640 +/- Acres For Sale in Motley County

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The SO Mountain Ranch is located southwest of Socorro in the Magdalena Mountains.

The ranch consists of a desirable blend of Forrest Permit, New Mexico State Lease, BLM Land and Deeded Land.
4,531.04 +/- deeded acres
6,400 +/- NM State Lease acres
8,273 +/- BLM acres
25,600 +/- USFS acres

The ranch is located in New Mexico’s Unit 17, famous worldwide for outstanding trophy Rocky Mountain Elk production.

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. Other game calling the SO Mountain Ranch home are bear, lion, bobcat, fox, coyote, and numerous small game species and birds.

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Mule Deer Bucks on the Quinlan Ranch



NM Unit 4 – Known as “Elk Central” – This fantastic offering is situated next to the Edward Sargent WMA

This is a true Four-Seasons Ranch with year-round recreational opportunities

New Mexico Deeded Mountain Hunting Trout Fishing Ranch Sale Trophy Bull Elk Hunting Big Mule Deer Buck Hunts Trout Fishing Quinlan Ranch Hunting Lodge Trophy Ranch


Sam’s company, Chas. S. Middleton and Son, was established by Sam’s grandfather, Charles Middleton, in 1920.  Charles was born in Louisiana and came to Lubbock on horseback in approximately 1895.  As a young man he started leasing area ranches and was active in the cattle and sheep business.  As the small community of Lubbock was being organized, he was appointed first Chief of Police.  He was very active as a cattle commission broker, buying and selling cattle on a commission basis for customers throughout Texas and north through the Corn Belt States.  He also bought thousands of calves out of Old Mexico every fall and shipped them to the United States.  This successful cattle business brought him in contact with ranchers throughout the country.  In selling cattle, he was also exposed to ranchers who were interested in both buying and selling ranch property.  The cattle business complemented ranch sales, and he became very active in the sale of ranches over a large scope of country.

His son, L.F. “Sam” Middleton joined Charles in the business, and they worked side by side until Charles retired in about 1950.  L.F. was very successful and expanded the company by adding a farm and ranch loan business.  Lenders often told L.F. that his loan brokerage business had the largest volume in the Southwest United States, and he regularly maintained over 600 farm and ranch loans on the books.  Lending money on farms and ranches was also a good “leader” for ranch sales, as this helped introduce L.F. to a large number of potential buyers and sellers.

L.F.’s son, Sam, joined his father in the business in 1971.  Sam and L.F. worked together for approximately 20 years until Sam’s father retired from the business.  Sam has always said he was very fortunate to inherit many good contacts from his father, and Sam learned much about the business by traveling with his father for 20 years.  Sam became interested in the appraisal business, and ranch appraisals have proven to be a great addition to the company business.   Ranch appraisals often times lead to sales, and the appraisal business also keeps Sam well informed regarding land values over a large area.  Sam has testified many times in court regarding land values and has also served as a court appointed receiver in selling ranches in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.  Sam is a ranch broker in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas, and also holds State Appraisal Certifications in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, which mean Sam is qualified to appraise federally related transactions.  Sam also holds the ARA (Accredited Rural Appraiser) designation through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  Sam and his wife, Patricia, have two grown sons, Charlie and Jed.  Charlie has worked in the company for approximately 15 years and is a licensed broker in Texas and New Mexico.  He is very interested in the recreational aspect of ranching and is an avid hunter.  Charlie is married and has two young sons.  Jed runs Sam’s ranch at Dickens, Texas and partners with Sam on three leased ranches, which Jed also manages.  Jed also is a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).  He is a professional team roper and also enjoys buying, selling and training roping horses.

Chas. S. Middleton and Son is an established, successful farm and ranch real estate and appraisal company.  Sam generally handles the sale of the larger ranch transactions and Charlie enjoys working on the recreational/hunting ranches.  Charlie also is very accomplished in producing our brochures and ranch maps, which we print in house.   Sam is fortunate to have two other salesmen/appraisers on staff in the office.  Since Sam focuses more on ranch sales, Chad Dugger handles most of our ranch appraisal work, which is substantial, and Rusty Lawson handles all of the farm appraisals and farm sales.  Everyone in the company focuses on their own specialty, so together, we make a great team.

Over the years, Sam has learned that repeat business is the best compliment you can have.  We are fortunate to have many customers, ranchers, trust departments, accounting firms, tax attorneys, and others who we have worked with time and time again over the years.  Many of the ranches we sell today, were first sold by Sam’s father or grandfather.  These repeat sales and the solid customer base are the cornerstone of this nearly 100 year old real estate/appraisal company.



Mitchell Quay County, NM Ranch

25,402 +/- Deeded Acres   +   3,099.49 +/- Acres NM State Lease


Mitchell Ranch

Colfax County, New Mexico Ranch For Sale with Live Water Canadian River and Rio del Plano Creek

The Mitchell Ranch has historically been utilized for grazing yearling cattle, but also offers exceptional hunting/recreation with antelope, elk and whitetail deer. Live water is furnished by miles of the flowing Canadian River and Rio del Plano Creek. The ranch headquarters consists of a ranch home, hunters/labor quarters, barns, sheds and shipping pens with scales.

