Most buck hunting here is done from stands over three areas that are cleared of trees and planted with cereal grain, corn and grass. Two areas are 150-foot-wide strips of land, under which lie pipelines carrying natural gas. One strip runs for five miles north to south; the other strip runs for two miles east to west. The third cleared area lies underneath a power line. Hunting in these cleared areas is for bucks only in the afternoon. Doe hunting takes place in the morning over food plots.
McKenna Ranch maintains 50 food plots ranging in size from a half-acre to five acres. Shooting is done from tripods, four-pods and permanent shooting houses, the latter used for rainy days. The height of the rut usually occurs in late December during the second gun season, which runs from December 16 to January 22. The first gun season runs from November 22 to December 1, followed by a muzzleloader-only season from December 2 to 15. Five and three-day hunts are offered. A five-day hunt costs $1,500 and includes four full hunting days, two bucks and one doe. A three-day hunt costs $1,250........(continued)