2000 Census - 629
Encinal Texas History:
Before Encinal became a town there was a town called Ancaster located near or on the current townsite. During the early 1800s when the International-Great Northern Railroad was built through the area, the stop at current day Encinal was called Burro. When the town received a post office in 1883, the name Encinal was chosen. In February 1856 Encinal County was organized on land cut out from the eastern portion of Webb County. Encinal, Texas was slated to be the county seat, but the county was never organized, and finally dissolved in March 1899. Encinal students attend the Cotulla ISD schools. In 1933 Encinal had a population of 800, but after World War II people began drifting away. The discovery of natural gas in the 1970s caused its population to double to 600 by 1990. A few scattered businesses are located along IH-25. Encinal is located at the intersection of SH 44 and IH-35, 27 miles south of Cotulla, approximately 19 miles south of Artesia Wells, and 39 miles north of Laredo, Texas.
Encinal Veterans Memorial:
This memorial wall commemorates Encinal men and women who served their country.
Annual La Salle County Wild Hog Cook-Off & Fair, 2nd Weekend in March:
Activities include a children’s science fair, a pet parade, a Little Mr. and Miss LaSalle contest, the Miss LaSalle County Fair Queen contest, a children’s poster and essay contest, arts and crafts and fine arts contests, a food contest, the Wild Hog Cook-off, a livestock show, and a rodeo. RV rental space is available. (830) 879-2852. P.O. Box 553, Cotulla, Texas 78014. This event is held at the Alexander Memorial Fair Grounds on SH 97 East. Contact the Museum by Email.
Annual Cotulla-LaSalle County Chamber of Commerce Hunter's Extravaganza, Nov:
This one day event shows appreciation to LaSalle County hunters. The winners of the previous year’s El Monstruo del Monte Big Buck Contest are announced at the event. Other activities include inside and outdoor vendors and entertainment. Tickets include a meal and one drink. This event is held at the A B Alexander Convention Center at 290 North IH-35. (830) 879-2326. (800) 256-2326.
Annual El Monstruo del Monte Big Game Contest, Dilley:
This contest is sponsored by DF & G Wildlife Supply in Dilley, Texas. 350 South Main Street, Dilley, Texas 78017. (830) 965-1622. (830) 965-3460.
La Salle County Birding:
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
La Salle County Bird Checklist with Photos
LaSalle County Hunting:
Contact the Cotulla-LaSalle County Chamber of Commerce for a hunting sites list. (830) 879-2326. (800) 256-2326. 290 N IH-35 Access Road, Cotulla, Texas 78014.
Callaghan Ranch Hunting, Encinal:
Offers guided bow and gun hunts for white-tailed deer, feral hog, coyote, mountain lion, and bobcat. Jeff Fischer: (361) 548-7466 or (956) 417-4608. They are located in Encinal, Texas which is located northeast of Laredo, and southwest of Cotulla, Texas.
Lincoln Ranch Bow Hunting:
They offer guided bow hunts for white-tailed deer, feral hog, and javelina. (830) 238-3494. Packages and correspondence: 288 Felix Fisher Road, Hunt. Physical Address: 9170 Lincoln-Nicholson Road, Encinal, TX.
Escondido Ranch, U.S. Navy Hunting, 6,800 Acres:
How the U.S. Navy ended up owning a hunting ranch is an interesting story. Years ago the Navy acquired some land adjacent to the Escondido Ranch that they used as a practice bombing range for the jets from the Naval Air Station in Kingsville; this land is still used for that purpose. The owner of Escondido Ranch ran cattle, and had built a hunting lodge so he could establish a hunting program. He sued the Navy because he thought the dropping of bombs was stressing his cattle. The fight dragged on so the judge in the lawsuit told the rancher to just sell the ranch to the Navy. The Navy purchased the ranch for a good price; the rancher lost big time money and wasn’t too happy. A department at the Kingsville Naval Air Station manages this commercially developed hunting ranch and participates in a year round game management program. The Ranch offers lodging facilities for over 70 guests. There is a 13 room lodge, a private group cabin, and seven 29 foot camper trailers. The fully equipped cookhouse adjacent to the lodge has 4 BBQ pits, 2 ovens and a gas grill. The cabins and campers each have their own complete kitchens and bathrooms. All hunters must join the King’s Hunt Club for an annual $20 membership fee. 2010 Javelina and hog hunts cost $95 per day. Deer hunting is by draw. Special youth hunts and an archery only season are available. The ranch participates in the Wounded Warrior Program. Hunting and fishing are restricted to active duty, reservists, retired military personnel, military dependents, and those in possession of a valid MWR membership card and/or bona fide guests; call to see if you qualify. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended; the last 13 miles to the ranch is caliche road. If raining, call the ranch for road conditions. The ranch closes during the summer. Escondido Ranch: (830) 373-4419. Kingsville Office: (361) 516-6449. Ranch Manager: (361) 296-4525. The ranch is located 25 miles southwest of Freer, Texas. From Freer, take U.S. 59 towards Laredo. 3.5 miles out of Freer, go right on SH 44 towards Encinal. Drive 8 miles then go right on caliche road CR 401. Drive 13 miles; stay right at the only fork in the road; the road dead ends at the ranch.
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 15,200 acre Wildlife Management Area is a research and management facility serving the Rio Grande Plains area. Research includes studies of the white-tailed deer, feral hogs, javelina, bobwhite quail, Texas tortoise, and Texas horned lizard. WMA habitat consists of thorny brush such as mesquite, prickly pear cactus, granjeno and leatherstem. The WMA is enclosed in a deer proof fence. 1,200 acres are accessible by car, foot or bike. Activities include hunting, camping, driving tours, hiking and biking, primary and secondary school field trips, college field trips, wildlife management field days, workshops and nature tours. Bring drinking water. The ADA compliant 0.5 mile Arena Rojo Nature Trail circles around the headquarters office. The ADA compliant restroom at the main campsite is available for visitors except during hunts when the facility is reserved for hunters. Call the WMA office for a bird checklist. For more complete WMA information, read the Park Brochure and go to the Chaparral WMA Home Page. The WMA is located off U.S. 83 on FM 133, 8 miles west of Artesia Wells, and approximately 14 miles east of Catarina, Texas.
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences.
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
The 315 mile long Nueces River rises in two forks approximately 50 miles north of Uvalde in north central Edwards and Real Counties. It flows south through the Texas Hill Country past Barksdale and Crystal City. East of Carrizo Springs it turns east across Dimmit, La Salle, and McMullen Counties. South of Three Rivers in central Live Oak County, it is joined by the combined Atascosa River and Frio River (impounded 3 miles northwest of Three Rivers to form Choke Canyon Reservoir) from the northwest. It then it flows southeast past Mathis where it is impounded to form Lake Corpus Christi; it enters Nueces Bay on the Gulf of Mexico at Corpus Christi. The Nueces is known for its largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, native Guadalupe bass, and a variety of panfish such as redbreast sunfish, rock bass, green sunfish and Rio Grande perch. Fish Stocking History
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar