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The guides.

Grant Stepan


Born into a hunting family, Grant’s early experiences on the Reserve Ranch near Falfurrias embedded in him a love for the outdoors. Growing up, hunting and fishing were always an integral part of his life. He split his time in the Fall between the football field as a quarterback and the outdoors on family ranches. Grant’s hunting experience goes beyond Texas having been on several Safaris to several countries in Southern Africa. As a guide, the knowledge he gained on these expeditions has been an integral part of his clients success. An accomplished bowhunter, Grant knows how to put his clients in the best position to be successful. In 2017, Grant achieved the rank of Eagle Scount and in 2018, Grant was the recipient of the Dallas Safari Club Young Hunter of the Year Award.

In addition to his passion for the outdoors, Grant excels as a Team Roper and competes regularly around the great State of Texas. Currently, Grant resides in Riviera, Texas and is in his Senior year at Texas A & M University – Kingsville majoring in Agriculture Science.

Parker Stepan


Parker’s call to the outdoors has been strong from early childhood. The days he spent afield with his family taught him to love and appreciate the outdoors and how to be a steward of the land. His drive and passion for hunting and fishing has shaped his life. Like his brother Grant, Parker divided his time between the football field as a linebacker and the outdoors hunting and fishing. Having participated in several Safaris, Parker listened to the Professional Hunters he spent time with and closely observed the trackers that assisted him while on Safari. From these experiences, Parker is an accomplished bowhunter having taken multiple species qualifying for the SCI Record Book including some in the Top Ten of the World.

Achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout in 2019, then being the recipient of the Dallas Safari Club Young Hunter of the Year Award in 2020. He has recently been awarded the Safari Club International Young Hunter of the Year Award for 2023. Parker utilizes the culmination of his knowledge and experiences in the field to best serve his clients.

Parker is currently enrolled in Texas Christian University majoring in Marketing and resides in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Fidencio Hinojosa

Ranch Manager and Guide

“Fide” has been a part of the Reserve Ranch for over twenty years. He first came to work as a guide on the Reserve Ranch near Falfurrias while attending university at Texas A & M Kingsville. Having grown up in South Texas, spending as much time on his family ranch as possible, his love and passion for the Brush Country grew. The knowledge he has gained from ranching and propogating wildlife gives him the unique qualities that made him the obvious choice to become the Manager of the Reserve Ranch. The countless days he has spent hunting and observing the old, crafty Whitetail bucks of South Texas enable him to put his clients on the game of their choice.

In addition to his knowledge of hunting Big Game, Fide also worked as a dog handler guiding clients for quail hunts on some of the most famous ranches in South Texas.

A student of the land and a historian by nature, after hunting with Fide you will come away with a stronger understanding of the South Texas Brush Country and history of this most special place.

After the sale of the ranch near Falfurrias in 2005, Fide moved to the Hill Country and worked with John Ed on other ranch properties. He obtained his real estate license and works as a Sales Agent with Ranch Investments, the Stepan’s real estate brokerage. His in depth knowledge of cattle ranching and wildlife management qualify him to best serve his clients whether buying or selling ranch real estate.

Jimmy Banks

Senior Guide and Red Deer Consultant

Hunting has always been a passion for Jimmy and has taken him all over the state of Texas, several other States and even to Africa numerous times.  These travels have included tournaments, contests, and seminars, but what Jimmy still enjoys the most is just hunting with family and friends.  Jimmy guides whitetail and exotic animal hunts and is very involved improving genetics of Red Deer through artificial insemination and embryo transfer.  Jimmy is on FoxPro Field Staff and has been featured on the Outdoor Channel hunting on FoxPro Furtakers.

Jimmy’s mentorship and guidance in developing a World Class Red Deer program has been instrumental in making the Reserve Ranch one of the top destinations for the best Red Stag hunting in North America.

John David Carter

Guide, Sales and Marketing

As a native Texan I was drawn to the outdoors at an early age. I spent many days of my childhood at the previous Reserve Ranch operations in Central and South Texas. I learned many life lessons on the ranch but the ones that stuck with me most was how to be a good steward of the land and how to respect the game that we are entrusted to care for. Prior to joining the team at Reserve Ranch I spent over 10 years in corporate sales. In previous jobs I often found myself dreaming of the day I could make my passion into my profession and am so excited to be living that today. I recognize and value the trust my clients place in me, and I strive every day to exceed their expectations while helping them achieve their hunting goals. I am here to help our clients from the initial inquiry all the way through the time they leave our gates after the hunt. I am so proud to represent the Reserve Ranch, I look forward to making sure we provide the highest level of service to our clients everyday, and make sure they have the finest big game hunting experience Texas has to offer.

In my hunting career I always described myself as generalist so it would be very difficult to pick my favorite game to hunt. I was taught to enjoy whatever it is you are hunting that day. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s time spent in a blind waiting for whitetail, sitting on a bucket leading doves with my trusty 870, or walking a quail course I enjoy being in the outdoors amongst friends and family.

Outside of the ranch I am an active farm and ranch real estate agent, a proud father and husband, member of the Dallas Safari Club, Texas Trophy Hunters Association, and the Knights of Columbus.

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