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Brackettville, Texas is located two hours west of San Antonio, Texas-25 miles from the Rio Grande. You may fly into San Antonio or Del Rio, Texas.
The main Ranch consists of 10,000 acres, two miles North of Brackettville on FM 674. There is also another ranch of about 8,400 acres 10 miles northwest of our main ranch. The ranch is located in the Texas Central Zone for Dove Hunting with a season opening date of September 1st. Spring turkey season for the ranch in 2007 is March 31st through May 13th. Deer season normally opens the first Saturday in November and runs through the end of December. In 2006, deer season is November 4th through January 7, 2007.
There are five separate guest houses on the ranch that have accommodations in total for up to approximately 35 guests. All the houses are clean, nicely furnished and have central air conditioning. All linens, towels, dishes, etc. are provided. You just need to bring your clothes, a "sighted-in" gun (not a cannon, please), binoculars and food. Temperatures during deer season range from an unusual 28° F on a very cold morning to a more usual 70°-80° F afternoon temperature.
There are eight tanks on the property that hold permanent rain water runoff and are supplemented by water well pumpage. The property is in a low valley area approximately one and one-half miles wide by three miles long. It is generally in the drainage area for Las Moras Creek which flows through Brackettville and Fort Clark.
Although there is no flowing water in the low areas of the property (except for the permanent tanks), the natural drainage areas of the property and the associated good soils support large quantities of brush (mesquite, hackberry, sage) that provide excellent roosting areas for a large resident bird population and deer. The absence of water in the area (except for the tanks) also attracts a strong contingent of migrating doves. There are also numerous live oak draws throughout the property which are used as roosting areas by resident turkeys. Several irrigated center pivot systems provide additional water which generates forbs, seeds and insects for turkeys and large quantities of deer.
The property had been leased many years ago for hunting purposes by one of the largest hunting lease operators in the state of Texas. He has termed the property the best overall hunting lease he has ever managed. He felt that what made the property his best lease was the absolutely exceptional bird and deer hunting. Turkeys are also in abundance on the property. There are approximately 70 comfortable (two-man) deer blinds about 12-15 feet tall on the property. There are about 100 deer feeders that feed corn year round to attract wildlife. Wide open cleared areas through the brush called "senderos" allow our hunters to see plenty of game-it is not unusual to see over a hundred deer a day.
The ranch telephone number is (830) 563-9677.
The hunting lodge telephone number is (830) 563-2704.
Ranch Foreman's (Chuy) numbers are Home (830) 563-9252 and Cell (830) 563-5717.
The ranch is a genuine working Texas cattle ranch so bring your camera as you may see our cowboys at work with the cattle.
We have numerous species of exotic animals to hunt at the ranch along with species native to Texas (deer, javalina, turkey, etc.). The ranch is constantly adding new species and we set our prices significantly lower than most of our competitors. The ranch is able to do this as our goal is to have most of our exotic species born on the ranch, thereby eliminating any acquisition cost of the animal which many ranches cannot due to their small acreage. Our main exotic animal hunting area is over 6,000 acres!
Brackettville and the Ranch are close to other attractions that present numerous recreational opportunities during non-hunting hours. Some of these are as follows:
Fort Clark - Located in Brackettville (two miles from the Ranch), it is a former military cavalry post that has been restored and now contains an 18-hole golf course, a large swimming pool fed by natural springs, a dining area/restaurant, an airport runway and room accommodations. The property has many historic attractions on the grounds, most of which is shaded by majestic old live oak trees. Call (830) 563-2493 for information.
Del Rio / Ciudad Acuna - These Texas and Mexico border cities are approximately 25 miles from the ranch. You can walk across the international bridge that spans the Rio Grande for shopping or dining at many Mexican restaurants. Do not bring ammunition or guns into Mexico! It is best NOT to drive into Mexico! Cabs are available on the U.S. side right at the International Bridge. Significant hotel accommodations are also available in Del Rio. Call the Chamber of Commerce in Del Rio for information; (830) 775-3551.
Amistad Reservoir - Situated on the border between Texas and Mexico, this beautifully blue water reservoir has excellent recreational opportunities that attract boaters and fisherman from throughout the state. It is located about 10 miles North of Del Rio, approximately 30 miles from the Ranch. Call the Amistad National Recreation Area for more information; (830) 775-7491.
Uvalde - Located approximately 40 miles East of the Ranch, the city of Uvalde offers reasonably priced accommodations and shopping opportunities for antiques, western clothing, etc. Uvalde also is the hometown of John Nance Garner, a Vice President in the early administrations of Franklin Roosevelt. His home is now a museum and open for tourists (Call (830) 278-5018). Call the Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information as to accommodations in Uvalde at (830) 278-3361.
Garner State Park - Probably the most popular state park in Texas, Garner is located on the Frio River about 20 miles North of Uvalde, an approximately 70 minute drive from the Ranch. Tubing on the crystal clear river is an activity pursued by many tourists. Call the Park at (830) 232-6132.
Kickapoo Caverns State Park - Located approximately 15 miles North of the Ranch, on FM 674, it has caves which are open for public exploring and tours for $5.00 per person. Call the Park at (830) 562-2342 if you wish to make arrangements for a cave tour.
Alamo Village - Located 3 miles North of the Ranch on FM 674, Alamo Village is the 1959 filming site of the movie The Alamo, starring John Wayne. It contains a full size replica of the Alamo compound and also a frontier village featuring a saloon, shops, etc. Call (830) 563-2580 for more information.
Barbara's Table Restaurant - Located in Brackettville, this restaurant is the best eating establishment between at least El Paso and San Antonio. Reservations not required, casual dress is perfect. Their phone number is (830) 563-2277
San Antonio - Don't forget all of the great tourist attractions in San Antonio including Sea World, Fiesta Texas and the Alamo. Plenty of shopping on the San Antonio Riverwalk for the non-hunters in your family.