About Us

Our Story

Whitetails, Longhorns, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets — true icons of historic South Texas hunting and ranching culture and you can experience it all during your trip to the DEA Ranch located between Corpus Christi and San Antonio.

Remote yet easily accessible, DEA Ranch allows you to get away from the pressure and commotion of everyday life and enjoy unique ranching hospitality under the Texas stars.

Whether you are looking for Whitetail meat for the freezer or just a great ranching experience our professional guides are focused on ensuring each client has a memorable and exciting hunt. For the discriminating bird hunter, Quail and Dove abound for guided well planned hunts or informal hunting to make your hunting experience complete.

A diversified habitat coupled with a working ranch results in an abundance of wildlife and managed exotics. Skeet shooting, bird watching or just relaxing under the 100 + year old oak trees will make your trip a complete Texas retreat.

Our Lead Guide

Leo was born and raised in Freer, Tx. Naturally, growing up in South Texas led to Leo’s passion for hunting and ranching. Leo earned a degree from TSTC in Livestock and Ranch Management.

Now, with over 25+ years of Ranch Management experience, Leo brings his talent and passion to the DEA Ranch. You can trust that when your hunting experience is in Leo’s hands, it will be one hunt of a lifetime.



DEA Ranch was an experience of a life time! John and his crew were also so helpful, friendly and courteous! The hunt and being able see the amazing white tail and elk and exotic animals was absolutely AMAZING!!!! I definitely recommend John at DEA Ranch!!!

Eric Clark

Had a fantastic time at DEA Ranch this last weekend, we harvested what we came for, saw a wide variety of truly beautiful animals, stayed in a extremely nice lodge and had some of the best food I've come across by their chef.

Brandon McLarty

Great place to hunt. Nice animals, fair prices, and friendly people. The staff works hard ,and Jonathan goes out of his way to insure you have a fun trip. Be sure to bring a big gun and plenty of ammo.. you will need it.!!! And FYI, Jonathan hates .308's for exotics .

Julie Dykes McNeil

South Texas hunting and ranching culture you can experience for yourself.