|Voca Vista Ranch is: 100 acres in southeast McCulloch County, 14
miles southeast of Brady, 2 miles north of the San Saba River; oak, elm, mesquite, cedar,
thick brush, open pasture, hills, valleys, ridges, small tanks, scenic views; ground
blind, hunting boxes, and the freedom to hunt an area(s) and test your hunting skills. You
may bring your own portable stands and set them up in an area of your choice. Feeders run
all year with corn and/or milo.
Voca Vista Ranch
management implemented a new wildlife agriculture project
in 2003: we planted oats, milo, and triple-pea deer crops in two separate food plots late
this Spring. For Fall/Winter 2003, we planted all our plots in oats--and even planted a
new oat plot! In Fall 2004, 2005, and 2006, we planted another crop of oats. In Fall
2008, we are considering planting another oat crop. The deer love that oats.
This is a good meat hunt, but you might
harvest that trophy buck. Very primitive camping is available. Lodging is available from 2
to 15 miles from ranch. To facilitate your hunt, we provide a detailed map of blind and box locations. The topography of the land
breaks the ranch up into several hunting areas. We DO NOT
engage in ranching activities while you are hunting.
This lease is honestly represented and hunter
The duration of the day lease period is defined as any and all consecutive days
that are booked and/or paid. The day lease period game harvest
limit IS NOT A PER DAY LIMIT but is the limit for the duration of the day lease
Subject to all Texas
hunting regulations AND Voca Vista Ranch day lease terms and ranch guest
NO guarantee kill. NO trophy kill fee.
We will book hunters from one group only per
lease period. Minimum of 2 hunters per weekend during General Deer Season, 2-day minimum
is required; 3 days maximum depending on season or if scheduling works out. Maximum number
of hunters per lease period is three. Owner reserves the right to lower minimum number of
days per lease period [to 1 day] on short notice. But under no circumstance will more than
one group of hunters be booked per lease period, i.e., whether your group is just
you or three, your group--and your group only--has full access to all huntable areas per
lease period. (A third hunter bringing a child and committing to keeping the
child with them during hunting could bring number to 4 maximum in a party.) Minimum
and maximum limits are negotiable.
We reserve the right to refuse
service to anyone.
A Paying Parent or Legal Guardian must accompany all minors
for minors to hunt. All members of a hunting party must pay. Discounts for children
negotiated on case by case basis.
non-paying Guests allowed. All Persons must pay to enjoy the total hunting experience with
you and your Hunting Party.
Owner and/or Wildlife Manager will be on property for all
hunts but will stay out of Hunters' way--up at the Airstream on the hill.
Reservations and Payment
A Deposit of 1/2
(one half) the Total Due Must be Received within 5 days of the Hunt Booking to Guarantee
the Hunt Reservation. Hunt Reservation Deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE except for the Herd-Management portion of the deposit
if entire Hunting Party cancels Reservation. Per Hunter Herd-Management Deposit is
included in the Total Due calculation but is refundable per Deer Game Harvest Limit rules.
Please make all deposit
payments with a U. S. Postal Service Money Order and Mail the Money Order Payable to:
Sue C. Farr and Charles
A. Farr, 1112 Oaklands Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681
Upon receipt of your deposit
payment, a hunt confirmation will be sent to you via email or the U. S. Postal Service.
The Balance Due Must be Paid
in Full in CASH ONLY Upon Arrival at registration to gain entry. Each hunter must show driver's license and hunting license with
balance due during registration. No
Credit Cards or Checks Accepted. The Balance Due Must be Paid in Full even if all hunters
in Hunting Party do not show.
Last Minute Bookings are Accepted - Subject
Game Hunts by Season and Weapon
Vista Ranch Lease Game Harvest Limit has been in effect since the 2003-2004 season. In
2008, we simplified the Lease Game Harvest Limit guidelines to further restrict and
protect the herd due to drought, the 2007 fire, and new migration patterns. The herd is
quite healthy and strong, and we work to keep it that way.
General Season Deer Game Harvest Limit & Herd-Management Deposit
To protect the present and future local deer
herd, to maximize genetically superior antler development, and to stabilize buck-to-doe
sex ratios, Voca Vista Ranch requires an up-front Herd-Management Deposit of $200 per
Hunter per Day
Lease Period. The Herd-Management Deposit is in
addition to all other NON-REFUNDABLE Hunting and Camping Fees. The Herd-Management Deposit
is fully refundable at end of Day Lease Period if Hunter
follows three primary Deer Game Harvest Limit rules:
Each hunter may harvest a maximum of
two deer per Day Lease Period.
A buck is a deer with a hardened antler
protruding through the skin. Each hunter may harvest only 1 fork-antler buck
during the Day Lease Period, and that fork-antler buck must have 8 points or more.
If you harvest a fork-antler buck that is 7 points or less, you lose your deposit.
If you do not harvest a buck, you
may take up to two does per Day Lease Period.
Here are some additional guidelines and notes:
Though not required, we prefer you take
older adult deer rather than fawns, yearlings (defined by biologists as deer between one
to two years of age), or younger deer. If you see two good shots in your scope, please
help us protect the herd--and take the oldest one if you can.
