Best Impala Hunting in Texas
Impala Antelopes are typically hunted in Africa, but their population in Texas is constantly growing and if you’re looking for a trophy impala ram you’ve come to the right place! I hunt impala on several different ranches in the Hill Country, but the ranch where I run the majority of my impala hunting in Texas is 3600 acres outside of Mountain Home, TX. This ranch consistently produces trophy impala rams that average 20-24”, with the occasional 26’- 28” impala ram hitting the ground. Since impala are horned animals (not antlers, so they don’t shed) and there is no closed season, you can find good trophies 12 months out of the year.
Most of my impala 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.
Impala Hunting Texas – Who is this hunt for:
Impala are considered an “exotic” in Texas and there’s no closed season on hunting exotics in Texas. Since impala are up on their feet moving throughout the entire day, you will get multiple opportunities to harvest your trophy impala ram.
Depending on your experience level, we can either shoot using shooting sticks or from a blind. Experienced hunters will enjoy the thrill shooting off of shooting sticks after tracking the agile impala cross country. For hunters with less experience or hunters who are not comfortable walking longer distances across rocky terrain, we can post up in a blind. We will wait there for the impala to come to us and take a shot from a much more controlled environment. With a wide variety of hunting methods, I can accommodate a wide range of hunters.
Impala Hunting Price: $8000
Daily Fees for Impala Hunt:
$275/night for single occupancy
$325/night for double occupancy
Deposit – $1500/Hunter
Make sure to read my FAQs before you book. It has all the details about my hunts.
Included in all Impala Hunts:
- Transportation around the ranch
- Field care of your trophy
Not included in Impala Hunts:
- Valid Texas Hunting License (Non-resident Special 5 Day Hunting License – Type 157 – $48)
- Transportation to ranch
- Skinning, caping, quartering of your trophy
- Drinks besides water and coffee
Additional services available for all Impala Hunts:
- Non-hunting guests – $100-$250/person/night depending on the ranch
- Skinning & quartering of your trophy – $100/animal
- Caping & freezing hide for transport home – $50/animal
- Numerous other exotics species are typically available as well
Impala Antelopes – Animal Specifics:
Impala antelopes are a medium-sized antelope typically found in South Africa and Eastern Africa. There are two subspecies of impala, the common impala, and the black-faced impala. The black-faced impala is typically larger and darker than the common impala. In Texas, we have the common impala.
Male impala stand about 30-36” and weigh about 100-125 pounds. Female impala stand about 28-30” and weigh about 70-90 pounds. Male impala have lyre shaped horns that are divergent and have ridges.
Impala have reddish-brown backs, tan flanks and a white belly. Impala can run up to 37mph, jump up to 10’ in the air and 33’ in distance. In harsh weather conditions the female impala can delay birth up to month and they typically have 2 female babies to every male baby.
Impala Hunting in Texas:
Most of my impala hunting in Texas is done with a combination of safari-style hunting and spot and stalk. We drive around until we locate a nice impala ram, and then try and stalk into position for a shot. With a lot of my impala 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.
A typical day impala hunting begins before daylight with a quick easy breakfast of coffee, fruit, pastries and breakfast bars. After breakfast, we load up in my Jeep and head out looking for a big impala ram. I’m a big fan of letting my hunters look over numerous impala so they can get a good idea of which one they would like to go after.
Since impala are up moving all throughout the day, we can hunt all day, but we typically head back to the lodge for a hearty brunch/lunch mid-day. Early in the afternoon, we’re back in the Jeep looking for more impala until we find the trophy ram you’re after. Once we locate the impala ram you’re after, we grab the shooting sticks and the stalk begins. After a full day of chasing impala, we head back to the lodge for a great dinner hot off the grill and the chance to re-live the day’s events before heading to bed to do it all again the next day.
Impala Hunting Packing List:
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You can hunt Impala 12 months out of the year in Texas, so the weather will vary greatly throughout the course of the year. If your impala hunt is in the spring or summer it’s going to be warm/hot, so you will want clothes that breathe and are well ventilated and keep the sun off of you. If you’re hunting impala in the fall & 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.
For my hunts in the late spring, summer, and early fall (Axis, Blackbuck, late-season Turkey, early-season Elk, etc) one of the products I’ve found to be extremely important is Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent.
We spend a lot of time walking/stalking through tall grass and with Sawyer Permethrin I don’t have to worry about getting chiggers or ticks on me. You spray it on your clothing, and once it dries it’s odorless and colorless. Chiggers itch so bad that they can really ruin a hunt, but with Sawyer Permethrin you don’t have to worry. I LOVE this product, and literally never leave home without it!
Here’s my suggested packing list:
- Valid TX hunting license
- Rain gear
- Backpack – a water bladder in your pack is helpful
- Comfortable boots/shoes
- Snake boots (I typically wear snake boots to keep the cactus/thorns/brush off my legs)
- Jeans/Pants/Insulated Overalls (Lighter weight pants for the Spring/Summer and heavier weight for the Fall/Winter)
- Camo shirts: Long Sleeve Shirts & Insulated Long Sleeve Shirts (I really love these KUIU shirts!)
- Hunting Gloves
- Insect Repellent Sawyer Permethrin
- Rifle & Ammo or Bow & Arrows
- Uninsulated & Insulated underwear
- Kuiu Socks and Darn tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks are my favorite. They last close to forever!
- Comfortable camp clothes
- Personal Toiletries & Medicines
Also make sure to take a look at my recommended hunting gear list.
Impala Hunting Texas Regions:
Impala can be found in the Texas Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, and South Texas, but all of my Impala hunting occurs in the Hill Country, around Kerrville. If you are flying in, San Antonio International Airport is the closest major airport and from there it’s typically about a 2-hour drive to any of my ranches.
Impala are amazing animals and a great hunt for the experienced as well as novice hunter. Don’t wait too long, my Impala Hunts in Texas fill up quickly and you should reserve your spot as soon as possible.
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