Sombrerito Ranch
History and Management Plans

                      

Our family, owners of the Carter's Country Outdoor Stores in Houston, Pasadena and Spring, Texas purchased 4000 acres of the Sombrerito Ranch in 1978 which was a part of a 12,000 acre Spanish Land Grant until the 20th Century when it was purchased by some folks from out-of-state for it's beauty and Quail Hunting...Sometime around 1970, Brown Oil Tools Company purchased the property to raise cattle and for a company deer lease.  They also hired notable Wildlife Biologist, Murphy Ray, to implement a state-of-the-art Whitetail Management Program.  Several great bucks were harvested including a 228 Gross B&C non-typical buck taken by a Brown Oil Tools guest, Travis Kelly, of Eagle Pass, Texas.

Soon after we purchased the Eastern 4000 acres, 2000 acres more became available and we added two more thousand acres to the Sombrerito.  A custom supplemental feeding program was implemented in 1980.  The results were amazing.  Combined with fully mature whitetails, the supplemental program produced high scoring B&C bucks on a regular basis.

The Western 4500 acre portion of the ranch was incorporated into the Sombrerito Ranch in 1984, putting most of the Old Spanish Land Grant back together again.

A guided hunt program was underway by 1982...One of the first guides was Jerry Tkac of Texas City.  Jerry still guides at the ranch and some of the very first hunters still return to hunt and photograph the big bucks of the Sombrerito Ranch today.

The Sombrerito became an ideal place to photograph big, high-scoring, mature bucks and many outdoor writers and famous photographers wrote stories and published photographs.  One of their favorite subjects was a huge non-typical buck called "Stickers", who caused quite a stir in the 1980's.  You can still see some of those photos in the famous photographer, Mike Biggs', books and also, in Acco Feed ads in the Texas Trophy Hunters Magazine.

Putting the Sombrerito Ranch back together and managing those beautiful 11,000 acres has been a dream come true for me.  Walking the river break hills and lush creek bottoms is a stroll a few thousand years back into history.  I am just as excited today by the secrets of the Brush Country as I was when I first set foot on it over 30 years ago.  As old-time resident Vaquero, Tomas Reyes, told me back on my first visit to the ranch in '78..." She's a Muy Bueno Rancho for a few cows and mucho Muy Grandes...She just needs a little rain and a good Patron to love her.

Apache Springs Ranch
"South Texas Quality Bucks on 3000 acres of Beautiful Hill Country"

                             

..."Kerr County is one of Texas' most beautiful counties.  Hidden at the end of a county road not far from the North Fork of the Guadalupe River lies Apache Springs Ranch, one of Kerr County's hidden jewels.  Crystal clear springs bubble from the ground throughout these scenic acres, creating a Hill County oasis for wildlife and people, alike.  An aggressive management program of selective harvest, enhanced genetics and abundant wildlife food has created Brush Country-quality whitetail bucks in a serene Hill Country setting.  Thanks to exotic big game and abundant native Rio Grande turkeys, Apache Springs is a year-round hunting destination."
Ray Sasser, Meridian, Texas

"We started our Whitetail Management Program in the spring of 1990, shortly after we acquired the ranch.  Two objectives drove us in those years...to enhance the incredible springs on the property and to manage the whitetail deer herd to our South Texas Ranch standards.

During the next five years, we reduced the exotic wildlife herd, started an aggressive  high protein whitetail supplemental feeding program and reduced the female deer to the carrying capacity of the native habitat.  Starting in 1993 and continuing to the present day, we trapped, transported and transplanted Sombrerito Ranch whitetail bucks and does into the existing native deer herd.

Our efforts were rewarded when we harvested our Apache Springs Double Drop-Tine Buck that scored 187 gross B&C in 1995.  After that, it has been a toss-up every year, as to which ranch, Sombrerito or Apache Springs, would produce the highest scoring whitetail bucks.  Then in the 2000 Season, an Apache Springs non-typical buck scoring B&C 202 gross was taken by our good friend, Jim Shrieve.  That buck signaled our Hill Country Management was on the right track, but I still enjoy working everyday to improve the habitat and the quality of our Apache Springs Whitetail Deer Herd."