IMG_1395Lynn County Ranch For Sale with Private Fishing Lake, Live Springs, House, Barns and Excellent Fences

This well improved ranch has an ideal location, close to Lubbock and the Midland/Odessa Permian Basin.

Private 8-10 +/- acre private lake, electric water wells, several live springs, dirt tanks and large barns

Ranch Photos (Click to Enlarge)

Ranch Improvements (Click to Enlarge)


Bateman Wichita River Ranch

Over 4.5 miles of live water, with a live spring, earthen ponds and city water


S.O. Mountain Ranch in Socorro County, New Mexico Unit 17 Elk Hunting and Cattle Grazing For Sale

in the Magdalena Mountains south of Magdalena, New Mexico $5,650,000



General S.O. Mountain Ranch Pictures

4,531.04 +/- Deeded Acres

6,400 +/- NM State Lease Acres

8,273 +/- BLM Acres

25,600 +/- Forest Service Acres

The S.O. Mountain Ranch Headquarters Improvements

including hunting lodge, working pens, barns, manager’s home, cabins, chutes and scales

The S.O. Mountain Ranch New Owner’s Home


S.O. Mountain Ranch Springs, Creeks and Wildlife Pictures

(Continually Updated)



W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch Entrance

Photos and General Information

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch – 510,527 +/- Contiguous Acres

Land, Rivers, Lakes, Cattle, Horses and Oil


Marketed Exclusively By

Chas. S. Middleton and Son and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch Listing Website

or download the official

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch Brochure (15+mb)


The Ranch

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch

General photos of the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch taken in 2014. The ranch has a very diverse terrain and it may be hard to truly comprehend the sheer vastness of the property. In total, the ranch spans nearly 800 square miles, which is approximately 3/4ths the size of Rhode Island. As the old saying goes, “Everything is Bigger in Texas,” and the Waggoner Ranch definitely exemplifies that statement.

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The Water

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Water

The North and South Wichita River flow through the property for approximately twelve miles a piece, merging into the Wichita River on the ranch. The Wichita feeds Lake Kemp and Lake Diversion, both located on the ranch. Totally, the Wichita River and the North and South Forks of the river flow through the ranch for over 40 miles. Beaver Creek feeds into Santa Rosa Lake which is also located on the ranch. Beaver Creek flows through the property for over 30 miles.

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The Zacaweista

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Zacaweista

The Zacaweista Headquarters of the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch

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The Santa Rosa

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Santa Rosa

The Santa Rosa Headquarters of the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch

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The Cattle

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Cattle

The W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch has been home to hundreds of thousands of head of cattle through the years. The ranch is equipped with several sets of working pens and shipping pens. The main shipping pens are located at the Zacaweista Headquarters and these pens were well designed to handle thousands of head of cattle.

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The Farmland

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Farmland

The W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch contains approximately 30,000 acres of productive farmland. Some of the cultivation is irrigated and portions have been seeded to Coastal Bermuda. There is a story of a mechanic working on a tractor that told the operator he wanted to take a ride with him to make sure the machine was operating properly. When the operator asked the mechanic what he brought for lunch the mechanic said he had not intended to be out past lunch. The operator told the mechanic “It’ll take all day to make one lap around this wheat field. If you are coming with me, you’d better pack a lunch.” Whether or not that story is true or not we’ll never know, but this is an expansive block of farmland.

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The Lakes

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Lakes

The W.T. Wagoner Estate Ranch is home to Lake Kemp, Lake Diversion, Lake Electra and Santa Rosa Lake.

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The Horses

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Horses

The W.T. Wagoner Estate Ranch is home to some of the best ranch horses in the United States. The Whiteface Division of the ranch offers state of the art training and breeding facility, covered arena, stables and barns that any horse lover will love.

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The Wildlife

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Wildlife

The W.T. Wagoner Estate Ranch has a dense population of wildlife, and as you can imagine, the ranch is home to trophy whitetail deer. Quail, turkey, feral hogs, javelina and dove and other migratory birds all frequent the ranch.

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The History

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: History

Historic photos of the The W.T. Wagoner Estate Ranch, the family, horses, cattle, farmland, etc.

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The Minerals

W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch: Minerals

According to an article in Western Horseman Magazine, while drilling for water on the ranch, W.T. Waggoner instead hit oil. Disgusted, he continued to drill for water. By the 1920’s, with the advent of the automobile, W.T.’s attitude changed. The Waggoner Ranch got into oil in a big way, and today oil wells still methodically pump as cattle graze around them. There is a story that humorist Will Rogers was on the ranch with his friend W.T. in the 1930’s and said “I see there’s an oil well for each cow.”

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Waggoner Ranch Divisions Map

Divisions and Camps Map of the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch

Waggoner Ranch Topo Map

Topographic Map of the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch

For more information, please contact:

Chas. S. Middleton and Son
Sam Middleton
(806) 763-5331 office(817)304-0504 cell

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International
Bernard Uechtritz
(214) 353-6601 office(214) 876-1321 cell


For information about obtaining financing on the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch, please keep our friends at Capital Farm Credit in mind.

Phil Peabody or Clint Robinson


Information posted in regard to the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch along with photos and descriptions are the property of the broker’s and may not be duplicated or edited without broker’s written permission.

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