Red Stag Hunts in Central Texas
The Red Stag is our Ranch owners favorite deer on Rock Creek Ranch to pursue. Our ranch in Llano and Coppers Cove both offer Red Stag Hunts. Red Stag Hunts provide plenty of meat and a trophy of a lifetime. The males shed their velvet in July August and harder by September, which the rut starts. This is a very exciting time to hunt at Rock Creek Ranch.
You may hunt our Red Stag at Rock Creek Ranch using any method you prefer; bow or crossbow, rifle, spot and stalk, pistol, ground blind, or safari style out of a vehicle. Depending on weather and habitat conditions at the time of your hunt this may change.
Red Stag Facts and Hunting Information
Texas Red Stag Hunting Season: There are no seasonal restrictions on hunting red stag in Texas. However, August – February is recommended. September is the rut for Red Stag, this is the best time to hunt at Rock Creek Ranch.
Antler Size: Male: Typically 5 to 6 points (on one side), but can grow over 20 points. Lengths vary but can be 220 – 400 inches. | Female: Antlerless
Meat: Excellent most popular venison in the United States. Most venison served in the United States is red stag meat.
Weight: Male: 220-750 lbs | Female: 150-300 lbs
Recommended Firearm for Red Stag: 7mm mag, .300 mag, 30.06, Bow, and Crossbow
Red Stags were first introduced to Rock Creek Ranch over 10 years ago. The larger bulls tend to hide on hill sides of cedar and in the more forestry underbrush. In the warmer Texas months it is not uncommon to find them in or wallowing in nearby watering holes. They are heat tolerable and need proper shelter during the cold winds.
This is very Popular on deer farms for venison throughout the United States this is because they are large, and are easier to handle than elk. Although they will interbreed with Elk and hybridize we do not have Elk on Rock Creek Ranch.
Larger Stag will form a crown at the tip of their antlers which are made of bone and can grow over an inch per day in velvet. After their horns harden they will stop growing and drop in the spring months of March. We recommend hunting Red Stag in Texas at Rock Creek Ranch from September to February due to the hardness of horn.
Typical Weekend Hunt at Rock Creek Ranch
- Check in at 12 pm, guest registration and orientation, sight in at the shooting range, afternoon guided hunt. Followed by cocktails, appetizers, and a full dinner.
- Continental Breakfast, morning hunt, followed by full breakfast. Typically go back out and scout for animals have lunch and go back out for the evening hunt, followed by cocktails, fire, appetizers, and a full dinner.
- Continental Breakfast, morning hunt, and then Departure.
- Range Finder
- Bow, Cross bow, or Rifle
- Rain gear
- Boots for muddy wet conditions or snake proof
Red Stag Hunt Package Pricing and Example
Our Red Stag Hunt Package Pricing includes two factors, All-Inclusive fee plus Trophy fee
All-Inclusive Fee for 2-nights, 3-days = $900 ($450 per night)
Plus Trophy fee ($8,500)
Trip Total = $9,400
All-Inclusive Fee of $450 per night includes:
- Home Cooked Meals
- One-on-One guiding with an experienced hunting guide with full transportation
- Cold Storage walk in cooler
- Complimentary Bass Fishing
- Hog hunts (seasonal)
*Gratuities are appreciated and are not included in above pricing.
Average gratuities are 10-25% percent of the total hunt. Tipping guides, cooks, and skinners is appreciated.
Not included: Texas hunting licenses
Notice: This is a general price list. Price list may vary according to animals, some may be lower and some may be higher. Any animal wounded will be charged at the full trophy as listed.
Red Stag Hunt Prices
Red Stag Bull Hunts:
Management Bulls – $4,500
Trophy Bull up to 300” – $8,500 All-Inclusive
300″ – 400″ – $14,000 All-Inclusive
400 Inches & Up – $23,000 All-Inclusive
Red Stag Hind Hunt: $1,250
Deposit for Hunt: $1,500
- Deposit is due upon booking and balance paid in full before leaving ranch.
- Deposits are Non-refundable, but as long as you notify us within 30 days of your scheduled hunt date, you can re-schedule your hunt within the next twelve months at no additional charge, based on availability.