          

COMMENTS FROM OUR HUNTERS

..."Thank you again for hosting the youth hunt last weekend at Apache Springs Ranch.  The beauty of the ranch, and the hospitality of you and your crew made it an unforgettable weekend for those kids, and everybody else."

..."It was a great privilege to hunt at your ranch.  I could not have asked for a better guide, teacher, ranch, selection of deer or accommodations.  Everything was, as my kids say "awesome".  You have created a hunter's paradise I feel blessed to have experienced."

..."What a magnificent hunt you put on for us last week-end!  The beautiful weather was equal to the professional way every phase of the weekend was handled.  We are all looking forward to next year."

..."I would like to thank you for your hospitality and for providing such a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere for our hunting weekend.  As usual, your facilities were "fit for a king"."

..."Thank you again for the great weekend.  The wonderful scenery, wildlife, meals, accommodations and camaraderie with all the guys will certainly be talked about around here for a long time."

..."This is what dreams are made of.  This was the best trip of my life.  You helped to make memories that will last my life time."

..."Just wanted to say one more time how much I enjoyed myself on the hunting trip.  I can honestly say I have never had so much fun on a hunting trip in my life."

..."My hunter was originally from Ohio, and lives in Wyoming.  Has been a keen deer hunter all his life, but had never seen, or imagined, as many fine whitetail bucks as we saw in just one morning!"    In memory of Finn Aagaard, Professional Hunter

..."My hunter was originally from Ohio, and lives in Wyoming.  Has been a keen deer hunter all his life, but had never seen, or imagined, as many fine whitetail bucks as we saw in just one morning!"    In memory of Finn Aagaard, Professional Hunter

..."Your ranch is absolutely unreal.  Your genuine love of that land can only be appreciated by someone who shares that depth of affection for the natural world."

      

 

CLASSES OF W.T. BUCKS AND HUNT PRICES

All guided hunt prices for Sombrerito and Apache Springs Ranches include lodging and meals on the ranch.  Other activities, such as Bass Fishing, Javelina, Wild Hog and Coyote Hunting are included once your buck has been harvested.  Photo and video opportunities are also included when time permits.

Guided hunts usually begin on Friday afternoon and wind up on either Sunday or Monday noon depending on hunting conditions.  Special arrangements can be made for groups to hunt during the week...Tuesday thru Thursday when staff is available.

2 to 3 Day "Bronze Medal Buck" Guided Hunt...
For a fully mature W.T. Buck with Gross Score of 115 to 130 B&C
Includes 1 management doe as available                     $2,850.00
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2 to 3 Day "Silver Medal Buck" Guided Hunt...
For a fully mature buck with Gross Score of 131 to 140 B&C
Includes 1 management doe as available                     $3,950.00
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2 to 3 Day "Gold Medal Buck" Guided Hunt...
For a super mature buck with Gross Score of 141 to 154 B&C
Includes 1 doe as available                                         $6,250.00
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2 to 3 Day "Platinum Buck" Guided Hunt...
For a super mature buck that Gross Scores 155 to 164  B&C
Includes management doe                                          $9,250.00
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2 to 3 Day "Platinum-Plus Buck" Guided Hunt...
For a super mature buck that Gross Scores 165 to 172 B&C
Includes management doe                                        $12,750.00
*

2 to 3 Day "Lifetime Buck Hunt" Guided by a Senior Guide
For mature bucks that Gross Score 173 to 182 B&C
                                                                                $14,750.00*

"B&C Club Hunt" Guided by a Senior Guide For mature
bucks that Gross Scre 183 B&C Up                             Quote

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Field Measurements
** $1,000.00 Surcharge on "Bronze" and "Silver Medal" bucks with
over 23" inside spread.

SOMBRERITO RANCH

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CARTER'S COUNTRY RANCHES
APACHE-SOMBRERITO RANCHES GPLLC

6231 Treaschwig Road Spring, Texas 77373

CORPORATE OFFICE - 281-209-1048

FAX LINE - 281-209-1078