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Lakeview Lodge Deer Hunt 2024

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LAKEVIEW LODGE MANAGED DEER HUNT Lake Bridgeport, Wise County, Texas

The Lakeview Lodge deer hunt is a controlled hunt managed with assistance from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Managed Land Deer Permits program (MLDP). Limited hunting is used to control deer populations, maintain a strong gene pool in the herd, and raise funds for maintenance at the camp. No other hunting is allowed during the year. A TPWD Wildlife Biologist supervises the annual fall deer count and analyzes the results to issue deer tags for use by the hunters participating in the annual managed harvest on the ranch.
Lakeview Lodge is part of the 2500-acre Sid Richardson Scout Ranch (SR2) located on Lake Bridgeport, 70 miles northwest of DFW airport. Each year the Ranch closes for a controlled harvest of deer. See registration to the right for all hunts. The youth hunt is for youth and parent only and the youth must be 16 years old or younger.
Check in at the ranch will begin at 2pm on Friday before the weekend hunt. A sign will be placed on the roadway indicating where hunters should check in. All hunts will begin Saturday morning per hunting hours per the Outdoor Annual. If you have attended the pre hunt meeting held on Friday nights by the Sid Richardson hunt staff during the past 2 prior years you will be able to hunt that Friday afternoon if hunt season is open, otherwise you will be required to attend the hunt meeting before beginning a hunt.
This year’s hunts may incorporate current Covid-19 protocols for hygiene, social distancing, masks, cleaning and sanitizing. For example, hunters in cabins will get a grill to cook their own big steak dinner at the cabin.
Our TPWD Wildlife Biologist has advised that we need to reduce the number of antlerless deer on the property. In order to prevent overpopulation and to increase the number of bucks available in the future. This year a management buck can be taken versus a Doe. A management buck is defined as a buck with at least one unbranched antler.
Only 10 hunters are booked for each weekend and this is dependent on the availability of housing. Waitlisted hunters may be added to the hunt weekend by the hunt committee chair based on availability of housing.
All hunts are rain or shine. While we cannot guarantee that you will harvest a deer during your stay, we do promise good food, good fellowship, and a weekend in the woods without any ZOOM meetings!
If the number of tags is insufficient to cover the number of hunters in the field, then technology is utilized to accommodate the hunter who requests the harvest of a deer. A text is used to request authorization to harvest the animal. Do not harvest unless authorization is received. We cannot exceed the number of tags issued for Buck or Antlerless deer by the TPWD under the MLDP program.
Deer stands are available which consist of ground blinds, tree stands, and elevated platforms. If requested, transportation can be arranged to and from your stand.
NON-Hunting Guests fees:
A. Non-Hunting guests 16 years of age and older are $175.00 each for the weekend.
B. Non-Hunting guests 10 years of age to 15 are $100.00 each for the weekend.
C. Non-Hunting guests 9 years of age and younger are Free.
D. Parent or guardian of a youth hunter is charged $150.00
Weekend Hunts
Hunter and non-hunter fees are noted on reservation site. A waitlist is available if no reservation slots are open.
Please note the section pertaining to refunds for hunts.
Other Services and Facilities
• Fishing available, with license
Lakeview Lodge Accommodations 
Eight 2-bedroom cabins with central heat, living room, TV/DVD for DVD viewing only, bathroom & shower, and kitchen (sleeps 6 with pull out couch, 2 twin beds per room).
• Four 16-bed dormitories with central heat and showers.
• Weekend hunters are served meals in a dining hall Friday dinner to Sunday lunch unless Covid 19 protocols are in place.
• All buildings are smoke free.
Our staff will assist the hunter with processing the deer for transportation. “
Processing” is defined as field dressing, skinning and quartering for transportation. Upon request, we will teach first-time hunters how to field dress/process their deer.
NOTE: All deer harvested must be brought to the ranch’s processing station immediately for weighting and measurements and issuance of a MLDP tag before the harvesting of the next deer.
The wildlife management program is managed by our volunteer Wildlife of Management Committee with deer lease management and deer hunting experience
Hunting Guidelines based on TAG availability
Maximum harvest for a hunt is 2 deer per weekend except for the harvest of a non-management buck which is one per weekend. No trophy fees are assessed. No additional tags will be.
E.A.B. Earn a Buck will be in place if you wish to take 2 deer for the hunt weekend. This entails at least taking a Management Buck* or 1 doe first.
A Management Buck* is defined as a buck with at least one unbranched antler and 1.5 years old or older.
Bucks must be 3.5 years old or older. Inside spread must be Thirteen (13) inches or greater. Preference is that all Bucks taken are mature bucks 4.5 years old or older.
Young buck may not be harvested, 2.5 years old or younger
Doe with yearling must not be harvested Yearling must not be harvested.
Use Binoculars to ensure animal is antlerless and not a button buck.
Hunters must ensure that an antlerless animal to be harvested does not meet the definition of a buck as defined in the TPWD Outdoor Annual.
Hunters can harvest Feral hogs, coyotes and a legal turkey.
Personal hunting tags are utilized for the harvest of a turkey. Maximum harvest per hunt is 1 legal turkey
When & Where
November Gun Hunt
Lakeview Lodge
Friday 11-01-2024 6:00 PM CT to
Sunday 11-03-2024 8:00 PM CT
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November Gun Hunt
Lakeview Lodge
Friday 11-22-2024 6:00 PM CT to
Sunday 11-24-2024 8:00 PM CT
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December Hunt
Lakeview Lodge
Friday 12-13-2024 6:00 PM CT to
Sunday 12-15-2024 8:00 PM CT
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December Youth Hunt
Lakeview Lodge
Friday 12-20-2024 6:00 PM CT to
Sunday 12-22-2024 8:00 PM CT
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