SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS PANHANDLE. 4,500 acres in Hall County, Texas bounded by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River (locally known as the Big Red) on its north side, and the Little Red River on its south side. The secluded location of this property makes it one of the most suitable ranches of its size for managed hunting anywhere in the Texas Panhandle.
The ranch is fully developed for livestock production with good permanent fencing, water facilities supported by the local rural water supply co-op, working corrals & handling facilities, and roadways throughout. It will support approximately 200 cow/calf units annually, with peaks reaching 250 units. The subsurface water table level is not significantly affected by fluctuations in rainfall. Therefore, grass availability for livestock and wildlife habitat is fairly consistent from year to year and not affected by variations in weather conditions to the extent of most other Panhandle properties.
Overall, the property provides excellent habitat for a diverse array of wildlife including mule deer, white-tailed deer, badger, bobcat, coyote, fox, beaver, Rio Grande wild turkey, bobwhite and blue quail, mourning dove, ducks, and numerous small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Feral hogs are present and controlled by various legal means. An independent quail survey, conducted in December 2017, indicated an abundance of bobwhite quail.
Many areas of the ranch have a shallow water table, and depressional potholes can be found throughout, providing either fresh or saline surface water. These potholes and associated drainages into the Prairie Dog Town Fork and Little Red rivers provide important habitat for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. In addition, the ranch has as extensive water system for livestock which can easily be modified to supplement the natural water for wildlife use.
A site visit to investigate potential for enhancing wildlife on the property was conducted in October 2017. The resulting Management Summary report (available on request) contains information regarding site conditions and recommendations for a potential Wildlife Management Plan. As noted in the subject report, this ranch forms the western end of 4 adjoining ranches that together form a contiguous stretch of wildlife habitat, approaching 13,500 acres all bounded by the aforementioned Big Red river on the north. A cooperative Wildlife Management Plan covering this entire area would likely prove especially beneficial to all of the subject properties.