Wild Horns Ranch offers hunting, lodging, camping (tents or RV), bonfires and beautiful Texas scenery all year long. We are conveniently located approximately 1 hour south of Dallas-Ft. Worth and 2 hours north of Austin, near Hillsboro, Texas. We are set up for small or midsize group events and we are more than happy to customize a weekend for you and your group. Send us an email or give us a call to make reservations.All of our hunts are guided or semi-guided. We have a wide variety of game, domestic & exotics, and most can be hunted year round! And these hunts can be as easy or as challenging as you like, as we offer multiple blinds, stands and feeder locations around the property. The gently sloping terrain has plenty of trees & foliage to make the hunts ‘a hunt’ but enough open spaces to see the game. Ponds & creeks offer beautiful settings for the 181 acre ranch.Wild Horns Ranch is a registered Feral Swine Hunting Preserve.
Wild Horns Ranch [‘Tusks & Horns’] stocks a wide variety of Exotic Game Animals. Since these are non-native to our area, they can be hunted year-round although some trophies are more desirable in specific seasons—refer to the individual pages for more details.
We provide guided hunts for a spot & stalk or take you to stands on well-traveled game trails. Let us know your skill level and/or ultimate goals and we can help select the trophy and the style of hunt.
While we cannot guarantee that you hit your target(s), we can usually make sure you get a shot! Some of these trophies can create quite a challenge as they are skillful at eluding humans. For Exotic Hunts, you only pay if you are successful. As with other hunts, drawing blood does count as a kill (wounded animals generally die). Our pricing includes retrieving the kill but does not include field dressing or preparing for mounting your trophy. However, our guide is glad to provide these services & hopefully that generates extra gratuities!
A valid Texas hunting license is required for all hunts but there is no specific license or tag required for exotics (only on native animals, i.e., whitetail deer).
We offer the best VALUE for hunting exotics in central Texas! When you weigh the cost, convenience, experience of our guide, and amenities, then we are #1. Many of our posted prices are a range since we are constantly bringing in new trophies to fit different budgets. Be sure to let us know if you have a specific trophy envisioned as we have many resources to fulfill your dream hunt.
Another hybrid sheep originating in the Caribbean, the Barbados is another species with no seasonal restrictions. Purebred Barbados do not have horns, but have been cross bred to create a game animal with large horns. Like all other sheep, the Barbados have excellent hearing. In addition, they also have a 300º field of vision, which makes for a very challenging approach.
Another excellent year-round species to hunt is the Catalina Goat. The Catalina is not the fastest species, but they can be challenging hunts. Catalina are easily startled and can evade danger in mere seconds. The Catalina goat horns are wide & thick, creating an impressive trophy.
The Corsican Rams are hybrid sheep that originated in Texas. This is an excellent species to hunt all year round, and Corsican Rams are the most hunted exotic animal throughout North America. The rams can reach 160 lbs., where the ewes typically reach 90 lbs. Both rams and ewes have horns. Hunting the Corsican Ram can be both exhilarating and challenging, as they require patience to track and are able to quickly herd together, making a clear shot more difficult. Typically, the Corsicans are more active in the early and late hours when the temperatures are cooler.
Very similar in shape and size to the Dall, the Hawaiian Sheep are more rare than other species of sheep. These sheep are believed to be a cross between Mouflon and Black-Haired Sheep. These agile animals often make for an exciting and challenging hunt, but their wide horns make a prize that is worth the effort. As with other sheep species, the Hawaiian can be hunted year-round.
The Mouflon keeps its horns year-round, which makes them another excellent species to hunt in any season. These animals require patience, as they are smart, strong and agile. Quickly climbing over rocks and through the thick brush, the Mouflons are tough to spot and quick to escape once spotted Thus the Mouflon is a true trophy.
Fallow Deer are predominately grazers and browsers, so our grassland between bordering woods is ideal. Their unique flat antlers, somewhat resembling the antlers of a moose, make an impressive trophy. These animals are great athletes, able to leap fences that are twice their height from a stand still. They can reach speeds of over 30 miles per hour and can broad jump seventeen feet, though they prefer to go under obstacles rather than over them. Getting a shot on one as it bounds away is nearly impossible. The Fallow has no seasonal restrictions, however September – February are typically the best months.
The Red Deer is the fourth largest deer species. The stags (males) generally range from 350 – 530 lbs. and can gain as much as 500% of their weight in the summer months. The Red Stags can grow magnificent antlers, with multiple, grandiose points. A beauty to behold, these animals make highly sought-after trophies! Even the hinds (females) are valued for the meat (most venison served in restaurants is red deer meat). As a non-domestic deer, the Red Deer can be hunted all year but the autumn and winter months their antlers are hardened and without velvet.
One of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America, the majestic Elk is the second largest of the deer species. These mighty animals are typically 600 – 1,000 lbs. with majestic antlers. Their large stature does not hinder their speed, as they are capable of speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Elk meat is popular, as it is leaner and higher in protein than beef or chicken. Being non-native to our area, elk can be hunted anytime but the bull elk’s antlers harden during the autumn and winter months with August the best month to find them with velveted antlers.
There might be nothing more American than the Buffalo [technically, the Bison] hunt. The Buffalo hunt was a way of life for Native Americans and early American pioneers. Since few modern hunters have experienced the thrill and challenge of pursuing these large animals, Texas Bison hunting offers a rare opportunity to participate in an age-old human tradition. American Bison are the largest native land mammals in North America. Approaching a herd of these massive creatures can be intimidating and awe-inspiring. Growing to over 2,000 lbs., the Buffalos horns can range from 17 – 22”. Bison can be hunted year-round, but the winter months find the Buffalo with the best coat.
