The Pan Dulce Ranch is a unique hunting ranch in many ways.
The property itself is cared for and maintained with an attitude of impassioned stewardship, without losing sight of its function.
Acquired in September 2001, by Bob and Helen Voss of New Braunfels, Texas, Pan Dulce was originally part of the Atlee Ranch, a large, working Heritage Ranch in Texas’ Golden Triangle, just north of Encinal.
The ranch is clearly a labor of love for Bob and Helen, and also their immediate family which includes sons Mike and Matt, daughter Karen, their spouses, and their grandchildren Dylan, Ty, and Justin. A number of close friends have also developed an affinity for the ranch, and pitch in to help as needed.
A project of continuing improvement, the Voss family has thus far enhanced the ranch by adding two large, well-stocked tanks. It’s possible to catch bass and catfish that are on par with what you would hope to catch at any destination lake or river.
Additionally, two smaller stocked tanks, many ponds, and troughs have been added, all pipe-fed by fresh water wells.
Pan Dulce Hunting Ranch Fire Pot, Encinal TXIn 2002, fifteen bred does were purchased to improve the property’s existing South Texas Whitetail herd. The following year, two breeder bucks were added to further accent the quality of future offspring. Selective harvesting and protein feeding have bolstered the herd, producing highly desirable bucks. Scattered throughout the ranch are well-maintained food plots which provide the extra nutrition the ranch stock needs to grow healthy and multiply.
Not to be overlooked in the sphere of offerings are hog and dove hunts. At any given time, the entire range of hog maturity levels roam the ranch, which include impressive and sizeable adults. Seasonal bird flocks frequent Pan Dulce, including white wing and mourning doves.
Pan Dulce Ranch staff will do the skinning and gutting, if desired. In addition, there is onsite cold storage for safe holding until it’s time for your journey home.
Though the focus of your stay is on the hunt, there is no mistaking the atmosphere of comradery, family, and sense of fraternity that rubs off on all who visit Pan Dulce Ranch.
In Bob and Helen’s own words…
The moment you drive through our gates and into the ranch, your worries and cares will ‘skeedaddle on outta here’ as you realize that you’ve escaped from your daily grind and begun your Texas outdoor adventure.
Rather than being greeted by hired hands, you become the guests of our family and closest friends. Great pains are taken to ensure that your visit here is altogether memorable and pleasant, rewarding and relaxing. We aim to exceed your expectations.
The ranch compound itself, although rustic, is at the same time accommodating, comfortable, and inviting. Additionally, you’ll come across blooming cactus, yuccas, rabbits, raccoons, lizards, songbirds, and a variety of other native plants and critters while on your hunt.
Our bunkhouse sleeps ten, however there’s plenty of room for sleeping bags or inflatable mattresses, and we’ll do our darned best to make provisions for extra members of your party, within reasonable limitations (additional charges may apply.) There’s also a jacuzzi bath available. So bed down for the night and sleep soundly in anticipation of tomorrow’s hunt. We’ll even provide an extra pillow or two to smack whoever snores the loudest!
Awaken at the crack of dawn to the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee. After a couple of pastries and a cup ‘o joe or juice, you’ll head out for your morning hunt. Return to the smell of smokehouse bacon German panas, and/or home-made pan sausage. Throw in farmhouse eggs, hash browns, and Texas Toast waiting to be slathered with creamery butter and your favorite jam or jelly, and you’ve got a genuine Texas ranch-style breakfast!
Lunch is simple, seeing as how you’ll be out galivantin’ around … usually freshly made sandwiches and an assortment of sides and drinks
Pan Dulce Hunting Ranch Fire Pot, Encinal TXDinnertime is chow time. Weather permitting, we’ll all gather ’round our custom outdoor fire pits, recounting the day’s events, engaging in a friendly game of poker, or whatever fits your fancy. All this is done while juicy steaks sizzle over flame and smoke, soon to be plated and served alongside campfire favorites.
Well-managed game, crisp country mornings, ranch-style meals, stunning South Texas sunsets, and our down-home friendly atmosphere make your stay a one-of-a-kind experience.
It is our greatest desire that when you leave Pan Dulce Ranch, your thoughts will be upon planning a return visit.