Texas Prairie Dog Safaris
Idalou, TX 79329
Larry: (806) 775-6630
About Larry and
Welcome! I have hunted Prairie dogs & Coyotes for over 47 years,I have extensive experience with all calibers of Varmint Rifles as well as most Big Game Rifles.I have experienced several thousand personal kills with several calibers on Prairie dogs as well as other small game including cottontail rabbit as well as Jackrabbits.
I have extensive experience in coyote behavior as well as over 47 years experience Trapping,Snaring and calling.My best one night of hunting with a 220 Swift and a Mossberg 16 guage (# 6 Shot) shotgun is 385 jackrabbits, out of a total of over 450+ rabbits shot. The other 65+ were killed by my hunting partner. That's representing 12 hours of straight very hard hunting.
Prairie Dog Shooting Accomplishments:
- Handgun shot: Prairie Dog was 514 measured yards with a Remington XP-100, in a 6-BR caliber with a 70 gr Nosler bullet also witnessed by a group of 5 people.
- 1,044 yard Prairie Dog was shot on the 3rd shot, witnessed by a good friend and client Ray Cook.
- 1 shot kill on a prairie dog with a 25-06 with a 120 grain bullet at 800 measured wheel yards.
- 60 dogs out of 70 rounds at 350 to 400 yards.
My reputation of being very fair and honest, precedes me. I am very well known in the Varmint Hunting Industry and am ONE of the 3 Original varmint hunting guides in the USA. After that Guides from all over came out of the wood work to try to strike it rich in this industry. Many soon found out its a very hard industry unless you have the "EXPERIENCE in RANGE FINDING"... and I don't mean with a Rangefinder either.
I look forward to speaking with you on the phone and booking a hunt with me,
Larry Gene Pate
Texas Prairie Dog Hunting Safaris
The Hunt -
We eat breakfast PROMPTLY at 7am so we stay on schedule. We generally eat, then load up stuff in truck, or trucks and head to the store to get ice, fresh bread and lunch meat, as chips and some stuff is already been bought.
Then we head out to the Dog town, arriving generally about 8, or 8:15am. Hunters unload there stuff while I unload my stuff and prepare the trailer which already been set up for the hunt. Trailers one 14 foot long and one 8 ft long are there in the field as needed. Bulldog jacks on each corner stabilize the trailers for very accurate shooting. I will work with everyone in the group. No one gets left out.
Important Notice: all guns will have actions OPEN when we take a break on the shooting bench, absolutely no guns to be left with rounds chambered.
Quiting Time will be 4:30 pm with no exceptions. Landowner expects me to be out so he can take care of cattle and fences by and no later than 5 pm.
- ONLY provide shooting benches
- shooting trailers
- lunch in field
- rest of meals
If you are a Non-resident, then you will need to call 1-800-895-4248 to get your Non-Resident Special 5 day Hunt licenses. They only do 5 day minimum licenses. They are usually around $45.00 unless they have gone up.
Per Hunter Prices -
I do 2 and 3 day hunts and will only do ONE day hunts for regular Clients. I dislike doing ONE day hunts for the reason, its very hard to hit the weather right and Leased land on ONE day hunt makes it cost more to hunt this way. Here are my prices PER HUNTER below:
- 1 DAY (Reg Clients Only) - $250.00 per client
- 2 DAY HUNT - $450.00 per client
- 3 DAY HUNT - $550.00 per client
No Deposit's Refunded. These are booked dates, so its imperative you get your dates correct. I will make up hunts if the hunt gets called off due to health, death's in family, or weather.July & August Hunts Only
Hot 2 day~~~1/2 day hunts are $300.00 per person. If full days can done then you may pay the difference at that time, no problem!
I have a very good working relationship with all my hunters. However, when you work with the general public, you find some people think that you OWE them type attitude. Well quite frankly, I have enough clients that keep me very busy and I figure I am very easy going as it is, so I can and do BOOK people OUT of my books that I care NOT to be AROUND. I have and will CONTINUE only to hunt with those that make me feel comfortable.
I am proud off the fact I run a very tight outfit, in that we stay on time. The hunt hours are from 8:15 am till 4:30 pm and NO DEPOSITS are refunded, I have to be OUT of DOG TOWNS by 5:00pm (LEASE AGREEMENT), NO EXCEPTIONS. Booked Hunts are booked for a time on calendar. (!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!) I WILL REBOOK YOUR HUNT without charge, simply call me and explain ,I am easy to deal with. My day generally doesn't end when we get thru, generally I have other things that need my attention or something.
Drinking: THERE is ABSOLUTELY NO DRINKING of Alcohol on MY HUNTS. Anyone caught sneaking a BEER out of ANY COOLER, the HUNT AUTOMATICALLY CANCELS THEN. NO EXCEPTIONS. WE DO NOT shoot any hawks, Owls, or Buzzards. They are FEDERALLY PROTECTED and that will get your HUNT CANCELED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Gun Saftey: Please understand I take GUN SAFETY and handling Proceedures very serious, so I am not easy to live with if I catch any hunter mis-handling a gun. Just use good common sense. I am easy going and want your stay to be very rewarding and very pleasant.
June, July & August hunts are nice of mornings but can be very hot during the after noon. If your lookng for all day hunting in late June or anytime in July, August you will be very disapointed for the afternoon hunting as dog activity slows way down to a very slow crawl.
Call me at (806) 775-6630 to get more information. After July 1st, please call vs. emailing since we get a high volume of emails. Bookings need to be by phone after Jan 1st of every year due to high volume of emails: (806)775-6630. I look forward to your phone call. Thank you, Larry Gene Pate
Bookings need to be by phone after Jan 1st of every year due to high volume of emails: (806)775-6630. I look forward to your phone call.
Larry Gene Pate