Long Term Family Ownership Texas Ranch For Sale Available in 6 Tracts in Callahan and Shackelford Counties

This is a very rare opportunity to purchase a portion of a long term family ownership ranch. For the first time ever, the Snyder Family, based out of Baird and Houston, has listed six tracts for sale which make up their family ranch ownership.

The Snyder Family started ranching in this area back in the 1870’s. Originally, the Snyder’s great-grandfather moved to this part of Texas and began buying property and running cows. Now, five generations later, the ranch is still under the ownership of the Snyder family and is still operated as a cow/calf ranch.

The ranch is available for purchase in 6 desirable tracts, each unique, all offering exceptional livestock production capabilities and hunting/recreation features.

All of these tracts are offered with 50% of the minerals included

100% of the executive leasing rights

100% of the wind energy rights

Headquarters Ranch  3,805 ± Acres  $10,654,000

The Headquarters Ranch is the heart of the entire operation and is comprised of the Chase and Hardy divisions combined. The Headquarters Ranch is accessed by paved highway frontage. There are two main sets of improvements located on the Headquarters Ranch, both easily accessible from the highway. The main ranch house and bunkhouse, horse barn and pens are located in the southwestern corner of the property and another ranch house and barn is located just to the north approximately 1/2 mile away.

Topography is generally influenced by Hubbard Creek, which flows through the western portion of the property for over two and one-half miles, and a high ridge that drops over 175’ located on the southeastern portion of the ranch.

Approximately 110-125 acres of land on the western portion of the property is currently in cultivation, generally planted to wheat.

The property is considered to be exceptionally well watered by Hubbard Creek and several large dirt tanks. Rural water has been piped to the property.

The Snyder Family Ranch Headquarters is realistically priced at $2,800 per acre. The property is offered with 50% of the owned minerals along with 100% of the executive leasing rights. The property will convey with 100% of the wind energy rights included.

Seales Pasture  1,143 ± Acres  $2,800,350

The Seales Pasture is a very desirable portion of the ranch, and is located just south of Baird in central Callahan County.

The Seales Pasture is accessed by deeded easement through another ranch. Two very scenic creeks flow through the property, one that has been dammed creating a lake that covers approximately 10 surface acres. This lake is shared with a neighbor, however, it appears most of the surface area is on the Snyder property. The overflow from this lake flows further down and ultimately drains into another creek, Pecan Bayou, which flows through the ranch for approximately 3/4 miles. Together, these two creeks offer over 1.5 miles of live water through the ranch. Both creeks have exceptional hardwood canopies and wildlife including deer and turkey thrive in these bottoms.

A set of wire pens is located on the southern portion of the property.

The Seales Pasture is realistically priced at $2,450 per acre. The property is offered with 50% of the owned minerals along with 100% of the executive leasing rights. The property will convey with 100% of the wind energy rights included.

Harris Pasture  1,331 ± Acres  $2,595,450

The Harris Pasture is a very desirable portion of the ranch, and is well located just north of Baird in northern Callahan County.

The Harris Pasture is accessed by paved highway frontage. Approximately 50 acres located on the eastern portion of the property is in cultivation, generally planted to wheat. The western portion of the property gains approximately 300’ of elevation on an elevated ridge.

The property is considered to be very well watered by several large dirt tanks. Rural water has been piped to the property and electricity is available on the ranch. A set of wire pens is located on the eastern portion of the property with good traps for livestock handling.

The Harris Pasture is realistically priced at $1,950 per acre. The property is offered with 50% of the owned minerals along with 100% of the executive leasing rights. The property will convey with 100% of the wind energy rights included, and the wind energy rights are currently leased. A copy of this lease is available for review by interested parties.

Cutbirth Pasture  1,270.49 ± Acres  $2,350,406.50

The Cutbirth Pasture is a very desirable portion of the ranch, and is well located just west of Cross Plains in southeastern Callahan County.

The Cutbirth Pasture is accessed by paved highway frontage. The major topographic influence is made up by two creeks that both drain in a generally southerly direction. These creek drainages adjoin on the property. Grass turf is in excellent condition.

The property is considered to be exceptionally well watered by the creeks and several large dirt tanks. Rural water has been piped to the property and electricity is available on the ranch. There is a good network of roads throughout the property that are generally in good condition.

A set of wire pens is located on the eastern portion of the property.

The Cutbirth Pasture is realistically priced at $1,850 per acre. The property is offered with 50% of the owned minerals along with 100% of the executive leasing rights. The property will convey with 100% of the wind energy rights included.

Dodson Pasture  854 ± Acres  $1,622,600

The Dodson Pasture is a very desirable portion of the ranch, and is located just west of Moran in historic Shackelford County.

The Dodson Pasture is accessed by a deeded easement through another ranch. The topography is diverse and is influenced by two main draws that generally slope towards Hubbard Creek. The property is considered to be very well watered by several large dirt tanks. Electricity is available on the ranch and there is a set of livestock working pens located on the western portion of the property.

The Dodson Pasture is realistically priced at $1,900 per acre. The property is offered with 50% of the owned minerals along with 100% of the executive leasing rights. The property will convey with 100% of the wind energy rights included.

Austin Pasture  670 ± Acres  $1,340,000

The Austin Pasture is a very desirable portion of the ranch, and is well located just west of Cross Plains in southeastern Callahan County.

The Austin Pasture is accessed by paved graded county road. The terrain on this property is generally level, sloping somewhat towards Rocky Branch, a draw located just west of the ranch.

