Picking The State's Two Best Deer Ranches


Published: July - 2002

It's no secret that the Lone Star State has some of the best trophy whitetail hunting in the world. Buck-to-doe ratios of 1:1 are the standard here on better ranches, and only cull bucks tend to be harvested before they are five or six years old. In that kind of environment, you have to be very brave to try and pick an undisputed leader or two, but there are two Texas ranches that I think stand out from the rest in terms of consistent trophy quality.

The first is the 47,000-acre Junco Ranch, owned by cattlemen brothers Richard and Robert Nunley. It was here that President Lyndon Johnson chose to hunt, and the ranch has produced an incredible array of trophy bucks over the years. From the 1980s to mid-90s, they offered package hunts, with the average trophy scoring 150 B & C. Then the Nunleys went to a lease system and closed hunting to the public. Recently, however, two of the leaseholders -- Jerry Wascom and Keith Chaffin -- have begun offering package hunts again on 15,000 acres of the ranch. This is exciting news for whitetail aficionados.

Two kinds of hunts are currently being offered here. Both include one-on-one guiding, meals and lodging. The first hunt is for three days and three nights for any eight-point buck and costs $3,500. These deer typically score in the mid-120s up to 140 or higher. Occasionally, a brute in the mid-140s to 150 might turn up. If you've ever seen an eight point in that class, you know these are magnificent whitetails. The only reason this hunt is priced so low is because the operators understand the common prejudice against eight-pointers and want to make the hunt as attractive as possible.

The second hunt offered is a four-day trophy hunt that allows you to take a buck with any number of points. These deer range from the mid-140s up to 160. The price is a flat $7,500 - there is no trophy fee. Both of these hunts are strictly for bucks aged six-and-a-half........(continued)

 
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