Joshua Creek Ranch occupies a uniquely diverse terrain including miles of Joshua Creek and Guadalupe River bottomland planted in fields, food plots and permanent grasses for a prime pheasant hunting habitat. Waterways and ravines are bordered by limestone bluffs that rise to oak and elm studded pastures lush with prairie grasses providing perfect quail hunting cover and chukar habitat. Densely wooded areas are managed for free-roaming Texas deer hunting, both Whitetail and Axis. Shallow ponds bordered by tall elms create an ideal decoyed mallard duck hunting scenario.
Fall and Spring are typically very pleasant (highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s and 60s). With occasional morning frost, Winters are generally very pleasant, with mild sunny days and average highs in the 60s. The region has hot summers, particularly in July and August (highs in the 90s and lows in the upper 60s and low 70s). Mornings and evenings are delightful all summer long. Gentle coastal breezes and moderate humidity help make the summer mid-day hours more bearable. Regardless what time of year you visit Joshua Creek Ranch, the weather is always right for one of the many outdoor adventures available.
In short, Joshua Creek Ranch can provide whatever is necessary to ensure that guests have an experience they'll never forget. In addition to packages for lodging, hunting and dining, guests are also outfitted with appropriate fishing and hunting gear and rentals, including shotguns and fly fishing rods if needed. Guest harvests are cleaned and freezer packed for convenience and taxidermy services are available through the Pro Shop.
Joshua Creek Ranch offers customized itineraries for shooting, hunting, fishing, lodging, dining and outdoor activities. A typical trip itinerary during the peak hunting season might look something like this:
3:00 p.m. - Arrive and settle into your lodging
6:45 p.m. - Hors d'Oeuvres on the Patio at Cypress Lodge
7:15 p.m. - Gourmet game dinner at Cypress Lodge
10:00 p.m. - Overnight accommodations in the rustic elegance of one of the fully appointed ranch houses or private guest rooms.
7:45 a.m. - Breakfast buffet at Cypress Lodge
9:00 a.m. - Upland bird hunt (Quail, Pheasant, Chukar)
12:30 p.m. - Lunch at Cypress Lodge (patio dining unless weather prevents it)
2:00 p.m. - Afternoon activity of choice (sporting clays, fly fishing for rainbow trout, or relaxing alongside Joshua Creek)
6:45 p.m. - Appetizers on the Patio at Cypress Lodge
7:15 p.m. - Gourmet dinner at Cypress Lodge
10:00 p.m. - Overnight in the comfort of your lodging with a spectacular Hill Country view
7:45 a.m. - Breakfast at Cypress Lodge
9:00 a.m. - Driven Pheasant shoot at 3 drive sites or decoyed Mallard hunting
12:30 p.m. - Lunch on the Patio at Cypress Lodge under a canopy of magnificent oaks
1:45 p.m. - Departure
At Joshua Creek Ranch, you can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities on-site. From hunting and fishing to sporting clays, hiking and kayaking, we've got you covered. You’ll also find some of the finest lodging and gourmet dining in the Texas Hill Country. And, the on-site Pro Shop offers top-of-the-line hunting apparel, Beretta and Rizzini shotguns, ammo and novelty gifts for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Texas Hill Country is an extraordinary destination in spring and summer when the legendary wildflowers and spring-fed streams come alive. Joshua Creek Ranch is at the center of all that the Hill Country has to offer in every direction. Within an hour or less of the Ranch, visit the charming towns of Boerne, Comfort, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Bandera, Johnson City, New Braunfels, San Antonio, and points of interest in between, like Luckenbach, Natural Bridge Caverns, Sea World, Fiesta Texas, Enchanted Rock, and countless others. Plan several days in the area, coming home each evening to the peaceful solitude of your own charming accommodations at Joshua Creek Ranch.
Guests are welcome to bring their own hunting and fishing equipment, plus many Ranch House accommodations offer kennels for guests who wish to bring their own hunting dogs. Check the weather forecast for the Texas Hill Country before you pack (we recommend layering) and simply bring yourself with a mindset ready to enjoy a great outdoor adventure surrounded by the peace and tranquility of Joshua Creek Ranch.
Migratory Dove Hunting
September - October
Upland Bird Hunting (Quail, Pheasant, Chukar, and Hungarian Partridge)
October - March*
*Early morning Quail hunts and driven Pheasant hunts begin September 15th
Mallard Duck Hunting
October - March
Whitetail Deer Hunting
October - February
Rio Grande Turkey Hunting
November - January, March - April
Fly Fishing for Rainbow Trout
November - May
Axis Deer Hunting
Fly Fishing for Bluegill and Bass
Joshua Creek Ranch lodging reflects the traditional rustic elegance of Texas ranches combined with the comforts and conveniences of home. There’s a variety of lodging styles available from three ranch houses with fully appointed kitchens, to single/double occupancy private rooms, to elegant suites. All lodging is beautifully furnished and equipped with DSS, DVD/CD players, Wi-Fi, large outdoor patios with stone fire pits and spectacular views.
Dining at Joshua Creek ranch is always a delight, with four-course gourmet game dinners featured during the hunting season (October through March) and simpler, lighter fare during spring and summer months. To enhance your enjoyment while at the ranch, lunches are served on the limestone patio year-round (weather permitting) and appetizers are served around the outdoor fire pit before dinner during the hunting season. All meals are served at Cypress Lodge unless guests have pre-arranged a personal chef at another accommodation.
