Rare opportunity to own a true, fully furnished and equipped, turnkey hunting ranch in West Texas. Everything conveys, minus a few personal effects, including furniture, appliances, electronics, safes, vehicles, equipment, tools, hunting blinds and feeders.
Pesado D Ranch is located at the intersection of Walker Road, Dudley Ranch Road and Holmes Road in Terrell County, Texas. The ranch lies approximately 38 miles southwest of Sheffield, TX, 12 miles northeast of Sanderson, TX, and 18 miles northwest of Dryden, TX. Access to the ranch from Walker Road begins off Ranch to Market Road 2400 at Hardgrave Road and is approximately a 45-minute drive from RM 2400. Access to the ranch from Dudley Ranch Road begins on Highway 285 north of Sanderson and is approximately a 45-minute drive from HWY 285. Walker Road, Dudley Ranch Road and Holmes Road have right of ways across the property.
The main lodge and ranch headquarters were built in 2015 and sit in a picturesque draw at the convergence of two canyons surrounded by rimrock. The main lodge is 6,510 square feet with an expansive living and dining area and a large commercial kitchen with premium appliances including a Vulcan range and True foodservice grade refrigerators/freezer, stainless steel countertops and food prep areas. There are seven bedrooms and seven full bathrooms and one half bathroom. Hot water is provided by 5 high-capacity tankless hot water heaters allowing for all 7 showers to be utilized at once with no loss of hot water. There is a large utility room with three commercial grade Speed Queen washers and a Speed Queen dryer. The front of the lodge is shaded by a 16-foot by 40-foot covered porch leading to a large outdoor firepit and gathering area. At one end of the lodge is a four-vehicle enclosed garage with 10-foot-high by 18-foot-wide drive through bay doors. The garage is accessed from the lodge by an interior door off the main room.
The lodge is steel beam construction covered by 6-inch-thick Dryden stone. All exterior windows are protected by rollup steel hurricane shutters that can be closed when the ranch is unoccupied. The lodge has a security system, satellite television and Wi-Fi provided by Dish Network, and a dedicated satellite phone hard wired into the building. The lodge and outbuildings are all built on concrete slab and connected by a large concrete drive and parking area. Heating and cooling to the lodge is provided by 4 a/c units. Facilities are serviced by two 500-gallon septic tanks with drain lines.
The main outbuilding consists of a 40 foot by 80-foot metal shop with six sixteen-foot bay doors, dedicated shop/maintenance area with ample shelving, a 600-pound ice machine with a 1,000-pound bin, and equipment and vehicle storage. Beside the shop is a 24 foot by 30-foot cleaning shed complete with stainless steel sinks and countertops, automatic winches with stainless steel gambrels, concrete flooring with built in drains, freezers and two 300-pound ice machines. Both outbuildings are equipped with LED lighting and external security lights that can be controlled from the main lodge.
Power is provided to the ranch headquarters by Rio Grande Electric Cooperative. Backup power is provided by a Generac generator wired to kick on if primary power fails. The generator and select appliances are fueled by four 1,000-gallon propane tanks. Two large fuel storage tanks provide gasoline and diesel for the ranch. There is one 1,000-gallon gasoline tank and one 1,000-gallon green diesel tank.
A short drive from the ranch headquarters lies the airstrip. The asphalt runway was recently resurfaced and is in excellent condition. The runway measures 4200 feet long by 35 feet wide and is large enough to accommodate most small to medium sized jets. There are turnarounds at each end and the runway is designed to allow planes to take off or land from either end depending on the wind conditions. There are two 17-foot tall hangers besides the runway.
Up from the airstrip is the old ranch headquarters. This area consists of an unused ranch house that if remodeled would make an excellent ranch foreman’s home or guest house, several old outbuildings, working pens, and numerous sheds and barns. There is also grain storage and a varmint proof feed barn.
The ranch is perimeter fenced with all fences in good working order. The neighboring ranches do run cattle and maintain the fences accordingly. Access points onto the ranch control livestock using cattle guards. There are no locked gates or bump gates. Approximately 420 acres of the ranch is high fenced with four access gates into the fenced pasture. The fence is only 3 years old and was built as a breeder pen. The gates are kept open and no breeding operation is currently in place.
