Turkey Hunts Testimonials 325-853-1555

My wife and I hunted turkeys for 2 1/2 days with Magnum Guide Service. Jim and Melony Roche and all their staff are good people that go out of their way to make you feel at home, the cooking and accommodations were great, our guide Glenn was very informative, and a great guy, the other guides we met were great people too. We also saw a lot of turkeys! We had a good time in Eldorado, it was definitely a memorable trip for us!
- Chad Ortman, PA

A quick check of the calendar revealed that we have been hunting with ya'll for 15 years, chasing all kinds of different critters. It is important to note that in all those many, many visits, we cannot recall that there has been even a single one that wasn't an absolutely enjoyable experience. No outfitter has complete control over whether a sought after critter is going to present the hunter with an opportunity, however, our high success rate indicates that Magnum actually does a really good job of that! The properties used by Magnum are of high quality and are well managed. Of course, the harvest is only the icing on the cake. The comradery with the other hunters, the sharing of stories after the day's hunt are a big part of the experience. The lodge facilities and high quality food, always presented in large proportions, have always been and continue to be top-notch. A welcoming manner and friendly home style atmosphere always makes everyone feel completely comfortable. We had a great time on our March, 2017 turkey hunt and even made some new friends who we had the pleasure of visiting last week in Arizona. We have the opportunity to interact with other hunters from time to time and outfitters are frequently discussed. We have heard some horror stories, but never, absolutely never, have we heard a single derogatory word about Magnum. Actually it is just the opposite, where the words like quality, honesty and integrity are often used. I don't think that any other words that we can include here can have any stronger endorsement of your operation than our 15 years of patronage. Good Lord willing, we'll keep this up for many years to come. We treasure the memories we have made with Magnum and feel blessed to call you our friends.
- Bob & Sally Lowder, NM

While reliving the adventure last week, I felt it appropriate to send a short note to again express appreciation for the outstanding experience you both provided Withe and me during our time at Magnum. The entire staff was great and meeting new friends both guides and guests was more than anyone should expect. The guides we had, Glenn and Bob were so personable expending great effort to make sure that our expectations and goals were not only met but exceeded. Glenn was just as excited (perhaps more) than I when harvesting those two birds with one shot. The focus on safety didn’t go unnoticed either. Your pre-hunt safety meeting provided reinforcement of the need for responsible legal ethical sportsmanship; the need for continued contribution by sportsmen toward conservation both game and environment. All this reinforced in Christian environment made the entire experience very memorable. I’ve been a guest of dozens of outfitters over the years while logging adventures but Magnum ranks right up there with the best! Knowing your guests have many options, if you ever need a recommendation for someone on the fence, please have them contact me.
- Wayne Coleman, VA

I had a blast with Magnum Guide Service! Some of the best hunting, food, and hospitality I have ever been around. The staff does their very best to make you feel at home and comfortable. All of the guides are very nice and will answer any questions you have. The hunting is unreal, I have never seen so many turkeys! I will definitely be going back to hunt with them.
- Matt Knight, AL

What's not to like? There were plenty of birds to be seen and shot. The entire staff and guides were all very friendly and had a "how can we help you" attitude. The lodge is very comfortable and has that "hunting lodge" feel, also the food was very good to make the entire experience very worthwhile. I would certainly recommend Magnum if you want a Rio.
- Denver Rawlings, SC

First, and foremost, we would like thank God for his many blessings, one of which includes the wonderful and amazing staff at Magnum. We truly look forward to every year that we get to return and hunt and harvest huge gobblers, man what a rush! We would like to take the time to share some of the behind the scenes of what it takes to operate such an exceptional outfitter. These men and women spend countless hours ensuring that yours and our hunts are exceptional. First, Jim spends time finding the ranches that provide that most amazing game. The guides, Jim, Glenn, Bob, Scott (and Russ), scout the ranches and watch the turkeys, what are they doing, going to water, going to corn, chasing hens, bedding down in the shade etc, so when you come and do the hunt of a lifetime you are on birds!!! Sandy and Melony are back at the lodge making sure we have a HOT breakfast and dinner ready and waiting that is fabulous. The ladies also pack our lunches for the field and yes we even get fresh baked cookies!!! The ladies that clean the lodge are also awesome, everything is spotless and homey. The comradery that we share at Magnum is so REAL, we look forward and encourage our fellow hunters to come back so we can hunt together again. We have made some really great friends every time we have booked, next year will be 4 turkey hunts and we also did a management deer hunt. The guides are top notch, I admit, I am a little high maintenance and need some help with my gun, I get a little excited and my breathing gets way out of control, and I have hunted with Scott, Glenn and Bob and they were all very helpful and informative when it came to my gun, the calls, the different birds (bearded hens, long beards, jakes, etc) and Scott even lost a little bit of his hearing when I shot (just kidding)… I feel like I am rambling, but Magnum is the real deal!! This year was pretty special for me, I was able to harvest an amazing limb hanger with the love of my life sitting right next to me in the blind- a memory that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Thank you, Thank you, Jim and Melony for opening up your home to us hunters and putting so much into what Magnum is all about. Thank you for always keeping top notch staff that really care about the hunters- it means the world to us. Brandon and I will always cherish the memories that we have made at Magnum and the many ranches that we have had and will continue to have the privilege of hunting. We are returning next year and we already have plans to take another picture with our trophy long beards at Hollywood Drive/ Vine Blvd. Already counting the days till we meet again!
- Wendy Hunt, TX

Tremendous thanks to the Magnum Team for another outstanding hunt! For the 3rd time in the last four years, you have helped me to fill all four of my tags. My Guides, Bob and Glenn, worked their hardest to put me on hot Pasture Bosses, as they always do. The cuisine was so filling and often even exceeds what I have dined at in Louisiana's finest restaurants. I met some serious veteran turkey hunters in the Louisiana farmers, Nathan, Jacob and Todd. And I always wind up reuniting with the Rio hunting families of the Hopson firefighting brothers, Tommy and Mike, and the Curry's, Craig, his sons, Wes and Auz, and family friends, Randy and Andy. All these hunters I've mentioned are synonymous with the word, 'Turkey Commanders' to me! Andy won the pool this year with two monster Pasture Bosses, but next year don't count me out, I'm aiming for that prize reward and camp honor. Only one missing this year was my close hunting buddy Kevin, but as the Turkey Terminator says 'I'll be back' next Spring!
- Joe Shannon, LA

After all the hunts I've been on with you, over all the many years, you usually hear me say " that was the best hunt ever!". Well,this spring turkey hunt was no exception. We all tagged out, ate good, laughed, told stories, made new friends and got to spend time with our Magnum friends. This year was special because I got to hunt with my two sons who you know well. The older Auzzie and Wes get the busier their lives become. It's hard to get them both at the same time but when it comes to a hunt with y'all they seem to "clear" their calendar. Additionally, we have introduced a pair of their very best friends and a very good buddy of mine to "Texas turkey hunting and they all agreed........"this was the best hunt ever!". Thanks for providing excellent hunting facilities and hunting opportunities. Also, the Magnum team is awesome and we have come to be great friends with your staff. Thanks for treating us as family and most importantly, thanks for being dear friends. Can't wait until our next hunt with Magnum Guide Service.
- Craig Curry, MO

I believe one of the best compliments you can provide to any guide service is a return trip. We have returned many times to Magnum Guide Service and plan to do so in the future. Jim and Melony have all the bases covered. If your looking for a friendly environment and comfortable lodging, they deliver. If your looking for good food and plenty of it.....they deliver. If your looking for a chance to harvest a nice Tom or two or three - well, they have that covered too! I would not hesitate to recommend Magnum Guide Service to anyone looking to have an enjoyable and memorable Turkey hunt.
- Jeff Settle, GA

Just wanted to drop a line to the Magnum team to say what a great time I have had year after year. I have hunted with Jim and Mel for the past 15 plus years and every time I book a hunt each time I’m like a kid in a candy store til the day of the hunt! I have taken my limit of turkey on each hunt I’ve been on, but to me the greatest part of the trip is meeting new people and making new, plus old friends. The great stories told and the great food and guides make the hunt well worth it bird or no bird….. Although I do enjoy harvesting the birds! I counted up that I have taken or hunted with 21 different friends from my county in Tennessee alone, not to count all those others I have met at Magnum! Looking forward to next year's hunt and the only thing bad about this hunting operation is that I’m sad to leave!
- Kevin Hinson, TN

My hunt with Magnum Guide Service was a great experience. On the first morning I saw hens, jakes, and one longbeard which I wasn't comfortable shooting at, but that afternoon I called in two longbeards and I took both of them at about 15 yards. They were both nice trophies and I was pleased. I've known Jim, Melony, Bob, Glenn and Sandy for several years now, and they are all good people who care about their clients and provide first-rate service. I highly recommend Magnum to turkey hunters.
- C.J. Goin, NM

