Las Lajas Game Ranch
Located near Zapata, Texas, Las Lajas Game Ranch is the only ranch in the county belonging to the same family since its original land grant by King Charles III of Spain, in 1774. Our secluded 1400 acre habitat is home to a wide variety of native and exotic game. Our facilities and hunting packages are second to none, and we are certain that you will leave knowing you made new friends and found a hunting ranch to which you want to return season after season.
Las Lajas Game Ranch provides lodging in four comfortable, spacious cabins. The two-story cabins are finished in a rustic, frontier-style decor. With a lower living/bedroom area that features a queen-size bed and fold-down futon and an upper loft with 2 twin beds, up to six guests can sleep comfortably at the end of long day’s hunt. In addition, each cabin has all the amenities of home, including satellite TV, air-conditioning & heating, ceiling fans and a private bathroom with a hot shower.
Las Lajas can provide all meals, or you may bring your own food, beverages and eating utensils and prepare your own meals. Our 1200 sq. foot, covered outdoor kitchen is equipped with a stove, an oven, two refrigerators, a microwave, two coffee pots, cooking utensils and a BBQ grill/ smoker. Finally, you can also dine at any of Zapata’s fine restaurants, just a few miles away.
Hunting at Las Lajas Game Ranch
The native game at Las Lajas Game Ranch includes whitetail deer, javelina, feral hogs, dove, quail, predators (bobcats, coyotes and badgers) and varmits (raccoons, rabbits and man-eating ground squirrels). Our exotic game consists of Gold Medal Fallow Deer and Red Stags, as well as Aoudad, Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, and Texas Dall, Mouflon and Barbados rams.
Hunters may choose from our 44 blinds and stands from which to hunt in the early morning and late afternoon, or all day. Our guides recommend blind locations based on the trophy you seek, and transportation to and from hunting areas will be provided by Las Lajas. We may also provide two-way radios for safety and convenience. Safari style hunts may be scheduled for an additional fee, which covers your personal guide and vehicle.
All hunts require a minimum three hunters staying at least three nights.
Hunting Packages: $235 per night + Trophy Fees.
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The white tail deer, also known as the Virginia deer or simply as the whitetail, is a medium-sized deer native to the Americas. North American bucks usually weigh between 130 and 290 lbs. but, in rare cases, bucks in excess of 350 lbs. have been recorded. The females usually weigh between 88 and 200 lbs. Males shed and grow new antlers every year, and a buck's inside spread can be anywhere from 3 to 25 inches. Bucks shed their antlers after the rut, which typically falls between December and February. The best hunting season for white tail deer is typically between November and January.
High Fence Game Reserve
140 to <150 points: $ 3,500
150 to <160 points: $ 4,900
160 to <170 points: $ 6,500
170 to <180 points: $ 9,000
180 or more: $ 12,000
Low Fence Hunting Grounds
Any size, over 5 1/2 years old:
Gun Hunters: $2,500
Bow Hunters: $2,000
Whitetail Doe (Outside Reserve Only)
Flat Fee: $ 450
Trophy Fee: $3,900
Native to parts of Eurasia and Africa, this magnificent animal is one of the largest deer species. Males (called "stags") can measure 8 feet in length and weigh over 500 lbs., and their antlers can grow at a rate of an inch per day. The antlers of European red deer stretch upward and back, with the fourth and fifth tines forming a "crown" in larger males. Females can measure up to 7 feet in length and weigh 370 lbs.
Red deer meat is flavorful as well as nutritious; it is higher in protein and lower in fat than either beef or chicken. The best hunting season for red deer is typically between November and March.
Axis Buck $2,800
Axis Doe $ 450
The Axis Deer, also known as chital or spotted deer, is native to the wooded regions of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Pakistan. Its tan coat is marked with white spots and a white underside. Its antlers are usually three-pronged and curve in a "lyre" shape, and may extend up to 2.5 feet in length. Males average about 35 in. in height at the shoulder, and weigh between up to 240 lbs. Does weigh up to 99 lbs. Axis deer may be hunted the entire year.
