Hunting Report: August 2011


Featured Texas Hunt

9k_doors.jpgOur 9000 acre south ranch down in deep south Texas features authentic, old world Spanish style accommodations of 4 star quality. To read more about our hunting on this ranch, click here! We expect to have a great Whitetail season based on our sheds from last spring.

Dove Hunting

Dove season is 4 weeks away in South Texas. We have 3 day all inclusive Dove packages for corporations and groups of friends looking for barrel hot wingshooting action.  We have 3 primary lodges in South Texas. We hunt the Special Whitewing area Sept 3-4 and 10-11 as well as the general season beginning Sept 23. We are 70% booked in all 3 lodges. Please call for remaining dates.

1. Freer Ranch

lodge_main.jpg135,000 acre ranch with 25,000 huntable acres for Dove hunting. Tank shoots, food plots, and flyways.gatelg.jpg Lodge: 3 1/2 star 8 bedroom lodge sleeps up to 16 guests. Individual bedrooms/baths. Living great room features leather sofas and recliners, large dining area, commercial kitchen, and over a dozen whitetail mounts over 170BC. We offer “crazy quail” shoots for our Dove hunting guests.
Rates: $750  per person
3 day package
Arrive Friday noon/depart Sunday noon
Call for dates

2. 624 ranch

624_01.jpg7000 acres in Cotulla Texas bordering the Nueces River. Tank shoots, flyways, and food plots. The entire 7000 acres has been "stripped" years ago and manicured for wingshooting. It features over 60 watering holes for doves.
dove11.jpgLodge: 4 star lodge over 9000 square feet and overlooks a large fishing lake right off the back porch and swimming pool! It can accommodate up to 24 guests. Multiple bedrooms and baths. Pool table/ poker tables, shuffleboard tables, large fishing lake stocked, big screen TV for football games with leather recliners and sofas, and full bar.
Rates: $850 per person weekday packages and $895 per person weekend packages
. To reserve the ranch exclusively for your group, we require a fee of $16,750 for the weekend for up to 24 guests. This equates to $698 per person, about 35% less than comparable South Texas Dove hunts. A regulation sheet, trap, and 5 stand sporting clay range sits next to the lodge.
Prop your feet up to a margarita poolside after a long days successful Dove hunt! Accommodates 24 guests
Call for dates

3. Hebbronville Ranch

9k_gal2.jpg9000 acres located south of Hebbronville along the Whitewing corridor of south Texas. Irrigated food plots, tank shoots, wild grain fields, dove weed, teeweed, sunflowers and croten.
4 1/2 star lodging for up to 40 guests. Lodge features over a dozen buildings with a combination of separate bedrooms and baths and bunkrooms. Fine dining halls, large great rooms with large big screens, leather sofas and recliners, trophy mounts from all over the world including Alaska, North America, and Africa and a world class trophy whitetail collection from the ranch with over 30 heads from the ranch itself. Swimming pool, casitas, full bar and skeet range.
Rates: $1150 per person
weekday packages and $1250 weekend packages.
Call for dates

Panhandle Mule Deer and Whitetail Hunting

22,500 acres
2 big muleys

Texas Panhandle free range Whitetail and Mule Deer Ranch & Hunting
Dec 1-4, 2011  - 4 openings remain- Mule Deer
Dec 18-21, 2011 - Whitetail only- 2 openings/TV show booked

4 Day Hunt Includes:
Meals, Lodging, 2X1 Guided, Game Care
$7500 per person - 4 tags available for 2011 season.

  • $3500 deposit secures hunt date
  • Fly to Amarillo, TX and rent a vehicle and drive to ranch. Directions to ranch will be given upon booking
  • 22,500 acres - Hall county southeast of Amarillo - one of the top Panhandle counties in Texas
  • Clients choice Mule Deer or Whitetail

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178BC Muley &

179 BC gross mainframe 8 point whitetail

The Ranch: 22,500 acres of mountainous , hilly, rolling terrain with over 300 acres planted in winter wheat right in the middle of the ranch. We draw in trophy Mule Deer and Whitetails from miles and miles. We have the only wheat for over 7 miles around. It’s a magnet.

Panhandle Mule Deer
The word is out on this new "honey hole" for trophy mule deer. The Texas Panhandle. Many North Texas counties formerly closed to mule deer hunting have recently been opened, some for the first time in history. This has created a unique opportunity for the discerning trophy hunter in search of record book mule deer.

These deer have not been pressured. Recently, muleys exceeding 220BC and weighing over 300 pounds have been harvested in the Panhandle - most unpublicized. Antler spreads range 25"-32" and heavy mass is common with good forks. The state record came from this sand hills region.

Hunting is conducted by patiently glassing large areas, including travel corridors between wheat fields and mesquite flats and brushy creek and drainage breaks. "Spot & stalk" and high racking is the preferred method of harvest. We have 3 very large winter wheat fields and are the only green fields for 7 miles.

These hunts are in the greatest demand and booking early is recommended. Be among the select few to experience this hunt of a lifetime.