Well, another year and another satisfied customer. Over and over Magnum and staff raise the bar higher and higher on what they want to provide for their clients. They know the land, animals, as well as habits and travel routes. I can assure anyone wanting a great hunt with exceptional food, lodging and fellowship that you should give them a chance! This year, in one day, I saw 16 Longbeards, 13 Jakes and 10 Hens from the blind. I harvested a nice bird earlier in the morning and started watching and waiting - for the one I wanted next to be a stud! I saw him about 1pm but couldn't get him away from hens that he was constantly trying to impress that day. I worked him that afternoon to no avail. It rained all night and part of the next morning so the hunters couldn't get onto the ranch without doing damage to the access roads going into the blinds. Finally, about noon we got the word that we were going out. I told my brother, who had limited out the day before, that it was going to be a hunt to remember! We heard birds gobbling as soon as we exited the truck and began trying to slip into the blind without being detected. We had to wait for several birds to leave the blind area so we could enter the blind. We got set up and it didn't take long for hen after hen to start coming in. My brother said to me it won't be long now. Sure enough, we heard a gobble and seconds later we saw the stud from the day before. His tail-feathers were almost solid white like the Merriam species of turkey. He blew up and strutted his way in towards the hens. I harvested the bird that was a Boss! Very colorful, big spurs, long beard and super memories. Needless to say before we left the lodge we booked another hunt for next year. This place will have you coming back for more I assure you. Good Hunting!
- Tommy Hopson, GA

An Epic Hunt For The Ages! This year marked my 14th straight year hunting with the “Rio Pros” at Magnum Guide Service and as I predicted, it ranked among the best ever! Once again, I splurged with a 4 bird, “double ranch” hunt and joined my buddy Joe Shannon from Louisiana for a seven day Tom-odyssey filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. That first night at the hallowed Main Lodge after a dinner grilled to perfection, I sat down with veteran guides Glen Rathfon and Bob Young for the annual pre hunt planning session all Magnum hunters are treated to: lowered voices, maps drawn on napkins, personal attention to every detail. They whispered of a big “satellite” bird no one could kill surrounded by a harem of watchful hens. Glen suggested I build a ground blind in the starlight 60-80 yards away and ambush the brute in his safety zone. So, I did and just as he predicted a group of hens led the big strutting Tom to within forty yards. Bam! Bird one down by 7:30. “Congratulations” said Glen as he picked me up! “Nice Tom!” “But,” he added, slowly shaking his head. “That’s not him.” I argued. “Uh uh. It’s him! He was right where you said he’d be, strutting and surrounded by hens. He’s a big old, three year old with a meat-head! It’s him.” “Not him.” Glen repeated as he tagged my bird and loaded it in the Power Wagon. That afternoon I returned to learn what I knew all along. Glen was right. About 80 yards away with trees and brush between us, I saw a HUGE, Tom, in full strut, spinning and twirling to adoring females. Finally, he turned to face me and I could clearly see his red, white and blue, baseball head! It was he! But, the next morning, Glen had other plans for me in another pasture simply named “11,” a dramatic, cathedral like space framed by live oaks stocked with gobbling turkeys. I climbed in the blind, hens flew down and five minutes later two big gobblers circled, I waited on the strutting bird and BOOM, another big, three year old with curvy hooks and ten-inch beard. Awesome! But, I couldn’t stop thinking about that even bigger bird and challenge I saw the day before. So, there I was, tagged out on ranch one, but still hungry to hunt. So, I asked Bob to put me back in “Satellite” pasture to chase “him.” I knew the odds of scoring were low. But, maybe I’d see him again. Bob helped me move my blind, once, twice, three times until I finally settled on the spot I thought he might pass. Not long after I heard a gobble in front about 60 yards and there he was on a swift march, not to amore, but to battle! I almost took a shot, but he was moving so fast and just a little too far. Then, I heard a furious flurry of wing beats, fighting purrs and thunderous gobbles. I maneuvered in the blind to see TWO identically HUGE Toms standing tall fighting. I scrambled for my binos, and watched the spur-ious fight at 12X! Awesome. But, then I dropped the lenses a bit and the head of a much closer hen filled the circle. Putt. Putt. Putt. Busted! I heard a gobble or two as the birds disappeared in the distance. I sulked in the blind at least two hours and then, HE appeared at about 45 yards directly in front. There was no doubt this time. His eyes widened as I made my move. Uh oh! I put the Aimpoint on the back of his bobbing head and dropped him in his tracks! Glen guessed his age at least 4 years. His shortest spur was 1 ½” and his second even longer. He weighed 23 pounds with a giant, meat-head. I felt quite proud of myself. Even more when Glen picked me up and agreed, this time I got “him!” Now with just one tag and a new ranch to hunt, I persuaded Jim to let me ride with Bob and Glen to help with some “routine chores.” A week later, I am still sore! All Magnum clients should try this once to better appreciate how hard the guides work to put us on birds! Once! Saturday was a joyous success with every hunter at the main lodge tagging out including Joe who banged three trophies in one sitting. You can see the photos on the Magnum web site, ten smiling faces and 20+ meat heads. Only one hunter still had a tag. Me. That night, I learned Glen had a “special” pasture for me to hunt in the morning: "Lost Windmill," a remote roost near a waterhole pumped by a vintage Aermotor. At first, I objected. I’m not fond of hunting a blind I didn’t build. They’re never in the right place and there’s always a “pain in the back” rock or root. I voiced my doubts to Glen while he was cleaning the many birds killed that day. I could tell he was a bit piqued, “Kevin, just trust me,” end of conversation. So, on Easter Sunday, I loaded up with Bob and we went turkey hunting. We parked a long way off as to not spook birds on the roost. After a long walk, the Aermotor blades loomed ahead and Bob led me to an old brush blind named “Diamond Back” for obvious reasons. The sun was wading in the gray light and song birds were already waking. So I bid Bob goodbye and climbed in the blind, flashlight on, kicking brush and looking for snakes. I have never once seen a snake hunting in Texas, but better safe than sorry. Once in, I noticed hens and jakes on the treetops left of the windmill and I worried the roosted birds saw me. Then, from the other side of the windmill, a sound I’d never heard. A LOUD yelp followed by a short but authoritative gobble and obviously from the same bird. Almost a half gobble like a Jake, but this was no Jake. Loud, like a stadium speaker hung in the tree! About 15 minutes later, hens and jakes began to pitch down about 60 yards directly to my right. The Boss flew down seemingly through the whirring windmill blades and immediately rushed the girls in wanton pursuit. They were having no part of him. They fled further away to my right and I knew it was now or never. He veered a little closer, then, behind a bush and that’s when I made my big move. Boom! I dropped him at 57 steps left-handed! Suddenly, Bob appeared from nowhere. He said he too heard that yelp/gobble and decided to hang around. He told me it was a warning to other Toms from the Boss: “Don’t even think about gobbling,” a dramatic end to a memorable hunt! So, standing in the misty Texas morning, my guide and I, bird between us, shared a moment of beatific tranquility as this impressive trophy peacefully expired like Slim Pickens in a Sam Peckinpah movie. My fourth and final Tom, a HUGE 4 year old with limb hanger hooks and 11” beard! Thank you Glen! Thank you Bob! I never had a doubt! After 14 years hunting with Magnum, I can recall many hunts as enjoyable, but none more! And the multitude of turkeys we all saw will prove next year equally epic, even by Magnum standards. So, Jim and Mel here is my deposit, and look forward to returning again to join old friends and new to hunt with the “Rio Pros” at Magnum Guide Service!
- Kevin Neathery, AR

Thanks once again for a great turkey hunt. This was my 3rd trip with you and it just keeps getting better. Everything, and everyone, was great, but I've come to expect that from Magnum Guide Service. The hunting is addictive, and the meals, people, and lodging are first class. Thanks for making my short vacation successful and very enjoyable. You're the best!
- Randy Kittle, GA

Not only was this place far more than I ever expected but everyone there made me feel like family. From the cooks, guides, owners, guests and other hunters. Also, I've never heard so many gobblers. Seemed they were in every tree at daylight. And after they came off the Roost OMG, they were strutting, drumming- everything they could do to win the attention of the hens that were around. We drove 16 hours from near Atlanta, Georgia in hopes of trying something different. Me and my Lil Brother are Firefighters for more than 20 years each. I don't get excited and try not to look outside the box often. That's why I was so impressed with Magnum, it's like they picked me instead of me picking them. And yes we booked a hunt same place same time next year. Thank You Magnum and everyone involved in making it a Hunt of a Lifetime. I cant wait to see you next year and can't wait to make even greater memories! P.S. If you have a child or just want to have a place to carry a wife, friend, buddy or whomever that you don't want to worry about drinking, cursing, and bad hunter ethics, then I urge you to give them a call and book a hunt. You will be more than happy with the accommodations, guides, property, owners, you name it.
- Tommy Hopson, GA

