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T & P Ranch
Location: Located 4.5 Miles West of Putnam, Texas, north of Interstate 20 on County Road 324 (Finley Road) in the northeast part of Callahan County. This ranch is conveniently located 2 to 2 1/2 hours from the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area.
Directions: Travel west on Interstate 20 from the Dallas- Ft. Worth area. After you pass Putnam, Texas continue on Interstate 20 approximately 4.5 miles to the Brushy Creek exit. After you exit, turn north on Brushy Creek Road until it dead ends at County Road 324. Turn left on CR 324 and travel approximately one mile until you see the high fence and entrance on your right. Welcome to the T&P Ranch!
Property Description: This is an ecologically diverse high fenced hunting ranch. T&P Ranch is tucked away yet easy to get to from I20. A historical 1906 home is located at the headquarters with a nice metal barn. There are five (5) food plots set up and ready to hunt with quality blinds and feeders. There are three (3) major creeks (Mexia, Brushy and Deep Creeks) that traverse the central and western part of the ranch creating excellent water features, deep soils, and variety of mature hardwoods. Conversely the eastern portion of the ranch has high elevations with scattered live oaks and breathtaking views of Callahan County. The ranch has an excellent system of roads providing good access to most areas.
Creeks &Terrain: The three creeks have pools and stretches of water perfect for recreation. Brushy Creek and Deep Creek converge in the middle of the property. Mexia Creek crosses through the NW corner of the property and provides good fishing for bass and catfish. The eastern side of the property features scenic large rock outcropping, elevation changes (over 100 feet) and dramatic views.
Vegetation: Large hardwoods can be found along the creeks, in the hills, and scattered in the pastures. There are post oak, live oak, elm, chinaberry, pecan, mesquite, small amount of cedar and a variety of other trees. Browse and native grasses that are beneficial to wildlife are also plentiful throughout the property. Diversity of cover includes hackberry, bumelia, lotebush, wild plum, skunk bush, curly mesquite and a variety of other wildlife friendly plants. There are thick groves of elms and live oaks in different parts of the property.
Stock Tanks: There are 5-6 stock tanks with 3 of these being nice-sized bodies of water. Water levels can fluctuate depending upon rainfall, but the 3 main tanks are really good. The tanks are supplemented by reliable sources of water in the creek(s).
Cultivation: There are five (5) food plots currently planted in winter wheat on the ranch with room for more if desired. All of the food plots have a deer blind and either a protein feeder and/or a corn feeder already in place. The dove hunting potential is very good if native sunflowers were planted.
ManagementHistory: Property is currently in TPWD's Managed Lands Deer Program under the Conservation Option (CO) which is the highest level of the program offered. Prior to this option the ranch was in Level 3 of the program for 6 years. This program is through the Texas Parks and Widllife and extends your hunting season from October through February. The coyotes and hogs have been hunted, but not eradicated from the internal high fenced pasture. The ranch is home to whitetail deer with no exotics. There is a 1.5 acre breeding pen located just east of the headquarters that could be utilized if desired. The owners purchased the ranch in 2002 and supplemented the native genetics with superior genetics. Current deer density is believed to be approximately 1 deer per 15 acres.
Wildlife: T&P Ranch is a prime hunting ranch. Emphasis has been on the whitetail deer herd with a buck doe ratio believed to be 1 buck: 1 doe. There are thought to be bucks in the 150-160 B&C class currently on the ranch with potential to grow larger bucks. Turkey populations are excellent with perfect habitat and roost trees along the creeks. Migratory dove and ducks can be plentiful during fall and winter months. Quail are present and populations have been good. There is also bass, catfish, and crappie fishing on the ranch.
GRIP Program:Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) through TPWD and the American Bird Conservancy. There is an agreement until December 31, 2022. Through this agreement there has been 22 acres on the east side of the property where mesquite has been sprayed. This area had dense, younger mesquites and needed treatment. 9 acres was planted behind the house in a native grass and forb mix using a no-till seed drill. Owners currently have plans to conduct a prescribed burn on 40-50 acres in January weather permitting.
Fencing: The High Fence is in good condition on most parts of the ranch, but there are some water gaps that require maintenance and cleaning out from time to time. Internally, there is one primary cross fence separating the west side of the property, a trap near the entrance and a fence around a food plot including a larger area that has grown up in mesquite. Internal fencing is in fair to good condition and will hold cattle.
Home: The T&P Ranch has a rich history. The current home on the property has been known as the "Fanous House" to locals since back in the early 1900s. It is a three (3) bedroom two (2) bathroom house with a covered front porch. The home has central heat and air with additional window units, a mud room, full kitchen, a large living room with a wood burning fireplace and a back sunroom. There is rural water and electricity to the home and barn. Little value has been placed on the home, but it works well for a weekend hunting camp.
Barn: There is a well-built 30 X 50' insulated metal barn located just north of the house. It is on a cement slab with large roll up doors on east and west sides, a 6 x 6' walk-in cooler, and a work bench and sink with running water. There is an older set of steel working pens that could be cleaned up and utilized
Rural Water: Callahan County Water Supply Corporation provides water to the house and barn.
Electricity: Taylor County Electric Cooperative supplies electricity to the house and barn. There is a larger transmission line that crosses the property.
Easements: There is a roadway easement crossing the eastern side of the property providing access to one neighboring property.
Minerals:The owner is believed to own a small portion of the mineral estate. There are a couple wells and set of battery tanks, but they are mostly isolated to one part of the property.
Taxes: 2017 taxes are estimated to be $2368.21 annually. The ranch is agriculturally exempt.
Price: $1,570,055 ($1895per acre)