Panhandle Whitetails
The Panhandle of extreme North Texas has come on in recent years as the new "hotspot" for huge Kansas strain whitetails. These bruisers can easily exceed 250 pounds, rivaling Canadian whitetails without the extreme weather and international travel. Many free ranging Boone & Crockett Whitetail bucks exceeding 200BC have been taken recently in the Texas panhandle - most unpublicized.

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Accommodations- clients stay in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath modest, clean ranch house. Towels, Linens, blankets and pillows are provided. Excellent meals are served and you will hunt with an experienced guide.

All meals are prepared by a ranch cook. We hunt by glassing draws, arroyos, wheat fields, spot and stalk, rattling, and some blind hunting. A small to moderate amount of “high racking” is done if conditions are appropriate. We are bordered by huge ranches as well, some of which do not hunt. We are one of only 2 ranches for over 30 miles who have winter wheat and the deer come from miles to our wheat. The other ranch is 7 miles away.

Official Truck of Riata Hunting Ranches, LLC.!

South Texas free range trophy whitetail

20,000 acres contiguous
12 whitetail hunts up to 145BC remain for 2011 season
All hunts over 145BC are booked for 2011

South Texas is the Mecca of Whitetail deer hunting. The ranch lies in famed “Golden Triangle” of South Texas where approximately 71% of all typical and 56% of all non-typical free range Boone & Crockett entries for Texas Whitetails have come from the last 90+ years. The ranch lies in this 14+ county area. The ranch has been a consistent producer each year of 145-200BC class deer and has been a consistent winner of the South Texas big buck contest multiple years, winning both typical and non-typical categories.  In the 2010 season multiple bucks scoring 160-180+ were harvested on the ranch, including a free range 197BC!

135,000+ acres - 1 contiguous ranch. One of the largest contiguous ranches remaining in South Texas. Clients hunt approx. 25,000+ acres on guided hunts

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The Future 

4 Day Hunt Includes: 4 days/ 3 nights/ 6 hunt sessions- Noon arrival/noon departure. Hunt Includes Meals, lodging on the ranch, 1X1 guide service and game care
Game Includes per hunter:
1 trophy buck, 1 Doe, Wild Boar & Javelina, Bobcats & Coyotes

Rifle Rates: Please see below
 hunts for bucks 5 1/2 years of age up to 145BC gross begin each year in mid November and run through mid December.

Big Buck Contest Winner

The 135,000+ acre ranch is located outside of Freer, Texas, in the heart of prime South Texas brush country. The ranch has an ongoing management program to maintain correct buck to doe ratios, age structure, and densities of whitetail deer. This management program is designed to produce mature outstanding whitetail trophies.

  • Lodge has 8 guest bedrooms. Each room has two twin beds, and 1 bath.
  • Living room has leather couches and recliners, a big screen TV for watching football games midday. There are 12 whitetail mounts in the living room exceeding 170BC.
  • Commercial kitchen, 2 dining rooms. Front and back porch with fantastic views of the South Texas plains. Cuisine is prepared by a resident cook and includes authentic South Texas cuisine.


To reserve hunt date:  $1750 reservation deposit. We accept checks and all major credit cards. Any additional trophy fees are due at the ranch upon harvest via credit card through Riata.
Getting there
:  Clients should fly to Corpus Christi, Texas and rent a car and drive to the ranch. Directions to the ranch will be given upon booking reservation. Drive time is about 1:15 hours.

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  • 2-day guide's choice deer hunt up to 120 inch B&C $2000.00
    • This is a 2 day fully guided hunt which includes lodging, meals, guide and transportation while on the ranch.
  • 3-day guided deer hunt 120 to 145 inch B&C $3500.00
    • This is a 3 day fully guided hunt which includes lodging, meals, guide and transportation while on the ranch.

South Texas quail hunting over bird dog pointers

624 Ranch: Cotulla, Texas
LaSalle County 2011 & 2012
Gentlemen’s South Texas Quail Hunt over bird dog pointers

The ranch is 7000 acres contiguous and is located in LaSalle county approx. 1.5 hours south of San Antonio.

Quail Hunt package: 3 days/ 2 nights/ 4 hunt sessions- noon arrival/noon departure. Mixture of wild Bobwhite Quail and pre-released birds. Native Blue Quail as a bonus.
Package price includes: meals, lodging on ranch, daily laundry, trucks and drivers, bird dogs and handlers, and beverages, swimming pool, 5 stand sporting clays, and 30 pre-released quail per hunter, per hunt session.
Rates: $2250 per person - 30 Bobwhites pre-released per hunter, per hunt session and includes Bass fishing in the big lake by the lodge. Minimum 4 hunters.
Dates: Now Booking November 2011 through February, 2012
9000 square foot lodge- 5 separate bedrooms /each with 1 queen and 1 twin bed and 2 large bunkrooms - sleeps 24 total guests

The Ranch has long been regarded as one of the finest South Texas deer & wingshooting ranches in the state. Catering to clients from across the country, the Ranch has become a hunting tradition for many of our customers.

