Martin Refuge: The Javelina
The Javelina is 300 acres of thick South Texas brush located NW of Mission, Texas. Martin Refuge is the original home of private nature photography in the Rio Grande Valley. Owned by John and Audrey Martin, who were the force behind the Valley Land Fund Photo Contest and the ICF Pro-Tour the ranch has been hosting happy photographers since 2003.
On this property, rich with tremendous biodiversity, photographers delight in various birds, mammals and reptiles. Professionally designed photo blinds, each set back from small water holes and close to feeding areas, allow photographers to capture critters as they wander in for refreshments. Three of the blinds have been "sunken" underground for photographing at eye level. Currently able to host up to ten photographers.
For your safety and an enhanced photographic experience, your visit includes the services of our Certified Interpretive Guide, and award winning photographer, Patty Raney, Patty will meet you at the gate and spend the day helping you be in the right place at the right time.
Predator blind focusing on Crested Caracara, Harris’ Hawk and coyote
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Kevin Hurt is a wildlife photographer who writes a popular blog
on his different wildlife photography experiences. He recently
wrote about a visit he made at ICF member ranch Martin