Dick and Mary Cabela said “Hunting on the Star S Ranch rivals the best hunting we’ve experienced in Southern Africa.”
The Best Hunting Ranch in Texas
THE STAR S RANCH is 14,000 acres situated along the James River in Mason and Kimble counties, with one of the largest herds of 300”+ Whitetail Bucks, African game and exotics in Texas. To date, we have breeding herds of over 100 Sable, Kudu and Gemsbok, as well as over 50 Bongo, Nubian Ibex, and Alpine Ibex just to name a few. It is not uncommon to see 200” deer hiding in the native brush to creating some of the best deer hunting in the world. With the addition of our new Hunting Lodge in 2014, the Star S Ranch is consistently producing some of the best trophies in the state with the best accommodations.
Whitetail Deer Hunting in Texas 2020 / 2021 / 2022
One of the Best Deer Hunting Ranches in the Texas Hill Country with a Luxury Hunting Lodge and Private Landing Strip and Runway
Star S Ranch has been managing our whitetail since 1996. We expect most of our deer at maturity to be over 170”. Many will grow horns in excess of 220” – 250” if you are lucky you might just see a few 300” deer! Our emphasis has been width and frames. Deer that don’t show us those genetics are never allowed to breed. Most of our genetics are from 300” deer with widths of 30” or more. The ranch is set up for bow hunting, cross bow hunting, rifle hunting, and even pistol hunting. Our guides have years of experience hunting whitetail deer and non-native species in Texas and Africa. The atmosphere is exclusive, yet relaxed. Trophy Whitetail are priced in five reasonable increments because we like hunting, not looking through the binoculars while adding on a calculator.
Texas Whitetail Deer Hunting
- up to 160” Texas Whitetail Hunts
- 161” to 200” Texas Whitetail Hunts
- 201” to 250” Texas Whitetail Hunts
- 251” to 300” Texas Whitetail Hunts
- 301” and up
Texas African Game Hunting 2020 / 2021 / 2022
Star S Ranch is home to some of the largest herds of African wildlife outside of Africa.
Through research and careful selection, your visit to the Star S Ranch is unlike any hunting experience you’ve had in North America. We have been very careful selecting the best breeding stock and then managing them to hunt only the most mature trophies. You see, our wildlife is truly wild. They have spent nearly their entire life in the wild, virtually unencumbered by fences. You aren’t hunting 1 or 2 Sable or Kudu. You are hunting for 40 or more bulls in 8,000 acres.
If you are Bongo hunting, you may be hunting the same way you would in C.A.R., from “hides” at night. When you sit above the James River, you may think you are overlooking the Limpopo River as Kudu and Sable sneak in for a drink of water before dark. You can watch the bluffs as a herd of Nubian Ibex scale the cliffs on their way to bed down out of reach of coyotes and bobcats. Head across the flat plains and you will see herds of Gemsbok, and Wildebeast grazing much as you would in Namibia.
African Game Hunting in Texas
- Nile Lechwe Hunts
- Kudu Hunts
- Grant’s Zebra Hunts
- Blackbuck Hunts
- Sable Bull Hunts
- Gemsbok Hunts
- Bongo Hunts
- Impala Hunts
- Dama Gazelle Hunts
- Scimitar Horned Oryx Hunts
- Blesbok Hunts
- Nyala Hunts
- White Bearded Wildebeest Hunts
- Eland Hunts
- Roan Antelope Hunts
We break down our huntable game into three terms – Trophy Whitetail Deer, African Game, and Exotic Game. Some of these species are relatively numerous in the Texas Hill Country such as Axis deer, Blackbuck Antelope, and Aoudad. Others are extremely rare such as Alpine Ibex, Nubian Ibex, and Markhor. Because the pastures are so large, anywhere from over 1,000 acres to over 4,000 acres, the hunting is challenging.
Whether it be a Markhor, or a huge Whitetail buck, your hunt will require skilled guides, preparation, and a little hunter’s luck. There will be surprises along the way as it should be when hunting in the wild. Our professional guides are experienced and have both local and international hunting experience. We keep our hunting parties small.
Exotic Game Hunting in Texas
- Axis Deer Hunts
- Blackbuck Hunts
- Fallow Deer Hunts
- Red Sheep Hunts
- Mouflon Sheep Hunts
- Nubian Ibex Hunts
- Alpine Ibex Hunts
- Aoudad Hunts
- Red Stag Hunts
- Markhor Hunts
Texas 5-Star Hunting Lodge
All-Inclusive, Luxury Hunting Lodges in the South Texas Hill Country
You will be staying in our 7,000-foot Waterfall Lodge which was completed in the summer of 2014. The main lodge includes 32-foot ceilings with black walnut walls covered with trophies from around the world. A granite bar top and service area is perfect for relaxing and telling hunting stories. The back porch overlooks a water hole where it is not uncommon to see Sable Antelope, Kudu, Axis Deer, and Whitetail Deer drinking water. There are 4 casitas, each with two rooms which has three queen sized beds and an on-suite bathroom. One room, the lodge and surroundings are wheel chair accessible so all can enjoy the facilities and outdoors. Additionally, you can fly your plane into our 5,000-foot paved Star S Airport which is located in the middle of the ranch.
Corporate Hunting Retreat Ranch in Texas
At Star S Ranch, you will find all the amenities needed for a Corporate Retreat, built around the wildlife and hunting loved by the avid hunter.
If you are looking for a true trophy hunting experience with quality animals, privacy, tremendous facilities, an experienced friendly staff, and among the simplest, fairest pricing in the industry, the 14,000-acre Star S Ranch should be on your short list!
Texas Hunting Ranch with Asphalt Runway Landing Strip
The Star S Ranch Private Airport was completed in 2013. Its design has won awards and may be used by clients.
5,000’ X 50’ asphalt runway
Location at N.30*34’10”, W.99*23’35”
From Llano VOR 242 degrees@34DME
From KT92 Mason County Texas airport 219 degrees @ 14nm