Eld’s Deer Hunting at 777 Ranch

One of the premier ranches in Texas and the United States, the 777 Ranch out in Hondo, Texas has that rare combination of scenic beauty combined with exotic game hunting that makes for a quality weekend getaway for anyone interested in a little bit of African safari hunting in Texas. With a species list that boasts everything from antlered exotics, whitetail deer, elk and more, the 777 Ranch will certainly keep you on your toes once you’ve checked in and are ready to get out there. One of the specialty species is an antlered exotic known as Eld’s Deer. 

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Eld's Deer Hunting in Texas

Eld’s Deer

Indigenous to Southeast Asia, this beautiful antlered exotic has an antler length of up to 99 centimeters or 39 inches. They are in the middle of the size spectrum for similar species with one of their close counterparts being the Barashinga or “swamp deer” of South Asia and Nepal. The males are heavier than the females and have long brow tines. 

With antlers and hides that are prized in their local southeast Asian markets, the Eld’s deer is a true prize to behold. Additionally, they are a great source of protein and have been used to feed entire armies in the past (the Mongol conquerors of South Asia are one prime example). If you plan on seeking out this prized deer, make sure to seek low lying grasses where they are known to graze for grasses, fruits, and wetland plants. They do, on occasion, act as pests by going onto nearby cultivated crops and graze on rice, lentils, corn, peas, and grapes.

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Hunting the Eld’s deer is a remarkable experience. If you are truly interested in going after this prized piece of wildlife be prepared for a four-day/three-night trip with a private accommodation overlooking Sugar Lake with a daily rate including meals, lodging, and a guide. Additionally, we recommend .270, 7mm, .30-06, and .300 pistols as effective ammunition for a kill. Additionally, you will need to accommodate the hunting and fishing daily fee. Wounded game determined by the guide is charged as a kill while caping or skinning, meat processing, shipping of meat, and taxidermy are separate charges. 

A taxidermied Eld’s Deer is a rare feat so having one to display for friends, family, and guests at your home can be an impressive thing for them to behold. 

As the prime hunting season for Eld’s deer is December through March, you’ll want to book your hunt as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns prior to visiting us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. With nearly forty-years of experience in the safari hunting game, we’re sure we’ll be able to help you out with any concerns you might have on the days leading up to your hunt. 

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Quality of life pivots upon quality people, places and adventures. My American Dream has always been the pursuit of ultimate quality in everything I do and my hunting experiences at 777 Ranch in Hondo Texas with Jeff Rann and crew is worldclass hunting every time. Everything about Jeff's operation is the best of the best. Professional, knowledgeable, experienced and attentive guides and staff, great food and accommodations and just an overall real McCoy hunting camp atmosphere. Breathtaking trophy big game seems to be everywhere! 777 Ranch is a prime Nugent family annual destination and Jeff Rann is my Spirit BloodBrother.

Ted Nugent

I toured the 777 this weekend and was extremely impressed at the job these guys have done there. The animals are fantastic with so many different species and such large groups it is truly amazing. It was like going back in time to Africa when animals were abundant. With the future of so many endangered species looking very bleak we should all be proud to have facilities like the 777 that will help preserve animal species for humans to enjoy well into the future. Thank you 777 for the wonderful animals that you guys raise insuring species survival for so many that are about to become extinct in their native homelands. Job well done!

Dave Holm

Went to the 777 this weekend. Had an incredible time. We had Steven Rann as our guide. He was fantastic! Though the doves were not moving, he made the experience so enjoyable that we could have cared less about no dove. He took us around and showed us all of the incredible species that the 777 offers. The whole staffed catered to anything we need. They took such great care of use. We will definitely be back to chase some big game with Steven!

Zackary Lee Rendon
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