Big Bend Ranch State Park is 301,648 acres in size and is situated west of Big Bend National Park in Presidio and Brewster County. Big Bend Ranch is a Texas-sized state park covering over 400 square miles! This property holds numerous numerous wildlife game species, particularly mule deer and javelina. Each year Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) offers special draw hunting for these species.
For the most part, Big Bend Ranch is desert grassland or succulent-desert grassland with rocky slopes. Most of time the vegetation on the land is brown, but the area quickly greens up after a rain. Hunters should expect to see a lot of country. Bring a good pair of binoculars and be prepared to see and shoot game animals further than when hunting elsewhere in the state. The property also has a Texas Bighorn Sheep population and although these animals are strictly off limits they are amazing to see.
Hunters selected through TPWD’s draw hunt program should meet at Sauceda Ranger Station by 10:00 a.m. on the first morning of their hunt. All hunters desiring to stay on the Park during the hunt period will be required to stay at Sauceda headquarters. The hunting permit will serve to waive the park entrance fee. All other standard park fees apply during the hunt. Optional transportation and hunting guide service is available at additional cost.
Call the Big Bend Ranch State Park headquarters for further information javelina and mule deer hunting or accommodations at 432-358-4444. By percentage, Texas does not have a huge amount of public hunting land, but this property does provide quality mule deer hunting for hunters willing to cover some country over rough terrain. Bring some water, a good attitude and it will be a trip that you will never forget.
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