What to Expect on Deer and Hog Hunts

WHAT TO EXPECT

Spread Oaks White-tailed Deer and Wild Pig Opportunities

Welcome to the great outdoors at Spread Oaks Ranch! We have a typical mid-latitude fall/winter, meaning our weather can vary from hot to cold, dry to wet. You’ll hunt along the Colorado River floodplain and its river bottom hardwoods and savannahs ­that provide a remarkably scenic backdrop to your hunt from one of our deer and pig blinds. In addition to a morning waterfowl hunt, your Spread Oaks Lodge hunting season package includes an afternoon hunt with the option to take one doe and an unlimited numbers of wild pigs and coyotes.

Spread Oaks Whitetails. Populations of management white-tailed deer are plentiful, and they have great age and genetic structure. Trophy bucks will be 4.5 years and older, and typically weigh over 160 pounds. In contrast, management bucks are defined as a deer that does not exhibit our desired genetics, and the cull criteria will be communicated by the ranch staff before the hunt or handled in the field if you are hunting with a guide. Our season on whitetails does runs from late September through about mid-January, but bucks that have not dropped their antlers are still game into February. Impressive high fence hunts are also available, with bucks that range above inches.

All of our blinds are spacious and comfortable, from box blinds that seat three individuals to portable “pop-up” blinds. Archery hunting is done only from pop-up blinds, and usually in close cover. All deer hunts are guided by experienced and knowledgeable guides that know ranch deer.

Spread Oaks Wild Hogs. The river corridor that is Spread Oaks Ranch has a long history of wild pig hunting, and their abundance and size is legendary. Your stay includes unlimited afternoon wild hog hunts from a blind. The ranch always guides inexperienced wild pig hunters, but if you are experienced and prefer a self-guided hunt, let us know.

There are two other hunting “styles” we can offer. The first is helicopter hog hunting through 3rd party contractor and licensed pilot Ryan Ashcroft. This add-on adventure has been very popular, and your “whirling blind” will even pick you up in front of the lodge. We handle scheduling arrangements on your behalf. Vendor charges $2,700/hour and is payable directly to pilot – ranch cannot add these charges to your final invoice.

The second is our night-time thermal and infrared hog hunting that we offer during the months of February through the end of August. For safety reasons, thermal hunts are made from a blind.

You are welcome to bring your own gear, although we can provide suppressed AR-15s with Trijicon MK2 thermal scopes. Cost is $200 per person and includes guide, weapons, and ammunition plus a $100 cleaning fee per hog/up to 3 hogs.

Whitetail Pricing. The opportunity to shoot one doe at the ranch is part of the hunting season package. All whitetail bucks 130” or less are priced at $500. If rack is >130” we use standard high fence pricing: 131 to 139” @ $2,000; 140 to 149” @ $3,500; 150 to 159” @ $5,000; 160 to 169” @ $5,500; 170 to 179” @ $6,500; 180 to 189” @ $7,500; 190 to 199” @ $8,500; racks greater than 200” priced at $10,000. Pricing for bucks is the same for both river bottom “low fence” and high fence deer.

Experienced hunters can elect not to use a guide for either deer or hog. Let us know in advance if you prefer a guide. You’ll pay a $100 guide fee per hunt. Staff will help you decide who, if any, in your group will need a guide, and the option will help not only with safety but to ensure that the “right” deer is harvested.

If you wish to take your venison with you, please bring your own cooler. Our $100 cleaning fee includes skinning and quartering your harvest, then reserving it for you in the walk-in cooler until your departure. When you are ready to check out, you will need to drive to the barn where a guide will load your cooler. We can also provide a cape, and we can help with delivery of trophies to a local taxidermist. It is possible to ship your harvest on your behalf, but it is expensive. Please let us know in advance so we can provide a quote.

Hog hunting from blinds is also part of core package pricing. There is a cleaning fee of $100 per deer/up to 3 hogs that includes quartering and packing in customer provided cooler(s). Pickup at the end of your stay is the same as above.

Note that, if you advise you are shooting hogs but are simply unable to resist a buck, there are additional fees. Why? Because we are part of the Texas MLD (Managed Land Deer) program, and we must abide by the program rules. Shooting a buck when you communicate to us that you are not jeopardizes our enrollment in the program. In addition to the $500 buck fee and high fence antler pricing, there is an additional $500 add-on fee.

What We Need to Know. For Spread Oaks Ranch to deliver the quality you expect from your experience, we need your help with planning. Prior to your arrival, simply advise how many in your party will be hunting wild deer and/or pigs, high fence deer, and/or how many are going to be archery hunting. This helps us plan equipment, transportation, and hunting locations.

It also helps if we know who if bringing their own rifle and/or bow. Not planning on bringing either? Spread Oaks Ranch has scoped bolt action rifles chambered in .243, .270, .300, and .308, and 10-point crossbows. You are also welcomed to bring your own optics, rangefinder, and eye and ear protection, although our guides can provide these for you.  

Do not hesitate to contact Ged Durham or by phone at (210) 863-1857 if you have any questions. Your questions make it easier for us to provide you with the hunt of a lifetime.