INDEPENDENCE RANCH FAQ
1. Why does Independence Ranch provide a FAQ?
Our desire is that each hunter have the best experience while visiting our ranch. In order for us to help our hunters have a good time hog hunting, we provide you this information. Each member of your hunting party needs to read carefully the FAQs, so as to be best prepared.
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3. What is the preferred hog hunts weapon for hunting?
Since most of the hog hunting is done in thick brush or swamp forest, an open-sight shotgun with a slug or open-sight rifle is the preferred pig hunting weapon, from April through November. No buck shot is allowed to be used on the ranch. Scoped rifles or shotguns are recommended for the rest of the year for boar hunting.
The rifle size requires a minimum of .223 (min. 60 grain hollow point bullet) .243 or .270, .30, .308, .45, .70 or bigger. Bigger rifles will work though they are not necessary.
For all guns we have a 3 round rule; 1 in the chamber and no more than 2 in the magazine regardless of it's size. Pistols, bows, and crossbows are also effective.
4. What Hog Hunting Dates are available?
Our calendar (located on the hog hunting page) provides all the available dates.
5. Where do I sign-in once I’ve purchased my hunt?
Print your Release of Liability by Clicking here.
All hunters and non-hunters who visit our ranch need to bring a signed Release of Liability. Click here to print your Release of Liability form.
6. What is the Hunting Itinerary?
Click here for video with all the hunting itinerary information.
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8. Is this a guided hog hunt?
All hog hunts are semi-guided. Our staff will direct you to the blinds, provide you advise about good hiding places to typically find hogs on your spot & stalk as well as help pick up and load your game.
Hunters are allowed to drive their own vehicles to the blind.
All exotic hunts are fully guided, unless other arrangements are made.
9. What type of clothes should be worn boar hunting?
With Texas Hog Hunting, you always need to be prepared for wet weather. We recommend bringing waterproof boots and extra clothing for inclement weather. Fall, Winter and even Spring can produce chilly weather in Texas, especially during the night. Hog hunting in Texas during the summer months, you will need to dress light, bring your sunscreen and drink plenty of liquids.
10. What do I need to bring with me pig hunting?
If you are driving to the ranch, please bring sheets, blankets and pillows. Also don't forget towels, and toiletries.
If you are flying, the bedding and towels will be provided.
Bring appropriate clothing and your weapons
Cell phones are highly recommended & work well on the ranch, except T Mobile.
Battery operated, flashlights are a must if you plan on hunting at night. Thermals, Night vision are optional.
Predator calls can be effective as well.
Do not forget to pack bottled water to carry with you into the field.
Hunter Orange vests & hats are required & to be worn by all hunters while on Independence Ranch.
Prior to your arrival, please purchase 100 lbs of sweet feed, grain, or cracked corn (not whole corn) per hunter. You can also purchase your grain at the ranch during check-in. The feed is used as bait for the hogs while you are hunting from a blind. Click here to see this video.
11. Is a freezer and ice available at the ranch?
Bring your cooler and ice so your hogs or game can be immediately cooled down. This also starts the bleeding process. If you do not bring ice, it is available at the ranch for purchase. If you are flying, we have airline approved freezer boxes available that we can freeze your meat in.
12. Is there much walking?
About 5 to 10 miles per day is the common distance a hunter will walk stalking wild pigs, although it depends on the location where you are hog hunting. For those that prefer to limit walking while boar hunting, your guide or the Ranch Boss will accommodate you.
There are stands and blinds on the ranch for those that prefer not to spot and stalk.
If you want to increase your hog hunting odds, you can reserve a hunting session in the "Honey Hole"! Click here to reserve.
13. What type of hunting license do I need?
For hunting hogs, a Texas Hunting License is no longer required, as of 9-1-19. varmints, and exotics, non-resident hunters will need a non-resident 5 day special hunting license (type 157) which can be purchased at any Texas sporting goods store or Walmart for $48. Texas residents will not need a hunting license for hogs. You can purchase your license online at Texas Parks and Wildlife by clicking here
For turkey hunting texas or whitetail deer hunting you will need a different license. Please refer to the Texas Parks & Wildlife link on our website for more details.
14. Is Hunter Safety Required?
Hunter Safety licenses are reciprocated in all 50 states. If you were born after Sept 2, 1971 and do not have Hunters Safety, you can buy a 1 time in a life-time deferral in addition to your hunting license for $10 Here
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16. Is there a taxidermist for the mount?
Yes. The trophy will be shipped to your home in approximately 60 days. Check the Lodge for pricing when you arrive.
17. Can someone clean and quarter my animal?
It is mandatory that the ranch skinners handle the cleaning of any animals harvested.
Hog Cleaning: Cost is $1.00 per lb., with a $50 minimum per hog. Bigger hogs are cut into 10 pieces, and ready for the cooker! This service also includes retrieval from the field, freezing or chilling the meat, and packaging into your cooler at your departure.
Any hog shot and not recovered will incur a $50 recovery/disposal fee, and will count against your harvest, or will be charged as an additional kill at an additional cost. Exotic animal Cleaning (gut, skin, and quarter) is $45.00 to $150.00, depending on size of animal. Animal Caping for Mounting $25-75. The higher end is for large exotics. Hogs are on the lower end.
18. Can I take my animal back home if I am flying?
Yes. Your meat can be packed in a cooler that is bought at the local Wal-Mart and taken home on your flight.
