Third Day Ranch($1625 price per acre)
Size: 1,271+/- Acres
County: Pushmataha County , Oklahoma
PROPERTY OVERVIEW: Offered “For Sale” for the first time in over 30 years, the 1,270.85 +/- acre Third Day Ranch is a superior example of a property with excellent wildlife habitat, impressive views, three seasonal rock-bottom creeks, abundant wildlife and the ranching-appeal of “Kiamichi Country”. A diverse combination ranch, the property is found just north of Rattan, OK in one of the premier whitetail deer and black bear counties in Oklahoma, Pushmataha County. The property is approximately 3.8 miles (8-minute drive) by way of paved County Road 4295 from downtown Rattan, OK with food, ice and fuel available. The property is currently utilized for livestock and recreation, with minimal improvements, and it is an essentially “blank-canvas” for the next owner. Primary features include an elevation change of over 140 +/- feet, rolling hills, meadows with native grasses, steep rocky draws, numerous potential building sites, hardwood/ pine forests, and outstanding big game hunting. Nearly 3 +/- miles of Rock Creek provide kayaking, canoeing, and fishing opportunities in the deeper pools.
LOCATION: The ranch is located 20 minutes east of Antlers, OK and 2 miles north of Rattan, OK. From downtown Rattan, go east on Highway 3 for ½ mile before turning left onto Cloudy Road. Take Cloudy Road for 2.4 +/- miles before turning left on N4295 Rd. The entrance to the ranch will be on your left in 0.7 +/- miles.
TERRAIN: Third Day Ranch ranges in elevations from ~ 610’ near the eastern boundary to ~ 469’ at Rock Creek for a total of ~ 141’ of elevation change. The land is marked by scenic land with rocky outcroppings, as the north and south sides of the property sit above the impressive Rock Creek which flows through the center of the ranch and holds deep, long stretches of water most of the year. Picturesque homesites offer expansive views of the adjacent 1.8-million-acre timber operation and its pine-covered landscape.
WILDLIFE & HUNTING: Pushmataha County is one of the premier hunting counties in the state of Oklahoma, commonly referred to as the ‘Deer Capital of the World’. Pushmataha County whitetails first came into prominence in 2007 with two Oklahoma State Record deer being harvested just ten days apart. The new state record would score 194” B&C with only one deduction, with the second-place buck donning 21-points and scoring 192 5/8 B&C. These bucks still stand today as the #1 and #2 Typical Whitetails killed in Oklahoma. A lack of hunting pressure, a short rifle season and large blocks of privately held land, including the permit-only hunting allowed on the 1.8 million-acre Weyerhaeuser timber plantation to the north have allowed the whitetail population to develop and expand world class genetics throughout the area.
Follow this link for the full hunting stories of the two Pushmataha County Record Bucks with photos and hunter interviews: State Record Article
In addition to deer, Pushmataha County is one of the few counties that offers a hunting season for Black Bear. Muzzleloader season runs from Oct. 26 – Nov. 3, 2019. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department sets a quota every year for the number of bears harvested via muzzleloader, the 2019 quota is 20 bears (there is no harvest quota for bears harvested in archery season). Archery season is open in Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties only with 2019 season running from Oct. 1st – 20th.
Prized and highly-sought-after Eastern Turkey are another unique game species found on the ranch. Feral hogs, dove, duck, geese, coyotes, bobcat, cougar, minks, bats, bald eagles, woodpeckers, owls, falcons and over 328 vertebrate species are native to this region of Pushmataha County and the greater ‘Kiamichi Country’. The diversity of habitat and variety of species make for a special and unique wildlife asset on the Third Day Ranch.
TREE COVER & WILDLIFE HABITAT: Approximately 90% of the property is wooded with a strong collection of pine, elm, oak, cottonwood, sycamore, and other trees common to the area. The diversity of vegetation, cover, reliable water sources, and natural travel corridors created by the landscape all combine to provide top-tier wildlife habitat. The remaining 10% of the property is native pasture and meadows that would be ideal for cultivated food plots.
WATER FEATURES & FISHING: Long, deep stretches of water are found along the rock-bottom and seasonal Rock Creek, traversing through the center of the property for 3 +/- miles. Deep stretches combine with shallow rock rapids to create a scenic body of water. Additionally, two other seasonal creeks flow into Rock Creek at the center the property. Fish Creek flows through the ranch for approximately 1.05 +/- miles, and the Nelson Branch traverses the property for approximately 0.87 +/- miles. Both creeks converge with Rock Creek at the center of the property, creating downstream stretches of deep pools, fast rapids and scenic rock waterfalls during wet times of the year.
