At Texan Defender, clients can become expert bowmen and marksmen. Archers aim at three-dimensional zombie targets, bringing either their own equipment or first come first serve renting on-site. For students looking to increase their comfort and proficiency with firearms, experienced shooting instructor Dan Hullum leads classes in the basics of handling and operating a handgun. Dan holds his classes at a private outdoor range and typically begins training with classroom instruction to help students brush up on safety tips and firearm basics. An FAQ page anticipates common questions so students feel comfortable entering the various classes.
Led by veteran United States Marine Eric Hulin, Texas Self Defense's team of instructors draws upon firsthand firearm knowledge to ensure students understand the responsibility of gun ownership. Divided into 50-minute segments and 10-minute breaks, Eric's one-day, 10-hour concealed handgun course entertainingly covers Texas's gun laws and gun safety. He also imbues first-time shooters with the basics of safely loading, aiming, and discharging a firearm. After the instructional classroom portion and a written test, the course breaks for lunch and then resumes at a local gun range, where students complete the shooting portion of the class.
Along with his main course, Eric teaches a four- and 10-hour renewal class and on-location sessions for groups of three or more. Once they complete Eric's course, eligible students can follow the remaining steps for obtaining their concealed handgun license.
At their outpost in Austin, Central Texas Gun Works' state-certified instructors train marksmen in classes that range from the Beginner Pistol Course to more advanced training for clients pursuing careers in private security. The facility also extends into a pro shop where staff members advise guests on brands from Beretta to Walther. This store also houses a gunsmith who maintains and customizes firearms with services such as cleaning and parkerizing.
Beaumont Ranch is the realization of a dream. Ron Beaumont, the founder and family patriarch, was enamored with the cowboy lifestyle from a very young age, and envisioned himself one day running a ranch like the ones he saw in his favorite western movies. The vision came to fruition in July of 1997, when he and his wife Linda opened their 800 acres of land to the public, allowing visitors to live like cowboys and mingle with their herds of Texas longhorns and horses.
Today, three Beaumont generations live on the ranch, and the guest accommodations have expanded from a 22-room bed-and-breakfast to a 32-room facility boasting an events center, a common area, and a bunkhouse with an additional 48 beds. Well-rested patrons can explore the natural prairies that stretch as far as the eye can see on the transportation of their choice: ATV, horse, or even zipline. After a day spent riding bucking broncos and roping cattle, visitors can kick off their cowboy boots and remove their 10-gallon hats to enjoy pampering serenity at the ranch spa. Here, the aestheticians soothe weary cowpokes' muscles with massages and body scrubs, which were what kept John Wayne so cool under pressure.
The staff of Elite Outdoorsman curates its trips for those who want an authentic outdoor hunting or fishing experience. During the summer, guides take groups out onto the water during fishing trips to cast lines for white bass and hyrbids, providing all tackle, rods, reels, and bait, as well as cleaning and bagging the caught fish to take home. A wide variety of hunting trips takes clients out into areas replete with game, such as ducks, whitetail deer, and hogs.