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property index

Acres± County

Page Acres± County

Page Acres± County

544......... Bell......................53

197......... Kendall................32

635......... San Saba...........118

200......... Kerr....................116

642......... Guadalupe..........81

203......... Bandera..............95

646......... San Saba...........118

214......... Kerr......................98

825......... Madison............122

220......... Bandera..............88

859......... Hamilton...........104

224......... Gillespie............100

921......... Menard...............54

227......... Kerr....................117

981......... Brazos.................56

240......... Kerr......................43

1,040...... Kinney...............117

275......... Hays..................114

1,181...... Uvlade...............117

292......... Llano.................118

1,508...... Bexar...................27

305......... Kerr......................86

1,541...... Uvalde...............116

319......... Kerr......................73

1,557...... Medina................75

330......... Bandera..............43

1,588...... Medina................79

339......... Bandera.... Foldout

1,609...... Medina................71

366......... Kerr......................97

2,270...... Uvalde.................79

374......... Bandera.... Foldout

2,280...... Uvalde.................74

382......... Kerr......................58

2,900...... Uvalde.................60

395......... Kendall................61

7,800...... Menard...............78

400......... Edwards..............95

32,800.... Menard...............24

400......... Bandera..............72

HILL COUNTRY

411......... Kendall................89

4............. Kerr......................96

461......... Edwards..............55

4............. Kerr....................121

472......... Hays..................105

8............. Bandera..............94

480......... Bandera..............91

8............. Kendall..............121

500......... Bandera..............59

CENTRAL

10........... Bandera..............94

552......... Kerr......................87

10........... Hays....................42

585......... Kerr......................82

5............. Uvalde.................95

38........... Gillespie..............96

10........... Comal...............121

461......... Real.....................90

METROPLEX

Page Acres± County

1,483...... Erath..................104

NORTHEAST 50........... Henderson..........96

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82........... Walker...............122 87........... Brazoria...............53 101......... Trinity................119 115......... Newton.............119 147......... Walker...............122

175......... Houston............122

170......... Liberty...............114

244......... Cherokee..........119

426......... Walker.................36

600......... Cherokee............55

650......... Jefferson.............51

849......... Red River............57

894......... Walker.................39

2,608...... Houston............122

WEST

NORTHWEST

277......... Val Verde.............99

188......... Young..................51

492......... Brewster............102

410......... Eastland..............73

872......... Val Verde.............69

2,383...... Mitchell...............74 4,567...... Brown..................51

SOUTH 0.25........ Nueces................97 63........... San Patricio.......123 66........... Dimmitt.............115

1,313...... Terrell..................26 1,381...... Brewster..............27 2,717...... Coke....................70 2,963...... Hudspeth............27 4,250...... Tom Green........107 6,004...... Pecos...................27

150......... Nueces................84

6,600...... Val Verde.............42

293......... Zavala..................43

7,296...... Pecos...................26

325......... Frio......................80

7,656...... Coke....................48

341......... Frio....................106

8,459...... Terrell..................26

727......... Dimmit................35

9,700...... Terrell..................56

810......... Dimmit................34

10,000.... Brewster............101

915......... Duval.................106

616......... Bandera..............99

10,000.... Brewster..............25

937......... Duval...................81

41........... Bandera..............99

622......... Llano.................113

10,800.... Terrell..................26

1,026...... Frio......................80

13........... Uvalde.................91

50........... Kendall................61

645......... Kendall................83

1,085...... Frio......................80

41........... Uvalde.................93

53........... Kendall................59

697......... Kerr....................107

1,185...... Starr.....................89

42........... Uvalde.................93

59........... Kimble...............106

734......... Gillespie..............42

1,289...... Atascosa.............75

46........... Karnes...............115

65........... Bandera..............92

771......... Mason...............113

1,933...... Zavala..................42

48........... Bastrop.............120

65........... Gillespie..............67

784......... Llano.................118

2,110...... Refugio...............46

50........... Bexar.................121

76........... Gillespie..............53

800......... Kendall................58

3,000...... Maverick.............81

62........... Medina................94

82........... Kerr......................68

808......... Kerr......................42

3,000...... Maverick.............81

117,000.. Brewster..............24

71........... Karnes...............115

92........... Kerr......................54

883......... Kendall..............108

3,015...... Dimmit................80

420,000.. Brewster..............20

Acres± County

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12,178.... Pecos...................25 14,035.... Val Verde.............44 14,421.... Culberson.........103 19,814.... Brewster..............24 22,972.... Terrell..................25 40,138.... Val Verde.............47

97........... Travis...................88

96........... Bandera..............43

917......... Gillespie..............82

4,290...... Zavala..................37

133......... Guadalupe..........89

100......... Bandera..............33

940......... Kerr....................117

4,400...... Zavala..................79

154......... Madison..............70

100......... Bandera..............41

940......... Llano...................50

4,624...... Webb..................65

200......... Comal.................72

108......... Kerr......................69

1,000...... Bandera............116

5,000...... Maverick.............57

210......... Medina..............116

116......... Kerr......................97

1,015...... Real.....................92

6,963...... La Salle................78

210......... Brazos...............106

134......... Gillespie..............83

1,100...... Kendall................83

7,900...... Zavala..................79

260......... Guadalupe..........43

143......... Bandera............117

1,131...... Gillespie..............50

8,100...... Jim Hogg............62

275......... Karnes...............114

156......... Bandera..............94

1,200...... Blanco.................82

162......... Bandera..............83

1,200...... Kimble.................82

SOUTHEAST

1,230...... Woodward..........50

322......... Bastrop...............52 388......... Grimes................64

162......... Bandera..............40

1,239...... Kendall................60

1............. Montgomery......38

4,960...... Texas...................49

394......... Bastrop...............52

165......... Llano...................98

1,261...... Llano.................112

19........... Walker...............122

402......... Lee....................120

184......... Bandera..............98

2,330...... Real.....................66

42........... Jackson.............120

OREGON

494......... Taylor...................43

195......... Edwards............106

2,728...... Llano...................63

82........... Montgomery....115

1,135...... Crook..................71

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OKLAHOMA 829......... Choctaw............111 1,980...... Atoka.................110


CENTRAL

HIGH PLAINS

18 Armstrong 28 Bailey 76 Borden 24 Briscoe 13 Carson 22 Castro 26 Childress 37 Cochran 20 Collingsworth 40 Crosby 1 Dallam 75 Dawson 16 Deaf Smith 41 Dickens 19 Donley 31 Floyd 74 Gaines 57 Garza 14 Gray 30 Hale 25 Hall 3 Hansford 6 Hartley 10 Hemphill 38 Hockley 8 Hutchinson 58 Kent 42 King 29 Lamb 5 Lipscomb 39 Lubbock 56 Lynn 7 Moore 32 Motley 4 Ochiltree 11 Oldham 21 Parmer 12 Potter 17 Randall 9 Roberts 2 Sherman 23 Swisher 55 Terry 15 Wheeler 54 Yoakum

HILL COUNTRY

NORTHWEST (cont...)

187 Bandera 173 Blanco 158 Burnet 184 Edwards 172 Gillespie 190 Hays 188 Kendall 186 Kerr 171 Kimble 157 Llano 156 Mason 185 Real

METROPLEX

66 Collin 48 Cooke 85 Dallas 65 Denton 104 Ellis 100 Erath 50 Fannin 49 Grayson 126 Hill 101 Hood 67 Hunt 103 Johnson 105 Kaufman 127 Navarro 82 Palo Pinto 83 Parker 86 Rockwall 102 Somervell 84 Tarrant 64 Wise

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130 Rusk 150 Shelby 107 Smith 71 Titus 90 Upshur 106 Van Zandt 88 Wood

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45 Archer 44 Baylor 122 Brown 98 Callahan 46 Clay 121 Coleman 123 Comanche 33 Cottle 99 Eastland 78 Fisher 34 Foard 27 Hardeman 60 Haskell 63 Jack 79 Jones

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193

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SOUTH

192

190

205

229

176

175

189

217

160

CENTRAL

158 157

87

127

146

53

70 71 72 89

69

67

105

52

68

86

104

145 159

188

66

126

125

51

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85

103

102

123

172

186

84

101

142

156

65

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HILL COUNTRY 184

64

143

140

49

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METROPLEX

99

122

121

47

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81

98

120

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46

62

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79

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92 Andrews 167 Brewster 119 Coke 134 Crane 153 Crockett 112 Culberson 115 Ector 110 El Paso 117 Glasscock 94 Howard 111 Hudspeth 137 Irion 151 Jeff Davis 113 Loving 93 Martin 116 Midland 152 Pecos 166 Presidio 136 Reagan 132 Reeves 154 Schleicher 118 Sterling 74 Sutton 168 Terrell 138 Tom Green 135 Upton 169 Val Verde 133 Ward 114 Winkler

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163 Angelina 226 Brazoria 213 Chambers 225 Fort Bend 227 Galveston 200 Hardin 212 Harris 235 Jackson 182 Jasper 214 Jefferson 199 Liberty 236 Matagorda 211 Montgomery 183 Newton 201 Orange 180 Polk

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165 Sabine 164 San Augustine 198 San Jacinto 179 Trinity 181 Tyler 197 Walker

SOUTHEAST

243 Aransas 218 Atascosa 232 Bee 248 Brooks 245 Calhoun 253 Cameron 228 Dimmit 238 Duval 217 Frio 233 Goliad 251 Hidalgo 247 Jim Hogg 239 Jim Wells 249 Kenedy 240 Kleberg

148 Anderson 53 Bowie 89 Camp 73 Cass 129 Cherokee 68 Delta 70 Franklin 108 Gregg 109 Harrison 128 Henderson 69 Hopkins 162 Houston 51 Lamar 91 Marion 72 Morris 149 Nacogdoches 131 Panola 88 Rains 52 Red River

SOUTHEAST(cont...)

229 La Salle 231 Live Oak 215 Maverick 230 McMullen 241 Nueces 244 Refugio 242 San Patricio 250 Starr 234 Victoria 237 Webb 252 Willacy 246 Zapata 216 Zavala

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NORTHEAST

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SOUTH (cont...)

43 Knox 95 Mitchell 47 Montague 96 Nolan 120 Runnels 77 Scurry 80 Shackelford 81 Stephens 59 Stonewall 97 Taylor 61 Throckmorton 36 Wichita 35 Wilbarger 62 Young

map

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io Texico Ranch, comprising of 117,000 acres, is a landscape with diverse high mountains and grasslands, to rolling western Edwards Plateau, to desert flats and draws providing some of the most scenic canyons in North America along the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande. Classic Big Bend Country of the Old West, the owner of Rio Texico is also offering the adjacent 196,000-acre Dove Mountain Ranch,

the 19,814-acre Tesnus Ranch, the 34,123-acre Horse Mountain Ranch and the 52,022-acre YE Mesa Ranch, all in one block of 420,000 acres—the largest contiguous deeded ranch for sale in the country. This vast area lies in wide elevation range between 1,600 feet on the Rio Grande and 5,210 feet in the Shely Peaks to the north. This allows for a mix of vegetation and habitat from the high to lower Chihuahuan Desert; this is like a country unto itself.

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The complex of ranches includes distinguished features like San Francisco Creek and its live-water cottonwood forests, and Dove and Black Mountains with their desert bighorn sheep populations. YE Mesa is situated above the towering Santiago Mountains with views into the Chisos and Del Carmen’s beyond, Pine and Seven-mile Mesas with elk herds, and the wild and scenic Rio Grande with its 1,000-foot canyon walls. It’s like owning your own national park. The ranches are all working cattle and hunting/recreational properties, some with very nice headquarters, homes, outbuildings, airstrips, and many more improvements throughout. These properties are home to many species of birds, raptors, songbirds, and game birds such as blue (scaled) quail, gambel’s quail, and dove as well as larger mammals such as desert mule deer, elk, javelina, desert bighorn, aoudad, mountain lion, and occasional black bear. The brush, forbs and grasses provide excellent habitat for these game and non-game animals. The live-water segment of San Francisco Creek is especially important for migrating songbirds, bats and monarch butterflies utilizing the riparian habitat. These desert streams are literally highways for these migrations in fall and in spring making wildlife watching here on the ranch second to none. This is a rare opportunity to own a ranch of this size or choose one of the five divisions and be part of the ranching legacy of Rio Texico Ranches. For more information about this property, please contact King Lang & Water at 432-436-2024 or visit kinglandwater.com.

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RIO TEXICO RANCH 117,000± ACRES

West Texas v Brewster County v Marathon

lassic Big Bend Country of the Old West, Rio Texico Ranch has maintained much of the environment and appearance of times’ past. Fronting on the lower canyons of the Rio Grande, this is one of the last truly wild landscapes of the Chihuahuan Desert. San Francisco Creek is a yearround, live-water creek with cottonwood gallery forests on both banks and a magnet for wildlife. This working cattle ranch is an assemblage of several historic ranches that have been combined into one large diverse, scenic, and adventuresome ranch. A total of 420,000± acres available. $85,995,000. View on web.

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ord Ranch has over 100 years of excellent land-management practices and today its rangeland is the beneficiary of decades of rotation grazing and wise land stewardship. This is a famous working cattle and hunting ranch comprised of a combination of Edwards Plateau limestone hills and valleys, and Central Rolling Plains fields with numerous drainages of mesquite and oak-lined wooded banks and grassy draws. The ranch is known for its tremendous whitetail deer and Rio Grande turkey population as well as its upland and migrating game-bird habitat for bobwhite quail, mourning dove and waterfowl. $52,480,000. View on web.

FORD RANCH 32,800± ACRES

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19,814± ACRES

West Texas v Brewster County v Marathon

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esnus Ranch is a cattle and hunting recreation ranch just 45 minutes from Marathon, Texas and the Gage Hotel, yet with an amazing amount of seclusion. This vast private area is bounded by the towering House Top Mountains on the north and east, and Shely Peaks Mesa, where you can look off over San Francisco Creek valley into Mexico. Features a series of wooded canyons, mountains, valleys, and draws. Tesnus is Sunset spelled backwards and is a creative name for a historic railroad town established in 1882 on the Southern Pacific Railroad. $15,554,171. View on web.


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PRAIRIE CANYON RANCH 22,972± ACRES

West Texas v Terrell County v Dryden

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lpine High Ranch lies over a freshwater aquifer and represents a diverse landscape of deep-bottom soils along the broad gravelly flats, limestone hills with commanding views of many of the area mountain ranges, including the Del Norte, Glass and the Davis Mountains. This cowcountry hunting ranch is very accessible, yet you can hide away in the many interesting secret draws and cover where you will find abundant populations of desert mule deer, elk, dove, and the wily blue quail. The ranch has a tremendous road infrastructure and, with just a corner of the ranch located along Hwy 67, it is very private but extremely accessible. Some minerals will convey. $6,900,000. View on web.

rairie Canyon Ranch is named for the rich natural grasslands that once dominated this region. In fact, lesser prairie chickens were native to this ranch and the last one was seen in the 1980s, evidence of a rich mix of grassland and brush. Prehistoric people lived in limestone shelters on the ranch and a black bear pictograph can be clearly seen there today. The area is a recreation mecca for both whitetail and mule deer hunting or just prowling the canyons in search of adventure. This is a working ranch leased to a neighboring heritage landowner who keeps up the roads and water infrastructure. $7,695,620. View on web.

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ALPINE HIGH RANCH 12,178± ACRES

West Texas v Pecos County v Fort Stockton

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CATHEDRAL MOUNTAIN RANCH 10,000± ACRES

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athedral Mountain Ranch, named after the iconic 6,868-foot mountain peak located on, and towering over, the ranch. Located 14 miles south of Alpine, this ranch offers live water on more than five miles of spring-fed Calamity Creek and elevations between 4,800 and 6,868 feet. The ranch has a 3,000-square-foot owner’s lodge, south facing and framing Cathedral Mountain, a nice three-bedroom, two-bath foreman’s home, improvements, a large stocked lake, trees, rock outcrops, and breathtaking views of this historic ranching country. Co-listed with Carpenter Real Estate. $24,000,000. View on web.

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RAINBOW RANCH

10,800± ACRES

West Texas v Terrell County v Dryden

ainbow Ranch is an extensive landscape of rolling hills, valleys and long canyons creating very scenic and amazingly beautiful views. Located between I-10 and US Hwy 90, ten miles north of Dryden and only 15 miles from paved Terrell County Airport. The ranch lies between Meyers Canyon, which crosses on the south, and Big Canyon, which crosses on the north, with more than seven miles of frontage on Hwy 349 to the west. This is western Hill Country and rugged canyon country at its finest. An area filled with history and amazing natural habitat and wildlife. $4,266,000. View on web.

PECOS CANYON RANCH 8,459± ACRES

West Texas v Terrell County v Langtry

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ecos Canyon Ranch is a world unto itself, located six miles north of Langtry on countymaintained road and fronting some of the most scenic, wild segments of the Lower Pecos River with a 1.5 miles of spring-fed, gin-clear waters. There are two wells with several water troughs, one serving the main dwelling, which is a modern manufactured home with custom barbecue deck, elevated steel viewing platform, and a fire ring on the canyon edge, all looking at the limestone bluffs and river-gorge views. $5,709,951. View on web.

NORTH CEDAR CREEK RANCH 1,313± ACRES

West Texas v Terrell County v Dryden ith high rolling limestone hills overlooking diverse habitat along the creek bottoms, North Cedar Creek Ranch abounds with hunting and recreation opportunities. The area is a mecca for both whitetail and mule deer hunting or just prowling the draws in search of adventure. This is a working ranch leased to a neighboring heritage landowner who keeps the roads over the entire property. The property’s browse and grasslands are in good condition, a result of the ranch’s evolution from a historic sheep and goat operations into today’s recreational uses of hunting, hiking, and enjoyment of scenic beauty. $439,855. View on web.

