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Santa Anna Hunting Area (SAHA) is a family run hunting preserve. Named after the town it resides in SAHA is a preserve raising Chukar, Bobwhite and Tennessee Red Quail, Ringneck and Melanistic pheasant. The town was named for the twin mountains located just north of the community, which were in turn named for Santa Anna, a Comanche chief. SAHA has a direct view of these gorgeous mountains giving way to the glorious sunrises and sunsets. John R. Stearns started Santa Anna Hunting Area in 1986. He realized then that hunting was becoming less and less accessible and that hunting has never been free. The days of the knock on the door "Can I hunt" and the "cheap hunting lease" are gone. In 1988 John approached his son Gerry to help him run and eventually take over the business of Santa Anna Hunting Area. His one-man operation was getting too big for one man. He had been incubating and producing all his own pheasant and most of his own quail. Santa Anna Hunting Area became incorporated in 1994 when Gerry Stearns fully took over and Saha Inc was born. Eldena and Gerry were married in 1998. Eldena's experience in the gamebird business began in 1982. Eldena was co-owners and operator of the biggest bird raising operation in Texas called Honey Creek Game Birds prior to her marriage to Gerry. Besides raising birds, she trains dogs and guides hunts. She is very committed to the hunting tradition. In 2002 the hatchery was updated to a "state of the art" facility and Saha's is NPIP certified and A1 Clean. The facility can incubate and hatch up to 500,000+ chicks a year and accommodate up to 14,000 full grown birds. Eldena runs Upland bird hunts October 1st thru March 31st. In its Hayday SAHA would book and facilitate 500+ hunts (over 1,800 hunters) on its land and leased land. Since the death of her husband in 2012 Eldena has slowly scaled back the operation to continue the "family owned and ran tradition" but is ready to be scaled back up by its new owners or turned into another wonderful working farm/homestead. 14 trained/ in training bird dogs are present. Breeds including German Shorthair pointers, Brittanys, French Brittanys, and pointing Poodles.
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