The property is considered to be very well watered by several large dirt tanks. Rural water has been piped to the property and electricity is available on the ranch. A set of wire pens is located on the eastern portion of the property.

The Austin Pasture is realistically priced at $2,000 per acre. The property is offered with 50% of the owned minerals along with 100% of the executive leasing rights. The property will convey with 100% of the wind energy rights included.



Texas Rolling Plains Commercial Hunting Ranch For Sale in Stonewall County

TPWD MLD, Great Genetics in Deer Herd, New High Game Fence

Location: The property is located just west of Aspermont and fronts Highway 380 on the north and FM 2211 on the south.

Acres: 4,851.03 Acres

Terrain: The terrain is varied and offers approximately 200′ of topographic relief. A high ridge runs north to south along much of the western portion of the property. Cover along this portion of the ranch is generally provided by a combination of mesquite and cedar, with the remainder of the ranch having a often dense canopy of mesquite. Soils consist of a mixture of clay and sandy loam. Overall, the ranch supports a good variety of native grasses along with abundant varieties of browse, and the turf is in good condition.

Approximately a dozen foodplots have been established on the ranch, which are generally planted to wheat for wildlife grazing. These foodplots range in size from about 2 acres to 6.5 acres. A large cultivated field containing approximately 100 acres is located on the northern portion of the ranch, and another large field of approximately 14.5 acres is located on the southern portion of the ranch.

Water: Over the previous several years, the owner has spent countless man-hours developing new dirt tanks and cleaning out many older dirt tanks to enhance surface water on the ranch. Several new dirt tanks have been constructed that are currently over 30′ in depth. One new dam has recently been completed that was constructed to take advantage of a nearby spring. This large tank is currently about 1/3rd full, and when full, should cover close to 30 acres and be over 20′ deep.

The recent dirt work on the network of roads and dirt tanks was engineered to take advantage of the terrain features available, and designed to last. Several ponds were constructed to catch silt and other debris, allowing the flow of the water to slow and flow over spillways into the larger reservoirs. The very impressive infrastructure has to be seen as photos do not do it justice.

City water is available, and has been installed on the ranch. Currently, the ranch has a tap on a city waterline that runs down FM 2211. There is another city waterline that follows Highway 380 on the north side of the ranch that could be utilized if desired. The access to city water is extremely beneficial to the property, as underground water is difficult to find in this area.

Improvements: Besides the enhancements made to the ranch to benefit the wildlife, the ranch has further been improved by a very nice, almost new modular home that is located on a bluff overlooking the scenic southern portion of the property. This home contains three bedrooms and two baths and is ready to enjoy. The home is currently furnished, however, many of the furnishings will be removed prior to closing. To ensure the comfort of the new owner, the seller has agreed to make a concession of $20,000 at closing for new furniture. Other improvements to the property include a set of pipe livestock pens located in the southeastern portion of the property near FM 2211.

Hunting/Recreation: In 2016 this division of the D&D Whitetails Ranch was stocked with whitetail deer that were delivered from 10X Buck Ranch. At that time, twenty-one bred does, twenty-three 2.5 yr. old bucks and eleven doe fawns were released on this division of the ranch. Invoices indicate that over $150,000 was spent on the deer herd. Copies of invoices, along with Deer Breeder Program Transfer Permits are available. (Over 1,000 trail camera photos available by request.)

Multiple protein and corn feeders are in place, as well as quality elevated hunting blinds. The ranch has not been hunted since the installation of the new fence and delivery of the deer. The ranch is enrolled in the MLD Program through the Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the current owner will continue to maintain the requirements stipulated until the property sells and a new ownership can take over.

There is a high fenced trap located in the northwestern portion of the property that contains approximately 200 acres. This trap would be well suited to holding deer or exotic game.

Waterfowl is plentiful throughout the winter in this area and migratory bird hunting is generally considered to be very good. The large dirt tanks are a magnet to ducks and dove, and most have been stocked with fish. This area of the state is widely known for offering exceptional quail hunting as well.

Remarks: The D&D Whitetails Ranch is a truly ready to operate and enjoy quality hunting ranch. This property is well suited to be utilized as a commercial hunting operation, a corporate hunting ranch, or an exceptional retreat for family and friends. With drive times from the DFW Metro area being around three hours, an international airport at Lubbock and a regional airport at Abilene, the location of this property lends itself to frequent utilization. Additionally, there is a county airport at Aspermont.

Price: Offered basically turn-key, the ranch is very realistically priced at $1,450 per acre. With approximately 12 miles of nearly new perimeter fencing, a new home, exceptional water features and a quality deer program in place, this may be the most realistically priced ranch on the market! If you are in the market for a quality recreation ranch in this part of Texas, the D&D Whitetails Ranch definitely deserves your attention.

No minerals are available, however, the ranch is for sale with no reservations being made for wind energy production.


(806) 763-5331 office  (806) 786-0313 cell


(806) 763-5331 office  (806) 786-0313 cell

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Middle Arroyo Ranch in Lincoln County, New Mexico For Sale  21,126.44 +/- Total Acres

4,373 +/- Deeded Acres   15,161.75 +/- Acres of BLM   1,591.69 +/- Acres of NM State Lease

Location: The Middle Arroyo Ranch is located approximately 41 miles northwest of Roswell with access provided by Seven Rivers and Miller Crossing Roads off State Road #246 (West Pine Lodge Road).