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20. What do I need to know when flying with my weapons?
All airlines allow guns to be flown with the luggage. Pack your guns and ammo separately. Your guns will be inspected. Pack your guns well.
21. Where is the ranch located?
Our Texas Hog Hunting Ranch is near Gonzales Texas. Austin is our closest city, but Houston & San Antonio are near only an hour away. Click hog hunts for our location.
22. What airport should I fly into?
You can fly into Austin at 65 miles away, or San Antonio at 90 miles away, 2nd choice.
23. What other costs should I expect once I’m on the ranch?
Please allow for animal cleaning, guide/staff fee of $100/hunter, and gratuities. Any balances due, are to be paid in cash only at check-in. Only additional trophy hunts can be paid with credit card. No checks.
24. Do I need to rent a car?
Yes. Typically because of our distance from major airports, we are not able to schedule to pick you up.
25. Can I add days to my hunt?
Yes, you can also book a 5 day hunt. The cost is double that of a 3 day hunt.
26. What other animals can I hunt, and what is the cost?
We have several varieties of ram, axis deer, fallow deer, red deer, sika deer, scimitar-horned oryx, blackbuck antelope, water buffalo, feral hogs, wild boar, wild pigs, dove, turkey, and whitetail deer. Most exotics can be hunted year-round. Native animals can only be hunted when in season. Exotic hunts range in price from $500 to $10,000+, depending on trophy quality and species. See ranch boss for details.
27. What are the check-in and check-out dates and times on a 3 day hunt?
Our check-In time is 3 pm on day of arrival. Please don’t arrive early, as the gates are locked until then. It is important that you are on-time, as the group orientation cannot start until all hunters are present. Check-out is no later than 1 PM on the third day. (46 hours after check-in)
28. What if I want to bring an extra hunter?
Extra hunters can be brought when booked in advance. Please call the ranch for details.
29. What if I want to bring a non-hunting guest?
Non-hunting guests can be brought for a cost of $250, which will cover their meals and lodging for a 3 day hunt. Non-hunting guests must be booked in advance.
30. About Gratuity
If the staff provides you service that exceeds your expectations, please feel free to show your added appreciation at or near the end of your stay with us. Your staff is on duty 12 hours per day and they strive at all times to insure you have the best trip possible while providing attentive service. Accordingly, your gratuity will be appreciated. The customary and recommended gratuity for a 3 day hog hunt is a minimum of $50 per hunter. This will be divided among all staff members. For exotic hunts, the customary gratuity is 15-20% of the hunt cost.
31. How are the hunts conducted?
Typically, the hunts are spot and stalk during the daylight hours, and blind hunting during the dark hours. Upon request and for special needs, the daytime hunts can also be done from blinds. Reserve your spot in the Honey Hole by clicking here
32. Is this hunt recommended for younger hunters?
With parental guidance, this is a great hunt for younger hunters.
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34. If I have physical restrictions, can I take this hunt?
Depending on the severity of the physical restriction, most of our hunts are still possible.
35. If I wish to extend my stay beyond the hunt, what is there to see and do?
San Antonio and Gonzales are very historic, and if you are interested, you can be given many recommendations of things to see and do on your extended stay.
36. How long do I have to book the hunt once it is purchased?
Unless otherwise specified, you have up to two years to redeem your hunt, based on availability.
37. What are the lodging facilities?
All hunters will be provided a bunk in the bunkhouse at the lodge on the ranch. If you prefer more privacy, you may upgrade to a private room or a cabin. Click here to reserve a private room or cabin:
38. Do I need to bring a cooler?
If you are driving, please bring your coolers, however if you are flying, coolers can be bought at the local Wal-Mart.
39. Are meals provided?
Meals are provided by the ranch staff at no extra cost. The exact menu can vary, but usually includes five (5) meals during your hunt. The meals consists of two (2) dinners of different meats, sides, and non-alcoholic drinks. Lunches vary from cold cut sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, burgers, etc, chips and a drink. We offer typically two (2) breakfasts, consisting of traditional eggs, gravy, biscuits, and meat, etc. Sometimes, a different hot breakfast is served, such as Mexican tacos or breakfast burritos.
40. How big is the ranch
The ranch has a 3 mile, game fenced perimeter. Our hogs are trapped on other ranches and brought in to our game preserve for hunting.
41. Is there a place to sight in my gun once I arrive?
Yes. We have a shooting range available.
42. Can we hunt at night?
The night hunt is non-guided and optional at no extra cost.You will need to bring a battery-operated flashlight with an amber or red lense. Cell phones are highly recommended for communication with camp for animal pick-up.
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44. Is an insect repellent needed?
You will need mosquito spray except in December-February.
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46. Ranch policy changes
The ranch reserves the right to make periodic changes to the FAQ as needed. It is recommended that you review the FAQ one last time before attending your hunt.
47. What if I need to cancel or reschedule my hunt?
You can cancel your hunt, but will forfeit your payment if it is not rescheduled. There are no refunds for hunts not taken. You can reschedule your hunt with no penalty, as long as it is reset within 2 weeks of the original date. 30 days notice must be given to reset a hunt to avoid forfeit. Only upon approval of the ranch, will an exception to this guideline be allowed for late cancellations. Upon approval, you will be allowed to reset your hunt, with a $50 per person rebooking fee. Trip Insurance can be purchased byclicking here.
48. What will the weather be like during my hunt?
Check weather conditions for Gonzales Texas online.