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TWIN CANYON RANCH 7,296± ACRES

West Texas v Pecos & Terrell Counties v Fort Stockton

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amaulipan Brushland, Hill Country and Chihuahuan Desert habitats are all part of Twin Canyon Ranch. From yucca and sotol, to hackberry and mesquite woodlands, to persimmon and juniper, the ranch represents a crossroads of diverse habitats. The property’s browse and grasslands are in great condition, a result of responsible grazing methods. Native grasses, forbs, browse, brush, cacti and trees not only provide excellent habitat for game species such as elk, deer, turkey, quail, and dove, but also for non-game species such as Texas horned lizard, neotropical songbirds, fox, ringtail cat, and many other mammals. $3,648,000. View on web.

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he name of the ranch comes from two high limestone mountain tops that dominate views around the ranch. Broad tops with big valleys create a combination of easily accessible gentle land with deeper soil and limestone bluffs, rim country, steep hills, and canyon heads creating a diversity of habitats and landforms. This is a working ranch with exceptional hunting. It’s also loaded with canyons, mountains, caves, and excellent vegetation cover making this a hiker’s and explorer’s dream. It has been well-managed for decades and is known for its combination of native grass, shrubs, and trees. Solar and wind rights will convey. $3,212,140. View on web.

DOS LOMAS RANCH 6,004± ACRES

West Texas v Pecos County v Fort Stockton

EAGLE PINON RANCH 2,963± ACRES

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his high Chihuahuan Desert ranch has elevations ranging from 4,600 feet to 5,800 feet and is a series of canyons, peaks, and valleys creating a rugged yet accessible terrain. The higher elevations of the Eagles are to the north at 7,400 feet. Rio Grande valley to the south, with the Mexico mountains beyond, creates extraordinary geology and rock outcrops, one of which, Sawtooth, towers over the ranch. Sunrises and sunsets on this ranch are nothing short of stunning and you can see into the distance for 100 miles. $2,518,550. View on web.

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PANTHER ROCK RANCH 1,381± ACRES

West Texas v Brewster County v Alpine anther Rock Ranch is part of the historic Woodward Ranch and is comprised of 1,381 acres located on the banks of yearround Ash Creek. Famous for its unique red plume agate as well as black plume, golden plume, opal, and over 50 other kinds of agates and gemstones, Woodward Ranch has a history of visitors who are rock collectors, nature lovers, hunters, hikers, birders, or just folks wanting to get away from it all. Some minerals convey. $3,314,400. View on web.

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GALLAGHER HEADQUARTERS RANCH 1,508± ACRES

Central Texas v Bexar & Medina Counties v Helotes

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allagher Headquarters Ranch is a world all unto itself. It is like going back in time both in the natural world as well as the historical buildings as if time stopped in the mid 1800’s when the ranch was founded. Today, with all the modern amenities of a new home, this hand-cut stone 19-bedroom, 17-and-half-bath historic compound with 22 original fireplaces, sprawling porches, huge manicured lawns and beautiful gardens make it seem that you are on a working historic Spanish hacienda. $14,300,000. View on web.

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Jackie Robinson of Rodeo By Christian Wallace Photographs by Leann Mueller

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t was 1967, the first weekend in April, and the lean 31-year-old cowboy lowered himself onto the back of a 1,700-pound bull. He was at a rodeo in Edmonton, in the Canadian province of Alberta the farthest he’d ever been from his East Texas hometown of Crockett. The air was thick with the stench of livestock and cigarette smoke as five thousand onlookers packed the concrete grandstands. Dightman, dressed in a starched collared shirt and tan chaps with three dark leather diamonds running down the sides, slid his legs around the flesh-and-blood powder keg, careful to keep his spurs turned out. He slipped his right hand into the braided hold behind the Brahman’s muscular hump. Red dust billowed from the bull’s hide as the grass rope—the only thing Dightman was allowed to hold on to—was pulled tight as a hangman’s halter around the animal’s midsection. His hand now strapped in the rigging, Dightman leaned forward until he was nearly looking down between the bull’s horns. He closed his left hand into a fist as he raised it high above his cream-colored cowboy hat. To make a qualified ride, a cowboy has to hang on for eight seconds without his free hand touching himself or the bull. If he “makes eight,” judges will give the ride a score, with a total of a hundred possible points—fifty for how hard the bull bucked and fifty for the rider’s ability to stay in control. If Dightman held on, this ride could send him to the top of the standings. He took a breath, then nodded. The chute flung open. 1, 2, 3, 4 . . . There’s nothing quite like being on the back of a thrashing, writhing, bred-to-buck ton of hoof, horn and muscle to make one truly appreciate the relative nature of time. Seconds become small eternities as man and animal blur together in a violent yet beautiful dance.

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. . . 5, 6, 7, 8. The buzzer rang. Dightman was still gripping the rope. The crowd certainly appreciated the ride. So did the judges, who awarded Dightman the go-round’s highest score, pushing his total for the two nights to 142 points— enough to crown him the winner. But it’s unlikely that anyone in the arena that night understood the historical importance of what they had witnessed. It wasn’t until the following Monday, after the Rodeo Cowboys Association tallied the earnings from every sanctioned event, that Dightman was declared the number one ranked bull rider in the world. That made him the first black cowboy to stake a claim for the world title.

A buckle won by Dightman in 1988

The headline for the wire story that ran in newspapers across the country announced, “Negro Cowboy Takes Bull Riding Lead.” The news came twenty years to the month after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. No surprise, then, that sportswriters took to calling Dightman the Jackie Robinson of Rodeo. The comparison between the two athletes was, in some

ways, painfully obvious: in an organization with over a thousand contestants, Dightman was the only African American competing full time. Pursuing a championship in the world’s most dangerous sport is a formidable task for any cowboy, but for a black cowboy in 1967 such an undertaking seemed, to most, downright impossible. Dightman refused to buy it. “A lot of folks thought rodeo was a white man’s game,” he said years later. “But those bulls don’t care if you’re white or black. You could be green, for all it matters. They just don’t want you on their backs.” The bulls might have been colorblind, but certain stock contractors and judges were not. Signs posted outside rodeo arenas across the Jim Crow South announced their prejudice in big, bold letters: “No dogs, no Negroes, no Mexicans.” The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been enacted to snuff out this kind of explicit segregation, yet racism remained rampant. By the 1967 season Dightman had spent nearly a decade “riding the circuit” and had found ways to work around the system. He learned to hold his free hand farther away from his body than the other riders so a crooked judge wouldn’t be able to “foul him out.” He sometimes held on longer than the required eight seconds—just in case the timekeeper’s watch ran a little slow. And he wasn’t surprised when he somehow managed to draw the meanest bulls, the ones thought to be “unrideable,” over and over again. Once, at a rodeo in Little Rock, a gateman stopped Dightman at the entry to the chutes: “No colored allowed.” Dightman pleaded with the man, even as the announcer called his name to ride. It wasn’t until a white bulldogger intervened that the gateman relented and let Dightman through. By then his bull had been turned out of the chute and


Five decades ago, MYRTIS DIGHTMAN broke the color barrier in professional rodeo and became one of the best bull riders who ever lived. But his imprint on the sport was only just beginning.

Myrtis Dightman at his home in Crockett on May 29, 2018.

returned to the holding pen. Dightman explained to rodeo officials what had happened, and they agreed to let him ride. He placed second. He didn’t have time to stew over the injustice or celebrate his relative triumph. After he dismounted, Dightman threw his bull rope in the backseat of his Chevy Impala and headed for the next dusty town in hopes of winning another fat purse. He traveled nonstop from one event to the next, trying to win enough cash to earn a trip to the National Finals Rodeo, which was held each December in Oklahoma City. There, the year’s top fifteen money-earners in each event would compete for the most coveted piece of hardware in rodeo­—a World Champion’s gold buckle. Dightman had been to the NFR twice before, but until the 1967 season he hadn’t been a serious contender to win it all. Cowboys carry their year-end money

totals into the event, and though there was enough prize money at stake to leapfrog several positions during the competition, Dightman had always started too far behind to have a realistic chance. Now, after the ride in Edmonton, he was closer than any other bull rider to bringing the buckle home. Unlike the baseball player he’s so often compared to, Dightman was not the first African American to compete in the major league of his sport. The history of rodeo runs deep, back to the golden age of cowboys, the two decades following the Civil War, when trail bosses such as Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight drove huge herds on long, epic journeys to meathungry markets up north. According to the countless dime-store novels and shoot’em-ups inspired by this blip in American history, the Old West was tamed entirely by white buckaroos who looked like Gene

Autry and John Wayne. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, historians such as Kenneth W. Porter, a well-respected scholar of the American West, have estimated that one in four cowboys was black. It varied from one outfit to another, but a typical group of eleven cowpokes pushing beef down those dusty trails might have included seven white men, three black men, and one Hispanic or Native American man. Though black cowboys often shouldered the least-desired chores and were rarely promoted to foremen, Porter said that cowboying may have been the least discriminatory industry at the time. These multicultural crews sweat, swore and bunked down together at the end of every hard-ridden day. When they arrived in Dodge City, Kansas, or whatever railroad hub marked the end of their journey, the cowboys mostly received equal pay—and many of the saloons and gambling houses were glad to lighten their pocketbooks all the same. By the late 1880s, when the era of trail drives drew to an end thanks to barbed wire and railroad tracks, more than 5,000 African Americans had helped drive some ten million cattle out of Texas. The open range was closed, but there were still plenty of ranches, some the size of small states, that needed good hands. For the men who worked them, breaking wild broncos and roping steers were part of the daily grind. Proficiency at these tasks came with irrefutable bragging rights, and competitions between rival outfits became a primary source of entertainment on the lonely prairie. At some point—perhaps 1883, if you believe the claim the West Texas town of Pecos makes on being the first—these impromptu contests were organized into what we now know as rodeo. From rodeo’s inception, black cowboys were among the best to throw a lasso or buck out of a chute. At the turn of the century, one of the most famous rodeo cowboys in America was Bill Pickett, a black ranch hand from Taylor, outside of Austin. Pickett is credited with inventing steer wrestling, one of the seven events seen today at pro rodeos. Also known as bulldogging, this is a timed contest in which the cowboy chases down a steer on horseback, leaps off to catch it by the horns, and flips the animal onto its side, which stops the clock. The modern version lacks the theatrics that Pickett originally employed. The celebrated daredevil would sink his teeth into the steer’s lip, like a bulldog, and make the tackle with both hands in the air. Less well-known today is Pickett’s contemporary Jesse Stahl, a black bronc rider who became a legend after mastering a gut-twisting bronco named FarmAndRanch.com

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big payout, but they provided African Americans an opportunity to compete. From this loose network emerged the Southwestern Colored Cowboys Association, one of the earliest minority rodeo organizations, which fostered some of the greatest talent in the sport’s history. Among these riders were Marvel Rogers, who puffed on Cuban cigars while busting broncs, and Willie Thomas, a talented bull rider who was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame. And, of course, there’s Thomas’ protégé, Myrtis Dightman.

Dightman in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1964.

Glass Eye at the Salinas Wild West Show in 1912. Stahl, despite the fame he enjoyed from this feat, believed that some judges marked him unfairly because he was black. Rodeo insiders began to refer to him as “the cowboy who wins first but gets third.” After one particularly egregious incident, Stahl protested the judge’s score by riding his next bronco backward with a suitcase in one hand. This kind of discrimination intensified throughout the 1920s as new Jim Crow laws were passed across the country. Although the Rodeo Cowboys Association had been formed in 1936 to ensure that top contestants could earn a living wage competing on the national circuit yearround, its benefits did not extend to the black cowboy. (The group originally called itself the Cowboys’ Turtle Association because the founders were slow to organize, and it “had stuck its neck out to get started.” The RCA moniker was adopted in 1945, and today it is known as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.) The RCA never explicitly barred African Americans from competing, but some stock contractors refused to let a black cowboy rope or ride their animals. This, along with discriminatory laws and the surge of the KKK in the first half of the twentieth century, which made traveling in parts of the South even more dangerous than riding bulls, effectively prevented black contestants from joining the pro rodeo circuit. In response, “soul circuits” began to crop up along the Gulf Coast of Texas. These rodeos and other “hat rides” (audience members put money in a hat that was passed around) didn’t offer a 30 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch

Dightman took to cowboying at a young age. He was born in 1935, a few miles outside of Crockett, on a ranch owned by Karl Leediker, a white man whose family immigrated from Prussia. Dightman’s father, Odie, worked as a hand on the 4,000-acre spread, one of the largest commercial ranches in Houston County. His mother, Ada Lee Polk, picked cotton and peas and cared for the family’s home. The house didn’t have electricity, so Dightman and his four siblings ate their dinner—cabbage greens, pinto beans, and sweet potatoes— by the light of a coal oil lamp. When Dightman was ten years old, he was feeding, branding, and tending herds across the sprawling property. He quit school in seventh grade to work the ranch full-time, spending days on horseback driving several hundred head of cattle down dirt roads to the nearest railroad station. By the time he turned eighteen, though, Dightman had had enough of working another man’s stock and moved to Houston, where he had kinfolk. There he picked up various odd jobs, but even in the city, Dightman remained a cowboy at heart. He started attending small rodeos held around Houston and soon realized that many of them were missing something. “A lot of times they didn’t have no rodeo clown,” Dightman remembered. “I said, ‘Shit, I can do that.’ ” The job of a rodeo clown, or bullfighter, is to keep the bull from doing serious bodily harm to the cowboy after he’s bucked off. It turned out that Dightman, sure-footed and confident in the arena, was good at it. Soon he was working regional rodeos just about every weekend. As a young bullfighter, Dightman befriended a bull rider named James Francies Jr., who had also been a ranch hand and had found work in the city as a lineman for Houston Lighting & Power. On their way to a rodeo one weekend, they got to talking about the upcoming Houston Fat Stock Show. Not a single trail rider scheduled to participate in the rodeo’s kickoff parade was black. They decided to change that. Dightman and Francies turned to Prairie View A&M, the

historically black college known for its agriculture program, for help. In 1957, along with Alfred Poindexter, a veterinary professor, they founded the Prairie View Trail Riders Association, the first black organization of its kind in Texas and possibly the United States. That year, Dightman, Francies and several others rode during the parade, though officials held them several blocks behind the rest of the procession. No matter. Their numbers grew the following year. Eventually Dightman’s abilities as a bullfighter took him well beyond state lines to bigger rodeos with beefier paychecks. But he rarely saw African Americans competing. “Where are the black cowboys in pro rodeo?” he wondered. Although he turned 25 in 1960, middle-aged for pro rodeo, Dightman decided to try his hand at riding the “rough stock.” He asked several of the black cowboys he’d met while working the rodeos, including Willie Thomas, to show him the ropes. After years of preventing bulls from trampling others, he started climbing on top of them himself. “The first few bulls threw me off pretty good,” Dightman recalled. “But that didn’t last long.” In the spring of 1960 a couple of friends paid Dightman’s entry fee so that he could compete in his first rodeo. Sure enough, he finished in the money. That was all the motivation he needed. By July he was fighting and riding bulls at competitions across the state—and excelling at both. After a rodeo in Baird, the Abilene Reporter-News remarked that Dightman “rode the bull, got off its back, took off his boots and chaps, and commenced to do a little bullfighting. When he finally left the arena, there was no doubt remaining about his talents.” Francies began urging his friend to go pro, but Dightman hesitated. The $50 initiation fee was steep, and he was married with three young children by then. One afternoon in 1961, Francies called and said, “Come on by, Myrtis. I’ve got something for you.” When Dightman arrived, Francies handed him a pro card. “The best investment I ever made,” Francies later told Sports Illustrated. Dightman spent the next few years working on his craft but didn’t commit to rodeoing full-time. Like many black cowboys at the time, Dightman wasn’t offered sponsorships, so he found it necessary to keep a day job—he drove big rigs across the state. Finally, in 1964, he decided “to see what I could do if I really tried.” He crisscrossed the country, entering every rodeo his Chevy could make it to by showtime. It was a lonely existence. While the white riders booked into hotels with their families, Dightman would often pull over and sleep in the back seat of his car—but first he would


