When I say the fee structure is like an exotics hunt, I mean that Ryno charges clients a small per-day guide fee and then levies a reasonable kill fee when the hunter takes a buck. This accomplishes two things: A hunter doesn't feel compelled to take just any buck because he's shelled out a lot of money; And a hunter who goes home empty-handed doesn't feel he paid for something he didn't get. Ryno says it's the fairest way he knows to offer a hunt.
As for the properties where he offers these hunts, one of them is small, only 2,700 acres and close to the Mexican border in South Texas. Despite its size, Ryno says it produces about 10 bucks a year that score over 130 B & C. About another eight to 10 management bucks are taken as well, most of them mature eight-pointers that score around 130 or below. Ryno is able to produce those results for several reasons. The place is located in a sparsely populated area. The closest town is Crystal City, and the Mexican border is only about 30 miles away. The property is thick with mesquite, cedar, scrub oak and typical South Texas brush. It's so thick you can't walk and stalk much of it. Additionally, Ryno manages this property closely, conducting deer surveys and removing inferior bucks and excess does.
Hunting is mostly from blinds off of feeders, but Ryno is flexible and will adjust tactics to the hunter's desires. There are some senderos that guides can drive out to and spot and stalk bucks, and they will also set hunters........(continued)