The 7,000 acre ranch is dedicated to trophy management of whitetail deer and wingshooting with nutrition programs for both big game as well as dove and wild Bobwhite Quail populations. The sole goal is to continue to improve on the Ranch's stellar reputation as one of the top hunting ranches in the country.

Located on over 7,000 acres of extensively improved and fertile land bordering the Nueces River, the Ranch has miles of underground irrigation systems, 400 acres of protein rich crops cultivated for the Dove and Quail and 60 watering stations for quail. The management scheme is augmented with year round feeding programs for quail, dove, and deer producing trophy game and wing shooting which affords countless opportunities for the sporting enthusiast.

Guests can develop quite an appetite hunting. The ranch takes pride in the culinary prowess of the chef and staff who want to make sure you go to sleep with a full stomach and a smile on your face.  You'll love the creature comforts, game room, fine dining and hospitality and the ranch wants to make sure your stay is memorable. If you have any special needs or might be allergic to certain foods or spices please advise and the ranch will be glad to accommodate.

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The 9,000 square foot Texas Heritage style lodge provides relaxation among primitive Texas furnishings, game trophies, original art and antiques. The spacious bunkroom can provide meeting space for up to 16 people or up to 30 people in the lodge dining area. There is plenty of space in the large trophy room for a game of pool, playing cards, shuffleboard, catching up on some reading or enjoying a ballgame. There is a nice, cool swimming pool where you'll be able to unwind warm day of dove hunting.

South Texas Living
No visit to South Texas would be complete without tasting an authentic Texas margarita! The ranch has a secret recipe - that they would be glad to share with you. The cuisine provided at the Ranch is an elegant but hearty menu of wild game, thick steaks and chops, all mixed with classic South Texas side dishes that are second to none. And just when you think you can't possibly eat another bite we'll bring out a dessert so delicious we're sure you'll be able to find room. Enjoy a glass of wine or fine cigar after a day of hunting on the front porch of the Ranch.

Free Range West Texas Auodad Hunting

4 day hunt $2950 including meals, lodging, guide service and game care
$1450 hunt deposit reserves your hunt date
Over 25,000 acres of private land hunting on 2 ranches in a 4 star lodge

We hunt one of the largest cattle ranches in Val Verde and Kinney Counties, which is a 4th generation, family owned and operated ranch. Hunting is done on approximately 25,000 acres. These prime hunting ranches are located between Brackettville and Del Rio which is approximately 150 miles west of San Antonio, Texas in the northern perimeters of the legendary South Texas Brush Country.

#3 SCI - Aoudad Taken With Pistol In 2009

The terrain includes dense mesquite thickets, black brush, oak motts, rolling hills, South Texas vegetation and 3 major creeks run though the ranches (Pinto, Mud and Sycamore). Also included are several large water tanks. Our habitat is in excellent shape after recent rains and the nutrition necessary to produce good racks. The ranch strives to maintain a healthy animal environment and managed to produce the best whitetail deer, turkey, and exotics game animals.

South Texas Whitetail over 170 Boone & Crockett

South Texas "mossback" bucks
9000 acre private ranch - Hebbronville, Texas

 Available to the public for the first time under new ownership. One of South Texas premier hunting ranches and 4 star accommodations. Step back in time to a true, legendary South Texas cattle ranch located near the famed Tecomate Ranch. Among the finest whitetail, wild quail, and dove hunting to be found anywhere. Giant trophy deer, Dove hunting for White Wings that’s been quoted “just like Old Mexico” and some of the finest Wild Quail habitat left in South Texas consisting of sandy mott country.

Accommodations: 4 star accommodations including haciendas which can accommodate up to 30 guests. Separate bedrooms and baths, exquisite dining rooms, game and TV rooms and a swimming pool to relax in after a long afternoons quail or dove shoot.

Sit back, prop your feet up, listen to the coyotes howl and have a drink on the patio with an outdoor fireplace overlooking 9000 acres of legendary brush country. Over 30 Trophy whitetail and 20 African game mounts from around the world are on display in the great rooms where you’ll relax and discuss the days hunt with your friends, family, co-workers or clients. Or, sit back with your buddies and have a glass of wine and cigar in the open

Air “guard tower” enjoying 360 degree views for 30 miles of this famed “ Lonesome Dove Territory”.

Outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fireplace and guard tower balcony

Prices: 2011-2012 Season
Whitetail Deer
October 1 - January 30 of each year

$3950 hunt fee includes meals, lodging, 2x1 guide service and game care + Trophy fees as follows: Due at ranch upon harvest.

Up to 145BC gross























9k_gal4.jpgThere are 10 more bucks available for harvest in the 2011 season.
(2) up to 145BC  (2) 145-160  (2) 160-180  (2) 180-200  ( 2) 200+

  • Any hunter booked on a 170BC or higher would be allowed to take a mature mainframe 8 pointer under 140BC as part of their hunt.
  • All hunts for bucks under 170BC are 4 days/3 nights/ 6 hunt sessions . Example- Thursday noon-Sunday noon.
  • All hunts for bucks over 170BC are 5 days/ 4 nights/ 8 hunt sessions -example- Wednesday noon-Sunday noon

How we hunt in South Texas- Whitetail Cadillac!!!