This quality grazing ranch contains 33+/- sections, is located in Lincoln County (80 acres Chaves County)

Terrain: Elevations on the Middle Arroyo Ranch vary from 4.450 ft. to 5,000 +/- ft. The headquarters is located at 4,712 ft. This is a four season ranch unit with 9 pastures and 3 traps. Fencing is in average condition with a majority being net wire and 5 strand barb wire on steel posts. Access to all pastures is convenient via the maintained ranch roads traversing the unit. Rainfall average in this area is 12-14 inches.

Primary grass forages on the ranch are gramma varieties and tabosa. Many other palatable annuals dot the landscape throughout the year depending on season. Walnut Draw bisects the ranch and small canyon drainages provide many varieties of desirable browse forage plants. These draws provide livestock protection from the occasional winter snow storm.

Water: The Middle Arroyo Ranch is very well watered with eight total wells. Six of the wells are on electricity with submersible pumps. Two wells are equipped solar pumps. There are eight storage reservoirs that assist in supplying water to the numerous pipeline drinkers located throughout the ranch. A majority of the livestock waterings on the Middle Arroyo Ranch are large black rubber tire drinkers, which are generally very long lasting and durable. Well depth averages 500 ft. One of the headquarters’ wells reportedly pumps 30 gallons per minute and water quality is very good.

Access: Access is provided by graded county roads.

Improvements: The ranch headquarters includes a beautiful owner’s home, guest house, manager’s home, shop/feed barn, livestock shed and an efficient heavy duty set of pipe shipping pens with scales.

The hacienda style one-story owner’s home contains 2,100 +/- sq. ft. and features beautiful wood floors and an open floorplan. This three-bedroom, two-bath home includes a 650 +/- sq. ft. open carport. In addition, a 700 +/- sq. ft. two bedroom, one-bath guesthouse is located across the back porch of the main house. Covered front and rear porches complete this well-built stylish New Mexico home. The 1,450 +/- sq. ft. manager’s home features three-bedroom with two-full baths and an open carport. The shop includes a small attached equipment shed. The large barn has an attached tack room. A single wide mobile home is on site for an additional laborer or hunters. The Headquarter structures are well maintained and in great operating/living condition.

Well-constructed pipe shipping/working pens at the headquarters are equipped with a loading chute and set of livestock scales. These pens are equipped with working/sorting alleys and a squeeze chute allowing for easy working/processing cattle. The pens offer convenient access for cattle trucks coming in to load/unload livestock. A panel arena is located off the working pens for those times when you want to practice your roping.

Hunting/Recreation: There are many species of wildlife calling the Middle Arroyo Ranch home. The primary big game species are mule deer and Barbary sheep (aoudad). There are lots of quail on this ranch. Other wildlife species include pronghorn antelope, bobcat, fox and of course the pesky coyote.

Remarks: The Middle Arroyo Ranch has a historic estimated maximum grazing potential of 450 Animal Units. The ranch is perfectly balanced with beautiful open rolling productive rangeland, excellent headquarter improvements, and highly functional range infrastructure.

Price: The Middle Arroyo Ranch is market priced at $3,750,000 (BLM and NM State lands included). This well improved, well-watered, mild climate ranch is a “must see” for the buyer searching for great livestock grazing with reasonable access to the community of Roswell, NM.


Photos of Headquarters and Other Improvements


Photos of Ranch and Water

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Lillie Belle Ranch :: 1,658 Acres in Burnet County, Texas For Sale

Location: The ranch is approximately 15 miles from Lampasas and an equal distance from Burnet.

This property is located at the juncture of two of the largest ranch holdings in the area, being joined by a 21,000 acre ranch along the west and a portion of the north boundary, and a 10,000 acre ranch along the south boundary.

Acres: 1,658 +/- Acres

History: This Hill Country ranch has been in the same family for over 80 years.

The ranch’s namesake was Lille Belle Moore White Oliver, 1901-1988. She was a direct descendent of the Huling & Bean Families who helped settle Lampasas County. Lillie Belle & her first husband, Jack White, owned or operated several large ranches in northwest Burnet & Lampasas Counties. Jack & Lillie Belle purchased this property in the 1930’s. After Jack’s death in 1941, Lillie Belle continued to operate the ranch by herself, and later with her second husband, Kyle Oliver, from 1946 until 1961.

Lillie Belle raised two nieces. One niece, Lillian Carol Moore, married Waymon Davis in 1955 and moved to Lampasas in 1961 to take over operation of the ranch. They raised their family here and Waymon and his youngest son, Ronny, have continually operated the ranch ever since.

The ranch has been managed for livestock production with whitetail deer hunting being an important part of the management for many years.

Terrain: The terrain is rolling and diverse with elevations ranging from 1,450 feet to 1,570 feet. The ranch is predominately rolling live oak savannah with large live oak trees throughout. There are also small areas of post oak and cedar adding to the diversity of the ranch. The property has numerous earthen ponds, some of which are spring fed except during the extremely dry part of the year. A deep draw forms on a portion of the ranch. This scenic feature is the beginning
of what later becomes the North Fork of Morgan Creek, which flows into Lake Buchanan some 6.5 miles to the south.

The brush and tree cover is scattered to fairly dense in places with a desirable blend of fairly open country transitioning to areas with moderate to fairly dense cover, offering outstanding habitat for wildlife, but still maintaining good grass cover. The ranch has a good mixture of palatable native grasses, with the predominate grasses being Texas Winter Grass, Mesquite Grass, Bermuda Grass, several varieties of Grama, Bluestem and a favorable mix of Forbs. Soils are stony clay and loamy soils underlain by limestone. The ranch is fenced and cross fenced into four pastures with barbed wire and net wire fencing. There is approximately 0.75 miles of high fencing along a portion of the perimeter.

