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James L. Ahern, Jr.
Ahern Ranches

Pinto Creek Ranch

Hwy. 90, Brackettville, Texas 78832 - Kinney County
$7,500,000 2447 Acres
Property ID 2328623


Its no secret water is becoming a rare, precious commodity in Texas. On Pinto Creek Ranch, located six miles west of Bracketville on Highway 90, though, its abundant. A combination of live creeks and artesian wells set the 2,447-acre property apart as a prime recreational ranch and a superlative investment.


Pinto Creek ranch is home to two, year-round, live water streams. About one mile of Pinto Creek and two miles of West Pinto Creek meander through the ranch, eventually converging. At the convergence, theyre dammed, creating an oasis for canoeing, kayaking, and fly fishing for the native species found in the creeks.

The water course, lined with large pecans and elms, creates an environment similar to that found on the banks of the Guadalupe River without the crowds. Because both banks of the creeks are within the ranchs interior, the experience is completely private and protected from trespass.

Pinto Creek Ranch also has two artesian wells, one of which produces 200 gallons250 gallons per minute year-round. It flows to the surface without a pump, filling the three-acre reservoir near the main house. The water gravity-flows from the reservoir providing irrigation to the propertys farming operation.

A second artesian well produces about 60 gallon per minute. Its ever-present water helps drought-proof the ranch. The water flows into a system of six-inch PVC pipe that connects the artesian well to all of the ranchs stock tanks, ensuring they will never run dry. All of the tanks have been stocked with black bass, sun perch, and catfish for hours of angling fun.

In addition, Pinto Creek Ranch owns 130-acre feet of grandfathered irrigation (pumping) rights out of Pinto Creek, which will transfer with the ranchs sale. An acre-foot of water equals 325,851 gallons. The new owner of Pinto Creek Ranch will have access to more than 42.4 million gallons of water from Pinto Creek each year through these rights. Irrigation (pumping) rights in Texas are an asset.

Pinto Creek Ranch, which sits above the Trinity-Edwards Aquifer, is governed by the Kinney County Water District. Other water districts in the region typically grant two acre-feet of water for every surface acre owned. If the Kinney County Water District follows this precedent, the owner of Pinto Creek Ranch, based on its 2,447-acre size, could have access to 4,894 acre-feet or more than 1.6 billion gallons of groundwater per year.

As a reference point, Edwards Aquifer water rights, currently, are worth $6,800 per transferrable acre-foot. If the Kinney County Water District follows the precedent of other groundwater districts in the region, Pinto Creek Ranchs groundwater rights could be a significant economic asset.


Pinto Creek Ranch is home to a 100-acre coastal hay field and a 100-acre commercial pecan grove. With brush clearing, the farming operation could be expanded to up to 800 acres.

The farming operation is irrigated using artesian well water. Because the water flows to the surface without a pump, there is no electricity cost. As any irrigated farmer can confirm, electricity is the highest input. The ability to irrigate for free is a huge competitive advantage and bottom line booster.

For those who dont want to manage an agriculture operation, the access to irrigation makes it possible to lease out the agricultural operation, creating another income stream without the responsibilities of management.


For the past six years, the high-fenced ranch has been managed intensively for white-tailed deer. The program has been built on superior, imported genetics. During this past season, a hunter harvested a buck that scored 221 B&C. In addition to whitetails, the ranch is home to blackbuck antelope and axis deer, both exotics, meaning hunting opportunities exist year-round.

All feeders and blinds transfer with the sale. The ranch also has a 20x40 walk-in cooler and a commercial-quality meat room.

With its superior wildlife, top-notch equipment, and ample lodging, the ranch could easily become a commercial hunting operation, creating another income stream.

The Rest

While Pinto Creek Ranch offers a unique investment potential, it doesnt skimp on amenities that make family and friends want to gather around a fire pit and make memories. The main house, with its soaring ceilings and open floor plan, encourages people to mix and mingle. A three-bedroom bunkhouse provides plenty of room for guests or hunting clients.

There is also a foremans house allowing someone to always be on-site. The barns, which are insulated and built on concrete slabs, were originally used by the San Antonio Livestock Show and Exposition to house livestock behind the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum.

The Opportunity

Experience the opportunity that is the Pinto Creek Ranch by contacting James L. Ahern, Jr. with Ahern Ranches at (210) 827-0505 to set up a private tour. This one-of-a-kind ranch recently has been reduced from $9.1 million to $7.5 million. See Attachments below for Survey and Arial.

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