United States

Eastern New Mexico Mule Deer Hunting

90,000 acre private ranch
6 Guaranteed tags 2011

 Rates: $4500
4 day all inclusive 2 x 1 guided hunt

Oct 29-Nov 1: 2 openings
Nov 12-15: 2 openings
Nov 19-22: 2 openings  (rut hunt)

This private ranch is located NE of Roswell, New Mexico in the sand hills of eastern New Mexico. Long known for producing trophy class Mule Deer eastern New Mexico is one of the best areas in the country. There is a diverse “strip” of land running through area that consists of high desert pinions, sage, and sand hills located at 4500 feet above sea level. Typical Mule Deer country. Our operator has been outfitting the area over 30 years. He only harvests mature, trophy class bucks under a strict game management plan. Clients hunt “spot and stalk” style while glassing from 4x4 trucks on ranch roads.

Licenses are $280-$365 depending on hunt date and are over the counter guaranteed landowner tags. Our operator has been there over 30 years. Clients are responsible for their own hotel accommodations in Roswell. The ranch is a 30 minute drive from Roswell. Clients are responsible for their own food during the hunt. Breakfast and dinner are from local restaurants and lunch is had while on the ranch during the day. There are a maximum of 4 hunters on the ranch per hunt date.

Client expectations on this hunt should be to hunt for 160+ class bucks and better. There have been some 180-200BC deer taken on the ranch in the past, including a 193BC last season. This is a “full blown” trophy hunt where clients hunt for the best mature buck they see.

Getting there: Clients fly to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rent car and drive to ranch.
A 50% deposit is required per person. Balance due 60 days prior to hunt date.

2013 Alaskan boat brown bear hunt & interior Moose hunts

75 miles of exclusive, private shoreline
World class Brown Bear hunts

This hunt on the pacific side of the Alaska Peninsula is truly unique. Our guide service has exclusive rights to 75 miles of prime Brown Bear coastline. A 58-foot boat is used as a floating hunting lodge to access the private hunting area. This is bear hunting in style! From the boat, beaches and hills are glassed while slowly cruising down the shorelines. Upon spotting a bear, the hunter and guide take to the shore by skiff to make the stalk. We also have glassing locations where we often spend the day hunting. At the end of the day we hike to the beach and radio the boat for a skiff ride back to the Patricia Ann for a great dinner, and warm bed!
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Our operator has a high success rate of 95% over the last 20 years on really good bears.
Ten-foot bears are not uncommon. Fall 2009 success rates were 6 for 7 with an 8’ 7” average. May 2010 success rate was 8 for 10 with over 9' average. While on board, clients may fish for halibut and cod, and in the fall help pull crab pots for fresh Dungeness crab. If you are through with tents in harsh weather environments, treat yourself to the comfort and effectiveness of hunting by boat. Land camps, tents and cabin also available.

10-Day 1x1 Fall 2011 Brown Bear Boat Based Hunt
(10 hunting-days, October 1-10)
$20,000 Booked

10-Day 1x1 Fall 2011 Brown Bear Land Camp Hunt
Tent or Cabin if available
(10 hunting-days, October 1-10)

10-Day 1x1 Spring 2012 Brown Bear Boat Based Hunt
(9 hunting-days, May 10-18)
(7 hunting-days, May 19-25)

Now booking 2013
Included in Hunt Rates:
1X1 guide service, meals, main and spike camp accommodations, trophy care (In field) and transportation during hunt.

Not Included in Hunt Rates:

Transportation - Fly from Anchorage to Sand Point with Peninsula Airways - approximately $808 RT, be sure to request a lodge fare.
Outfitter will meet you in Sand Point, Alaska.

License & Tags - Unlimited tags are available online or can be purchased upon arrival in Anchorage.
License @ $85 & Brown bear tags are $500 These fees are subject to change.


This hunt takes place in the heart of prime moose country just outside Denali National Park, in Alaska's beautiful interior. This part of the Alaska Range is famous for big moose. Low numbers of hunters coupled with a hard working outfitter, produces high success on quality animals. In this area, moose, caribou, grizzly bear, sheep, black bear, wolf and wolverine are available in the same season and makes this an excellent choice for multi species combination hunts.

2012 Prices:

10-Day 1X1 Moose & Grizzly Bear (Sept. 1-10): $14,500
10-Day 1X1 Moose & Caribou (Sept. 1-10): $14,500
9-Day 1X1 Moose & Grizzly (Sept. 11-20): $15,950
9-Day 1X1 Moose & Caribou (Sept. 11-20): $15,950
SEASON: September 1st - 20th

12-Day 1X1 Combo Hunt - (2) Species (August 30 - Sept. 10): $17,000
14-Day 1X1 Combo Hunt - (3) Species (August 28 - Sept. 10): $19,250
Non-Hunter (per day): $300

Late Season 2009 Moose Hunters with Trophies

Included in Hunt Rates: 1X1 guide service, meals, main and spike camp accommodations, trophy care (In field) and transportation during hunt..

