Rock Canyon Ranch hosted Texas Trophy Hunters this week with 9 time UFC World Champ Matt Hughes his brother Mark and Mr. Wilcox from Browning firearms.
We also had some exceptional hunters including a 13 yr old marksman who shot here two biggest bucks on consecutive days. As well as another hunter who shot that very impressive big framed main frame 9 pt. It had a few kickers and incredible width and mass (probaly the best looking buck taken off the ranch this year...
Rock Canyon Ranch Tx. Hunt 12/16 - 12/18
Two giant spotted Fallow one of which will make gold medal the other silver medal. One huge Chocolate Fallow which will make Gold for sure...
28" Axis buck
Also two really nice Whitetail bucks
Here are a few of the highlights of the 11/17-11/21 hunt on Rock Canyon Ranch Tx.
8pt with the kickers off his g2s 152 7/8 B&C, the other 8pt is 158 4/8 B&C
On behalf of Mr. & Mrs Jones and the entire Rock Canyon Ranch and staff, we would like to thank everyone for a great hunt!!!
The huntin' trip next year is one day closer...
Rock Canyon Ranch Benefit Hunt For Still Creek Boys Ranch
This benefit hunt was started by the owners of Rock Canyon Ranch, Ken and Kat Jones, formerly of Palestine TX, about three years ago. Rock Canyon Ranch wasn’t a commercial hunting outfit then. The ranch was just used for hunting and entertaining for family, friends, and guests. When the opportunity presented itself Mr. Jones did not hesitate to invite the youths from the Still Creek Boys Ranch to Rock Canyon Ranch for a management doe and cull buck hunt. Knowing this experience would have a profound impact on everyone involved, especially the boys, Mr. Jones put it together with help from his wife and family. The first year was a great success other than an arctic cold front blasting the region with rain and sleet and below freezing temps. At that time there wasn’t a “lodge” to stay in, just a metal barn with concrete floors and a few propane space heaters…
The boys were tough and had been through a lot worse things in their short lives, so to them this wasn’t that bad. They had a great hunt and some real good fellowship in that old barn that weekend. Mr. Jones knew he wanted to do this hunt the following year but wasn’t going to let those boys “rough it” again, because their lives were already rough enough. Mr. Jones got on to his plane back to Palestine TX, and when in the air, he set the course into the gps and put the plane on auto pilot. He then pulled out a note pad, and commenced to draw out plans for a 7000 sq. ft. 10 bedroom lodge with 5 star amenities. “Those Boys aren’t going to sleep on that concrete floor again”, he thought.
So that’s how Rock Canyon Ranch got its lodge. It’s pretty amazing that someone in this day and age would do something like that for a group of underprivileged kids. The look of amazement on those kids’ faces last year when they got out of the van, not knowing the lodge existed, was priceless. As far as they knew, it was going to be that old barn floor again; which didn’t bother them because there wasn’t room in that van for another kid…
We just held the third annual Still Creek Boys Ranch Benefit Hunt at Rock Canyon Ranch Oct 28th-30th 2011. The whole thing from logistics, to hunting guides, to processing is always volunteered help. We have a waiting list of other volunteers eager to help with this hunt every year. It is a fully guided hunt meaning each boy will be paired with his own Rock Canyon Ranch Staff Guide who is hand-picked and are great role models.
The hunt started with a meet and greet and an afternoon snack prepared by our cook. Then we had the drawing for the 3 boys and guides who get to have their day’s hunt filmed for a chance to be on a real hunting show. The rest of the guides and boys names got drawn and paired with the names left in the hat. After a safety meeting we were off to the shooting range to let the boys get used to the rifle, which their guide had provided. I am always amazed how well the guys shoot when they are here, especially with all the other boys, guides and other volunteers watching. Heck I get nervous for them. When everyone feels comfortable with their rifle, we headed back to the house for supper and fellowship and some mean games of pool and shuffle board. We then hand out gifts from sponsors like shirts and hats, optics accessories, and gun cleaning kits. After that we had another meeting. This one was about shot placement and hunting procedures for the kids who are first timers and refreshers for the guys who are returning. Then, it was like herding cats trying to get them to bed at a decent hour, because morning comes early. The next few days of hunting go by too fast for everyone. Before we know, it’s time to go.
This year’s event went off without a hitch. We ended up harvesting 24 doe and a cull buck which will fill their freezer for the year. Oh yeah, this isn’t all just about the experience; it’s also about Venison which every boy in the group couldn’t wait to have. We had a pumpkin carving contest where the boys were split into three teams with the theme being a big buck. Out of all three teams it was hard to pick a winner; they were very creative to say the least. Oh and everybody’s favorite: the annual good old fashioned Halloween scare. This year, it was the chain saw massacre. It was perfect! Most of the younger boys screamed like little girls. The older boys who had been to the ranch before knew it was a matter of time before someone, or something, jumped out at them, so they weren’t as scared. Funny though, our cook probably got the most scared running for the exit screaming.
With the help from CareCo Media and Wade Middleton, the entire event was filmed and airs on the Versus Network on Yamaha Whitetail Diaries. We have several sponsors including Zeiss, Yamaha, Cabelas, Re-Cal Services, Ray Hanselman’s Outdooors, CareCo. Media, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Mike Durand, and our extensive list of guides and volunteers who donate, time, gifts and other items to the boys.
These guys may have never had the opportunity to discover the thrill of hunting, or even just enjoying the outdoors, without Mr. & Mrs. Jones letting these kids come out to their ranch. This time spent at Rock Canyon Ranch could quite possibly become a life changing experience for them or a turning point in one of their lives. That goes miles in my book…
Scenic views, incredible lodging, great food, knowledgeable staff and quality animals make Rock Canyon Ranch not only a great place to hunt but also entertain clients. I will be back time and time again.
Wade Middleton, President of CarecoTV.
In a word, “stunning” sums up Rock Canyon. You will be blown away the moment you first step through the front door of the lodge… and it just gets better from there. Incredibly diverse terrain and an amazing variety of big game are complemented by first-rate hosts, guides and staff to provide a first-class operation and a truly unforgettable hunting experience.
Hope all is well.
Steve Nessl of Yamaha Corp California
Just wanted to drop you a few lines to tell you how much we enjoyed the visit to Rock Canyon Ranch. You guys should rename the place to the Taj Mahal. That is the nicest hunting lodge I've ever seen. I love the part of Texas you guys are lucky enough to live in. The layout of the ranch is phenomenal and makes wildlife, and you guys have plenty, viewing spectacular. Hey, would you expect anything less from the highest point in Val Verde county. Again, thanks for having us out.
Gary Brooks with Bayer Environmental, Weatherford, Texas
First class operation run by a very qualified staff. Rock Canyon is a mustvisit for a quality whitetail or a trophy exotic on anyones future hunt list
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