Exotic hunting in Texas is very exciting. It’s no secret hunting is big business in Texas. Based on recent data from 2013, hunting was most popular in Texas over any other state in the United States with more than one million licenses sold. A report in 2007 also found it to be a billion dollar industry in Texas alone! When it comes to exotic hunting in Texas, there are a lot of things hunters take into consideration. One of the most important factors is location and finding the right ranch to suit your needs. Squaw Mountain Ranch has become an extremely popular destination for hunters looking for whitetail deer hunts as well as exotic hunting of various animals. There are several reasons why hunters flock to Texas for hunting and in particular Squaw Mountain Ranch. Let’s take a look.
Why is Texas Popular for Hunting & Exotic Hunting?
Timely rains combined with a mild summer and winter and a summer that isn’t scorching help to keep deer population at its peak. Weather conditions for 2017 were at its prime, only adding to the whitetail population .Combine that with the fact that whitetail deer have access to about 600 different types of vegetation in Texas which helps them grow and maintain their weight. There are more than four million whitetail deer in Texas alone, more than any other state.
Texas offers approximately 5,000 special supervised and guided hunts as well as more than 200 public hunting areas. Texas has prime habitat conditions that help to make hunting so popular. Those guided hunts include exotic hunts offered at Squaw Mountain Ranch and are growing in demand.
What is Exotic Hunting?
The term “exotic” refers to non-native mammals that have been introduced to Texas ranches. A group of nilgai antelope are believed to be the first exotic animals to be released in Texas around 1930. Hunting exotic animals in Texas is a year-round event, only adding to its popularity.
Now, there are dozens of different animals to choose from if you’re looking for an exotic hunting adventure. Texas is home to a variety, so it’s really a matter of what you’re looking to hunt.
Gear for Exotic Hunting
Before you run into the woods for your exotic hunting adventure, you want to make sure you have the right gear. First things first, pack the right type of ammo for your hunt as well as enough of it. You also want to make sure to bring along a hunting pack. This will help you store everything from water and anything else you need to bring along with you. There are different types of hunting packs; ones that provide lumbar support, ones meant for day hunts and ones meant for longer hunts. Be sure to choose right one for your particular hunt.
Once you have your ammo and hunting pack, don’t forget the camouflage gear. It’s just as important as having the right ammo. You can also decide if you’re going to use blinds, depending on the terrain and what you’re hunting. Also be sure to prepare for the elements and dress accordingly.
Questions to Ask Before Exotic Deer Hunting
Before you begin your exotic deer hunt, there are some questions you should ask so you won’t be caught off guard.
What’s included in the price of the hunt? You want to see if the price of the hunting license is included as well as taxidermy and meat processing.
Is the animal you’re looking to hunt available? At Squaw Mountain, any species of animal not currently within the inventory of Squaw Mountain Ranch can be obtained given the appropriate time of notice. Call the ranch manager, Butch Amlong, at 830-275-3277 to ask about your inquiry.
Ask about deposit requirements and cancellations. Unforeseen circumstances can arise at any time, know what to expect beforehand if you need to reschedule.
Exotic Hunting at Squaw Mountain Ranch
Exotic hunting at Squaw Mountain Ranch and throughout Texas covers a wide range of animals. They include Addax, Aoudad Ram, Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, Buffalo, White Buffalo, Corsican Ram, Trophy Elk, Fallow Deer, Four Horn Sheep, Gemsbok, Hybrid Ibex, Mouflon Ram, Nubian Ibex, Red Lechwe, Reg Stag, Sable, Scimitar Oryx, Texas Dall Ram, Transcaspian Urial, Wildebeest, and Zebra.
At Squaw Mountain, it’s all about a fair chase hunt. Each exotic hunter is provided with a formidable trophy they can bring home. Squaw Mountain Ranch prides itself on providing outstanding Trophy Exotic Hunts at affordable prices. With the perfect habitat and plentiful animals, Squaw Mountain Ranch in Texas is your prime location for exotic hunting.
The ranch is located less than two hours away from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Visit our lodge and take advantage of our guest cabins, dining, and entertainment while you’re here. Our lodge also includes a pool table and arcade table if you need to wind down after your hunt. There is also our outdoor patio and grill. With so much to offer, make it a hunting trip to remember at Squaw Mountain Ranch.