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The Buffalo Springs Ranch is a solid block of land, 2,364 acres in size, located just a mile south of the Wichita River in northeast Knox County, Texas. This a well improved hunting ranch, with paved road frontage, perimeter high fencing, ten years of consistent feeding and wildlife management, beautiful scenery, and MONSTER bucks!
• 2,363.815 surveyed acres (March 2003 survey)
• 0.5 mile of paved road frontage
• 8.7 miles of perimeter 8′ tall game fencing, in excellent condition
• 161′ of elevation change across it (1473′ to 1312′)
• Variety of trees and brush, diverse terrain
• Several creek ravines, with natural springs
• 7 water tanks scattered across the ranch, most of which have recently been dug out to 18′ depth; 2 tanks stocked with bass, perch, red eared sunfish, and bluegill
• 3 food plot fields (3.0, 4.6, 5.7 acres large)
• No cattle grazed since 2006
• 6 Outback protein feeders (2000 lb. capacity)
• 11 Outback corn feeders (2000 lb. capacity)
• All feeders have 32′ x 32′ square pens, with hog panels
• 3 tower blinds, 10′ tall, 5′ x 7′, 2″ insulated foam walls, Atascosa Wildlife Supply (Luxury Package)
• 8 tower blinds, 12′ tall, 5′ x 5′, 2″ insulated foam walls, Atascosa Wildlife Supply (Luxury Package)
• 30 ton overhead grain bin, divided into two 15 ton sides so it can hold corn and protein at the same time
• 60′ x 66′ three sided equipment barn, foam insulation
• 40′ storage container
• Equipment: 3.5 ton capacity feed wagon with a strong blower; can fills 2000 lb. feeder in six minutes
• LOTS OF WILDLIFE: Trophy whitetail deer, a few mulies, Rio Grande turkey, feral hog, javelina, migratory duck, dove, bobwhite quail, chaparral, coyote, fox, bobcat, mountain lion
• Wildlife tax exemption already in place
The ranch is located along the paved FM 267, so even on the wettest days you can still get in and out of the property. The closest towns are Crowell and Benjamin, which are both about 20 miles away; Vernon and Seymour are 35 miles away. Vernon has a municipal airport with a landing strip of 5099′; Seymour’ is 4300′. The DFW metroplex is about a 3.5 hour drive.
The Buffalo Springs Ranch joins several large 1,000+ acre ranches, including the 20,000 acre Montgomery Ranch. The ranch itself was once part of the 90,000 acre Halsell family ranch. It’s only five miles as the crow flies from the historic 510,000 acre Waggoner Ranch as well. This ranch lies in a transitional landscape from the rolling North Texas plains to the canyons of rugged West Texas. Nearby farmers grow mostly wheat and cotton, with some hay production; ranchers run cattle in the pastures and on wheat in the wintertime.
This whole property lies in the basin of the Wichita River, without actually having frontage on the river itself. The terrain is really amazing, creating a constant “up & over” and “down & through” feeling, as you drive the ranch’s many interior roads. The Buffalo Springs Ranch doesn’t just have one long bluff ridge like a lot of places do, with a few hills or mesas popping up here and there; it has ridges and mesas everywhere! The topography is constantly changing. You can’t drive across this ranch without your eyes being pulled towards some glowing red bluff in the distance, or a jagged escarpment popping up around cedar thickets. There are many high vantage points to take advantage of these views – wide canyons opening up before you, roads winding down through the ridges to thick bottom land, rock outcroppings emerging everywhere… The landscape feels like it is constantly changing and evolving before your very eyes.
Well defined creek ravines move rain water across the ranch on every side. I have counted at least eight major creek systems. Seven water tanks were all strategically built off of these washes, so they catch plenty of runoff. A few locations on the ranch would allow for a nice size lake to built as well. On the south side, natural springs bring water right out of the ground, providing consistent sources of water in even the most remote corners of the property. Many of the water tanks have springs under them too.
The ranch’s vegetation is very diverse. Trees are predominately mesquite and cedar, with scattered hackberry, chinaberry, and salt cedar. Lots of short and mid range brush cover the pastures, such as tall bluestem, prickly pear cactus, sage, and sumac. The ranch has not been grazed by cattle since 2006, so all the native vegetation is in excellent condition. Some areas of the ranch have extremely thick cover and are very productive, with dense native grasses and mesquite thickets, while others are rougher, with thinner vegetation. The ranch’s food plots were built in some of the productive flats of the ranch, where the soils can support grain crops. All this together makes for a truly unique set up, which promotes lots of different kinds of game. The native browse supplies year around nutrition for the whitetails, while the ranch owners’ feeding program allows the animals to grow in mass and weight every year.
From top to bottom, the topography changes over 160′. Along some of the bluff ridges, the elevation changes are an immediate 100′ to the valley floor below. This ranch has so much character, it is an adventure every time you take off across it!
When they purchased the ranch in 2007, the owners immediately began an intensive supplemental feeding program. The property only had one food plot at that time, so they constructed two more; a mixture of turnips and winter wheat are planted in these food plots, which attracts lots of deer. Turnips provide an estimated 20% additional protein for deer. By sewing them both together, when the turnips start dying in early winter, the wheat is there to continue on through the spring. In late summer, the owners start feeding corn twice per day in the eleven spin feeders scattered across the ranch, and in January, start filling the trough feeders with protein pellets. Filling each of these 2000 lb. protein feeders, they are able to distribute protein for eight months without refilling.
