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The 640 acre JL Hunting Ranch in Foard County, Texas, is located off of Ranch-to-Market Road 1919, between the towns of Crowell and Seymour. The land itself does not have public road frontage, but is accessed by an easement through the neighbor, so the ranch itself is very private and protected. It is wedged in between a 3,000 acre cattle ranch and the 510,000 acre Waggoner Ranch, which joins the JL on both its east and south sides. A deer camp is already set up with electricity and water; with three food plots, five water tanks, and thick cover throughout, this is one amazing hunting ranch!
With such big neighbors and minimal hunting pressure, you can grow some monsters bucks here! The owners have been running corn and protein feeders for several years and selectively culling, so the JL is seeing some very nice trophies. Three food plots are in place, measuring 8.9, 2.9, and 6.8 acres in size; the owner has been sewing them in winter wheat for the deer. All of the food plots are fenced off separately, so you can keep cattle out of them when you want. After the hunting season, they work well for supplemental winter grazing for livestock. You should not have any trouble bagging a 140-150 class buck here, with 170+ definitely possible.
In addition to whitetail deer, the JL also has solid numbers of feral hog, javelina, turkey, bobcats, coyote, Bobwhite quail, and resident dove. During our photo shoot, I jumped quail coveys on two different sides of the ranch, saw dove everywhere, ducks, cranes, and (my estimate) a 300 lb. sow soaking in a creek slough! One of the biggest pigs I've seen in a while. The three largest water tanks (details below) are fairly shallow and create an excellent marsh habitat for waterfowl hunting!
The JL has water scattered all around it. It has five water tanks, all of them large in size, providing over eleven acres of total surface water across the ranch. The ranch has three tributaries of the South Fork of Beaver Creek running across it, and different tanks were built off of different drainages, so whether it rains to the north, west or south of the ranch, water will eventually be held on the property.
The three largest tanks are all located in a row on the south side. These basins vary in size, with the largest being about five acres. Because they are shallow tanks, it doesn't take a lot of rain to fill them up. In the wintertime, it is common to see thousands of ducks and geese sitting down here.
The ranch has solid mesquite cover across it, with tall hardwood trees lining the creeks. Years ago, some of the land was opened up by grubbing selective parts of the pastures to promote grass growth and facilitate wildlife traffic. These cleared lanes help channel deer to the food plots.
The terrain is primarily flat and is well drained. The ranch is divided into two grazing pastures, and the grasses are in good shape. The neighbor to the north seasonally runs cattle on the property, rotating across his and the JL pastures; in lieu of a normal cash lease, the tenant sews and maintains the three food plots, plus drags the roads when the need it. This is an asset because it keeps an ag exemption in place for the taxes and relieves the owner of the hassle of maintaining his own food plots. You can just show up and hunt! This agreement has been in place for ten years and can be assumed at closing.
Located on the far east side is a deer camp, with two camping trainers (Jay Flight and Sprinter models) and a 40' x 40' metal insulated barn. The barn has a concrete floor and electricity (outlets, lights, etc.), and could easily be converted into a lodge, with some interior walls and finishing. A septic tank is already in place here, and a water well too with a 500 gallon holding tank is too.
Most of the fencing is in very good shape on the ranch, with barbed wire and metal t-posts; the east side joining the Waggoner Ranch is an older fence and loose. All of the gates are metal, with the exception of two of the food plots that have wire gates.
$1275/acre (reduced from $1325/acre)
For more information, contact agent Ben Belew at cell phone (940) 357-9940.
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