talk with a local police officer and explain on winning money punching an eightmost money earned in a single season, that he was just passing through. He second time card. He placed third at and he won his first All-Around Cowboy found camaraderie with the other bull Cheyenne, in front of 15,000 fans, and he title, an award given to the contestant who riders, but he was never sure how a new was recognized as the first black contestant competes in two or more events and earns audience might respond to him. There to ride in Houston’s Astrodome, where the most overall money. By April 1967 he were plenty of times when he was forced he placed first in the opening go-round. was already on pace to smash the single to ride after the main event had ended, in By the end of the season Dightman was season record. what’s called the slack. “It didn’t make no ranked eighth nationally, and he earned Though Stanton had jumped out to difference to me,” he says now. “I don’t enough points at the NFR to hold on to an early lead, Dightman’s first-place fincare when you’re gonna let me ride. I was that position, his best finish yet. ish at the rodeo in Edmonton, Canada, going to win some money.” Dightman had proven to detractors that had boosted his total earnings to $7,651, As the 1964 season wound down, black cowboys could ride with the best in knocking Stanton from the top of the rankDightman was the seventeenth ranked bull rodeo. Yet still he sought a higher goal: ings by just $2. Such razor-thin margins rider in the world, two spots short of an he wanted to be the world champion, and provided excellent fodder for the papers, invitation to the NFR. But in the last few 1967 was the year he was going to do it. which hyped their “neck-and-neck battle” contests, two higher-ranked cowboys got to lure bigger crowds to local rodeos. so busted up that both men were unable For rodeo devotees, the 1967 season was In Vernon, Texas, west of Wichita Falls, to ride in December. Incredibly, Dightman one for the ages. All year, Dightman was Dightman and Stanton drew the same was headed to the National Finals, locked in a fierce fight with two of the best bull, a powerful beast named B-16. The making him the first showdown ended African American in a draw; B-16 to compete at shucked both riders the World Series before the buzzer of rodeo. When sounded. Dightman showed Most of the time, up for the event, though, it was he was unusually Dightman who got anxious. This was the better of his the biggest stage bovine adversary. of rodeo, after all. At the Rose Bowl, He managed to tie he went headfor second place in to-head with the first go-round Dreamboat, “one of the orneriest but only made one Brahmas on the other qualified ride rodeo circuit,” over the next seven according to the nights. His first trip Independent Starto the NFR added News in Pasadena. a paltry $245 to Dightman rode his year-end total, him to the buzzer leaving him right and the grandwhere he was when prize buckle. At a the rodeo started—a rodeo in Fort Smith, disappointing Arkansas, one seventeenth overall. Trophies and photos in Dightman’s living room, including a group shot of the 1967 NFR qualifiers. admiring cowpoke And although he said to a reporter, “I’d turn black or green had shattered a barrier in the sport, the riders on the circuit. Bill Stanton, 26 years if I could ride those devils like he does.” year on the road had been tough on him old and a near ringer for Hank Williams Across the country, meanwhile, racial and his family. When his wife, Fannie Mae, Sr., had shot to the top of the standings tensions were at a fever pitch. That was in labor with their fifth and final child, in early March after besting 83 other summer, riots left scores of African that August, Dightman was 1,500 miles challengers to win an event in Houston. Americans dead in Detroit, Newark, Tampa, away, at a rodeo in Billings, Montana. He Less than two weeks later, Stanton edged and elsewhere. In Houston, 488 students walked away with the first-prize buckle out Dightman by three points to win were arrested after a protest at Texas but missed the birth of his son. Dightman the Sheriff’s Rodeo in San Bernardino, Southern University, a historically black decided to step away from rodeo and went California. The Washington cowboy was off back to driving eighteen-wheelers. to the best start of his career, but hot on his college. Muhammad Ali was promptly stripped of his heavyweight title after The career change afforded him more wedged heels was Larry Mahan. refusing an order to fight in Vietnam, time at home, but he hated working for At 23, the future Hall of Famer was and a few weeks later he held a press someone else. In rodeo, the rules were already making his mark on rodeo. Mahan conference to explain his objections to simple: “The bull wants to be the boss, wore psychedelic chaps and kept his hair the draft. “I ain’t got no quarrel with them and it’s up to you to prove that he ain’t.” long, behavior that would’ve gotten most Dightman had tasted the freedom and thrill laughed out of the arena. But no one could Vietcong,” he famously said. Several of the era’s most well-known African American of the cowboy’s life; rodeo had settled in knock Mahan’s ability. In addition to being athletes sat beside him in solidarity. The his blood. There was no going back. a skilled bull rider, he was a top hand in Ali Summit, as it has since become known, He returned to bull riding in 1966, this the bareback and saddle bronc events. was a transformational moment in America, time more focused than before—no more The year before, he had brought home bullfighting. He would concentrate solely $40,358, nearly matching the record for Continued on page 124 FarmAndRanch.com

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TEXAS BEST—LIVE WATER, GAME-FENCED, READY TO GO, ALL AROUND WINNER! - 197± ACRES Texas Hill Country v Kendall County v Boerne/San Antonio ocated minutes to San Antonio, Texas. Features a main ranch home, guest home, and event-center party barn for personal use, weddings, events, private parties, or an awesome car barn. Good roads, workshop, equipment barn, both sides of cypress-lined creek, fishing lake and some exotics! Far too many amenities to list; only for the quality minded! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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inutes to Medina, Camp Verde, Bandera and only 45 minutes to San Antonio, Texas. Four-bedroom, four-bath ranch home with pool, guest house, cabin, nice barn, equipment shed, airstrip, hangar, paved roads, private electric gate access. Then add a large lake, small lake, both sides of cypress-lined creek and Medina River! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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TEXAS BEST—LIVE WATER DEAL! WATER, WATER, WATER! ONE-OF-A-KIND! NEW $150,000 APPROXIMATELY 2± ACRE FISHING LAKE! - 100± ACRES Texas Hill Country v Bandera County v Bandera ust minutes to Bandera, Texas, and 30 minutes to San Antonio! Paved access, giant hilltop, good land, big trees and must-see rock bluffs, and new $150,000 lake! 2± acre fishing lake, cypress-lined, crystal clear creek with two dams, and two other spring-fed creeks! Exotics and big neighbors! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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SOUTH TEXAS BEST! QUAIL, DEER HUNTER’S PARADISE 810± ACRES

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his property in Dimmit County features 810± acres minutes to legendary Golden Triangle Carrizo Spring, Texas! This ranch provides giant bull mesquites, wild and woolly South Texas brush, paved access, electricity, water well, hilltop camp area with nice views, two large lakes, one approximately 14± acres and one 17± acres! There are four other ponds, a great road system, many food plot areas, lots of dog quail hunting areas, many different fenced pastures with piped underground water lines and troughs throughout the ranch! The property features great topography with rolling hills and all kinds of native brush and habitat. There are several creek drainage areas with big trees and deep soil. Lots of variety in this all-around winner! This is a giant whitetail deer, turkey, dove, and quail hunter’s paradise with fishing, wild hogs and ducks galore as well! Hard to beat or find a better place! Priced to sell at $2,595,000 ($3,203.70 per acre!) Sellers may divide! Shown by appointment only, call Jeff Soele at 210-705-4013.

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ouch the sky views from this hilltop ranch compound! The lodge has three beds, three bunks, three baths, a large, bright, open granite kitchen, large high-ceiling family/living room, and large master with separate entry. Guest wing sleeps 12 (also with separate access), and the lodge features awesome porches looking out to manicured grounds and landscaping. Then add a guest house with three beds, two baths, a cantina with a bath, fire pit entertaining area, outdoor cook area and a one-of-a-kind lagoon pool area with your own private beach, waterfalls and fountains! The property features paved, electric gate access, a shooting range, all-weather road system, eight executive deer blinds with protein and corn feeders, five ponds, all with piped water, one water well, three phase electricity, 10-acre breeding pens, five-acre release pen, 40x40-feet deer working facility, 28 lofting sheds in deer pens, another 40x40-feet metal building, and approximately 7,000-square-foot covered metal building with workshop, two game cleaning areas with walk-in coolers, overhead grain bins, and approximately 20 oryx and 20 axis deer as the exotics on the ranch. The ranch also has a 12-space RV hookup area! This turnkey ranch is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the serious, quality minded, giant deer enthusiast, with legendary giant deer on the ranch now! Don’t wait six years to get started, this ranch is ready now! Call Jeff Soele for an appointment to see this ranch: 210-705-4013.

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,290± acres in Zavala and Maverick Counties, just minutes to Crystal City and Uvalde, and only two hours to San Antonio. Turnkey, ready-to-go, game managed, with electric gate and end-of-the-road privacy. IMPROVEMENTS – Paved driveway leads to a state-of-the-art home with five bedrooms, five baths and a open floor plan designed for entertaining! Includes a threebedroom, three-bath hotel for guests. The main hunting lodge sleeps approximately 30 people in nine bedrooms and five and one-half baths, and features a commercial kitchen. There are approximately 25 stock tanks, some offering great fishing and duck hunting! This ranch also has four large irrigation wells with three pivot systems and three smaller domestic water wells. WILDLIFE – This ranch is on Level II MLD and has been game-managed for over 20 years offering giant South Texas whitetail deer, turkey, wild hogs, javalina, quail, and dove hunting that mirrors Argentina! MINERALS – Seller will convey all owned, which is believed to be one-sixteenth! Ranch has no current production. Seller may consider some partial owner financing. Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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his 10,000± square-foot lake house is stunning yet warm and inviting. The home is built using wood from an old Dutch barn incorporating the original frame as it stood for 208 years! The home is filled with knotty alder doors and trims; the floors are mixed oak milled from a home built in 1740. There are four bedrooms (two downstairs are master suites), additionally a secret loft bedroom, and a bunkroom with two queens and two full size beds. There are six full baths and two half baths. The gourmet kitchen has custom granite, highend appliances, and a butler’s pantry with a second dishwasher and microwave. The great room has floor to ceiling windows and a massive rock fireplace. There is a full media room, a downstairs game room, a chilled wine cellar, and a safe room. City water, sewer, natural gas, cable, and high-speed internet. Outside is a custom salt water pool with infinity edge. The boat dock houses two large boats with auto lifts. This covered boat dock features a large sitting areas, a mist system, outdoor lighting and a full working kitchen. The home is positioned so that the back faces east with unobstructed views of Lake Conroe. In the heat of the summer, the pool stays cooler, the back porch is comfortable, and the boat dock stays an average 10 degrees cooler! This is one of the very best lots on Lake Conroe located close to the dam on 105! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013. ATTENTION: Seller may consider a trade for a ranch or an income producing property!

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TEXAS BEST—HOUSTON AREA, GAME-FENCED, TURNKEY, READY-TO-GO OUTDOORSMAN’S PARADISE! - 894± ACRES - RARE! $1,000,000 PRICE REDUCTION!

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hese 894± acres in Walker County are minutes to Huntsville and only 45 minutes to Houston. Hunting, fishing, cattle, exotics, boating, horses or waterfowl—this fabulous place can do it all! The lakeside lodge is resort-style and quality minded with 7,500± square-feet, six bedrooms, six baths, patio is climate controlled with outdoor cook area and motorized shades. The land has lush wooded areas with many open areas and food plots. Exotics such as red deer, buffalo, water buffalo, water buck, zebra, impala, gemsbok, lechwe, axis, sitka, fallow, blackbuck, transcaspian urail, mouflon, Catalina goat, aoudad, scimitar oryx, and giant scientific whitetail out in the pasture! There is a large covered barn with workshop, carport, equipment area with six horse stalls, walk-in cooler, office, tack room and bathroom. What makes this place so special is the water! Three stocked lakes all ready to go for the outdoorsman, family or company/corporate group! There are also two water wells that supply the whole ranch. You will look a long time to find a better ranch! Location, paved access, great lodge, fabulous exotics and year-round entertainment for the whole family or business. Tons of depreciable assets and write-offs! Equipment list can be provided upon request. Remember…turnkey and ready to go! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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TEXAS BEST—LIVE WATER DEAL, BEST LOCATION - 100± ACRES Texas Hill Country Bandera County v Bandera ater, water, water! Located minutes to Bandera and 30 minutes to San Antonio. Paved access, giant hilltop, good land, big trees, must-see rock bluffs. Twoacre fishing lake with cypress-lined, crystal clear creek with two dams, plus two other spring-fed creeks. Exotics on property and big neighbors. Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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LAKE AMISTAD DEVIL’S RIVER 6,600± ACRES West Texas v Val Verde County v Del Rio inutes to Del Rio, paved access electric gate entry, end of road, hilltop two-bedroom, two-bath ranch house, threebedroom, one-bath rock guest house, nice barn, three water wells, great road system, water on three sides, approximately 20± miles of Devils River and Lake Amistad boundary. No conservation easements. Wow and awesome and truly one-of-a-kind opportunity! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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LIVE WATER, GAME FENCED - 808± ACRES Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Camp Verde

exas Best hunting ranch! Ready to go, Well watered. Located two hours to San Antonio with a nice lodge, guest hotel, bunkhouse, ocated minutes to Camp Verde and Kerrville with paved access pavilion area, gun range, giant lake, smaller lakes two irrigation wells, and game fencing on both sides of a creek. Property has many and two domestic wells. Game managed for more than 20 years! springs and nice fishing lake with two smaller lakes. Priced to sell! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013. Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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MEDINA RIVER RARE OPPORTUNITY - 330± ACRES Texas Hill Country v Bandera County v Pipe Creek

94± acres, hilltop seven-bedroom, two-bath lodge, plus manager’s house, barns, 30 minutes to Abilene, Texas, airport inutes to San Antonio, paved access, great trees, big and commercial flights! Great bird hunting, fishing, big deer, Russian hilltops, and fabulous crystal clear rock bottom Medina River! boar and antelope! Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013. Call Jeff Soele, 210-705-4013.

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FRENCH INGRAM RANCH 14,035 + Acres | $8,701,700 | Val Verde County, Langtry, TX NEW PRICE FOR THE FINEST LIVE WATER OPPORTUNITY IN TEXAS! The historic French Ingram Ranch in Val Verde County, Texas has over 7 miles of crystal clear flowing Pecos River frontage. This very private ranch has been in the same family since the 1920s and includes a spectacular cut limestone home, custom built in the 1930s. The headquarters area is nestled in a beautiful valley with live oaks, conjuring up images of famed Texas Ranger Capt. Jack Hays stepping out to greet a visitor on the screened porch. This is an incredible year-round recreational ranch paradise that offers both hunting and fishing, not to mention exploring for Native American artifacts or pictographs and enjoying the stars at night, or the daytime views of the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains.

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BLANCO CREEK RANCH 2,110 + Acres | $7,385,000 | Refugio County, Refugio, TX This ranch is known for having an extraordinary amount of giant oak trees and a wide variety of soils provided by the famous Blanco Creek. Blanco Creek is a live water sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife that provides an endless location for hunting, fishing and family recreation. The creek bottom is wild and wooly with big trees, vines and palmettos. This special part of the world can be described as savanna lands, big oaks, and South Texas brush, with tons of deer and turkey. This is an incredible place that is low fenced and surrounded by hundreds of thousands of low fenced historic ranches.

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MONARCH RANCH 40,138 + Acres | $26,089,700 | Val Verde County, Comstock, TX

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D BAR RANCH 7,656 + Acres | $9,570,000 | Coke County, Blackwell, TX The historic D Bar Ranch is a magnificent 7,656 +/- acre property in northern Coke County, Texas that has been owned by the same family since the 1950’s. The ranch is located within a unique, transitional area that combines aspects of the central Texas hill country, south Texas brush country, and vistas more typical of the west Texas high plains. The Property consists of rugged hills and mesas, thick draws and open meadows, as well as plentiful water features such as ponds, seasonal creeks and windmills. Numerous hilltop vantage points provide stunning views in all directions.

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DOUBLE S RANCH 4,960 + Acres | $5,456,000 | Texas County, Texhoma, OK

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BRISCOE MOUNTAIN RANCH 940.50 + Acres | $5,975,000 Llano County, Llano, TX

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THE PASSES AT PONTCHARTRAIN BREAKOUT ACREAGE 91 to 391 + Acres | Contact for Price Orleans Parish, New Orleans, LA Exclusive Agent: William D. Swanson | 888-726-2481| 3535 Westheimer, Suite 227 Houston, TX 77027 | wswanson@republicranches.com

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SCHUMANN LAKE RANCH 76.2 + Acres | $1,200,000 Gillespie County, Albert, TX

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92± ACRES HIDDEN HAVEN RANCH CAMP VERDE, TEXAS | KERR COUNTY From the rolling lush fields to the seasonal creek bottoms, or the bountiful tree cover to the peaceful back porch views, this Hidden Haven Ranch is all of that and more. The most private homestead within one of the Hill Country’s most coveted gated communities is the gorgeous getaway of your dreams. The custom-built home’s open concept includes a breakfast bar, formal dining, walk through pantry with overflow pantry, coffee bar, and wet bar. The master wing is complete with an office, craft area, laundry nook, a claw foot tub, double vanities, double walk-in closets, double shower, and direct back porch access. The expansive back porch includes multiple seating areas, outdoor fireplace and TV—perfect for the fall ball games—shade extender, and even an endless pool. The four-car garage has sliding barn doors to allow the breeze to pass though, a sink and counter, ample storage, and a half bath. Everything is kept meticulously clean and in order, including the over garage storage, which would make a great finished addition to the already great three-bedroom, three-full baths, and two-half bath home. Call today for your private tour of this 92± acre Hidden Haven in Camp Verde.

921± ACRES PEG LEG RANCH MENARD, TEXAS | MENARD COUNTY This picturesque retreat in the northwest portion of the Texas Hill Country really does have it all. The 921±-acre Peg Leg Ranch on the banks of the San Saba River in Menard County, Texas, offers unbeatable hunting, beautiful river frontage, outdoor and water recreation galore, rich, irrigated pastures, and luxury lodging, all on this historically important parcel of land that is ready to enjoy on day one. The ranch is accessed off Texas Hwy 29 between Menard and Mason. The elaborate stone and iron entrance from the highway opens to a paved, tree-lined road that meanders to the main lodge. Topography of the ranch ranges from hilltops with live oaks and dense brush down to the river with its pecan bottoms and pastures. 54 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch


600Âą ACRES CHEROKEE COUNTY CHEROKEE COUNTY This 600-acre ranch located in the Piney Woods of East Texas contains a nice balance of high ground and low ground, contributing to a great diversity of topography, flora, fauna, and potential for improvement. Mills Creek and Bowles Creek converge on this tract, both of which are major tributaries to Lake Striker, which is about six miles to the south. Over 3,600 feet of Mills Creek and around 4,000 feet of Bowles Creek meander through the ranch, contributing to multiple duck marshes and sloughs near the creeks. Many of these features could be improved to provide ample winter duck hunting.

