Coleman County has been acclaimed by many in the hunting
and wildlife press as the “Dove Hunting Capital of
Texas”. Hunters must agree, in that thousands visit
the county each year for exciting and fruitful hunting experiences.
The guests of Centennial Lodge have, year after year, experienced
the best the county has to offer.
Hunting conditions change throughout the
season. As a rule, early in the season the doves are more
abundant in the North part of the county. As the weather
changes and hunting pressure affects local dove population,
the South part of the county becomes more productive. Of
course, all of this is dependant on the moisture conditions
and many other factors. Hank Wise and his scouts are constantly
monitoring local conditions and acquire hunting rights to
those fields, rich in sunflowers and dove weed, which give
the Centennial guests the best chance of a productive hunting
Generally, Centennial Lodge guests will
participate in a two day, four hunting session package,
allowing all guests ample opportunity to bag their legal
daily limits and their overall possession limits. Hank and
his staff are committed to helping the Game Wardens enforce
all laws related to the hunt and do not tolerate guests
pushing the limit.
The hunters generally have a noon arrival
and settle into their rooms and prepare for the afternoon
hunts. Departure to the fields occurs between 3:00 PM and
4:00 PM, with return to the Lodge around dark. Hunters then
have time to wind down and prepare for their dining experience.
Excellent bird cleaning facilities are provided.
After dinner, the guests have multiple
areas for relaxing or participating in recreational activities.
Big screen television is available in both the main lodge
and the annex. Card tables are available and wet bar facilities
are available for guest use. No alcohol is provided by Centennial
The morning hunt begin as the hunters
gather to be shuttled to the fields around 8:00AM and generally
return to the Lodge at 10:00AM to 10:30AM. The hunters return
to a piping hot breakfast buffet guaranteed to satisfy the
appetite. The guests then have free time to shoot clays,
play cards, take naps, visit the local communities or conduct
business meetings. Conference rooms are available for companies
to conduct business and many take the opportunity to hold
meetings in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
The process then repeats over the next
twenty four hours, with the guests departing after breakfast
on day two.
Hunters should bring shotguns, shells,
camouflage clothing, rain gear, high top boots, game bag
and camp stool. All hunters are required to possess and
present a valid Texas Hunting license. Out of state hunters
can obtain a non-resident 5 day small game license by calling
Texas Parks and Wildlife at 1-800-895-4248 or visiting their
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