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Location: Newcomb Creek Ranch is located less than 2 hours west of Fort Worth, less than 2 1/2 hours from Dallas, and less than 1 hour from Abilene. The ranch fronts Highway 180 on the north and quiet County Road 120 on the west.
Directions: From Weatherford, take Highway 180 east going through Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto and Breckenridge before reaching the property on the south side of Highway 180. This ranch is located approximately 10 miles east of Albany.
Legal Description & Acreage: Approximately 627.39 acres consisting of 309.62 acres in Abstract 459, TE&L Survey, Section 1557 and 317.77 acres in Abstract 458, TE&L Survey, Section 1556 in Shackelford County, TX.
Terrain & Wildlife Habitat: Rolling mesquite and live oak country with scenic views and varied terrain. Newcomb Creek and one of its tributaries create riparian areas with a variety of trees including American elm, hackberry and willows. There are majestic live oaks on this ranch and no cedar. Some rockier terrain can be found on the southern part of the ranch adjacent to the Green Ranch.
Water: There are 6-7 stock tanks on the ranch. A new large tank was recently built and another large tank was expanded. Both stock tanks are good sized and should never go dry. The other stock tanks have been there for many years and are good for watering cattle and wildlife. Newcomb Creek and branches of the creek hold good seasonal water and rural water is also to the property.
Creek: Newcomb Creek runs through the middle of the property for over 1 mile and another nice tributary runs down the NE side of the property. Both drainages run into Hubbard Creek and then into Hubbard Creek Reservoir.
Wildlife: This is a great wildlife ranch with plenty of whitetail deer, Rio Grande turkey, dove, quail, ducks, feral hogs and varmints such as coyotes and bobcats. Hunting has been light, but a good feeding program is in place. The property is set up to hunt and ready for immediate enjoyment.
Cattle: Productive cattle ranch with good native grasses such as side oats grama, curly mesquite, little bluestem, and a variety of other grasses. Recommended carrying capacity to benefit wildlife management is believed to be 1 animal unit per 30 acres. It is common in this area for ranchers to stock the land with 1 animal unit per 20 acres. Property currently has an abundance of grass.
Cultivation: There is a small 2 1/2 acre wildlife food plot that is located below the hunting camp off the main entrance road.
Land Management: A long and wide strip or "sendero" was cleared from the hunting camp to the middle of the ranch. This is an excellent place for long range shooting or viewing wildlife at the feeders. Other areas have been selectively cleared to enhance the hunting and aesthetics of the ranch. The northern 320+/- acres was sprayed by helicopter for prickly pear cactus and a 65% kill was achieved. The road system has been improved providing good access throughout the interior of the ranch.
Fences & Pens: A cross fence divides the north and south into two pastures of equal size. There is 3/4 mile of new fencing along Highway 180 and other fences are in good condition. A nice set of steel working pens is located in a trap near one of the stock tank on the south portion of the ranch. Pens are in excellent condition.
Hunting Camp: There are two cabins in excellent condition with a stone firepit, concrete slab and stone work around the base of the cabins. Cabins are approximately 600 square feet and 800 square feet and there is covered parking behind one of the structures. The camp is extremely clean as well. A Tornado Master storm shelter is located nearby for safety and will comfortably seat 11 people. It weighs 35K pounds and could serve as a wine cooler if desired. There is rural water and electricity to the camp and it is very comfortable. Furniture is negotiable and can be purchased for an additional price.
Feeders, Blinds & Equipment: There are two protein feeders, six (6) corn feeders, and two (2) MB Ranch King tower stands, 2004 F-350 Dually, metal storage building, 150 gallon spray rig with 5 horse Honda generator, 2007 JCB Backhoe with grapple hooks & grubber, and fencing materials. These items are negotiable and can be purchased for an additional price.
Utilities: Electricity is on the property and provided by Comanche Electric Cooperative. Fort Griffin Special Utility District is the rural water provider. There is a water trough located on the line running from Highway 180 to the camp to add another source of water for wildlife and cattle.
Minerals: Negotiable. Owner received 50% of the minerals when the property was purchased, but it is unclear what the exact ownership is. There is a 40 acre lease with one shallow oil well believed to be 105 feet deep. Owner is believed to own a 28% working interest in this well. There is a tiny pump jack on the well and a battery tank both located near the camp area. The production has a minor impact on the property and almost goes unnoticed.
Easements: There are no road easements affecting the property. A fiber optic line runs about 75 yards south of Highway 180. This area has been cleared and is a positive feature. A buried gas pipeline also runs across the south pasture and is a non-issue.
School System: Albany ISD.
Taxes: Property is agriculturally exempt through wildlife management. 2015 property taxes were $603.45 before the facilities were added.
Comments: This is a high quality ranch that has been taken good care of. It is set up right and is a great ranch to run cattle, hunt and enjoy the great outdoors. Please call to schedule a ranch tour. Brokers representing Buyers must be present at all showings.
Blake Hortenstine, Broker
Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC
10711 Preston Road, Suite 100 Dallas, Texas 75230