch,
To schedule your hunt dates, please first review the available dates on the calendar on the website, and then send an e mail of your requested dates. We will send a confirmation. Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
HUNTS TO START SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY ONLY FOR GROUPS LESS THAN 6 HUNTERS.
Click here to visit the calendar of available dates: http://texas-hog-hunts.myshopify.com/pages/xx
Your $75 booking fee has been received, and you have been assigned the following hunt:
RanchHand Hog Hunt Package: Regularly $599 per hunter
This is a 3 day, 2 night wild hog hunt package,
1 hog up to 299 lbs + unlimited piglets up to 50 lbs.
Any 2 predators or varmints per day (Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Possum, Armadillo, Racoon, Rabbit, Ringtail Cat, or Mountain lion. We only see a few mountain lion per year, but we want them shot on sight!)
Day & Night hunting (6) sessions
All Meals and Drinks
Day 1 consists of a night hunt, day 2 consists of 4 hunting sessions, and the last day is an early morning hunt. Typically, hunts are conducted from blinds in the dark hours, and spot and stalk in the day light hours for those that prefer to do so.
Hunting license ($48 non-resident Adult, $7 for under 17 yrs old) @ Walmart)
Hog Cleaning: most hogs are $45-$75 to gut skin and quarter, freeze and ice for departure. Hog cleaning is .65/lb, over 70 lbs. Big hogs over 300 lbs are $.75/lb for the same service. It is required that ranch staff preform all animal cleaning.
Gratuity for your staff (recommended minimum of $50 per hunter)
Gun Rentals and ammo are available if needed
Guide/Staff fee of $100/hunter. This is to be paid in cash, upon arrival
All non-included services are to be paid in cash only at the ranch.
You can add additional hogs bigger than piglets and up to 299 lbs for $100 when purchased in advance. If purchased at the ranch, the cost is $1.50/lb kill fee.
Additional hunters can only be added to the free hunt as follows ~ Regular Value $599:
*$299: Additional hunters added within 7 days of paying the booking fee for the free hunt: $299 ea: 1 Hog any size + unlimited piglets per hunter
*$349: Additional hunters added within 8-30 days of paying the booking fee for the free hunt: $349 ea: 1 Hog up to 299 lbs + unlimited piglets per hunter
*$399: Additional hunters added after 30 days days of paying the booking fee for the free hunt: $399 ea: 1 Hog up to 299 lbs + unlimited piglets per hunter
Click here to add hunters: http://texas-hog-hunts.myshopify.com/products/add-a-hunter-after-30-days
If you are adding multiple hunters, put the number of hunters in the "Quantity" Box to get the correct order.
Check in days are Sunday- Wednesday only, unless your bring 6 or more hunters. Bring at least 6 hunters, and your group will get 1 guaranteed Monster Hog weighing over 300 lbs! All you pay in the hog cleaning. This is an additional $500-$700 bonus!
SEE A MONSTER HOG!
DIRECTIONS TO THE RANCH
Physical Address: Gps will not get you to the gate. Please follow the directions below
9537 Texas 97, Waelder, Tx. 78959
Lat: 29.61458 Lon: -97.326314
Directions from San Antonio
Travel East on I-10 approx. 85 miles and take exit #649. Turn Right on Highway 97 and travel exactly 4.0 miles. Enter gate on the left. Wait at the next locked gate until your guide meets you at your appointed check in time. No early check in. Please park off to the side, keeping the driveway clear. See you soon at the ranch!
Directions from Austin
Take highway 71 toward Bastrop. As you are entering Bastrop, you will see an auto dealership with a giant American Flag on the right. ( There is a walmart one mile straight ahead on highway 71, if needed.) This is highway 304. Turn Right and travel approx 30+ miles to I-10. Turn left. Take the next exit, which is exit #649. Turn right on highway 97 and travel exactly 4.0 miles. Enter gate on the left. Wait at the next locked gate until your guide meets you at your appointed check in time. No early check in. Please park off to the side, keeping the driveway clear. See you soon at the ranch!
