The following is a list of frequently asked questions about Deer and Turkey Hunting in Texas.
How is the ranch managed?
Double B Outfitters manages the Baggett ranch which is 10,000 acres. The land has historically been lightly hunted by family members for the past 17 years under a strict management program. In 2008 Double B began outfitting the ranch under the same strict management program set forth by the ranch owner. Double B takes pride in knowing they are abel to offer a better quality experience for their hunters by maintaining such a program.
How does one hunt the ranch?
The ranch is hunted in many different ways. Much depends on what the deer are doing and what method the hunter is comfortable. Doube B has permanent blinds near feeders, and there are ground blinds and tripods to go after deer that are not coming to the feeders. We also build brush blinds and make use of Ameristep blinds to get a chance at a particular buck. We also rattle and stalk. Basically whatever it takes to get the harvest as long as it is safe and legal. Double B assigns one guide to two hunters. We guide all hunts to ensure that our hunters have the best possible experience and that we are managing our herd to produce the finest whitetails.
What kind of deer herd do we offer at Double B?
We feel we have top quality deer hers here at the ranch. The majority of our bucks taken will make P&Y class. We offer an abundance of eight and ten point 130″ to 140″ bucks. We also have a few 150″ class animals; these animals are very difficult to harvest. Our goal is to increase this number by lowering the hunting pressures that force large deer to go nocturnal. We implemented a protein program on the ranch in March 2008 for our deer herd. We do not think any hunter would be disappointed with the quality of our deer herd.
What are the chances of harvesting a Whitetail deer?
All of our rifle hunters should have an opportunity to take a shot at a quality buck. Some of the hunters will not shoot for reasons of their own. We will also have hunters that miss. We estimate that the success rate for all hunters will be in the 90% range.
What about processing and taxidermy?
In addition to complimentary field dressing and cold storage of your trophies, Double B can recommend excellent taxidermists in the area. If you plan to depart on a commercial airline with your game, check with your airline to determine the rules for checking ice chests as luggage. Double B highly recommends that you take all your game with you, however, if you do not take your game, we will distribute to local charities, friends, or other groups who will benefit. We do not condone, nor do we allow, harvesting of animals without the intention of consumption or mounting the animal.
How do I obtain a hunting license in Texas?
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) offers licenses online.
What would be appropriate hunting attire?
Texas has a wide range of temperature variability during the winter months. Beginning in November and into March, one should prepare for cold weather particularly in the evenings and early mornings. Warm clothes and thermals are essential. A medium insulated or down jacket is appropriate. Be sure to include warm socks, gloves and a scarf. Otherwise, regular camouflage hunting gear, hiking boots with ankle supports and a hat are sufficient. We are known to have unreasonably warm days in the spring months, so lighter clothing is also recommended. Casual clothes for dinner attire in the form of blue jeans is just fine. In Texas and with Double B, Hunter Orange is not required during the hunt.
What kind of accommodations are available?
For our trophy hunts, we only house 8 hunters at one time. These numbers allow us to keep the hunting pressure on the ranch low on a week to week basis. The new lodge is complete and offers 2 private rooms with bathrooms in each, a large community room for entertainment and a kitchen with a common washroom. The lodge sleeps 8 guests at a time. The 10′ wrap-around porch is a place for leisure when our hunters wish to enjoy a quiet evening observing the feeding station at the camp as the sun sets in the background. The view from the porch is captivating and the abundant wildlife that strolls by is mesmerizing.