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Hunting in the Texas Hill Country and Beyond

There are few better reasons to move to the Texas Hill Country than for the hunting. Regardless of the sport, the Texas Hill Country is filled with beautiful rolling hills, ancient trees, wild flowers and delicious game that will keep your freezer stocked through winter.

What’s for Dinner?

People new to Texas are often surprised by the variety of wild game to be found here. According to the Hill Country Wildlife Management, “Some may best know the Hill Country as the deer factory of Texas, as it supports the largest white-tailed deer population in the state.”

Although deer hunting is considered a primary industry in this region, the area where Mason, Llano and Gillespie counties converge supports the highest deer density in the nation, with one deer for every 2-3 acres. You’ll also find several species of ungulates that range freely throughout the central and western plateau.


The Annual Public Hunting Permit provides nearly year-round hunting on nearly one million acres of land. Popular dove hunting areas are offered through this system as well.

The Public Hunt Drawing System provides opportunities to apply for a wide variety of supervised, drawn hunts including special drawings for both adults and youth hunters. In addition, TPWD offers special hunt package drawings for exotic wildlife and quality native animals on TPWD managed lands as well as specially leased private properties.

For more information on permitting, go here.

Feral Hogs

Texas is overrun with wild hogs because they breed so quickly, so much so, that some people let you come out and hunt on their ranch before the season officially opens, and in some instances, they’ll even pay a small amount of money per hog. If you’re interested, check out this link.

Although, many people will tell you feral hog meat is not good eats, it’s all about how you cook it. One ranch we know corrals and feeds them rosemary and peaches a few months before butchering and evidently it’s the best thing you’ll eat in Texas!

Hunt in Style

You can find some amazing ranch resorts in Texas that stock their land with all sorts of game from indigenious to exotic. It’s a great way to hunt in style, especially if you want to bring the family along. Many times the ladies and children like to go horseback riding, play in the pool or enjoy a variety of other activities that keep them busy while the hunt is on!

The Y.O. Ranch, located near Kerrville, is one great example. They offer guests the opportunity to hunt 40,000 acres of land and are famous for their registered longhorn cattle and over 50 species of exotic animals such as axis deer, bison, belsa oryx, european mouflox and blackbuck antelope.

If you’re ready to move out to the amazing Texas Hill Country, please contact us at 210-494-5400, and we’ll build you a magnificent custom built home fit for a King and Queen!


Vegetable Gardening in Texas – Tips and Tricks

Veggie Garden

Veggie Garden

Gardening is just one delicious and eco-sustainable way to enhance your landscaping. It may only be April, but savvy South Texas gardeners know that this is the best time to start planning your garden because spring is, well, here!

If you’re a first time gardener, be aware there are a lot of factors which determine the success of your plants – your soil, sun and shade, plant food, and the type of plants you’re trying to grow. While it’s always good to consult with the nursery where you purchase your plants or seeds, you should also do your own research to ensure you’re giving your plants the right amount of water and sunlight.

Not all plants do well in the heat, which is why planting early, after any potential frosts, is a good way to go. In Texas, we’re able to plant in both the spring and fall because of our long summers.

Picking a spot for your garden that offers the right amount of shade but can also be seen from the house is important. What’s the point of planting the garden if you can’t enjoy it, right? Also take into consideration when the sun hits your site. Afternoon sun will be hotter and more drying than morning sun.

Most vegetable plants flower, adding an extra aesthetic beauty to your yard. You can even identify which ones have just the right color palette, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for you can always intermingle non-edible plants with your vegetable garden to give it that extra flair.

A few extra tips to help with your new garden:

-          Plant a little extra for the animals. Even if you plant deer-resistant plants and spray the heck out of your garden, it’s almost impossible to avoid having some of them eaten. Of course, planting an organic garden will be even more challenging (although certainly well worth the effort!), so planting a little extra will avoid future frustrations.

-          Tomatoes need calcium to achieve their full flavor potential, which is something often lacking in our soils. To supplement, you can use dry egg shells. When planting your tomatoes, add about 4 or 5 egg shells crushed to a powder in the bottom of the hole before planting. This will provide all the calcium they need and prevent blossom end rot.

-          There are some veggies you only need to buy once and they’ll continue to grow indefinitely. By using the scraps of certain vegetables, you can regrow to your heart’s content. These include scallions, carrots, bok choy, garlic, celery, basil, cilantro and romaine lettuce.

If you want to dig a little deeper, check out Dough Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac and Cheryl Hazeltine’s Central Texas Gardener. You can find both of these books at our San Antonio public library.

Of course, if all of this just seems too overwhelming, you can also choose to grow hydroponically and do away with concerns over weather, bugs and even dirt!

For assistance on planning and building your next stunning custom home and garden, please call us at 210-494-5400.