While the ranch’s perimeter is high fenced, the owners wanted to give the deer more roaming space, so they took down the fence in various sections to allow that. This amounted to an estimated 0.25 miles of fence being removed. All of the net wire was rolled up and kept, so if you wanted to put it back up you could very easily. In terms of hunting practices, the owners have done more growing than harvesting. The largest buck taken off of the property scored 155″, but many 170+” class bucks have been seen either on camera or hiding in the thickets. Always wanting to produce bigger and better deer, the owners have used more tags culling undesirable bucks and thinning out does, than taking trophies themselves. All of these efforts (supplemental feeding program, food plot crops, and culling) combined for the last ten years are now really paying off. When they first took ownership ten years ago, a lot of the racks they saw were tall and narrow; now, the bucks coming around are wide and tall, with thick mass!
Each of the three food plots has a spin feeder and 10′ tower blind that is 5′ x 7′, so two people can easily fit in it. These Atascosa blinds are no joke – all eleven blinds on the ranch are foam insulated, luxury-package blinds, with sliding windows on all four sides and lockable doors. Many of them are situated on bluff ridges or other high points, where you can see for miles around you. They are anchored into the ground, so animals or high winds won’t topple them. All seventeen feeder pens have 32′ x 32′ square pen enclosures around them to keep hogs out as well. This is one nice hunting set up to walk into. (See online map for locations of each feeder pen, blind, food plot, water tank, road, etc.)
The ranch has predominantly whitetail deer, but a few mulies are starting to be seen and Knox County does have a declared mule deer season. Wild game is everywhere on this place! Every time I go on it, I see deer, hogs, LOTS of quail, chaparrals, ducks on every pond, and game trails in the pastures. You will also see here different predators, such as coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Javelinas roam these hills as well, and Knox County has a season for them too. You can’t walk very far without seeing evidence of some kind of animal. And with the high fence enclosure, there’s potential for even more! The natural terrain of the land would work well for axis deer or aoudad sheep; a previous owner even had a buffalo herd at one time.
Plus fishing in the tanks! The largest water tank on the north end is over two acres large, and was dug out to a depth of 18′ in the bowl, and 12′ down the tail. It was stocked with bass, perch, red eared sunfish, and bluegill, and several 3-4 lb. bass of been caught out of it. The owners have recently started transporting fish out of this tank into another sizable tank on the ranch too, with the plan to eventually stock all the tanks on the property.
I have measured over 23 miles of interior roads winding through the ranch, which will take you to virtually any place within its borders. The main roads are graded and allow a vehicle to easily get around the property. Other roads are narrower and more conducive to a UTV or 4 wheeler.
Near the ranch entrance on FM 267, a three sided 60′ x 66′ metal barn was built to store equipment. The owners spray foam insulated the walls. It has concrete footing and metal I-beams for support. This building could easily be converted into a lodge or barndominium. I obtained a $19,000 verbal quote from the contractor who originally built the barn for building and insulating two more walls to create a 40′ x 40′ enclosed structure, including pouring a concrete slab. This would then leave you with 20′ x 66′ of covered parking and a 1600 sq ft of enclosed space. The barn ceiling is over 20′ tall, so for additional money you could build a loft, separate bedrooms, and finish the space out. Electricity is about 0.4 miles away; the estimate to bring utilities over to the barn would be around $20K. Ground water here should be obtainable within 60′, but rain water can be collected off of the barn and stored in a tank just as easily; the barn already has a gutter system in place, all you need is a storage tank.
(If you weren’t interested in building a lodge on the ranch, or were concerned about where to stay while construction was going on, no worries! The owners have a transferable lease on a country rent house just six miles down the road. When they first leased the house, they upgraded and furnished it with appliances and furniture. It has two bedrooms, one full bathroom, a one car garage, new storm windows, CH/A system, Direct TV satellite, refrigerator, and oven, and only costs $300/month! For more information about this or to see pictures, please contact broker.)
Also near the barn is a 30 ton grain bin, which has a divider in it, so you can keep 15 tons of corn and 15 tons of protein at the same time. A 40′ storage container is on site as well. The owners will also convey their 3.5 ton feed wagon, which has a blower on it that can fill a one ton feeder in just 6 minutes.
The ranch is cross fenced into three different pastures with barbed wire fencing, for a total of about 2.5 miles of low fences. Together with the 8.7 miles of high fencing (valued at $30K per mile), all the dirt work for roads & water tanks, the barn, grain bin, feeders, and tower blinds, a new owner should be able to schedule at least $500,000 in depreciable assets through this ranch.
The sellers own no mineral rights, so there are none to convey. The ranch had seismic work done on it in 2012 (along with another 90,000+ acres around it) and was not leased after the work was completed. Out of the 90,000 acres looked at, the oil and gas company only leased a minimal amount of acres, and these acres for far from this property.
$1265/acre, or $2,990,460 total
The Buffalo Springs Ranch is a turn key operation, ready for a new owner to take the reins and benefit from over a decade of intense wildlife management practice. It is improved enough so that it is ready to enjoy and use immediately, but raw enough to still allow a new owner to further improve it according to his own vision with such improvements as a ranch lodge, lake site, more food plots, introduced exotic game, etc. This ranch would make a perfect individual or family property, as well as a corporate holding for entertaining clients. The paved road frontage is a HUGE asset too, allowing all weather access on and off the property.
For more information or to schedule your private showing of this unique northwest Texas ranch, call agent Ben Belew at cell phone (940) 357-9940.
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