Ranger Creek Ranch
Texas Hog Hunt
sun was just starting to touch the western horizon with a promise of another
unbelievable sunset. I have been I my stand for two hours but I haven’t
seen any wild hogs, but I have been amused by an armadillo, a couple of
roadrunners, bluebirds and cardinals. The doves, I think, are trying to
get the corn that the corn spinner released an hour ago before the hogs
With the sun setting and the evening air cooling off quickly I take a moment to slip my jacket on, while I am standing up to do this I hear the doves taking off with a sudden flurry of flapping, whistling wings. Anyone who has spent a lot of time outdoors knows to pay attention to all the wildlife around to alert you that there is a reason for their actions.
As I wonder what they have seen and frantically try to get my jacket on the rest of the way , I hope it is hogs, but maybe a hawk, a deer, or a bobcat. As I cautiously sit back down to see what it was that scared the doves I see, almost surreal, a group of wild hogs rapidly approaching the feeder!
They get to the feeder in a short time and become a writhing mass of furry objects, pushing and shoving to get at the corn. Having been in this situation before I knew that sooner or later one would take a breather and separate from the group and offer me a shot. Sure enough a perfect eater size hog has separated and is standing broadside for me!
As my finger starts to squeeze the trigger thoughts race through my mind,” be sure, be sure” “this will be good on the BBQ” “I won’t be needing my red light tonight”
This is such a typical hog hunting scenario at RCR, every hunt does go a little different, come on in and make your own memories…..
are the "Heart of Hog country" in North Central Texas. The
terrain ranges from dense mesquite pastures to rough cedar break canyons
laced with fresh spring-fed creeks to acres and acres of cropland.
Most of our property is perched on the rim of the scenic South Wichita
River canyons where the abundant wild game has easy access to water,
cover and food. Check out Google Earth aerial shot, coordinates: 33deg
38 min N and 99deg 35 min. W to see the terrain..
the ranch's hog hunting areas we set up strategically placed elevated
box blinds, tripods, pop up blinds, corn spinners and bait holes containing
sour grain (hog candy) or corn topped off with our famous and success
proven hog attractant. Once you arrive at 2:00 pm you will get settled
into your accommodations, take care of the necessary paperwork, and
go through "Hog Orientation 101" with one of the Ranger
Creek Ranch Guides. On the basic and all inclusive packages the guides
will have baited selected areas the day prior to your arrival and
will take you to these pre baited areas to determine the best places
to set up for the evening hunt. Once this site has been determined
you will make the final preparations for your exciting hog adventure.
At this point, you are basically "on your own" to get back
to that area and start your hunt. The next 2 days one of the guide
staff will meet with you around 10 am. After breakfast we recommend
that you go with the Guide to rebait the sites to see first hand on
the hog activity at the hunting sites. A determination will be made
at that point on where to set up for the evening hunt. Hogs are naturally
nocturnal, so we strategically set up for night hunts with the bait
holes set up 50-75 yards for rifle hunters. Although during warm sunny
days the hogs take a "siesta", and most of the time after
some late night hunting you will want to do the same. We recommend
staying on the "hogs schedule" but if you want to stay active
you can talk to the guide to arrange a spot and stalk in another hunting
One of the biggest misconceptions first time Hog Hunters have about hogs is that by their appearance and unclean habitat that they are "dumb". This is far from the truth. A hog's intelligence level is higher than a dog. Their keen sense of smell is greater than a deer along with their keen hearing. The only advantage hunters have is that a hogs eyesight is poor. A hog is a very nomadic type of animal--here today--10 miles away tomorrow not committed to a set daily habit. With all of these traits it makes for one of the most difficult animals to pattern to hunt. Hogs move very fast and can go from 0 to 30-35 mph in matter of seconds. For hunters up to the challenge, who can handle "boar fever", the satisfaction of accomplishment is greatly rewarding. Along with other game animals the females are the best eating, the boars are the best trophies and biggest challenge.
HOG HUNTING during
the months of May, June, July, and August with unlimited hogs. $175
per person per day includes lodging, snacks, breakfast/dinner
prepared for you to warm up at your convenience. No minimum number of
The Free Hog Hunt consists of a no frill/no thrill hunt which means no baiting by our guides prior to arrival. You will need to arrive at 5 p.m. and the guide will show you the areas to hunt, and the property lines.
Basic Package The fee for a 2 1/2 day semi guided, unlimited hog hunt, 3 nights lodging, excluding meals is $575.00 per person. No minimum number of hunters.
All Inclusive Package A 2 1/2 day semi- guided, unlimited hog hunt, 3 nights lodging including meals is $650.00 per person. 4 hunters minimum. Daily rates are $260 per day.
Hog Safari An all inclusive 2 1/2 day semi guided, unlimited hog hunt, 3 nights lodging and meals. This includes one afternoon guided hog safari, during this hog safari only 2 hog limit or additional hogs $100 each. $850.00 per person. 4 hunters minimum.
"First Timer" Hog Hunts: An all inclusive 2 1/2 day unlimited hog hunt, 3 nights lodging and meals. This package is recommended for those that have not hunted hogs. The guide will give you special attention to make sure you have the best opportunity to harvest a hog. $750 per person. No minimum number of hunters necessary.
Optional Services for Additional Fees: One x One guide $200 per day per person, non-hunter $125 per day, small hogs may be cleaned and quartered for an additional $50 per hog, Large hogs(250+) are cleaned and quartered for $100 each. Daytime Spot n Stalk prices vary ask your guide for those fees.