461Âą ACRES M&M RANCH ROCKSPRINGS, TEXAS | EDWARDS COUNTY Twenty minutes south of Rocksprings lies the turnkey, 461-acre high-fenced M&M wildlife ranch. The centerpiece of the property is the ranch headquarters consisting of custom, on site hewn ponderosa pine logs. With soaring ceilings, wraparound porches and outdoor kitchen, guests take in the 15-mile views in all directions from the hilltop home. Multiple 160-170-inch whitetail and trophy black buck fill the ranch.

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9,700± ACRES MEYERS SPRINGS DRYDEN, TEXAS | TERRELL COUNTY The Natural Historic Register has listed this ranch for its magnificent rock art. The expansive rock outcropping showcasing pictographic paintings that date back 3,000 years from paleo man to the Comanches of the 1800’s. In addition, this was the campsite for Major John Bullis and his Seminole-Negro-Indian Scouts. The property is high fenced and extensively managed for trophy whitetail and mule deer. Along with the native wildlife, a division of the ranch also contains elk, black buck and axis deer. An extensive road system allows for easy access through rugged terrain. The ranch is well watered with several springs, tanks, header dams and numerous water wells. The ranch is highly improved with several homes, a barn and a 3,500-foot runway. This is truly a great opportunity to own a property so rich in Texas history.

981± ACRES NAVASOTA RIVER RANCH NAVASOTA, TEXAS | BRAZOS COUNTY Don’t miss your opportunity to own the 981-acre Navasota River Ranch, located just two miles west of Navasota, Texas. This one-of-akind Brazos County ranch provides 3.4 miles of Navasota River frontage, making up its east and south boundaries. Big Creek seasonally flows through the ranch in a southerly direction. Three ponds offer year-round recreation while providing water to livestock and wildlife. The land has been meticulously sculpted and maintained primarily in Coastal Bermuda pasture. The ranch offers a two-story fivebedroom lodge, party house, foreman’s home, horse barn, equipment barn, roping arena and cattle working facility. 56 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch


849± ACRES FLYIN D RANCH RED RIVER COUNTY A true sportsman’s paradise, the 849-acre Flyin D Ranch is located just seven miles south of Avery, Texas in Red River County. Consisting of 30 percent pastureland and 70 percent woody habitat and timber, this ranch offers a unique vegetative and habitat diversity. Additionally, water is in abundance on the property provided by Peters Creek which meanders across the southeast portion of the ranch. Seven earthen stock tanks and three lakes consisting of three, eight and ten acres provide year-round water for wildlife, livestock and aquatec recreation. Improvements include a barndominium, complete with living area, bedrooms, shop and covered patios.

5,000± ACRES RANCHO ANEJO EAGLE PASS, TEXAS | MAVERICK COUNTY Rancho Anejo, located in Maverick County, is a true sportsman’s paradise. With four lakes, the largest being over 250 acres, this ranch has an abundance of surface water. Rosita Creek and its tributaries meander through the ranch providing water to lakes, stock tanks, and use by wildlife. Improvements include an 8,000-square-foot lodge, tennis court, 7,000-foot paved runway, hangar, office, hunter’s house, paved roads, and city water. The ranch has been managed for whitetailed deer. Other wildlife includes quail, dove, and feral hogs. Seller financing available.

Trip duPerier, Broker

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800Âą ACRES GUADALUPE RIVER RANCH KENDALL COUNTY Located just 45 minutes from San Antonio, this Kendall County property checks all the boxes. Guadalupe River frontage for over one mile with deep soils and large cypress trees. This highly improved ranch has been meticulously maintained and developed by the current owner. The main estate consists of over 9,000-square-feet overlooking the banks of the Guadalupe River. The ranch offers several other homes and multiple barns as well. The property is fenced and divided into multiple pastures. The ranch offers an excellent road system complete with miles of paved roads passing through gentle pastures covered in large oak trees.

382Âą ACRES OTONO ARROYO RANCH CAMP VERDE, TEXAS | KERR COUNTY Spring-fed Fall Creek meanders through the property for three-quarters a mile shaping the landscape for centuries and providing endless opportunities. Five concrete dams are constructed across Fall Creek creating spectacular water features. With 200-feet elevation changes, this ranch offers all the natural vegetation and topographical beauty the Hill Country has to offer. Paved ranch roads provide all weather access. Improvements include a four-bedroom, four-bath home, guest house, phenomenal party house, garage, swimming pool, and basketball court. Other improvements include three barns, game-cleaning area with walk-in cooler, and two water wells. Wildlife species include whitetail deer, axis, black buck antelope, sika deer, fallow deer, quail, turkey, dove, geese, and ducks. Just minutes away from the Kerrville Airport. 58 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch


500± ACRES T ANCHOR RANCH BANDERA COUNTY Don’t miss your opportunity to own this 500-acre live water paradise. Located just four miles northwest of Medina, Texas, T Anchor Ranch offers all the splendid characteristics that define the Hill Country. Boasting over 1.8 miles of Medina River frontage and nearly half a mile of Wallace Creek, this ranch and its gently rolling terrain offer a plethora of recreational opportunities. Paved roads meander across the property providing all weather access to the many amenities. Improvements include a 9,200-square-foot main home, circa 1940’s, constructed of native river stone and Spanish tile roof. Other improvements include a swimming pool, 2,400-square-foot horse barn with upstairs living area, 980-square-foot cabin, implement barn, riding arena and cattle pens. Wildlife species include whitetailed deer, axis deer, black buck antelope, and turkey.

53± ACRES RANGER CREEK ESTATE KENDALL COUNTY Ranger Creek Estate, located in a coveted portion of the Hill Country and minutes from Boerne, offers all the beauty the Hill Country has to offer. The 8,420-square-foot plantation-style home offers four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, three living areas and a five-car garage. The large covered patio provides spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and pool. Other improvements include an outdoor kitchen and barn. Wildlife species include whitetailed deer, axis deer, turkey and dove.

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1,239± ACRES RANCHES AT THUNDER MOUNTAIN SISTERDALE, TEXAS | KENDALL COUNTY Located within the heart of the Texas Hill Country, this 1,239±-acre ranch offers tremendous views, incredible topography, giant hardwood trees, and a vibrant spring that provides water to the entire parcel. This historic property was originally owned by Hondo Crouch, the Luckenbach legend. Both native and exotic wildlife are abundant on the property.

2,900± ACRES UVALDE COUNTY RANCH UVALDE COUNTY This Uvalde County property is located approximately seven miles northwest of Uvalde, Texas. The ranch consists of 2,900± acres divided into two pastures. The high-fenced pasture has been extensively managed for trophy whitetailed deer. This pasture is just north of 2,250 acres and the property has been highly improved. Cook Slough passes through the property for almost four miles. This slough adds to the property’s appeal with large stands of oak trees along with the many native species of South Texas brush. The ranch includes a center pivot irrigation system, several large stock tanks, with bass, and 10 water wells. Improvements include several homes and newly constructed barn. This ranch has been very well maintained and offers world-class whitetail hunting and over-the-top bird hunting opportunities. 60 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch


395± ACRES THUNDER MOUNTAIN WATER TRACT SISTERDALE, TEXAS | KENDALL COUNTY These very special 395± acres sit in a prime location just four miles north of historic Sisterdale, Texas. Access to Boerne, Stonewall and Comfort, all within a 20-minute drive. The property has private paved road frontage off Hwy 1376, south of Luckenbach. The property features good fertile bottoms, two improved fields which lie along the banks of Reeh Creek for over 1.5 miles. The ranch offers excellent tree coverage, good road system and several outstanding dams and building locations. The property is surrounded by large neighbors and heavily populated with both native and exotic wildlife. The ranch is located in highly desirable Kendall County and is one of the best small tracts on the market. The potential of this ranch is off the charts!

50± ACRES BOERNE ESTATE KENDALL COUNTY This Hill Country estate is located just 15 minutes from downtown Boerne, Texas. 50 acres of beautifully maintained grounds covered in oak trees surround this estate. The main house consists of approximately 6,500-square-feet of air-conditioned space with large covered porches allowing access to the pool and backyard. In addition, the property offers a 12-stall horse barn complete with cozy apartment. A large 200x300-foot riding and roping arena is conveniently located near the barn. Improvements on this property are second to none! The property’s proximity to Boerne and San Antonio allows this property to serve as a weekend retreat or a commuter’s dream. The attention to detail in all improvements sets this property apart from the competition.

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RANCHO ESTRELLA 8,100± ACRES

South Texas v Jim Hogg & Starr Counties v Hebbronville

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he 8,100± acre Rancho Estrella, located 42 miles southwest of Hebbronville, provides incredible hunting and superlative privacy. Rancho Estrella, which has been managed for wildlife for almost 30 years, is divided into four pastures and completely high fenced. Wildlife includes whitetail deer, bobwhite and scaled quail, Rio Grande turkeys, javelina, dove and feral hogs as well as a full complement of desirable exotics. The well-managed brush country habitat, also suitable for cattle, is supplemented with protein feeders and food plots. Rancho Estrella has nine water wells, four stock tanks, and more than 30 wildlife waterers. The ranch has two separate living compounds each featuring a main lodge, apartments and casitas. The four-bedroom, four-bath owner’s home is located in Brush Pasture compound. The ranch has been a hunting destination and a corporate retreat and could easily be a commercial hunting operation. Call Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Available for $30 million.

Howard W. Hood, Broker Howard@HoodRealEstateInc.com

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he 2,728± acre game-fenced Sandstone Mountain Ranch near Llano is an elite Texas property dedicated to exceptional wildlife and fine living. A concerted five-year plan of restoration and improvement has lifted the property to the pinnacle. Benefiting from more than 30 years of management, Sandstone has yielded whitetail bucks from 150 inches to 210 inches. An array of exotics including scimitarhorned oryx, zebra, axis and fallow thrive alongside other native species such as dove, turkey and waterfowl. While the land makes a statement, the water makes the ranch, with more than six stocked lakes ranging from 5 to 30 acres. With over 80 acres of surface water, the ranch also fronts the Llano River for more than half a mile. The 4,000± square-foot hunter’s lodge wraps hunting clients in rugged luxury. The main residential compound has four structures—the old lodge (3,570± square feet), the main house (2,650± square feet), cabin (850± square feet), and man cave (1,600 square feet)—all built from native stone and log veneer. Each building is situated to provide a stunning view of the Sandstone Mountain with a 20-acre lake nestled at its base. All outbuildings have either been completely refurbished or built within the past five years including the big barn (90x100), which is the working heart, the big shop (60x150) with eight bay doors, three-bay mechanics shop (40x50) with walk-down oil change pit, and a climate-controlled RV/bus barn (20x65). Call Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Price Reduced $29.5 million.

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830-739-3815

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Central Texas v Grimes County v Llano

GRIMES COUNTY

PRICE REDUCTION

$6,750,000

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830-739-3815

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ucky A Ranch, located six miles east of Navasota, is 388± acres of thoughtfully customized perfection about 72 miles from Houston. Four-bar pipe fences are prominent. The pastures are improved, with mixed Bahia grass, Coastal Bermuda and mature trees. About 30 percent of the ranch is wooded providing native wildlife habitat. Every pasture has either a lake, stock tank or water trough to provide for livestock and wildlife. The ranch has two spring-fed lakes each five acres or larger, stocked with Florida bass, crappie and blue gills. There are also three spring-fed stock tanks, several springs, and three wells. The turnkey ranch has been a purebred 200-head, cow-calf operation, but could be a horse farm or a country getaway with income generating potential. A fenced lane transects the property so livestock can be moved easily to the lighted and covered central working facility. Most ranch equipment will transfer with the sale. The 5,000± square-foot house exemplifies one-of-a-kind rustic elegance where even the windowsills are granite in the three-bedroom (plus a flex room and office), three-and-a-half-bathroom house. Abundant granite and hand-built, custom wood work featuring light-stained ash make a strong design statement. The wood and granite are offset by natural light, soaring ceilings, open design, neutral color palette, and handcrafted antler chandeliers. The all-electric kitchen, with its custom cabinetry and large walk-in pantry, features Wolf and Subzero appliances. Front and back porches, encompassing 1,625-square-feet, overlook professionally landscaped grounds. A 24x40 covered patio is outfitted with a wood-burning fireplace, a six-foot Bull barbeque pit, granite bar and nine-foot granite-topped table as well a sink, ceiling fans and hand-crafted cedar ceiling. An attached, oversized three-car garage can accommodate three Ford F-350 pickups. There are seven metal outbuildings including: a hay barn (40x100-foot with a 30-foot lean-to), a combination equipment/hay barn (150x125 with a 20-foot unpaved lean-to provide covered storage for heavy equipment), feed room/storage building (25x80), RV storage building (45x50 with water, sewer and electrical hook-ups inside), air-conditioned workshop (22x30), an air-conditioned, insulated “flex” building (40x25 with a 14-foot rollup door and 36-inch walk-in door that can be used as climate-controlled storage or a game room), and a “three-sided” storage building (45x50 attached to the back of the flex building.) All are constructed on concrete pads that are at least six inches and reinforced for heavy-duty use. All hay and ranch equipment can be stored beneath a roof. Call Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Available for $6.75 million.


JACALON RANCH South Texas v Webb & Zapata Counties v Laredo

4,624± ACRES

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he 4,624± acre Jacalon Ranch, located near Hebbronville, is home to exceptional hunting with abundant whitetails (managed under a MLD Level III permit), quail (both bobs and blues), dove and waterfowl. Jacalon Ranch brings together the Coastal Plains’ red sand, brush motts and savannah grasslands and South Texas’ rolling hills and flatlands. Thanks to the Bordas Escarpment, the ranch also offers stunning views. Water is plentiful with seven stock tanks, several creeks and four wells. A windmill pulls from a well at 200 feet. Two newly drilled wells hit drinking-quality water at 400 feet, offer 4,500 gallons of storage and flow at 10–15± gallons per minute each. The fourth well extends 1,050 feet deep and flows at a rate of 40± gallons per minute to sustain wildlife and livestock. FM 649 provides road frontage access. The two-story Jacalon Ranch Lodge, beautifully appointed with Spanish and southwestern furniture and décor, boasts eleven suites, each with a private bath. Designed for a crowd, the lodge includes a modern kitchen, a large dining room and bar area, utility room, full bath in the common area, and modern telecommunications. Guests can enjoy a fire pit and outdoor seating area. An 8,000-gallon rain catchment helps meet water needs. The ranch has a private/restricted 3,900-foot turf runway (TE89). Jim Hogg County Airport is 20 minutes away and Laredo International Airport 40 minutes. To experience the Jacalon Ranch, contact Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Available for $1,450/acre.

Howard W. Hood, Broker Howard@HoodRealEstateInc.com

830-739-3815

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REWARD RANCH 2,330± ACRES

REAL & EDWARDS COUNTIES

AVAILABLE FOR

$2,650/ACRE

Howard W. Hood, Broker Howard@HoodRealEstateInc.com

830-739-3815

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Texas Hill Country v Real & Edwards Counties v Kerrville

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he 2,330±-acre Reward Ranch, on The Divide near Garven’s Store, is the bestpriced ranch located within 45 minutes of Kerrville. The ranch, which sits in both Real and Edwards Counties, fronts Hwy 41. A paved road runs from the entrance to the headquarters; crushed stone roads throughout the ranch make accessibility easy. The ranch features rolling native-grass pastures and live oaks as well as two fields suitable for hay meadows or food plots. Throughout most of its history, the ranch, founded in the early 1900s, was used as a livestock operation. The ranch infrastructure includes working pens, barns, a cedar stay round pen for horses, and excellent water distribution thanks to two water wells and a windmill. Two additional storage tanks could be hooked up to further develop the water. Most recently though, the low-fenced ranch has focused on wildlife. Native game includes whitetail deer and turkey. Free-ranging exotics such as blackbuck antelope and axis deer come and go. In addition to the ranch infrastructure, the headquarters compound includes two main ranch houses and a wrangler’s house. The original ranch house, which boasts four bedrooms and two baths, was completely updated recently to include granite countertops, wood floors and new heating and cooling system. Reward Ranch offers several potential building sites with memorable Hill Country views. Just an hour and a half from the San Antonio International Airport, Reward Ranch provides the best of the Hill Country along with convenient interstate access to Kerrville and San Antonio. Call Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Reward Ranch is available for $2,650/acre.


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ronting State Hwy 16 between Kerrville and Fredericksburg, Wolf Creek Ranch offers a private, live-water oasis on 65± acres that includes rolling hills, bottom lands and dense patches of hardwoods. Blackbuck antelope, axis deer and whitetails call the highfenced ranch home. Wolf Creek burbles through the ranch for about 750 feet providing access from both banks. Hardwoods shade the watercourse and custom concrete creek-side patio. The pipe fence-lined drive delivers you to the comfortable luxury of a 7,500± squarefoot Mediterranean-inspired villa with Spanish tile. The villa juxtaposes the solidity of finely crafted wood, stone and stucco against an open floor plan, soaring ceilings and large lightfilled windows. The well-appointed home includes six bedrooms, five full baths, two half baths and seven fireplaces. The master suite, recently remodeled and upgraded, leaves no need unmet with two walk-in closets as well as an expansive master bath featuring a walk-in shower, a gorgeous bathtub and his-and-her vanities. The huge kitchen is designed for use and style. A balcony extending across the back of the villa overlooks the oasis featuring the swimming pool and hot tub. The nearby garage accommodates three cars and includes a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment. Wolf Creek Ranch offers all the amenities of Hill Country living on a perfect scale. To experience Wolf Creek Ranch for yourself, contact Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Price Reduced $3.25 million.

