We are proud sponsors serving our wounded veterans of both the Iraqi and Afghan campaigns, and we hope that you will donate to their cause as well. The photo you see is the one we took during our first hunt with four wounded veterans. It was our first, but no less special an experience for us. This is something we will be doing every year.
WILD RIVER RANCH is situated on the historic San Antonio River bottom, near Goliad Texas. All Hunting on the ranch is carefully managed to ensure good population density and sex ratios for whitetail deer, turkeys, and other game species. Wild River Ranch has also established a reputation as one of the most technologically advanced guide services in North America. Use of advanced technology, combined with our own blend of field craft, military and civilian style hunting techniques, is unique to our team. The owner and founder, Dr. Chris Lucci, is a physician, lifelong shooter, advanced reloader, hunting guide and fishing guide. He has worked with several industry partners co-developing bullets, cartridges, suppressors, rifles, night vision and thermal devices. He has also performed forensic, and field analysis for the US military and he presented findings regarding bullet and terminal ballistics testing on the feral hog in Washington, DC. Dr. Lucci has been instrumental in the development of the 6.8 SPC cartridge from its inception, and continues to develop supersonic and subsonic rounds for LWRCi, Nosler, Silver State Armory and ATK. He also works with Barnes, ATK, Nosler and Cutting Edge Bullets developing new bullet designs. Recently, he has also developed a new muzzle brake device for rifles with a patent pending. Dr. Lucci’s training also includes multiple rifle and pistol courses, including the CSAT Tactical Rifle instructor course and the TNVC Night Operator’s instructor training course. He has also earned high-overall shooter titles for multiple Sporting Clays events.
Dr. Lucci bought this ranch in 2001, with the goal of making it a wildlife conservation preserve. The ranch is much more than a place to hunt. It is a functioning conservation laboratory. It holds qualifications for programs such as the USFWS, Conservation Reserve Riparian buffer program, and EQUIP, which seek to improve environmental quality, water quality and reduce erosion. Ponds are managed and stocked with bass and bluegill for fishing and provide a habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds enhancing the hunting experience available on the ranch. Native plant species and grasses are restored and noxious species removed. Proscribed burns are undertaken to enhance Bobwhite Quail habitat. It is also a Ducks Unlimited Prairie Wetlands project cooperator and holds a managed wetlands site. With the very important help of neighboring landowners, the State of Texas, and its Parks and Wildlife Department, a wildlife co-op was formed. Together they have now forged a unique wildlife coalition. Overpopulation, imbalance and over-harvest of both plant and animal are all resisted on this wonderful piece of Texas. When you hunt here you become a part of that mechanism, that management, and thus, you help us as a force for good, in this state. As a result of these practices, Dr. Lucci has received the 2013 Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award for a 50 county region of the state of Texas.
Tactical hog hunting is something that most hunters should experience at least once. The ranch has also surpassed its 2,000th hog taken in 10 years of tracking and is still going strong. The abundance, tenacity and survival instinct of the feral hog makes them very challenging to hunt. But, it is our use of Generation 3 night vision, infrared illuminators, lasers, and thermal imagery married with our unique hunting techniques that come together to take the WRR experience to a new level. You will find that the added benefits of training with these weapon systems, the learning of our unique night and daytime shooting techniques, and exposure to professional instructors from diverse backgrounds, along with personalized lodging and food service, truly makes WRR a one of a kind experience.
OUR STAFF consists of the owner, Dr. Chris Lucci, and his partners, David, Chris and Jason Huber who provide corn and crop production, and assist in daily operations, construction, mechanics, and local landowner relations. David served as the co-op president for 3 years after Dr. Lucci’s first term was up. Our staff also includes Deidera Rogers, our product sales manager. Sean Cody, of Texas Gun Trust, our staff legal counsel, and SOT, who also handles our local FFL transfers and NFA transfers. Cris Hinojosa, one of our guides, chief cook, and an expert firearms instructor, with prior military training. We have also recently partnered with Iron Works Tactical. Their team brings experience from prior military service, active federal counter-terrorism enforcement and advanced tactical pistol instruction. Iron Works Tactical also builds quality, high-end firearms for the selective hunter. Our company is now a well-rounded conglomerate of scientists, lifelong hunters, tactical rifle and pistol shooters, shotgunners, and night vision and stealth specialists.