Not Included in Hunt Rates:

Transportation - fly to McGrath with Peninsula Airways for $374 RT, be sure to request a lodge fare.

Charter out to hunting lodge from McGrath with Redline Air Charters - approximately $800 round trip based on two passengers, outfitter will arrange charter.

Alaska Non-Resident Hunting Preservation Fund - $150 check made payable to Alaska Professional Hunters Association. Mail to outfitter with hunt agreement.

License & Tags: Unlimited tags are available online or can be purchased upon arrival in Anchorage.
license @ $85, grizzly bear @ $500, moose @ $400, sheep @ $425, caribou @ $325, black bear @ $225, wolverine @ $175, (no tag required on wolf), tags may be used on any animal of equal or lesser value. These fees subject to change.
Harvest Tickets should be acquired at the same time as your tags. (Moose, Caribou, Sheep)
No Tag required for Wolf.

View the Alaska Hunting Photo Gallery
To Reserve your hunt call 512-261-2400 Riata Hunting Ranches, LLC.

Kansas Free Range Whitetail Hunts
Unit 16 | 2012

Bill Gorman 2010 Whitetail

20,000+ acres private land in Protection, Kansas
Hunt includes meals, lodging and guide service (stand drop off)

Located in south-central Kansas near the town of Protection, this is not just another Kansas whitetail outfitter. We have 20,000 acres of “archery only” and additional large acreages where we host 8 gun hunts a year. Bowhunting for giant Kansas whitetails has been our operators life and passion for the last 11 years and in that time he has become what Kansas bow hunting is all about. There are plenty of Kansas outfitters that offer trophy whitetail hunts, but very few really produce big deer. Kansas has become a “hot spot” for big free range whitetail but most hunters return from trips having seen “small bucks”. Few can consistently get you quality opportunities at mature whitetails. This outfitter has made it its mission to provide those very opportunities to its deer hunting clients, including hosting editors from North American Whitetail Magazine.

Our outfitter is an avid hunter with over 40 years bow hunting experience and over 25 P&Y and B&C animals taken with a bow and arrow to his credit.

Kansas Whitetail Archery Hunts

2011 Dates: booked
2011 Rates
: 5 Day all inclusive hunt: $3750 (plus license & permit fees)

Kansas Whitetail Gun Dates:
8 available for 2012 - $5500 + $321 permit and $72.50 license
Nov 28-Dec 2, 2012
Dec 5-9, 2012

We have a 12 day gun season on whitetail. We offer two 5 day hunts. There are 4-5 hunters per hunt date. The last 2 years we have been 100% success with a 150BC minimum. Our bucks average 150-180BC

We have averaged 65% with our archery hunters where we have a 140BC minimum. These bucks average 140-170BC

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April 1-30 of each year
Applications available from Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
(620) 672-5911 or

Permit Costs:
$72.50: Hunting License
$321.00: Deer Permit

Getting there: clients fly to Wichita or Dodge City , rent a car and drive 2.5 hours to the lodge. 

We recently made a scouting trip to a 140,000 acre ranch in Logan, New Mexico for big Mule Deer. The ranch hands took us into some caves on the ranch to see old indian paintings……..whats your guess?

Deer Management in Kansas
Kansas is fast becoming the destination of choice for trophy minded Whitetail hunters. We work very hard to give each hunter an opportunity at a trophy whitetail. So, for the past 11 years we have asked our hunters to pass up young bucks and shoot only mature deer. This plan has worked very well and is now providing significant numbers of shooting opportunities at P&Y and B&C class animals. Our management rules are as follows:

Hunters must only take bucks that score a minimum of 140 inches or are at least 4 1/2 years old.

If a hunter takes a buck that does not meet the above minimum requirements there will be an additional fee of $1000.00.

Reservations: to reserve your hunt contact Riata Hunting Ranches, LLC. 512-261-2400

Brooks Range Alaska Combo Hunts for Grizzly, Dall Sheep and Moose

$25,000 3 species combo hunt
Horseback hunts 2012 and 2013

Where We Hunt:
Base Camp - Brooks Range

Deep in the heart of Alaska's Northern Country

If you choose to join us in our northerly base camp for a fall hunting trip you can expect the unexpected. After your flight out of Fairbanks into the tiny town of Bettles you will be provided with a backcountry charter deep into the wilderness of Alaska’s northerly Brooks Range, within the largest wilderness area left in North America.

Famed for its easily navigable lowlands, crystal clear rivers, rugged peaks, rolling landscapes and big game, the Brooks Range is the prime spot for a true Alaskan hunting experience. Our area in the Brooks Range is coveted for its easily accessible and impressive big game such as Dall sheep, Grizzly bear, Moose and Wolves. Our lakes, streams and rivers are hosts to grayling, northern pike, and arctic char.

Our Base Camp in the Brooks Range has all the creature comforts and is surrounded by classic North Alaskan mountains and rivers. Here the Alaskan flag waves over the cook's tent. The ride into base camp is breathtaking.

