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Wilder Moore Ranch
Wilder Moore Ranch is a beautiful 354+/- acre combination ranch nestled in a very desirable area of north central Morris County. The ranch consists of rolling pastures, multiple ponds, pristine hardwood timber, and an incredible balance of ranching and recreational attributes. The ranch is almost a perfect 50/50 mix of hardwood timber and fertile pastures offering a turnkey ranch to the future owner. Surrounded by large ranches, and within 1 mile of the White Oak Creek Wildlife Management area, the balance between ranching and recreation comes naturally.
Location: Wilder Moore Ranch is located approximately 2 miles west of Naples, Texas, with road frontage on County Road 3330 and Hwy 77 for all weather access. The ranch is also equidistant from the towns of Mt. Pleasant and Daingerfield, and only 140 miles east of Dallas.
Improvements: There is a beautiful, custom-built 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,786+/- SF log home located in the central portion of the property complete with a 360 degree, wrap around porch and zero-edge decks that transition onto the flagstone patio. The home was built in 2009 and has been well-maintained since, having its logs recoated (2017) and deck resealed (2018). The interior space offers 24-foot aspen ceilings, spruce walls, a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and Dacor appliances. Multiple French doors open from the great room onto the deck overlooking the outdoor BBQ/fire pit, wet bar and surrounding landscape. Above the loft is a trap door that opens to the 18'x 8' crow's nest. Once seated in this space, a 360-degree panoramic view of the property unfolds.
One main barn is currently being used to store hay and equipment and a 40'x 34' metal shop with double roll-up doors provide additional storage and workspace. Near the barn is a set of working pens that compliment the livestock management aspects of the ranch. A 40'x 16' outbuilding provides convenient tool storage near the house along with a greenhouse adjacent to the fenced garden area. The perimeter fence as well as the cross-fencing is in good to fair condition and setup well for rotational grazing. The owner wishes to make this a true turnkey property for the future owner making all equipment onsite available with an acceptable offer.
Trees, grass, forbs: The ranch's fertile, sandy loam soils foster Coastal Bermuda pastures which are dominate to native grasses throughout the property. Historically the pastures have been in hay and cattle production and managed without pesticides or herbicides, only using natural fertilizers and lime. Tree cover consists of a healthy stand of virgin hardwoods including a variety of oaks, ash, black gum, walnut, hickory, elm, dogwood, and some pine. Native forbs and browse such as red and white clover, vetch, beautyberry, trumpet creeper, and green briar are also plentiful and provide robust habitat for wildlife. In October of 2017, approx. 275 tons of ag lime were applied to every acre of pasture across the entire property at a rate of 1.5-2 tons/acre.
Water: The ranch has abundance of water which is available in nearly every pasture. It includes four stock ponds, one of which offers excellent fishing and hunting opportunities. In addition to the ponds, over 1/4 mile of Village Creek runs across the west side of the property and over 2 miles of other seasonal creeks run throughout providing additional surface water for wildlife and livestock.Livestock can easily be turned onto water from any pasture on the property. There is also a deep water well near the main home outfitted with a 1.5 HP pump accessing the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer. Along with the current ponds, there are two potential lake sites located within drainages on the east and west sides of the home.
Topography: Rolling to sloped terrain with an impressive 110 feet of elevation change provide a scenic view, especially from the house, while the timber maintains privacy from all directions. The pastures are arranged on the higher, somewhat level ground, while the timber encompasses the majority of the watersheds and hillsides. Such diversity offers the landowner countless options for potential building locations for an additional home site and endless recreational opportunities.
Wildlife and fisheries: This ranch has been hunted exclusively by the owner and his family for over 80 years. It has never been leased and has been managed in such a manner to provide the new owner with a turnkey whitetail property. There is an abundance of deer in this part of Morris County and plenty of other wildlife species including waterfowl for recreational enjoyment. The bass fishing is excellent in the larger pond located in the north central portion of the property.
Livestock production: This ranch offers over ~185 acres of improved pastures, which historically, has been rotationally grazed and managed for optimum production.Fences appear to have been maintained and updated as needed to hold cattle. Cross-fencing is well placed for rotational grazing. The cattle were pulled off of the property in November of 2017 and all pastures will remain in hay production through 2018.
Minerals: Ask broker for details.
Easements: One easement for an electric line.
Utilities: Electricity runs from the west boundary into the home site on the property.
Property Taxes: All but 2 acres of Wilder Moore Ranchcurrently carries an Agriculture Exemption. Ask Broker for details.
Schools: Pewitt ISD
Price: $1,470,000 ($4,150.90/acre)