The Vela Ranch's licensed whitetail breeding operation formally began in the spring of 2000. Our principle goal has been to develop a superior bloodline, producing outstanding, healthy, heavy-antlered, typical bucks. Our foundation does came from respected whitetail breeders, including Gary Machen, 777 Ranch, and the Paco Deer Company. Our first breeder buck, Gamba, out of Paco and Buddy Jordan bloodline, proved to be a producer of large-framed deer.
To continue our original philosophy of producing large-framed Texas whitetail deer, the Vela Ranch began its artificial insemination program in 2004. Through the years, semen from some of the well-known Texas giants including Cowboy, Bambi 727, Bullwinkle, Gladiator, King Solomon, BB Peanut, Woodard’s Dennis, and Gladiator Cochise, have been used to inseminate well-pedigreed does. As a result, the Vela Ranch has produced many typical and beautiful deer making breeders and hunters quite happy.
Unlike many breeders, the Vela Ranch can proudly assert that our deer herd remains greater than 92% South Texas genetics. The offspring typically sport large frames and a South Texas look. The 2012 breeding will be live breeding done with VR Baby 727, VR Rockstar, and VR Stonewall Jr. These breeder bucks’ pedigrees are loaded with R. Williams, Wheeler, Dugger, and Gonzales’ genetics.
Feature Breeder Bucks
VR Macho Buck - DNA #134323. Large body and framed Buck, 281" B&C at 4 yrs, with 32" main beams, 24 1/2" inside spread and tall tines. VR Macho Buck boasts an impressive pedigree, including Wheeler's bloodline (Frankentine, Mighty Moose, & Mighty Mouse), Gene Gonzales' bloodline (Double Trouble, Trouble, and Big Head), and Dam from Kutzer’s Bloodline.
VR Stonewall Jr. - DNA#128826. Nearly-pure South Texas buck scoring 275" B&C, hard-horn, at 2 yrs. His sire, Stonewall (out of Chase Clark's herd - 258" B&C at 3 yrs, >280" B&C at 7 yrs) has produced over 30 bucks scoring >200" B&C at 2 yrs, many over 250" B&C. VR Stonewall Jr.'s pedigree is stacked with Dugger (Boss, Brushpile), JJJ's Green 32, Gene Gonzales (Double Trouble, Big Head), and Wheeler (Frankentine, Mighty Moose) genetics.
VR Rockstar - DNA#128827. A nearly pure South Texas Buck scoring 295" B&C at 2 yrs with multiple drop tines and a 23" inside spread. His paternal pedigree includes Stonewall (Chase Clark's herd) which has produced over 30 bucks scoring >200" B&C at 2 yrs, including VR Rockstar sire, Libertine. Other well-known bloodlines in pedigree include Dugger (Boss, Brushpile), JJJ's Green 32, Gene Gonzales (Double Trouble, Big Head). Maternal side is from the all South Texas Wheeler genetics (Frankentine, Mighty Moose, Mighty Mouse).
VR Baby 727 - VR Baby 727 is a prolific producer. His sire is the legendary Bambi 727 (262" B&C at 7 yrs). VR Baby 727 is 255" B&C with 24" outside spread typical with a few kickers and very tall 14" G2's and 11-12" G3's.
Vela Ranch Offspring
Here are a few images of deer that have been born and raised on the Vela Ranch.
|201" B&C at 3 yrs||Dallas, 232" B&C at 3 yrs||Bandido, 196" B&C at 5 yrs|
|201" B&C at 3 yrs||196" B&C at 3 yrs||VR Diego, 201" B&C at 3 yrs|
|Dynamo, 205" B&C at 3 yrs||Spiderman, 180" B&C at 2 yrs||197" B&C at 3 yrs|
|Dallas Jr., 209" B&C at 3 yrs||VR Diego, 188" B&C at 2 yrs|
• August 17, 2013 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction
• February 9, 2013 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction
• August 10, 2012 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (buyer's choice fawn)
• March 3, 2012 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (buyer's choice fawn)
• August 12, 2011 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (1 1/2 year old doe)
• February 11, 2011 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (June 2010 doe)
• August 27, 2010 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (1 1/2 year old doe)
• February 12, 2010 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (2009 doe)
• August 21, 2009 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (1 1/2 year old doe)
• March 21, 2009 - TDA Superior Genetics Deer Auction (2008 doe fawn)