Size: 960+/- Acres
County: Stephens County , Texas
Location: The Yellowfork Ranch is located approximately 100 miles west of Fort Worth and 2 hours 15 minutes drive from Dallas. It is 8+/- miles north of Breckenridge, Texas with road frontage on County Road 176 (Yellowfork Road).
Directions: From Weatherford, take Highway 180 east. At the second flashing light upon entering Breckenridge take a right turn on FM 287 (Industrial Loop). You will go north for .6 miles until FM 287 veers to the left. Go straight on all-weather caliche County Road 176. Stay on CR 176 for approximately 7 miles until the gate on the left side of the road. Property fronts the county road for 3000+/- feet before the county road makes a hard right turn.
Terrain: The terrain has rolling hills with deeper soils along the creek and scattered live oaks throughout. There was approximately 170 acres of land in cultivation that has not been plowed in several years besides 38 acres that was planted in wheat in 2014. Elevation change is 100+/- feet. There is a scenic ridge and “bowl” on the northern end of the ranch with tremendous views. Several other hilltops offer good vistas as well. The riparian area along Gonzalez Creek is extremely nice with mature elm, pecan, and oak trees. Density of cover is open to heavily wooded, but overall has good wildlife habitat and productive cattle country. This is a beautiful combination ranch!
Stock Tanks: There are 6 good stock tanks on the ranch. The best tank/ small lake is 25 feet deep and 2+ surface acres. Two of the tanks were cleaned out and the lake was built in 2011. The lake has rock boulders placed in and around it for fisheries and aesthetics. Cost was said to be about $30K. The lake and several of the stock tanks have clear water. Ranch has never been without water because of the good tanks and creek.
Creek: Gonzales Creek is a major creek that runs through the middle of this ranch. It serves as an excellent source of water and has fish and attracts ducks in the fall. This is one of the primary features of the property and is extremely nice. It is significant enough in size for canoeing and kayaking.
Fisheries: Fish are stocked in one of the tanks located near a nice grove of live oaks. Other tanks have not been stocked to the owner’s knowledge. Fishing potential could be good to excellent in most all of the stock tanks.
Wildlife: Whitetail deer are commonly seen and there are also turkey, dove, ducks, feral hogs and an occasional covey of Bobwhite quail. The hunting and fishing rights are not leased and there has been little pressure on the ranch. Wildlife management and hunting potential is very good.
Cattle: This is a productive cattle ranch that is adequately watered and fenced. Carrying capacity for the native pasture in a normal year is conservatively 25-30 acres per animal unit. It is common in this area for ranchers to stock the land with an animal unit per 20 acres. Utilization of cultivated land could further enhance grazing opportunities.
Cultivation: There are 4 fields that are currently not being cultivated. Total cultivation is approximately 170 acres. It would be recommended that 2 of the fields be planted in winter wheat and 2 of the fields be planted in haygrazer. This could increase the carrying capacity of the ranch or give the native pasture more of a rest.
Brush Management: Property was aerial sprayed in 2003 to control mesquite and prickly pear cactus. The dead mesquites have been pushed and this management practice was properly completed. Improved grazing is a direct result of this work. There is still plenty of cover for wildlife and the mesquites have come back in some areas in the last 13 years, not to mention the scattered live oaks.
Fences & Pens: Most fences are in very good to excellent condition being steel t-post with 5 strands of barbed wire. There are 5 fenced pastures. There are also 2 sets of steel working pens located on the ranch with a squeeze chute on the best set. The majority of the north fence is brand new and stretches for approximately 1360 feet. The new fence also provides good access to this portion of the property.
Utilities: Electricity is on the property and provided by TXU Energy. Stephens County Rural Water is at least 1-2 miles from this property with no current plans for expansion. There is not believed to be good groundwater in this area and drilling a good water well is unlikely. Please call to discuss some good alternative solutions to providing household water if the new owner desires to build.
Minerals: Negotiable. Owner is believed to own 20% of the minerals. There is no active production and a couple dry holes were drilled on the property. Owner signed a 3-year O&G lease that expired on April 6, 2015. This ranch was part of 2403.5 acres that was leased by the same company.
Easements: There is a pipeline easement crossing the property. The pipeline is buried and runs parallel and close to County Road 176. There is another buried pipeline running across the north end of the property.
Indian Artifacts: Arrowheads and other Indian artifacts can be found along Gonzalez Creek and on the ranch. The creek was a significant source of water for native Americans and also attracted wildlife for hunting.
Other: There is an old railroad track that crosses the property. It has been removed and is a positive feature that can be used for access. It was used to build the dam of the 2+/- acre lake. The old track could be improved and would function as a great road providing good access to certain parts of the ranch.
Taxes: Property is agriculturally exempt. 2015 property taxes were $985.11.
Comments: This is a high quality ranch that has been well taken care of. It is set up right and is a great ranch to run cattle, hunt, fish or enjoy the great outdoors. Please call to schedule a ranch tour. Brokers representing Buyers must be present at all showings.
Blake Hortenstine, Broker