If you harvest a "Nubbin" deer,
you lose your deposit. A nubbin deer is a fawn with "nubbins" or pedicles where
hard antlers will grow when the deer reaches 1.5 years of age. A nubbin deer is NOT a
spike. If you can see bumps on a young deer's head, even if they have not broken the skin,
don't shoot--you will have harvested a nubbin and lost your deposit.
If you accidentally harvest a pre-nubbin
deer, you get back your deposit, because sometimes you cannot see the little bumps that
have not yet broken the skin. A pre-nubbin deer is a fawn with nubbins so small that you
literally cannot see the bumps through your scope. In theory, you shouldn't be harvesting
that young of a deer anyway, and harvesting that young of a deer is strongly discouraged,
but it will be considered in good faith an honest mistake.
Deposit Return/Loss Chart
Use the following chart to determine whether
you will get back your Herd-Management Deposit based on what you harvest.
||You Harvest This Number of 8-Point
(or more) Fork-Antler Bucks AND...
|...You Harvest This
Number of Does
* In this case, you lose your Herd-Management
Deposit because you harvested more than two deer during the Day Lease Period per Rule 1.
If you take more than two deer per hunter, you lose your Herd-Management Deposit.
* * In this case, you lose your
Herd-Management Deposit because you cannot harvest more than 1 8-point (or more)
fork-antler buck per Rule 2. If you take more than 1 fork-antler buck per hunter, you lose
your Herd-Management Deposit.
*** The rule is pretty obvious here; you take
3 bucks and you just broke Texas law per McCulloch County TPWD bag limit. You lose your
Herd-Management Deposit, and we call the local game warden.
General Deer Season Harvest Limit
During the Special Late General Season, the
Voca Vista Ranch Lease Game Harvest Limit is 2 Does (or 1 doe and 1 adult Spike-Antler Buck) per Hunter per Day Lease Period.
Harvest Limits for
See next section titled
Hunting Fees for Individual Seasons by Game.
Hunting Fees for Individual Seasons by
Deer - October Special
Youth-Only Season. Pricing and terms not available. No Leases will be sold
for this season.
Deer - Archery Season (bow hunting
only) - $125 per hunter per day. 2-hunter, 2-day minimum for this season. Bring your own
portable stands to hunt where you want within an assigned area. Add Turkey for $50 per
hunter per day--Must be paid by each hunter. No Leases will be sold for this
Deer - OPENING WEEKEND General
Season (all legal firearms only) - $250 per hunter per day. 2-hunter, 2-day minimum
for opening weekend. Add Turkey for $50 per hunter per day--Must be paid by each hunter.
Deer - General Season (all
legal firearms only) - $200 per hunter per day. 2-hunter, 2-day minimum. Add Turkey
for $50 per hunter per day--Must be paid by each hunter.
Deer - Special HOLIDAY WEEKENDS
(Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) during General Season (all legal firearms only)
- $250 per hunter per day. 2-hunter, 3-day minimum or 3-hunter, 2-day minimum for special
holiday weekends. Add Turkey for $50 per hunter per day--Must be paid by each hunter.
Rio Grande Turkey - Fall General Season -
Only available with paid Deer hunt. Game harvest limit for Fall General Season is 1
gobbler and 2 hens. An additional $50 per hunter per day for all hunters in party, even if
only one Hunter declares he or she will hunt turkey.
Deer - Special Late General Season (all
legal firearms only) - Game harvest limit for this season is described above. $125 per hunter per day. 2-hunter, 2-day minimum for this
season. This is a pure meat hunt.
Rio Grande Turkey - Spring Season - Game
harvest limit for Spring Season is 2 gobblers and 0 hens. $125 per hunter per day.
2-hunter, 2-day minimum for this season.
Feral Hogs - Only available with paid Spring
Turkey and/or Deer Season Hunt Reservation. All seasons: take as many hogs per hunter per
lease period you will haul off for free!
Nongame and/or Fur-Bearing Animals - If you
can get a clean shot for a kill, please feel free to kill coyotes or skunks for no charge;
please report each kill to Owner or Wildlife Manager.
Do not hunt the following:
Nongame Animals - Bobcats, Rabbits.
Fur-Bearing Animals - Fox (red and gray),
Nutria, Opossum, Raccoon, Ring-tailed cat.
Quail or Dove (managing these game populations
for future seasons).
Primitive Camping is Available. No restroom facilities exist. We advise you to bring your
own DRINKING WATER. Voca Vista Ranch will supply water as needed. We now have a well up on
the mountain--bring extra containers to haul water, please. Cost for camping is $15 per
hunter per night.
You can bring
your own self-contained Camping/Travel Trailers and/or Motor Homes/Campers, but we have NO
water or sewer hookups of any kind. We advise you
to bring your own DRINKING WATER; we do have a well and will supply water as needed--bring
extra containers to haul water, please. One or two electric hookups are available. If your
hunting party elects to use electricity, cost is additional $10 per hunter per night.
Important: Bring at least 200 feet of weatherproof, heavy-duty extension cord to reach the
outlet. Please don't dump your sewage tanks on our property. Dumping gray water on the
ground is no problem.