WOW!! Where do I start! This was my first trip to Texas and my first time hunting with Magnum Guide Service! From the time I arrived everyone made me feel like I was part of the family. To be part of a group of hunters and CHRISTIAN hunters was more than anyone could ask for. Also to be part of a group that had the best hunting experience and had the best harvest that Magnum had ever seen! 11 hunters harvested 20 birds in one day...that's right 20 birds in one day! The hunting was phenomenal!!! But the best experience of the whole hunt was the way everyone made me feel. I was dealing with alot of personal issues when I left for the hunt. Jim, Melony, Glenn, Sandy, Bob and everyone else in camp really stepped up to the plate and took there personal time to talk to me about my situation! To be with a group of caring CHRISTIANS who love hunting but more than that care about helping each other out. These were some amazing people and Magnum Guide Service is definitely off the charts. If you are looking for a hunt of a lifetime and also a group of CHRISTIANS who will give you their testimonials and change your life forever please give Magnum Guide Service a call and book a hunt! You won't be disappointed! Thank You again to everyone who changed my life and made this a trip of a lifetime! !!!!
- Mike Hopson, GA

Angie and I had a wonderful time, and greatly enjoyed the fellowship, wonderful meals, accommodations, and last, but not least, the hunt! We could not have asked for a better opening morning hunt that was obviously well pre-scouted; and the set could not have been better situated for a bow hunt! Great memories and friends made throughout the trip! Thanks again for your hospitality, professionalism and expression of Christian faith!
- Jason Herring, MS

"Too many Toms!" That's my best description of this year's hunt. Last year, I wrote: "book now, next year will be one for the record books!" Turns out, that was good advice. Once again, I booked a "double ranch", 4 bird hunt, looking forward to five days of exciting hunting with friend and Texas turkey hunting specialist Joe Shannon from LA. I rode with Joe on my very first Texas hunt, 13 years and 38 Rios ago. But, my plan was short lived. By 8:30 AM on DAY ONE, I had three Toms on the ground! I was going to quit at two, but, I didn't see bird three, right behind bird two and I accidentally doubled. What a problem to have! I sent a photo/text to guide Glenn: "I'm ready to be picked up!" While I waited, a flock of hens and four Toms show up spitting and drumming while I hid in my blind. I could have easily tagged out with FOUR birds before 9 a.m.! Joe, on the other hand, saw plenty, but not in range. But could hear me blasting in the neighboring pasture. "Like a war zone" he said. I encouraged Joe to hunt in my brush blind because big Toms were running it over like a freeway and I was done hunting. He was reluctant. Your spot is "all shot to heck." Or something similar. "Dude, trust me" I said. He did and five minutes after guide Glenn dropped him off, BANG, BANG, two BIG Toms on the ground! Nice work Joe! So, here I am with one bird left to kill and 4 days to hunt on a trip when the Toms are so thick and vocal, it's almost hard to believe. Like some kind of Jurassic Park for turkeys. Even more surprising was the SIZE of these birds. Last year, Jakes, were everywhere, but no one saw any two year olds. This year, most of the birds killed were three years old and older, 18-24lbs! But, where were they last year? Mysterious. So, hour after hour, for days, I watched Toms in easy gun range strutting and gobbling like some Outdoor Channel T.V. Show. Monday, I hunted a water hole and saw many, big old Toms, but they would not come to drink. Just gangs of two year olds. But, I was waiting for not just any bird, but, the bird. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, it happened. A flock of hens stopped literally in the shade of my lean tree just beyond my blind. They dusted and groomed for the longest and I couldn't move a muscle. Even in my blind, the afternoon sun cast no shadows my way and those girls would stare me down if I even lifted my head. Finally, as if to say "I'm ready now," one hen quietly yelped resulting in a booming gobble about hundred yards directly behind me. Long and powerful! In minutes, this big Tom walked right by my blind, stopped and looked directly in at me. He was tall, with shoulders and a big, meat head. Obviously, no two year old! And he did NOT like what he saw! He took off running at full gallop! But instead of zigging left to freedom, he zagged right in the direction of his hens with a big tree between us. I jumped to my feet sending hens exploding like quail, but he still couldn't see me. He kept running and suddenly appeared in the clear. I unleashed a swarm of 4,5,7 Nitro Hevi Shot to his head and neck! One of my best shots ever, 50 steps out, on a dead run! Joe tagged out the next day too, heck everybody tagged out ranking the 2014 season among the best Texas hunts ever. So, once again, to any hunter still on the fence, take my advice, book now, next year will be one for the record books! No, with the number of jumbos running wild on Magnum ranches, next year will prove nothing short of EPIC! Book now and you'll see the difference between Texas turkey hunting and Texas turkey hunting with Magnum Guide Service! The best guides, chefs, lodges, housekeepers and without question, the best ranches, all hand picked by owner Jim Roche. "Too many Toms?" Never with Magnum Guide Service!
- Kevin Neathery, AR

I enjoyed my hunt with Magnum very much. The food, hunting, lodging and service were all excellent!
- C.J. Goin, NM

Thanks for the photos! I want you to know I had a great time this year. I hope to return next year and many more years afterward. You take good care of your hunters and deliver everything they could ask for in a hunt. Thanks so much for everything, and for allowing me to hunt with you, once again.
- Randy Kittle, GA

Just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks for the wonderful time at your lodge & home during my recent April, 2014 Turkey Hunt. I shared with you at the time and I will repeat myself….in my opinion it is very rare to find a guide service such as Magnum’s that not only provides superior accommodations, meals, friendly & professional services…but all these and more in a Christian based mission and consistently displayed standards. Your staff is “tops” in my book! Glenn, my guide, not only guided me to a successful hunt but educated me in turkey hunting techniques. This was impressive. I picked his brain and he responded with knowledge and patience. Not only did he tell me what to do, what to look for but also the reasons why. I believe I learned more from him then I would from a book or on-line! We also had time to get to know one another on a personal level. This also made me, a 70 year old who is just beginning to learn turkey hunting, feel comfortable and confident. You have obviously built your home/lodge to provide the warmth, and openness for guests in an environment that encourages the guests to share with others during their Hunting “stays”……memories that will last a lifetime! Your meals coming out of your kitchen was also done with care and love….not to mention their GOODNESS! The lunches provided during the day out in the field were also well done and balanced – ‘cept there were not enough CC cookies! I will be spreading the word in Arizona regarding Magnum…AND I will be back again! Warm regards & blessings to you all.
- Bruce Hilgendorf, AZ

What an awesome turkey hunt we had with you all 3/29-30. The weather cooperated with us for the most part and the turkeys were on "good" behavior this year. For a large group to fill all their tags, is phenomenal. Thanks for letting us go catfish fishing. Now we just need to be able to taste those critters!!! We had a super group of people and I think we all had a really great time. The guides were outstanding again this year and Sandy sure knows how to work her magic in the kitchen. Thanks for a wonderful, relaxing turkey hunt!
- Bob & Sally Lowder, NM

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and Jim again for opening up your home and the hospitality you bestowed on us during our hunt. I hope we weren't too much underfoot during our "down" days, but I guess that is one of the perils of offering great hunting and tagging out on the first day. I know Andrew will always remember his "graduation" to Texas turkey hunting and I can't begin to tell you what it meant to me to be able to spend true quality time with my son as he begins his next journey into college and beyond and to do so in a Christian environment was a true blessing. Please pass along my heartfelt thanks to the rest of the crew, Glen, Sandy, Bob, "the other Sandy", Bryar and of course Piper, Sunny, Chief and pups. Not to often you get to see your 17 year old roll around in the floor for a couple of hours playing with pups. Thanks again for a truly wonderful experience.
- Tim Parker, VA