Water: The ranch is considered to be well watered with livestock and wildlife water provided by earthen ponds in each of the pastures and a water well with storage. The water is piped to troughs that provide additional water to three of the four pastures. Other water features include several seasonal springs.

Access: Access to the property is provided by paved county road.

Improvements: Structural improvements on the ranch are modest and consist of a hunting cabin with electricity and water.

Hunting/Recreation: The ranch is loaded with wildlife that are native to the area including whitetail deer, turkey, bobcats and varmints of all kinds. Non-native species including Blackbuck antelope and feral hogs are commonly viewed on the ranch. Axis deer and Aoudad are also seen on occasion. For fishermen, the many earthen ponds on the ranch provided excellent opportunities.

Remarks: This outstanding Hill Country ranch is located in a sought-after area being less than an hour’s drive from Austin and approximately 2 hours from San Antonio.

The annual property taxes for 2016 were approximately $2,500 or $1.50 per acre.

Price: The ranch is priced to sell at $2,800 per acre ($4,642,400).

One quarter (25%) of the minerals currently owned will convey. It is believed that a majority of the minerals are owned by the sellers.

Dwain Nunez

New Agent for New Mexico

I Graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1977 and graduated from ENMU on May 10, 1991 with a degree in Accounting. I was raised in various parts of NM from Tucumcari, Cuba, Santa Fe, Portales and Las Cruces. I grew up in a ranching and farming family setting. My grandparents owned a ranch West of Roswell until my grandmother’s death in 2000. I ranched in the Quay Valley for 10 years. In 1996, I moved my family closer to town and closer to the Farm Credit office.

My wife and I reside in Placitas, NM. I am married and have two grown children and two grandchildren. I enjoy my time with my family the most. I also enjoy hunting, fishing and working (believe it or not).

I enjoy being involved in the community. In the past I have been involved with Associates of Commerce and Industry, NM Junior Livestock Foundation, New Mexico Ag Leadership and the Presbyterian Hospital board serving on the finance committee. I also served as a board member on the Quay county fair and volunteered for the Elks bingo and gaming committee, Tucumcari Economic Development Committee and the Mesa Tech Rodeo Board/advisory committee.

I worked for Farm Credit of New Mexico for 25 years starting in 1991. I began my career with Farm Credit in the Tucumcari office as a loan officer and took over management in 1999. I transferred to Albuquerque in 2000 and became Branch Manager of the Albuquerque/Tucumcari offices in 2004. My primary goal was to provide agriculture-related financing to the northern half of New Mexico. Over the course of my career, I established long-term relationships with customers throughout the United States including Hawaii.

My personal goals include making the dreams of others come true. I like working with people to fulfill their dreams such as first time buyers, expansion of existing agricultural operations and bringing their children back into their family business. I like working with new and existing customers in acquiring property or helping them sell their property. I like the challenges in marketing and building relationships with new or existing customers. The personal reward of making and landing the ‘big deals’ is motivating and inspires me to set higher goals. It’s personally rewarding to see all customers reach their goals.

I have had the opportunity to work with many brokers, title companies and attorney’s over the past 25 years. The single largest real estate broker I have been fortunate to work with is Chas. S. Middleton and Son. We have formed a working relationship that has played a large part in my successful career. I have been given the opportunity to continue to work with Chas. S. Middleton and Son, which will allow me to continue to work with people looking to buy or sell agriculture property. I will bring with me my business and personal relationships, knowledge of financing, thorough understanding of ranching and farming and familiarity of the many ranches in New Mexico.

I look forward to this new chapter of my life and will continue to work with long-time customers and establish new relationships. This is a great time to be involved in the agricultural industry in and around New Mexico. The opportunities available to buyers and sellers is unlike anywhere else in the U.S. and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Feel free to contact Dwain for your real estate needs.

Cell Phone: 505.236.7868


Hutch Septima Ranch For Sale in the Mountains of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

Location: The ranch is approximately 16 miles east of Tierra Amarilla on Highway 64.

Acres: The Acme Ranch is comprised of 5,463 +/- Deeded Acres.

Terrain: The Hutch Septima is comprised of two physically separated parcels making up the 5,464 acres. The Hutch portion is located immediately off Highway 64 at the highest elevations of the Brazos Ridge. The Septima portion is located SE of the Hutch. It is accessed via private easement and is estimated to encompass 1,600 pristine acres at the end of the road. This parcel adjoins the Carson National Forest on its south and west boundaries. The lowest elevations run 9,750 +/- feet and the highest elevations run 10, 650 +/- feet. Terrain varies from beautiful rolling open parks and meadows to moderately steep dense conifer forests to rolling solitary and mixed aspen stands. Primary grass forage is mountain brome, some timothy, native bluestem, and strawberry clover. In early summer, there are seas of wildflowers including wild blue iris, mountain columbine, daisies, yellow rose bushes, and sunflowers. Fall colors on the Hutch Septima are stunning.

Tree canopies throughout the property consist of quaking Aspen, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, and many more. The Hutch Septima Ranch includes stands of merchantable timber within its borders that have 12 inch diameters at breast height. While there is no recent timber cruise available, there is sufficient reason to believe that there is inherent timber value on the ranch.

