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Property Description: Located in Northwest Shackelford County, Texas, known for its excellent deer, dove and quail populations, the Petty Ranch is a unique offering for any wildlife enthusiast. The ranch has excellent neighbors, with the famous Hendrick Ranch as the neighbor to the east and south.
Location: Petty Ranch is approximately 3 hours from Dallas and 2 1/2 hours from Fort Worth and 2 1/2 hours from Midland. Approximately 30 miles Northwest of Albany, TX and 15 miles from Stamford, TX and Arledge Airfield.
Neighboring Ranch: The Hendrick River Ranch is a 60,000+/- acre ranch located on the east and south sides of the property. This neighbor has 30+ miles of Clear Fork of the Brazos River and the proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir will likely be built on the Hendrick Ranch. Distant views of the lake may be possible from the Petty Ranch. These ranches share about 3 miles of low fence and wildlife management is a priority on both properties.
Terrain: Terrain is rolling throughout Petty Ranch with nice elevation change and scenic views. Land has been brush sculpted creating a lot of "edge" for deer and quail. This ranch is located where the landscape transitions from big Shackelford County ranch country to farming/ CRP country. The Petty Ranch has draws and brush country typical of Shackelford County with many areas accommodating deeper soils conducive to cultivation and wildlife food plots.
Habitat: Woody plant communities are diverse with bull mesquite trees, bumelia motts, hackberry, prickly pear cactus, lotebush, elbowbush, catclaw, and other wildlife friendly species. A variety of native wildflowers as well as native grasses consisting of little bluestem, sideoats grama, curly mesquite, and other grasses common to this area.
Wildlife: Whitetail deer population is excellent. Quality and age is in the deer herd and the property has been lightly hunted with trophy bucks. This ranch offers some of the best dove hunting you can imagine plus excellent quail, turkey, feral hogs, bobcats, coyotes, etc.
Quail: Quail habitat and hunting has historically been some of the best in Shackelford County even in poor years. There are two distinct habitat types on this property, former CRP land and rougher brush country. Practices such as wildlife food plots, fallow disking, controlled burns, and light grazing enhance the consistent population of native bobwhite quail.
Food plots: There are three larger food plots (30, 16, & 10 acres) planted in wheat and native sunflowers for deer, dove, and other wildlife species. In addition to the larger food plots, there are 3 smaller food plots approximately 3-6+/- acres each. All food plot locations are strategic and perfect for hunting trophy whitetails or shooting limits of dove.
Protein Feeding: There are six Outback Protein Feeders (2000# capacity) strategically located across the property. Owner has fed protein deer pellets for the last 5 years.
Cattle: Native pastureland will conservatively carry 1 animal unit per 25-30 acres. More cattle could be accommodated if cultivated lands were utilized for livestock.
Pastures: There are 3 primary pastures as well as several smaller fenced areas of cultivated fields, former CRP areas, and smaller pastures/ traps for holding cattle.
Fencing: There are several miles of relatively new fencing in excellent condition. Other fences are fair to good and will hold cattle.
Cattle Pens: There are two sets of cattle pens, one is located on the NW portion of the ranch and the other is on the Southern end of the ranch. Both are functional and in good condition. There are old rock silos and structures located near the NW cattle pens with historic character.
Stock Water: There are 4-5 stock tanks, several of which were cleaned out a few years ago. Other locations along the primary drainage seasonally hold water benefitting cattle and wildlife. There is also a hand dug water well that had a windmill on it years ago. It is unknown whether this well could be utilized.
Rural Water: Eriksdahl Water Supply provides water to the property from County Road 163. The private water line currently travels over 1 mile into the southern half of the property to 4 watering troughs with overflow areas for wildlife and cattle. The water line currently terminates close to one of best home building locations with views to the East/ Northeast. Owner is believed to have spent around $25K getting the water in place. The main line is a 2" polyline and the lines to the water troughs are 3/4 ". This is an extremely important feature for this area and a major positive since most area ranches do not have access to rural water.
Electricity: Big Country Electric Cooperative provides electricity to Petty Ranch.
Minerals: Negotiable. There are 8-10 oil wells on the Northern portion of the property mainly in Haskell County where the former CRP land is located. There are 2 old leases and most of the wells are not currently producing. It is possible that some of the wells could be plugged, but this needs to be investigated further. Owner is believed to have 1/2 of the minerals and the executive leasing rights.
Access: There is road frontage on Rockdale Road & Hendrick Ranch Road on the northern end of the ranch. A roadway easement provides access to the Southwest corner of the property from County Road 163.
Taxes: Petty Ranch is agriculturally exempt. 2014 Taxes are estimated to be $1120.
Blake Hortenstine, Broker, 214-616-1305 mobile