There are numerous seasonal/wet-weather creek drainages that drain water throughout the property, supplying water to 4 stock ponds and one small lake being approximately 1.1 acres in size. The small lake and portions of the creek provide good fishing opportunities as well. The avid angler has another opportunity nearby, the 116 +/- acre Lake Ozzie Cobb. This public reservoir is adjacent to and northeast of the subject property. A public boat ramp is an easy 4-minute drive from the eastern entrance of the property.
STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS: Improvements on the ranch are minimal, with a hunter’s cabin sitting on the concrete foundation of a previous home. There is a set of older cattle pens and some interior and perimeter fencing as well. These are the only notable improvements.
FENCES, PASTURES & CATTLE: Fencing is in poor to excellent condition. Perimeter fencing is on the eastern boundary along the county road and next to Lake Ozzie Cobb. The northern and western sides of the ranch are fenced with condition being in poor to fair condition. The southern boundary is not believed to be fenced. Grazing Rights are leased to a local cattle rancher and the lessee has recently constructed new, quality cross fences in the center portion of the property.
ROAD FRONTAGE & INTERIOR ROADS: Third Day Ranch offers multiple options for ranch access with approximately ½ mile of frontage along E4295 Road. There is an existing, main gate and a secondary entrance just south of the main entrance on this paved road. Interior roads were recently cleared and re-worked to ensure access throughout the ranch and to several scenic locations. Another entrance can be found on the west side of the property where County Road D4272 dead ends into the ranch.
AREA HISTORY: Named after the Choctaw Chief ‘Pushmataha’, the county lies mostly in the Ouachita Mountains region of Kiamichi Country. French explorer Jean Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe would be the first European to journey through present-day Pushmataha County, when he and his fellow explorers would trade with the American Indians in 1719. Almost 100 years later, in 1817 Major Stephen H. Long followed the Kiamichi River north into present Le Flore County searching for a suitable site for a fort. Long would go on to locate the fort at Fort Smith, Arkansas but wrote about his admiration for the land in present-day Kiamichi Country. Prior to 1907 statehood, the county was part of the Choctaw Nation with their national capitol located at Tuskahoma, Oklahoma.
The site of present-day Antlers (Pushmataha County Seat) was originally inhabited by three Choctaw families who lived near a natural spring that was originally named Kuniotubbee. Victor “Uncle Dick” Locke, Sr., a Confederate veteran from Tennessee and father of Choctaw chief Victor M. Locke, Jr., established the first business in 1886. Beginning in 1886 the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway companies built a line from Fort Smith, Arkansas into Texas, and this early settlement found fortune due to its location on this railroad. The name was changed from Kuniotubbee to Antlers, almost certainly due to the multitude of deer sheds that hung for years on trees near the spring. The first passenger train arrived in Antlers on July 1, 1887, and the post office was established on August 26, 1887. A hotel was opened in 1900 to accommodate weary travelers including those along the rail line and for the frontiersmen in the region.
After 1907 statehood, Pushmataha County’s 8,295 residents were served by five cotton gins, twelve mills, two newspapers, and three banks. The county had 450,000 +/- acres of timber and 225,000 +/- acres of farmland. Cotton, corn, potatoes, and sweet potatoes were the principal crops. In the early 1930s industry centered around cotton and lumber.
At the turn of the twenty-first century Pushmataha County had a population of 11,667. The economy is based on tourism, timber, ranching, and agriculture. Sardis Lake, Clayton Lake State Park, and the Kiamichi Mountains provided sporting and recreational opportunities. The county was served by U.S. Highway 271 north and south and by State Highways 2, 3, and 147.
1.8-Million-Acre Weyerhaeuser Timber Plantation: The Choctaw Lumber Company first appeared in McCurtain County in 1906. The company’s founders, brothers Hans and Herman Dierks ran profitable retail lumber businesses throughout Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota from about 1880 to 1895. The Dierks Brothers expanded in 1895 to become Dierks Lumber and Coal Company, headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1897 the company moved its headquarters to Kansas City, Missouri.
Firmly established and prosperous, the brothers acquired a small planning mill in Petros, OK (Indian Territory near Heavener) and purchased a sawmill in De Queen, Arkansas. In 1906 they came to the Choctaw Nation and named the Oklahoma branch of their operations the Choctaw Lumber Company. They then began acquiring timber rights in northern McCurtain County. They also negotiated with the Choctaw Tribe to mine coal in Le Flore and Pushmataha counties.
