Whitetail Deer Hunting Information
The Salt Fork Hunts operation began in 1999 on a fourth generation ranch in Collingsworth County, eight miles north of Wellington, Texas. The ranch is spread out through the county with primary hunting areas along the Salt Fork River. Approximately 17,000 acres have been prepared for whitetail deer hunting.
The hunting areas have a one whitetail buck and one doe limit with no buck to be taken with less than 8 points. Regulations and hunting quotas are set by the state of Texas and by the ranch owners. Hunters are encouraged to help us control predators such as coyotes, bobcats, and feral hogs. We do not hunt quail or turkeys during our fall hunting operations to minimize the disturbance to the deer population.
Whitetail deer are our only passion, and we do have large animals. Our hunting areas are equipped with enclosed stands, tripods, ground blinds, and pop ups. Salt Fork Hunts has a 100 yard shooting range. We require that all hunters test fire at least 3 rounds at the range prior to hunting to ensure all rifles are properly sighted in. We retrieve and field dress all deer harvested after each morning and evening hunt with our own ATV’s. We do not allow other ATV’s to be used on the property. There is a meat processor in Wellington who will cape your deer and prepare the meat in any manner you like. Details concerning processing can be obtained for Scott Cooper at A&K Meat Processing. (806) 447-0001. All deer killed will be photographed by our guides. Guides will assist hunters in locating stands, and retrieving deer in order to ensure a quality hunting experience. Our guides do not accompany hunters during hunts. Salt Fork Hunts offers free range, fair chase experiences as we have restricted use of corn feeders and do not have high fence areas that limit deer travel.
The cost of the hunt is $2400 per hunter for a five day hunt. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is required to reserve a hunt. All deposits are due at the time of booking. Texas resident licenses cost $25; non-resident licenses cost $315. We ask hunters to arrive around noon on the day before their hunt is to begin. At that time our guides will assist in sighting in rifles, locating stands, and orienting hunters to the terrain and operation. Hunters start hunting on the following morning.
Lodging may be obtained in Wellington at the Cherokee Inn (806) 447-2508. Panfork Baptist Encampment north of Wellington near the ranch has lodging and RV hookups available for a donation to the camp. (806) 447-2627 or www.panfork.org Pioneer Park, also near the ranch, has RV hookups. (806) 447-5408 Many hotels are also available in Shamrock, Texas and Childress, Texas. The nearest airport is Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, Texas. Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a three hour drive from the ranch.