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Location: Located 8+/- miles north of Iredell, Texas, the ranch is approximately 90 miles south of Dallas and 75 miles south of Ft. Worth.
Directions: From Dallas or Ft. Worth, take US 67 south to Glen Rose. Continue from Glen Rose on US 67 south, 12.1 miles to TX 220. Turn left on TX 220 toward Hico and go 4.8 miles to Erath CR 452 on left. Continue 4.0 miles on CR 452 to a T intersection into Bosque CR 2425. Turn right on CR 2425 and continue 0.5 miles to the ranch entrance on right.
Description: The Strong Ranch is an outstanding recreational ranch property that features scenic hilltop views, prime wildlife habitat, excellent hunting, plentiful surface and underground water, and rolling native grass pastures. The ranch perimeter is currently all low fenced, but the shape and topography of the ranch lend it to being easily high fenced, to create an exceptional trophy game hunting ranch. This beautiful Bosque County ranch is unimproved (no houses or barns) and provides potential building sites for your hunting lodge on the hill or cabin overlooking the lake.
Terrain: The topography of the ranch peaks at an elevation of approximately 1166' and gradually falls to a low of approximately 1026', for an overall elevation change of 140'+/-. The consistent roll of the land creates multiple draws and valleys which separate the scenic upland country from the fertile and sometimes heavily wooded bottomland. The soils found on the ranch consist of Purves clay, Windthorst fine sandy loam, Slidell clay, Duffau fine sandy loam, Denton silty clay, Wise clay loam, Tarpley clay loam, Sunev clay loam, Krum clay, Hassee fine sandy loam, Frio silty clay loam, Crawford silty clay, Bolar clay loam, and Cranfill gravelly clay loam.
Water: Numerous draws, branches, seasonal, and springfed creeks, including Rocky Creek, feed into and across the ranch. The watershed is tremendous and the topography of the ranch is such that it naturally provides two excellent potential large surface acreage lake sites. The ranch currently has 2 small lakes of 1-2 acres each, along with 3 stock tanks. Underground water is also in abundant supply with 4 water wells. The largest of the water wells is in the 2nd Trinity at a depth of 610' and produces a volume of 75 gpm.
Wildlife: This part of Central Texas is known for outstanding hunting and the Strong Ranch is no exception with a healthy whitetail deer population along with turkey, dove, hog, varmint, and even the occasional covey of quail.
Habitat: The ranch provides a variety of woody plant browse such as as oak, elbowbrush, bumelia, possumhaw, littleleaf and flameleaf sumac, skunkbush, greenbriar, and grapevine; along with plentiful forbs such as common chickweed, Illinois bundleflower, plantain, and prairie verbena, that are beneficial to wildlife.
Fencing and Roads: All perimeter and cross fencing is barbed wire with metal posts and conditions range from good to excellent. There is also a great set of pipe working pens. A durable all weather ranch road leads into and across the ranch from a large pipe entrance with double gate and cattle guard. Numerous trails and/or pasture roads provide travel throughout the ranch.
Minerals: Minerals are negotiable and there is no active production on the ranch. Owner is believed to own 100% of the minerals and executive rights. An old pad remains from a gas well that was capped and covered in 2008.
Right-Of-Ways: An oil and gas pipeline easement crosses the northern portion of the ranch. The right-of-way is clean, well maintained, and creates a good hunting sendero and means of easy travel across the ranch.
Electricity: United Cooperative Services provides electrical service to the area with existing lines in place on the ranch.
School District: Iredell Independent School District
Taxes: The owner currently maintains an Ag Exemption on the ranch, which could easily be rolled over into a Wildlife Exemption if preferred. Annual property taxes were $2,155.54 for 2014.
Bret Polk, Agent
Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC (Broker)