The destination whitetail hunters dream about when they go to sleep at night is the famed brush country of South Texas. Texas is another one of the top 10 all time states for Boone and Crockett whitetail entries. Not only are we in one of the top areas in the famed brush country, but we are also on the finest managed free-range ranch in the state, the Novillos. This ranch is home to the ever increasingly popular Brush Country Monsters TV show. The High Adventure Company and the Whitetail Destinations team have taken countless monsters over the last 10 years from this region. If the success rate is the most important factor in your decision on where to hunt, look no further.
Hunting the brush of South Texas demands unconventional tactics not employed on our other properties. The most popular tactic for hunting in the brush country is observing from large shooting houses on wagon-wheel senderos. A sendero is a phrase coined in Texas basically meaning "wildlife opening", created by running large implements, known as roller choppers, through the brush. Morning and afternoon hunts are spent observing senderos from the shooting houses. We spread corn down the senderos to draw whitetails out of the brush, this is the only effective and widely accepted method for hunting these densely brushed properties. You will not be sitting over a feeder on one of our ranches. The furthest thing from a trophy whitetail's mind in December is corn; they are simply cruising looking for does and the senderos are the ultimate place to look. Under certain circumstances we may take hunters out rattling for the ultimate in a whitetail hunting experience!
Far away from the acorn flats and agriculture fields of the Midwest, mesquite, acacia, cactus, black brush and various other inhospitable appearing species dominate the brush country. In reality, the brush country is anything but inhospitable to the local whitetail populations. Full of protein filled legumes, the South Texas brush country is one of the most productive whitetail habitats in the world. With the addition of large multi-season food plots we have taken the brush country nutrition to next level. Acre for acre, this is the highest density of trophy whitetails in the world.
Our ranch is part of the managed lands permit system, which allows us to hunt from Sept. 27th thru February 28th. With the limited number of hunters we take on our South Texas ranches we only hunt from Nov thru mid January.
Non-resident General Hunting tags (Type 105) cost $300 over the counter or online. We recommend that you purchase your license via the internet prior to your trip.
On a typical hunt, our management hunters can expect to harvest a whitetail scoring from 125 to 140 BC gross. Our classic hunts average 150-155 BC gross. On our limited trophy hunts, hunters can expect deer ranging from 160 and up with the sky as the limit.
Our hunters will be staying in our comfortable modern ranch house with HD TV, fire pit, and all the comforts of home. Clients will be accommodated 2 per room. Hunters will have a light breakfast before the morning hunt followed by a large breakfast after returning to the lodge. Lunch will be served at the lodge before heading out for the afternoon hunt. Dinner is a grand affair with traditional Tex-Mex food served including large NY strips served from the beef grown on the ranch or chicken-fried back strap etc. It is almost as good as the trophy hunting!
Hunters will fly into either McAllen International or Harlingen Regional airports where they will be met and transferred to the lodge.
The following are average high and low temps for our hunting area in Deep South Texas: Nov. 68/48, Dec 61/41, and Jan. 58/38.Average monthly rainfall is: Nov. 1.0 in,, Dec 1.1 in,, and Jan. 1.3 in.
3-day management hunt: $3000
Includes 1 whitetail buck scoring up to 140 BC gross; over 140 $100 per inch to 145.
3-day classic hunt: $5500
Includes 1 whitetail buck scoring up to 155 BC gross; over 155 $200 per inch