Texas Turkey Hunts
Texas is home to over 600,000 Rio Grande turkeys found primarily throughout the Texas "Hill Country" and "Edwards Plateau." Small pockets of birds are also found in both Northern & Southern Texas. The majority of land in Texas is privately owned whereby Landowners and Land Managers, along with TPWD Technical Guidance biologist's work together in managing and preserving such wonderful natural resources as the Rio Grande Turkey. Combine this along with lengthy spring and fall hunting seasons, generous bag limits, affordable pricing, mild weather, discounted hunting licenses for "young hunters" and beautiful scenery, help make Texas one of the top "turkey hunting destinations" in North America. Come see why so many Sportsmen, Sportswomen, and Young Hunters alike, enjoy such high success rates while hunting Texas' Rio Grande Gobblers!
Come Hunt With Us
Jim began hunting and "calling" turkeys in the Spring of 1976 when the State of Texas first opened the spring turkey season. He has hunted the Rio Grande species every year since. In the early 1980's Jim became one of the first "Turkey Guides" in Texas. Through the years "Team Magnum" has hosted over 2,100 turkey hunters for these magnificent birds with an average success rate of 1.7 birds per hunter, based upon a 2 bird limit. The Magnum staff of guides have called in hundreds of birds and are some of the most professional turkey guides to be found anywhere in the country. The average Rio Grande Gobbler weighs 20 lbs. and has a beard length of 9 1/2 inches and 1 1/8 spur. Exceptional birds may push 25 lbs, sport up to 12 inch beards, and have 1 7/8 inch spurs. Magnum hunts approximately 65,000 acres of prime turkey habitat. Our ranches are vast in size with one as large as 21,000 acres, while most average 5,000 acres in size. Each trip is 3 days in length and we only hunt our pastures from 1 to 3 times out of the entire 6 week season. This allows our birds not to become call shy and unhuntable for our clientele. Hunters should hear anywhere from 10-20 different gobblers per day.
After a delicious "full" breakfast, and well before "first light," our staff of expert guides escort both "semi-guided" and "fully-guided" hunters into the field. Hunters are placed within "calling distance" of both roost, strut zone, and feeding areas where they will be free to "run and gun" or "sit and stick" depending upon each hunter's preference. We turkey hunt 4-5 hours then return to the Lodge for a big lunch and a short nap. Hunters who wish to hunt all day can be accommodated. Late morning and early afternoon can be one of the very best times to hear an adult gobbler "sounding off" to attract a lonesome hen to his side. Then it's back to the "turkey woods" for another 4-5 hours of afternoon "gobbling action." Hunts can consist of a fair amount of walking and calling to "raise" a bird then setting up on him as the distance between hunter and quarry closes. Hunters may also enjoy success hunting along popular travel corridors between known roosts and both feeding and watering areas. Hunting along ridges can also be productive since hunters are elevated and can better hear distant gobbles. Wise turkey hunters who utilize binoculars may also view strutting gobblers. With our expansive landholdings encompassing nearly 65,000 private acres, our hunters enjoy the privacy and luxury of having 400-1500 acres exclusively to themselves for each morning and afternoon hunt. If our hunters ever choose to be moved to a new and "fresh" hunting area they will be accommodated. Many times individual groups of hunters can have their own ranches to hunt away from other hunters and in some instances larger corporate groups may have the entire lodge and ranch to themselves. Hunting "pairs" such as husband/wife, father/son, friend/friend will be accommodated.
What Is Furnished
We offer several different spring and fall turkey hunting packages. The majority of our turkey hunts include 3 nights, food, lodging, guides and 2 1/2 days of hunting for 1-3 Rio Grande gobblers, airport transfers from the nearest airport, and complete freezer facilities. Guided hunts are one guide per one hunter. Semi-guided hunts include a guide to transport hunters into the field and place them in areas where gobblers frequent and/or roost. Both guided and semi-guided hunts are conducted on the same ranches showing no favoritism. "Do It Yourself" hunts are where hunter furnishes their own food & lodging (motel or RV). Turkey decoys, Double Bull pop-up blinds, shotguns, ammunition, snake leggings, and folding chairs may be available for rent. Successful "Rio Grande Gobbler Hunters" will receive a "Magnum Guide Service, LLC" "Certificate of Harvest" worthy of framing at the completion of their trip. We also have a fun "Magnum" Awards Presentation that has really been a big hit! We hope you will come join in the celebration at "Team Magnum!"
What Is Not Furnished
Personal hunting equipment, gratuities for the staff, "adult beverages", decoys, personal hunting license, shipping of trophies and transportation before and after the scheduled hunt.