The arrival of summer doesn’t have to mean taking a break from hunting. Many Texas ranches offer multiple animal safaris for exotic-game animals. If you add the cost savings in airfare and taxidermy shipping, a multi-animal Texas adventure compares favorably with the Dark Continent. Texas ranches offer excellent amenities, so you can take your family on all or part of the adventure and visit some of America’s great cities and attractions while in the Lone Star State.
Hard-antlered axis deer are particularly exciting to hunt in late spring and early summer, since they have a mating season at that time. A group of friends just returned from the Canyon Ranch, where they scored 100% on free-range axis bucks and where hunter Everett Deger took a trophy blackbuck. The Canyon offers both high-fence and free-roaming options for other exotics, as do many Texas hunting operations.
A summer safari helps to bridge the time between the seasons and will build your skills for the real deal come fall. Archers in particular must keep their range judging and accuracy skills honed, and what better way than to challenge the real thing in an exciting habitat? Texas has few firearm restrictions, so you can use an AR or crossbow, whatever your choice. Finally, wild hogs are in near epidemic proportions on many ranches, so plan to include some pork barbeque in your safari bag.