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SHONTO RANCH hunt report WOW!!
By a Texas Hunting Forum Contributor, 11/8/11
"Just got back from my hunt at The Shonto Ranch near Kerrville. A little background. I was tired of paying for hunts and being unhappy at the outcomes. I was looking for a place to take my daughter on a deer/exotic hunt, which wouldn't break the bank and where we could see lots of game and each take a nice animal.
"Searching the internet I found the Shonto Ranch, I contacted Chris Childs (Owner) and we quickly developed a great relationship over the phone and web. I booked for opening weekend and the wait began
"The ranch is huge, centered around a beautiful crystal clear river. To say we saw game would be a HUGE understatement. There were BIG deer and BIG exotics EVERYWHERE. Chris feeds protein year round. He has a truckload of protein pellets delivered EVERY week. The hunting couldn't have been better. I ended up taking a huge Axis buck and my daughter took a great blackbuck buck. I will post pic' soon.
"The accommodations were VERY nice, comfortable. Chris hand built a beautiful pavilion right on the river, outdoor fireplace, bar, after the evening hunts we enjoyed Texas country music, Great BBQ and Chris's famous Axis chili!!. It is the centerpiece of the ranch. We fished, my daughter smoked me with three 3-5# bass.
"I guess the neatest part is this a family oriented ranch. Chris and his family live on the ranch, Chris's full time "job" is making sure everything is perfect for his clients.
"We saw at least 200 whitetail, blackbuck and axis a day. We counted 65 animals the first evening. Everything from fawns to 170 class whitetail, 35"+ axis, big sitka and the endangered breega deer. You hunt in BIG 4 man blinds and safari style from the Polaris Ranger which hunts six people. The guides were very experienced, helpful and friendly. I hit my axis with a well placed shot but when we went to find it, there was no blood, hair, nothing!. Dennis, our guide, said , don't worry we WILL find him. We got the Polaris and began to look for my axis. Success!! He ran about 500 yards and gave it up. Man was I sweating it!!
"My daughter and I had a GREAT time and now I'm starting my Shonto "box" to begin saving to go back in 2012.-- Buzz Skinner
Family get away
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 7/16/10
"For the last couple of years my family and i have had trip after trip enjoying the stay and hunting and fishing at the Shonto ranch. My two year old daughter has fell in love with the ranch and MR. CD she talks about him all the time . I myself have been able to hunt several different species . Which Cd the guide was able to put me on a trophy every time, the fishing is great , black bass , rainbows . My family and i look forward every year returning to the Shonto Ranch . My thanks to Chris and his family for making over trips so great." -- Don Walker and family
We're going back next year
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 12/13/05
"I recently hunted whitetail deer on the Shonto Ranch with biologist/guide C.D. McGehee. The ranch is extremely well groomed with outstanding facilities, the animals abundant and healthy and the total experience beyond my expectations. In addition to my hunt, my wife and I enjoyed a complete tour of the ranch, available facilities for us to use and enjoy, fishing if we wanted and opportunities for unlimited pictures. We also had the opportunity to personally meet the owners, what outstanding people, and we really appreciated all the courtesies extended to us both in the planning phases and our visit to the ranch. I would not hesitate to recommend a visit to the Shonto Ranch for hunting, fishing, or camera excursions." -- C. O'Bannon
Thank You, Shonto, 6/06/11
" Thanks again to you and your dad and your great staff. We had an amazing time this weekend!! Dennis was great, and both the boys are super-proud of the animals they took, which tells me that we accomplished our main objective. Thank you "Super Guide" Dennis for making my boys' first hunt so memorable!!!!"- Daniel and Joetta Yates
Can't Wait to Get Back, July 3, 2011
I've had the pleasure of hunting on Shonto Ranch the past four years, with both rifle and bow. Trophy Blackbuck, Whitetail, Scimitar Oryx, and Axis Deer were the "icing on the cake" of otherwise truly extraordinary outdoor vacations. Having hunted other parts of Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Canada and Pennsylvania, I can truly say I've never seen a more beautiful 1000 acres. Being the only hunting party on the ranch at a given time is a huge bonus, allowing for real quality time with family or friends. Chris Childs, his family, and guides could not be more accommodating. Two of my sons have accompanied me at different times, as well as my wife, who is not a hunter. She's as anxious as my sons to go back, simply for the experience. Our next trip will be a family vacation, with hunting included! Thanks Chris, Bill and family for inviting us back. Dr. Shuman and family, Pennsylvania