Directions from Houston
Travel west on I-10. You will travel approx. 90 miles past Katy, Texas. You will take exit #649 and turn left. This is Highway 97 and you will travel exactly 4.0 miles. Enter gate on the left. Wait at the next locked gate until your guide meets you at your appointed check in time. No early check in. Please park off to the side, keeping the driveway clear. See you soon at the ranch!
Ranch Frequently Asked Questions
last updated 06/02/14
1. Why does the Ranch provide a FAQ?
It is our desire that each hunter experience the best time possible. In order for us to help our hunters have a good time, we have provided this information. It is required that each member of your hunting party carefully read the FAQ, so as to be best prepared.
2. Would you like to own your own Ranch?
Our professional staff can locate, purchase, and help you set-up the ranch of your dreams. Please call to inquire.
3. What is the preferred weapon for hunting?
Since most of the hog hunting is done in thick brush, a open-sight shot gun with a slug or open-sight rifle is the preferred weapon, from April thru November. No buck shot is allowed on the ranch. Scoped rifles or shotguns are recommended the rest of the year. Rifle size required minimum of .243 or .270, .30-.30, .308, .45-.70 or bigger. Bigger rifles will work but not necessary. For all guns, we have a 3 round rule; 1 in the chamber and no more than 2 in the clip regardless of clip size. Pistols, bows, and crossbows are also effective.
4. What Hunting Dates are available?
See Calendar of Available Dates on the website
5. Where do I sign-in once I've purchased my hunt?
Fill out your Release of Liability and Get Directions by
printing off the website.
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8. Is this a guided hunt?
The hog hunts are semi-guided, except package 4. Your guides will drop you off and pick you up from the blinds, pick up your game, and advise you on the best hiding places to typically find hogs on your spot and stalk. Some hunters prefer to drive their own vehicle to the blind, and this is allowed. All exotic hunts are fully guided, unless other arrangements are made.
9. What type of clothes should be worn?
In Texas, you always have to be prepared for wet weather. You will want to bring waterproof boots in the event of bad weather. In fall, winter, and spring, be prepared for cool to cold weather. In the summer months, you will need to dress light. Bring your sunscreen.
10. What do I need to bring with me?
If you are driving to the ranch, please bring your bedding, towels, and toiletries. If you are flying, the bedding and towels will be provided. Bring appropriate clothing and your weapons. Cell phones are highly recommended and work well on the ranch, except T Mobile. Battery operated flashlights are required if you plan on hunting at night. Bring your predator calls and night vision (optional). It is recommended that you bring bottled water to carry with you in the field. Hunter Orange vests & hats are required to be worn by all hunters while on the ranch. Purchase 100 lbs of sweet feed, grain, or cracked corn (not whole corn) per hunter,prior to your arrival. Or, you can purchase your grain at the ranch during check-in. The feed is used to bait the hogs while you are hunting from a blind.
11. Is a freezer and ice available at the ranch?
Ice is available at the ranch. We also have a freezer available to keep your animals cold prior to your departure, at no additional cost.
12. Is there much walking?
Sometimes there can be. If we are tracking the hogs in the creek bottoms, it is all walking. It is common to walk 5-10 miles per day. You will also walk into your hunting areas. 4-wheelers can scare the game away. For those that prefer to limit walking, your guide will accommodate you. There are stands and blinds on the ranch for those that prefer not to spot and stalk. To increase your hunting odds, you may consider reserving a hunting session in the "Honey Hole!" Click here to reserve: http://texas-hog-hunts.myshopify.com/products/cabin
13. What type of hunting license do I need?
For hogs, cats, varmints, and exotics, non-resident hunters will need a non-resident 5-day special hunting license (type 157) which can be purchased at any Texas sporting goods store or Walmart for $48. Texas residents will also need a general hunting license. If you are hunting turkey or whitetail deer, you will need a different license. Please refer to the Texas Parks and Wildlife link on our website for more details.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
14. Is Hunter Safety Required?
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16. Is there a taxidermist for the mount?
