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Texas Hill Country Wildlife Adventures

Hunting, Fishing, Birding & More

Situated on 1,400 acres, The Hideout Golf Club & Resort offers land with views of a championship golf course, rolling hill landscapes, and over 7,000 acres of scenic lake—all at a tremendous value that hundreds of families have come to enjoy. The resort opens opportunities for you and your family to discover the wildlife and beauty of Texas Hill Country like never before. With over $2 million just added in additional amenities and lodging, there couldn't be a better time to travel to The Hideout. For your next visit, we have compiled a guide to the wildlife you can expect to experience during your stay - and some tips and knowledge for along the way.


Here in the rolling country hills, overlooking miles of Lake Brownwood, our guests, club members, and landowners have enjoyed spotting deer at The Hideout. These majestic and gracious creatures can be caught on the grounds, particularly during dawn and dusk. If you happen to stumble upon one of these peaceful animals, stay very still and observe at a distance.


The Hideout offers easy accessibility to fishing and water sport recreation. Fishing at Lake Brownwood is a well-liked activity among many club members, as the environment of the lake offers an array of highly-rated wildlife year-round. Expect to catch at least one of these 5 popular fish at your next visit to The Hideout:

White Crappie

White Crappie

(Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Also known as "White Perch" or "Sac-a-lait"
Season: Mid-March through May
Bait: Minnows
Favorite Hideout: shoreline, or near submerged trees and boat docks

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

(Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Also known as: "Black Bass," "Green Trout," "Bigmouth Bass," or "Lineside Bass"
Season: September through May
Bait: crayfish, shad, and artificial lures
Favorite Hideout: hidden among plants, rocks, roots, or trees for either shelter or food

White Bass

White Bass

(Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Also known as "Sand Bass," "Barfish," "Streaker," or "Silver Bass"
Season: Early May through October
Bait: gizzard, shad
Favorite Hideout: with other White Bass, near the surface where other small fish and insects gather

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

(Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Also known as "Willow Cat," "Forled-tail Cat," "Fiddler," "Spotted Cat," or "Lady Cat"
Season: Early May through August
Bait: worms, grasshoppers, shrimp, chicken, or cheese
Favorite Hideout: low or moderate current

Flathead Catfish

Flathead Catfish

(Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Also known as "Yellow Cat," "Opelousa Cat," "Pied Cat," "Mississippi Cat," "Mud Cat," or "Shovelhead Cat"
Season: Early May through August
Bait: worms, insects, or crayfish
Favorite Hideout: in deep cloudy water under a tree or in a cove- at night, they move into shallow areas to feed


Hunting is a popular activity at nearby ranches in the Texas Hill Country. The Hideout's ideal location gives you access to a wide variety of game year-round. You can expect to find deer, turkey, dove, quail, duck, javelina, and rabbit - just to name a few! For a complete list of game found in the Brownwood area, as well as restrictions, zoning, and limitations, click here.

Bird Watching

Imagine waking up to the enchanting sounds of birds chirping right outside your door. The resort offers a tranquil escape in the heart of Texas where you can do just that. An advantage of this hidden location is the abundance of wildlife that is right in plain sight. Just grab your favorite birding binoculars and head to the resort's hills to see what you can find! Make sure to also pack a field guide to help differentiate between the various species of native birds. The Hideout staff recommends the winter season as an excellent time to spot sparrows. Over 14 species of sparrows have been recorded in the Lake Brownwood area. For a complete list of Texas birds click here.

Other Wildlife Adventures

Additional opportunities to experience nature await within easy driving distance of The Hideout. Check out these other popular activities among club members and guests:

Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve

This preserve is inhabited by roughly 4 million female bats who hide out through the months of May to October. The Central Texas preserve is one of the largest bat nurseries in the country and located in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Lake Brownwood State Park

Explore some of the most loved hiking trails in Brownwood, Texas. Our club members and guests enjoy easy access to this well-ranked Texas state park where there's fun for the whole family. Over three miles are reserved for a plethora of activities, including hiking and biking.

Come and discover a colorful array of animals, birds and aquatic life in one of the most seclusive settings in Texas. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Brownwood, The Hideout Golf Club & Resort features overnight lodging with member access to resort amenities, farm-to-table dining and limitless opportunities for water sports and outdoor recreation. And if you fall in love with Texas Hill Country (which we're sure you will), you can own your own piece of land and enjoy a Texas lake vacation whenever you'd like.

Featured Events

Sunday Brunch at The Hideout Grill

February 25 / 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us every Sunday at The Hideout Grill for the best brunch in Brownwood, Texas. Sip on mimosas and savor a buffet-style brunch in the heart of Texas Hill Country.

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The Hideout Farmer’s Market

March 09 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us in supporting local farmers during The Hideout farmer’s market. Shop fresh foods or showcase your work with booth space available by reservation.

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Karaoke at The Hideout

March 14 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hit the stage and unleash your inner rockstar during karaoke night at The Hideout.

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The Hideout Easter Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt

March 31 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hop into the Easter spirit with a delicious brunch and Easter egg hunt in Brownwood, Texas.

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Sip and Paint at The Hideout

May 11 / 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Grab your friends, uncork your creativity and enjoy a guided painting session during The Hideout’s sip and paint night.

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