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830-739-3815

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ROBIN’S ROCK RANCH 82.44± ACRES

KERR

COUNTY AVAILABLE FOR

$2,495,000

Howard W. Hood, Broker Howard@HoodRealEstateInc.com

830-739-3815

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estled in the Beautiful heart of the Texas Hill Country, Robin’s Rock Ranch is located less than 10 minutes from Kerrville and an hour from San Antonio. The ranch is perched on one of the highest elevations in Kerr County creating magnificent views of the Hill Country terrain. While the majority of Robin’s Rock Ranch is manicured, it retains its wild spirit. Several natural springs with numerous dam-building sites meander through the canyon and provide water for the abundant whitetail deer, turkey and dove. The ranch’s perimeter is encircled by an 8-foot, game-proof fence. Family and guests will enjoy the ease and security of the electric gate and keypad that are the working core of the custom rock entrance, conveniently located 3.4 miles from I-10 and 4.5 miles from Kerrville’s city limits. The 4,150-square-foot custom-built rock home boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths strategically arranged to enhance the open concept design. The soaring ceilings, whitewashed pine walls, neutral color palette and abundant light create an airy environment with solid focal points like the custom chandeliers, massive rock fireplace and natural architectural features of rock and wood interspersed throughout. The beautifully appointed home includes a dream kitchen with an island and granite countertops; plentiful, spacious closets; an expansive office with a hunting closet and built-in gun cabinet; and a four-car carport with drive through. The ultimate destination for outdoor entertaining is just steps away. The combination of a self-cleaning blue lagoon pool, Jacuzzi and 26x26 cabana with an outdoor kitchen, full bath, rock fireplace, huge barbecue pit, cozy fire pit, surround-sound stereo system and stunning vistas guarantee that every gathering will be memorable. Other amenities include a 60x60 insulated, metal barn with water, electricity and a 21x17 apartment with granite countertops and built-ins that can house guests or an employee; a 20x60 extended carport for RV storage; and 20x33 concrete dog kennel as well as two fenced yards. An insulated well house protects a 500-foot Trinity water well with a 50-gallon /minute output. There is also a 3,000-gallon storage tank. To experience the manicured wildness and convenience that is Robin’s Rock Ranch, contact Conner W. Hood at 830-928-2317 for a private showing. The owner is a licensed real estate broker. The ranch is available for $2.495 million.


FLOWING RIVER RANCH Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Hunt

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he Flowing River Ranch, located about 10 minutes south of Hunt in Kerr County, offers the rare opportunity to purchase 108± acres of undeveloped land on the Guadalupe River’s south fork. The south fork, known for its high water quality and stunning scenery, courses along the ranch for about 1,700 feet of river frontage, giving the owner private access. The property fronts Highway 39. The ranch, with gently rolling terrain shaded by mature post oaks and live oaks, offers a selection of potential building sites. The native vegetation and plentiful water attract wildlife. To experience Flowing River Ranch, contact Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Available for $3.75 million.

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LAKE AMISTAD RANCH West Texas v Val Verde County v Del Rio

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icturesque Lake Amistad Ranch, with four miles of lake frontage, is the ultimate recreational water property. Delight in hunting wild game or hiking in the hills of this scenic 872.6± acre property, located only 25 minutes north of Del Rio. Native game include whitetail deer, turkey, quail, dove, and javelina. A four-bedroom, three-bath stucco home with wood-burning fireplace provides true Texas comfort. Other amenities include a barn, one water well, one tank, and perimeter fencing. This property is versatile and well-suited for development, a corporate retreat, recreational camp or a private getaway. Contact Howard W. Hood at 830-739-3815. Available for $2.6 million.

872±

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$2,600,000

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Lakeview Estate · 154± Acres · Madison County, Texas · $3,500,000

Seller will Divide

Yellow Wolf Ranch · 2,717± Acres · Coke County, Texas · $5,400,000 TEXAS RANCH SALES, L.L.C.

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Y-Bell Farms · 1,135± Acres · Crook County, Oregon · $44,750,000

Sagecreek Ranch · 1,609± Acres · Medina County, Texas · $13,500,000

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Hidden Falls Ranch Resort · 200± Acres · Comal County, Texas · $9,400,000

Medina River Ranch · 400± Acres · Bandera County, Texas · $13,500,000 TEXAS RANCH SALES, L.L.C.

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Guadalupe River Ranch · 319± Acres · Kerr County, Texas · $7,000,000

Double W Ranch · 410± Acres · Eastland County, Texas · $1,850,000

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Blue Mountain Ranch · 2,280± Acres · Uvalde County, Texas · $9,960,000

Jayhawk Creek Ranch · 2,383± Acres · Mitchell County, Texas · $10,000,000 TEXAS RANCH SALES, L.L.C.

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Red Rock Ranch · 1,289± Acres · Atascosa County, Texas · $10,500,000

Seco Creek Ranch · 1,557± Acres · Medina County, Texas · $10,000,000

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Laguna Vista Ranch · 1,486± Acres · Frio County, Texas · $7,850,000

Apache Creek Ranch · 2,058± Acres · Medina County, Texas · $14,000,000 TEXAS RANCH SALES, L.L.C.

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The Springs Ranch · 282± Acres · Gillespie County, Texas · $3,200,000

Los Vecinos Ranch · 1,795± Acres · Uvalde County, Texas · $11,700,000

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6,963±-ACRE NUECES RANCH South Texas v La Salle & McMullen Counties v Cotulla

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low-fenced South Texas ranch has been intensely managed for 14± years and produced exceptional native, free-range whitetail deer. Improvements include a great road system, 20±-acre lake, 3.5± miles of Nueces River plus 100 miles of maintained senderos and brush clearing. Nice facilities include a ranch home, guest house, foreman’s home, barns, etc.

7,800±-ACRE SAN SABA RIVER RANCH Central Texas v Menard County v Menard

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he highlight of the ranch is the 3± miles of pristine San Saba River frontage, plus superior water infrastructure with nine water wells and 20 stock tanks. Includes a nine-bedroom lodge and guest/staff homes. Wonderful topographic variety and 6,200± acres high fenced with excellent trees and cover. Improved whitetail deer herd, plus black buck, turkey, hogs, quail, dove, duck and fishing for big bass, catfish, perch and carp.

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2,270±-ACRE BLUE HOLE RANCH Central Texas v Uvalde Co. v Reagan Wells wned since 1973, the ranch has nearly 2± miles of the crystal clear Dry Frio River. Deep holes, fast flowing rapids and both sides of this year-round, beautiful river combine with amazing views, good bottom land and large trees. Abundant wildlife plus privacy and remoteness, with a high quality axis herd plus whitetail deer, fallow, sika deer, aoudad, turkey, hogs and varmints.

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7,900±-ACRE LONE WOLF TURKEY CREEK RANCH South Texas v Zavala County v La Pryor

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ncircled by large ranches, this free-ranging ranch has a truly wild feel, yet is only 17± miles from the town of Uvalde. Unique and impressive natural features include 10± miles of named creeks, highlighted by nearly year-round Turkey Creek. Excellent diverse soils, virgin brush and large oak trees combine with strong subsurface water, minerals, and an “Opportunity Zone” tax incentive location.

4,400±-ACRE NORTH TURKEY CREEK RANCH South Texas v Zavala County v Uvalde

1,588±-ACRE MILSTEAD RANCH Central Texas v Medina County v Castroville wned and operated by the same family for more than 50 years, this remarkable recreational/cattle ranch is ideally located and may offer future development potential. Rolling hills and seven large lakes add to the uniqueness of this offer. Abundant native wildlife, duck and dove hunting, plus bass fishing.

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inutes south of the town of Uvalde, this ranch offers the ultimate hunting experience on a property that has not been hunted in 25± years. These wild, untamed acres hold an abundance of wildlife thanks in part to three big creeks, including 3.5± miles of nearly year-round Turkey Creek, heavy tree cover, and diverse brush and soils. Ready for your improvements with barn, pipe cattle pens, and partial high-fenced perimeter.

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his one-of-a-kind premier ranch has a fascinating history. It is a great entertainment ranch, income producing farm, horse property, and outstanding native hunting for whitetail deer, quail, turkey, dove and others. There are over 4± miles of Nueces River, Espantosa Lake, ponds, excellent vegetation and tree cover, plus impressive improvements. There are both high-fenced pastureland and irrigated farmland.

South Texas v Dimmit County v Carrizo Springs

1,085±-ACRE JOHNSON FARM South Texas v Frio County v Pearsall n opportunity to own a highly productive, irrigated farm within one hour of San Antonio. Owned and operated by the same family for over 25 years, this property offers 810± acres of fertile farmland and 275± acres of gently rolling brush for excellent bird hunting. Three irrigation wells provide high volume water.

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1,026±-ACRE T9E RANCH South Texas v Frio County v Pearsall his superb, ready-to-go ranch has it all: big deer, quail, dove and turkey, great browse, superb water and quality improvements, plus proximity to San Antonio. Established, management improved habitat to maximize the game populations. Premier quality improvements with an excellent road system and game-fenced perimeter. Minerals available.

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325±-ACRE CIRCLE 8 RANCH South Texas v Frio County v Pearsall n ideal recreational, low-fenced hunting ranch is only one hour from San Antonio and offers an attractive home, excellent brush and nice elevations. Well-watered, it has three water wells, two tanks that provide bass fishing, plus Buckhorn Creek. Free range whitetail deer plus quail, dove, duck, turkey, javelina and wild hogs. Owned and operated by the same family since 1985.

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3,000±-ACRE EL TESORO RANCH South Texas v Maverick County v Eagle Pass ocated in the heart of “Big Native Deer Country,” this ranch has consistently produced monster native whitetail deer. Once part of the notable Chittim Ranch, it features good brush, strong native whitetail deer genetics, and large surface tanks. Owned and operated by the same family for 10 years after being in the Chittim family for 100 years.

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642±-ACRE BROKEN OAK RANCH Central Texas Guadalupe County v Seguin ith a massive 88± acre private lake, over 2.5± miles of paved interior roads, grand oaks and hardwoods galore, plus extensive infrastructure, this is without question one of the finest all-around properties in Texas. Areas around the lake and improvements are manicured and pristine, and the remainder is diverse and prolific. Private and secluded, but with great proximity to either metro Austin or San Antonio.

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937±-ACRE DOS AMIGOS RANCH South Texas v Duval County v Freer

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917±-ACRE MUY ALTO RANCH Texas Hill Country Gillespie County v Fredericksburg fifth generation ranch has been operated by the same family since 1950. A rare find with superb location, this history-filled ranch has two spring-fed creeks. Incredible views, grand trees and nice headquarters add to the uniqueness. This was one of several large ranches owned by the McCullough family and was the main headquarters for their cattle operation.

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1,200±-ACRE NORTH CANYON RANCH Texas Hill Country Blanco County v Johnson City ff Hwy 290 west of Dripping Springs, this ranch offers privacy, beautiful topography with trees and views, and easy access from metro Austin, as well as San Antonio. Owned since the 1940s, the land has electricity and three water wells, providing infrastructure for future building or improvements of choice.

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1,200±-ACRE TRAIN MOUNTAIN RANCH Texas Hill Country v Kimble v Junction highly desirable live water offering features 2± miles of N. Llano River frontage, breathtaking topography, and views combined with incredible wildlife. Train Mountain, which can be seen from I-10, is an iconic and grandiose feature with unbelievable views of the North Llano River and surrounding area. There are several homes with current rental income, barn, sheds, hunter’s cabin, and pipe cattle pens.

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585±-ACRE ROUGH HOLLOW RANCH Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Harper he best of the Hill Country combines with beautiful rolling terrain, a grand variety of native trees and a meandering seasonal creek. This high-fenced ranch is home to whitetail deer plus a black buck antelope herd, plus there is an l-D-l Agricultural exemption. Attractive living choices include a ranch home and a barndominium.

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1,100±-ACRE COYOTE SPRING RANCH Texas Hill Country v Kendall Co. v Comfort wned by the same family since the 1800s, this is one of the remaining parcels of the Hillingdon Ranch, originally 13,000± acres between Comfort and Fredericksburg. The cedar has been managed allowing the hardwoods and grasses to flourish. High hills with spectacular views descend to creek bottoms with deeper soils. Also offered as two, 550± acre pastures.

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645±-ACRE PRIVILEGE CREEK RANCH Texas Hill Country v Kendall & Kerr Counties v Boerne

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162±-ACRE LITTLE MONTANA RANCH Texas Hill Country Bandera County v Utopia his ranch has a rich history and an amazing amount of water for its size, with over 3,500± feet of both sides of crystalclear, live Little Creek with strong bubbly springs and shallow flowing water to deep Texas Hill Country v Gillespie County v Willow City 15-foot holes. Beautiful trees, incredible ncredible views are captured from this impeccably maintained ranch with headquarters views and an historic home go along with on a high hill. There are 118± acres low and high fenced with wells and tanks, with a Level this rare water feature. 3 MLD and a whitetail deer herd, plus ag-exempt low-fenced land. Impressive lodge and barns, plus a wellness spa, the Willow Room, that offers the ultimate in relaxation and fitness.

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his 150Âą-acre South Texas ranch is the perfect getaway for the executive outdoorsman to unwind after a long day at the office being only 25 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi and less than a mile from the Laureles pasture of the historic King Ranch. This ranch is being offered turnkey even including over 30 head of cattle and gives a buyer the opportunity to come home and go on an afternoon quail hunt, take a large South Texas whitetail deer, or fish for redfish, catfish, or bass in one of the two lakes on your own property. It is also only 20 minutes to the nearest boat ramp if you want to fish one of the bays on the Texas Coast. The highlight of this property is an eight-acre lake sitting directly behind a 4,300-square-foot home with a huge back porch to sit and enjoy a morning sunrise or evening of wildlife viewing. This ranch has many more amenities, improvements, and details which can be found at www.stranskyproperties.com.

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305 Acres // Texas Hill Country // Kerr County // Kerrville

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552 Acres // Texas Hill Country // Kerr County // Camp Verde

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inn Tortuga Ranch is located on Hwy 173 approximately seven miles south of Kerrville and three miles north of Camp Verde. It consists of 552 acres that are mostly high-fenced, and have some of the best trophy whitetail deer hunting you can find along with some exotics which are protein fed year-round. Both sides of Turtle Creek run through the north side of the property which allow for great swimming and fishing. The main lodge has a pool and outdoor entertainment cabana with great views. The property also has three additional homes, a 20-acre soft-release deer pen, four-stall horse barn, workshop and three water wells. This ranch is being offered turnkey.

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OAK TREE RANCH 220 Acres // Texas Hill Country // Bandera County // Bandera

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ed Sky Ranch is approximately 97 wildlife-exempt acres fronting on the west end of Lake Travis with over 1,500 feet of your own private lake frontage and end-of-the-road privacy. This ranch sits directly in the bend of the lake providing incredible views towards Austin and Marble Falls. Across from the ranch is Muleshoe Bend Park which ensures that you will always be looking at a pristine park landscape. Improvements include a 3,000Âą square-foot home with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, a storage shed, paved walkway to the lake alongside a cascading waterfall, and a covered two-stall boat dock with electricity and storage. The ranch is only about eight miles west of Lago Vista off of RM 1431 fronting on Muleshoe Bend Trail.

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his property of 133± acres is currently operating as Mid-Tex Cattle Company with a pre-conditioning yard for a capacity of 800 head of cattle. Located only three miles from Sequin, it fronts three roads—Hwy 90, Biecker Road and Weber. The property has good exterior fencing with numerous cross fences and improved coastal hay pastures. There are two private water wells and community water from Crystal Clear WSC and Springhill Community Water Supply. It has both sides of wet-weather Saul Creek going through the middle of the property and is lined with very large trees. There is also piped water to several tanks scattered throughout the property. A rent house fronts Biecker Road.

MONTERREY RANCH

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onterrey Ranch consist of approximately 1,185 acres located in Starr County, Texas, about one hour southwest of Hebbronville, off of FM 2686 and three miles down an easement road, making it very secluded and private. The ranch has been in the same family now for over 60 years and its primary use has been for cattle and hunting. The ranch is 100 percent high fenced with about eight separate low-fence pastures within the high fence. There are two ponds on the property, with one 18 feet deep, and three water wells that average about 900 feet in depth. Other improvements include a good set of cattle working pens and an old camp with three trailer houses. Several strips have also been cut on the ranch making it ideal for quail hunting and providing great buffel grass for the cattle.

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Texas Hill Country v Real County v Barksdale his incredible new listing offers 1.3 miles of both sides of crystal clear Bull Head Creek with long deep green holes, waterfalls, rapids, multiple natural dams, and fabulous homesites along the bluffs above the creek. The ranch also offers spring-fed New Creek, huge pecan bottoms, hardwood-lined hills with towering limestone bluffs, cypress trees, a very comfortable ranch-style home, equipment barn/shop, extensive limestone fencing, and irrigation canal. It is loaded with native and exotic game. This is without a doubt one of the finest livewater and recreational ranches available in the Hill Country. Won’t last, $3,650,000. Call Morris Killough, 210-415-9850.

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CORD SPRINGS RANCH 1,015 ACRES

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ord Springs Ranch is truly one of the most incredible live-water properties to come onto the market in years. Located in Real County, approximately 12 miles northwest of Leakey and six miles east of Vance, this secluded Hill Country gem offers some of the most incredible live water and possibly the strongest springs available in the entire Texas Hill Country. The ranch is a combination of rugged hilltops, sprawling plateaus, fertile valleys and incredible hardwood-lined canyons that provide habitat for the whitetail, turkey, hogs, aoudad and occasional exotics. Just a half-mile uphill hike from the original homestead are the huge springs that flow straight out of the sides of the limestone bluffs creating a series of the most incredible live-water features ever seen in the Texas Hill Country. The springs send millions of gallons of water cascading down a dozen waterfalls, limestone bottom rapids, deep swimming holes, over a man-made dam and eventually flows into Cord Springs Creek. At the site of the springs you can actually hear the roar from waterfalls in the underground caverns. Words and pictures cannot describe the true beauty of this ranch, see for yourself. $5,250,000. Call Morris, 210-415-9850.

