Owned and operated by the Trainham family, Miller Creek Ranch sits on 5,000 acres that span Throckmorton and Knox counties. To call the ranch unpretentious would be an understatement: you won't find any fancy lodges offering resort amenities here. Instead, the ranch offers a bunkhouse that mixes taxidermy with comfortable rec room furnishings and owners who provide a full range of north Texas game.
Guided Hunt Packages
Miller Creek Ranch has all-inclusive guided whitetail deer hunts for rifle or bow hunters. The package includes three days of hunting and three nights' accommodation. Hunters are allowed one buck, one doe and one hog. Guided Sandhill crane hunts are available on a per-day basis. Hunters are allowed three crane per day and the ranch charges extra for accommodations. Miller Creek Ranch will create a guided hunting package for turkey, goose or duck by special arrangement.
The ranch offers unguided hunts for wild hogs, doves, early teal, quail, duck and turkeys. Unguided hunt rates are on a per-day basis, have a two-day minimum and an extra charge for lodging. Wild hog hunting is available year-round and is unlimited. Hunting limits are two turkeys total, six ducks per day, 15 quail or dove per day and 4 early teal per day.
The bunkhouse has three bunk beds--bedroom and bathroom linens are supplied--and a full kitchen, living room and recreation room with a pool table. The bunkhouse is non-smoking and is equipped with satellite television. Groups larger than six can make arrangements with the ranch, which can accommodate parties up to 12. Guests must provide their own groceries, although they can purchase ice at the ranch.
Texas Hunting Licenses
All hunters must have a license. In 2011, Texas charged out-of-state hunters $315 and resident hunters $25 for a general license. Texas requires all hunters born after September 2, 1971, to take the Hunter Education Training Course, even if the hunter is from another state. Hunters may defer the course one time, however, and can purchase a license in the year of the deferral. Hunters with deferrals must hunt with another hunter who has passed the course, or who was born before September 2, 1971. The course is available online and as a home-study course. Hunters can purchase a license without proof of course completion.