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Best Place to Hog Hunt Near Houston
My uncle is in his 70's and is not doing well. He has vertigo and would need to hunt out of a ground blind and be transported by ATV or truck to it. I would like to fly down there and take him on one last hunt. I was hoping someone could direct me to a good outfitter in that area. Independence Ranch looks to be about 2 hours away but I was not sure about their operation. If anybody has hunted there I would be glad to know your opinion. Thank you!
Contact Joe Langley at Langley Hog Hunting. See attached link for info. I think Joe Langley can meet your needs, if he has any openings. Good people and a great operation. Best of luck.
I never hunted Independence Ranch, but they have bad reviews on Texas Bowhunter. You are not allowed to touch your hog after you kill it. They gut,skin and quarter your hog and charge $1.00 a pound to do so.
Doing a quick search on TBH and Texas Hunters forums tells me to steer clear of Independence Ranch. Go with Buffalo1's recommendation. If you can't get in there, the closest place I know from Houston would be Big Oak Bowhunting, but that would probably be a 3 hour drive or more. I've absolutely no experience in commercial hog hunting operations, as I have my own I would like to kill, but this is what I've picked up on the forums. If you would like, I can ask around on TBH or THF for you. Just say the word !
So, just sitting around nursing my screwed up knee, I searched a little on THF and came up with this place
Lenney @ 979-218-1037. He has hogs at Carthage, Tx. That's north of Houston right up Hiway 59. May be a little far, you'll have to judge that. If my hogs were consistent, you could bring your uncle there, but they may show and they may not, because we're pretty hard on them. They skeered !
I can't offer a suggestion on a good place, but I can tell you one to avoid. Haiden Mensik, South Texas Hunting Outfitters. He advertises 2.5 hours from Houston, stay away from his operation.
I just came back from a hunt at Independence Ranch. I had a great time despite everyone's bad reviews. This is what I'll tell you. The place is fenced and is about 240 acres. They have plenty of stands that are easily accessible for any age hunter. I myself was coming off of a broken ankle and couldn't walk much. I took my utv and was able to drive to every stand I needed to get to. I even hunted out of it on the final night. It's a great place for whatever you want to hunt with. Whether it is bow, crossbow, handgun or rifle. Plenty of places for each. It can get expensive when it comes to what your ambitions are. If you want a 500lb hog, you're going to pay a butcher fee of $500.00 on top of what you've already paid. I went as a group of three and we all left with a hog over 100lbs. Had plenty of chances to kill more but was content with not going 800 miles back home with empty hands. Not sure what other ranches are out there but there are some things to consider when booking. Some offer a flat rate but no lodging or meals, so you'll have to factor that in. This place offers an all inclusive hunt for $599 I believe, with butcher fee included up to a 150lb hog. That includes meals and a place to lay your head for two nights. Our group had a great experience and will probably go back unless I find a better place.
No disrespect Hunt44, but at $600 a pop, I need to start selling hog hunts !
first place to look is in the NE corner of this page. I've never been stiffed by a Bowsite sponsor, and many have become good friends, like Matt and Cheryl at Shiloh Ranch.
No offense taken, but I've seen worse. Base price plus trophy fees plus butcher etc.... It's just whatever you make it to be. Individual price for my hunt since I won their drawing was $368.00 after I added some when I got there. Biggest thing to me was since I traveled 1600 miles round trip, was that I didn't go home empty handed. I know guys that have paid $400 some oddd dollars and returned with nothing. That's what would tick me off.
It's not a bad place, but you gotta know what you're walking into. Let's be real on one thing, all these operations are in the business of making money. I feed deer on my land and it costs me, with fuel, maybe $1000.00 year. If I sold hunts for $400.00 a pop, I just paid for my yearly expenses and made profit in the first three hunts. These places have people lined up, so I can only imagine what they're banking.