Yes. The trophy will be shipped to your home.
17. Can someone clean and quarter my animal?
It is mandatory that the ranch skinners handle the cleaning of all animals harvested on any of our ranches. Hog Cleaning is .65/lb with a $45 minimum. For Example, a 70 lb hog or less is $45. A 100 lb hog would be $65 to clean . Hogs 300+ lbs are .75/lb for the same service. Any hog shot and not recovered will incur a $50 recovery/disposal fee, and will count against your harvest, or will be charged as an additional kill at an additional cost. Exotic animals Cleaning (gut, skin, and quarter) $45.00 to $150.00, depending on size of animal.Animal Caping for Mounting $25-75. The higher end is for large exotics. Hogs are on the lower end.
18. Can I take my animal back home if I am flying?
Yes. Your meat can be packed in a cooler that is bought at the local Wal-Mart and taken home on your flight.
19. Can I add a hog to my hunt?
Yes, you can add any hog between 51 lbs and 299 lbs for $100. (There is no kill fee for shooting unlimited piglets up to 50 lbs, but you are responsible to pay the cleaning fee of $45 per piglet.)
20. What do I need to know when flying with my weapons?
All airlines allow guns to be flown with the luggage. Pack your guns and ammo separately.
Your guns will be inspected. Pack your guns well.
21. Where is the ranch located?
Most hunts are taken from the main lodge of 265 acres, near Gonzales Texas. When available and when booked in advance, additional ranches located in Gonzales County, Texas and/or Fayette County, Texas can be hunted for a trespass fee of $49/hunter/ranch. Additional kill fees of $100.00/hog apply, with no additional trophy fees for larger hogs.
22. What airport should I fly into?
You can fly into Austin at 65 mile away, or San Antonio at 90 miles away, 2nd choice.
23. What other costs should I expect once I'm on the ranch?
Please allow for animal cleaning, guide/staff fee of $100/hunter, and gratuities. Any balances due, are to be paid in cash only at check-in. Only additional trophy hunts can be paid with credit card. No checks.
24. Do I need to rent a car?
Yes. Because of the distance, we are not able to pick you up.
25. Can I add days to my hunt?
Yes, you can also book a 5 day hunt. The cost is double that of a 3 day hunt.
26. What other animals can I hunt, and what is the cost?
We have several varieties of rams, axis deer, fallow deer, red deer, sika deer, scimitar-horned oryx, blackbuck antelope, bison buffalo, water buffalo, hogs, dove, turkey, and whitetail deer. Most exotics can be hunted year-round. Native animals can only be hunted when in season. Exotic hunts range in price from $500 to $10,000+, depending a trophy quality and species. See ranch for details.
27. What are the check-in and check-out dates and times?
Our check-In time is 3 pm on day of arrival. Please don't arrive early, as the gates are locked until then. It is important that you are on-time, as the group orientation cannot start until all hunters are present. Check-out is no later than 1 PM on the third day. (46 hours after check-in)
28. What if I want to bring an extra hunter?
Extra hunters can be brought when booked in advance. Please call the ranch for details..
29. What if I want to bring a non-hunting guest?
Non-hunting guests can be brought for a cost of $250, which will cover their meals and lodging for a 3 day hunt. Non-hunting guests must be booked in advance.
30. About Gratuity
If the staff provides you service that exceeds your expectations, please feel free to show your added appreciation at or near the end of your stay with us. Your staff is on duty 12 hours per day and they strive at all times to insure you have the best trip possible while providing attentive service. Accordingly, your gratuity will be appreciated.
The customary and recommended gratuity for a 3 day hog hunt is a minimum of $50 per hunter. This will be divided among all staff members. For exotic hunts, the customary gratuity is 15-20% of the hunt cost.