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his exceptional live-water property is located just west of Utopia along the banks of the fabulous cypress-lined Sabinal River and is just minutes from Garner State Park. This rare offering is possibly the most select and beautiful live-water tract available in this area of the Hill Country, certainly in the Sabinal Canyon. The property offers over 350 feet of the most beautiful and unique Sabinal River frontage on the entire river; deep beautiful water, huge cypress, amazing rock bluffs and access to 1,500 feet of deep water that provides an endless amount of recreation with swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. The property offers a 1,220-square-foot home, small rental cabin, two-car workshop/garage, electric, phone service, deep fertile soil and huge healthy oaks. Won’t last. $1,450,000. Call Morris, 210-415-9850.

TAMPKE RANCH - 42 ACRES Central Texas v Uvalde County v Utopia

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ocated south of Utopia, this one-of-a-kind listing offers end of road privacy, breathtaking live water, amazing views of the surrounding valley, deep fertile soils, huge healthy oaks, two ponds, Indian mounds, electric, phone and internet. The property offers medium to heavy cover that provides excellent habitat for the large numbers of axis, whitetail, turkey, and hogs. This rare offering is one the most select and beautiful live water tracts available this area of the Hill Country, certainly in the Sabinal Canyon. 300 feet of incredible river frontage provides endless amounts of recreation with swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and great fishing. Morris Killough, Broker $1,350,000. Won’t 210-415-9850 • texaslandandranch.net last. Call Morris, ©2017 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity. 210-415-9850 FarmAndRanch.com

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ocated just a few miles north of Vanderpool, this turnkey ranch features a well-built 1,300± square-foot log cabin-style home that offers unbelievable views of the beautiful Sabinal Canyon. The very comfortable home features two bedrooms and one bath, loft, open living/dining and kitchen area, and wrap around porches. The ranch also offers a metal building with attached guest room with kitchen and bath, a workshop with carport, two water wells and is partially game fenced. $1,195,000. Call Morris, 210-415-9850.

MOUNTAIN VIEW RANCH - 156± ACRES Texas Hill Country v Bandera County v Vanderpool

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8± ACRES AIRSTRIP ACCESS Texas Hill Country v Bandera County v Utopia

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his awesome tract offers a buyer a rare opportunity to own one of the most unique live-water tracts available in the Hill Country. This exceptional tract offers county road frontage, beautiful views of the surrounding hills, large neighbors, gentle sloping valley land, deep fertile soils, and excellent hunting with whitetail, hogs, turkey and occasional exotics. The property also offers an excellent water well, a nice - 62± ACRES 1,000-square-foot shop/storage building Central Texas v Medina County v Utopia and a well-done ranch-style home hidden among a forest of huge oaks, cedar elms, Spanish and lacy oaks. The home features an attached two-car garage, wide wrap-around porches and beautiful views of the surrounding property. $899,000. Call Morris, 210-415-9850.

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ocated just minutes from Camp Wood, this incredible live-water tract offers 3,500 feet of fabulous Nueces River frontage, 140+-acres of rich cultivated pastures, gently sloping valley land to steep hills along the western boundary, medium to heavy cover, partial game fencing, huge healthy oaks, deep soils and a good road system. This exceptional ranch also offers fabulous hunting with whitetail, hogs, Turkey and free ranging exotics. The remnants of centuries old Indian camps line the high bank along the river, offering incredible artifacts. Won’t last, $4,495,000. Call Morris Killough, 210-415-9850, or Gene Gonzalez, 830-876-8241.

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ROSE HILL MANOR 38 ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Gillespie County v Stonewall

ose Hill Manor is a renowned country inn located in Stonewall, Texas, right in the middle of the Texas 290 Vineyard/Wine Country epicenter between Fredericksburg, Texas and Johnson City, Texas. The Fredericksburg/Stonewall area is known for rolling pastoral views, vineyards, peach orchards, wineries, weddings, weekend getaways and shopping. The property has been owned and operated by the same family for the last 28 years. Rose Hill Manor was built with attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. There are currently 18 different tastefully appointed room accommodations. The views from Rose Hill Manor are spectacular hilltop vistas overlooking miles of lush Texas Hill Country. Pre-qualification required.

HUNT RIVER ESTATE Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Hunt ARE OPPORTUNITY! This four-acre family holiday compound is located on FM 1340 in Hunt, Texas within walking distance of the Hunt Store. This property features both side of the Guadalupe River, a large main home, four additional guest suites, pool, hot tub, privacy wall and gate, extensively landscaped, stone riverside dock, timeless design, and can be sold furnished or not. This is the perfect property for a fulltime family, corporate retreat, residence/ VRBO, or spa.

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LAKE PALESTINE 50 ACRES

Northeast Texas v Henderson Co. v Athens ocated an hour-and-a-half from Dallas and within a quick drive of Athens and Tyler, a rare large acreage Lake Palestine offering. 3,385 total feet of lake frontage leased from the Upper Neches River Authority. The property’s soft, sand shores and mature hardwoods provide for multiple building sites atop the commanding high ground views. The land creates a private cove overlooking an island which gives this land one of the most sought after views on Lake Palestine. A true four-season lake retreat.

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his newly updated three-story, fivebedroom, five and one-half bath home is located directly in the middle of the highly South Texas v Nueces County v Port Aransas desired Port Aransas Harbor. The home faces Cotter Avenue and has over 120-feet of water frontage overlooking the Harbor. The property has over 1,900-square-feet of Brazilian hardwood outdoor deck space with a large covered outdoor kitchen. The water front has a new bay boat lift and is ready for any water toys you can imagine, and room for several large yachts. The home features top of the line appliances, an elevator to all floors and was built to entertain. The large master suite is located on the third floor and the views are amazing from every level. The home features two living areas as well as a large open dining area with rare blue Louise granite counter tops. The second floor features four guest suites with en-suite baths. The property also features a large two-car garage with plenty of outdoor parking.

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AIRPORT RANCH

116 ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Kerrville n a growing corridor of the thriving Hill Country community of Kerrville exists this unique opportunity to own a rare ranch in close proximity to town. The city limits border the front of the property as does the Kerrville Municipal Airport. Diversity abounds from a rolling field to a 250Âą foot rise in elevation, with plenty of trees and views for miles. With no substantial vertical improvements, your slate is clean and ready to create your commercial or residential development or build your homestead. Call today for your private showing!

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Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Kerrville his Guadalupe River property features 366 acres with more than one-half mile on the river. Property features two homes, three water wells, tillable fields and great views, and it is located close to town.

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MEDINA CANYON RANCH 184± ACRES

Texas Hill Country Bandera County v Medina his property’s 184 acres, with a 4,000-square-foot hillside home, offers stunning views above an extensively landscaped pond. This ranch also features a one-bedroom, one-bath cabin, threestall stable, large metal barn, two ponds, a hilltop pavilion and entertainment area, and lots of privacy. If you are looking for a well-kept, move-in ready ranch with stunning views in a gorgeous setting, you better take a look at this one!

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HIDDEN CAVE RANCH 214 ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Hunt eep in Hunt, Texas, near the north fork of the Guadalupe River, lies this end-of-the-dirt-road private ranch with untapped potential. Views are incredible from the diverse topography. With a large cave, abundance of hardwood trees, and numerous exotic and native animals in the area, it’s the perfect place to explore and get away from the city.

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HORSESHOE BAY 165 ACRES

Texas Hill Country Llano County v Horeshoe Bay his incredibly rare ranch is nestled along the south side of scenic Hwy 71 in Llano County just 45 miles to Austin and only 85 miles to San Antonio. The property is only three miles west of the New Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, and just down the highway from the new entrance to Horseshoe Bay and the Summit Rock/Jack Nicklaus golf course. This ranch has almost one mile of frontage on Hwy 71.

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DEVIL’S RIVER RANCH 277 ACRES

West Texas v Val Verde County v Comstock

are opportunity to own land on the pristine Devil’s River. It is not that often a property like this becomes available. This 277± acres seated on the banks of the crystal clear, aqua blue Devil’s River is stunning to say the least. The property has so much to offer with easy access to the water’s edge for swimming, kayaking, fishing, hunting and STAR gazing. The Devil’s River area is the first international Dark Sky Sanctuary in Texas and the sixth in the world. Improvements consist of a nicely appointed stucco home on the bluffs overlooking the river. For more information please call The duPerier Texas Landman

MADRONA MOUNTAIN RANCH 41 ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Bandera Co. v Medina 60-degree views! This is why you come to the Hill Country! This hilltop home has picturesque windows that give you a bird’s eye view of the sun rising, sun setting, and amazing stars that fill the Texas sky at night. It’s a picture worth a thousand words but is full of peace and calm. The gorgeous 2,600-square-foot rock home has three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and an open living, dining and kitchen area for wonderful entertaining. This all sits on 41 acres filled with wonderful oaks, cherrys, and the elusive madrona trees. Located just outside of the quaint town of Medina, Texas, this paradise is just waiting for you!

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he 616± acres are high fenced on three sides and located just 2.5 miles east of Tarpley and 10 miles from Bandera. The rolling topography, characteristic of this area, provides the canvas for a diversity of native flora. Elevation changes of 460 feet provide breathtaking views of the ranch. Wildlife include whitetail deer, axis, aoudad, feral hogs and Rio Grande turkey. The property offers both scenic hilltop views and gentle valleys with several stock tanks. Excellent road frontage and easy access add to the property appeal.

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Gillespie County v Fredericksburg ocated just outside of Fredericksburg with nearly one miles of Pedernales River frontage. Newly construction 140x125-foot metal garage barn and a 50x140-foot metal hay barn. Features improved grasses, large post oak trees, and solar entry gate with pipe rail fencing along Old San Antonio Road. Good building site with underground electricity and four water wells with irrigation available from the river. Good hunting for whitetail deer, axis, turkey, dove and ducks. Call Ed Wagner, 830-383-9200 or Vic Nixon, 830-997-2187.

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10,000± ACRES

West Texas v Brewster County v Alpine his is your opportunity to own one of the finest and most scenic mountain ranches in Texas. Renowned for its colorful history, picturesque and towering Cathedral Mountain, as well as being a prime blue gramma cattle ranch at 5,000-feet elevation. In addition to the Cathedral Mountain, the beautiful headquarters log home offers a spectacular view of the spring-fed Calamity Creek. There are two other ranch homes for foreman and work hands, plus, cedar corrals that are 100 years old that are still standing and operational. Wildlife includes mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, feral hog, javalina, turkey, blue quail and dove. This is a rare offering and your opportunity to become owners and preservationists of this beautiful ranch. $2,400.00 per acre, or, $24,000,000±.

John W. Carpenter, Broker/Owner

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BOX CANYON MOUNTAIN TOP RANCH 492 ACRES

West Texas v Brewster County v Alpine

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nter this picturesque ranch through an attractive stonegated entrance into a private and beautiful box canyon with towering bluffs and rim rocks to an attractive Spanishstyle modern home built focusing on the views of the canyon and mountains from all rooms. This energy-efficient home has an open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, granite counter tops, and chocolate saltillo tile floors throughout. Improvements include a nice, small barn and tact room. This is a natural game sanctuary with a daily presence of desert mule deer, aoudad sheep, javelina, falcons, and occasional spotting of elk. The mountain top offers excellent hunting, hiking, and spectacular views of Alpine and the Davis Mountains. Enjoy a seasonal high elevation spring-fed swimming or lounge pool throughout the summer. You must see to appreciate; there is no other property like this. $2,750,000±.

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Culberson Co. v Van Horn hispa Mountain Ranch is a beautiful ranch easily accessed and only 14 miles south of I-10 and Van Horn, Texas. Chispa Mountain Ranch is one of the very few ranches encompassing almost 90 percent of a scenic volcanic intrusive mountain range. The range offers diversity of terrain and habitat ideal for both livestock and wildlife. The ranch is considered a good combination livestock ranch for crossbred mother cows and yearlings. Hunting is excellent for trophy mule deer, aoudad sheep, blue quail and dove. Rocky Mountain elk have been introduced to the mountain ranges to the north and east, and elk have been cited numerous times on Chispa with numbers expected to grow. This ranch is very scenic with gentle and rugged mountain country with panoramic views. You must see to appreciate. $695.00 per acre, or, $10,022,595±.

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RANCH CONNECTION THE JK RANCH

�6,972,638

1,483± ACRES | ERATH COUNTY

A stunning ranch near the highly desirable area of Stephenville, TX, with rolling hills and scenic vistas, less than an hour from Fort Worth! A traditional Texas ranch home and impressive lakeside family lodge with indoor pool. Great livestock capacity & hay production plus hunting & recreation.

THE SANTA TERESA RANCH

�4,320,000

859± ACRES | HAMILTON COUNTY

A renowned ranch outside Hamilton, TX, dating back to 1939, with an exquisite southwestern-style hacienda and versatile land dotted with lakes & long vistas. Frontage on Hwy 36 and Hwy 22 offers land development opportunities. Located just two hours from Fort Worth and has personal airstrip!

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472± ACRES | HAYS COUNTY

A pristine ranch land on the edge of the Hill Country outside Buda, TX, filled with native habitat & fertile soils. Includes pasture for livestock/equines and scenic vistas of the Onion Creek valley. Conserved with a permanent conservation easement, preserving the natural beauty for generations.

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ancho Kendall is 883 acres of gently rolling land, with over one mile of Guadalupe River frontage, only 15 miles north of booming Boerne in the shadow of San Antonio. Much of the river frontage is solid cypress canopy with good access, and only one home is found across the river. A paved airstrip, horse facilities and several residences add utility, and a solid infrastructure of roads and water adds value. Price available upon request. 108 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch


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POGUE RANCH 1,980 ACRES

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Oklahoma v Atoka County v Stringtown

remiere exotic game hunting ranch and corporate retreat in the breathtaking Ouachita Mountains, 125 miles from Oklahoma City or Dallas. Hunt year-round for all game inside the 1,200 acres under high fence. Game includes whitetail deer, red stag, water buffalo, aoudads, trophy oryx, various species of ram, mouflon sheep, axis deer and fallow deer. Exotic game (approximate value of $250,000) are included in sale. This very scenic ranch has beautiful deep creeks and breathtaking mountain views. Bordered on two sides by government game preserves. The ranch has a 9,600-square-foot lodge, five smaller cabins, a 2,262-square-foot log cabin home built in 2016, modular home, and metal horse barn. Most home furnishings in lodge, cabins and homes are part of the sale. $5,795,000.

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Oklahoma v Choctaw County v Hugo his highly improved irrigated pecan business and 200-250 cow/calf operation is a turnkey business. Ranch has a nice 1,500-square-foot home with two bedrooms and one bath, with a pool. Everything is in place for both pecan and cattle operations. See our website for extensive equipment list. There are 3,800 irrigated pecan trees on 114 acres (from Boggy River) and 850 non-irrigated native pecan trees (organic). Main looped system water line is in place (not stubbed out) for 4,000 more trees. Two full-time employees live close to the property and hope to remain with new owner. $4,995,000.

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VASTERLING CREEK RANCH - 1,261 ACRES Texas Hill Country v Llano County v Castell

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asterling Creek Ranch is located 15 miles west of Llano, Texas off RR 152, just 2.5 miles east of Castell, Texas. This puts VCR 90 miles west of Austin, Texas and 125 miles north/northwest of San Antonio. Vasterling Creek Ranch is long and narrow in shape, think guitar-shape. It is gently rolling in topography with coarse to gravelly sandy loam throughout the ranch. The road system is adequate to access the bulk of the ranch and with the large amount of decomposed granite, road improvements would not only be cost effective but more than likely very easy to maintain. Vegetation varies with generous numbers of big hardwood trees to large mesquites, tasajillo, persimmon, and agarita. Approximately 1.5 miles of Vasterling Creek runs through the south end of the ranch; though not a year-round creek, water holes can be found throughout most of the year. There are five stock ponds on the ranch from approximately one-quarter to two acres in size. There are three working windmills and an electric submersible pump is in a fourth water well furthest to the north end of the ranch. Two sets of cattle pens with chutes are on the ranch and appear to be in good working order. Electricity is on the ranch and is provided by Central Texas Electric Co-op. Extensive brush clearing and road work have recently been completed. Just reduced from $6,935,500 to $6,241,950.

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ulberry Creek Ranch is located 11 miles east of Mason, Texas and 25 miles west of Llano, Texas off county maintained, all-weather Mason-Llano Road. The ranch can also be accessed from the west side via county maintained Lower Willow Creek Road. Mulberry Creek Ranch is laid out well and lies in the shape of a pistol. It is gently rolling in topography with coarse to gravelly sandy loam throughout the ranch. The road system is very good and provides access to a majority of the ranch. Vegetation varies with generous numbers of big hardwood trees, particularly along the wet weather creeks. There are some areas of dense vegetation that provide good cover for wildlife. Approximately 1.1 miles of wet-weather Mulberry Creek runs through the west end of the ranch. Pockets of water can generally be found beneath the sand bed of the creek. There are six stock ponds, one up to an acre in size. One water well, originally logged at 75 gallons per minute, is in the western part of the ranch outfitted with an electric submersible pump to service the cabin and a couple livestock water troughs. Mulberry Creek Ranch is perimeter fenced (low fence). Electricity is serviced by Central Texas Electric Co-Op. A two-bedroom, one-bath cabin (920±-square-feet) features central heat and air. A neighboring pole barn is next door to the cabin and is equipped for two RV hookups. Near the cabin and pole barn is an enclosed corrugated tin barn for storage. $3,469,500 or $4,500/acre sellers to provide survey and basic title policy.

