Land / Lot Information
|Address:||Cottle County, Texas|
|Price per Acre:||$950|
|Access:||Easement Access (dirt road)|
Red River water meter
Rio Grande Turkey
Fishing Lake (2.5 surface acres)
Middle Pease River (1.2 miles)
The Byrd River Ranch is 2,056 +/- acres in northern Cottle County, in the middle of the scenic breaks of the Pease River basin. Surrounded by other large ranches, it is well protected for growing trophy whitetails as well as other recreational pursuits.
The ranch is conveniently located halfway between Paducah and Childress, approximately 15 miles to either town. Childress (pop. 6,096) has a Walmart, hospital, feed store and several hotels, and is seated along the Highway 287 corridor that runs from DFW to Amarillo. Paducah (pop. 1,103), the “Crossroads of America“, has a gas station, grocery store, and other small town conveniences as well. Distances to major cities are as such:
- Dallas/Fort Worth: 240 miles
- Oklahoma City: 220 miles
- Amarillo: 130 miles
- Lubbock: 127 miles
- Houston: 500 miles
This ranch is rectangular in shape and surrounded on all four sides by large acreage ranches. The historic Buckle L Ranch (39,000+ acres) borders the Byrd Ranch on its north and west sides, from the top all the way down to the river. The Buckle L is not commercially hunted and provides the Byrd with a protection and buffer you simply can’t develop any other way in a low fence operation. On its east side, it borders the 4,000 acre 5R Ranch all the way down to the river on the other side, and across the river on the south side is the 5,000 acre Burdett Ranch. All of these ranches are management minded and allow you the opportunity to manage your deer herd and grow trophies.
In addition to these immediate neighbors, there are multiple other large ranches within just a few miles, including the B Bar B (3,500 acres), Fancher (7,600 acres) and MBark (3,600 acres).
To access the Byrd Ranch, you use a deeded easement that starts at Highway 83/62 and runs through the Buckle L and one other neighboring ranch all the way to its entrance gate. This easement is a bladed dirt road and feels like you are on a county road. This easement is also used by the 5R Ranch referenced above, as well as the ranches that it goes through. The total length of the easement is 3.8 miles.
This is rugged canyon country, with solid cedar and mesquite cover across it. From top to bottom, it has 250′ of elevation change. Entering the ranch at its high point on the west side, you immediately take in the scenic horizon as the land slopes to the south towards the Middle Pease River at its far southern border.
The land is primarily clay loam and rocky. Several 50’+ deep canyons carve their way through the pastures in a few places as they drain water to the river; escarpments and hills rise up as well. The river bottom is sandy and flat, and some hardwood groves can be found there. Brush vegetation includes sumac, plum and prickly pear; native grasses include buffalo, side oats gramma, bluestem and rye.
The Byrd Ranch has two main water features: a small lake on the north end and the river on its south. The lake contains approximately 2.5 surface acres of water and appears to have good depth in it. The water is crystal clear, and there are cat tails along the channel fingers that feed it, giving good evidence that it is supplied by natural spring water. I checked the Google Earth time line for years 2018, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2005 and 1996, and all of them show it to have near full levels.
This tank is LOADED with fish – you can even see them swimming along the banks through the moss! We threw out a line and caught bass and perch every 2-3 casts, even pulled out a couple of nice 3 pounders! We saw a 12″ catfish swimming as well. Game tracks are all around it, and it’s obvious it attracts a lot of wildlife. A small metal storage building is set up by the lake, for storing fishing supplies, feed, etc.
On its south border, the ranch has 1.2 miles of frontage along the Middle Pease River. At this point in the river’s journey, it is just eight miles away from merging with the North Pease River to form the main stream, and it runs well here. Natural springs in the canyons and multiple creek drainages, including Owl Creek and Turkey Creek, feed the river just before it runs in front of the Byrd Ranch, ensuring it will have water running nearly all the time, with the exception being a prolonged season of drought. Like the lake on the north side, the river banks have game tracks up and down them too.
In addition to these two main water features, there are four water tanks in the pasture and numerous creek ravines that seasonally hold water. Rural water is piped into the south pasture to a small cattle trap, where a faucet is in place to fill a trough, and there is a tap on the north side too.
The ranch has only been mildly hunted by the owner’s family over the last 15 years. Five cleared food plots have been used to stage game with feeders; these could be plowed and planted with wheat for winter grazing or sewn in a wildlife grass mix for year around supplement.
The whitetail genetics in the immediate vicinity are outstanding, with native bucks reaching into the 190s” B & C. Mule deer will be found as well, plus Rio Grande turkey, bobwhite quail, feral hog, migratory dove and predators, such as bobcat, mountain lion and coyote. You may even see aoudad sheep, since they roam the Pease River breaks in Cottle County. With its large neighbors, natural vegetation and water features, this ranch will provide trophy hunting year after year!
Being this far back in the sticks, you probably wouldn’t expect utilities to be here, but electricity and Red River community water lines are already on the ranch. The electric poles are on the north end, where you’d want to build a cabin or lodge to take advantage of views. Water meters are located on both the north and south pastures of the property.
The ranch has perimeter fencing, with almost two miles of it on the southeast side being brand new. The rest of the fencing appears to be in very good condition, with pipe corners and metal t-posts. One cross fence divides the ranch into two pastures, 817 acres on the north and 1,239 acres on the south.
The ranch has a power line easement crossing it on the east side, which runs north to south in a straight line. Also, the owner of the 5R Ranch on the east side has an access easement across the Byrd Ranch to get to his property; this easement follows the main ranch road going east and west, from the Byrd entrance to the 5R gate on the east fence line.
The owner doesn’t own any mineral rights, so there are none to convey. There is not any oil or gas production on the property itself and very little in this part of the county.
The bulk of this land has been under the same ownership for 15 years and has been taken care of well during this time. Most of the roads have been freshly bladed and are easy to travel. It will be an easy ranch to step into and immediately enjoy, while still allowing for future development through building structures, expanding food plots, etc.
$950/acre (new survey to convey)
For any questions or to schedule a private tour of this ranch, contact exclusive listing agent Steven Beck at cell phone (806) 778-1597.
SOLD: SEPTEMBER 2018
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