31. How are the hunts conducted?
Typically, the hunts are spot and stalk during the daylight hours, and blind hunting during the dark hours. Upon request and for special needs, the daytime hunts can also be done from blinds.
32. Is this hunt recommended for younger hunters?
With parental guidance, this is a great hunt for younger hunters.
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34. If I have physical restrictions, can I take this hunt?
Depending on the severity of the physical restriction, most of our hunts are still possible.
35. If I wish to extend my stay beyond the hunt,
what is there to see and do?
San Antonio and Gonzales are very historic, and if you are interested, you can be given many recommendations of things to see and do on your extended stay.
36. How long do I have to book the hunt once it is purchased?
Unless otherwise specified, you have up to two years to redeem your hunt, based on availability.
37. What are the lodging facilities?
All hunters will be provided a bunk in the bunkhouse at the lodge on the ranch. If you prefer more privacy, you may upgrade to a private room or a cabin. Click here to reserve a private room or cabin: http://texas-hog-hunts.myshopify.com/products/private-cabin
38. Do I need to bring a cooler?
If you are driving, please bring your coolers, however if you are flying, coolers can be bought at the local Wal-Mart.
39. Are meals provided?
Meals are provided by the ranch staff at no extra cost. The exact menu can vary, but usually includes five (5) meals during your hunt. The meals consists of two (2) dinners of different meats, sides, and non-alcoholic drinks. Lunches vary from cold cut sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, burgers, etc, chips and a drink. We offer typically two (2) breakfasts, consisting of traditional eggs, gravy, biscuits, and meat, etc. Sometimes, a different hot breakfast is served, such as Mexican tacos or breakfast burritos. See the lodge:
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41. Is there a place to sight in my gun once I arrive?
42. Can we hunt at night?
The night hunt is non-guided and optional at no extra cost.You will need to bring a battery-operated flashlight with an amber or red lense. Cell phones are highly recommended for communication with camp for animal pick-up.
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44. Is an insect repellent needed?
You will need mosquito spray except in December-February.
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46. Ranch policy changes
The ranch reserves the right to make periodic changes to the FAQ as needed. It is recommended that you review the FAQ one last time before attending your hunt.
47. What if I need to cancel or reschedule my hunt?
You can cancel your hunt, but will forfeit your payment if it is not rescheduled. There are no refunds for hunts not taken. You can reschedule your hunt with no penalty, as long as it is reset within 2 weeks of the original date. 30 days notice must be given to reset a hunt to avoid forfeit. Only upon approval of the ranch, will an exception to this guideline be allowed for late cancellations. Upon approval, you will be allowed to reset your hunt, with a $50 per person rebooking fee. Trip Insurance can be purchased byclicking here.
48. What will the weather be like during my hunt?
PLEASE PRINT THE RELEASE FOR EACH HUNTER, SIGN, AND PRESENT TO THE GUARD AT THE RANCH PRIOR TO ENTRY:
PERMANENT LIABILITY RELEASE OF BAKER RANCH, PARR RANCH, NELSON RANCH &/OR CANDELARIA RANCH, LLC AND ALL D/B/A of SAID RANCHES.
ASSUMPTION OF ALL RISK AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
Agreement / Waiver / Release of Liability and Full Assumption of Liability Contract HUNTING AND/OR OTHER SHOOTING ACTIVITIES INVOLVING FIREARMS ARE INHERENTLY DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES IN WHICH THE USE OF FIREARMS IN CLOSE RANGE OF OTHERS SOMETIMES OCCURS. THIS PROPERTY MAY HAVE HIDDEN OBSTRUCTIONS, THORNS, POISIONOUS SNAKES, OR OTHER NATURAL OR MANMADE OBJECTS WHICH MAY BE DANGEROUS TO HUNTERS AND/OR THEIR VEHICLES OR OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY.
