While on a trip to Texas recently, a friend suggested that I contact Roy and Becky Wilson who own a company called Krooked River Ranch Outfitters. I was told they offer a variety of hunts that may be of interest to U.S. Hunting Report subscribers. Boy, was my friend right! This company in north-central Texas has rights to hunt two different sets of properties - the Krooked River complex of ranches about 50 miles north of Abilene near the Clearfork of the Brazos River; and the Caprock Ranch, located about 50 miles east of Lubbock. The former comprises 60,000 acres and the latter comprises 34,000 acres. Both tracts have hogs and whitetail deer on them, plus the Caprock Ranch has desert mule deer.
There are all sorts of hunts available on these properties, but let me start with one of the more unusual ones - a hog hunt behind dogs. According to my friend, these hunts are a real adventure and the farthest thing possible from a "canned" experience. They are conducted on open range and are fully fair-chase. The hogs here are a cross between Russian boars and domestic stock that has gone wild, or feral. The Wilsons don't try to say the hogs are pure Russian, but they do maintain many of them are nearly pure strain. They try to keep their hogs that way by culling those that carry strong traits of the feral strain. The two-day hunt is for both a meat hog and a trophy hog. Meat hogs weigh around 100 to 125 pounds and are sows meant for eating. Trophy hogs are boars that weigh from 250 to 400 pounds, and may well approach 500 pounds. Roy Wilson says they have produced a 75 to 80 percent hunter success rate on this two-hog hunt over the 18 years they have offered it. The hunt costs $450, which includes two or three nights' lodging, all meals and airport pickup in Abilene. The 10,000-square-foot lodge at Krooked River is complete with pool tables, TV's and other forms of entertainment, as well as clean rooms and great food. Clients stay in........(continued)