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Established in 2004, El Rancho Arenosa is a 2,000+ acre privately-owned ranch located on the Edwards Plateau between the Texas Hill Country and the South Texas plains. We specialize in both whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkey hunts. Our full service ranch is the perfect place to tag your trophy.

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El Rancho Arenosa offers premiere hunting packages with a first class lodge and comfortable accommodations for up to fifteen (15) people, complete with a recreation room, outdoor fire pit, viewing area, trap shooting range, and a game processing and storage facility. We will handle every detail of your hunt from start to finish, including food and beverages, or work with you to customize your visit.

El Rancho Arenosa is located eight (8) miles east of Brackettville, Texas on Highway 90. It is approximately one hundred twenty (120) miles from San Antonio International Airport and forty (40) miles from the Del Rio, Texas airport.

The rolling, diverse topography and dry climate provide an interesting array of plant and animal life. The natural brush and terrain are perfect for the free range game species available for guided deer and turkey hunts. Native predators include coyote, bobcat, hog, and javelina.

If you’re not a hunter and are just looking to unwind, El Rancho Arenosa is a great place for hanging around with a good book in a swing on the porch and bird watching, as the ranch is home to hundreds of species of small birds.

We offer full service hunting packages or can tailor one to fit your needs. Our guides are experienced hunters and are particularly knowledgeable with regard to this ranch. Whether you’re looking to escape the daily grind and slow down by the campfire, get a 130-150 class buck or Rio Grande gobbler, or host a family or small group retreat, this is the place for you. Contact us for information and to make your reservation.

Corporate Retreats

Deer Hunts


El Rancho Arenosa is an ideal South Texas whitetail deer hunting destination. We feed protein year round and provide additional water to supplement the dirt tanks on the property. Our deer are very healthy and well cared for. Typically, they range from 130 to 150 B&C. We also conduct annual game surveys and monitor animal quality and movement with game cameras year round. We have 10 two man blinds over timed feeders. Our hunter success rate for mature bucks ranges from 70-95%. We offer fully guided hunts, or you may tailor one to fit your needs.


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Corporate Retreats


Our first-class facilities, commercial kitchen, and peaceful setting make El Rancho Arenosa the perfect venue for your next corporate or small group retreat. Our quiet setting offers the perfect backdrop for reflection, quiet time, and forward planning.

We can accommodate fifteen (15) for overnight visits and have seats for twenty (20) at our large tables in the dining area. We provide complimentary high-speed WIFI throughout the lodge. Our turnkey event facilities are complete with meals, linens, and other amenities.

Corporate Retreats

Turkey Hunts


Spring is the perfect time to visit South Texas and hunt wild turkey. El Rancho Arenosa is an ideal destination to do just that. We have an abundance of native Rio Grande turkey. The Arenosa Creek provides a natural habitat and prime roosting area. We supplement the natural food sources with numerous bird feeders throughout the ranch. We offer fully guided turkey hunts or can tailor one for your group’s needs.


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Our Story


El Rancho Arenosa is privately owned by my wife, Irene, and me. We were looking for a quiet place to enjoy retirement and the wildlife and peacefulness that South Texas offers.

We purchased the ranch in May 2004. With careful planning, we designed the lodge with hunters in mind. The four bedroom, three bath lodge provides comfortable bunk accommodations with quiet privacy. The large recreation room, family style kitchen, the facilities and amenities on the property provide modern comforts in the midst of a rustic ranch.

We enjoy this beautiful part of Texas with our friends, family, and guests. We would love to share it with you. Contact us today to book your stay or hunt.

--John Locke

Lodge and Ranch Amenities


El Rancho Arenosa offers a very comfortable lodge with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a large dining room, and a large recreation room where you can relax when you’re not hunting. The recreation room is complete with a big screen TV (with satellite), WIFI, fireplace, and bar. It is the perfect place to enjoy a drink with friends, play a hand or two of cards, and reflect on the day. During the day, this glass-walled room is ideal for watching birds and small game at the feeder, watching the turkeys strut below the bluff, or taking an afternoon nap.


The dining room will seat up to 20 people. We provide a turnkey venue with an excellent cook. We provide continental breakfast before the morning hunt, a full breakfast afterward, a cold lunch before the afternoon hunt, and a full dinner afterward. You don’t have to lift anything other than your fork, and no one ever leaves hungry!


The lodge sits on one of the highest parts of the ranch atop a bluff overlooking the valley below and the Anacacho Mountains in the distance. Loving the outdoors, we have filled the porch with rocking chairs, swings, benches, and a fantastic fire pit. It is a place where you can truly slowdown and relax with your closest friends, family, or coworkers.


There are a variety of other amenities for visitors to enjoy, including transportation on which to roam the vast 2,000+ acres, a trap range for shooting clay pigeons, horseshoes, and more.


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Some of the spectacular wildlife from El Rancho Arenosa.

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Plant Life


Enjoy the native plant life of the Edwards Plateau. Plenty of native grasses, shrubs, cactus and trees create a colorful landscape.


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Pricing


El Rancho Arenosa offers a both seasonal hunting packages as well as a la carte items so that you can create the perfect package for your group.

Deer Hunts


3 day deer hunt - $2100/hunter*

4 day deer hunt - $2700/hunter*


*There is an additional kill fee of $1800 if a hunter is successful in taking a mature buck (130-150 class B&C). However, cull bucks are free, should they appear, and you want to take one for either of the packages listed above.

If you have deer hunters under the age of 16 in your party, they are charged half of the adult fee ($1050/hunter or $1350/hunter, depending on your selected package).

The base price for the hunting packages is due in full at the time of booking. Additional kill fees are assessed after hunt.


Turkey Hunts


2 day turkey hunt-$950/hunter

One additional gobbler per hunter may be taken for additional $350 each. The base price for the hunting package is due in full at the time of booking. Additional kill fees are assessed after hunt. Turkey hunts are Spring only.


A La Carte

All hunters required to have current Texas hunting license. You can pick up one at any Texas sporting goods store or online at Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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