FTW RANCH AND SAAM TRAINING
FTW comprises a team who operates hunting adventures and the SAAM Training courses on the FTW Ranch. The FTW Ranch offers an exceptional fair-chase hunting experience on over 12,000 acres of rugged hills and valleys in the southwest region of the Texas Hill Country. The FTW Ranch provides an ideal habitat for trophy-class whitetail deer and wild, introduced exotic species to thrive and grow as they would in their indigenous environments.
SAAM Training courses specialize in training and preparing hunters of ALL levels for any worldwide hunting adventure, costly and dangerous or otherwise. Diverse ranges situated throughout the FTW Ranch, feature angled shooting, excellent wind calling opportunities and animated, life-size, interactive target systems – all of which are designed to sharpen skills, quicken reaction time and maintain alertness in the field.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES
The FTW Lodge is an 8,000 square foot facility and is equipped with wireless internet access, a guest phone line, entertainment equipment, TV, fireplace, comfy couches, a separate dining area and a customized bar built with rocks and cedar gathered from the Ranch.
The Lodge also features a separate classroom with electronic training equipment, an 80" LED HDTV, tables and chairs. The classroom easily doubles as a boardroom and can be completely closed off from the rest of the Lodge for privacy.
A covered parking area off the front of the Lodge, houses a fleet of five jeeps, each of which is configured with a raised back seat for greater off-road comfort and prime viewing.
After an intense day on the ranges or hunting in the early morning and late afternoon, many guests gather around the bar or fireplace in the evening to share stories of the day and relax. Guests may also congregate around the sunken fire pit on the patio, which is especially popular during the fall and winter months.
Please note: Cell phone service is spotty at best, and many carriers DO NOT have coverage on the Ranch.
Plentiful, delicious meals are freshly prepared by our chefs and served buffet style in our dining area. Cooked to order omelets, taco bar, BBQ sandwiches, enchiladas, brisket, kabobs, fajitas and cooked to order steaks are some of the meals served. Guest continually compliment the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and homemade desserts.
An assortment of non-alcoholic beverages is available at all times throughout the day, including coffee, tea, sodas and bottled water. For those who prefer to enjoy an alcoholic beverage after the day’s activities have concluded, FTW maintains a strict policy where all alcohol consumption must cease at least 8 hours before any activity begins.
FTW Ranch has eleven private, well-appointed, comfortable guest cabins that are situated around the Lodge. Eight cabins have two queen size beds and three have a private bedroom with a queen, in addition to two full size beds in the main room. All cabins feature an en-suite private bathroom, air-conditioning, linens/towels, fans and an area to hang clothing.
The Lodge has a guest laundry room with full-size washer and dryer for use during your stay. Detergent, bleach and dryer sheets are provided.
FTW offers a wide selection of rifles and/or pistols (varying calibers, makes and models) that may be rented for $100 per day, plus the cost of ammunition, most of which may be purchased on the Ranch. This provides the perfect situation if you are in the market to purchase a new rifle and would like to sample a few before buying.
The FTW Ranch offers twenty six diverse ranges located throughout the property. The Lodge Range, a known distance range, serves as the ideal spot to sight-in rifles. Most of the marksmanship ranges feature a covered shooting platform, which offers protection from the intense Texas sun, but not the wind, which makes them ideal for practicing wind calls. Several marksmanship ranges offer hunting targets out to 500 yards in addition to steel target ranges beyond 500 yards for target shooters.
Our drive-around shooting courses provide students with many different realistic and challenging hunting scenarios, where distances and conditions are not immediately known. Other ranges feature life-size, moving and interactive targets where students practice a series of drills designed to emulate running and charging game. Not all ranges are utilized during every SAAM course as some are customized for specific courses.
DIRECTIONS TO FTW RANCH
From San Antonio
The closest commercial airport to FTW Ranch is San Antonio International Airport (SAT). We suggest folks fly into SAT, rent a vehicle and drive approximately 2.5 hours west via I-410 and I-10. Your exit off I-10 W will be Exit 490, Hwy 41 (Mountain Home), which is west of Kerrville and East of Junction. Follow 41 West, through the Hwy 27 Intersection and again through the Hwy 83 Intersection, until you reach Ranch Road 335, turn left and in approximately 14 miles you should see the FTW Ranch sign on the left side of the highway. Head through the gate (please be sure to close all gates) and follow the road until you reach the front gate to the FTW Ranch in approximately 2 miles. Proceed through the gate - again please make sure it closes - and the Lodge is approximately .5 miles up.
From Junction, TX or East of Junction
If you're traveling east on I-10 the simplest route is through Junction. From I-10E, proceed to Junction and head south on Hwy 83 until you reach the intersection of Hwy 41 (Garvin Store will be on your left). Head West on Hwy 41 until you reach Ranch Road 335 - turn left and in approximately 14 miles you should see the FTW Ranch sign on the left side of the highway. Head through the gate (please be sure to close all gates) and follow the road until you reach the front gate to the FTW Ranch in approximately 2 miles. Proceed through the gate - again please make sure it closes - and the Lodge is approximately .5 miles up. For more detailed directions please see the link below.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.