When representing buyers from Houston I am often asked to find a ranch with the following qualities;
I would like a ranch with low fences but surrounded by large ranches
The Lazy A has only four neighbors, one is over 5,000 acres, one is over 7,000 acres, one is over 8,000 acres and the last is well over 20,000 acres. All low fences and you cannot see another deer blind on any neighbors if you ride the entire perimeter.
It needs to be less than a three hour drive from Houston;
Door to door is less than three hours from Downtown Houston.
I want quality deer but no crazy genetics;
The ranch regularly takes 160+ class deer but these are all natives. No improved genetics have been introduced on this ranch or any of the immediate neighbors. The quality deer taken here has been accomplished without any protein feeding on this ranch.
deer are important, but I want to have the other game as well
Turkey numbers are off the charts, this area is known as a great dove hunting area, and the quail on this ranch are excellent with some big pastures on very sandy soils. Really an all around great game ranch.
Would love some live water;
Three miles of the Aransas River run along the property. This river runs year round and is usually clear and holds great fishing. The famous Corrigans Hole is also on the property and you can run a kayak from one end of the ranch to the other.
Good brush is nice, but I would really like some big oaks on the place;
There is not a large ranch in South Texas with better Oaks. Huge Live Oaks and Post Oaks are all over this ranch with a certified Live Oak over 900 years old. Still has the good thick brush in the under canopy, as well as more open quail pastures.
I want nice improvements, but no huge house that costs an arm and a leg;
This ranch has very nice improvements and can sleep a large number of guests, but none of the improvements are over the top. Just clean nice homes nestled in large oak motts.
This ranch should not still be on the market!
Location: The ranch is located in southern Bee County, 20 minutes south of Beeville. 1 hour to Corpus Christi, 2 hours to San Antonio, and less than 3 hours to Houston. The ranch is accessed off of the dead end of a paved County Road.
Habitat: The Lazy A Ranch has a very diverse habitat across the ranch. Approximately half of the ranch is primarily Live Oak country with a mix of south Texas brush understory and native grasses. This area follows primarily the Aransas River bottom and the Spring Creek bottom that flows through the center of the property. The live oaks on this ranch are not your run of the mill oaks, but many are huge with some certified to be over 900 years old. Further the large oaks are not limited to a few areas but cover the ranch.
Approximately 1,000 acres of the ranch is primarily in rolling grasslands with mixed brush and live oaks. This area is mixed with native and improved grasses and makes wonderful areas for running rigs and dogs for quail. Most of the soils in this area are sandy-to-sandy loam, making ideal areas for enhancing the quail hunting through mechanical disturbance and controlled burns. This part of the ranch offers beautiful views of rolling terrain developed by ancient sand dunes and relief created from the river.
The remaining acreage (about 800 acres) is unique for the area, being dominated by a forest of post oaks. They form a thick forest that is mostly dominated with native grasses beneath the canopy.
Wildlife: The whitetail deer on the property are abundant. The ranch has been managed to allow for deer to age properly and they have native low fenced deer that are very good and regularly take deer over the 160 class. The deer have lots of varied habitat to allow for them to thrive and the ranch is surrounded by huge ranches that have strict adherence to managing the deer to promote an improved native deer herd.
Turkey hunting on this ranch is phenomenal, with multiple roosts along the Aransas River drainage and Spring Creek. During my first visit to the ranch during the middle of the day, we saw hundreds of turkeys.
As many people know, southern Bee County has been traditionally considered some of the best quail country in the State. Grasses grow thick with intermittent brush to provide the ideal habitat for bobwhites and it is just open enough to run dogs and rigs around the property. This area is premium quail country and due to higher rain totals (37 average) than much of south Texas, can be generally be a more consistent area for having successful quail hatches.
Dove hunting in this area of Bee County is very good with a lot of grain production to be found just a few miles south of the ranch. Plenty of hogs and varmints are of course to be found on the property.
Fishing for catfish, bream and bass is excellent along the river.
The Lazy A Ranch was built and designed to be managed for wildlife. No cattle have been on the ranch for the past three years, and all of the interior fences have been removed (no gates to drive through on the ranch).
The main house is a ranch style home that sits nestled among a live oak forest. The house is 4,000 sf 4-bedroom/4 bath with several porches and surrounds a nice swimming pool for cooling off during those September dove hunts. Includes den, bar, game room, kitchen with eating area, dining room and several fireplaces. Outside of the main house is a basketball court with small outdoor bar, a full first class skeet range with high and low house as well as trap house.
There is a Satterwhite log home just outside of main house that is a 3-bedroom/2 bath for more guests housing. Just up the road from the main house is a complex of another 3/2 log home with a 175x75 barn which includes tack room and set of dog pens. There is also horse stables and riding ring found here. Equipment includes tractor with implements, several trucks and ATVs.
Away from the main compound area is the managers house, another barn and a small antique home over 100 years old with has been updated.
There are 11 Atascosa Executive Blinds on 20 towers that are new and are located next to spin feeders and all blinds have extensive lanes developed into food plots.
Many of the homes have had extensive updating and improvements recently done on them and are all excellent shape. There are 13 miles of gravel roads on the ranch and the road from entrance to the main home is over 2 miles of paved road.
Water: The Lazy A Ranch has multiple water features. The main attraction is approximately 3 miles of river frontage on the Aransas River. The river is live water in this area and runs year round and is generally clear with good fishing and opportunities for duck hunting. Although the property line is the center of the river, through agreements with the neighbor on the other side of the river, There are two areas that allow private usage of both sides of the river (see map).
Spring Creek runs through the middle of the property for almost three miles and generally is running in the winter and holds water most of the year. Several small springs are also located on this creek.
The groundwater in this part of Bee County is shallow and of excellent quality. There are 8 active water wells on the property and several more wells that could be made active with proper equipment.
Electricity: Electric lines run to the managers house area and then up to the main compound area.
Minerals: Surface only. There are multiple older gas wells on the property, but maintanance of these are limited and the gauger does not drive by the main compound. Because they are not intrusive and provide miles of maintained gravel roads, I see the production as having a positive effect of the ranch.
History: The Campo Santo burial grounds are located on the ranch (not accessible to the public). At one time the old San Patricio-La Bahia Road went through the ranch, and the area was settled by Jeremiah Toole from NY. Local Indians and raiding Mexican armies and bandits constantly harassed the settlers here. This is the oldest cemetery in Bee County and Ann Burke Carroll is buried here (the woman who donated the land for the township of Beeville). Corrigans Hole is a feature on the river on the ranch that has had many stories about it relayed through the years. Popular swimming hole in the past for the first settlers through the navy pilots in WW2, many believe there is no bottom to the hole and it has an underground cave system hidden below the surface.
Price: Asking $3,650 per acre ($11,818,700).
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