Land / Lot Information
|Address:||Wilbarger County, Texas|
|Price per Acre:||$1,200|
Rio Grande Turkey
Water Tanks (6)
The Busy B Ranch in Wilbarger County, Texas has 643 +/- acres, and is located just a few miles from the town of Electra, approximately 1/3 of a mile off of Highway 287. With roughly 80% in native pasture and 20% in cultivation, it the perfect mix for hunting. The ranch joins the historic 510,000+ acre Waggoner Ranch along its whole south side; with no hunting pressure on the north, east, or south sides, and management minded neighbors on the west, the Busy B is perfect for growing monster bucks!
The seller owns and/or manages around 3,500 acres of land in this county, including land on the Red River, but says he sees more wildlife on this ranch than any of his other properties! This ranch joins the northern Grayback Pasture of the famed 510,000 acre Waggoner Ranch for a full mile along its south side. The Grayback Pasture is known for its big bodied deer and high wildlife numbers and has no hunting on it. The property on the east side is 1,222 acres large and is owned by Mobil Oil Corp; it has no hunting on it either. On the west side are 320 acre and 160 acre tracts; the south 320 acre is mostly a large wheat field, and it’s not abnormal to see 200+ deer grazing on it during the wintertime. This 320 acres is hunted but they are trophy-only hunters. The property to the north is 498 acres and has little to no hunting on it too. (see map in photo gallery for Busy B ranch neighbors)
Since 2002, three bucks have been taken that scored over 200″ B & C; the neighbor took a 180″ class buck just last year in 2017. 140-150″ class bucks are common here. The property has four food plots on it (22, 8, 2, and 1 acre in size) and numerous smaller plots, plus a 107 acre wheat field on its north end. The food plots were all sewed last year with a mixture of wheat, milo, and millet; the field was sewn in wheat only. The large 22 acre plot (with the six acre watershed) and the 107 acre field are fenced off separately so you can control how cattle graze these areas. Seven spin corn feeders and one large trough protein feeder provide year around feed to supplement the crops. The land was formerly enrolled in the MLD (“Managed Lands Deer”) program from 2002 to 2015 but is no longer under its restrictions. (For more information on the MLD program, please click HERE.)
Lots of other game will be found here as well, including feral hog, javelina, bobcat, coyote, Rio Grande turkey, and bobwhite quail! A large six acre watershed by the 22 acre food plot attracts hundreds of ducks and geese during the winter, and there’s always dove hunting in the fall. Sandhill crane and have been seen on the ranch as well. Five other water tanks are scattered across the ranch, some of which were dug out in the last few years.
In 2012, during the peak of the regional drought, the big tank went dry. The owner used that opportunity to dig it out and plant a waterfowl feed mixture in it, from which he still see benefits. This mixture included wheat, winter rye, millet, milo, and Illinois bumbleflower, and is one of the reasons the property attracts so many annual ducks and geese in the winter!
The ranch has several tower blinds on it, two of which are big enough to sleep in! The two large ones are basically small storage buildings that were raised up ten feet in the air. They are situated where you can see deer moving from any direction, across the fields and pastures. Other than a couple of deer blinds that are on trailers, the owner will convey all hunting related improvements with the sale.
The land is primarily covered in thick mesquite trees, with native grasses. The soils in the fields are clay based and best suited to grow winter wheat, but one of the food plots that is sandier has been planted in alfalfa before. The ranch is easy to get around, as there are interior roads going all through it. The perimeter is fenced with barbed wire fences, with pipe corners and metal t-posts and is in very good condition. The ranch can carry 25 cows year around.
The owner currently has the ranch leased to a neighboring farmer who sews the fields in winter wheat and runs stockers on the property. For his part, the owner receives 1/3 of any harvested crops and 1/3 of the gain on the cattle.
Just off the county road on the north side of the ranch is the headquarters, where two trailer houses, an equipment barn, and set of pipe working pens are. This whole area has gravel, as does the road coming in from the front entrance gate. The main trailer house is one open space and comes furnished with bunkbeds and couches and can sleep six; a small kitchenette is in the corner and there is a wood burning stove as well. It has a metal carport over it and a covered porch, which creates a great area cook and hang out. A separate bathroom, with shower, toilet, and sink, can be accessed from the porch. The owner uses a 1,000 gallon black poly tank to run the bathroom facilities, which he hauls water to fill up. Portable water tanks for transporting water from Vernon to the ranch will be included with the sale. This area has no underground water and there isn’t a rural water line close, so other than bringing it in like the owner does, you would need to build a rain collection system off the roof to store water here.
An additional trailer is on sight underneath the barn lean-to. It is very clean, has two bedrooms, a small kitchen, and a bathroom with septic, but it is not hooked up to the water system.
The barn measures 30′ x 50′ and has a wood frame, metal siding, and concrete floor. It has two tall roll-up doors, so you can easily pull vehicles, etc. into it, and there’s plenty of room for parking ATVs. A 20′ storage container is on site too, for storing feed. A set of pipe cattle pens and a small horse shed are by the headquarters too.
The owner doesn’t own any mineral rights, and there is production on roughly 1/3 of the property. The oil company accesses the ranch from the adjoining property on the east, so they never use the main ranch entrance off of the public road where the headquarters is. Per the owner, the oil wells don’t affect the deer hunting on the property, as they have been here so long that the animals are accustomed to it. This part of the ranch is more used for cattle grazing.
It is not very often that such a superb deer hunting property comes available in Wilbarger County, especially not one that joins the Waggoner Ranch. For more information on this property, contact agent Benjamin Belew at cell phone (940) 357-9940.
SOLD: MARCH 2019
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