Fallow Deer Hunting in Texas
Fallow deer hunting in Texas has become one of the more common exotic hunts in the state and if you’re looking to hunt a giant fallow deer you’ve come to the right place! I hunt fallow deer on several different ranches, but my ranch that consistently produces the best fallow deer hunting is 3600 acres in Real County. This ranch has some of the biggest fallow deer I’ve ever seen and with a couple hundred fallow deer on the ranch, you will see numerous giant bucks to choose from while fallow deer hunting. My average fallow buck harvested on this ranch will score “Gold Medal”. This ranch has also produced several huge fallow bucks, both typical and non-typical, that have made the TGR top 10 all-time record book. Like most ranches, spotted fallow deer are our most common color phase but we also have a good mix of white fallow deer as well as chocolate fallow deer.
Most of my fallow deer hunting is done by a combination of safari style hunting and spot and stalk hunting, but I will also hunt out of blinds as necessary.
Who is this hunt for:
Fallow deer are considered an “exotic” in Texas and there’s no closed season on hunting exotics in Texas. This means you can hunt them year round, but the best time for fallow deer hunting is from September through December, which is when the fallow bucks are going to be hard antlered. You can still hunt fallow deer in January and February, but the bucks have been through the rut and there’s a risk that they might have broken points or rubbed points. Fallow deer meat is also some great venison and with them becoming hard antlered in September it’s a great way to kick off your fall hunting season and fill your freezer with some great organic protein. With the 3 color phases of fallow deer, white, spotted and chocolate, and unique antler configurations they make beautiful mounts. All of these things combine to make fallow deer hunting an excellent option for the novice hunter looking for an exciting way to kick off their hunting career or the experienced hunter looking to hunt a different species and add a little variety to their fall hunting calendar.
Included in all Fallow Deer Hunts:
- Transportation around the ranch
- Field care of your trophy
Not included in Fallow Deer Hunts:
- Valid Texas Hunting License (Non-resident Special 5 Day Hunting License – Type 157 – $48)
- Transportation to ranch
- Skinning, caping, quartering of your trophy
Additional services available for all Fallow Deer Hunts:
- Non-hunting guests – $250/person/night
- Airport pickup – $150/person (minimum 3 people)
- Skinning & quartering of your trophy – $100/animal
- Caping & freezing hide for transport home – $50/animal
Fallow Deer Hunt Prices
Typical Fallow Deer – $3500
Non-Typical Fallow Deer – $4000
Daily Fees for Fallow Deer Hunt:
$250/night for single occupancy
$300/night for double occupancy
Deposit – $500/Hunter
Fallow deer are native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and Asia Minor and were imported into Texas in the 1940s and can now be found in 93 Texas counties. Fallow deer come in 3 different color phases, spotted, white, and chocolate, and are a very beautiful deer species. Fallow bucks typically have palmated antlers, with multiple points on each side, and typically weigh about 200 pounds. Fallow does are smaller and typically weight 100-125 pounds. Having very few natural predators, and their natural resistance to disease has allowed the fallow deer to flourish in Texas. Fallow deer are primarily browsers, but they also consume forbs and woody browse. The meat from fallow deer is a darker red meat than some of the other exotics, but very delicious. Fallow deer rut from late September through November with the peak of the rut being October. During the rut, fallow bucks grunt at each other and wander around looking for receptive does.
Most of my fallow deer hunting is done with a combination of safari style hunting and spot and stalk. We drive around until we locate a nice herd, or nice buck, and then try and stalk into position for a shot. With a lot of my fallow deer hunting occurring in the Fall/Winter months, when natural food sources are more scarce, I’ll also hunt out of blinds overlooking feeders or a natural food source.
Fallow deer hunting begins in September, when it’s still hot in Texas, and continues into January and February, which are 2 of the coldest months in Texas. In September, and parts of October when it’s still hot, you are going to want to wear as cool and comfortable clothing as possible. I typically just wear jeans, snake boots (to keep the cactus and thorns/brush off my legs) and a long sleeve camo shirt. When you are fallow deer hunting later in the Fall and into the Winter, it’s going to be much colder and you are going to want to dress in layers so you can dress and undress as the temperature and activity levels dictate. Since there can be such a wide temperature range on a fallow deer hunt it’s probably best to just call me and find out what the weather has been like and what it’s forecast to be and pack accordingly.
Fallow deer can be found in the Texas Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, and South Texas, but the majority of my fallow deer hunting occurs in the Hill Country. If flying, San Antonio International Airport is the closest major airport and from there it’s typically less than a 2 hour drive to any of my ranches.