EXPERT STAFF

Ryan LeBlanc - Owner/Operator

Ryan LeBlanc

OWNER/OPERATOR

Mr. LeBlanc has been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with some of the top ranches in the state of Texas with wildlife management strategy that work for years to come.

LeBlanc is always available for consulting opportunity with other ranches to pass on his vast knowledge of wildlife management and ranch architect.

Shirley Ranch is very dear to Mr. LeBlanc, named after his grandmother Shirley Landry Benson. The ranch has quickly become one of the top hunting and adventure destinations in the state of Texas. Located in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country right in the middle of one of the largest wine communities in the world, makes staying at the Shirley Ranch an adventure with many different benefits.

If you’re looking for a family getaway or corporate event, you’ve found the place.

CONTACT RYAN
Tracy Sauceda - Secretary/Bookkeeper

Tracy Sauceda

TREASURER/SECRETARY

I have been the Secretary and Bookkeeper at Shirley Ranch since April 2004. Previously I was the administrative assistant to the Texas Secretary of State for 2001-2004 & worked as the receptionist/secretary for the Shirley Ranch 1999 – 2001. I was raised in the Johnson City area and now reside in Blanco, TX where my husband and I raise our two children. I enjoy my job very much and have a great sense of pride for our community. It is a very rewarding place to be.

CONTACT TRACY
Ethan Young Foreman

Ethan Young

FOREMAN

Born and raised in Central Montana on a small farm and ranch raising 100 head of cattle and malt barley for Busch and MillerCoors. Attended the University of Montana Western where I received my bachelor’s in Wildlife Biology focusing on conservation and range management. Spent the next 3 years chasing experience through seasonal biology jobs across the country, ranging from surgeon and parrot fish surveys in the coral reefs of Maui Hawaii, guided interpretive hikes through the back country of Denali National Park Alaska, to capturing and tracking sage grouse or ravens in the winters and summers of Montana and Wyoming. In 2015 I moved to south Texas and began working on Martin La Gloria Ranch, guiding big game hunts and managing the ranch for trophy native whitetail and bobwhite quail. In December of 2016, I took on work with San Tomas Hunting Camp on the Encino division of the King Ranch where my primary focus was quail hunting and dog handling.

Favorite part of the hunt, the first look. When the guest sees his target for the first time, the instant excitement and adrenaline floods over them and catches me up in the hunt every time.

Josh Alba - Guide

Josh Alba

GUIDE

Josh grew up in Dripping Springs, back when it was a small town. He started hunting as a young man on his family’s ranch. Although he now works full time in law enforcement, he continues to pursue his love of hunting. Josh has worked as a hunting guide at the Shirley Ranch for the past five years. His favorite guiding moments are those just after the hunter spots their target animal, sharing in their excitement and anticipation as the animal moves into range. In addition to guiding experienced hunters, Josh also greatly enjoys sharing the hunting experience with new and youth hunters. He often brings his own children to enjoy the unique and family-friendly outdoor opportunities available at Shirley Ranch.

Matthew Morris - Guide

Matthew Morris

GUIDE

Mr. Morris, started his hunting career 12 years ago at the Shirley Ranch guiding hunters. He has always had a love for the great outdoors and teaching others about the different styles of hunting big game. Mr. Morris has two young children and when not guiding he enjoys hunting and fishing with them.

Captain Lynn Smith - Guide

Captain Lynn Smith

GUIDE

Capt. Lynn Smith brings 20+ years of guiding experience to the Ranch. In Fall/Winter he’s a Hunting Guide and in Spring/Summer a Fishing Guide. Capt. Lynn Smith has guided hunts in Central and South Texas, from Whitetail and Exotics to all types of Game Birds. Capt. Lynn Smith is a professional fishing guide and owner of Back Bay Guide Service. You can fish the Port O’Connor Texas Bay System for Trout, Redfish and Flounder. When Capt. Lynn Smith is not guiding he can be found Skeet Shooting. He was on several All American Skeet Teams, at the World Skeet Shooting Championship and has even held a few World Records. His record In 12 Gauge where he shot 3050 targets in competition only missing 29 still stands. Capt. Smith is proud to be a member of the Coastal Conservation Assoc. (CCA) & Texas Trophy Hunters Assoc.