The historical operation of Hutch Septima Ranch has been cattle grazing and big game hunting. Over time, grazing yearlings or mother cows with calves has been the primary livestock tenure. The condition, quality, and quantity of the grass production is superb. The owners believe that balanced grazing of mountain acclimated cows and calves or yearlings is reasonable given the wildlife feed requirements on the ranch.

The water sources on Hutch Septima include innumerable natural springs, Rio de Tierra Amarilla Creek, which originates on this property, and another stream that is near the main cabin. Springs on the ranch provide ample water in earth tanks for livestock which also attract wildlife. Small wetland areas are scattered throughout property. The two main streams flow year round – high in early summer and lower in late summer. These headwaters ultimately drain into the Chama River. There are a couple of larger ponds on the ranch that we believe, with a modern aeration system, could support trout for fun filled fishing. Rio de Tierra Creek is a native cutthroat fishery at its upper reaches. Because these streams are small, one must have stealth and good presentation techniques to get one of these fish to take your fly.

Access: Access is provided by paved highway frontage.

Improvements: The Septima portion is improved with a large cabin at one site and a smaller cabin approximately 1/4 mile away. Both are set up to allow for an efficient elk hunting operation.

Hunting/Recreation: Besides fishing in the creeks and streams, the ranch offers exceptional hunting opportunities. Big game hunting on the ranch consists of bull elk, buck mule deer, bear, and cougar. Merriam turkey and grouse are present throughout the ranch as well. The ranch is currently enrolled in New Mexico’s E- Plus landowner elk system. This year the ranch will receive 16 bull elk, 7 either sex archery elk, and 10 antlerless (cow) elk authorizations. An owner can run his or her own hunting operation or lease the hunting rights to a reputable outfitter on a cash lease basis.

Additional recreational amenities nearby include Abiquiu, El Vado, Heron and Hopewell Lakes. Approximately 30 miles north of The Hutch Septima lies the community of Chama and the famous Chama to Antonito narrow gauge railroad train ride. Winter time brings a different beauty and opportunity for cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

Approximately fifty miles east, via highway 64, sits Taos, the world famous art colony, Indian pueblo, and renowned Taos Ski Valley. Going north and west a bit more is Pagosa Springs Colorado and Wolf Creek Pass. Santa Fe is an easy 2 hour drive south. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest metro, is 150 miles south of and offers all the services needed, including an international airport.

Remarks: The Hutch Septima is a must have for anyone needing a mountain sanctuary. This ranch offers beauty, an excellent location, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and unbelievable beauty under the stars at night, and physical views are breathtaking. The photos do not do it justice.

Price: The Hutch Septima Ranch is a one of a kind property. Ownership of ranch property at this type of elevation is rare. The Hutch Septima provides privacy, beauty, recreation, live water, and a bit of cash flow via hunting and grazing. This rare offering is priced to sell on today’s rising market at $1,850 per acre. If you have been searching for a beautiful northern New Mexico ranch this offering deserves your utmost consideration.

The ranch lies within a special zone of protection under a comprehensive set of stringent land use regulations due to the live springs and streams, which render mineral development impracticable. Real Estate taxes on the Hutch Septima Ranch were $2,580 in 2016.

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Nimrod Ranch For Sale in Haskell County, TX

Land For Sale Offering Outstanding Waterfowl Hunting

Location:  The Nimrod Ranch is located in the northern part of Haskell County, approximately 9 miles southeast of Knox City and 10 miles north of Haskell. The property is situated on the east side of FM 2163 and west side of graded County Road 207.

Acres:  1,167.25 +/- Acres

History:  In the early 1950’s, the playa lakes located on the property were drained and converted to cropland uses. In the 1990’s the property was purchased by its current owner and enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program. This program, which was administered by the Natural Resource Conservation Service, offered landowners the opportunity to protect and enhance wetlands in exchange for long-term protections of the land. Through the WRP, the lakes were reconstructed. Since the completion of the restoration, the property has served as a waterfowl hunter’s paradise. There are 200 acres not enrolled in the program that serve as the headquarters for the property and a site for future construction of additional structures.

Terrain:  The property is primarily level to gently sloping. Elevations range from 1,550 feet MSL along the west boundary, descending to the northeast to 1,520 feet MSL near the northeast corner. A seasonal draw meanders through the central portion of the property, draining to the two playa lakes. The ranch is primarily open and a combination of native and improved pasture. Scattered concentrations of hardwoods are located along the drainages. There are two cultivated food plots. A 35-acre+/- food plot is located just south of the headquarters in the western part of the property. A 50-acre+/- food plot is located in the southeast part of the property.

Water Features:  The ranch is located in a very unique area of the Texas Rolling Plains. The property is situated in a chain of natural lakes, which are situated in and amongst fields of fertile cropland, which provide feed sources for the wintering waterfowl. These lakes are located between the small communities of Rochester and Weinert in southern Knox County and northern Haskell County. The central features of this one of a kind property are two restored playa lakes. The large lake in the central part of the property is known as Zahn Lake. When full, this lake is approximately 300 acres in size, with a depth of 4 feet. When Zahn Lake fills, an overflow drainage canal channels water to Johnson Lake. This lake, when full, is approximately 100 acres in size at a depth of 2 feet.

Improvements:  Structural improvements include a rustic corrugated metal barn with a lean-to on the west and east sides. The interior has been remodeled into a living area with wood panel walls and acoustic tile ceiling. The barn has a rainwater collection system. Runoff flows from the roof to two 3,000-gallon water storage tanks. The water is purified and pumped to a sink and an outdoor shower.

