Our Guides

Our long time staff and immaculate reputation provide for the finest hunting experience that South Texas has to offer.

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Meet Our Guides

Travis Carter

Wildlife Manager

Business and Wildlife Management Graduate of Texas State…15 years hunting and guiding on Carter’s Country Ranches in Texas and Colorado.

Jerry Tkac

Texas City, TX

Hunted Whitetail Deer for 60+ years…guided on Sombrerito Ranch from day one…has extensive hunting experience in Africa, Canada and Alaska, collecting several record book trophies. Jerry says guiding for Whitetail Deer on the Sombrerito and Apache Springs Ranches is still his favorite. Jerry is a certified scorer for the Texas Exotic Wildlife Association, the Texas Big Game Awards and the Boone and Crockett Club.

Rusty Tronicek

Shiner, TX

Is an avid hunter, which has taken him all over Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico on hunting adventures. He started guiding hunts ten years ago and joined Carter’s Country Ranches 12+ years ago at Apache Springs and Sombrerito. He shares his love of hunting with his family and friends. During the summer months he has an offshore fishing service out of Port O’Connor.

Max Pohler

Yoakum, TX

Was born and raised in rural south-central Texas. He became interested in hunting from a young age. Max spent his college years working as a hunting guide at Cotton Mesa Ranch while acquiring a BS degree in Agronomy from Texas A&M University in College Station. Max has guided the past 9 years at Cotton Mesa, and past 12+ years at Sombrerito, and Apache Springs. Max spends his off-season time farming and ranching with his family.

Tony Estrada

Ranch Foreman/Guide

Started work on Sombrerito Ranch as a part time ag-student at age 15… Finished school and spent the next 30+ years on the ranch learning the secrets of the whitetail deer, improving the brush country habitat and sharing those secrets while guiding hunters.

Lulu Estrada

Camp Cook/Guest Services

Lulu’s Tex-Mex brand of cooking receives many accolades and happy groans at the dinner table. The wife of Tony, Ranch Foreman, she is right at home out in the brush as well as in the kitchen.

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6231 Treaschwig Road
Spring, TX 77373