Faith Ranch and Wildlife Management

Stuart W. Stedman’s family has owned the Faith Ranch since 1932.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Stuart is the president of the Faith Ranch Company and has been a student of white-tailed deer since the late 1970’s.  After getting his B.A., J.D., and M.B.A. degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, Stuart, through his family foundation, funded a 13 year deer research program conducted by Professor Charles DeYoung at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville.  Stuart’s keen interest in wildlife science combined with his association with Kleberg Institute’s deer program has put the Faith Ranch at the cutting edge of white-tailed deer management.  His family’s foundation recently funded the Stuart W. Stedman Chair in White-tailed Deer Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.  Professor Charles DeYoung currently holds this chair.  Stuart is also an Advisory Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, a director of the Texas Wildlife Association, former Chairman the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief Committee, and a recipient of the Texas Wildlife Society’s Landowner Conservation Award in 1990.


  • Wack Ezell
    • Wack Ezell is the manager of the Faith Ranch. Born in San Marcos, Texas, Wack has been guiding elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer hunts for 22 years.  He has been guiding white-tailed deer hunts at the Faith Ranch since 1997.  When he is not guiding hunts, Wack works as a contractor in the construction business.  Wack recently became employed full time at the Faith Ranch as the manager of construction projects and as a manager of special wildlife projects.



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