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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the ranch and where will I be staying?

The Champion Ranch in Colorado City, Texas, is located in the most beautiful part of Mitchell County. You can check out the amenities on our website, For directions, click on the directions tab where you will see a map along with driving instructions.

Where are the nearest Commercial and Private airports?

The nearest commercial airports are the Midland International Airport and the Abilene Regional Airport. Both are approximately an hour and a half drive to the ranch. Most of our customers rent a car at the airport and drive down. However, we do offer pick up and drop off for $250 round trip (subject to change). This service must be reserved in advance. The nearest private airport is in Snyder, Texas, only 30 minutes from the ranch, and we can pick you up and drop you off there for a $50 round-trip fee.

When is the best time to come?

Our antlered animals are seasonal due to shed time. MOST exotics we hunt from September 1st to the end of May. If you are after whitetail or quail, we abide by the State of Texas hunting seasons. We are a Level III MLD holder, so you will not need to use your hunting tags. Be sure and make your reservations as soon as possible, as we are typically booking months and even years in advance. You can call Mark at 806-500-5878 or Joel at 806-787-9950, or you can e-mail Mark at or Joel at

Is a deposit required to reserve a date?

ALL hunts require a 50% deposit per hunter.
We prefer reservations to be confirmed via e-mail so that there is a paper trail on all hunts.
Deposits are non refundable.

Can I buy an extra hunting day?

Yes, if there is availability, extra hunting days can be added.

Can I add a non-hunting guest?

Yes, the cost is $250/day for spouses, friends, or family that will share a room with you. If the non-hunter needs a private room, the cost is $450/day. This price includes lodging, meals/drinks, and maid service at the end of your visit. It does not include tips for the staff.

How much is a Texas Non-Resident Hunting License for exotics?

Visit Texas Parks & Wildlife website at for the most up-to-date information.

How much is a Texas Non-Resident Hunting License for Deer & Dove?

Visit Texas Parks & Wildlife website at for the most up-to-date information.

Once you have dates reserved and confirmed through e-mail and want to purchase your hunting license in advance, you can do so by calling Texas Parks & Wildlife, 1.800.895.4248, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm, or online at Another option would be to purchase them along your way to the ranch at many convenience stores, Wal-Mart’s, or sporting goods stores.

What time do I check in and check out?

Check in time is normally from 1-3 pm and check out time is normally after brunch on the final day of your hunt. This will be confirmed by the Hunt Coordinator prior to your hunt.

What items are not included in my hunt?

The processing of your meat, taxidermy, State of Texas hunting licenses, transportation to/from the ranch, " and tips for your guide and staff are additional expenses.

Do you offer meat processing?

No, but we offer free delivery to our “Preferred Processor”, B&K Processing located in Bronte, Texas.

Do you offer taxidermy?

No, but we offer free delivery to our “Preferred Taxidermist”, Wood Wildlife Studio located in San Angelo, Texas.

How much should I expect to tip?

All tips are just that, a tip, and should only be left if you are completely satisfied with the service our staff performed for you. Industry standard for your guide is 10% of the cost of the hunt, but again this is totally up to you. The tip for the staff (kitchen, cooks, management, skinner, etc.) is normally an additional 5%. If you had an excellent experience, which we are certain you WILL, I would plan on a 15% total tip. If you have any suggestions, compliments or complaints, please do so at check out time, as we are always seeking suggestions for improvements to our operation!

What should I bring?

We have a halogen-lit skeet range and provide clay targets free of charge, so you can bring your shotgun for some great after hunt and midday fun! We also have a shooting range for rifles and pistols. The ponds are stocked with catfish and bass, so feel free to bring your fishing gear. Bring your normal hunting gear including boots, jacket, hunting weapon of choice, ammunition, binoculars, eye protection, ear protection, insect repellent and sunscreen. If you are a bow or pistol hunter, please bring cover up scent to eliminate any odor for close range encounters. We have a General Store on site fully stocked with the latest and greatest in hunting gear just in case you forget anything!

What to expect on my hunt?

Your hunt will completely depend on the type of game you are after. We utilize blinds, rangers, jeeps, topdrives, and anything else necessary to get that trophy on your wall! With that said, be prepared for an array of spot and stalk, glassing, blind sitting, and walking. We will tailor your hunt to your abilities. You will be escorted by a professional guide at all times who has intimate knowledge of the ranch, vast experience with tracking and judging all species, and most importantly the passion for helping you bag that trophy.

We offer rifle, crossbow, compound bow, muzzle loader, and hand gun hunts. All hunters will be required to shoot their weapons at our range before the hunt can begin. Please let us know at least two weeks in advance of your hunt if you are an archer or pistol hunter so we can have our bow blinds ready for you.

What should I wear?

We recommend camouflage. Please keep in mind the weather is always changing in West Texas!

How can I pay for my Invoice at check out time?

You will check out in the office at the end of your hunt. We accept cash, debit card, cashier’s check, company check, personal check, traveler’s check, American Express, Discover, Visa, and Master Card. Please note: There is a 3% processing fee on all credit and debit cards.

We look forward to having you out for your hunt and sincerely appreciate your business!