— OUR MISSION —
Bring nature and people back together!
We are all about preserving our natural resources and showing others how we do it.
Wild Game History
Harvesting wild game has always been seen as a survival tactic. In the mid-1800s many settlers harvested to provide food and hides for their families. They used the hides for clothing, blankets, etc. By the 1920 population of the native game, so they created laws and regulations. In 1921 the “Texas Deer and Game Law” was passed, which made harvesting a seasonal activity and limits hunters on harvesting deer. Deer and game populations started to rise tremendously, and by then settlers no longer needed to hunt for food; that’s when hunting was pursued as a sport!
Field sports nowadays teaches people about determination, ethics, hard-work, patience, respect, and much more! It also gives kids an opportunity to learn how the circle of life works and how it’s important to our environment and preservation.
Because it became such a popular sport, it sparked the idea of bringing other game species to the States. In the 1950s, many exotic species were put on ships and brought into Texas.
By the late 1980s, Texas became the home of 67 exotics species. Texas terrain and climate provides a very sufficient habitat for many exotics game species originating from Asia, Europe, Africa, and India. In many cases, Texas exotic populations out-number their native populations, even some species extinct in their native countries.
At Double Drop Ranch, we have 1,000-acre wildlife preservation and exotic breeding program. We focus on protecting populations and providing an ecosystem that the wildlife can thrive in. We want to ensure that future wildlife generations will benefit from their natural habitats.
Our mission is to prevent the extinction of game species by protecting and improving their habitats. We want to share the importance of preserving these at-risk species and provide you with the knowledge and skill it takes to keep an ecofriendly environment that’s flourishing with wildlife!
After leaving Double Drop, we can ensure you will be proud of your contribution to wildlife preservations and your role in the community.
How can I contribute?
Taking Animal Surveys:
To obtain a healthy ecosystem and environment you must be familiar with your wildlife population. Having a good insight in the wildlife population will reflect how well your management program is working.
Ways to survey:
- Recording wildlife encounters
- Recording seasonal concentrations
- Looking for tracks and signs of wildlife
- Using Cameras
- Drone Surveys
Habitat Management and Improvements:
Habitat Management is one of the most important things to ensure you have a healthy herd. All wildlife species have essential needs to survive such as water, food, cover, and space; but there are also a few factors that can affect the wildlife population, including diseases/parasites, starvation, predators, pollution, climate, old age, and hunting season. By providing wildlife with their essential needs, you’re helping them protect themselves from these life-threatening factors that could become devastating to the wildlife population.
Smart harvesting is a crucial way to help your wildlife population flourish. Having a solid management plan will keep your ecosystem balanced with the correct buck to doe ratio. A smart harvesting plan will have impact on the amount, size, and maturity of the herd.
- Click here to see TWPD Age Management Program (https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/game_management/deer/age/)
Predators such as coyotes and bobcat pose a threat to the wildlife population. Although, predators are a part of the ecosystem many studies indicate a sufficient decrease in fawns in high populations of predators. It is advantageous to control their numbers for the sake of the wildlife population. A high density of fire ants and feral hogs can also cause an impact on deer population. Fire ants attack fawns causing lower survival rates. Feral hogs are an invasive species that compete with wildlife species for food and space.
There are many effective tools that can help with predator control:
- Eliminate predators and competitions
- Predator wire around fence lines
- Spraying for fire ants
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Regulations https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/
- Conservation/Animal management
- Educational Hunting
- Shooting Tips/Courses
- Clay Shoots
- Target Practice
- Long Distance Shooting
All overnight guests are accommodated in our world-class lodge, where spacious rustic elegance is combined with all the comforts you would expect in a first-class facility.