A 50% deposit for all hunts is due at time of booking to complete a reservation. These deposits are non-refundable, though they can be applied in full towards a future hunt during the current hunting season only.
All hunters must have a zero balance before departing the ranch.
Exclusive bookings are available only for Long Weekend Deluxe and Out of State Special hunt packages. In order to reserve, have the right to use the BigWoods, for exclusive use solely by your party, a minimum of 14 hunters must be booked, with a 50% deposit received @ the time of such designation. 12 hunters may also qualify for exclusive booking, provided a $500 exclusivity charge is paid at the time deposits are due. The party which is booking an exclusive use package must verify that all the deposits and/or fees detailed above are paid before exclusive use can be guaranteed. During open deer and duck seasons, exclusive use packages for hog hunting is not offered.
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Sporting Clays: We have revamped our covered 5 stand sporting clay course with state of the art equipment. Shooting this course is a useful tune-up for our duck hunters and can be used during the day or evening (the course is lighted) by any BigWoods guest. In our Pro Shop, we carry a full line of shot gun shells in all gauges but 10 and 16 gauge. Browning Cynergys in 12, 20, 28 and .410 gauges are available for rent. This course is for the use of BigWoods guests only and is not open to the general public.
Licenses: All of our hunters are responsible for having the proper licenses. Our Texas game wardens are friendly, helpful and are frequent visitors to the BigWoods. Out of state hog hunters must have in their possession a non-resident out of state special license # 157.
For boar hunting you'll need a state small game license.
For deer hunting you'll need a regular state hunting license.
For duck hunting you'll also need state and federal duck stamps.
Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are not included in hunting packages. The BigWoods is BYOB. For private events alcohol is complementary.
Lodging and Night Activities: The accommodations at The BigWoods are first class. Because buildings may be shared with different groups of hunters, unless one group is the sole occupier of it's place of lodging, we ask that partiers shut it down by10 PM out of courtesy to those in other groups that will be getting up early the next morning to hunt.
Non-hunters: A non-hunter may accompany a hunter who has purchased any type of hunt @ The BigWoods for $125/night on a space-available basis; this must be booked @ the time when the hunt itself is booked.
Early Arrival: Hunters who arrive in the area the day before their hunt may lodge at the Bigwoods for 50/night/person instead of staying at a motel. No meals are included. Early birds will have access to their lodging quarters and the rifle range, but going afield before the hunt is regularly scheduled to begin and access to the amenities of the lodge are not permitted early.
Fishing: Hunters are always welcome to bass fish during the day @ The BigWoods and keep all bass less than 3 lbs. Fish greater than 10 lbs can be kept if they are to be mounted.
Shooting: A covered 40 yard to 500 yard rifle range, a reloading room, as well as a bow range, is available free of charge to guests of The BigWoods. It is strongly urged that visiting shooters use this rifle range to be sure that the rifle is still on target after making the trip to The BigWoods. We strongly recommend not shooting at running animals as well.
Predators: All predators, including mountain lions can be taken free of charge by any BigWoods hunters who has booked a buck or a boar hunt, i.e., doe hunters do not qualify for free predators.
4 wheeler policy: The BigWoods is a paradise for ATV riders with over 100 miles of roads through some of the wildest places in Texas. We encourage hunters to bring their own ATVs as this affords them access to this amenity as well as giving them more independence as to when they come and go hunting. Please note: If your party has not bought out the exclusive use of the Bigwoods for a weekend and there are other hunting parties present at the Bigwoods, ATV use will be restricted so as not to disturb other hunters.
Travel by ATVs are inherently more dangerous than automobiles or pickups. Hence, a liability release is required before ATVs can be used on our property, and by signing this release, the hunter acknowledges the substantial risk of this activity. While we at the BigWoods make a concerted effort to maintain our roads in a safe condition, tree falls and washouts- to name just two hazards, may occur unexpectedly around any corner. Thus, it is the responsibility of the driver to maintain a low, safe speed, always remaining under control. If reckless driving is observed, the ATV will be impounded until the hunt is over. Four-wheeling is subject to the follow BigWoods rules:
1. Hunters are not allowed to drive by other hunters when the hunt is on. This is common courtesy. Our staff will always be able to tell you where all the hunters will be. If one party has exclusive reign over the BigWoods then this can be worked out amongst the hunters in your own group, otherwise check with our guides prior to setting out on your own.
2. Mud dogging is not allowed. We have made a great investment in our road system here and take great pride in the quality of it so please be warned that mud doggers shall be drawn and quartered. Nuff said?
A few reminders:
Bring a gun and use our rifle range before you head out.
Don't forget warm hunting clothes, don't forget gloves and a hat, it can get cold in Texas!
Walk-in coolers, freezers and ice machines are on the premises.