3rd Feb, 2016

New Mexico Cattle and Deer/Elk Hunting Ranch in the Southern Magdalena Mountain Range

SO Headquarters Ranch 1SO Headquarters Ranch located in the Southern Magdalena Mountains

Comprised of a blend of deeded, state and federal leases, the SO Headquarters Ranch offers exceptional recreation and cattle grazing opportunities. The ranch is very nicely improved, has good livestock working facilities and has abundant scenery. The native grass turf is in excellent condition, with an ideal blend of undulating open grama grass plains and rolling pinon and juniper hillsides. Historical operation of this ranch has been to graze approximately 350-400 animal unit cattle year long and provide big game hunting opportunity in the fall, either by the owner and his guests or by lease to an outfitter.

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Primary wildlife on the SO Headquarters Ranch consists of elk, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope. The ranch is located in the heart of New Mexico’s famous Unit 17. Year in and year out, this area produces tremendous bull elk. Unit 17 is considered to be one of the top trophy producing units for bull elk in the state, and the SO Headquarters Ranch is located in the middle of it all. Free range bulls harvested in this unit have exceeded the magical 400 Boone and Crockett point mark making this unit a very highly sought after destination for elk hunters worldwide.


The SO Headquarters Ranch is improved with a new, very modern, two bedroom, two bath owner’s home, a historic lodge, ranch manager’s home, hunter’s quarters, metal insulated shop, storage and tack room and livestock sheds, and corrals with scales. Structures on the ranch are well suited to provide an owner with both livestock grazing, employee and hunting guests or patrons housing on an as needed basis.







Land tenure on the ranch is comprised on fee surface estate, New Mexico State Lease leasehold, Bureau of Land Management leasehold, and United State Forest Service leaseholds. The fee simple surface estate lands are more commonly known as “deeded” subject to easements of record. This is the highest form of ownership on the ranch. The grazing leaseholds on this ranch provide an owner with an economical means of providing grass feed to livestock while avoiding the high cost of capital outlay on fee surface land ownership. Generally, private lease rates for an animal unit vary from $15-30 per month where USFS and BLM leaseholds generally run $1.70 per month. NM State Lease lands generally run $5 per month. Livestock operators have long known that leasehold interests for grazing allow for a larger bottom line profit.









The ranch is fenced into eight pastures and traps. Interior and exterior fencing is comprised generally of four and five strand barbed wire. Aluminum and wire gates or cattle guards and two track roads provide access to all major pastures on the ranch. Fencing is functional and is considered to be in good to fair condition.

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The water system on the SO Headquarters Ranch is primarily supplied by six wells which strategically located on the ranch. These wells service all of the drinkers through an interconnected pipeline system. Two new wells, a 20+ gpm on the south and a 25 gpm at the headquarters new home assure that water will always be available. In addition, the ranch has several natural springs connected to pipeline systems assisting and or supplying water for livestock and wildlife.

In summary, the SO Headquarters Ranch has it all for the owner looking for a scenic livestock ranch. This working livestock ranch is priced to sell on today’s market at $4,350,000.


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