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aab Spring Ranch is approximately 15 miles south/southeast of Llano, Texas off County Road 312. That puts it 90 miles from Austin, Texas and 120 miles from San Antonio. Nestled at the southern edge of the Riley Mountains, Raab Spring Ranch is packed with unique features. It sits above a subcrop of the Hickory Aquifer and more than likely that is the source of the perennial spring, Raab Spring. Views of Enchanted Rock, Cedar Mountain, Bullhead Mountain, House Mountain, and many other prominent local landmarks can be seen with the 400-foot in elevation change. Most of the ranch is in its original state. Except for a small corrugated shed and a power pole (Central Texas Electric Co-op), it’s all native. The road system is adequate, albeit rough, giving access to roughly 30 percent of the ranch. The ranch has a good amount of ash juniper or cedar, some of which has died from recent droughts. The creeks are lined with willows, mustang grape vines and small ferns. Tasajillo, prickly pear, native persimmon, and cat’s claw are the dominant brush species. Massive live, post and blackjack oaks can be found throughout RSR. Approximately 3,800 feet of Riley Creek (the center of which is Raab Spring) eventually merges into Silver Creek. A massive, sheer cliff face sits above a portion of Silver Creek. There is almost 1.5 miles of Silver Creek. Flowing water (in October 2019) consisted of approximately 2,000 feet along Riley Creek downstream of Clayton Leverett Raab Spring. There are no water wells. A deeded easement, approximately 1.4 miles in length, 325-423-4308 takes you to the entrance of the ranch. Raab Spring Ranch is perimeter fenced (low fence) with clayton@swlandco.com barbed wire. $2,799,00 or $4,500/acre sellers to provide survey and basic title policy. swlandco.com FarmAndRanch.com 113


BLUFF SPRING RANCH 275 ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Hays County v Wimberley olid gold location between Dripping Springs, Driftwood and Wimberley on Hwy 12 near the Driftwood Estate Winery. Highlighted by an ideal mix of fertile bottom land, oaks, pecans, creeks, springs, seeps, bluffs, and flat top hills with grand views for building sites. Just add your special touches. The natural features that make the Hill Country popular are already here. Less than an hour to Austin and San Antonio. Come have a look. You will not be disappointed. $3,850,000.

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LA PALOMA RANCH 275 ACRES

Central Texas v Karnes County v Kenedy gentle hilltop with endless views overlooking rolling improved pasture, fertile fields and three large stock tanks. Located just an hour south of San Antonio in the middle of cattle country and some of the best dove hunting in Texas. Build your dream getaway home, put the ranch into full cattle production, and enjoy world-class hunting. La Paloma has it all, and only five minutes to HEB and shops in Kenedy. Call to set up a time to come see this unique property. $907,500.

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RIVER BEND RANCH 170 ACRES

Southeast Texas v Liberty County v Romayor 70 beautiful acres off FM 2610 with about .80 miles of frontage on the high bank side of the Trinity River. An inviting three-bedroom, two-bath home is nestled among gorgeous, mature oaks and other native hardwoods, providing the perfect outdoor entertainment setting. Large 3,000-square-foot “man cave” with wet bar and a work barn just steps from house. Big Thicket National Preserve boarders the north side of the property. Three large ponds sit parallel to the Trinity River, creating a peaceful view among the trees. Currently used for grazing livestock and keeping honey bees; this property offers good perimeter fencing and an interior high-fenced enclosed area for exotics. There is an abundance of deer, turkey and other game. Come see this unique property and all it has to offer. $1,682,000.

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Hill Country, Central Texas, South Texas & East Texas

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eautiful opportunity to enjoy this outstanding recreational property while building a home or making other improvements. Includes both sides of Caney Creek, huge hardwood trees, a lake for duck hunting, a well, septic, electric, phone and paved county road frontage. Ready to enjoy and make into your vision of country living, all just a few minutes from Conroe. $869,400.

CANEY OAK RANCH 82 ACRES

Southeast Texas v Montgomery County v Conroe

PREMIUM DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY 46 ACRES

Central Texas v Karnes County v Kenedy deally located in Kenedy, Texas, in the heart of where many large oil and gas operators are headquartering, the 46± property is cleared and available. Approximately 650-feet of frontage on Hwy 181 and about 950-feet of frontage on Business Hwy 181 provide an abundance of access and use options from two major oil and gas transportation arteries. $368,000.

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RANCHO 66 66 ACRES

South Texas v Dimmitt Co. v Carrizo Springs entered in the “Golden Triangle” of South Texas lies 66± acres of prime South Texas Brush Country. Located just two miles from the courthouse in Carrizo Springs, Rancho 66 offers great potential as a commercial site, oilfield yard, secluded residential compound, or great convenient hunting spot. Willing to subdivide. Call for price.

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Jimmy Fuchs, Broker

Hill Country, Central Texas, South Texas & East Texas

210-901-1000

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TARPLEY SPRINGS RANCH 1,000 ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Bandera Co. v Tarpley ,000 acres with springs at majestic Tarpley in Bandera County. Great views with elevations up to 2,087 feet, private valleys with springs and two ponds, very nice 1,930± square-foot Hill Country classic three-bedroom, two-bath rock home, nice 1,200-square-foot metal building. A very private ranch at a great buy! $3,500,000. Mark Meek, Broker.

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PALOMAVILLE - A DOVE HUNTER’S PARADISE 1,541 ACRES

Central Texas v Uvalde County v Sabinal

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dove hunter’s paradise! Scenic views, great water, minerals, and loaded with wildlife. Ranchero Creek passes through the ranch and is lined with giant live oaks. There are permanent water holes on the creek and big Indian campgrounds that have never been disturbed. The ranch is high fenced with trophy whitetail and has 20-mile views! Located halfway between Uvalde and Hondo puts this ranch right in the flight zone of the best dove hunting Texas offers! Contact for price. Joel Meek.

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Central Texas v Medina County v D’Hanis ocated 35 miles west of San Antonio and two miles south of D’Hanis. Excellent hunting retreat with great deer habitat and great area for dove hunting. Nice elevations up to 1,000 feet with fertile bottoms and many hardwoods and a good pond with bass and catfish. Very private ranch with no easements and large neighbors! $4,950 per acre. Mark Meek, Broker.

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DOUBLE W RANCH 200± ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Kerr County v Kerrville

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00 secluded acres in Kerrville’s backyard priced to sell! Great hunting, diverse topography and live water uniquely connected to exclusive Kamira Estates. Less than 10 minutes from Kerrville and priced at less than $8,000 per acre. The ranch is heavily wooded with strategically cleared areas to reveal the underlying natural beauty and improved habitat for the diversity of wildlife that exists. Meandering springs feed a tranquil pond, with larger impoundments potential. A great recreational hunting ranch with plenty of blank slate left to improve the property as you see fit and create your own finished product. Tye Stephens, Agent.


BRUSHY CREEK RANCH

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rushy Creek Ranch is nestled amongst the hills and springs in the highly desired area between Concan and Reagan Wells. The panoramic views exhibited are some of the most spectacular in all of Texas. A turnkey ranch with a 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bath home situated in a valley surrounded by springs, fields and wild game is waiting for the new owner who desires seclusion and peace in today’s hectic world. Seven live springs provide water throughout five fenced pastures for livestock and game. An abundance of vegetation includes a variety of majestic oaks, mountain laurel, black walnut, and ferns growing among the springs. $3,025,000. Bill Barton, Broker-Associate.

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superb hunting ranch consisting of a mixture of South Texas brush along with elevation changes creating magnificent views in the diverse Anacacho Mountains. Alvarez Ranch is an active participant in the Anacacho Wind Farm with four income producing turbines. 100 percent of the wind rights and royalties, in addition to all minerals owned, convey with the purchase. With approximately half the ranch being low fenced, including South Texas genetics, the opportunity for a free range B&C whitetail exists. Great hunting, great ranch and income to help carry the load. Contact for Price. Bill Barton, Broker-Associate.

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KERRVILLE GENTLEMAN’S RANCH

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ossler Ranch offers 940± acres of some of the most diverse terrain in Kerr County, with dry creek beds, fertile bottom land, and the second highest peak in the county. The land is fairly raw, making it the perfect blank slate for a family hunting ranch or a high-fenced game operation. The ranch house was constructed in the late 1800’s with an addition made in the 1950’s. The home is comfortable enough for fulltime living or makes a great home for hunters or a ranch foreman. Great access from Hwy 1340 makes for a quick drive to Kerrville and back home to Houston, San Antonio, Austin, or Fredericksburg. The ranch has been in the same family for over 120 years. Marshall Burford, Broker-Associate.

ROBERTSON CREEK RETREAT 143± ACRES

Texas Hill Country v Bandera County v Medina

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anches of this size, with this location, do not come on the market often. 227± acres only three miles from downtown Kerrville, this ranch offers a package that will hold its value. Perfect for a grazing operation and recreation, as well as future development potential. Located between the private community of Comanche Trace, Kerrville Schreiner State Park, and Tuscany Ranch, with highway frontage for easy access to Kerrville and the surrounding areas. Contact Marshall Burford for pricing and additional information. Marshall Burford, Broker-Associate.

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perfect combination of big hills, fertile bottom land, and 2,300 feet of Robinson Creek frontage make the 143± acres a great fit for hunting, recreation and full-time living. Deep holes of water along the year-round creek provide a picturesque setting for picnics under the oak-lined creek front. The perfect build site sits above the 10-acre field and creek, with septic, electricity and water well in place. The 420-foot elevation rise is navigated by the ATV trails leading to the back of the property where there are majestic 360-degree views of Medina and the surrounding Hill Country. Live water, big views and paved road frontage located just 15-miles south of Kerrville. Priced at $1,495,000. Marshall Burford, Broker-Associate.

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ood elevation changes throughout the ranch creates numerous building sites. The property has plenty of mature oaks, mesquite and native brush plus native whitetail deer, dove, turkey, hog, quail, and other native varmints. Pecan Creek, Babyhead Creek and Flat Branch Creek all run through the property. Improvements include a good perimeter fence, a two-bedroom, one-bath cabin with 784± ACRES fireplace, and a three-bedroom, two-bath Texas Hill Country v Llano County v Llano doublewide. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a large ranch in Llano County just a few miles outside of town. Great hunting ranch that has abundant wildlife, water, mature trees and outstanding views. This unique ranch is a great place to get away or to build and live full time. $6,550/acre.

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PECAN CREEK RANCH

MOUNTAIN TOP RANCH CHEROKEE RANCH 635± ACRES

Central Texas v San Saba Co. v Cherokee his property features gently rolling hill country with some peaks, great views, and one large pond. There is a new perimeter road and beautiful, newly cleared areas. This ranch was part of a very large ranch that has always been known to have large whitetail deer, quail, varmints, and doves. An opportunity to buy a piece of a large ranch does not come up like this very often. Beautiful rolling landscape with large live oaks, abundant tree cover, and brush make it a haven for deer and other wildlife. This ranch has cattle pens. Great access with county road frontage, just one mile from FM 501. This is a must-see ranch and will not last long. $5,250/acre.

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his mountain-top ranch has 30-mile views with canyons, caves and black land bottoms with several acres of fields. The mountain top is gently rolling with good tree cover and desirable underbrush for wildlife. This is one of the highest elevations in San Saba County with gorgeous breath-taking views throughout the ranch. Several good water wells have electric pumps. One of the wells has a large storage tank with a booster pump, and earthen tanks provide extra watering spots for the livestock and wildlife. Improvements include a nice threebedroom, three and one-half bath remodel, and recently painted ranch house with patio area and fireplace. Nice hunting cabin and barn, new pipe cattle working pens, and ranch is completely high fenced with galvanized pipe post. This ranch has been high fenced for several years and South Texas whitetail genetics were introduced. Some good B and C bucks have been selectively taken with some great bucks on the property. This ranch is relatively free of feral hogs. You can find whitetail deer, black bucks, quail, dove, bobcats, and varmints on this property. This ranch is a great combination for hunting, livestock, or horses with county road access. The southern portion of the ranch is an ideal showplace for horse, cattle, sheep, or goats. The mountains, canyons, caves, and fields make this a once in a lifetime ranch to own! Views are as good as any ranch we have listed in 30 years. $3,900/acre.

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showplace ranch just 9 miles from Llano and 5± miles from Lake Buchanan. Very nice older three-bedroom, two-bath brick home. Improved grasses could be planted on several acres of food plots for the wildlife. Beautiful cattle, horse, or wildlife ranch that has it all. Great underground water, three water wells (25-90GPM), large tree cover, good underbrush, granite outcroppings, - 292± ACRES four ponds, windmill, tons of wildlife, and Texas Hill Country v Llano Co. v Bluffton great views of the mountain ranges of Llano make this a must see pristine ranch. Pictures can’t show the beauty of this ranch. Paved highway frontage, just a short distance from Llano or Lake Buchanan. $6,595/acre.

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rare gem in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Woodland Chateau spares no expense to detail. Secluded at the end of Lakeview Drive, this three-bedroom, threebath home fronts 40-acre Lake Jennifer with spectacular views and atmosphere. Walking in to the octagon foyer with umbrella groin vault ceiling, your eye is immediately drawn to the kitchen/living great room. Six-panel pocket doors provide views of the lake while enjoying dinner or relaxing in the living room. Cook dinner for family and friends in the spacious kitchen with granite countertops and brick wall detail. Roomy master bedroom with en suite bathroom has separate bathtub, steam shower, his and hers vanities, and walk-in closet. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor entertaining area in the winter and summer with built-in grill and fireplace. Second story of the home includes over-sized entertaining room with full bathroom and study. Invite guests to stay the weekend in the two-bed, one-bath guest house! Immaculately kept gardens and green space with various fruit trees dapple the front lawn. Fish in your own private pond next to the spacious barn with an aquaponics greenhouse or explore the 100 acres of pine plantation with skeet and pistol ranges. Opportunities are endless! Enjoy country living at its finest at Woodland Chateau on Lake Jennifer. $1,595,000.

THE OLD HOMEPLACE - 244 ACRES Northeast Texas v Cherokee County v Alto he Old Homeplace and Cattle Ranch was a family farm—private and secluded yet easily accessed from FM 1911. Rolling Coastal Bermuda hay meadows interspersed with scattered trees and wooded areas of pine and hardwood. Features hilltops, creek drains and two ponds/lakes. It is fenced and cross fenced with cattle working pens. The farm house has two bedrooms and one bath. There are several equipment/hay/livestock buildings. All utilities, including community water and a separate water well are included. Excellent shape. Nice neighborhood/area. Close to Alto, Texas and SH 69 for easy access. Quality property, quality location. $3,995/acre.

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pecial tract with 100 percent minerals (per seller). Frontage on Sabine River and Ford Lake (a natural ox bow lake). Water and electricity on site. Features a rustic barn, duck lake and huge hardwoods including white oak and swamp chestnut oak. Beautiful terrain with many features. Prescriptive easement access (a permanent easement may be possible). $4,000/acre.

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entrally located between Austin and Houston, these three contiguous tracts of land total 403± beautiful acres. Buy all three or split them up. FM 1624 frontage. Tract 1: 132.055 acres; Tract 2: 159.547 acres; Tract 3: 110.492 acres. The property offers nice returns on hay production and is meticulously maintained. Lincoln or Lee County water, multiple tanks, improved open land boasting high quality coastal grasses. Perfect for continued hay production, grazing or development. House, barns with electricity, nice roads. Water rights convey. Christen S. Steen, Broker, 512-589-1315, christen.realtor@hotmail.com.

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CARANCAHUA RIVERFRONT RANCH Southeast Texas v Jackson County v Palacios

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reat price reduction! Catch redfish, trout, and flounder from the shores of this 42.6 acre coastal hunting property with over 1,000 feet of waterfront. Cruise by boat four miles down the deep, slow waters of the East Carancahua Creek to the legendary Vaes/Carancahua Bay, the northern extension of the Matagorda Bay system. Plenty of wild land game abounds on this heavy-brush ranch including doves, duck, and deer, so enjoy a cast and blast at this true sportsman’s hideout. Private road, water available, and electric utility in place will afford you a secluded hunting/fishing retreat to share with your friends and family. Bethany Weigl, REALTOR, 512-585-4321, bethanyweigl@hotmail.com.

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astrop County, 48 acres. Prime development opportunity, unrestricted, with half-mile of hwy frontage, located in the Golden Triangle of Bastrop County, between Hwy 71, FM 1209, and FM 969. Commercial and residential potential, 40± lots if subdivided. Stone ranch house, barn, tack room, two stock tanks, dove hunting, historical bunkhouse cabin, workshop (currently used for ornamental iron work production), improved coastal pastures, hay production, 57-year continuous grass-fed beef operation.

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PRIVATE, RESORT-STYLE LUXURY ON 50 ACRES WITH WILDLIFE EXEMPTION

Central Texas v Bexar County v San Antonio ated hilltop retreat with 5,172-squarefoot luxury home offering 360-degree views from every room, plus expansive deck and vanishing edge pool. State-of-the-art home features exclusive private fiber-optic network, media room and second floor crow’s nest library with two private balconies. Gorgeous recreational acreage offers Hill Country feel minutes from city luxuries! $2,485,000.