Access to water and the supporting infrastructure is one of the most well-thought out aspects of the ranch. There are four water wells drilled at high points on the ranch. The current owners had drilling rigs hauled up the canyons and onto the rimrock in order to drill the wells at maximum elevation. The wells are solar powered and can be turned on or off depending on need. The wells fill 40,000 gallons of active storage tanks at various locations. A battery of three storage tanks totaling 7,500 gallons provides a dedicated reserve solely for the lodge. The storage tanks gravity flow water through 5 miles of 2-inch-thick industrial grade water line to 17 wildlife watering stations around the ranch. Each watering trough is equipped with a float to conserve water.
The ranch itself is a mixture of scrub brush flats, canyons and draws, and stunning topography. The ranch is crossed on the east side by the historic Downie Draw with dramatic cliffs framing the far bank. On the western side of the ranch the land climbs sharply upward into a range of foothills that run westward into the Glass Mountains. The high vistas, mesas and bluffs offer stunning views that stretch for miles before descending into canyons rimmed with rocky cliffs and beautiful rock faces. Much of Terrell County can be classified as semi-arid steppes and the native vegetation found on the ranch reflects that climate. Mesquite, Catclaw, Greasewood, Yucca and Prickly Pear cactus are just a few of the native plant species dotting the terrain.
The ranch is home to numerous species of native Texas wildlife and some exotics. Whitetail deer are abundant, and Mule deer are commonly seen. Free range elk are also in the area and are frequently spotted on the ranch including several mature bulls. The ranch is home to healthy numbers of javelina and some feral hogs. Varmints and native predators include grey fox, bobcat, coyote, porcupine and the occasional mountain lion. For bird hunters, the ranch has abundant blue quail, a few coveys of bobwhite quail, prolific numbers of white-winged and mourning dove, and numerous flocks of turkey. At some point in the ranch's history blackbuck antelope were introduced and have flourished. Certain areas of the ranch are now home to large herds of blackbuck with mature bucks sporting their signature dark coats often seen.
Multiple feeders provide year-round nutrition to game. There are currently thirteen 3,000-pound protein feeders stationed around the ranch that are fed year-round. There are also thirty All-Seasons corn feeders that are fed from just before hunting season through early spring. Turkey feeders are also placed at several sites on the ranch. There are 26 hunting blinds that are meticulously placed to ensure that no shot opportunities can occur in the direction of another blind or structure.
Before being explored and ultimately settled by the Spanish as early as the sixteenth century, what is now Terrell County was originally home to several Indian tribes including the Coahuiltecans and the Jumanos. Evidence of these early inhabitants can be found across the county including rock mounds, called middens, rock paintings, and pictographs. Many grinding holes have also been found in flat rock surfaces leaving clues to the Indians diet of mesquite beans and ground plants. Two of these grinding holes have been found on the ranch along with numerous arrowheads, flint knife blades, scraping tools, and pieces of worked flint.
Terrell County was eventually settled in the 1800s along the development of the railroad and eventually became a ranching mecca for sheep and goat ranches. Downie Draw, which crosses the ranch, is named for one of the earliest of these sheep ranchers, Charles Downie, who homesteaded in the area in the 1880s. He eventually grew his ranch to 150,000 acres. By the early 1900s, Terrell County was home to over 140 ranches and 350,000 sheep.
In the middle part of the 20th century Terrell County became a hotbed for oil and gas production after the discovery of the Brown-Bassett gas field. Remnants of this oil boom are still visible in the area with old pad sites slowly being reclaimed by the land. There is currently no active production on the ranch.
The mineral estate does not convey with the sell. The sellers have reserved all owned minerals. There are no mineral leases or production on the ranch.
The ranch is managed under a Wildlife Management Exemption. There is an active wildlife management plan in place. The ranch is not carried under a livestock agricultural exemption and there are no livestock nor grazing leases on the ranch.
Vehicles & Equipment
2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Two (2) Kubota RTV 1140CPX
Two (2) Kubota RTV 900
John Deere Tractor 4WD Enclosed Cab with 541 Loader (PTO attachments include auger, rotary cutter and batwing shredder)
3-ton feed Jet trailer
Fiat Allis FG85 motor grader
HUNTING AND WILDLIFE:
26 hunting blinds (6 executive blinds, 1 executive bow blind)
12 Texas Wildlife Supply 3,000 lb feeders
30 All-Season corn feeders
5 floor-mounted gun safes