El Rancho Las Escobas

30 Miles Northwest of Rio Grande City, Starr County, Texas

     Las Escobas is the oldest and one of the most historic ranches in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. My husband Lauro and I (Irma) Saldana and our sons Ruben, Luis and Carlos manage approximately 500 acres (415 acres which are high fenced).

The founding of the original Las Escobas Ranch (18,000 acres) was in the mid 1800s by my great, great grandfather, Jose Felipe Guerra de Hinojosa. The original Las Escobas Ranch has been subdivided into generations of heirs, us being one of them. The ranch is currently owned by different family descendents of Jose Felipe Guerra de Hinojosa. Some heirs have sold their properties and others have passed it on to their children. Extended family members own most of the surrounding properties.

     The ranch is the ideal place for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, bird watchers, and/or for those who simply want to enjoy peaceful solitude in the country. Hunting for rabbits, deer, javelinas, quail or just enjoying a nature hike are only a few of the many family activities that we enjoy at the ranch. Eating our game is our favorite activity.  Visit the photo galleries to view our family fun photos, different native plants and hunting photos. We enjoy walking through “el monte” and “senderos”  looking for deer antlers, seeing deer tracks going through the brush, getting a glimpse of an animal frightened by our presence, and hearing the chirping of birds. It is so quiet and free from city sounds. I get a joyful and peaceful feeling to witness the marvelous wonders of God’s creation.


     Currently the ranch is under the MLD Program for whitetail deer with the guidance of a Eric Garza, Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.. A aerial helicopter survey is taken annually to determine harvest recommendations for the year. Based on harvest recommendations it is important to let the best deer walk and concentrate on removing deer with undesirable antler characteristics. Our annual goals are to keep our herd 1:1 buck to doe ratio. We monitor dressed body and antler data as required by the state. Rainfall, weather and feeding have a large impact on the condition of our wildlife.




Whitetail Deer Hunting