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Apache Springs Staff

Bill Carter

Spring, Texas

Has 65 years hunting experience in Africa, Alaska, Mountain States and Texas. He has many award-winning trophies...the Founder and CEO of Carter's Country Outdoor Stores...Bill says "The Apache Springs gives me the challenges of being the steward of a timeless and pristine piece of the Texas Hill Country...Now 25 years later, I still treasure and learn from the challenge of managing a trophy deer herd in the heart of the hill country."


"After being in the retail side of guns and "hunting stuff" for over 50 years, hunting all over the world ourselves, and guiding and outfitting for over 35 years, we know how important it is to...MEET OUR HUNTERS' EXPECTATIONS Our commitment to 100% hunter success keeps many of our clients coming back year after year."


-Bill Carter


Over 35 years ranching, wildlife management and guiding experience in West Texas and the Hill Country.  As full-time Ranch Manager at Apache Springs Ranch, "Dee" has extensive year around knowledge of the quality Deer Management Program there. He is also a Certified Texas Big Game Awards Measurer.

"Dee" Smith

Hunt, Texas

Max Pohler

Yoakum, Texas

Was born and raised in rural south-central Texas. He became interested in hunting from a young age. Max spent his college years working as a hunting guide at Cotton Mesa Ranch while acquiring a BS degree in Agronomy from Texas A&M University in College Station. Max has guided the past 9 years at Cotton Mesa, and past 8 years at Sombrerito, and Apache Springs. Max spends his off-season time farming and ranching with his family.

Rusty Tronicek

Shiner, Texas

Is an avid hunter, which has taken him all over Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico on hunting adventures. He started guiding hunts ten years ago and joined Carter's Country Ranches 8 years ago at Apache Springs and Sombrerito. He shares his love of hunting with his family and friends. During the summer months he has an offshore fishing service out of Port O'Connor.

Business and Wildlife Management Graduate of Texas State...12 years  hunting and guiding on Carter's Country Ranches in Texas and Colorado....Hobbies are fishing and the latest technology.

Travis Carter

Wildlife Manager

Mike Thiele

Spring, Texas

Has hunted whitetail Deer since age 8...worked as firearms specialist for Carter's Country during his High School and College years...Mike is a certified Texas Big Game Awards Measurer for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He has hunted and guided on Sombrerito and Apache Spring Ranches over for 19 years.

Taylor Thompson

Orange, Texas

Has a true passion for the outdoors that has been passed through many generations of the Thompson family. Taylor has hunted avidly for over 15 years.

We were fortunate to have Taylor join the Carter's Country ranches 6 years ago, where he has excelled as a guide. When he is not out chasing the beloved whitetail deer, he enjoys fishing and training his dog for the marsh lands of S.E. TX.

Rickey Root

Beaumont, Texas

‚ÄčGraduated from Lamar University with a major in Finance. 8 years guiding and hunting at Apache Springs and Sombrerito Ranches. Waterfowl and fishing guide for more than 10 years. Hobbies are fishing and enjoying what the great outdoors have to offer.

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