The Lone Star state offers hunting seasons for a wide variety of wildlife, from common game animals such as turkey, whitetail deer and quail all the way to alligators and chachalacas. These seasons occur throughout the year, depending on the type of game. For those hunting for a bargain, outfitters and guides in Texas provide all sorts of affordable hunting packages. Remember to comply with the state's licensure, conservation and permit requirements before embarking on any hunt.
Texas Hunt Lodge
Situated on the shores of Lake New Ingram in central Ingram, Texas, the Texas Hunt Lodge offers hunt packages for a selection of over 60 game animals, including antelope, buffalo, deer, sheep, elk, turkey and exotic game species. Specializing in trophy animals, the lodge offers fully guided fair-chase hunts in safari, spot-and-stalk and still hunting styles. On over 100,000 acres of ranch and hill country, the Texas Hunt Lodge hosts guest accommodations including bed and breakfast style housing with a sports bar and 50-inch plasma television. Value-minded hunters would do well to check the lodge's ongoing hunting package specials; deals include a trophy ram hunt for $450, a monster wild boar hunt for $795 and a blackbuck doe hunt for $350. Rates vary depending on type of game and length of hunt; reserve via an online booking form. Texas Hunt Lodge 120 Lakehouse Trail West Ingram, TX 78025 830-367-7611 texashuntlodge.com
The south-central town of Hondo hosts the 777 Ranch, which offers whitetail deer, dove, gazelle, goat, sheep, antelope, ibex and oryx hunts, as well as more exotic game animal hunts and fishing options. The ranch focuses on hoofed animals and dove hunting across plains-like landscapes accented by eight on-site lakes. Professional staff guide sportsmen through both daytime and overnight packages. Hunters stay in cabin style bed and breakfast lodgings with fireplaces, decks, gun cabinets and central air conditioning. Affordable hunting packages at the 777 Ranch include single occupancy whitetail deer or exotic animal hunts for $400, double occupancy whitetail deer or exotic animal hunts for $300, javelina hunts for $500, dove hunts for $150, feral boar hunts for $200 and more. Rates vary per type of game, accommodations and length of hunt; the 777 Ranch accepts reservations online. 777 Ranch 5420 County Rd. 531 Hondo, TX 78861 830-426-3476 777ranch.com
Sweetwater Creek Bow Hunting
In northeast Texas, the town of Decatur houses Sweetwater Creek Bow Hunting, an affordable outfitter that guides bow hunts for antelope, buffalo, sheep, elk, hog and five varieties of deer. Throughout 2,500 acres, guides escort hunters across the plotted feed routes of game animals. Accommodations include meals and lodging featuring a game room, archery range and outdoor grill. Value-priced packages include a three-day turkey hunt for $900, a four-day bison hunt for $1,250, a four-day combo hunt for $1,100 and a four-day bison combo hunt for $1,300. Sweetwater Creek Bow Hunting charges no trophy fees. Book a hunt via the outfitter's online submission form. 101 County Rd. 4010 Decatur, TX 76234 940-626-4948 sweetwatercreekbowhunt.com
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