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PROPERTY OVERVIEW: The McKinstry Ranch is found meandering along the banks of Currycomb Branch in southeastern Eastland County, approximately 5.5 miles west of the town of Gorman, Texas, by way of 2.7 miles of paved FM Highway and 2.8 miles of gravel county road. This desirable recreational property features outstanding topography with ridges, draws, and valleys, distant views, fertile creek bottom land, heavy timber cover, numerous sources of surface water, excellent wildlife habitat, and is ready for immediate use and enjoyment with a comfortable ranch home, separate guest quarters, and equipment barn.
DIRECTIONS FROM FORT WORTH & DALLAS: Take I-20 west to Exit 361 at its intersection with TX-16 just south of the town of Strawn. Proceed south on TX-16 for 16.3 miles to the intersection of FM 8 in Desdemona. Turn right and continue southwest on FM 8 for 11 miles through the town of Gorman and to the intersection of County Road 355. Take a slight left on CR 355 and proceed west 0.8 miles to the intersection of CR 364. Turn left and continue south along CR 364 for 1.5 miles to the intersection of CR 350. Turn right and continue west along CR 350 for 0.5 miles to the ranch entrance on the right.
DIRECTIONS FROM ABILENE: Take I-20 east for approximately 50 miles and Exit 340 for TX-6 south. Continue south on TX-6 for 13.5 miles to the intersection of FM-8 on right. Follow FM-8 east for 1.8 miles to the intersection of County Road 355. Turn right on CR 355 and proceed west 0.8 miles to the intersection of CR 364. Turn left and continue south along CR 364 for 1.5 miles to the intersection of CR 350. Turn right and continue west along CR 350 for 0.5 miles to the ranch entrance on the right.
AREA HISTORY: Picture for a minute that this land was wild and widely uninhabited by Anglos up until the late 1,800's as bands of Comanche and Kiowa Indians frequented the area. A tale clearly supported by the owner's collection of arrowheads, spearpoints, and tools found on the property. Visible from the ranch and approximately 2 miles to the south in Comanche County, stands "Indian Mountain". It was thusly named, as it is believed to have been the site of one the last known Indian battles in the area.
TERRAIN: High rugged hills on the west and north east portions of the ranch encapsulate the Currycomb Branch valley below providing ~ 175'of elevation change and big panoramic views of the property and surrounding area. These upland areas are marked by ridges of large moss covered rocks and boulders as the landscape transitions into fertile, productive creek bottom land found along Currycomb Branch. Approximately 75% of the property is heavily to moderately wooded with live oak, post oak, spanish oak, shin oak, elm, pecan, cottonwood, hackberry, mesquite, cedar, and other various forms of native brush cover. The remaining 25% is rolling native grass pasture and cultivated wildlife food plots currently in wheat. Soils consist primarily of Owens clay, Elandco silty clay loam, Truce fine sandy loam, Leeray clay loam, Pedernales fine sandy loam, and Hensley stony loam.
WILDLIFE & HUNTING: The ranch currently maintains a Managed Lands Deer Permit (MLDP) Level III. In connection with the TPWD, management efforts over the last 16 years have produced some good trophy native whitetail. Populations of Rio Grande turkey are equally impressive and seasonal dove hunting over sunflower food plots can be as good as you'll find. There's also plenty of hog and varmint to round out this outstanding hunting ranch. The property also offers 6 established wildlife food plots of varying sizes, ranging from just over half an acre to almost 6 acres. There are 3 older blinds and feeders that will convey with the ranch.
WATER: Currycomb Branch carves its way through the middle of the property for ~ 2 miles. Seasonally it will run significant amounts of water and in drier conditions continue to hold long pools. In addition to the branch there are 4 stock ponds providing water sources for wildlife, livestock, and recreation.
RANCH HOME & ADDITIONAL SITE IMPROVEMENTS: Perched on a hillside overlooking portions of the ranch to the south/southwest and one of the many food plots, sits the 1,600 SF 3 bed/3 bth two-story ranch home. It is ideal for entertaining family, friends, hunting parties, and enjoying the great outdoors, offering covered wrap around porches and a large 2,800 SF patio with fire pit and outdoor kitchen. A few steps away from the house you'll find a 665 SF 2 bed/2 bth guest quarters with shared kitchenette and just a short drive to the north is a 3,600 SF equipment barn with shop and bunkroom. Aside from a few family pieces, the furnishings are being offered as part of a turn-key sale.
DOMESTIC USEWATER&FILTRATION SYSTEM: Water is pumped from a nearby pond that was specifically constructed to capture and provide domestic use water to the improvements. From the pond, water is initally run through 2 sediment filters and into a 2,500 gallon holding tank at the barn where it is shocked with chlorine. From here it is pumped through a third sediment filter and stored near the house in a 1,500 gallon holding tank. On demand, the water passes from here through a chlorine removing charcoal filter and to the house & guest quarters for use.
ROADS & FENCES: An improved all-weather gravel road leads in from CR 350 and winds its way north to the ranch house, guest quarters, and barn, while numerous pastures roads and utv trails provide good travel in and around the ranch. Perimeter and cross fences range in condition from excellent to poor.
MINERALS: Minerals are negotiable.
UTILITIES: Comanche Electric Cooperative Association provides electrical service to the ranch. Totelcom Communications provides landline telephone and high speed internet service with lines in place to the house.
SCHOOLDISTRICT: Gorman Independent School District
PROPERTY TAXES: The property is under a wildlife exemption and the annual property taxes for 2018 were $4,651.68.
ASKING PRICE: $2,800 per acre ($1,355,200)
CONTACT:Bret Polk, Agent , 254-965-0349 mobile