Not Included: Hunting license non-resident 5 day hunting license (Type 157) $48, ammunition, hunting gear/apparel, staff gratuities.
Basic Hog Hunting Schedule: Arrive on Thursday 2:00 p.m. to get settled into your accommodations, sight in your rifles, check out the prebaited hunting areas with the guide and begin your hunt in the late afternoon. Hunt Friday, Saturday and depart early Sunday after a continental breakfast. Check out time on Sunday is 9 a.m.
Accommodations:The Main Lodge is only available upon request and for those booking with meals. We usually will book hog hunters at a Ranch House during our regular hunting season due to the difference in the hunting schedules with other hunters. This makes everyone more compatible during meal time!
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT HOG HUNTING AT RANGER CREEK RANCH
Q: How do you normally hunt hogs at Ranger Creek?
A: Evenings and well into the night from a blind.
Q: Can they be hunted during the day?
A: Yes, if there is natural daylight feeding activity. Sometimes hogs will feed during the day when it is overcast and they have a normal feeding cycle during this time. Feeding activity can be tracked by watching game movement charts, much like deer. Also when they are having a tough time finding food they tend to feed longer during daylight hours to get the food they need. Remember that hogs are basically nocturnal and 80% of our hogs are killed at night.
Q: What license do I need?
If you are a Texas resident, just general hunting license. If you not
a resident of Texas you need either the General license, type 105,($315.00)
or special 5 day, Type 157. ($48.00)
A: Clothes suitable for warm and very cold weather. The temperature here can drop dramatically in a short time when weather fronts come in so layers of clothing is recommended to regulate your thermostat. Camo and scentloc clothing is recommended but not required. Snake boots are recommended.
Q: Do I need a spotlight?
A: Yes, either a rechargeable hand-held or scope-mounted light will work. You will need to be able to see at least to 50 yards at night, preferably out to 100 yards is better. Night vision scopes work well also but they are very expensive. We do rent the red lens handheld spotlights for $20 per 2 ½ day hunt. Please let us know prior to your arrival that you want to rent a spotlight.
Q: What gun should I use?
A: One you are familiar with. Large caliber, scoped rifles are commonly used. It is really an issue of shot placement, your guide will talk about this when you arrive. If you are from an area where night hunting is not allowed it is highly recommended to practice shooting at night before you arrive.
Q: What vehicle should I bring?
A: A 4WD truck and/or ATV/UTV works the best. If we have wet conditions during your hunt you will need a 4WD. Also you will need to be able to transport your hogs back to our processing facility..
Q: When I shoot a hog what do I do with it?
A: “Don’t shoot it if you don’t plan on utilizing it” Your guide will talk to you about this and show you our processing facility. Hogs are normally hauled back to the lodge area where they are field-dressed, skinned and quartered. It is the hunter responsibility to do this. The guide cleaning fee is $50 per hog for small hogs and $100 per hog for (250# +) You will need a cooler to keep your hog meat in once it is quartered. Also bring a good quality knife for skinning and butchering. We do have some freezer and cooler space available but it works good to keep ice on the meat, which is available here.
Q: Is the meat from a Wild Hog good to eat?
A: Yes, the meat from hogs is excellent, In some areas it is considered a delicacy. The most common hog, taken for meat, are young ones around 100-150 pounds, Meat from sows to any size is usually good but may get a bit tougher from older sows. Meat from older boars may not be good to eat, they are usually taken as a trophy only. Care must be given to the meat to preserve it, like any wild game. Wild hog has been on menus for many years, wild game cookbooks and the internet are full of different recipes to prepare it.
Q: What is the best strategy to hunt hogs?
A: “ Get in the blind and sit until a hog comes”. Game movement charts play a big role here. Hunt as quiet and scent-free as possible, keep your equipment in good working order. A good pair of binoculars is recommended for seeing in low-light conditions.
Q: Do you allow hunters to spot n stalk?
A: Stand hunting at night is recommended but if your guide know you may spot n stalk during the day on another area so you won't be spreading your scent..
Q: Can I bring bait?
A: Not recommended at all. Hogs are very sensitive to new things and it usually takes them a long time to come into something new, if ever. We have had hunters bring their own bait and the results are not good. It sometimes acts more like a hog repellant.
Q: Can hogs be hunted by archery?
A: Yes, we have ground blinds that can be set up on active spots and tripods stands near corn spinners.
Q: Am I limited to hogs?
A: If you will let us know you are interested in another type of hunt we can make special arrangements for you.
Q: Can I spotlight hogs from my ATV or truck?
A: No, This is not the way we hunt here and it is usually not productive.
Q: What type of blind will I be hunting out of?
A: Normally we hunt hogs from a 4’ x 6’ elevated box blind large enough for two hunters. The blinds have windows, 2 chairs and carpeting. The blinds are positioned in proven hog activity areas near a corn spinner and/or baited hole. When we find hogs frequenting an area where we don’t have a box blind we set up a pop-up blind or build a simple blind out of brush. Most of the archery hunting for hogs is also from tripods or pop up blinds.
This question and answer section is meant to prepare our hunters to hunt Ranger Creek style. We do have spotlights and blind heaters that can be rented. (We rent these out to keep the cost of the hunt down for those who are prepared)
Note: We are a free ranging ranch and do not have animals inside a fenced area so no guarantees are offered.
Hogs may be hunted throughout the year....There is no season for them!
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