South Texas Quail Hunts in The Hill Country

South Texas Quail Hunts in The Hill Country

The grand experience of quail hunting behind pointing dogs is truly magical. Whether you have seen a Pointer lock tight on the scent of a quail one time, or a thousand times, the scene always puts a large smile on the face of a wing shooter. Our kennels house 40-50 Pointers and English Cockers, and their training is done on-site. We will not go so far as to say our dogs are the best dogs you will ever hunt behind, but we guarantee you will not hunt over any better!

Quail Hunting Texas

Quail Hunting Texas

Experienced Quail Hunting Guides

All of our guides work year-round at the 4R, and they all ride for the brand!

Guiding a hunt and dog handling are two different skill sets. You can rest assured when you step into the field at the 4R you are in the hands of a Great Guide that will keep everyone on task and safe. Where the magic comes into play is watching them handle those wonderful bird dogs.

Their experience in the field of guiding and handling dogs is unrivaled. "Work as hard as your dogs from the first flush to the last" is the simple maxim our guides live by each time they step in the field. In doing so, one cannot help but be impressed by the skill, knowledge, and passion they impart on the hunt.

Quail Hunts For Every Level of Wing Shooter

All of our courses are littered with large Oak & Elm trees. Smaller oak  & persimmon mottes add depth to the rangeland and provide great cover for quail in years of drought. Turkey Creek runs through the ranch, and its feeder tributaries spread like tentacles throughout the courses before reaching the Hondo Creek. This wonderful dry creek, and the ravines that feed her, present challenging shooting for the most experienced of quail hunters. 

The valley widens as Turkey Creek approaches its terminus with the Hondo Creek. The large Oaks and Elms are less congested, and the valley floor has fewer rocks. This section of the ranch is called the Home Course. If you, or someone in your party has physical limitations, request this course, as the walking is more hospitable than the other courses.  

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Self-Guided Quail Hunts

On Sundays, we open our courses for those who want to shoot over their own dogs. There are dozens of water stations, and the courses are beautifully manicured to keep in constant contact with your hunting companion. We have done our best to remove all mesquites, cactus, and anything else with a thorn to keep your dog's feet sound. 

For those who are visiting us for the first time, we will show you the lay of the land, quail feeding stations, and the course boundaries.

This hunt consists of 25 liberated birds. We pre-release birds 30 minutes prior to your arrival, or you can request to release birds yourself.

We allow a maximum of 3 shotguns & 4 people in the field at a time. NO AUTOMATICS AND PICK-UP HULLS, PLEASE.

Best Shotgun For Quail Hunting

What's the Best Shotgun for Quail Hunting?

Every wing shooter has their preferred shotgun and we get that. However, for safety purposes, we only allow over/under or side-by-side shotguns. We rent shotguns for $20 per day if needed. The preferred shot size is #8s. We will allow 7 ½ shot but nothing larger. The preference for smaller shot is solely for the protection of the dogs. We always have 20 gauge shotgun shells available to purchase! 

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Quail Hunting In The Hill Country: What To Expect

You can expect to walk 3-4 miles per hunt, so comfortable footwear is a must. We have done our best to remove every cactus and mesquite, so chaps are optional. The question is usually asked at some point: do you have snakes? In the 20 years we have been quail hunting here at the 4R, we have killed 2 rattlesnakes while on a hunt. However, if you wish to wear snake boots, by all means, wear them. Better to have and not need than to need and not have!

Safety glasses and ear protection are recommended. Blaze orange attire, of any sort, is mandatory. If you do not have any blaze orange, the guides always have blaze orange vests in their rigs.

Who Cleans The Birds?

All birds are cleaned (whole bird) and vacuum-sealed. You will not receive your birds, but birds from the previous group. This feature is included in the price of your hunt.

Texas Quail Hunting Rates For 2024-2025

Half-Day Package

  • $550 per hunter
  • Minimum of 2 hunters
  • 30 liberated birds released per shooter

Full-Day Package

  • $1100 per hunter
  • Minimum of 2 hunters
  • 30 liberated birds released per shooter for each of the 2 hunts

4R Split Hunt  *Our most popular package

  • $1325 per hunter
  • Minimum of 2 hunters
  • 30 liberated birds released per shooter for each of the 2 hunts


  • Day 1: Arrive at the lodge by 2 pm. Hunt the afternoon, enjoy a hand-cut rib-eye steak for dinner, and libations by the fire afterward.
  • Day 2: Breakfast, morning hunt, and depart.

The 4R Game Bird Hunt

  • $2100 per hunter
  • Minimum of 2 hunters
  • 30 liberated birds released per shooter for each of the 3 hunts
  • The 4R Game Bird Hunt includes 2 nights of lodging, all meals, and 3 quail hunts.

Self-Guided Hunts

  • $525 per hunt (total)
  • 25 liberated birds released per shoot
  • Maximum of 3 shotguns and 4 people in the field
  • No automatics, and please pick up all hulls

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