Texas Exotic Hunts
The initial introduction of exotic big game animals into the State of Texas took place in the mid 1950's. With many areas of Texas having similar topography to Southern Africa and portions of India, the exotic plains game animals reproduced extremely well. Since that time the overall population of exotics has steadily grown thrusting Texas to the forefront of destinations for exotic big game Safaris within the U.S. border. Through the years many more species of exotic big game have been introduced into Texas. Some species now found in Texas actually out number those found in their native countries were they originated.
Come Hunt With Us
Since 1985 we have had the pleasure of guiding more than a thousand successful exotic safaris with the vast majority of our Hunter's trophies scoring high enough to make the SCI (Safari Club International)record book! This track record of achievement was earned through decades of dedication and focus on our "Safari Hunter's" success! With the hard work of our experienced professional guides, "Magnum Safari Hunters" have enjoyed nearly 100% success on all their Safaris with us. Complimented by a steady stream of repeat clientele, Magnum Guide Service, LLC has grown through the years to hold some of the finest hunting concessions in Texas for our "Magnum Safaris." We have 5 ranches totaling 135,000 acres in Western Texas and over 50,000 acres in the Texas Hill Country that continuously produce outstanding trophies for our "Magnum Hunters!" We are very proud to offer our Hunters some of the most affordable hunting for gold medal exotics in Texas, as well as special packages and group discounts. Corporate hunts, family hunts, and first time Safari Hunters are our specialty. Let us customize a safari for you!
Our staff of Professional Hunters utilize 4WD vehicles (jeeps, trucks, atv's) and hunt safari style across our vast ranches until herds of game are spotted. After locating and determining whether or not an animal is mature and of trophy quality, a careful stalk can then be attempted into comfortable shooting range. Our guides will set up their "safari style" shooting sticks for our hunters to rest their rifles on and after that, it's up to our hunters to make the shot. Nothing like the thrill of the hunt!
What Is Furnished
We provide our Safari Hunters with some of the finest in Southwestern style home cooking to include, breakfast, lunch, dinner, complete with fresh desserts! Our lodges are extremely comfortable and modern with all the comforts we all have become accustomed to like a soothing hot tub complete with an adult beverage or as called in Africa, a "sundowner." Our staff of guides are very experienced and even include Professional Hunters from Africa. Basic trophy care is included on each Safari along with transportation of Hunter's trophies to a reputable Taxidermist as requested. For those flying commercially into the San Angelo, TX airport (SJT), we provide free roundtrip transfers between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM 7 days a week. For those choosing to fly private aircraft into the Eldorado, TX airport (27R) which is paved, lighted, and has both AV Fuel and Jet A, they may contact the Magnum Guide Service "Main Lodge" located only 3 miles from the airport on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) 123.00. Please call us ahead of time with your ETA so that we can monitor the Lodge's aircraft radio for your approach into Eldorado and meet your landing aircraft.
What Is Not Furnished
While our hunts are almost completely inclusive, Hunters will still need to bring their personal hunting equipment, gratuities (a standard in the industry) for staff, adult beverages, personal hunting license, and airport transfers outside of normally scheduled times. Any meat processing or crating and shipping of trophies to Hunter's personal Taxidermist is not included. Gun rentals are based upon availability and we have many calibers to choose from. Hunters may choose to obtain their hunting license directly from us.
Other Hunting Opportunities
Exotic safaris may be combined with; predator, javelina, feral hog, whitetail deer, mule deer, and free range elk hunting. Fishing trips may be arranged to the Texas Coast for Reds and Specks or how about Lake Amistad for large mouth bass! Sight-seeing is also available to nearby Historic West Texas Forts, Sonora Caverns, McDonald Observatory, the Alamo, etc. Please visit our travel information page for more details.
Traveling Sportsman who choose to fly commercial airlines should contact their airline of choice for the latest in airline company policy. Hunters should also view the TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) web site for current rules and regulations governing commercial airline travel. Since many species of exotic big game provide excellent table fare, Hunters should give some thought to taking some of their meat home. Also, because some exotic species have such large antlers and or horns that may require oversized shipping crates combined with overnight shipping fees, Hunters might consider having their trophies mounted in Texas by a reputable Taxidermist who mounts exotics on a regular basis.
Seasons & Pricing
There is no closed season on exotic safari hunting in Texas and hunt dates are available year-round. Trophy fees are based upon individual species and may vary slightly from ranch to ranch. Almost all safaris offer "Trophy Fees" which are no kill, no pay with the exception of "daily fees" which cover food, lodging, guide, basic trophy care, and airport transfers. "Trophy Fees" are due and payable upon harvesting or wounding of game. Sight- seeing trips, as well as other hunting or fishing opportunities may be available for an additional charge. Non-hunters are welcome when occupancy is available for $195.00 pp per day.