I have been spring turkey hunting with Magnum Guide Service since 1999. This year marks my 16th year with Jim and Melony Roche and they are, hands down, the best in the business. Throughout this time I've seen 'Boom and Bust' years, notably with drought conditions effecting the hatch and young brood's survival rate. This year promised to be an exceptional year for 2 year olds, however half of the birds harvested were 3 and 4 year olds. My hunting buddy, Kevin Neathery from AR, and I were on two consecutive back-to-back hunts, beginning opening weekend. We were hunting near Sonora, TX, which we had hunted last year, when the jakes were overrunning the pastures. On opening morning I heard Kevin shoot once and later in the morning twice more. He had filled 3 of his tags and it wasn't even noon. I was hearing gobbles far off, but nothing was coming in. So I texted the guides who came and got me and set up a Double Bull Blind at Kevin's location. I told Kevin and the guides that his corner of the pasture was shot up, with 3 long beards falling that morning, but Kevin assured me that there were some Boss toms in the immediate vicinity and I should give it a try, at least for the remaining afternoon. As they all loaded back into the truck, before driving off Bob gobbled and just ten minutes later two long beards appeared and I had two on the ground, and to my surprise, neither were 2 year olds. Later that evening, back at the Main Lodge, the guides weighed and measured the 11 long beards taken by our hunting party that opening day. One weighed 19.6 lbs and the other a whopping 22.8 lbs and this was the average scale on all the harvested birds that day! Everyone had tagged out except one hunter, Matt from Arizona, and he tagged out the following day with a trophy class 3 year old Double Bearder! Our 2nd hunt was on another ranch I have hunted in previous seasons, so I knew it was loaded with Rios also! I asked for and was granted permission to hunt my favorite pasture. Dawn hadn't even broke and the gobbling was deafening from the roost sites along the draw. Around an hour after fly down the gobbling ceased, so I telephoned my nephew, and as we were quietly talking, I looked out of the back of my blind and saw four long beards sneaking in silently. I nailed the last one and he too had just over an inch spurs, one was loose, probably from fighting. A half hour later I resumed calling and both gobblers and hens answered. Soon strutters came in in following hens and I video taped them on my I-Phone, as I had two more full days of hunting and only one tag left to fill. My downed bird was about 20 feet from my blind and 3 or 4 strutters jumped him, pecking and pulling at him, and sounding off with an agitated aggressive purring. They hung around for over half an hour before they walked away. I had used my I-Phone to video so much footage that my battery had gone dead. The guides picked up my bird around noon and when I handed Glenn my No. 3 tag he smiled and said, 'Good job, Joe. Now you know you just have one tag left, and that will be it for this season!' I gave that a lot of serious thought as I have known Glenn for many years through Magnum and he has always put me on turkeys and has never guided me wrong! He is a good decent man, a loyal loving husband to Sandy and a special friend to me! Later that afternoon at 2:00 pm, still at No. 7, I had a nice long beard come in to check me out, but I held back even after he made a second pass looking for hens. Afterwards, I thought I had made a mistake by letting him walk but that was all soon to change. The wind had picked up and I heard a gobble in the distance. Later as time passed, in between intermittent gusts I thought I could hear the unmistakable low whirring hum of drumming. Sure enough the spitting and drumming was coming from the back of my blind. I looked out the blind flap and saw the top of a fan 20 yards out and then a white crowned red head periscope up and then go down and the fan spread out again. I couldn't resist the temptation! I wanted the classic spring ritual strutter with all the 'bells and whistles' and this was it! He was my only 2 year old long beard I harvested this spring, but he gave me my most memorable classic hunt! My I-Phone battery was dead and I had no watch but Kevin heard my shot at 3:45 pm. I walked out of the draw and up the escarpment and laid my bird on a flat boulder on the pasture trail and laid down under a live oak to wait the couple of hours for the guides to pick me up! The fantail was blowing in the wind and much to my delight I saw two long beards heading to me! They had seen the fan and when they reached the downed bird they started this aggravated purr, one strutted and gobbled and they pecked on his head and neck unmercifully! Then they walked off never knowing I was laying down watching them just a mere 20 feet away! What a scene, like an official invite to come back next spring! My 2014 Spring Texas Rio Grande season had ended ceremoniously with all 'pomp and fare', and what a season it was! My hunting buddy, Kevin, said last year that 2014 would be a season for the record books and he was right, as he often is! I am booked for a double hunt again with Magnum Guide Service for 2015 and now the long wait until opening morning next year on the Edwards Plateau."
- Joe Shannon, LA

Has your heart rate ever went from 0 to 200 in 60 seconds? Mine has! My husband and I booked a turkey hunt with Magnum Guide Service and got so much more than we expected. We both harvested trophy long beards-huge birds!!! Magnum's staff is top of the line, very customer service oriented, they make you feel like part of their Christian family, and they always insure that you are having the experience of a lifetime. They employ guides that are extremely knowledgeable of the game and are very patient and explain techniques to new and experienced hunters-they are truly exceptional! My guides were Bob and Glenn, they are both great guides and insured that our hunts were safe, bountiful, and that everyone was having a great time. The ranch that we hunted on was HUGE. The double bull blinds that we hunted out of were new and very comfortable. The amount of wildlife that we saw was unbelievable. It says a lot about an outfitter that moves their hunters around in order to keep the area good to hunt the following year and take the pressure off that part of the ranch. The lodge feels like home, friends from past years sharing stories and a place for everyone to come together each year. We have made some friends that we will never forget here- what a fantastic group of people! Sandy cooks some of the most amazing meals and has it waiting for you when you get in from your hunt, she really cares about the hunters too! We are so blessed that Jim and Melony are allowing us back to hunt next year. Thanks to all that provided the hunt of a lifetime for me and my husband!!
- Wendy & Brandon Hunt, TX

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my hunt with Magnum Guide Service. It was an excellent hunt,first class in every way. Great food, excellent lodging and great hunting. It's nice to get what you pay for and what's promised, in a hunt. I had a bit of bad luck, missing one bird and losing another. I was able to harvest one nice bird, however. I hope I can rebook for next season, around the same time of year. Thanks again for a great hunt!
- Randy Kittle, GA

Just a note to say what a great hunt David and I had last weekend. Sandy, Glenn and Perry made us feel welcome from the time we arrived. They treated us like family. We also enjoyed the other hunters in camp. Making new friends is always fun and a learning experience. Thanks again for the great experience and hope to do it again!
- Gary Stewart, TX

Thank you for hosting my daughter Staci and I at your lodge this past weekend for our Turkey hunt. We had a great time and Staci was impressed by all the nice people she met on the trip – from the hosts to the staff, to the other hunters. It speaks to the quality product you offer and the type of clientele it attracts. Great memories and we’ll be back next year for the long beards. (Likely a couple of hunts for me)
- Dan Foster, TX

Thanks again for a great weekend! Hunter really enjoyed being able to get out there and “interact” with the birds. Thanks for letting him take a jake to claim his first bird. Glen was a fantastic guide for him taking a lot of time to show him signs, tracks, work the calls, etc. We’re ready to come back next year!
- Kenn Hall, TX

2013 marks my 12th straight season with Magnum and this year's hunt proved one of the most challenging and in the end, one of the most dramatic! The birds were BIG, OLD, TOUGH, SMART and HARD TO KILL! Like my very first hunt with Magnum a dozen years ago, I was fortunate to hunt with Texas turkey hunting expert Joe Shannon from Louisiana. Magnum owner Jim Roche calls Joe's record of success "anticlimactic" because he ALWAYS bags the biggest Tom! But, after the first day, even Joe was perplexed. Last year's tremendous hatch produced gangs of Jakes and the big Toms avoided them at the usual food and watering holes. For the first time ever, my build-a-blind and ambush strategy was not working. Birds gobbled all day, but would not show a beak. So, after hours in the blind, I climbed out to stretch, lick my wounds and wait for guide Glenn to pick me up for lunch. I wandered off into the woods, sat down and hit a few licks on my box call. In the distance I thought heard a gobble. Not thunderous, but muffled, almost hesitant. Surely, another Jake. Then, not five minutes later, a big Tom suddenly appeared to my left in full strut! Bam! A 19 pound, three year old with a long beard, sharp hooks and a meat head! Success! I worked two more invisible gobbling birds that day, but could not close the deal. The next morning, the temperature dropped and the birds were speechless. At 1 p.m. I was about to give up and take a nap when a crow flew directly over me with a loud CAW resulting in a shock gobble 75 yards out in thick bushes directly in front of me. I massaged my slate call with a diamond wood striker borrowed from Glenn and…nothing. Ten minutes later, hit it again…nothing. Then, after 20 long minutes, I was about to nod off when I spotted a red head peering around a mesquite tree about 50 yards away. The Tom was standing tall and suspicious, searching for that hen with the sexy voice. 52 steps is a long shot, but I knew it was all I had and wouldn't last long. I made my move and BOOM! Bird #2: a 22 pounder with a 10" beard and outstanding, curved, 1 1/2" spurs! Even more unusual was the color of those spurs, not normal black, but light, blond, almost translucent in color! While waiting for Glenn to pick me up, I couldn't help but wonder how Joe fared. When he turned the bend in the Magnum green truck, I saw he already picked him up and his own 20 lb Tom with an 11" beard and 1 7/16" spurs! His head looked like a baseball! Anticlimactic? Maybe, on any other hunt. But not this one! We were gobbler giddy! That night, after a delicious dinner at the Main Lodge, we gathered around a roaring fire to celebrate. It was then, Glenn told me he believed my final bird was 5 years old! Incredible! So, what began as as a befuddling mystery, ended in triumph. Long hours, persistence, modest skill, major luck and a black crow resulted in one of my most memorable Texas turkey hunts EVER! The only thing better than memories from this trip, are my expectations for next year. We all saw gangs of "future gobblers "everywhere we went. Even on the highway! So, Jim, Melony, thanks for doing what you do best: the best ranches, guides, cooks, housekeepers, lodges, the best overall experience. And to any hunter still on the fence, take my advice, book now, next year will be one for the record books!
- Kevin Neathery, AR

What an amazing trip - thank you for having us! Glenn, Sandy and Rick did such a great job and ya'll made us feel right at home. Thanks, Jim, for giving the gentle push I needed to shoot a turkey. What a blast(I'm still shaking)! We would love to rebook again for next year. Thanks again and God bless.
- Wendy & Brandon, TX