Back Bay Guide Service
P.O. Box 522
Port O’Connor, TX 77982
(361) 935-6833
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CONTACT CAPTAIN LYNN
Dirk Callais - Guide

Dirk Callais

GUIDE

Mr. Callais, is from South Louisiana so you know he can cook anything. Mr. Callais has a real passion for the outdoors, he grew up hunting ducks in the Louisiana marshes, fishing for trout and redfish with friends and clients… Growing up his family had leases in the Texas Hill Country and South Texas. Mr. Callais has a wealth of experience guiding hunters on a wide range of big game animals and migratory game birds. Mr. Callais has three young children.

Jonathan Alba - Guide

Jonathan Alba

GUIDE

Jon was raised on outskirts of Dripping Springs. Jon has been an outdoors enthusiast since his early years in the Hill Country. He began hunting and fishing at an early age on his family ranch. Although he now works full time in the Chemical Field on the Gulf Coast, he continues to pursue his passion for hunting and fishing whenever the opportunity presents itself. Jon loves the camaraderie that’s created amongst a group of hunters during a hunt, he has a passion for teaching and sharing hunting experiences with others. Some of his greatest hunting moments are when it was just him and his daughter sitting in a deer blind creating memories that he or she will never forget.

Cash Pearce - Junior Guide

Cash Pearce

JUNIOR GUIDE

My name is Cash Pearce. I have always been an outdoor kid. I started hunting when I was 6 years old. My first pig I shot was with a 22-250 at the age of 6. When I was 7 I shot my first whitetail deer with a 243. When I turned 8 I started bow hunting. My first bow was a missions craze. I didn’t shoot any animals until I was nine I shot a couple hogs with it. Now I’m 14 and I finally took my first big mature whitetail with a bow. I have always loved the outdoors (Fishing, hunting, adventuring, and I have always loved to look for deer sheds).

Richard Tomasini - Guide

Richard Tomasini

GUIDE

I’ve been associated with Shirley Ranch since 1971 and I’ve seen this ranch turn from just a cattle company to a First Class hunting ranch with a cattle company. This is one of the top ranches in Texas and I’ve hunted all over Texas. In my business, I expect the most out of the people I surround myself with and Ryan does the same. Knowing Ryan this will be a once in a lifetime season for him and his clients.

Colton Husband - Guide

Colton Husband

GUIDE

As soon as I could hold up a rifle, at six years old, I was on my first hunt and have been hunting since. When I am not working, I make my way out to the ranch…my favorite place to be. I enjoy watching the animals grow, seeing different parts of the country, showing family and friends around, and even the endless ranch work. Having experienced many hunts myself, I’ve come to love even more taking others on hunts to see their excitement. The adventures never stop!

Charmaigne Benson - Chef

Charmaigne Benson

CHEF

Charmaigne is a 2010 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin Texas, but she has been cooking in a kitchen since growing up in the world famous culinary capital of – New Orleans, Louisiana. Charmaigne has presented her culinary skills to many different events, some even as large as the NFL Superbowl and the United States Olympic Equestrian Teams. Her passion for cooking can now be tasted at the Shirley Ranch and she is proud to be part of their team located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in beautiful Johnson City, Texas. Her devotion to please and feed everyone can be seen at Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. So sit back, relax and enjoy everything that the Shirley Ranch has to offer.

Lauren Lindquist - Cook

Lauren Lindquist

COOK

Born & raised in Montana, my family operates an organic wheat & natural beef farm. Using farm fresh organic/natural produce & meat in cooking has become a life long pursuit. I graduated college in 2008 and spent the next two years in Malawi, Africa with the Peace Corps. My work in the villages centered around bettering lives through proper nutrition & education. Once back in the states I spent four summers working at an outdoor education & conference center as the cook & site supervisor. In the fall of 2016, I moved to south Texas to be the chief at the Martin La Gloria hunting ranch, I spent this last January working in the kitchens at the San Tomas hunting camp on the Encino Division of the King Ranch. It is my goal to create delicious home cooked meals from scratch out of local ingredients.

Roger Lawson - Taxidermist

Roger Lawson

TAXIDERMIST

Wildlife Unlimited
(512) 653-7033
Mailing Address:
PO Box 640 2030 Highway 281 South
Johnson City, TX 78636

David Verrips - Taxidermist

David Verrips

TAXIDERMIST

Authentic Trophies Taxidermy
(830) 217-4141
5880 FM 775
La Vernia, Texas 78121
authentictrophiestaxidermy.com