Trophy Fee: $2,900
Fallow deer are originally from Eurasia. Bucks have broad, palmate antlers, and measure about 5 ft. in length and 3 ft. at the shoulder. Bucks typically weigh up to 300 lbs. Does are slightly smaller in size, and typically weigh up to 110 lbs. Fallow deer have a rich color variety, from almost black to almost white. The best hunting season for fallow deer is typically between November and March.
Scimitar Horned Oryx
Trophy Fee: $2,900
The Scimitar Horned Oryx is a species of large antelope that formerly roamed North Africa, but is now extinct in the wild. It stands slightly over 3.3 ft. at the shoulder, with males weighing up to 460 lb. and females weighing up to 310 lb. The coat is white with a red-brown chest and black markings on the forehead and down the length of the nose. Both sexes have long, thin, symmetrical horns that curve backwards and can reach almost 4 ft. in length.
Trophy Fee: $2,250
Blackbucks closely resemble kobs. They are typically between 3.3 and 4.6 ft. long, stand 25 to 33 inches at the shoulder, and weigh 55 to 88 lbs. Male blackbucks generally have a black or dark brown coat, with a white underside and white eye rings. Males have long, ringed, and twisting horns with one to four spiral turns, which can reach up to 31 inches in length. Females are a lighter shade of brown, and typically have no horns.
Goats, Rams & SheepAoudad (Barbary Sheep)
The Aoudad, or Barbary Sheep, is a goat-antelope native to North Africa. They stand up to 3.3 ft. tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 310 lb. They are a sandy-brown color, and darken with age, with a slightly lighter underbelly and a darker line along the back. Upper parts and the outer parts of the legs are a uniform reddish-brown or grayish-brown. They have a shaggy mane extending from the throat to the chest in males, and their horns have a triangular cross section. The horns curve outwards, backwards then inwards, and reach up to 20 in. The horns are fairly smooth, with slight wrinkles evident at the base as the animal matures.
The mouflon is a type of wild sheep, thought to be one of the ancestors for modern domestic sheep breeds. Mouflon have red-brown, short- haired coats with dark back-stripes and light-colored saddle patches. The males are horned; some females are horned. The horns of mature rams are curved in almost one full revolution, at over 33 in. long. Mouflon have shoulder heights of about 3 ft. tall and weigh 110 lbs.
Up to < 24 Inches: $650
24 to <28 Inches: $850
28 to <32 Inches: $1,100
32+ Inches: $1,400
The Dall sheep (originally Dall's sheep) is a species of sheep native to northwestern North America. They are typically white but may also be darker, up to a slate brown, with thick, curved yellowish brown horns that can be over 40 in. long. The females have shorter, more slender, slightly curved horns. Dall rams can weigh up to 225 lbs. and stand 40 in. tall at the shoulder.
Up to < 24 Inches: $650
24 to <28 Inches: $850
28 to <32 Inches: $1,100
32+ Inches: $1,400
The Barbados (or Blackbelly) sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in the Caribbean. Barbados sheep are fleet of foot and in many ways resemble deer. They are "hair sheep," which means they do not grow wool but have coarse hair instead. If raised in cooler climates, they often develop a wool undercoat that they shed in the spring. Barbados sheep range in color from light tan to a dark mahogany red, with black stripes on the face and black legs, belly, inguinal region, chin, and chest, from which they derive their name. Their lean, mild-flavored meat is very popular.Catalina Goat
Catalina goats was introduced to the United States with the Spanish explorers, who released them on Catalina Island, California. They are generally white, but black, brown, reddish brown variants are also found in the wild. Males and females may have a beard, and males have large horns that grow up and back from the head in large twists, with a spread of over 40 in. Females are typically hornless. Catalina Goats can weigh up tp 190 lbs. and stand up to 42 in. at the shoulder.