I wanted to thank the Magnum Team for a truly awesome turkey hunt this past season. From the lodging to the staff to the other hunters back at camp, I could not have been more pleased. I lost my hunting lease of 30 years this past fall and needed a place to take my new son-in-law to introduce him to the sport. Suffice it to say he is now hooked on the sport. We called in 3 gobblers the evening of the 1st day and took 2 of them from a blind we crafted in a cedar tree. The next morning we stalked a pair of longbeards and cut off their travel route to take both of them. Beautiful land and beautiful birds. I’ve taken both my children and multiple friends and family members into the woods for birds in the past – but none of those hunts ended with a double / double! We’ll be back.
- Dan Foster, TX

Another fantastic turkey hunt with Magnum! This year was right up there with the best of them. It is always great fun to be part of the annual reunion of our Spring hunting family. The fellowship we all share during this all too brief a time is very special as we catch up on a year's worth of news and experience the challenges and pleasures of chasing those always elusive Texas gobblers. The evening campfire stories are always entertaining and frequently hilarious. There are hearty congratulations for the successes and appropriate sympathy with a little good-natured ribbing for the goof-ups we all make in this sometimes frustrating pursuit. This year the Spring wildflower display was particularly spectacular. The weather could not have been better. Tagging our quota of birds was simply the icing on the cake. The food and accommodations were top-notch and, as they always do, your staff did all they could to provide a good time for all. Once more, we left with another load of great memories to enjoy over the coming years. Of course, we intend to maintain our standing reservation with Magnum for this same hunt next year to once again get together with our "Texas turkey hunt family", so please sign us up!
- Sally Lowder, NM

Just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed my turkey hunt last weekend. You have a great area! In addition, the folks you have working with you are top notch. Now that I've been around the group for three years, they're starting to become family. Can't wait to get there next year!
- David Blake, NC

I have hunted with about a dozen outfitters all over the country and you guys are the best of the best. Your operation from Melony and you, to the cooks and guides, housing, and hunting properties are first class. It is very impressive that most of the people on our hunt have been there for 10+ years and how everyone feels like family. That alone speaks highly about your outfitting services. Thank you guys again for an awesome turkey hunt and don’t hesitate to use me as a reference.
- Aaron Horton, NC

The turkey hunt this past weekend was sensational. The pastures were in full bloom and picturesque, the birds extremely vocal, the service and hospitality best in class, and a fantastic group of hunters to share the experience with; a very enjoyable hunt all around. I can’t wait to get back next Spring and do it all over again.
- Randy Strickland, TX

Here are a few words from the heart about what Team Magnum means to me. The most important thing is you and Mel are brothers and sisters in Christ and your operation is a true witness of that. I have hunted turkeys for over 35 years and have hunted many states and two countries. I have hunted and guided on some nice property and Magnum is the best team I have hunted with. It is one big family reunion every year and if you want to enjoy what the Lord has created for us and see how the Holy Spirit uses the Team, come join us! If you would like a true blessing and a great hunt I would highly recommend the Magnum team to anyone from youth to seniors. I just thank Jim, Mel, and their staff for the opportunity to be on the Magnum Team. Come join us for the experience of a lifetime. I love you folks and can't wait to get back!
- Jay Adcock, NC

I have been hunting with Jim and Melony for over 20 years. I find it hard to believe that Jim and I have put up with each other for that many years! And how old is Jim now? We did celebrate another one of his birthdays on this trip. This year I did another hard, but successful, spring turkey hunt followed by an unbelievable free range aoudad hunt with Jim and Melony in Marfa, TX. Thanks again to Jim’s hunting expertise, I harvested a beautiful large ram. This year was very special for me because I was able to have my wife, Cindy, make the trip with me for the first time in the 20 + years I have been hunting with Jim (Magnum Guide Service). Cindy actually went with Jim and me and climbed the west Texas mountains on the aoudad hunt. We both totally enjoyed the hunts again as well as the friendship of Jim, Melony and their staff. I again would highly recommend Magnum Guide Service for anyone’s desired hunt. They truly run a very professional organization.
- David & Cindy Frederick, PA

We really enjoyed our turkey hunt this year. Jake and I both were very pleased with everything (lodging, meals, guide and hunt). Could not have been happier. Both of us have been talking with several friends about booking a hunt next spring. We thought it would be a lot of fun to have 6 to 8 hunters all together. Hopefully, we will have our plans lined up in the next week or two. Tell Steve we said hello. He was a great guide to have and I really enjoyed our conversations. Thanks for everything!
- Steven Wallace, MS

2011 marked my tenth year with Magnum and my 28th Tom harvested! TWENTY EIGHT! And just like my first a decade ago, I posed for photos with #28 alongside veteran Magnum hunter Joe Shannon from Louisiana! Just coincidence? Not with the guide service synonymous with quality, consistency and HUNTER SUCCESS! They say the world will end in 2012, but, I'm going to risk my deposit and book for next year! We all saw a lot of Jakes and I predict a banner year in Texas! The Magnum recipe for results is well known by clients, guides, pro staffers, outdoor press and a legion of envious competitors. The Magnum advantage, the Magnum mystique is an extension of owner Jim Roche and his inimitable ability to identify and secure exclusive hunting rights to the most desirable private properties in Texas. Like Cortez in camouflage he travels near and far in search of his treasure: that next magic ranch with stoney canyons, hidden draws and virgin roosts. Eldorado indeed! His reputation among wealthy landowners, cattle kings and sheep barons precedes him: respect, integrity and strict adherence to proven procedures. They know he runs a tight ship with a win/win business plan only he can deliver. And he's picky. Only the best for Magnum clients. And the rest, well, to the rest! And while Jim paints the big picture, his wife Melony is an artist for details and organization. Caring, compassionate, she gives the whole operation class and smile. She's Jim's secret weapon. Just as important, Magnum has cornered the market on the most talented guides, cooks and housekeepers. Glen, Rick and my guide for the past three years, Steve, rank among the finest in the Long Spur State. They're all pro staffers, videographers and calling champs. Glen calls turkeys with a nail and rock! Rick is a three time Virginia calling champ! They all talk turkey! They work, scout, steer, clean, freeze and advise with words to the wise and 100% commitment to a single goal: helping you bag the trophy of your dreams! For example, I recall on my second hunt with Magnum, I thought I was an expert until I spooked a nervous hen harem and strutting sultans approaching a water hole. I barely blinked and "putt" they were gone. That's when longtime Magnum guide Gerald Farris pulled me aside and taught me "the secret." He taught me how to hunt Texas style. And in ten short years, that brief, but golden lesson has helped me bag 28 paint brush beards, 56 long curvy spurs and countless cherished memories in the Texas hill country. Ten years is a long time! But this year, a decade away seemed like yesterday while, once again, posing for photos next to veteran Magnum client and now, longtime friend Joe Shannon! That's the Magnum advantage! Quality, consistency and HUNTER SUCCESS! That's the Magnum mystique! They predict the world will end in 2012! I predict more photos with dear friends and trophy Toms in the Texas Hill Country with Magnum Guide Service!
- Kevin Neathery, AR

Just a few words of thanks for the amazing time at Magnum. The food and hospitality were great and the turkeys were plentiful. Thanks to Glen and Steve for all their hard work and dedication to and from the hunts. I'm looking foward to my next trip to Magnum. Will be flying next time!!
- Leroy Arnold, MS

Just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to say THANKS once again for an unbelievable hunt! EVERYTHING was "record book" class from top to bottom. Even though the weather conditions could have been better on the turkeys, it was "THE" best turkey hunting I have ever seen! I was fortunate to harvest 4 Big Gobblers during my week long stay. Was never treated better; the accommodations, meals & staff were A-1! I do want to give special credit to Rick, as he was quite impressive. Well, I need to catch up on things a bit & prepare for my trip to hunt Ocellated Turkeys down in Guatemala next week, but will be in touch with you soon about with whom I want those "LIMB HANGERS" mounted with.
- Tim Krause, WI

I want to thank you for a wonderful Rio Grande turkey hunting experience. The hunt at the Jones Lodge was everything I had hoped. My guide, Glenn, was very friendly, knowledgeable and competent. Betty and Sandy were welcoming, friendly and the food was delicious. Everything from the accommodations to your staff was just perfect. My wife, as a non-hunting guest, enjoyed the relaxing environment. I also enjoyed meeting and talking with the other hunters. I would highly recommend hunting with Magnum Guide Service and hope to return.
- Dennis Clodi, IL

