Frequently Asked Questions
King Ranch is the premier hunting destination for whitetail deer, nilgai, turkey, feral hog, javelina, and other game and fish. King Ranch conducts its hunts in a free-range, low-fence, fair-chase environment, offering great opportunities for both experienced and novice hunters.
Below is helpful information about our popular Nilgai hunts. Please visit our Book A Hunt tab to submit your interest in scheduling a hunt or call (361) 221-0350 for more information.
Nilgai Day hunts without lodging- The day fee of $1,000 per hunter per day is required to reserve your hunting date. The harvest fees of $1,200 per bull or $500 per cow and non-hunting guest fees will be collected at the end of the hunt.
Package hunts with lodging- Full payment is required to book all package hunts unless an exception is made due to the hunt being booked well in advance.
Deer, Hog & Javelina, Predator- Full payment is required to book.
Cancellation Policy- All hunts are non-refundable inside 30 days prior to the scheduled date of your hunt. We are happy to work with you on rescheduling your hunt inside 30 days prior to the scheduled date of your hunt if necessary.
Nilgai hunts- With a growing herd of over 15,000 nilgai, we are able to offer hunts year around and always have availability at some time of the year. Winter and Spring hunts usually get booked up several months in advance. Please contact us for availability.
Deer hunts- We sell a very limited number of deer hunts every year and generally offer these hunts to customers from the previous season first. If you are not already on our deer hunting waiting list, we would be happy to add you to it and will let you know if a spot becomes available.
Turkey hunts- We sell a very limited number of turkey hunts every year and generally offer these hunts to customers from the previous season first. If you are not already on our turkey hunting waiting list, we would be happy to add you to it and will let you know if a spot becomes available.
Predator, Hog & Javelina hunts- We offer these hunts in the late spring, summer, and early fall. Please contact us for availability.
Rifle hunts- Our rifle hunts are done primarily by “spot and stalk”, with stalks ranging from a few hundred yards to over a mile. It is not uncommon to walk several miles or more in a day. We also sit at water holes periodically, especially if we have dry conditions. You don’t have to be in great shape to do these hunts, but it will be more enjoyable and increase your chances of success if you are able to walk several miles.
Archery hunts- Our archery hunts are done primarily from ladder stands set up near water holes or fence crossings. These locations are monitored before the hunt using game cameras. On days with the wind exceeding 20 mph, “spot and stalk” hunting may be an option.
Rifle hunts- Shot distances vary between 50-300 yards but we make every effort to get the hunter within their comfortable range. We never pressure a hunter to take a shot they are not comfortable with. We highly recommend that hunters practice shooting prior to the hunt from shooting sticks just like we do during the hunt.
Archery hunts- We hunt from ladder stands positioned near water holes and fence crossings. Shot distances vary from 10-50 yards with most shots being from 20-30 yards. “Spot and stalk” may also be an option on windy days and you can expect 30-70 yard shots.
Day hunts- Guide, transportation while on the ranch, lunch, bottled water, field dressing.
Package hunts- Guide, transportation while on the ranch, bottled water, field dressing, lodging, linens, towels, full kitchen and BBQ pit, meals can be included for an additional fee.
For those who choose to leave their nilgai with us for processing and/or taxidermy, there are two local companies in Kingsville that pick up from our cooler, can process, and ship the meat back to you or you can pick up when ready.
• Hibler’s Game Processing-361-221-9747, Hibler’s Taxidermy-361-592-9661
• El Campo Deer and Game Processing- 361-592-4263
For those who choose to take the meat back home with them, the guides can assist the hunters with quartering and loading the hunters ice chests for the ride home, or you can arrange for the guide to skin and quarter the animal for you for an additional gratuity.