How many guns can we combine in one party?
Three maximum (per Guide) including any observers for Upland Bird hunting. Driven pheasant shoots require a line of least five shooters, and can accommodate as many as 12 on one line of guns. The Continental shoot requires 10 guns and can accommodate up to 20 shooters, because they are rotating through ten different double-positions as the shoot progresses.
How old do hunters have to be?
Minimum age requirement for hunters is 12 years old, unless they have completed the Joshua Creek Ranch Youth Program.
How do you charge for birds?
We charge for birds on the "presentation method" or "fair shot rule." It is the job of JCR guides and dogs to find the birds and it's the hunters' job to bag them. When you pay for hunting, whether it's a Boone and Crockett Whitetail in South Texas, a moose in Alaska, or a quail at Joshua Creek Ranch, what you are really paying for is an opportunity to shoot; it's up to the hunter to harvest the game. All hunting packages with the exception of the “unlimited quail packages” include a finite number of birds depending on the package you choose. Hunters may continue hunting after their guide advises them that all the birds in their package have been “presented as fair shots.” Charges for birds presented in excess of their package will be added to the original package price.
Do you offer shooting instruction?
Yes, we do offer shotgun shooting instructions. We maintain full-time shooting instructors for beginning and novice shooters. For more advanced shooters who want to polish their skills, a professional shooting instructor can be arranged with advance notice. All shooting instruction requires an appointment.
How many acres do you have?
We have 1300 acres, yet the diversity of the terrain makes it seem much larger.
Can I hunt without a guide?
Simply, the answer is "no." We adhere to this policy for one very important reason – your safety!
How often do you release birds?
Our goal is for you to have an outstanding hunt every time you visit Joshua Creek Ranch, and that includes an abundance of wild-performing birds. We liberate birds continuously, using a method developed by wildlife biologists. Our birds are released into the natural habitat prior to and throughout the hunting season. As birds are harvested new birds are introduced into the habitat and adopted by existing coveys in established territories. We also liberate excess birds prior to special events, like driven pheasant shoots, resulting in an abundance of birds in the fields. We track releases and hunter success ratios to determine our huntable inventory per pasture and frequently replenish each hunting area.
Do you have meals available?
Yes, we have an excellent chef and an experienced kitchen staff. Since we are not a restaurant, advance reservations are required for any of the three sumptuous meals we serve. If you would like meals to accompany your visit to the ranch, we need to know that in advance so we can staff and stock sufficiently. There is no minimum number of guests required for breakfast or lunch reservations. But at dinner, we require six dining guests (all parties combined) to have the chef come in. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notification.
What is your cancellation policy?
Your booking is important to us, and great care goes into being prepared for your visit. Cancellations and "no-shows" result in over-staffing and unnecessary expenses, which we would rather not pass on to our guests through higher prices. Please remember that this is a seasonal business with only so many days (and particularly weekends) to schedule hunts. We do not over-book, so if you cancel your reservation, it is often difficult to fill the time reserved for you with another guest's activities. It is an opportunity lost to us and to other guests. (If we are able to fill your booking, we will adjust your cancellation charge).See additional details on our cancellation policy on our website here.
Do you have rental guns?
Yes, we have rental guns available on a half-day basis. These guns are 12, 20, 28 and 410 gauge over-and-under Beretta or Rizzini shotguns, suited to both clay target shooting and wingshooting. Advance notice of your desire to rent a shotgun will ensure its availability when you arrive.
Can I hunt with my own dog?
Yes, we encourage our guests to bring their dogs to Joshua Creek Ranch. But before you come, you need to ask yourself, “Is this a hunting experience or a training experience?" We want to be sure you enjoy your hunt, and a big part of that is dog performance. If you want to get your dog into a lot of birds, then this is the place to do it. However, if, in the excitement of the hunt, your dog is lacking response to basic commands, or flushing birds out-of-range, then you can continue the remainder of your hunt behind your guide's well-trained and experienced bird dogs. When staying overnight at one of the Ranch accommodations, a limited number of structured on-site kennels are available to shelter your dog. Under no circumstances are dogs permitted inside the lodges. When not on a guided hunt, your dog must be in a kennel or on a leash. Hunting dogs are not permitted to wander the property or Cypress Lodge area because we have traps and snares set for predator control and do not want to risk injury to any dogs.
How long is your season?
There's something to hunt throughout the year at Joshua Creek Ranch, so we're open year-round for your enjoyment. Starting in early September, hunting for migratory mourning doves and whitewings is available. Then in mid-September, the ranch offers early morning quail hunts and driven pheasant shoots. Come October 1st, all styles of upland bird hunting for quail, pheasant, and chukar are available through March 31st. Hungarian partridge are added to the mix of upland birds beginning in December. If conditions permit, the hunting season for upland birds may be extended for a few days into early April. Texas turkey hunting is open in both the autumn and spring seasons established by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Texas whitetail can be hunted from October through February using the ranch's Managed Land Deer Permits. Axis deer are hunted year-round, although the best trophies are taken in the late spring and summer months.
Do I need a Texas hunting or fishing license?
Yes, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department requires all hunters and fishermen to have a valid license, which can be purchased in our Pro Shop if needed.
What are the nearest airports?
The nearest commercial airport is San Antonio International Airport (about 45 minutes away). The nearest private airport is Kerrville/Kerr County Airport at Louis Schreiner Field (about 30 minutes away). Joshua Creek Range also features a helicopter landing site on the premises.