Hunting wild mountain sheep is not for the faint of heart but here you will not have to exert yourself climbing steep, rocky terrain. Aoudad have incredible hearing and a keen sense of smell, making them difficult to approach, and they can seem to vanish into thin air once you’ve spotted them. These animals have the ability to jump 8 feet from a complete standstill. If you hunt patiently and shoot well, you will be rewarded with a thrilling hunt, a fine trophy, and wonderful memories. The Aoudad can be hunted year-round, but the best months are October – February and they are most active at dawn and dusk.
The Blackbuck is something of a super athlete. This graceful small antelope is able to reach speeds of 50 miles per hour….this is one species of game animal that you don’t want to spook. They travel in herds, so getting past multiple sets of keen eyes and alert ears can be difficult. You will need to be careful, using the wind to your advantage to sneak within shooting distance without being detected. It is challenging and demanding, but worth it if you manage to walk away with a set of their beautiful V-shaped corkscrew horns. The Blackbuck can be hunted year-round without any seasonal restrictions.
The Axis Deer is a social creature native to the short grasslands of India that spends its time in herds and are particularly wary of scent and sound. Getting up close is a challenge that will stretch your hunting skills….but taking home a set of their long, impressive antlers and mild flavorful game meat makes this a great trophy for any hunter. Axis can be hunted year-round, but May – August are typically the best months.
The beautiful white and rust-colored Oryx once roamed Northern Africa in large numbers. Today, they roam the game ranches and hunting preserves of the Lone Star State. Despite their light-colored coats, oryx can be difficult to find in the thick Texas brush. Often, you’ll only catch a glimpse of white movement or their long slender horns moving above the shrubbery before this medium sized antelope bolts to escape danger. Their impressive, curved horns with distinct markings create a beautiful trophy. Since Oryx are very wary, getting in close for a shot without being spotted by watchful eyes can be difficult. The Oryx keeps their horns year-round, which makes for a great hunt any time of the year.
Native to Texas, the Dall Sheep are a hybrid cross between Mouflon ewes and Rambouillet rams created initially for the sole purpose of hunting. Dall Sheep hunts are physically demanding, and require patience and good shooting skills, but the trophies are some of the most rewarding to take home. Dall Sheep are known for their beautiful white coats and large horn. There are no seasonal restrictions on Dall Sheep, which makes for a great hunting experience any time of year.
Wild hog hunts are extremely popular in Texas due the excitement & affordability for every skill level of hunters. We provide guided hunts for a spot & stalk or take you to stands on well-traveled game trails. Wild Horns Ranch is a registered Feral Swine Hunting Preserve so authorized to bring in boars year-round and maintain well-stocked herds.
Since we can accommodate numerous hunters, hog hunts make great outing for groups and families. We have a very comfortable ranch house [refer to “Lodging”] with kitchen facilities for the overnight or multi-day adventures.
While we cannot guarantee that you hit your target(s), we will make sure you get a shot! As with other hunts, drawing blood does count as a kill (wounded animals generally die). Our pricing includes retrieving the kill but does not include field dressing or preparing for mounting your trophy. However, our guide is glad to provide these services & hopefully that generates extra gratuities!
A valid hunting license is required for all hunts in Texas but there is no specific license or tag required.
These are ample targets year-round at Wild Horns Ranch, why we refer to Tusks ‘n Horns!
Whitetail deer hunting is a Texas tradition. Since we are a high-fenced ranch, we have better control of our herd of white-tailed deer. We also have the ability to combine your tradition native deer hunt with a non-native exotic trophy and/or a hog hunt. As with most deer hunting on private game ranches, the fee will be based on the trophy selected.
While we cannot guarantee that you hit your target(s), we can usually make sure you get a shot! The greater the trophy, the more of a challenge as they grow to be quite skillful at eluding humans. For Whitetail Deer Hunts, you only pay if you are successful. As with other hunts, drawing blood does count as a kill (wounded animals generally die). Our pricing includes retrieving the kill but does not include field dressing or preparing for mounting your trophy. However, our guide is glad to provide these services & hopefully that generates extra gratuities!
A valid Texas hunting license is required, and you must follow the state regulations for Hill County:
Wild Horns Ranch provides the excitement of a traditional whitetail deer hunt with convenience and comfort. And unlike a land lease, you only pay if successful.
After your excursions in the great outdoors, retreat to the great indoors of our comfortable 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom ranch home that features wood and ceramic tile floors, comfortable beds and a cozy fireplace in the den. Lounge on the large, rustic covered front porch made of Arkansas cedar logs or enjoy the rear covered patio, complete with a grill and outdoor seating around the firepit. You can even engage in a game of horseshoes or just sit & enjoy the breeze through the large native trees. We have a full kitchen you are welcome to use to prepare meals or we can arrange for a cook to come in for larger groups.
We also offer pad sites for camping that include water and electricity. Feel free to bring an RV or a tent and camp to your heart’s content.
We offer the best VALUE for hunting in central Texas! When you weigh the cost, convenience, experience of our guide, and amenities, then we are #1. Many of our posted prices are a range since we are constantly bringing in new trophies to fit different budgets. Be sure to let us know if you have a specific trophy envisioned as we have many resources to fulfill your dream hunt.
Attached is the latest published price list. Call or email to get more information and/or up-to- date photos on our available trophies.
We offer a wide variety of customizable options for your experience with Wild Horns Ranch. We provide accommodations for private parties, corporate and group events. We also have seasonal specials, be sure to follow us on Facebook and register your email for information on our latest specials.
Book your custom hunt & see why we have so many returning hunters. The whole experience is rewarding, whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned veteran.