The Choctaw Lumber Company began to search for a site on which to build not only a sawmill for processing their local timber, but also a location which would serve as a new town around the mill. In 1909 a location was chosen about seven miles northeast of the railroad town of Valliant. The Dierks brothers then arranged for a railroad, eventually called the Texas, Oklahoma and Eastern Railroad, to be constructed through the area. They named the company town Bismark (called ‘Wright City’ today) and began construction on the mill. The operation was almost completely mechanized, although mule teams were used for logging. Logs were delivered by rail and processed, and the lumber was loaded back onto rail and shipped. The Dierks brothers established another pine mill and a hardwood mill in Broken Bow, also very much a company-only town in its’ earliest stages. The Wright City and Broken Bow mills were capable of processing 250,000 feet of pine lumber and 60,000 feet of hardwood lumber per day.
In 1969 Weyerhaeuser Company of Tacoma, Washington, acquired Dierks Lumber and Coal Company. At that time Dierks had control of about 1.8 million acres of timberland in Oklahoma and Arkansas. At the beginning of the twenty-first century Weyerhaeuser continued forest management and forest product manufacturing with a prominent corporate presence in southeast Oklahoma. A Fortune 200 company, Weyerhaeuser is the world’s largest owner of merchantable softwood timber and producer of softwood and hardwood lumber.
The Weyerhaeuser plantation borders the Third Day Ranch to the north, providing views of solid pine forests and the guarantee that no buildings, houses, lights, etc., will occur there.
DIRECTIONS FROM ANTLERS: (20-minute drive): Take State Highway 3 East for 15+- miles before turning left onto Cloudy Rd. In 2.4 miles turn left onto N4295 Rd, the entrance to the ranch will be on your left in 0.7 miles.
DIRECTIONS FROM DALLAS: (2 ½ hour drive): From downtown Dallas, take US-75 North for 36 miles before taking exit 44 onto TX-121 toward Bonham. Continue on TX 121 for 15.4 miles before turning east onto US Highway 82, toward Paris. After 35 miles, take the NW loop 286 around Paris, turning left after 3.4 miles onto US-271 N toward Hugo. Go 23 miles, turning right before Hugo to merge onto US-70 East toward Idabel. In 3.1 miles turn left onto N4250 Rd toward Rattan. Travel 16 miles before turning east on E Main St (OK-3). In 0.5 miles, turn left onto Cloudy Road and then in 2.4 miles turn left onto N4295 Rd, the entrance to the ranch will be on your left in 0.7 miles.
DIRECTIONS FROM TULSA: (2 ½ hour drive): From downtown Tulsa, take US-75 South, continuing onto the Indian Nation Turnpike South toward McAlester. Take exit 16 onto OK-7 then OK-3 East towards Antlers. Take State Highway 3 East for 15+- miles before turning left onto Cloudy Rd. In 2.4 miles, turn left onto N4295 Rd, the entrance to the ranch will be on your left in 0.7 miles.
DIRECTIONS FROM OKLAHOMA CITY: (3-hour drive): Take I40 East from downtown OKC, driving 87 miles before exiting onto the Indian Nation Turnpike South towards McAlester. Travel 89 miles, taking exit 16 onto OK-7 then OK-3 East towards Antlers. Take State Highway 3 East for 15+- miles before turning left onto Cloudy Rd. In 2.4 miles, turn left onto N4295 Rd, the entrance to the ranch will be on your left in 0.7 miles.
MINERALS: 100% of the minerals are believed to be owned, but buyers are responsible for confirming mineral ownership. There is no active production on the property or in the area. Owner is negotiable on mineral conveyance and may transfer all or a portion of the minerals with an acceptable offer.
LAKE OZZIE COBB: Lake Ozzie Cobb is located 6+/- miles northeast of Rattan in Pushmataha County adjacent to and just northeast of the Third Day Ranch. Constructed in 1958 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, there is primitive camping and a boat ramp providing good access. The lake is 116+/- surface acres with a volume of 833-acre feet and 3.8 miles of shoreline. Average depth is 7.2 feet and maximum depth is 22 feet. The largemouth bass lake record stands at 12 lbs. 10 ounces.
“The habitat around the lake consists of cattails, rush, lilies, and water willow. A large portion of the north and northeast part of the lake is very shallow. The lake has four marked fish attractors made up of brush piles. Staff refurbished these attractors in 2011. The fishing jetty was completed in 2011. Also in 2011, staff began applying aquatic herbicide to reduce excessive vegetation.”
Description by Don Groom, Southeast Fisheries Supervisor. Phone (918) 297-0153.
RIGHT-OF-WAYS: One electrical line runs through the western side of the property before turning north and continuing off the property.
UTILITIES: Electricity is provided by Choctaw Electric. The line runs into the property from the west entrance to the hunting cabin. Rural Water District 3E provides water to the property and a water line runs into the center of the property, ending at the old homesite.
SCHOOL DISTRICT: Rattan Public School District.
PROPERTY TAXES: The property taxes for 2018 were approximately $700.
ASKING PRICE: $1,625 per acre ($2,065,131.25)
Blake Hortenstine (Partner/ Broker)