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Carlile Hunting Club
Overview: The Carlile Hunting Club is an exceptional 657+/- acre well-watered recreational hunting ranch, located in the piney woods of NE Texas. This Harrison County ranch comes with a variety of well-built amenities, a history of monster low fence whitetail genetics, stories of local Caddo Indians and rumors of the founders of Texas and participants of the Alamo passing through the ranch on the Trammel's Trace Trail which is believed to run diagonally through the north side the ranch. The 657+/- acres boasts crystal clear springs bubbling out of the ground, spring-fed lakes, wide variety of mature hardwoods, managed plantation pine, diverse plant life and strategically located food plots providing exceptional hunting opportunities for deer, hogs, waterfowl and turkey.
Located on a high point of the ranch, overlooking the Haggerty Creek bottom and a 13.6+/- acre spring fed bass lake, is the main lodge set amongst towering pines and a wide variety of mature hardwoods. The activity list on this ranch is endless. Guests should be prepared for timeless memories with fun for all to be had all while trap shooting, skeet shooting, pen raised upland bird hunting, largemouth bass fishing, ATV riding on over 15 miles of highly manicured trails that rival most county roads, visits to Caddo Lake, downtown Marshall, TX "Wonderland of Lights" at Christmas, Jefferson, TX "Antique Capital of Texas" or simply relaxing on the back deck of the main lodge viewing a pristine setting taking in the sounds of nature.
Location/Local Touring Attractions: The Carlile Hunting Club is located ~8 miles east of the quaint town of Marshall, Texas, home of George Foreman and Y.A. Tittle. From Dallas, the drive is ~ 150 +/- miles (2 hr. 20 min); from Shreveport, the drive is ~35 miles (less than 45 min.).
Being located between Marshall, TX and the famous Caddo Lake, the only natural lake in the State of Texas, the ranch is surrounded by unique local attractions. Caddo Lake is certainly a must for all family and guests staying at the ranch. Caddo Lake (named after the Caddo Indians), located on the banks of Big Cypress Bayou is the legendary Big Pines Lodge, where at one time one could purchase guns, ammo, hunting/fishing license, "to die for" fried catfish and jalapeno hush puppies topped off with a freezer cold Big "O". Harris Lake Road, known to locals as Stagecoach Road, clips the NW corner of the ranch is a timeless masterpiece of East Texas. The sandy bottom road was a highly traveled corridor for stagecoach traffic located on a ridgeline between Haggerty and Deboldin Creek. The amount of traffic caused by wooden wagon wheels is evident by the high cut banks towering above on each side as you travel through this unforgettable setting. Martha Josey, a professional World Champion Barrel Racer in 1980, leads camps and coaches young barrel racers at her ranch that borders the west boundary of the Carlile Hunting Club.
Directions: From Dallas- take I-20 east for 114 miles then take exit 614 for TX-43 toward Marshall. Turn left onto TX-43 toward Marshall/Caddo Lake and continue for 6.4 miles on highway 43. Then turn left onto East End Blvd S for 1.74 miles then turn right on highway 43 and continue for ~ 8 miles where Carlile Hunting Club will be located on the right.
The Lodge: The 2-master suite, 3.5 bath 3,300 +/- SF lodge with an additional 8-bed bunkroom for larger parties graces a hilltop surrounded by mature pine trees and hardwood park like setting. A large wooden wrap around back deck overlooks a majestic ~13.6 Acre East Texas black water lake surrounded by a beautiful mature tree canopy. When coming in for the night after a successful day on your private lake you can park your boat and leave all your fishing gear in the single stall boathouse equipment with a fully automated electric boat lift.
Surface Water: The Carlile Hunting Club features exceptional recreational surface water including a 13.6 Ac. lake, a ~6.77 Ac. lake, and a ~2.73 Ac. lake all being stocked with black bass. These lakes have the potential to produce a legendary East Texas Bass. The property also features a ~10.77 Ac. wetland designed for the avid duck hunter. Over 1.5 miles of the sandy bottom Haggerty Creek also runs through the property and is a significant creek with a beautiful hardwood canopy surrounding it. Additionally, there are two potential lake sites located north of the main lodge being approximately 4.5+/- & 6.0+/- acres in size.
Shooting: The avid shooter will want to hone their shooting skills by utilizing the fully automated trap and skeet range, the skeet range includes both a high and low house. Additionally there is an air-conditioned skeet room with a half-bath and refrigerator for breaks between friendly yet highly competitive shoots.
Hunting: For hunting purposes the property also features (2) 1,200 SF flight pens, a 5,000 SF flight pen, and concrete dog kennels. In the past pen raised quail, pheasant, and chucker have been released in the northwest field, making for an excellent hunting experience. Behind the barn there is also a smokehouse and winch for your game processing and preparing needs. There are also a number of deer blinds, feeders, and over 18 acres of food plots that have been maintained and managed to attract deer, hogs, and turkey.
Wildlife: In terms of wildlife the Carlile Hunting Club has it all. The ranch has a history of monster low-fence whitetail genetics. The topography, diverse, and thick cover provides an excellent habitat for deer growth. The phenomenal cover also provides a home for feral hogs, and Eastern Turkeys. The property's water assets provide duck hunting opportunities that rival the best in East Texas.
Caddo Lake: The only natural lake in Texas, the ~26,000-acre lake surrounded by giant bald cypress trees covered in Spanish moss provide a Texas treasure that holds alligators, bass, catfish, and crappie. The lake record Black Bass is a staggering 16.17 lbs.
Topography: The topography is undulating throughout the ranch with significant elevation changes surrounding the creeks and ridges on the property. The ranch has a high point of ~340 feet above sea level and a low of ~245 feet above sea level.
History: Marshall, Texas founded in 1841 was once the 4th largest city in Texas. Marshall was a key town throughout the Civil War and even became the western capital of the confederacy after the fall of Vicksburg. After the Civil War, Marshall was a key town due to the Texas & Pacific Railway which connected Marshall, TX to San Diego, CA. Trammel's Trace, a trail used by David Crockett, Sam Houston, and many other Americans migrating to Texas is believed to run diagonally through the north side the ranch. Trammel's Trace was the second major route into Spanish Texas from the United States and the first route from the northern boundaries along the Red River. In the early 1800's Trammel's Trace was a smugglers' trail, but later became a path for immigration to Texas. Stage Coach Rd., is a beautiful road near the property, which was the main artery between Shreveport and Marshall prior to the Civil War. The high dirt walls are a testament to the age and history of the road. The Caddo Indians also frequented the area around the ranch. Indian artifacts such as arrowheads have been found around the lodge which overlooks the Haggerty Creek bottom. Click to read the following historical articles from the area:
Easements: One pipeline easement runs through the middle of the ranch which has been used for deer hunting opportunities. Two electrical easements: one runs along a portion of the south boundary and the second to the lodge.
Utilities: Electricity is provided by Panola-Harrison Electric Cooperative, and water provided by Leigh WSC and a deep water well.
Taxes: 2018 taxes were $4,089.08
Timber: The Carlile Hunting Club has a timber management plan in place and has a timber Ag exemption.
Minerals: Surface Only, no minerals are being conveyed with the sale.
Price: $1,969,961.25 ($2,995/Acre)
Broker Comments: "Being from Marshall, this is the ranch that I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time on hunting and fishing as a young man. I have many fond memories of the ranch, including my pastor harvesting a monster 24 point low fence whitetail off the ranch just down the pipeline from where I was hunting! This is where I developed my passion for the outdoors and a special place in my heart. It will be hard to see it change hands but I look forward to meeting the new owner to share some of the many memories from the field." -Cash McWhorter.