Hardy Jackson has been running his family’s ranch, Campos Viejos in Starr County, Texas for the past 11 years.
Growing up in north Florida, Hardy was raised on a farm hunting and fishing with his father, family and friends. His love for whitetails and deer management developed as he and his dad worked together to bring an over populated and over hunted timber lease back into balance and producing quality bucks.
In 2001 when the Jackson’s purchased Campos Viejos, Hardy moved to friend David Morris’ El Cazador Ranch. He worked there for David and at the Tecomate Ranch with Gary Schwarz, learning all about the Tecomate Management System and earning what he jokingly calls his PhD in deer from the College of Morris & Schwarz.
Hardy and his family have taken their ranch from an overgrazed and wildlife poor property to what can only be called one of the ultimate south Texas ranches producing 180-class plus bucks in each of the past six years on just 1000 acres, including five over 170-class last season alone.
Along with a love of hunting and management, Hardy is also an accomplished wildlife photographer, which combined with his hunting and guiding allows him to spend the entire year in the field observing and learning about whitetails and wildlife. His photos have been published in numerous magazines and websites nationwide including here at Tecomate.com.
Although he hunts and photographs all over the country, Hardy says his home and heart now belong to the south Texas brush.