Seco Valley Ranch
Trophy Whitetail Deer & Feral Hogs
Real Hunting • Fair Chase

The Seco Valley Ranch consists of 1883 low-fenced acres in the Hill Country of Medina County, located 8 miles southwest of Tarpley, Texas. The terrain varies from rough and brushy limestone hills to open pasture broken by live oak motts with plenty of underbrush. The ranch is located on the Balcones Escarpment where the Edwards Plateau oak and juniper savanna, meets the South Texas Brush Country. Vegetation is a mix of species common to the two areas. Several wet-weather creeks run through the property and we provide wildlife watering sites spaced through eight pastures.

We are restructuring our hunting operation to offer package hunts beginning in the fall of 2019. We will host four hunts to four guns each during the Managed Lands Permit season beginning October 1, 2019 and ending February 29, 2020. These will include three days and two nights, mostly weekends or by special reservation for other days. Hunters are required to possess a Texas hunting license but may use our tags for Whitetail Deer harvested on the Seco Valley Ranch. If populations are present, we may also offer additional feral hog or aoudad hunts. This website will be updated after wildlife counts are calculated in late summer. These will be guided hunts with age restrictions for harvested deer. The Seco Valley Ranch is located within the South Central CWD Containment and Surveillance Zone, so all harvested deer must be checked at stations conveniently located in Tarpley and Hondo. A small tissue sample is taken, then the hunter may take his trophy for mounting and carcass for processing. Please contact Don Davis for reservations and more information. This ranch has been under season lease for the past nine years. For the previous four years, a responsible group of hunters managed the deer population, culling inferior bucks and allowing young, promising bucks to reach full maturity. In combination with managing population numbers of males and females and supplementing protein, the wild deer herd includes some B&C 160 class trophies.

We made the decision to switch to package hunts because limiting hunting weekends allows us to offer cabin rental for other uses of eco-tourism including a quiet retreat for writers, Plein Air painters, birdwatching and housing for equestrians and off-trail hikers wanting to explore the Texas Hill Country.

All hunters must be eighteen years of age or older or be under the supervision of a parent/guardian.

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Meals are not included.  

Mac & Ernie's Roadside Eatery, a popular local gathering place in Tarpley, offers the finest in casual dining preparing lunch from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and supper on those same days from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. - noon and lunch from noon - 2 p.m.. Visit their website http://www.macandernies.com/ to see what's on this week's menu. Watch the youtube episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (recorded before she moved to her larger location across the creek at 11804 FM 470).

There are other cafés in Utopia, Bandera and Hondo. We recomend Mullberry's Wine Bar in Bandera, and for a fine dining experience The Laurel Tree, south of Utopia (reservatins required).

Williams Creek Depot and Party Pavillion in Tarpley offers live music Friday and Saturday nights and serves burgers and fried snack/bar food.

Direct lease inquiries to: Don Davis

Phone: (830) 562-2333, FAX: (830) 562-3652
E-mail: dwd@dwdlonghorns.com

Please review our Hold Harmless and Lease Agreement we require all guests to sign.

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Guest lodging is a rustic masonry cabin built in the 1930's. It is situated near the headquarters of our cattle ranch. The cabin will undergo a little facelift after the close of 2018-2019 hunting season and be ready for tourist in the summer of 2019. The enclosed sleeping porch is divided into two bedrooms with one queen and one twin bed each. The cabin has central AC/heat, two fireplaces, a full kitchen and two bathrooms. Wifi is available, but there is no reliable cell signal. The cabin has a landline. The location is secluded and quiet, conducive to relaxation and a quality rural experience.




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