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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!