HUNTERS MUST LOOK OUT FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY FROM OTHERS BEARING FIREARMS ON THESE PREMISES AS WELL AS PHYSICAL CONDITIONS WHICH MAY EXIST ON THESE PREMISES. HUNTER / PARENT / GUARDIAN HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES THEY ARE VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED AND HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY OR DEATH, PROPERTY LOSS OR DAMAGE.
HUNTER’S RELEASE/WAIVER OF LIABILTY and INDEMNITY
As a part of the lawful consideration for being permitted to hunt or trespass on any lands owned, managed or leased by the aforementioned ranches, or any other property owners on whose land I am allowed to hunt on, to participate in hunting and/or any other activity including but not limited to shooting activities and use of the facilities. I hereby agree to the following:
I am aware that hunting with firearms/archery, fishing, swimming, partying, alcohol consumption, working, operating of all terrain vehicles, and all other vehicles/equipment and related ranch activities and activities involving firearms and water (collectively referred to as the “Ranch Activities”) are dangerous . I hereby acknowledge that I have voluntarily chosen to participate in Ranch Activities with persons I may or may not know. I understand the danger(s) involved and hereby agree to accept any and all risk of injury, death, property loss or damage. I, the undersigned, do hereby unconditionally RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND AGREE NOT TO ASSERT A CLAIM AGAINST all Releasees, their officers, owners, agents, individuals, heirs, directors, family members, partners,employees, guests, attorneys, insurers, host(s) and the property owners on whose land I am allowed to hunt on, (collectively referred to as “Releasees”) from all claims, demands, and/or causes of action, that I , my heirs, my family members, distributees, guardians, legal representatives, successors or assigns now have, or may in the future have, for any injury (including without limitation, personal injury or death to my person and/or my children) or property damage or property loss resulting from the Ranch Activities, regardless of whether such injuries or damages result from the negligence in whole or in part, or other acts, of myself,Releasees, and/or any other person(s) engaging in the Ranch Activities. I further agree, that in the event any suit or claim is instituted against Releasees arising in any way from my negligence, the negligence of my guest, or my children, my agents, my employees or any other persons using the facility with or without my permission; I agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Releasees from all liability in connection therewith including, but not limited to, their attorney’s fees and costs involved in connection with the defense of any such action. I further agree to assume any and all liability (including all attorney’s fees and hospital and medical expenses) incurred for any and all claims which arise during or result from my visit or occupation of any ranch properties or and or participation in Ranch Activities. I hereby agree to assume any and all liability for and to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the Releasees for any claims which were caused in whole or in part by their own negligence or their gross negligence. I further expressly agree to assume all of the related expenses (including all attorney’s fees and hospital and medical expenses) arising from Releasees negligence or negligence as it relates to any claim and/or actions that arise during, or result from, my use or occupation of theReleasees properties and or participation in Ranch Activities. I hereby assume full responsibility INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS Releasees from any loss, liability, bodily injury, property damage or loss, or cost, (including all attorney’s fees and hospital and medical expenses) incurred by any Releasee arising out of my, my family members, my minors or my guests participation in Ranch Activities.
I UNDERSTAND THE RELEASE AND INDEMNITY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT ARE SPECIFICALLY INTENDED TO BE APPLICABLE EVEN IT IS ALLEGED OR PROVED THAT ALL OR SOME OF THE DAMAGES INCURRED WERE CAUSED AS A WHOLE OR IN PART BY ANY ACT, OMISSION, NEGLIGENCE, GROSS NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER CONDUCT WHATSOEVER OF ANY OF THE RELEASEES.
I hereby attest that I will abide by all Federal, State, County or any Ranch laws and/or rules and regulations set out for the hunting and taking of game. In addition, I understand that I am responsible for all my actions and anyReleasees Ranch is not responsible for my actions, the actions of others or for the theft or loss of any kind.
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