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West Kerr Ranch
4826 Bessies Creek Trace
Fulshear, TX 77441
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West Kerr Ranch
24430 Hwy 83
Mountain Home, TX 78058
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In 1976 Robert B. Trull, the father of Barbara Kana, purchased six sections of land from Charles Schreiner III, owner of
the YO Ranch. The ranch was continuously grazed with goats and cattle until the late 1980’s, when Barbara observed
the damage this was causing the land and the wildlife. It wasn’t an easy battle convincing her father to relinquish the
land. He believed the land should be run by “good ole boys”. He looked at the land primarily as an investment.
Barbara quickly became the seminar queen, learning all she could about land management. Some years later, Barbara was transferred management of the family’s entire holdings into her now proven capable hands. Barbara’s philosophy of land ownership reflects her respect for Native American populations who believed that the land did not belong to man, but rather, man belonged to the land. "For some reason, this piece of property has been entrusted to me, and it's my responsibility to take care of it," she says. The emotional bond Kana feels with the land is shared with her two adult daughters, Ashley and Kelcie, who now help run the ranch.
Fielding- is a native Texan born in Kerrville in 1940. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 1964 with a degree in biology & agriculture. He was employed as a biologist with the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks & Wildlife department for 40 years. Fielding has worked numerous regions of Texas conducting dove, quail, turkey & deer surveys for recommending seasons, bag limits & permits issuances. His last 20 years as an employee with Texas Parks & Wildlife he worked as a Technical Guidance Biologist in Central & West Texas. Now as a retired State Biologist he is involved in private consulting concerning deer management. He has prepared wildlife management plans for over 450 ranches that involved over 1.8 million acres and has been working alongside The Kana Family since 1991.
Rex- was born and raised in Oklahoma, graduated from Oklahoma State with a bachelor in range management, and moved to Texas in 1965. He served in the army during the Vietnam War. He spent 32 years with the USDA Department of Agriculture working alongside us and other ranches helping with brush control and fencing. After retiring, Rex joined our guiding staff and has been helping us for over a decade. He is not only the most knowledgeable guide you will come across, but you’ll leave here feeling like you made a new friend. If we could clone a guide, Rex would be the man.
Gary & Karen - are both native Texan and longtime family friends of the Kana Family. When they retired, they decided to leave the hussle & bustle of Houston and unwind in the Texas Hill Country. Karen helps out part time when needed. Gary has been our ranch hand and a guide for almost a decade. They are the most fun loving, entertaining, optimistic human beings you’ll ever come across. You’ll want to book more hunting days with us just to hang out with them.
Dustin- was raised in East Texas and has always had a passion for the outdoors. He moved to the Hill Country in 2008 for an opportunity to pursue a career in the outdoors. Dustin works fulltime as a harvester for Broken Arrow Ranch, which provides America’s finest restaurants with high quality free-range venison. Dustin breaths, eats and sleeps hunting which makes him an excellent part-time guide for us. He is extremely knowledgeable, not only with whitetail, but a variety of exotic game. Dustin is the personification of the Texas “good ole boy” who will help you harvest a trophy of a lifetime.
Kelcie-was born on the Texas coast and moved to the Hill Country at a young age. As a child, Kelcie spent many weekends and holidays exploring the hills on the West Kerr Ranch. She knows every nook and cranny of these woods. She is extremely educated in wildlife management, a fulltime taxidermist, and has been a guide for two decades. Her passion is hog hunting and she has spent many sleepless nights chasing those critters. Kelcie is easy going, enjoys taking kids out for their first hunt, and would rather be but hunting & fishing than doing anything else in the world.
Ashley- like Kelcie, was raised spending every spare minute of time on the ranch. After graduating High School, she decided to pursue a degree in Child Development at Texas Tech University. However, after graduation, Ashley quickly realized that the ranch is where she needed to be. Ashley became the public relations representative & booking agent in 2002. She was also a fulltime guide up until her son Cutler was born in 2010. She now helps out part-time with guiding. If you want to book your next hunt with the West Kerr Ranch, Ashley will be your first introduction to our friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff.
Chris Montez- grew up in the Houston and graduated from University of Texas with a finance degree. He now lives in San Antonio with his wife and two young boys. Chris is well versed in rifles and ballistics. He enjoys being outdoors and strives to make sure our hunter's have a great over all experience and successful hunt.