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The Best of Texas Hunting

Are you looking for a thrilling hunting experience in a beautiful natural setting? Look no further than the great state of Texas! With its abundance of wildlife, from whitetail to exotic species,  Texas is a hunter’s paradise. In this article, I will guide you through everything you need to know on planning your perfect hunting trip to Texas, including the best places to go and what to expect.

First, let’s talk about the different types of hunting available in Texas. Texas is home to a diverse variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, dove, and feral hog. In addition to hunting native species, private hunting ranches offer a wide range of exotics species such as nilgai, antelope, oryx, scimitar, axis deer, and aoudad sheep. Depending upon the experience you are wanting, you can choose to hunt on public land, private land, or at a hunting ranch. If you are from out of state,  your best bet is to book a stay at a full-service hunting ranch for the best chance of a successful harvest. I had the opportunity to see and experience some five-star ranches, but first,  let’s cover the differences between the types of hunting in Texas.

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When planning your trip to Texas, it’s important to research the hunting seasons and regulations for the species you want to harvest. Texas has a long hunting season, with many species open year-round. However, there are also specific regulations and bag limits that vary by species and location. Hunting on public land is a great option for those on a budget or who prefer a DIY hunting experience. Texas has a number of public hunting areas, including state parks and wildlife management areas. These areas offer a range of hunting opportunities, from archery-only hunts to rifle hunts. However, it’s important to note that hunting on public land can be challenging and requires a lot of preparation and research. You can learn more at for where to hunt and what kinds of permits you will need. Texas also has “chance” hunts, which allow both resident and non-resident hunters to apply for various hunts with a chance for their names to be drawn.

If you’re looking for a more all-inclusive experience, private hunting ranches may be a better fit for you. Texas has a large number of these, that sell full-service hunts, that include guides, lodging, and meals. These ranches are generally well-managed and offer a high-quality hunting experience. Many of them also offer the opportunity to hunt exotic species that are not available on public land. Below are just a couple that are highly recommended for a top-notch experience!

Mad Bucks Trophy Deer Ranch

If you want top-notch hunting by day, and a laidback lifestyle at night, then Texas Mad Bucks is the place to be. With resort-style accommodations, Mad Bucks has amenities for the whole family to enjoy a stay at the ranch, not just hunters. Enjoy the heated pool, play virtual golf in the game room or enjoy watching the game while you grill steaks on the incredible patio. This spring, NASCAR Driver, Spencer Boyd had the opportunity to stay and hunt at the ranch, coming home with a red sheep that he soon won’t forget. Check out everything Mad Bucks has to offer below and make sure to book your stay today!


  • 1,200 acres of beautiful Texas hill country wilderness
  • The comfort of a 5 Star hunting lodge
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Virtual Golf
  • Game Room
  • Fishing
  • All-inclusive

Trophy Hunts

  • Whitetail
  • Axis
  • Fallow Deer
  • Black Buck Antelope
  • Elk
  • Oryx
  • Sheep (8 species)
  • Pere David’s Deer
  • Sika Deer
  • Nilgai
  • Nubian Ibex
  • Gemsbok
  • Sable
  • Transcaspian Urial Sheep

Tributary Sporting Club

If you want a luxury hunting experience, then Tributary Sporting Club should be at the top of your list!. The folks over at Tributary are doing more than just offering luxury Texas trophy hunts, they are also committed to preserving and conserving Texas hill country. Located on the historic Goodrich Ranches in central Texas, Tributary spreads across over 21,000 acres with a focus on keeping the land as natural as possible. They are working to restore the original grasslands that once swept through Texas hill country. Tributary Sporting Club wants to ensure the land is preserved for future generations to enjoy for years to come. Part of that effort includes salvaging the old silver mine located on the property, so they can share the incredible history of the land with their guests. This mine was once the driving force of the area and Tributary recognizes the importance of keeping that part of that history alive. Tributary Sporting Club is more than a hunting ranch, it’s a force to be recognized in the hunting industry of Texas for its conservation efforts as well.


Come experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country! With nearly 21,000 acres that Tributary calls home, their five-star, elegant luxury cabins will sweep you off your feet. The spacious and modern 3,000-square-foot accommodations will leave you feeling right at home! Relax in their infinity pool by day and hot tub by night!

Safari Style Trophy Hunts

  • Whitetail
  • Axis
  • Buffalo
  • Oryx
  • Black Buck Antelope
  • Bongo
  • Kudu
  • Nilgai
  • Gemsbok
  • Sable
  • And so much more!

In conclusion, Texas is a top destination for hunters looking for a diverse range of hunting opportunities and beautiful natural settings. Whether you prefer public land or private hunting ranches, there are options for every budget and experience level. Make sure to research the best places to hunt in Texas and the hunting regulations before planning your trip, and get ready for an unforgettable hunting experience.

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