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The Red Stag “Roar”
It’s the beginning of fall in Central Texas and the red stags that roam the hill country are coming into the most exciting time of the year, the “rut.” In Texas the “rut”, or otherwise known as the “roar”, for the red deer starts in the month of September and goes through October as the weather temperature in Texas cools down a little bit from the hundred-degree heat in the summer. Late September and October mark the beginning of the roar. The “Roar” name comes from the deep sound that red stag bulls make during this period. But before this happens the weather and female red deer must cooperate in this annual occurrence.
Female red deer, otherwise referred to as Hinds start coming into estrus cycle, and this cycle is what drives the roar. The females start looking for the right red stag male companion. Red Deer are herd animals, and the dominant red stags try and round up as many hinds as possible, while kicking other males out of their herd to consist of just one dominant male. This is an intense time on the ranch where many of these red stags will start to rumble over hinds.
There are many factors that influence the start of a red deer hind’s estrus cycle, and the circumstances depend a lot on the maturity, age, and health. By design a female red stag won’t come into estrus until her body is healthy enough to carry a calf which is at about 14-17 months of age. A wet spring usually produces plentiful brows and grass for the red stag, which will produce a timely estrus cycle come fall. It is a 9-month gestation cycle from conception to birth for red deer, and the earlier a female can be bred means the longer a calf has to grow before its first winter. When the estrus cycle occurs, a female red stag will release pheromones that attract males. This scent is a factor that lets the males know it is breeding time. Male red deer typically run together from the end of the roar throughout the spring and summer months in bachelor herds. One by one red stags start breaking off in search of their next mate.
As red stag males begin to venture off from their “bachelor” groups at the end of summer. Males start preparing themselves for the roar by rubbing the velvet off their antlers, typically occurring in July or August. During this time period, red stag bulls will find trees to rub their antlers on stripping the bark, breaking limbs, thus creating a territory. Often it is hot in Texas still in early September, red deer will be attracted to water holes and wallow in the mud. At this time and throughout the roar red stags will be covered in mud and will look grey. As the weeks of September crawl by mature males will be soon challenged by the younger red stags, typically three-year-olds. These three-year-olds will be able to start their first breeding season, as they will be large enough to battle dominant males. Many of these three-year-old red deer for their first time will have 6 to 7 points per antler to develop a crown. A Crown on a red stag is the furthermost point of the antler and typically spiders off into many points looking like a pointy club. The older red stags will get ready for another breeding season having one more year of experience to battle through the coming months, hoping to not be dethroned by the younger males. The roar is an exhausting time for the red stags, they are in constant movement herding hinds and pushing dominance over other red stag males. This time period will make red stag bulls drop a lot of weight going into the leanest times of the year. Males will hardly feed, chasing females for hours on end. This is the best time to observe from the field and to hunt red stag, during their most physically active period.
Red stags are the most vocal deer of all animals in the deer family and are very aggressive by nature. Red deer communicate with a series of mews and roars. The red deer hinds and calves communicate with a series of different mews. A roar is unique to each red stag, each red stag bull will have different attributes to their roar letting us know if it is an older or younger bull. It is a red stag bull’s way of advertising themselves to the hinds, and a way to intimidate other red stag bulls. This roar is a direction for hinds to locate males and intimidation factor for other males in the area.
Red stags are very aggressive and will often fight to the death. A battle will often come when two red stag bulls of similar size and aggression will not back down. These intense battles can result in broken antlers, injuries, and death. Hunting Red Stag during the roar is the best time to find a mature bull. The earlier in the roar the better, weight will be held on red stags, exhaustion will not be as prevalent, and antlers will be in fully tact. Hunting Red Stag in the roar consists of the spot and stalk method, listening for roars, and potentially finding a mature male. Red stag battles can be a horrific slow death if one of the animals are injured. So, our goal is to make sure we are hunting the oldest males in the herd, to make sure the natural order is in line. The meat on red stag is hands down our favorite and existing clients favorite on the ranch. Red Stags yield large steaks and plenty of ground venison to feed families for months. So, this is by far one of the most exciting hunts here at Rock Creek Ranch. The opportunity to witness these species in the wild during the roar is very exciting, and the ability to produce meat for your entire family surely makes this a special hunt. We hope to see you in the Texas hill country soon and experience this magical time.