Travis started his career early in life as a Wildlife Biologist on a large ranch in West Texas. After meeting and working with landowners and hunters the hunters began requesting him to guide hunts on the ranches. He decided to make a business out of this and started Texas Specialty Hunts.
They began hunting some of the largest, game rich private lands in West Texas. A few years down the road he decided to purchase a ranch and develop this into our main location. The DFR Ranch and Lodge was born they began stocking, land improvements and hunting lodges in response to our clients needs. After the stocking and improvements were complete we opened the ranch and lodge to the public for hunting.
The company continued to grow and expanded to an international hunting operation. They began hunting South Africa adding Spain, Argentina, Turkey, Mongolia, Tanzania, and New Zealand. As the company grew Travis saw a need to add aviation to the business model and started Helicopter Pig Hunting and Texas Specialty Helicopters.
Over the last ten years Travis has expanded the Heli Hunting Business acquiring over 2.5 million acres, eleven helicopters, a full time staff, private chef and professional pilots.
29 Years in the Hunting Business 1990 – 2020
Texas Specialty Hunts
Texas Specialty Helicopters
Texas Varmint Hunting
Texas Exotic Hunting
Texas Quail Hunting
Permian High School 1990
Angelo State University / BS Animal Science | Biology | Chemistry |1994
Pilot | FFL | SOT Holder | Biologist
Jim Huntley is our chief guide of our Helicopter Pig Hunting. He is also in charge of safety operations for our company.
Liam Kelly was born and raised in southern California. He met his wife while serving in the Marine Corps as a CH-53E Helicopter Crew Chief. After separating from the military he moved with his wife and son to her hometown of San Angelo, TX. He enjoys playing instruments and has a passion for firearms and knives. He says that he should’ve been born a Texan and is loving the life out here.
HUNTING GUIDE/RANCH HAND
Bass Hamilton is currently a Pro Staff Guide and the Wildlife Manager at Texas Specialty Hunts. Bass is also a full time college student at Angelo State University. He is studying Animal Science and Natural Resource Management.
Bass enjoys hunting whitetail deer, predator hunting, fishing, and recently golfing, although he admits he is not very good at the sport yet.
Maci was born and raised in San Angelo. She enjoys anything outdoors but mainly likes being on the lake behind a boat surfing. She is in charge of all your hospitality needs, she will set you up to have a wonderful time while at Divided Find Ranch and help you with any needs you have before, during or after your time at Texas Specialty Hunts.
Holly was a rescue dog who is enjoying living at Divided Find Ranch now!
Garrett Robertson was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Cross Roads, TX. Growing up he was very involved in agriculture and hunting. He played basketball all through grade school and also rodeoed as a team roper. Once he graduated from high school he moved to Prescott, AZ to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Flight Training.
HUNTING GUIDE/RANCH HAND
Daniel Park grew up with the love of the outdoors. Throughout life he has committed his studies, time and hobbies around his passion for nature. Daniel grew up in a small community in central Texas. After completion of high school, he choose Angelo State University to further his knowledge and skills in the wildlife industry.
After moving to San Angelo, Texas he has been employed by Texas Specialty Hunts as a guide and ground crew operations for Texas Specialty Helicopters.
He has been in the hunting business four years and at TSH for 2 years. Daniel is studying Ag Business, at Angelo State University. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and anything outdoors.
Chef Patrick Pinkston has a degree from AAS Culinary Arts College and has over 20 years of experience and specializes in procuring and preparing fresh local meats.
Chef Patrick’s ingenuity in the kitchen is stimulated by his belief that food should not be overworked, but rather appreciated for its simplicity and natural perfection. This philosophy is evident in his innovative menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients procured from a network of artisans and farmers.
Food is the epicenter of Chef Patrick’s life – it inspires him every day.
Rob Linhoff is a Pro Staff fishing and hunting guide and has a wealth of knowledge of all products in the fishing and hunting industry along with 9 years of working in the marine industry.
Rob is very good at working with both adults and children in fishing tournaments. He enjoys promoting the sport of fishing and hunting to further enhance future generations of outdoors men.
Mercy grew up in The Last Frontier in Anchorage, Alaska. From early childhood, she was exposed to wilderness adventures in the great outdoors. Whether she was running in the mountains, canoeing from the foot of Portage Glacier, skiing on the vast trail systems, orienteering through wilderness territory, shooting at the Cook Inlet range, moose hunting with friends, hiking remotely with bear bells or fishing for Alaskan salmon and halibut, she never strayed far from her love for adventure and the outdoors. Her sense of adventure has continued to develop as she has lived in Oregon, Minnesota, California and Colorado. Mercy currently resides with her family in Las Vegas, NV.
Mercy’s business career has been as eclectic as her outdoor experiences. Including a wide array of specialties such as sales, marketing, hospitality, luxury travel, branding and hunting and fishing sales and partnerships. All of these contribute to her success here at Gage Outdoors.
Copter is the newest addition to the Divided Find Ranch. Copter is a Miniature Australian Shepherd.