We’re back home now and into the full swing of things. Sarah and I had a great time. Thank you for all you and Melony do to make sure we have the times that we have. Glen was a super guide and very patient as always. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate him and how much respect I have for him for what he does for me and especially Sarah. You apologized in your previous email for the birds not cooperating. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Glen placed us on birds every day except the last evening hunt. I can honestly say, I could have killed 5 long beards thanks to Glen. The low limit of birds for us is a reality for us as we bring Sarah up into turkey hunting. We passed up good shots at turkeys at say 40 yards because we were waiting on those 30 yard shots for her and her 20 gauge. Had I been the first shooter, 5 long beards could have died. Also, no one can predict the weather and I felt Glen and your guys did a great job of responding to the poor weather conditions. I was very happy with the hunt and can’t wait till next year. Good luck with the remainder of the season and thank you again.
- Steve Howell, AL

I would like to say thank you for the outstanding time I had at your ranch. I appreciate the hard work you and your staff did to make everything very enjoyable. The food, hunting, staff and other guests, everything was excellent. I know it takes a lot of effort to make sure that everything is first class. The bonus of my visit was that I was finally able to harvest a Rio. The hunting was difficult but in the end it worked out. I would like to remain on the list to return next year. Thanks again to you and your staff and I hope you get some rain soon.
- Jim Walt, MS

I wanted to write and thank you all for such a great trip. As I had written to you previously, ever since Tyler found out on Christmas Morning that he was going to have his "Trip of a Lifetime" to come to Texas and hunt the Rio Grande turkey with you all, he had been so excited. He was writing TEXAS and drawing gobbler tracks and sketches of gobblers on the margins of his school work, and dreaming of seeing his first Rio gobbler every night. As I told Neil on Monday morning, he had just quite literally made a boy's dream come true. As I have gotten older, my biggest thrill now is watching my boys enjoy hunting and all that God has provided us with, so my hopes and dreams were also realized, and for that I can't thank you all enough. Also, as I had mentioned to Neil, your guides are top notch. As a person who has been enamored with the wild turkey all of my life, I could tell that they were all "turkey people", and we all share a kindred spirit. Our primary guide was Glen, and he treated Tyler as if he were his own grandson; and Skiles, with his good natured ribbing of Tyler, was great.
- Cliff Presley, VA

I just want to thank you for the good time over the weekend. Aaron and I are going to see Phil Roberson Saturday. Book me for the same hunt and 3 birds next year. Thanks for your witness and your friendship. Hope that you and Mel have a great year and I know God will bless you both beyond measure. Thanks again and keep up the good work!
- Jay Adcock, NC

I wanted to thank you all for a great hunt, food and just plain nice people. It was nice to finish my slam and do it with a double with my son, Joseph. It just doesn't get any better than that. Jim you run a really great hunt, and I want to Thank You for the words you spoke to Joseph. He told his mother and it was great that you took the time to speak to him. If you ever need a reference you have my number. I also wanted to let you know that the flight home was great and it only took 2 hours of fly time. Craig was generous to offer us the flight. I wanted to remind you about emailing me the pictures you took, and if it is not to much trouble could you send the one from the airport also? Thanks again and take care.
- John Phillips, TN

We had a great time last weekend hunting turkeys and visiting with all of you! It was great to have some time with Harrison. He is getting away from me too fast. Craig and I need to see more of each other too. I looked at the pictures; they are very good. I can not believe he put the oil pipe pictures on the website(haha). You have a great family environment. I hope to come back to Texas sometime in the future. I need to bring all of my boys out. Tell Colt "Hello and Thanks" for me and Harrison.
- Lee Thompson, AL

Great time Jim. Thanks for everything you and Melony did for us. Great food, great turkeys, wonderful family experience.
- Craig Lariscy, FL

Thank you so much for the wonderful experience! My family and I had a blast. The food was fantastic and I loved the land and wildlife. I hope to come back soon. Everyone was really nice and it was a great adventure!
- Bailey Lariscy, FL

This was my first turkey hunt with Magnum and I can promise it won't be the last. Plans are already being made for next year. Jim & Melony were wonderful hosts. The guides Rick & Glen were knowledgeable and the accommodations were second to none. Melony & Sandy tried to fatten everyone up, the food was great. I would highly recommend Magnum to anyone. Thanks for everything!
- Tim Rutherford, MS

I seldom write thank you letters unless my wife makes me, but I was motivated to reach out to you both and thank you for such a great time. I had no understanding of how the guide service business worked, and was very pleasantly surprised by the operation you have put together. The house was clean and spotless, which is a foreign concept to most hunters. And the planning of the hunts was all worked out. It made it very easy to let go and follow your lead. My kids are so tired of being lectured by me, it was good for them to spend time with a group and see the example of faith, family, and ethics ya'll provide. It is also good for them to see new people that they respect who are guided by the same moral compass. I will have to admit, I am a little miffed at Melony for feeding me too much. I will be billing you for the tailor to let out the waistline on my pants! We are coming back next year for sure, and Thomas wants to make sure Miss Melony will be there too. Proof that the way to a man's heart is thru his stomach. Ryan wants a 'turkey gun' for his birthday, and it seems he just might get it! Thomas wants to be like Colt and be a professional guide when he grows up. I guess the muddy bird did not taint his respect for Colt! It was a great experience. Father son weekends are priceless, and this was one of the best. I will have to say, the 'Call and stalk ' was some of the funnest hunting I had ever done. For Ryan to be there when that Gobbler was all around us was an experience most ten year olds will never have! He can't wait to do it again. Next time with a Camo ten gauge and 3 1/2 shells! West Texas safari will happen sometime, we will be coming back for turkey and possibly deer as well. So I hope you can tolerate us, because we intend to come back. Thank you again for such a great time. We are truly blessed!
- Lewis, Thomas & Ryan Talbert, TX

Our sincere thanks to everyone at Magnum for yet another outstanding hunting adventure. Once again we have returned home with a truckload of pleasant memories that we can recall with joy over the years to come. And of course, those four big Rio Grande turkey gobblers in the freezer will only add additional flavor to those recollections! It is not at all uncommon in today's world for highly successful businesses to become somewhat complacent in their level of performance over time and start a slide into mediocrity when they have lost track of what made them such a success in the first place. We have been clients of Magnum for many, many years, sometimes with several hunts per year and have never noted even the slightest reduction in the efforts of your staff to provide the best overall hunting experience that is within their ability to provide. It is usually hard for any enterprise to keep up such a high level of performance for so long, but apparently not for Magnum Guide Service! Our just finished turkey hunt is yet another example. Our little core group of hunters have been coming to this session for so many years it almost feels like an annual "family reunion" and you and your staff provide the atmosphere that makes that possible. There is something we have mentioned before, but it is worth repeating. We often hear horror stories about outfitters from others at hunt camps. On this hunt, one of the first-time Magnum hunters told us about his four previous high-dollar turkey hunts at what he called "big-name hunting operations" where he not only didn't harvest a single bird but felt he got ripped-off each time due to lousy service and accommodations. We understand he has already booked next year's hunt again with you. We have NEVER heard anything bad like that anywhere about Magnum. Well done and thanks again to you all.
- Bob & Sally Lowder, NM

I can hardly believe that this was my thirteenth turkey hunt with Magnum Guide Service! Yep, 12 years and 13 hunts! Once more it was very successful and culminated with me getting my largest gobbler yet with 1 ½” spurs, what a dandy!! It is always a pleasure to come down and hunt with you and your employees. The guides are great and Rick and I had a fine old time. The ranch is beautiful and the food good. I now have 23 gobblers out of a possible 26 from those 13 hunts. I say that is quite some average. I would never think of hunting Texas with anyone else. I look forward to more good times! In the meantime, be well!
- Dan Flynn, PA

I just wanted to tell you thanks for the hospitality you have shown us while we are at Magnum. We had a great time this year. I think it was the best one yet! I know Larry and Mo had a good time too. Mo was “giddy” all the way home. He broke out of his slump in a big way this year. Larry scored here opening week so he has tallied 3 birds this year. He wants me to do a fan and beard mount on one of his rio’s and his eastern. Mickey and I didn’t care if we got birds or not. We wanted Larry and Mo to get theirs. We got to take home 7 birds. That was awesome! I also wanted to brag on Glen and Sandy. They did an excellent job for us this year. They always do a good job, but this year, they went above and beyond for us. I’m not much of an early breakfast eater, but around 9 I start getting hungry and those biscuits Sandy packed for me really came in handy. If you ever need a reference for your service, feel free to give my number. I will be glad to tell them that Magnum is a wise choice.
- Gary McCartney, AR

Arrived back home without any problems and just wanted to say a big "thanks" again to you, Jim, Neil, Glenn and the rest of the staff. We all enjoyed a great time. You certainly run a first class operation from start to finish. Once again, it was great to meet you folks and thanks for such a memorable hunt!
- Steve Cumming, MA

I just wanted to say thank you for the great weekend! We always have such a great time with the folks at Magnum and I look forward to hunting with you again. Thanks for everything.
- Ben Carmichael, MS

