Bobwhite Quail Hunt

At the Mariposa Ranch, wildlife management and control is our business.  From clearing young mesquite growth to selective, controlled strip burning, we preserve and improve our quail habitat.  Too, unlike most, we use cattle to graze the grass just enough to keep it from becoming too thick.  We also shred over 200 miles of quail hunting roads each year. These measures ensure that our quail populations are not pressured and have pristine cover in which to hold and hide.

Bobwhite Quail Hunt

Whitetail Deer Hunt

Since 1986, Rick Smith has provided the Mariposa Ranch with trainers and dogs.  The job requires over one hundred bird dogs that must perform to exacting standards for four months.  Rick has won 3 National Championships, 7 US Open Championships, 6 International Championships, and well over 100 Open All Age field trials.  Along with his cousin, Ronnie Smith (well respected field trial judge and trainer), they form Team Huntsmith, presenting bird dog training seminars throughout the US.  They bring to the Mariposa a century of knowledge---breeding, training, and handling championship bird dogs.

South Texas is one of the few places left that has an abundance of wild bobwhite quail and the Mariposa Ranch is the premier spot in North America for hunting these wild birds.