Wildcat Mountain Ranch is approximately 5,200 acres located in Coke County, Texas. This beautiful ranch is high fenced for game management purposes and is an extremely well balanced combination hunting, family or corporate recreational property. The scenic views, abundance of wildlife, including trophy whitetail deer, and its outstanding Bobwhite and Blue quail populations make this property one of a kind. The ranch has been awarded the State of Texas Game Management Certificate and is under the MLD Level III program. Wildcat Mountain Ranch has received awards from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Rolling Plains Quail Research Institute for its outstanding management practices.
The ranch is located at the northern edge of the Edwards Plateau near the town of Robert Lee, Texas and is situated about 1 ½ miles from the Colorado River. The property is 76 miles Southwest of Abilene, Texas and 30 miles North of San Angelo, Texas. The main entrance to the Ranch is about 4 miles from the center of Robert Lee.
Distance to the ranch from Fort Worth is 224 miles with an estimated travel time of 3 1/2 hours.
This beautiful property has 28 miles of high fence, 11 miles of interior fence and 3 miles of all-weather caliche roads. You will always find an abundance of wildlife on the 150+ acres of food plots throughout the property. The owners of the ranch have added 40 hunting blinds, 28 corn feeders and 16 protein feeders that help sustain the deer, quail, turkey and exotics population on the ranch. Additional improvements include an equipment barns, dog kennels, deer processing facility, and a 6800 SF lodge with panoramic views of the ranch. In addition, the ranch has a 5 stand shooting facility and a TD Smith designed rifle range with targets up to 670 yards with space to increase this to 1000 yards.
The custom built lodge was constructed 1996 overlooking the ranch with scenic views of the escarpment face throughout the ranch and county. The single story lodge has 9 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, this includes a master apartment with separate kitchen facilities within the lodge, and a large great room with stone fireplace and tile floors. The open commercial kitchen, dining, and living area give you panoramic views of the ranch. Step out onto the large covered wrap around patio and sit next to the grand fire pit and take in the beauty and history of this property with friends and family, and the native wildlife that visit the lodge from time to time.
The ranch has 11 miles of underground waterlines that move water from the 6 water wells on the property. There are two manmade lakes that are home to healthy populations of channel catfish and brim and hold a large number ducks in the winter. Scattered throughout the property are five stock tanks that also provide water for the rich wildlife populations on the ranch. The current owner reports that throughout the drought the majority of the ponds never went dry. Future plans include an even larger third lake on Antelope Creek at the front of the ranch. This lake will provide additional irrigation opportunities for the food plots and an additional water source for the wildlife and livestock.
The owners of the ranch retained a wildlife biologist in 1995 and the property has been under a strict game management plan designed by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Natural Resources Conservation Service since the time it was purchased and placed under high fence. The property is rich in wildlife and is under the MLD Level III program, which allows for the most flexible seasons and bag limits. Current deer surveys estimate about 600 native Whitetail deer, Rio Grande turkey, Javelina, Ducks and has excellent Dove hunting on the food plots and lakes. The current owners have been very strict with the management plan and only harvest 4-6 trophy bucks per year. The owners continue to focus their attention to the culling of management bucks and does in line with their management program keeping a current buck to doe ratio of 1:1.2. This management has allowed for the increase of the trophy quality and the reduction of bad genetics. This makes hunting on the ranch very exciting because of the quality and the number of deer that you will see while hunting on the ranch. Trophy Whitetail bucks on the ranch will score up to 165BC without protein supplementation.
In addition to the native wildlife, the ranch is also home to three species of exotics. Trophy axis deer and blackbuck make for a very challenging hunting experience with their elusiveness and ghostly movement through the brush on the ranch. Excellent quality Fallow deer can be seen grazing in the food plots in the early morning and late afternoon among the whitetail deer.
The ranch has one of the largest Bobwhite and Blue Quail populations per acre in Coke County. In 2002 the owners of the ranch formed a relationship with the Rolling Plains Quail Research Institute to place an additional focus to sustaining and growing the excellent quail numbers that were on the ranch. This quail management plan includes the development of adequate year round food supplies and water, along with reasonable protection from the hazards to the bird’s kind of living. As a result of this continued management plan that includes grubbing and seeding, the ranch has reestablished native grasses, food sources and brush shelters that create cover for the birds. The ranch has been host to Dale Rollins Quail Appreciation Day and has 20 quail call stations that have been used for research by his students.
Additional hunting equipment includes wildlife processing facility equipped with all processing equipment and a walk in cooler. Also included with the property are 40 insulated hunting blinds, 28 corn feeders, 16 protein feeders, 20 quail feeders, 4 wheelers and hunting vehicles.
The range conditions on this ranch are special with a good mixture of brush, food plots, canyons, creeks and draws. The terrain possesses some of the most beautiful topography in the area with elevation changes on the ranch from 1,640 ft up to 2,425 ft within it’s boundries. The tree cover is diverse with the predominate species consisting of Mesquite, Oak, Ash and Soapberry. A brush management plan was established in 1997 and includes the removal of cedar, some mesquite, burns and reseeding which has created exceptional wildlife cover and food sources throughout the property. The current owner estimates the clearing of over 4,400 acres of cedar since the plan began. They have done extensive dozer work clearing fields for planting food plots and improving the grass conditions for wildlife and livestock. Currently the ranch turns 80-85 head of cattle twice per year and holds to a strict grazing plan to protect the wildlife habitat. This cow/calf operation provides an income of $100,000/yr. The current owners would be interested in continuing the cattle operation and would consider a lease with the new owner.
This property is being offered For Sale and is Exclusively Listed by Asher Watkins of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Buyer’s broker must be identified on first contact, and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of Listing Broker. Prospects may be required to provide proof of funds prior to scheduling a showing.