At the base camp, 130 miles north of the Arctic Circle (and countless miles from the closest road or town), you truly are in the wilderness. Rugged as it may be, base camp and crew provide all the creature comforts necessary for an enjoyable and comfortable rustic Alaskan experience. After you depart base camp on horseback, surrounded by the majesties that Mother Nature provides, your licensed guide will provide you with all the knowledge, skill and companionship you will need to make your trip spectacular.
The main camp consists of comfortable wall tents with stoves, a shower tent with hot water and propane heater. There is a central dining tent with excellent food and lots of it. The camp is located close to timber line with a fantastic view of the mountains surrounding it.

We only take a very limited number of hunters each year, so that each person has a chance to take an older, trophy animal. For this reason, you must book well in advance. Our gentle saddle and pack horses are used to reach spike camps in order to hunt this vast, remote country and to bring back the trophies and meat.

COMBINATION HUNTS: Your choice of Moose, Dall Sheep, Grizzly and Wolf. Prices Vary depending on animal combination.

August 31 - Sept. 13 | Sept. 13 - 26
Please call for price information

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Flights: The round trip flight between Fairbanks and Bettles on Wright Air runs about $250 per person. The flight between Bettles and our base camp with Brooks Range Aviation runs at $380 round trip per person. We can provide you with a detailed list of necessary gear for your trip upon reservation.
Booking reservations
: 30% of the cost of your hunt reserves your hunt date.
Riata accepts all major credit cards and checks.

Client Corner

Each month we will be featuring a few of our client hunting successes with Riata in the “clients corner” . Enjoy!

Gonzales family hunt June 2010

Mr. Graham and his giant Red Snapper! July 2010

Mr. Taylor just returned from an African safari on a Riata-booked trip. Here was the result! July 2010

Mr. Wood with a 2010 Desert Mule Deer taken with Riata

Mr. Pinkston took this fine free range 161 Boone & Crockett Whitetail with Riata. Jan. 2011

Mr. Jimmy Cannon and his big typical Riata buck taken last November down in Gonzales

Heres a wide South Texas free range whitetail take last December during the rut with Riata

Mr. Baron with his typical 212 Boone & Crockett Riata buck officially scored at the Los Cazadores Deer Contest. This was one of the largest typicals killed in Texas in 2010.


A giant Wisconsin 238BC whitetail taken by a Riata hunter

One of the absolute best landowner partners we have holding what is certainly one the finest sets of Whitetail sheds we have ever seen. One of our fortunate clients will hunt this buck in 2011.


Giant Alberta Mule Deer & Whitetails

2 cancellation hunts Nov 14-19, 2011 
Alberta Trophy Mule Deer &
Whitetail Combo
$9950 + $1000 kill fee per animal
1x1 guided

  • Mule deer only-$7950 + $1000 kill fee/ 1X1
  • Whitetail only-$5900 + 5% tax and $1000 kill fee
  • Licenses and tags- Combo hunt- $735
  • MD only-$365
  • WT only-$445
  • All hunt fees subject to a 5% GST tax

Our outfitter has been operating out of this area since 1981. He takes 20 Mule Deer hunters per year. Clients hunt out of one of Canada’s nicest Mule Deer lodges and Mule Deer bucks average 170-200BC+ and 140-170+ on Whitetail, with the best Whitetail in 2010 being a 190+ BC.

Our operator has been guiding and outfitting here since 1981 in the SAME AREA and has secured all the non-resident allocations now and for the future.

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12 years ago the Mule Deer were placed on a limited entry draw for residents in this unit, reducing the annual harvest to approximately half of the kill and therefore allowing bucks to mature to trophy quality. The deer have gotten better and better every year. We have a limited amount of permits available for non-residents, meaning you are assured a license when you book your hunt.

Hunt Location: You will be hunting the area in eastern Alberta our operator has had since 1981. The area is renowned for consistently producing some of the largest Mule Deer in the world. The area is mostly privately held farm and ranch land, with river valleys, small wood lots, grain fields and large pastures, all providing excellent habitat for both Whitetails and Mule Deer and allowing outstanding hunting opportunities. The lodge is located 3-hours south east of Edmonton in Coronation, Alberta.

 Dates: Both Trophy Whitetail and Trophy Mule Deer are hunted during the “rut”. Alberta is one of the few places allowing Trophy Mule Deer hunting during the rut. Join Riata’s personal group hunting trophy Mule Deer and Whitetail November 14-19, 2011.

Schedule: Fly into Edmonton Nov 12. Stay the night in hotel. Transfer to lodge November 13. Hunt November 14-19 or 5 full days. Transfer back to Edmonton night of Nov 19. Fly out of Edmonton morning of November 20.

Accommodations: The Lodge is a 3600 sq. ft. fully equipped lodge with 9 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Excellent meals and the kitchen is always open for snacks.
*Free wireless internet available at the Lodge.

