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Location: The Shelby Ranch is located 11+/- miles southeast of Hico, Texas, on the eastern edge of Hamilton County, approximately 100 miles south of Dallas and 85 miles south of Ft. Worth.
Directions: From Dallas or Ft. Worth, take US 67 and TX 220 to TX 6 in Hico. Turn right on TX 6 and continue west to the intersection of US 281. Turn left on US 281 and continue south 0.8 miles to FM 1602 on left. Proceed south on FM 1602, 5.3 miles to Hamilton County Road 234 on left. Proceed along CR 234, in 2.6 miles turn left on CR 234 at an intersection, continue 1.0 miles, crossing Falls Creek, to another intersection. Turn right and continue 1.7 miles to gated ranch entrance on right.
Description: Quiet, peaceful, and scenic, best describe this gem of a hunting ranch. Bordered by significantly larger low fenced ranches on the west & south (2,675+/- acres), north (533+/- acres), and northeast (1,478+/- acres), it is an undisturbed sanctuary for an abundance of wildlife. The Shelby Ranch is an exceptional place for a country retreat where you can enjoy ranch ownership and create memories with family and friends.
Terrain: 90' of rolling elevation change occurs across the ranch providing distant scenic views. Two of the higher points of elevation provide potential building sites that overlook the ranch and surrounding country side. Cedar and mesquite make up the majority of tree cover with live oak, elm, pecan, and hackberry scattered thoughout. Soils consist of the Brackett-Maloterre Complex, Nuff Silty Clay Loam, Denton Silty Clay, Cranfill Gravelly Clay Loam, Oglesby Gravelly Silty Clay, and Topsey Clay Loam.
Wildlife & Hunting: This area along the eastern border of Hamilton County and western border of Bosque County is known for producing some large native trophy whitetail bucks. It is locally believed that over the years improved genetic bucks have escaped high fenced ranches in this area and bred native doe, which in turn has enhanced the quality of the whitetail population. Turkey and dove hunting are equally great and as is generally the case in this area, hog and varmint hunting can be a blast. The ranch lake is also a seasonal stop for many different types of water fowl. This is just a great all around property to hunt.
Water: The ranch features a 3+/- acre lake stocked with largemouth bass. The lake provides a good source of clear fresh water for recreation, wildlife, and livestock. Ground water in the area is excellent and the ranch sits over the Trinity Aquifer, one of the most extensive in the state. It is believed that a water well could easily be drilled if desired and electrical power is readily available on site.
Fencing and Roads: Fencing along the west and a portion of the south boundary is fairly new and in excellent condition. The remainder of boundary fence is older, but has been maintained to hold cattle. One good cross fence is in place and borders a 50+/- acre field on the southeast portion of the property. There is approximately 1.5 miles of CR frontage on CR 234 and CR 233 along with multiple pasture roads and trails leading into and around the ranch.
Improvements: The remains of an old storm cellar, windmill, and concrete water tank are located near what was believed to be an old settler's homesite.
Minerals: No minerals available. There is no O&G production on the ranch.
Right-Of-Ways: A well maintained gas pipeline easement crosses the ranch providing a good cleared sendero for hunting, potential area for food plot establishment, and a means of travel across the ranch from West to East.
Electricity: Hamilton County Electric COOP provides electrical service to the ranch.
School District: Hico Independent School District
Taxes: Property is ag-exempt and annual property taxes were $441.93 for 2015.
Bret Polk- Agent
(254) 965-0349 mobile
Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC (Broker)
10711 Preston Road, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75230
214-361-9191 office 214-361-2095 fax