Hunting and Recreation:  As previously stated, the Nimrod Ranch is truly a waterfowl hunter’s paradise. Each year, tens of thousands of specklebelly geese, lesser Canadian geese, snow geese, Ross’s goose and different species of ducks make their way down the Central Flyway to northern Haskell County. The waterfowl are highly concentrated in this 30-square mile area of limited water features. The birds come to feast on the nearby irrigated peanuts. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, approximately 100,000 geese make their way to the area each year.

Although the ranch is known as a waterfowl destination, quality white-tail deer, dove, quail and coyotes are known to inhabit the ranch.

Remarks:  The Nimrod Ranch is truly a unique offering. The ranch offers exceptional waterfowl hunting within 2.5 hours of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. The area encompassing the ranch was featured in an article entitled “Big Country Geese” in the December 2016 issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. This one of a kind property, it is reasonably priced at $1,885 per acre.


Red Mountain Ranch :: Sandoval County, NM

19,145 Acres of Deeded Lands Intermingled with State Trust Land and BLM

Location: We are privileged to have the exclusive listing on a very scenic ranch in the beautiful western foothills of the Jemez Mountains in the northwest central area of New Mexico. This outstanding offering is commonly known as the Red Mountain Ranch.

The Red Mountain Ranch offers scenic beauty, and we must emphasize the extremely convenient location to Albuquerque, which is New Mexico’s largest metro. At 60+/- miles northwest of Albuquerque, it’s an easy one hour drive to the ranch headquarters.

Acres: 19,145 Total Acres
7,880 Deeded Acres – 3,178 Acres State Trust – 8,087 Acres BLM

A majority of the leased property is intermingled within the interior of Red Mountain Ranch. With these leased lands being intermingled within the deeded, not having public access, entrance gates to the ranch can be locked, allowing an owner to control vehicle access into the ranch and blocking public hunters and any other public traffic.

History: Historical operation of this ranch has been to graze approximately 250+/- animal unit cattle year long, with the addition of big game hunting opportunities in the fall, either by the owners and their guests or by lease to an outfitter.

Terrain: Characterized as a rimrock terrain, Red Mountain Ranch has many areas covered with pinon juniper trees. Minor amounts of Ponderosa Pine can be found at locations within the ranch boundaries. Cottonwoods dot the Rio Puerco stream bed and Fall colors along the Rio Puerco are spectacular. Open rolling sage flats are located at various sites within the ranch where big buck Mule Deer make their homes.

Elevations on the ranch vary from 6,300′ on the south near the headquarters to 7,000′ along the rimrock areas on the north.

The Rio Puerco, a small ephemeral stream, traverses the entire east boundary of the ranch for an estimated 8+ miles. The Rio Puerco forms in the San Pedro Peaks Wilderness area of the Jemez Mountains. The stream flows generally south and southwest, leaving the mountains and National Forest near the village of Cuba. From there the river flows generally south. It flows along the east side of the Red Mountain Ranch, also the west side of the Jemez Indian Reservation, then between Mesa San Luis and Mesa Chivato on its course to the Rio Grande. Having a stream of this nature on any lands in New Mexico is a true blessing, as this source of water is the life blood for wildlife and livestock making Red Mountain Ranch their home.

Water: The livestock water system on the Red Mountain Ranch is supplied by six electric wells located primarily along the Rio Puerco stream bed. In addition, two windmills supply water to livestock. There are 40+ earth stock tanks, many of which were recently cleaned of silt, located strategically throughout the ranch. The Rio Puerco itself seasonally provides a source of livestock water over a major portion of the ranch. Ranch management currently has the stream bed area fenced off, as gathering livestock can be challenging due to the thick brush cover located along the stream bed itself.

Access: The improvements are located conveniently off paved Cerro de los Pinos Road near the small historic community of San Luis.

Improvements: The headquarters is improved with a 7 year old three bedroom, two bath owner’s home, a single wide mobile home to accommodate hunting guests, an insulated shop, livestock shelters, storage buildings, shipping pens and scales. Water to the headquarters is provided by the San Luis/Cabezon Municipal Domestic Water Association.

The ranch is fenced into eight pastures and traps. Interior and exterior fencing is comprised generally of four and five strand barbed wire. However, the rugged rimrocks also serve as natural boundaries to confine livestock within various pastures. Aluminum and/or wire gates along with two track roads provide access to all major pastures on the ranch. Fencing is functional and is considered to be in fair condition.

Hunting/Recreation: Primary big game wildlife on Red Mountain Ranch consists of elk, mule deer, and an occasional Aoudad (Barbary Sheep).

The ranch is located in the southeast area of New Mexico’s Game Management Unit (GMU) 7. Year in and year out, this unit produces some nice quality bull elk and exceptional mule deer. The ranch is currently enrolled in the New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s E Plus System and receives 4 Mature Bull, 3 Either Sex Archery, and 3 Antlerless Elk Authorizations.

Additional hunting opportunities are offered via the public draw system whereby a hunter draws a license and hunts deeded lands on the ranch with written permission from the owner. The ranch is also enrolled in the Game Department’s Mule Deer Conservation Tag program. With qualified habitat improvements, the Game Department offers incentive to complete improvements whereby additional licenses are made available to hunt during prime timeframes for big bucks.

