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Looking for an Affordable North Texas Hunting Lodge?

affordable north texas hunting lodge

Are you ready for your next hunting endeavor, but want to keep a tight rein on your budget? Nine Bar Ranch, an expansive hunting ranch located in Decatur, Texas, should be your first-stop. A staple in the community since the early 1900’s, Nine Bar Ranch offers exceptional opportunities for hunting, fellowship and camaraderie with guides and other hunters, and outstanding accommodations. We strive to be an affordable north Texas hunting lodge that offers unparalleled adventures for our customers.

On over 12,000 acres of vast and extensive Texas land, we take our customers on one-of-a-kind guided hunting trips. As one of the finest hunting ranches in Texas, our customers know that the money they put into a trip will be well spent. Though the apex of the hunting trip is gaining your prize, we value the rest of your experience as well. Being able to relax, enjoy yourself, connect with others, and enjoy good food is all part of the trip. We also don’t want you to be worried about how much money you’re spending either, which is why we make every effort to maintain our notoriously affordable and inclusive prices.

The type of animal that you are looking to hunt will determine the best time of year to visit Nine Bar Ranch. For example, Whitetail season occurs from the beginning of October until the end of February. Here at Nine Bar Ranch, Whitetail season is one of our customers’ favorites. There’s no doubt that you’ll be bringing home a big buck when you hunt with us.

The other types of deer that we commonly hunt here in north Texas include the Sika Deer and Red Deer; these species have a main hunting season that runs from September 1 to October 1. You’ll be amazed at the sounds these very interesting deer produce. Also commencing on September 1 will be the ever-exciting dove season. Listening to dove calls while out on your hunt is an incredibly relaxing way to become one with nature.

Though we do have specific ranges of time that define a hunting season, we are flexible in working with your schedule. Our Whitetail packages include a two-day hunt that includes meals, lodging, and guide service. Aligning ourselves with the rhythms of nature, we make it part of our routine to hunt in the early morning and late evening. Following your hunt, you’ll return to cozy quarters and satiating, delicious food.

In addition to Whitetail packages, we also offer two-day hunts for several other types of game. Our two-day hunts range in price, but all are well worth it. Just read a few of the multitude of glowing testimonials and you’ll instantly know just how much everyone loves hunting at Nine Bar. All of our packages are inclusive, so that our guests do not have to worry about what they’ll eat, where they’ll sleep, or where they’ll be hunting. We don’t want you to have to do anything but enjoy yourself while you’re with us.

NOTE: Our turkey and hog hunting packages sit lower on the price range simply because these species are more populous which makes hunting them a sure thing.

Leading up to your hunting adventure at Nine Bar, it’s crucial that you pack the necessary clothes and supplies. Most importantly, we suggest wearing hunter’s clothing. You should wear light-colored and lightweight cotton, camouflage clothing in addition to well-fitting boots. Other supplies that you might want to consider bringing would include a bow or rifle and the necessary accessories, including: flashlight, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, hat, a camera and batteries, face paint, binoculars, scents, and a journal to record the sightings and excitement during your excursion.

We have continuously had customer success and satisfaction from those who choose to plan their hunting trip with Nine Bar Ranch. Why choose Nine Bar Ranch over any other Texas ranch? Here is our answer: the land, the hunt, the lodge, the staff and the guarantee. As mentioned previously, our property offers beautiful views while hunting and also provides the stomping grounds for our animals. Your guided hunt will bring you to a trophy while allowing you to take in the complete experience at the same time. The accommodations are stellar in the eyes of our customers; there’s no doubt that you’ll love them too. Finally, we guarantee that you will come home with a prize. Not only that, but we will do our best to make sure you have an overall positive adventure here at Nine Bar Ranch.


Whether you’re organizing a family hunting trip, a company retreat, or just a solo getaway of your own, we are here to meet and exceed your expectations. We want you to have the trip of a lifetime and we look forward to meeting you!

The Best Hunting in DFW: What Nine Bar Ranch Has to Offer

The Best Hunting in DFW: What Nine Bar Ranch Has to Offer

Located east of Decatur, Texas and about 45 miles northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Nine Bar Ranch is owned and run by the Waggoner-Sauder family. Not only has this ranch been a cornerstone in the community since the early 1900’s, but it stretches over an expansive 12,000 acres. Because of the ample variety of wildlife that is found in the area, Nine Bar Ranch offers several different types of hunts. Year after year, we have successfully sent home innumerable hunters with a prize. As the ranch with the best hunting in DFW, we strive to go above and beyond the expectations of our customers in order to provide the finest hunting experience.

To give you a more well-rounded vision of the wildlife that inhabits the DFW area and specifically our acreage, let’s begin with the types of hunts that you can participate in at our ranch. One of the most prevalent mammals you will spot is the white-tailed deer, a staple for many regions of the United States. Whitetail season is still occurring with the length running from October 1st to February 28th. Other animals that you will spot include the Aoudad, Red Stag, Fallow deer, Wild hog, Sika deer, Blackbuck antelope, Turkey, Dove, and Scimitar horned oryx. Hog hunting is especially popular and encouraged because of the quickly increasing population and the destructive nature of the species.

Native to the Atlas Mountains and Barbary Coast of North Africa, the Auodad was introduced to Texas in the late 1950’s. It is commonly referred to as the Barbary sheep and is closely related to sheep and goats. Another hunting option, the Fallow deer, can be difficult to hunt because of their skittish tendencies. Overly cautious and quick to flee, these mammals are native to Europe. Because we want our customers to take home a full-sized Fallow deer, we use the approach of allowing our fallow deer to reach full maturity before we hunt them.

At Nine Bar, we have a significant population of Sika deer, which can be hunted from September to April, as they typically drop their horns at the beginning of April. Coloring for these beautiful creatures ranges from reddish chestnut brown to a dark brown and even occasionally a black hue. A desirable trophy year-round is the Blackbuck antelope – a prize you’ll definitely want to hang on your wall. They average 18-19 inches straight line with some reaching 29 inches around the curl. Finally, the Scimitar horned oryx is a trophy that is worthy of hunting as well as accessible year-round.

Due to the diversity of animals here at Nine Bar Ranch, we offer various hunting packages. The prices of each package is dependent upon the animal that you desire to hunt. Our most expensive package is the Red stag, a native to New Zealand. From mid-August to February, we offer prime hunting for these crimson beasts of nature. On the other hand, our turkey and hog hunts are on the lower end of the price range. If you choose to go hog hunting, there is no cap on the amount of meat that you are allowed to bring home.

With each package, we provide delicious meals, comfortable and homey lodging, and tips and care for your prize following harvest. Harvest includes field dressing, skinning and quartering, all of which we will provide assistance with. All hunts are two days long. Feel free to call to schedule your hunt as soon as possible. We also offer a few special packages such as the turkey/hog combo. This package allows for one gobbler and unlimited hogs at a reduced price.

Here in the DFW area of Texas, you’ll see a variety of unique and beautiful animals before your eyes. Of course, we don’t take this for granted, and we want to share nature with our customers. Thankfully, a decent portion the animals that are available to hunt at Nine Bar are available year-round. If you’re considering a hunting trip with us, don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of us for more information. Coming to our hunting ranch to have the trip of a lifetime isn’t an opportunity to miss; it’s one-of-a-kind and we are positive that you’ll have a fantastic experience.