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when black athletes entered the public consciousness as figures of social change. In most ways, Dightman was nothing like Ali. He was humble and even-tempered, and he possessed the reticence of a man accustomed to being alone. A cowboy’s sensibilities. He let his riding do the talking. And yet the two men shared a relentless competitive streak. “I don’t have time to fool around,” Dightman told a reporter that summer. “I want to see a colored man [win].” As rodeo’s only black cowboy, the pressure was on him to do it. All three of the top riders remained hot, but the threat of injury was constant. At a rodeo in Redding, California, Dightman was kicked in the chest and flew some twenty feet across the arena. “Everybody thought I was hurt real bad,” he told Newsweek, “but I hardly felt it.” Mahan wasn’t so lucky. During the frenzy of July Fourth rodeos known as “Cowboy Christmas,” a bull broke his instep. The reigning all-around champ was sidelined while Dightman and Stanton forged ahead. Though there were bigots who would show up to hurl insults at Dightman, the majority of the fans just wanted to see a good ride, and that was something he was able to deliver night after night. The quiet cowboy from Crockett was acquiring a following. His fellow cowboys were also impressed. Behind the chutes, the discussion often turned to whatever feat Dightman had managed the week before, whether it was dogging a steer for kicks or turning in yet another classic ride. No bull rider thought more highly of Dightman than Warren “Freckles” Brown. The Oklahoma cowboy and Dightman occasionally traveled together. They made quite the pair: the only black cowboy in pro rodeo barreling down the highway with the oldest bull rider on the circuit. One writer described Brown as “the most implausible athlete in creation, a smiley little chipmunk going on 47 in a kid’s game.” By 1967 Brown had won a world championship, fought in World War II, and broken his neck riding bulls. He had so many pins and screws holding him together that he called himself “a walking hardware store.” To Dightman, though, he was the Unsinkable Mr. Brown and the closest thing he had to a brother in the world of pro rodeo. Just like the cowpokes of the Old West, they rode, ate, and bunked together—and both men dreamed of cinching their Wranglers with the ’67 gold buckle. Dightman was getting closer to realizing that dream. Though he had slipped back to second a couple of weekends after Edmonton, he was raking in cash everywhere he went. But a few weeks after his July injury, Mahan returned to action with a specially rebuilt boot and a vengeance 124 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch

for every critter he drew. In September he boosted his total earnings by winning the Pendleton Round-Up in front of a homestate Oregon crowd. The reigning all-around champion proved to be unstoppable, and not only because he was one of the best to ever strap on spurs. He and Stanton held another advantage—they each owned a private plane. While Dightman hit the road in his Chevy, Mahan and Stanton zipped

couragement; his wife, Fannie, and their oldest son, Myrtis Jr., would be in the stands cheering him on. On the first evening of the finals, both Dightman and Brown drew unrideable bulls. Dightman would face Playmate, a white and tan Brahman with horns curved like the prongs of a pitchfork. Brown would take on Tornado, a malevolent beast that had bucked off more than 200

Dightman in Clovis, California.

across the skies, which allowed them to hit more rodeos with more time to rest in between. Before the regular season ended, Mahan overtook the lead from Stanton, pushing Dightman down to third. Still, there was a lot of money to be won at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Plus, Dightman had a bit of extra en-

cowboys without a single qualified ride. The odds didn’t look good for either of them. But Dightman was on a mission— he’d try this one the same as he’d try any other. Playmate came rumbling out of the chute, kicking up clouds of dust as he tried to throw his would-be conqueror, but when the buzzer sounded, Dightman


was still hanging on. Even so, the judges scored him low. On the last ride of the night, meanwhile, Brown ascended into rodeo mythology by becoming the first to conquer Tornado (he finished fifth overall). Even Dightman couldn’t believe it; the Unsinkable Mr. Brown had done it again. Over the next six go-rounds, Dightman never managed a top score. He finally placed third in the eighth go-round, but the championship had all but slipped away. Still, Dightman refused to go gently. On the final night, he clambered over the chute and onto Batman, a black brute that had yet to be mastered at the NFR. The gate swung open, and the bull leaped out, leaving ropes of slobber in his wake. Junior looked on from the stands as his father’s left foot spurred in tandem with the bull’s every movement. Fannie shielded her eyes. Finally, the buzzer went off. Dightman made a clean dismount. It was a good ride, good enough to win the go-round, but when the money was tallied, Dightman’s $16,014 year-end total fell short. He had thrown everything he had at the title but was only able to manage third. Dejected, he turned to Brown. “Freckles, what do I have to do to win the world championship?” he asked. “Myrtis,” Brown replied, “you keep riding like you do. And turn white.” The next year, as Dightman’s popularity on the circuit soared, prejudiced judges found it harder to shave points from his score because fans and other RCA members would protest. And the few towns that continued to make him compete after the main event were now required by the RCA to hold two or three white contestants to ride in the slack with him. “The lonely bull rider,” as many newspapers referred to him, was also spending less time traveling solo. In addition to his trips with Brown, Dightman became a frequent passenger on planes piloted by fellow bull riders. “A lot of the white guys tried to help me,” he said. “[After a rodeo] Larry Mahan or Bobby Berger would say, ‘Why don’t you leave your car here for two or three weeks and come with us?’ ” Even as aspects of the sport were gradually improving, racist attitudes continued to affect Dightman in ways that his white friends on the circuit could hardly comprehend. At one point Mahan asked Dightman if he wanted to hitch a ride to a rodeo in Montgomery, Alabama. Dightman shook his head. “I don’t think I want to be going to Montgomery.” “That was the first time that it dawned on me, the situation that Myrtis was dealing with,” said Mahan, who went on to earn six all-around titles. “Until then it had never entered my mind.”

That Dightman succeeded under these circumstances is a testament to both his talent and his grit. In 1968 he fought his way back to the NFR and ended the year ranked fourth. He was riding that hot streak into the next season when he ran into a familiar foe at the Tucson rodeo: B-16, the black Brahman who had tossed him and Stanton at the same event two years before. Three jumps out of the chute, B-16 threw his head back and struck Dightman in the forehead. The cowboy crumpled to the dirt, blood pouring from the wound. Before the bullfighters could reach them, B-16 delivered a parting kick to the side of Dightman’s skull. He was carried off on a stretcher and rushed to Pima County Hospital, where it took seventy stitches to piece his face back together. His head was so swollen that he couldn’t put on his hat, but Dightman boarded an evening flight to Houston, and the next day, still bleeding beneath two inches of bandages, he was back on another bull, trying to make eight. Dightman went on to qualify for the National Finals that year and again the next, but he didn’t come close to winning either time. In 1971 he turned 36— practically geriatric in the world of bull riding. He had won most of the big-time rodeos, from Fort Worth to Seattle, but he’d fallen short of claiming the World Champion gold buckle. So he rode on. Behind the chutes, he wrapped elastic bandages tightly around his aching right elbow and taped both wrists. To ease a nagging hip injury, he strapped a women’s girdle beneath his jeans. That year he won two of the most prestigious events in rodeo: the Calgary Stampede and Cheyenne Frontier Days, where he was presented with a silver plaque and a Winchester rifle. Yet even with those victories, Dightman finished the 1971 season just outside of the top fifteen. He had missed the National Finals for the first time in six years. The following year, Dightman battled back to his seventh and final NFR, where he finished seventh. Only nineteen other bull riders in the history of rodeo have earned more trips to the National Finals, and yet his ultimate goal eluded him—he never finished higher than his third-place ranking, in 1967. Dightman wasn’t ready to hang up his spurs, but his days riding the circuit full-time were numbered. “When you get to hitting the ground, and that ground ain’t too soft,” he said, “that’s when you know it’s time to quit.” Dightman’s quest for a gold buckle took on another form. In 1972 he was in Los Angeles for a rodeo, killing time at the El Fig Stables, when a scrawny kid from Watts named Charles Sampson approached him. Sampson had first visited the stables four

years earlier on a Cub Scout trip. He paid a quarter to ride one of the ponies and was instantly hooked. He started spending so much time there that the owner let him muck stalls in exchange for riding horses and, later, steers. Sampson admired the older black cowboys who hung around the stables, but they only rodeoed on weekends and never ventured beyond Southern California. He’d seen Dightman passing through town one day and was intrigued. He started asking the others about him. “They told me, ‘He’s a rodeo cowboy. He travels all over the world.’ I said, ‘Wow. I want to be like Myrtis.’ ” At fifteen, Sampson had tried his first bull. Someone snapped a photograph of the ride, and he carried the black-andwhite print around, waiting for Dightman to swing back through L.A. Now his chance had arrived, and Sampson summoned the courage to hand the photo to his hero. Dightman studied the image. “That’s a good-looking picture, son,” he told Sampson. The teen explained that it was his dream to travel and ride bulls, just like Dightman. The veteran must have recognized something of himself in the young cowboy. He agreed to mentor Sampson, but under one condition. “You need to finish your education,” he said. Sampson kept his part of the deal, though he had to accept his high school diploma hobbling across the stage on crutches because a bull had broken his leg two weeks before the ceremony. He enrolled at Central Arizona College on a rodeo scholarship, and after leaving school in 1978, he went to stay with Dightman in Crockett. Dightman, who turned 43 that year, had begun spending less time on the circuit and more days at the Diamond L Ranch rodeo arena, in Houston. The arena had been a fixture of black cowboy culture since the soul circuit days of the forties. When the arena’s founder, J. L. Sweeny, died, in 1976, Dightman took over management and continued Sweeny’s mission of nurturing promising young talent and providing black cowboys and cowgirls a place to rope and ride. Sampson nudged Dightman out of retirement by entering the two of them in rodeos across the state. “That’s when I really got a taste of what it was like to travel with greatness,” Sampson said. “Here I was, living out a lifelong dream, following in Myrtis’ footsteps.” And like the man he admired, Sampson wanted nothing more than to be a world champion. Injuries derailed his first few seasons as a pro bull rider, but in 1981 Sampson managed to stay healthy and qualify for the National Finals, the first time a black cowboy had done so since Dightman, nine years before. Sampson was one of the most dominant athletes in rodeo, but FarmAndRanch.com 125


not everyone was thrilled by his success. $40,000) and saddles, bridles, and other There were times he would call his mentor tack. Today’s cowboys on the Professional from the road. “Myrtis, I’m trying my butt Bull Riders circuit compete for a $1 million off. I rode a good bull, but they didn’t give payout each season, with pyrotechnics and me enough points. Some of the guys are bone-rattling music adding an extra layer telling me, ‘They screwed Myrtis, and now of flair to the modern event. But the heart they’re doing the same thing to you.’ ” of it, Dightman says, remains unchanged. “I’d kick and scream at the judges,” “You still got to ride the same way—with Sampson said. “Then I’d come back to the one hand.” hotel and ask Myrtis how he dealt with the If Dightman had ridden at a later time, hatred. He’d say, ‘Just ride, Charlie. Just many believe he would have been a champ, show them you can ride.’” Sampson took his advice. In 1982 he was the cowboy to beat going into the National Finals. Again, he dialed his hero. “You’ve got to be there, Myrtis. Whatever it takes you to get there, I need you in Oklahoma.” Days later, Sampson lowered his five-foot-four-inch frame onto the biggest bull in pro rodeo, a one-horned colossus named Gallon of Velvet, so massive that he required two chutes. “Only me and my shorts knew how scared I was,” he said. If Sampson could ride to the buzzer, he would earn enough points to solidify the title. And when he gave the word, it was Dightman who pulled his rope. “Just ride,” Dightman told him. Eight seconds later, Sampson achieved the title of World Champion. Swarmed by the press, Sampson made his way Dightman at the 1966 National directly over to Dightman. Finals Rodeo, in Oklahoma City. “We did it,” Sampson told him. possibly several times over. But Dightman’s “I never won it, but I didn’t have to,” legacy outshines any gold buckle, and Dightman told him at the awards ceremony. his impact has been felt far outside of “You won it for me.” the arena. The Outcasts premiered in 1968, featuring the first prominent African When Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s American character on a TV western. The color barrier, in 1947, a flood of talented first black rodeo parade in Harlem was held black athletes entered the sport behind in 1971, with Muhammad Ali in attendance him. Despite Sampson’s achievement, the (on horseback, no less). Around the same same can’t be said of pro rodeo. time, several minority rodeo organizations There are those who did find success. were formed, and some of the first major Fred Whitfield, who became the first black academic studies of African American all-around champion, in 1999, credited cowboy history were published. Dightman with blazing the trail. But there Even Hollywood came calling. Dightman are still relatively few African Americans was hired to ride bulls in Sam Peckinpah’s competing today, and black cowboys 1972 film Junior Bonner, starring Steve say it remains difficult to break into the McQueen. That same year he made his acting debut in J. W. Coop, a modern predominantly white sport. One obstacle western about pro rodeo, playing himself. is the omission of black cowboys from pop Dightman was also cast as the black culture and the historical record. Another is Marlboro Man in commercials, and he lack of access to expensive cutting horses appeared on posters for Tony Lama boots. (a quarter horse used for roping can cost 126 Volume 94 Texas Farm&Ranch

For the black rodeo competitors coming up behind him, these were some of the most important milestones of Dightman’s career—before him, no African American cowboy had been offered sponsorship, a near necessity in a sport where athletes pay their own way, from entry fees to travel expenses, and only deposit a paycheck if they win. Even after Dightman left the RCA circuit, he continued riding bulls into his fifties. In fact, he won the bull riding title in the Old Timers Rodeo Association in 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987. His final ride was in 1988, at the inaugural Myrtis Dightman Hall of Fame Rodeo, held in Crockett. His namesake event draws competitors from across the state and raises scholarship funds for young cowboys. Dightman is always on hand to sign autographs and offer words of encouragement to upand-coming athletes. In 1997 Dightman became the first living African American (and the third ever, after Bill Pickett and Jesse Stahl) to be inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame. This time it was Sampson who traveled to Oklahoma City to honor his mentor. “Nobody loves Myrtis as a person and a bull rider more than I do,” Sampson said. On a recent morning, the Jackie Robinson of Rodeo fixed himself a cup of instant coffee, threw on a well-worn bomber jacket, fired up his tractor, and moved three round bales of hay to the pasture he was using to graze some thirty head of cattle on his ten-acre spread, a few miles outside of Crockett. The 83-year-old stepped nimbly from the tractor’s seat, defying the punishment his body had taken from climbing aboard bone-crushing brutes for three decades. “Yes sir,” he likes to say, “the Lord’s been good to me.” The cows fed, Dightman turned his attention to “doin’ a whole lot of nothin’.” On this morning, like most mornings, that meant sitting on his front porch with the sun warming his knees, listening to the blue jays and robins, waving to the trucks that happen by. When he’s not at his ranch, Dightman spends time in Houston visiting family and his longtime girlfriend, Linda. (He and Fannie divorced in the seventies.) But he enjoys being


by himself in Crockett, sitting on his porch or having lunch at the Cattleman’s Country Café, where he always sprinkles two packets of sugar over his beans. Sometimes he’ll go watch the cattle auction afterward. He likes spending his time this way. No boss, no obligations—exactly what he always wanted. Dightman lives in the two-bedroom house his mother owned before she died in 2012. Inside, pictures of her hang next to photos of Dightman astride old foes—Batman, Playmate, and B-16— as well as among old friends: Mahan, Brown, Thomas, and Sampson. Bull riding trophies crowd nearly every surface of the living room, along with a few acquired at pool hall tournaments, a hobby he picked up to help him relax between competitions. Next to the sofa, a Bible is opened to the Book of Psalms. “It ain’t much,” Dightman says of his home, “but this here belongs to me.” Compared with other former rodeo stars, Dightman lives humbly. The flashiest object he owns is a diamond-studded gold ring he wears in place of a wedding band. He was given the ring fifteen years ago, at his induction into the Professional Bull Riders Ring of Honor. He’s rarely taken it off since. Stories about Dightman still make the rounds at rodeo arenas, like the time he outran twenty other cowboys in a race up a mountain outside of San Luis Obispo, California—barefoot. Or the time in Pueblo, Colorado, that he got “hung up” and jumped back onto the bull to untangle his hand from the rigging. Such exploits live on. Ty Murray, the 1993 and 1998 Bull Riding Champion and seven-time All-Around Cowboy, grew up on these tales. “Myrtis is a pioneer in our sport,” Murray said. “He went through the brush first and cleared a path for Charlie to become a world champion. He’s one of those guys who made this a better world for a lot of people.” Dightman tends to shrug off such praise. Only when pressed will he talk about the nights he spent in his Chevy or the rodeos that turned him away or made him ride in the slack. How does he feel about being called the Jackie Robinson of Rodeo? “It makes me feel good, you know,” he says, “but it’s just something people want to do. I don’t try to be no big shot. I’m just me.” Yet Dightman has now been enshrined in virtually every hall of fame for pro bull riders, including the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Three miles from his ranch, outside of the Crockett rodeo arena that once refused him entry, a bronze bust of him sits atop a concrete pillar. And last year, the Prairie View Trail Riders Association celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. What began with Dightman and James Francies has grown to an organization of over five hundred

Dightman at his ranch in Crockett, May 29, 2018.

riders participating annually. Myrtis Jr. is the current trail boss, and in 2017 Dightman joined the Houston Rodeo parade as the guest of honor, riding at the very front. A few Sundays every month, you can find him at the Second Baptist Church in Katy. To earn a little pocket change, Dightman shuttles congregants from the church’s entrance to their vehicles. Instead of hanging on to a bull rope, Dightman’s muscular right arm works the lever opening the bus door for perfumed ladies and groggy-eyed kids toting Bibles. A few of the passengers ask him about his rodeo

days, but most just nod to “Mister Myrtis.” Dightman doesn’t mind the anonymity. He’s not one to dwell too much on the past. “I don’t miss nothing,” he says. “I can’t do it no more, so why miss it?” He does like to think back on his travels, though, all that country he saw chasing a dream. He remembers the cool mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, and his favorite place, Canada, where he won that rodeo in Edmonton all those years ago. “I’ve had a good life,” Dightman says, resting in the shade of his porch. “I was a cowboy.” FarmAndRanch.com 127


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