I just want to thank you all for everything. Mo, Larry & Curly, oops I mean Gary & I had the best time this year. Mo & Larry got their first Rio. Boy, was I proud of them! We all are so proud to have a place called Magnum that cares about other people. It's always a little sad for me when the hunt is over. It's like a good movie, you just don't want it to end, so there is always next year to look forward to. I thank God for Magnum and crew. So many prayers have been answered through Magnum. Thank you again, Jim & Melony, and may God bless you all.
- Mickey Fortner, AR

Jim – we loved it! Best hunt we have ever had. Rick and Carolyn took very good care of us. Granted - several chips fell our way w.r.t. the birds, but we were able to capitalize on them. Rick put us in the right spots. You guys really know how to treat a customer. We are a very discriminating bunch, and wouldn’t repeat it if the hunt didn’t meet our expectations. Keep up the good work! Thanks – we will definitely be back.
- Mike Morrell, VA

This was one of the best times I've ever had while on a turkey hunting trip. The guides were very knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and Jim & Mel were perfect hosts. The fact that there were turkeys everywhere didn't hurt, either! We will positively be making the trip every year from now on (as long as you'll have us!). I would recommend Magnum over any/all other outfitters out there! On a scale of 1-10, I give Magnum a 12! Thanks & God bless.
- David Darwin, MS

I was more than pleased with my recent turkey hunt with Magnum. They were recommened to me by a hunter I met while hunting the Oscelated in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. His description of their hunting area made Magnum sound so impressive I thought he was exaggerating but upon hunting there, I was surprised how accurate his description was and think he underestimated the number of turkeys because there were so many! Again, thank you for a great hunt.
- Lowell Byers, GA

This Spring marks my eighth year hunting with Magnum and my 26th Tom harvested! No other guide service, ANYWHERE can top that! This year, I booked another 3 bird hunt and convinced two friends to join me. Both were very impressed with the awesome ranch and the number of big birds we saw. But, most of all, they were impressed with the first class service and professionalism delivered by the Magnum staff. Our guide Steve was awesome! The first morning I heard many birds gobbling on the roost as I built my blind in the starlight. Then, after a gorgeous, grapefruit colored sunrise, some 20 hens invaded my set up followed by NINE big Toms! When the hens stopped to look at my decoy, all NINE Toms broke into full strut gobbling! I picked out the biggest and BOOM! What a bird! BIG, HEAVY with a thick rope and long sharp hooks! I could have easily tagged out as the remaining Toms, quickly returned gobbling and fighting around their fallen comrade. And all in easy gun range. That afternoon I let my friend Dennis Noel hunt in my blind as he had not yet killed a bird! Steve dropped me off in a new spot and I went about building another blind. Then, I settled in. But, I guess settled in a tad too much. My snoring must be attractive to the sheep because when I awoke there were at least 100 of the pesky creatures surrounding my blind including several that were actually chewing on my freshly clipped branches. No bird for me that hunt. But, when Steve picked me up I was relieved to see my friend Dennis tagged out in one hunt. Perfectly legal in Texas! Both birds were big, but one was an exceptional 4 year old with long, curved spurs. Next morning I returned to the same blind but didn't see a feather. Steve picked me up for lunch, but I had a feeling that birds were close, so I asked him to take me back. 40 minutes later I heard a loud gobble from directly behind me. Then, 4 big Toms walked RIGHT BY MY BLIND! They were so BIG and TALL they looked like Emus with blood red heads! I froze. I just knew I was busted, but they walked on past. I picked out the biggest and aimed where meat meets feathers. The big bird dropped in a heap and much to my surprise, the others turned and ran straight toward me. I let two pass, but the third wasn't so lucky! BAM! He fell just a few feet from my blind! I was TAGGED OUT with three beautiful Toms! I take great care and considerable time building my blinds. And on this trip, Dennis and I had killed FIVE big Toms out of one! Now, that's a fine blind! This year ranked among my most memorable trips ever. Not just for the big birds I harvested. But, because ALL in our party tagged out! 15 hunters scored 35 Toms! And that makes for one festive camp site! And you know, a festive camp site is very important to me! Seriously, in an industry notoriously "flaky," Magnum Guide Service always delivers with consistency, quality and integrity. From the moment you arrive, every detail is carefully planned and executed. All you have to think about is hunting and having a good time. I'm still perfecting my hunting, but I'm an expert at having a good time!
- Kevin Neathery, AR

Thanks again for a great weekend and for your wonderful hospitality. Jim took some pictures of me with my 3 bearded turkey in the field, alone, and some with Craig and his gobbler. Is it possible for you to email those to me? I would love to have them as well as any others you might have with the other guys. I hope to see you again and thanks for all you do!
- Jim Ford, OK

Thank you for such a wonderful hunt. This was a hunt to remember for my dad and I. My dad is not an experienced turkey hunter, but has found a new passion in the past five years which has allowed us to spend more time together. Your ranch was warm and inviting. The food was top notch. I have been on many hunts, but have never experienced the fellowship with other hunters as you have at your ranch. We had an exceptional week of food, fellowship, lodging – and yes, turkey hunting. In my dad’s own words; “the turkey hunt was a bonus.” He loved just being at the lodge with all the other guys. It was a week that I will never forget spending with my dad. I hope to return and bring my wife and kids in the future. Dad wants to know what days Donny R. is hunting next season, if we have the opportunity to go again next year he would love to go the same time as Donny. Thanks again for all that you did and God Bless.
- David Lee, NC

We just returned from hunting Rio Grande Turkeys in Texas and had another successful hunt with Magnum. This was our second hunt that we booked after our first experience, hunting for antelope in New Mexico. The word family keeps popping up every time I think about how to describe our experience with Magnum Guide Service. Everyone that we met on this trip was a repeat customer or had been referred. Jim & Melony and the entire staff are all first class people that put in countless hours to ensure that everyone's experience is a positive one. I would highly recommend Magnum to anyone looking for a first class outfitter. I can say that after this trip we will look to Magnum again for our next adventure! Get out and enjoy the outdoors and take a youth with you!
- Kevin O'Connell, AZ

I just wanted to thank you and your staff for a wonderful hunt, Melony, Vicki, J.P. and Mark did a wonderful job. Jim, hearing some of your testimony was great, God has blessed you. This was my 2nd trip to MGS and each hunt continues to get better. There's something about a hunting camp environment that I can't explain or how you can make friends in 3 days, but I will remember this hunt for a lifetime. The turkeys were a bonus. I look forward to bringing my son to share God's creation. Thanks again for a trip I will never forget.
- Kevin Dye, TN

I have so many fond memories of my hunts with Magnum that I often times don’t know where to start these letters. I can remember eight years back, I was hunting free range aoudad sheep with you in the Davis Mountains when I found out I was going to be a father for the first time. A year after that trip Sarah, my daughter, was born. This trip was a first for me in that I got to hunt Rio’s for the first time but, more importantly this was the first hunting trip with my daughter. I can’t think of a better place to start my family hunting than with you guys. The experience from the turkey hunt has stayed with me and Sarah every day since we left. She and I talk constantly about the trip and how much fun we had and all of the new friend (my old friends) she made in Texas. We are waiting on pins & needles for the end of March so that we can come back and do it all over again. Jim, I also wanted to thank you and all of your staff for the attention you gave me and Sarah. I know having a young hunter in camp can be a challenge when you mix them in with all of the older hunters but, yall did it flawlessly. The girls in camp took care of us just like being at home. I have never seen so many bowls of ice cream and cookies come from nowhere to keep Sarah smiling. You went out of your way to make her feel special and for that I owe you more than I can put into words. Also, thank you for allowing us to hold back from some of the hunts when Sarah was too tired to go out. We really enjoyed riding the Rangers and looking around the ranch. I am now the proud owner of a Rhino because of that trip. I owe ya’ buddy! Last, I want to thank you for pairing us up with Glenn as our guide. I cannot say enough good things about Glenn. He was so patient with me and Sarah. He went well out of his way to make sure we both had a good time. I am sure he got frustrated with us but, to look at his face you would never know it. He was a prince of a gentlemen and he played such a key role in making our trip what it was. Thank You Glenn. In closing, you have reminded me why all of my hunting trips start and end with you and Melony. The two of you have become distant members of our family and we cherish each and every time we get to hunt with you. I look forward to the many new hunting opportunities with you and my family.
- Steve Howell, AL

