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Guest Info

WHAT TO BRINg

  • Shotgun (12 or 20 gauge recommended)
  • Ammunition – 3” or 3.5” nontoxic shot in sizes 5, 4, 3, 2, or BB (We suggest 2 or BB.)
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  • Camo outer layer 
  • Warm underlayers strongly recommended
  • Gloves (leather and warm)
  • Hunter orange hat and or vest if you plan to upland hunt
  • Hunting boots – Warm and waterproof recommended
  • Eye protection – Sunglasses or shooting glasses recommended 
  • Ear protection
  • Raingear or waterproof outer shell recommended
  • Waders (Needed for duck hunts)
  • Toiletries, prescriptions, and other personal items  
  • Camera

LICENSES for Sandhill Crane and Duck

Please purchase all Texas State and Federal licenses prior to your arrival at https://tpwd.texas.gov 

Required Licensing to Hunt

  • Federal waterfowl stamp
  • Resident or non-resident 5 day special hunting license 
  • Sandhill Crane permit
  • Texas State HIP certification 
  • Hunter’s Education Certification
  • Migratory Gamebird Endorsement

Is a deposit required?

Yes. DTO requires a 50% non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, to hold your dates. We’ll confirm your dates once we receive your deposit.

Where is the closest airport?

The closest airport is Abilene Regional Airport which is about 77 miles away  or 1 hour and 10 mins driving. If customers are flying in from out of state it may be easier and faster to fly in to DFW International Airport and rent a car to drive from there (3 ½ hour drive).

If one of our group members cannot make the trip, can their deposit be applied toward the remaining balance?

No. We understand that life happens. However, DTO’s plans are based on how many hunters and guests we’ve booked daily. If someone must cancel, please find a sub. DTO will gladly transfer the canceller’s paid deposit toward your sub. However, in the event of a no-call, no-show with no sub, the client will forfeit their portion of the deposit to DTO to cover incurred business expenses and lost revenue.

 

Do I need to bring waders?

Waders are great to bring just in case. However, they are not necessary as long as you bring waterproof boots. Usually, we’re hunting dry grain fields with the occasional puddles of water and mud. However, if we hunt water, waders will be necessary if you’d like to help with decoy set up and pick up. Also, some people prefer to wear their waders simply for the added warmth since it can get shockingly cold here in west Texas.

How many people can you accommodate for a waterfowl hunt?

Big or small we like them all. With the limit of Sandhill Crane being 3 per person per day, we set our minimum private group size at 8 but go all the way up to 20 people.

Where is the best place to stay?

The Dirty Texas Outfitters Lodge is the best place to stay.

We also have a preferred rate with the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Colorado City. When you mention Dirty Texas Outfitters you will receive the preferred rate. (880 I-20, Colorado City, TX 79512)

Is there a guarantee I will shoot my limit of birds?

No. While we can guarantee that DTO will do absolutely everything possible to deliver an opportunity to bag your limit, we are at the mercy of many factors outside of our control. Our sport is called “hunting” and not “killing” for a reason. Waterfowl are wild, migratory animals that change their patterns based on weather, food, a scare, or the occasional unknown whim. Sometimes, shooters miss. Guns jam. Other times, someone or something spooks the birds we’re calling in. We are very good at what we do. And, we guarantee to put in the necessary work to provide you with the opportunity to have the hunt of a lifetime. However, we can’t guarantee a limit for every shooter every day.

Can you shoot lead shot at Sandhill Crane?

Yes, while lead ammunition is legal for crane hunting, we suggest that hunters use non-toxic shells. It is common to encounter mixed species volleys throughout the west Texas waterfowl season. Choosing nontoxic shells allows you to shoot at ducks and geese if they decide to crash your crane hunt.

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