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Rules Fees  Openings for Deer Openings for Hog/Jav


Lincoln Ranch is a 2340 acre ranch located 25 miles NE of Laredo, Texas. Established in 1987 for bowhunting only, it caters to groups of up to 10 hunters. Accommodations include a large lodge-style building with a central living room and four bedrooms (4 beds in each room), each air conditioned with its own bathroom. Adjacent to the lodge is a kitchen and dining facility where you prepare your own meals. A lighted target range and walk-in cooler are also located on the grounds.
 We assign you a pasture and you hunt that area any way you prefer.  We have no preset stands or feeders.  Pop-up blinds work very well as long as they are brushed in well. (click>see examples. Go to 'Other Photos'>Brushed in blind examples) We rent them.  fees. You may also set up multiple areas and set a game cameras up as long as there is room in the pasture.  License info.  WIFI is available at lodge.

What's Included:

1. Use of tripod stands
2. Use of lodge
3. Use of practice range with targets
4. Use of walk-in cooler and skinning facility
5. We have a computer set up in the lodge to view memory cards

What to Bring:

1. Food
2. Bed linens, pillows and towels
3. Transportation to and from pasture. 4WD, sealer and tire plugs advised.
4. Bring corn or buy at ranch. See fees
5. Vehicle gas (no station within 32 miles)  If coming from IH35, fill up in Encinal.  If coming from Hwy 59, fill up in Freer.
6. Use of washer/dryer $10/load
7. Ice: $5 per 20# bag

Suggestions on things to bring:

Reminder: Gerry cans of gas if you’re staying a while

  1. Machete, gloves, drag rope, clothing to hack your way through thorns to find your animal
  2. tweezers
  3. good flashlight for blood tracking
  4. Rubber boots in case of mud
  5. Garbage bags to put your meat in
  6. Chair for sitting and stalking
  7. Thermocell, mesh face net
  8. shovel for burying your business

1. Limit: one trophy buck (two, unless you are staying 10 days or more), one cull buck, and one mature doe (ask ranch manager regarding quota),  and unlimited hogs per scheduled visit (lease period.) No javelina are to be killed during the deer season. 2019-2020: You must shoot a doe before taking your second buck.

2. Penalty Bucks not making 140" P&Y:   Bucks 10 pts or more, 4-1/2 years or younger: $1000.  If your buck is 5-1/2 yrs. or older and DOES scores over 140, then that is your trophy buck.  Less than 4-1/2 years, 8s and 9s: $500

3. Little does.  Any does brought in under 50# is a $150 penalty

- Four-wheelers are  acceptable as long as they are kept on the roads. Please be sure there is a quiet muffler in place.  Polaris Rangers, Mules and the like are allowed anytime.
- Release of Liability on file needs to be signed upon arrival. If you want to be on our mailing list please write your email on this form
- No draw-locks allowed
- Cross bows allowed only for upper-limb physically disabled individuals. This is a ranch rule.

2019-2020 Deer herd management requirements by biologist:

Valid deer:

  • Must score 140 unless he is 5-1/2 or older (5-1/2 or older bucks are considered a mgmt)
  • All 8s and 9s need to be 4-1/2 or older
  • No brow tines or one brow tine need to be 3-1/2 or older
  • Freak horned deer need to be 3-1/2 or older
  • 5,6 or 7 point need to be 3-1/2
  • no spikes killed
  • nothing killed 2-1/2 or younger

Field Judging:  http://whitetaildeerpassion.blogspot.com/p/about-whitetail-deer.html and

Assignment of pastures:
We have had some complaints from hunters that "favoritism" is going on and we are saving pastures for certain hunters.  This is not the case.
If a hunter get the same pasture as the previous year it is coincidental.   All of the pastures are assigned before check-in and in most cases hunters are given the choice of open pastures.  All of the areas have excellent hunting and when we are booked (10 hunters) each hunter has an abundance of acreage to themselves.  We place hunters in a pasture according to group size and the placement is controlled by the hunting manager. We have several pastures and they range in size from 250-700 acres. Once you are assigned a location you cannot jump to a different location without permission from the hunting manager.

MLDP (Managed Land Deer Permits)
We are involved in the MLD program.  Our biologist visited the ranch this summer and we qualified for Level 3 buck and Level 2 and 3 anterless.   A hunter who brings in game MUST use a MLD permit issued by Lincoln Ranch AND  sign and record their license number on the permit.  If a hunter tags their deer with THEIR license tag, it is in violation with the state hunting laws and will result in a fine.  Hunters are not required to retain the head of any deer to prove sex in transportation.  The permit is placed in a plastic Ziploc bag in the cooler is sufficient. If a head is to be separated for mounting a Wildlife Resource Document (WRD) must accompany it to the taxidermist.  The MLD permit is to remain with the meat.