Ross formed Desert Safaris LLC while attending college in 1994 as a part time venture for his love of hunting and the outdoors. Rapidly his business grew from only a small ranch and few clients to one of the largest hunting operations in Texas facilitating over 4000 hunts in the past 21 years on a land base on 500,000 plus acres of private land. Constantly networking with private landowners and researching leases for his business allows him to pass on some of the best trophies produced annually in the state of Texas and New Mexico. He spends over 250 days a year on his leases guiding clients and making sure every last detail is attended to thus providing you the highest quality hunting experience available. Hunter has hunted throughout the world including 13 foreign countries and 6 continents in pursuit of big game. He, his wife Denise and two children (Kennedy and Bridger) reside and base operations in San Antonio, Texas.
John is a seasoned outdoorsman and guide as well as one of the best taxidermists in the industry. Native and raised in Michigan his specialty is guiding aoudad sheep and desert mule deer for Desert Safaris in addition to mounting the majority of our customers trophies. His positive attitude and upbeat personality makes him an asset in camp and enjoyable to hunt with. Let him put his knowledge and expertise to work on your next hunt with us. He runs several camps during our busy seasons and he and his family still reside in Battle Creek , Michigan.
Extremely versed in wildlife management, Jared has a Wildlife Biology Degree from New Mexico State University and has guided some exceptional trophies for the biggest names in the business including multiple governor tags. We were fortunate to obtain his services in 2012 and Jared's track record is proven daily in the field with his perseverance and "hunt hard" attitude. He is very focused and knowledgeable on game quality and high hunter success rates with clients in the field. His vast knowledge of game, wildlife behavior and ranches is unsurpassed in the industry. He currently resides in New Mexico and guides for the operation 6 plus months a year with all aspects of big game we offer.
Not only an asset to our operation but a close and dear friend to all personally and at Desert Safaris. Cully and his family own and lease numerous ranches in the Texas Hill Country and his expertise with ranching and wildlife is second to none in the industry. His outgoing personality and ability to spot wildlife is an amazing sight to see in the field. His connections to the exotic aspect of our business has been an enormous asset to our business. We lease some his families property for our Axis Deer and exotic operations annually. Cully and his family members are veteran outdoorsmen and live to spend time in the field hunting, guiding and looking for Indian artifacts when not busy ranching or helping clients.
Kerrville, Texas native Bill works as a premier ranch real estate salesperson and has over 40 years of hunting experience in addition to knowing the industry as well as anyone. He guides part-time for us for Pronghorn and Mule Deer. When not out selling large ranches he is in the field or pursuing big game or researching new areas. Bill's light hearted demeanor and hard work ethic makes him an asset to our operation and you will not find anyone more pleasant to be around.
Luke, a San Antonio native is an active outdoors person as you will ever run across. An accomplished pilot with his own aircraft he is on the go constantly. He is very active flying, traveling and guiding hunters for Mule Deer and Aoudad Sheep. We are fortunate enough to have obtained his family's ranch in West Texas for one of our signature hunting leases for Aoudad Rams. Luke's outgoing personality, dedication and honesty will soon not be forgotten when you hunt with him. He spends the majority of his time between leisure time in Colorado and managing the family ranch in the Trans-Pecos region of the state.
Born and raised in the Hill Country Region of Texas , James comes from an extensive hunting background & has spent the majority of his life fishing and hunting. A college graduate of Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas with diverse knowledge of wildlife biology, he is an intricate part of our operation at Desert Safaris. When not guiding mule deer, aoudad or exotics for us he works part time catching and transporting wildlife such as bighorn sheep, whitetail deer, elk and various exotics for Sendero Helicopter Service. James' personality reflects his dedication and integrity while guiding and will provide you a hunt not soon to be forgotten.
Texas native, Zack moved to Alaska in early 1990's to begin his guiding career in the remote tundra of the last frontier. He has extensive knowledge & experience hunting Dall Sheep, Caribou and Moose along with being a proficient trapper. With guiding clients on over 30 Brown Bear hunts under his belt, you will not meet a more hard-core dedicated sportsman than him. We were lucky enough to meet Zack while hunting in Alaska and obtain his services for Aoudad Sheep during the course of our winter hunts. His strong guide ethic and personable demeanor will make your trip a "once in a lifetime" experience.
A passionate sportsman, Chad lives in the heart of mule deer country in the Four-Corners area of New Mexico. Researching new areas for our operation, spending countless days scouting, shed hunting and communicating with current and potential clients, he is a tremendous asset to our business. He works in the oil & gas industry full time, yet with his busy schedule is able to take time off each fall to guide mule deer and pronghorn hunts for us in his home state and our area in the Panhandle of Texas. Let him put his knowledge to work for you on your next big game hunt with our operation. His motto is "come as a client and leave as a friend".
Raised on his family's West Texas ranch, Tate is no stranger to hunting big game in the desert southwest region of Texas. His outgoing personality, work ethic and wildlife knowledge of the area will present you with the opportunity you've been waiting for. His specialty is guiding mule deer along with aoudad sheep and consistently produces some of our best trophies annually. He and his family reside on a ranch in the Trans-Pecos and when not guiding for our operation he's working cattle or team roping. Tate's energy and great attitude are endless and is one of our most requested guides...one hunt and you'll know why.
The guides employed by Desert Safaris have combined over 150 years of guiding and hunting experience in the field. They have a vast knowledge of game habits, field Judging trophies, ranch and leases, client relations and know what it takes to deliver a first class experience with proven quality results season after season. Our staff feels that if it's done right the first time and our client has a positive outcome they will always come back. Put us to work for you and "experience the Desert Safaris difference".
"I have hunted with Desert Safaris in both the US and Mexico, and Hunter and his crew always sent me home with great trophies. Ross is a detail oriented outfitter that has "been there and done that", and he knows how a hunting operation should be run. From quality properties and animals, to equipment and staff, Desert Safaris is absolutely one of the best outfits I have ever hunted with."
"We came to the ranch as
Hunter's clients...we left the ranch as good friends!"
"The quality and quantity
of game is excellent, and Hunter's
operation is second to none."
~Thomas J. Cunningham~
"This is one of the most overlooked hunts in the U.S., true field sport. Even if you can afford hunts in Alaska and the Cassiars, you'll want to add a trip for heavy-horned aoudad with Desert Safaris to your bucket list!."
~Wayne van Zwoll~