About Us

Our Story

About The Ranch

In 2017, Matt and Valorie Loessin bought the property that is now the Vara Ranch headquarters as a place for our family to enjoy. As owners of a large national surveying and engineering firm, we couldn’t think of a better name for the ranch than the original survey measurement “Vara,” which was used in the original layout of Texas. Vara Ranch was initially started as an exotic breeding ranch and family home to have some fun. However our family’s lifelong love of the outdoors and hunting led to the creation, and explosive growth, of a full breeding facility and hunting operation.

Meet The Vara Ranch Team

Cullen Loessin

Hunting Guide

A family tradition, he’s been hunting with his dad in the Texas outdoors since he was six years old. Cullen has harvested over 20 different species native to countries all around the world. He is an expert guide and has an extensive knowledge of the Vara Ranch hunting operation. Cullen’s favorite part about guiding is meeting new clients and helping them accomplish a dream that some have had for decades. He enjoys hunting fishing, golfing, and hanging out with family and friends. Cullen’s numerous past hunting experiences and passion for the outdoors adds great value to the Vara Ranch team.

Kurt Stern

Hunting Guide

Kurt is a lifelong outdoorsman and has been hunting since the young age of six years old. He gives all the credit to his late father for his love of the outdoors where they made countless memories on many hunting trips together. Kurt has harvested whitetail in deep south Texas, mountain lion in New Mexico, mule deer in Nebraska, and waterfowl all over. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and woodworking. Kurt’s favorite part about guiding is seeing the excitement on his hunters faces when they shoot the animal they are after. With passion, wisdom, and finely honed skills, he has expertly guided clients from all over the country at Vara Ranch.

Carraghan Charlton

Marketing & Hunt Coordinator

Carraghan was born & raised in central Illinois where she grew up enjoying countless memories of Illinois Whitetail deer hunting and crappie fishing with her dad. She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Leadership Communications. 

Prior to Vara Ranch, Carraghan worked in marketing and sales in the outdoor industry. In her free time, you can find Carraghan boating, fishing or spending time with family & friends outdoors. Carraghan enjoys helping Vara Ranch grow its brand through new marketing campaigns, managing social media accounts, and networking opportunities.