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What supplies should I bring for my hunt?
Bring your own rifle and ammunition (or bow, muzzleloader, etc.), of course, along with camouflage in shades of brown, tan and green. You’ll find 8X or 10X binoculars helpful, as well. Bring shooting sticks or a bipod if you like to use those, and a hunting/skinning knife if you want to participate in skinning and quartering your animals. Bring a quality cooler for transport of your meat and trophies home from the ranch. Don’t forget your camera!

If you’re spending the night in our lodge, it is not necessary to bring linens, towels, or cooking and eating utensils and equipment. That is all supplied. Bring your toiletries, clothing, and food and beverages.
What caliber rifle should I bring for my hunt?
The best answer to that is – the caliber with which you are most comfortable and can make precise shots. That said, a .243 is a good minimum for whitetail, hogs, and similarly sized exotics. A .25- 06, .270, .30-30, or .308 would be excellent for anything on Cottonwood Creek Ranch. And, a .30-06 would not be too large by any means, and for the tough aoudad sheep, it might be just right. Shooting distances will generally be less than 200 yards.
Do I need a hunting license? If so, do you sell them?
Yes, you need a license and we will check to make sure you have the appropriate license(s) before you are allowed to hunt. We do not sell them, however. They can be purchased at most Walmart stores or sporting goods stores. Or, you can purchase them directly from online at Texas Parks & Wildlife or by phone at 800-792-1112.
Do you allow bow hunting?
Yes. Please let us know that you want to hunt with a bow when you book your hunt so that we can plan accordingly.
Are ATVs, Jeeps and other 4-wheel drive vehicles allowed on the ranch?
All hunting on the ranch will be done from Cottonwood Creek Ranch vehicles. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is not necessary to get to the ranch.
I shot an animal, but was unable to recover it. Do I still pay for it?
Yes. Any animal hit is viewed as a kill. We will do everything we can to recover your animal.
Do you have a rifle range?
Yes. We urge/require all hunters to check the zero of their firearm before their first hunt.
Can I bring alcoholic beverages to Cottonwood Creek Ranch?
After the hunting is completed for the day, alcoholic beverages are allowed for guests spending the evening at the lodge. Absolutely no consumption of alcohol is allowed during or before any hunts.
How many acres is Cottonwood Creek Ranch?
Cottonwood Creek Ranch is 800 acres in total, with 700 acres high fenced. Hunting takes place within the high fence – there are no cross fences, so the animals may range the entire ranch.
Can my child hunt with me on your ranch?
Yes. There is no age minimum to hunt in Texas, but youth must be licensed as required by Texas Parks & Wildlife and hunt with a licensed adult.
What is the closest airport to your ranch?
Waco has a regional airport served by regional airlines for American Airlines and Continental Airlines. Waco is less than an hour away from the ranch.