Other game making the Red Mountain Ranch home are bear, lion, bobcat, fox, coyote, numerous small game species and birds. With proper management and development, a recreational hunting operation is a viable supplemental income source on this ranch.

Remarks: Not to be overlooked are the aesthetics found in the area of the Red Mountain Ranch. Cabezon and the Jemez Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for Red Mountain Ranch. The snowcapped Jemez region is spectacular during winter months. To the south lies Cabezon and the notable volcanic rock plugs making up the eastern boundary area of Mesa Chivato, Mt. Taylor and Mesa Prieta. The unspoiled scenery in and around Red Mountain Ranch contributes to the theme of New Mexico being the “Land of Enchantment”.

In addition to the scenic beauty, we must emphasize the extremely convenient location to Albuquerque, which is New Mexico’s largest metro. At 60+/- miles northwest of Albuquerque, it’s an easy one hour drive to the ranch headquarters.

In summary, the Red Mountain Ranch has most everything an owner would require, being not only a scenic livestock ranch, but also a property that is conveniently located to the state’s largest metro.

If you have been searching for a beautiful legacy ranch, reasonably priced, with the added benefit of hunting income potential, this offering deserves your attention. The Red Mountain Ranch is essentially a “turn key” offering that is ready to operate and enjoy.

Price: This working livestock ranch, with equipment and cattle included is priced to sell on today’s market at $3,717,000


New Mexico Roundhouse

New Mexico in the Crosshairs

The terrible legislative actions that plague the entire west coast are moving east. Washington, Oregon, and California are all subject to firearm restriction affecting all law abiding owners. New Mexico is now struggling to stave off the onslaught of this attack on the 2nd Amendment.

Late Friday evening, the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee approved Bloomberg-backed House Bill 50, sponsored by state Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), along a 7-6 party line vote.  Thank you to the members of the committee who opposed this intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable gun control measure: House Minority Leader Nate Gentry (R-ABQ), Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), Rep. Zach Cook (R-Ruidoso), Rep. Jim Dines (R-ABQ), Rep. Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), and Rep. Bill Rehm (R-ABQ).

The bill author offered, and the committee adopted, a substitute bill which is actually worse than the original legislation!  While the restrictions on temporary gun transfers in HB 50 as introduced contained poorly-worded and inadequate exceptions for hunting, competitions, shooting range activities, and some self-defense situations, those exemptions are GONE.  Instead, the measure now contains a blanket requirement that any transfer or loan of a firearm lasting more than five days be conducted through a federal firearm licensed dealer – which will involve government paperwork, a background check and payment of an undetermined fee.

If you plan to let a friend borrow your rifle for a week-long hunting trip or shooting competition, it would require a trip to an FFL.  If you want to provide your girlfriend a handgun for protection while you’re gone on an extended business trip, you must get government permission.  If you are a military service member who has been deployed and wishes to leave personal firearms with a trusted friend, you would have to go through the same process.  Fail to do so and you could face up to just under a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine, or both.  A second violation carries a felony penalty and loss of firearm rights.  Further, the bill continues to limit your ability to sell your own guns to non-immediate family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and fellow gun club members.

Father and son enjoying a hunting trip together in New Mexico.

Bloomberg’s national gun control organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, has targeted New Mexico with a campaign of misinformation and their radical restrictions on how you sell or transfer your private property.  They will make a full push for passage of this measure in the House next week, so it is critical that your state Representatives hear from you!

Please Take Action and urge your state Representative to OPPOSE the Committee Substitute for HB 50.  If you don’t know who your House member is, please click here.

In addition to the dozens of NRA members who stayed late on Friday to testify against HB 50, a special thank you also goes out to the following members of the pro-Second Amendment law enforcement community who attended the hearing in opposition to the bill: Sheriff Tony Mace and Undersheriff Michael Munk (Cibola County), Sheriff Louis Burkhard and Undersheriff Mark Shea (Valencia County), Sheriff Mike Lucero (Guadalupe County), Sheriff Raymond Gutierrez (Harding County), and Undersheriff Mark Reeves (Curry County).  All 33 Sheriffs in New Mexico stand firmly in opposition to House Bill 50.

IF you have relatives in NM, call them to make sure they are aware of what is about to overtake their rights as americans! Be sure they call their legislators whether Democrat of Republican. many of our hunting and shooting sports democrats will be shocked at what is being proposed. this must be stopped in its tracks! No one in New Mexico is sure what the governor will do if faced to sign this bill. Right now, citizens believe she will sign it.

Originally written by the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) 




We are proud to have Cooper and his wife Holly on our team at Chas. S. Middleton and Son. An exceptional family and extraordinary people.

If you are looking for an agent that understands agriculture and ranching, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than Cooper Cogdell.


The sun begins to peek over the caprock of the Tule Ranch in Briscoe County, Texas. Cooper Cogdell walks out his front door, coffee mug in hand, ready to face the full day ahead of him. A warm golden glow begins to fill the deep canyons where Cooper heads to gather cattle, living out his dream.

Since Cooper was a little boy, he knew he wanted to be a cowboy like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him. But, he also dreamed of being a Red Raider. While at Texas Tech, Cooper studied agricultural economics and was a member of the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team. During his undergraduate education, he spent three years on the winning collegiate ranch horse team and coached the team for two years while getting his master’s degree.

“It was probably the most rewarding experience that I’ve ever had,” Cooper said, “The opportunities it presented were something I’ll never give up. The people I met through coaching, and the things I learned while coaching my peers, were beyond beneficial. It was challenging, no doubt. I learned some very good life lessons.”