Alberta Trophy Whitetail: Free Range

6 full days of hunting
3000 square miles exclusive
4 star lodge
9 bucks killed over 170 in 2010 season

The opportunity is very strong on free range bucks over 160BC - the last group in November of the 2010 season averaged 161BC across the board. AVERAGE 161BC! They took 151BC-194BC bucks. Located 2 hours northwest of Edmonton in Slave Lake, Alberta. Our operator has been operating in this area for over 40 years

$5950 (rifle) including license
$5500 (archery) including license
$7500 with Mule Deer combo including license
$7950 Whitetail/Moose Combo including license
All hunts subject to 5% GST tax

Hunt #1: Hunting days November 7-12, 2011
Fly into Edmonton November 5. Depart Edmonton November 13. Riatas personal group. 2 spots remain.
Hunt #2: Hunting days November 14-19, 2011
Fly in to Edmonton on Nov 12. Hunt 14-19. Depart Edmonton November 20. 4 spots remain.
Hunt #3: Hunting days November 21-26, 2011
Clients arrive Edmonton November 19. Depart Edmonton November 27. 2 spots remain.

Getting there: clients fly Delta to Edmonton, Alberta

Includes: Meals, lodging, guide service and game care.
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  • 100% success with 9 bucks over 170+ BC and 1 over 200+BC free range and multiple wolves being harvested as well.
  • 300-400 pound bucks can be taken on these hunts on the hoof.
  • We hunt units 510, 350 and 511 from the main lodge shown which, if you do your homework, you will find these are 3 of the top units for Alberta Whitetails .
  • Unit 510 produced a 283BC Whitetail in 2008 five miles from the lodge.
  • Lodge sleeps 16 guests.

alberta3.jpgBooking reservations: Clients are required to place a $2000 deposit on Whitetail only hunt, and $2950 deposit on any combo hunt. Deposits can be placed with check or credit card via Riata Hunting Ranches.

Vancouver Island Black Bear Hunting with 5 star lodging

April/May 2012-13

The Lodge: All of our rooms have a private entrance and full ensuite washroom.

Relax by the fireside warmth of the towering thirty seven foot river rock chimney. Stroll through the fields and wander down to the river, enjoy the ambiance of nature alongside Eagles, Geese and various birds. The fishing is world class. Go to sleep by the hoots of the great horned owl and wake up to the perky cackles of ring neck pheasants....

Our outfitter started his guiding career way back in 1982. He has guided throughout all of Vancouver Island. With 27 years of experience and hundreds of successful hunts under his belt, he knows what it takes to deliver a safe, successful and rewarding hunt. We promise to treat you right and maximize the odds of you getting your trophy class animal!

He operates on an exclusive 2500 sq mile guiding territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Operating from the small, full-service community of Port Alberni, his hunting territory encompasses miles of spectacular ocean shoreline, clear rivers and tall mountains. You can't beat hunting bear on Vancouver Island!

About Vancouver Island Black Bears
vancouver2.jpgVancouver Island's black bears were designated Island Black Bear by Safari Club International (SCI), distinguishing them from their mainland cousins, the North American Black Bear. The designation was due to DNA analysis and because of their special diet, traits and size. Hard evidence of the 'cave bears' was found by a local caver when he discovered this 67,0000 year old black bear jaw bone in a limestone cave near Port Alberni.

While hunting on Vancouver Island you will spot multiple bears most days, and on a good day you can see 8 to 10 bears or more. It is an exciting spot-and-stalk hunt conducted as day trips by 4x4 vehicle, small boat or all terrain vehicle. Hunting is along the Island's ocean shorelines, river estuaries and on the logged areas of the mountain sides. The guides work with you to judge the bears and decide which ones a taker and which ones to let grow.

We set a trophy target of 18" SCI minimum skull for our hunters and are very successful getting our hunters into record book bears. We take many 19"+ bears every season and always 1 or 2 in the 20"+ range. Our bears range in size from 6' to 7' and weigh 250 lbs to 400 lbs. The annual harvest of about 40 bears per year from our 2500 square miles hunting area in the best black bear habitat in North America ensure hunters of trophy quality and quantity.

Dates: April 15- 19, 2012 or April 21-27, 2012
May 10-14 or May 15-19, 2012

Rates: $5995 1x1 guided 5 day bear hunt
1x1 two bear 5 day guided hunt
Non hunting guests: $995

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Alberta Mountain Lion

mtn_lion3.jpgNow booking for 2013
4 hunts remaining

100% success over the last 19 years with 8 of the 24 non resident allocation Cougar tags for this province

 Many years of wise management and strictly regulated hunting has resulted in Alberta being the premier location in North America for large Boone & Crockett quality ‘toms’. Our lions are second to none and our outfitter’s proven track record for producing, even under adverse conditions, has become well known.

Well bred and trained hounds, along with the hardest working and best equipped crew in the business ensures you a great hound hunting experience while in pursuit of one of North America’s greatest trophies. These cats weigh 150-210+ pounds with the average Tom being 160-180+ lbs.

