If you’re a hunter or fisherman and you’re around central Texas, you need to check out River and Ranch Provisions in Georgetown, Texas.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in the door is the giant white buffalo mount facing you. That gorgeous animal is worth the price of admission, which entails figuring out how to actually find the place located right off the Georgetown square.
The first time I went to River and Ranch I must have walked around the square three times before I called the proprietor, Cody Hirt. He walked to the sidewalk and showed me in.
Cody’s a damn fine American. I met him years ago, after my last tour in Afghanistan. He was helping to run an awesome veteran’s charity called Veterans Outdoors. When everyone else was asking me to re-live the worst parts of my deployments, Cody asked me what I was most proud of during my service.
He’s still that same genuine, positive dude and now he’s got quite a store.
Other than the bison and the elk, the first thing I noticed was the gun counter featuring a straight-pull Rols rifle made by Chapuis Armes of France. They’ve got all manner of fine firearms, from bolt guns to black-powder buffalo guns, and nothing but quality.
With a nod to their Georgetown neighbors, there’s also a wide selection of Staccato handguns and accessories that can be otherwise challenging to find in stock.
As far as clothing goes, there’s a big selection of Ball and Buck, as well as other brands for all seasons.
I don’t know anything about fly fishing, but they’ve got a whole bunch of stuff for that, too. They’ve got sunglasses and fine knives, wading shoes and waders, and all sorts of other stuff for outdoor types.
Cody’s on the lookout for a particular shotgun for me and I’ll use that and the need for some new waders to head up there again soon.
River and Ranch Provisions isn’t easy to find, but if you’re anywhere around central Texas, you owe it to yourself to hunt for it and stop on in.