Holly Cogdell, Cooper’s wife and fellow Tech alum, says her husband definitely used his gifts while coaching the ranch horse team.

“He’s good at teaching people,” Holly said. “He’s good at explaining things, and he’s patient. I feel that being the coach he got to share some of those gifts. He did a good job.”

Cooper worked with many leaders in the stock horse industry including Kim Lindsey and the late Kris Wilson. He credits his experiences with the team to helping him become a better horseman and rancher, which would come to play a larger role down the road.

In January 2013 while Cooper was coaching and finishing out his last year as a graduate student, he and Holly got married. After graduation, the couple stayed in Lubbock and Cooper accepted a job with Plains Capital Bank as a credit analyst.

“I never thought I’d be in an office, wearing a suit every day,” Cooper said. “But, I worked with a lot of great people and learned a lot from that side of the desk.”

Although they cherished their friends and jobs in Lubbock, Cooper and Holly ached to be on the Cogdell family’s historic Tule Ranch where Cooper grew up.

“I really wanted to be a part of that,” Holly said, “a part of raising my future children on the ranch, in the home, but also on the ranch with Cooper. I wanted us all to be together,” said Holly with a grin. “After we got married, all I wanted to do was be a ranch wife. I was just so excited about that. I think I had a very picturesque idea of what being a ranch wife meant.”

Doors opened and closed, not allowing an opportunity for the young couple to move back to the ranch until the spring of 2015.

“We just didn’t have a peace about coming back here yet until April of 2015,” Holly said. “I remember the specific weekend we came home and were helping brand calves. Cooper and I both had the same feeling of ‘It’s time to come home. We’re ready.’ That next week I found out I was pregnant. It was meant to be.”

Cooper is the fourth generation of the Cogdell family to return and continue the family’s ranching legacy.

“I feel like in the population as a whole, we’re definitely seen as a minority,” Cooper said. “There are not many young people wanting to come back and do this anymore, just because it is so hard – the financial burden of it and the resources available.”

Cooper understands why young adults have a hard time returning to the family operation.

 – I feel like in the population as a whole,
we’re definitely seen as a minority. –

Cooper Cogdell

“With the estate taxes and other expenses, it’s just so hard to keep ranching anymore,” he said. “A lot of people work all their lives to get to this point. They want to retire and buy a ranch and raise cattle. For me to have the opportunity to come back home after college and ranch as a living, I feel very blessed.”

Cooper saddles as the sun peeks over the horizon.

Cooper and Holly run their own commercial cattle and also have a partnership with Cooper’s brother, Blaze and his wife Lottie, while assisting their father, Dick.

“We’ve been talking a lot about simplifying things,” Cooper said. “Buying more land is expensive. It’s not always easy to make it work. This is why we’ve thought and prayed about it so much, about partnering and trying to be more effective in the way we run a business and the way we ranch.”

Not only have the Cogdell’s been a successful cattle ranching family  for over 100 years, but they also raise their own ranch horses and have produced many great cutting horses for the show pen.

Cooper said one challenge that comes with a family ranching operation is the lack of separation between work and home, making it easy to drag work problems into family problems.

“But we’ve been blessed,” he said. “Our family gets along really well. When we’re working cattle, it is usually just family. Nowadays, we’ve got so many cousins and aunts and uncles. Everybody just jumps in and helps out.”

The original Tule Ranch, founded in 1954, is currently supporting seven Cogdell families. Many evenings you can find a handful of grandkids gathered at their Nana Bette’s home, discussing cutting horses and old family stories, or at one of the aunts’ and uncles’ houses for supper and a highly competitive pick-up basketball game on the caliche drive way. The care and mutual respect that runs through the family is beyond evident, as well as their love for the ranch and the land they call home.

“Being amongst the Lord’s creation, the land becomes a part of you,” Cooper said.

“Especially these canyons. They’ve always been special to our family. They’re so tough on cattle, vehicles, people, and horses, but there’s something majestic about them – just the ruggedness of them. It’s an art form that God created and we get to live in them.”

The canyons that run through the Tule Ranch are considered part of the eminent Palo Duro Canyon.

“The stuff that you experience out here are things you can’t experience anywhere else. Dealing with animals, the joy and pain of life, learning responsibility, and work ethic, you just don’t see that much anymore,” Cooper said.

Stirring a pot of soup on the stove, Holly paused looking down at her 10-month-old daughter, McCrae, playing on the floor.

“I think agriculture, in general, really requires you to trust in a higher power and trust in something bigger than yourself, because you don’t have control of the animals, or the rain, or the grass growing, or any of that,” she said. “All you can do is your very best to be a good steward. It makes you realize that there’s something bigger going on and to trust that God is in control of it.”

– I think agriculture, in general, really requires you to trust in a higher power. –
Holly Cogdell

The young couple agrees ranching is not where their hope is found, but where their joy is found. No matter how challenging it may get, ranching is what they love to do, and it’s a desire the Lord put in their hearts.

Spurs scraping against the porch steps, Cooper swipes off his hat and shuffles his way inside his simple ranch home. Kissing Holly on the forehead, he scoops up his baby girl and says a silent prayer of thankfulness for the life he feels blessed to live and the dream he gets to live daily.

Written and photographs by Emily McCartney, senior Agricultural Communications student at TTU

Originally posted as part of the Agriculturalist magazine. This magazine is produced by senior Agricultural Communications students from Texas Tech University.

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