Rates: $10,500 including license and permits
Dates: December 1, 2013 -February 28, 2014
Hunt includes:
6 day hunt, meals, lodging, guide, hounds, airport transfers and game care
Not Included:
6% Canadian sales tax on actual hunt price. License and cougar tag $500 which is purchased direct from the lodge, hide exporting, commercial airfare
Lodging: Clients stay right in the outfitters main home headquarters in accommodations for 6 or if hunting a remote area, hotels may be used at the outfitters expensemtn_lion_lodge.jpgThe Hunting Area: West central Alberta in the Dreyton Valley area; WMU 339 (Approx 2 hours west of Edmonton)
Getting There:
Fly to Edmonton, Alberta and the outfitter will meet you there and transfer you to camp.
Reserving this hunt
: Hunt may be reserved with Riata Hunting Ranches, LLC via check or any major credit card. A 35% deposit of $3500 is required to reserve a Lion tag.

Alberta Mountain Lion Trophy Gallery
Call 512-261-2400 to reserve a tag.

Manitoba Black Bear Hunting 2012

Our area consists of 2800 square miles out of Maseking, Manitoba. We are the exclusive outfitter for all non-resident tags for this area. This area is huge, wild and remote timber country and its loaded with bears. We have been over 95% success on our rifle hunts and 90% on our archery hunts. Every hunter sees bears. Our clients hunt in camo out of baited tree stands.

Our temperature in the spring averages 40-60 degrees. We take our clients to their pre-baited stands by ATV or Argo 8X8s every day around 3:00-4:00PM and pick them up around 10:00-11:00PM at dusk. Our clients fish for Walleye, Northern Pike, Rainbow and Brook Trout during midday or relax and watch sports in our rec room. Our archery shots average about 20 yards and our rifle about 40-90 yards.

Our bears have a 35% color phase and average 6- 6 ½ feet in length and weigh 300-350 pounds. We have Blacks, Chocolates, Blondes and Cinnamon colored bears.

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Lodging: 4 star, 4 private bedroom lodge with a recreation room
Getting there
: Clients fly to Winnipeg, Manitoba or Regina, Saskachewan where they rent a car and have 4-6 ½ drive to the lodge (depending on airport)
: $3600 including hunt, license, tax, allocation and government fees
manitoba_05.jpg2012 Spring Dates:

May 9-13 | May 16-20 | May 23-27 | May 30-June 3

2011 Fall Dates:
August 29-Sept 2 | Sept 5-9 | Sept 12-16

Includes: home cooked meals, licenses, taxes, guide service, transportation, baits, skinning, caping and freezing of trophies

Wolf track photo taken by Riata clients and staff while hunting in Alberta, November 2010

Alberta Cancellation Hunts

Archery Mule Deer & Whitetail Hunts
September 2011 - $4500
2 tags available

Hunt over 10,000 Private Acres in the Farmland of Alberta, Canada
Check out last minute hunt deals we have for 2011!

Archery Mule Deer Hunts for 3rd week of September $4500
2 spots available and a great chance to take  170 -200+ class mule deer. All private farmland, mixed with timber and “coulies”, creek and river bottom country.

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Rifle whitetail deer the last 10 days of November during the rut! $4995
2 spots available

Alberta Cancellation Hunts - Moose and Elk

Book a 2011 Elk and/or Moose Hunt and take advantage of these great cancellation hunt prices!

Elk Hunt: $3,995.00
September 16-21, 2011 | 3 spots available
Regular price on this hunt is $7000. This is a cancellation so the deposit of $3005.00 has already been paid. Pick this hunt up for the remaining $3995 + tax (5%) Includes licenses and tags.

Black bear can be combined with this elk hunt for an additional $1500.00 (includes 2 bears) and a wolf / coyote license is included free of charge. Accommodation will be a remote tent camp in the heart of the hunting area.
alberta_cancel6.jpgMoose Hunt: $3,995
September 26 - Oct 1, 2011 | 2 spots available

Regular price on this hunt is $6000 This is a cancellation so the deposit of $2005 has already been paid. Pick this hunt up for the remaining balance of $3000 + tax (5%) Includes License and Tags.

Trophy mule deer can be combined with this hunt for an additional $3500.00 (this hunt takes place in one of  of the best areas of the province for trophy mule deer) and a wolf / coyote license is included free of charge. Accomodations will be a remote tent camp in the heart of the hunting area.

Heres a shot from one our Riata staff while Whitetail hunting with clients in Alberta, November 2010. This is a typical Alberta set up. You never know what will step out of the bush... moments later, a yearling appeared and right behind her in tow - a huge Canadian Wolf…

Committing to go on a trip

If you never commit to that hunting trip you’ve thought about you will never go. All of us think about going on that trip we’ve dreamed about. We procrastinate, mumble over it, plan on reserving it next year and it never happens. If you commit to a trip with us, in some cases and depending on the outfitter we can break your payments out over multiple payment dates to help your cash flow. We accept credit cards if you want to earn airline miles. Give us a call, we’ll consult with you on that trip and get started planning it for you. There has never been better time to hunt than now, and more and more record class wildlife is being harvested now than any other time in history!   Call  512-261-2400.

Thank you for your business.

If you see a trip you would like to discuss we are here to help. We can help plan a trip for you that fits your goals, budget, and time constraints. Its worth the call to discuss. You lose nothing by making the call.


Remember, take a child hunting and support our troops.  Until next time, good hunting!

Riata Hunting Ranches, LLC