Trophy Fee: $1.50/lb.
Feral hogs are an old world species related to European wild hogs, feral hogs, and European-feral crossbreeds. Feral hogs are domestic hogs that either escaped or were released for hunting purposes. Early Spanish explorers probably were the first to introduce hogs in Texas over 300 years ago. As colonization increased, hog numbers subsequently increased. They provided an important source of cured meat and lard for settlers. In the 1930s, European wild hogs, "Russian boars," were first imported and introduced into Texas by ranchers and sportsmen for sport hunting. Most of these eventually escaped from game ranches and began free ranging and breeding with feral hogs.
Feral hogs may reach up to 36 in. in height and weigh over 400 lbs. They have four continuously growing tusks (two on top, two on bottom) and their contact causes a continuous sharpening of the lower tusks. Their body is covered with long, stiff, grizzled colored hairs, long side whiskers, a longer straighter tail, and a nape on the neck giving the European hog a razorback, sloped appearance. The crossing of European and feral hogs often produces an offspring with some European characteristics. Feral hogs are more muscular than domestic hogs, have very little fat, and their meat is very tasty.
Trophy Fee: $300
The javelina (or peccary) is a medium-sized mammal similar to a pig, and native to the Americas. Javelinas can measure up to 4.3 ft. in length and weigh up to 88 lb. Javelinas thrive in a variety of habitats and are able to adapt easily to different areas within their territory. Javelina hides were shipped east and to Europe for gloves and hairbrushes in the late 1800's and early 1900's, and were used as barter in many trading posts along the U.S./Mexico border. Since the 1940's the javelina has been considered a sporting game animal in Texas, and can be prepared into a variety of tasty dishes.
Trophy Fee: $750
The bobcat is a North American feline. It is an adaptable predator and has a gray to brown coat, whiskered face, and black-tufted ears. It also has distinctive black bars on its forelegs and a black-tipped, stubby tail (from which it derives its name), and is about twice as large as the domestic cat. Although the bobcat prefers rabbits and hares, it will also hunt from insects, chickens, small rodents, and even deer. Prey selection depends on location and habitat, season, and abundance. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and largely solitary, although with some overlap in home ranges. The elusive predator features in Native American mythology and the folklore of European settlers.
Dove and Quail
Hunt Fee: $575 per Hunter
Dove and Quail hunts require a minimum of three hunters. These hunts are 3 day and 2 night (2 full days) starting at noon on the first day and ending at 11:00 A.M. on the third.Dove Hunts
Located on the migratory flight path of whitewing and mourning dove, Las Lajas Game Ranch offers some of the best dove hunting in South Texas. Dove hunts at Las Lajas are also a great way for a company to entertain clients or for family or close friends to spend quality time together.Wild Quail Hunts
Experience Texas Quail hunting at its best. Las Lajas Game Ranch is home to an excellent wild population of Bobwhite and Blue Quail. You can expect to raise an average of 15 to 20 coveys a day.
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To check availability, contact us at (956) 728-9090 or (956) 237-3883, or by sending us a message through the Contact Form below. If the trip dates you want are available, your name will be tentatively written on our hunt calendar. Dates cannot be guaranteed until a deposit is received. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a deposit receipt, confirmation letter and copies of the Rules and Liability Agreement for your signature(s). Deposit balances and documents can be submitted upon your arrival at Las Lajas.
Our hunts are booked on a first-come, first-pay basis. Reservations require a 50% deposit on the total price of the 3 day hunt. We accept all major credit cards. Any balances are due upon arrival and trophy fees are due before leaving. Payment for balances or trophies can be cash, travelers checks, cashier’s check or credit card. Sorry no checks are accepted as final payment.
Safety Policy and Conditions
For the safety and enjoyment of our guests and guides, Las Lajas has some simple, common sense Rules that must be read by and agreed to by all hunters. All guests must also sign and submit a Las Lajas Liability Agreement. Both documents will be provided with your reservation confirmation.