We're on a 3000 acre ranch in northern New Mexico. As ranching gets less profitable, we're playing around with the idea of trying to get set up to sell cattle hunts.
The plan is to buy a small herd of Texas Longhorns and let them on the ranch. We'll remove all internal fences to let them go where they want. Then we'll try get them fairly wild. Hopefully, being hunted will train them to run from people. There are plenty of draws, rocky areas, and forested areas to hide in so they should be able to make a challenging hunt. The cattle would have limited human contact, just branding and castration.
Customers would pay a fee for the guided hunt, beef, and trophy.
So I have some questions for the forum:
First, at what prices could you see people buying these hunts?
For permits, would the state consider this a game preserve or a cattle ranch
If anyone has experience with this type of operation, how wary do the cattle end up being?
Any input would be appreciated, thanks for your help.