For yet another fall turkey season I am really thankful that you put me in old turkeys. If I can't kill them, then that is my problem. I killed one near the first spot you showed me. Tried to call his two buddies back but they called each other back up and left me. I went back to the lodge and put the bird in the shade and Carolyn fixed me a quick sandwich which I ate on the way to the windmill. I parked at the windmill right where you said, put on my ghillie suit and hat, and eased in the woods towards the pond. Just as I could see from the trees above the pond, a whole drove of turkeys saw me and started fast walking up the draw. The lead bird was big gobbler. I gave him a load of #4's and down he went. The others flew and ran up the draw. I got the big bird by the head and dragged him with me up the draw to a good hide and commenced to calling them back. Got one bird gobbling towards me and closing so fast that I had the safety off.......then another gobbler started yelping up the draw and that was the end of that. Went back to the woods beside the pond that the birds ran out of and built me a good brush blind and started gobbler talking with the trumpet caller. Gobbler clucked some with the old bone. More gobbler talk with the trumpet. Sat there about 30 minutes and clucked some more with the trumpet caller and heard a reply to the left. Looked and there coming around the side of the pond were 8 longbeards. They came on around the corner of the pond and I shot at one and killed 2. I was done. It is not often that this old turkey hunter has had the opportunity of 4 old gobblers in the same day. If killing turkeys ever quits making me shake and breath fast, I'll know it's time to take up golf or fishing or some other mundane pursuit. Lord Willing, I would like to try those Jones Ranch turkeys again the same time next year. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to get into that big drove of birds. I was in turkey hunter's heaven. Hope to see you all in Nashville. The NWTF has asked me to do a fall turkey hunting seminar at the convention this year. Know for sure I will tell them where to go in Texas for Rios. Thanks again for another great turkey hunt!
- Larry Proffitt, TN

I can hardly believe the hunt is over already! I anticipate this hunt beginning in December and it is just a flash. This was my tenth year with Magnum and although the hunt was the toughest one to date, I managed to get two beautiful huge gobblers, one 20 lbs and the second one 19 lbs+. The hunt went well even though the jakes ruled the woods. I can't wait until next year as the 2 year olds will be going nuts! You two always manage to make it all worthwhile. At the Jones Lodge; Rick, Steve and Greg were each doing their utmost to get everyone into birds. I had the privilege of hunting with Rick this year and we had a "hoot" as usual. Thanks again for providing me with a fantastic experience. You will always have my business. Best wishes for the rest of this year and have a super summer. See you guys next Spring!
- Dan Flynn, PA

Just wanted to say thanks again for a great time and a great trip, we really appreciated our first trip to Texas. It was a special time for Ethan and I as a father/son, thanks for making it even more memorable!! I also appreciated the awards ceremony, I have hunted all over the world and and have never seen that done, the power of a ceremony is absolutely huge. It's all Ethan could talk about on the way home. You definitely run the best camp I have ever seen, thanks again, we really appreciated it. Hopefully, we can sneak back down next year and hunt again, thanks very much.
- Shay McGowan, NE

Thanks for the great time. As usual, I enjoyed it immensely and it was nice to have Carol there to see everything that I've been talking about for years! Thanks Jim, for getting her onto a turkey. She didn't particularly think she wanted to when we were talking about the trip, but she really enjoyed it. Thanks again for everything.
- Jay & Carol Gilchrist, MD

Hope things are going well in Texas - I sure had a great time! Thanks for the good hunt and hospitality. Yall seem like family, your guides are good guys. I have guided deer, bear, waterfowl and turkey and your guys get along very well! Have a great week and God Bless!
- Jay Adcock, NC

ATTENTION: PLEASE!!!!! Anyone reading this testimonial --if you are not sure about hunting with Magnum just give me a call. I'll gurantee you Magnum will do everything possible to help you bag that tom your looking for. Russ and Glenn are two of the best guides ever. Jim and Mel the owners will take you in just as if you were family. What a great hunt. The food was also exceptional. I met some great guys from all over the United States--some of which will stay with me forever. Earl I hope you are reading this!! Hunting has always put me on Cloud 9, so thank you for a wonderful trip and I am looking forward to a return trip! One more high point of the trip was the engraved box call that I won!!! It is top notch just like Magnum.
- Mickey Fortner, Arkansas

Jim, I would just like to thank you guys for an awesome time me and my son of 16 years had with all of you. It was a great bonding experience that he and I will have for the rest of our lives. After leaving your camp I traveled to Nebraska for a Merriam Turkey hunt. The outfitter there did a fine job too. What separates you guys is the professionalism at ALL levels; lodging, food, knowledgeable guides that do it all for you from guiding you, teaching you their tricks that make you a better hunter, doing everything it takes to make sure you have the best shot opportunity and taking care of your game as if it were theirs. I have used you guys in the past, have referred you to many of my friends and will continue to do so as well. Thanks again Melony for putting together the cd of great photos.
- Bob and Bobby Burns, PA

Thanks once again for hosting such a great hunt. This was my 7th year returning to Magnum for spring turkey and each year I look forward to it as if it were my first! Your guides, cooks and yourselves are top notch and have become my extended family over the years. Once again, thanks and I look forward to next year. Enclosed find my contract and deposit for 2008 and a cd of pictures from this past season.
- Marianne Hosty, NJ

I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you what a great time Mickey and I had turkey hunting at "Magnum" this year. We are already planning to come back next year with a couple of our buddies. I brought mickey down this year to reward him for the business he had done with me the past year. I don't know which idea was better, deciding to take him hunting or choosing Magnum Guide Service. He had the time of his life and that will result in increased sales for me. What a win/win! Bringing home 3 huge birds didn't hurt things either. All the guides were eager to help at any time. I enjoyed meeting Russ and Glen especially. Feel free to use my name as a reference. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone looking to reward a customer or client.
- Gary McCartney, AR

Jim, Melony! This year I booked one of your new three bird hunts and IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Three twenty pound plus, limb hangin' long beards! This marks my 6th year with Magnum bringing my total to TWENTY Toms harvested since '02! Only an expert of the highest caliber could achieve such a feat! Of course, I'm talking about you Jim, your lovely wife Melony and your expert staff at Magnum Guide Service! Just like last year, upon our arrival at The Finklea we received good news and bad. The bad news was drought and low or no hatch for the second year in a row. That meant few, if any, gobbling two year olds running to our calls. No doubt, in years past, we have been spoiled at this awesome ranch! The good news was that the remaining birds were BIG, OLD and SMART with long curved hooks and drapery tassel beards! Trophies every one! In my opinion, Magnum guides, J.P., Gerald and Glenn rank among the finest in the country and I'm always optimistic when hunting under their guidance. But, hey, even if they were just mediocre guides, I'd still hunt with them because Gerald is such a great cook! Try his Pineapple cream pie. It's the bomb. Bird #1: J.P. suggested the waterhole where I smacked a big Tom last Easter Sunday in 102 degree weather. This year was much more pleasant but the wind was HOWLING! I pulled out my big, boat paddle box call to cut through the gusts. At about 4:30 p.m. I thought I heard a gobble, but wasn't sure. Then, I heard it again, and there was no doubt, it was a big, long, full, gobble and very very close! He gobbled one more time as he emerged from some brush about 15 steps to my right. BOOM! And what a bird, 21 lbs. 10 inch beard, 11/2" spurs. Bird #2: On this hunt I got lost in the pre-dawn starlight and couldn't find the blind I built the day before. So, I found a little patch to stretch out and wait until the sun climbed high enough to find my way around. I used my butt pad on my vest as a pillow and drifted off... I woke to the sound of clucking and spotted a hen walking straight toward me! Prone, on the ground, I froze as she passed by about 20 steps to my left. Finally, I opened my eyes and much to my surprise, spotted a HUGE TOM following in her footsteps, but completely fixed on her sexy tail feathers. Flat on the ground, I rolled to one side and lifted the gun for an easy 20 yard shot! When I made this little maneuver, he caught my movement and gave me a look that said: "Uh oh! KABOOM! Too late! This was my biggest bird of the trip, 22lbs, 10 inch beard, long sharp spurs, but most of all, a HUGE meat head! His neck looked like a stove pipe! A toad! Bird #3: Possibly my most exciting Texas hunt EVER! This boss Tom was a long way off when I first heard him gobble on his own. I replaced the box call with a slate and began to cluck, purr and yelp. No matter how often he gobbled I waited at least 15 minutes between calls. This drove him crazy! He kept gobbling and just like any smart old turkey, he circled around and came up behind me. RIGHT BEHIND ME and gobbled his waddles off at least FIFTY TIMES! He was so close, I could hear a deep, bass tone every time he gobbled, like a Kicker subwoofer! My fun meter was pegged! Finally, he grew tired of this stuck up hen and sauntered on by and I stoned him at about twenty steps. Deep in my blind, he never saw me. Another huge bird with oh so long spurs. But, it was only 4:30 and I was tagged out, so rather than wait for J.P. to pick me up in the truck, I picked up my bird, my gun, my bulging vest and WALKED proudly back to the cabin! And dude, it was a long walk! Upon my arrival, without a word, Glen opened the cooler and handed me an ice cold adult beverage. Now, that's Magnum service! Because I bagged all my Toms in this one special pasture, I have re-named it "Dick Cheney Draw" and I'm confident I'll shoot 'em up there again next year! You see, unlike ordinary hunters, I have three competitive advantages: natural athleticism, cat like reflexes and the good judgement to BOOK WITH MAGNUM GUIDE SERVICE YEAR AFTER YEAR! So, Jim, Mel, for all you do...God bless...and here is my deposit for next year!
- Kevin Neathery Jonesboro, Arkansas

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