Wildcat Mountain Ranch
Robert Lee, Texas
+/- 5,200 acres
Wildcat Mountain Ranch
5,200 +/- Acres
Coke County, Texas
Property Description: The historic Wildcat Mountain Ranch, just outside of Robert Lee, Texas in Coke County, spans across 5,200 +/- acres of some of the most unique topography found in West Texas. Elevation changes ranging from approximately 1,640 ft to 2,425 ft, providing never-ending, scenic views of the surrounding area that truly take one’s breath away! The mountains, plateaus and canyons of Wildcat Mountain Ranch can be defined as “game rich”. The ranch is home to trophy white-tailed deer, quail, turkey, javelina, wild hogs, ducks and dove. Along with three species of exotics including, axis deer, blackbuck and fallow deer. Wildcat Mountain Ranch is an opportunity to own a turn key, recreational, working, income producing property. Properties like Wildcat Mountain ranch don’t come on market often, and must be seen to be truly appreciated.
Property History: Known as a crossroads for settlers and Native American tribes, the Edwards Plateau region of Texas is steeped in history of the American West. Once a part of the historic 200,000 acre L.B. Harris Ranch, Wildcat Mountain Ranch was the historic route of the Butterfield Stagecoach, which carried mail from St. Louis to California. Several U.S. Cavalry lookout points, used to protect the stagecoaches against Comanche Indian attacks, can be found on the ranch today. Where it is not uncommon to stumble upon artifacts from both U.S. soldiers and Indians who once called these mountain, plateaus and canyons home.
Location: Located at the northern edge of the Edwards Plateau, just 4 miles from Robert Lee, Texas. Wildcat Mountain Ranch is situated approximately one and a half miles from the Colorado River. The ranch is just 30 miles north of San Angelo and 76 miles southwest of Abilene. The main entrance of Wildcat Mountain Ranch is an estimated three and a half hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Land: Range conditions on the ranch are special and diverse, with a good mixture of native brush, food plots, canyons, creeks and draws. A comprehensive brush management plan was established in 1997 and includes the removal of undesirable cedar and mesquite, burns and reseeding. Creating fantastic grasses and browse consisting of side oats, big bluestem, little bluestem, windmill grass, green spindletop, winter rye grass, catclaw, lime prickly ash, elbow brush, holly, acacia as well as others. Which provides exceptional wildlife cover and food sources throughout the property. Wildcat Mountain Ranch’s diverse tree cover consists of a great mix of mesquite, oak, ash and soapberry.
Water: Wildcat Mountain Ranch offers some of the best available water found in Texas’ Coke County. There are 7 water wells located throughout the ranch, as well as 6 +/- miles of underground water lines that provide stable water to the ranch’s main lodge, cattle and wildlife. Surface water on the ranch consists of two (2) man-made lakes and five (5) stock tanks. With an additional opportunity to build an even larger, 60 to 65 acre lake on Antelope Creek which runs through the property.
Terrain/Topography: Wildcat Mountain Ranch possesses some of the most unique topography features found in the Edwards Plateau region, that truly differentiates it as a one of a kind property. Elevation changes on the ranch ranging from approximately 1,640 ft up to 2,425 ft create vast mountains, endless plateaus and deep canyons within the ranch’s boundaries. Providing never-ending, scenic views of the surrounding area that truly take one’s breath away!
Improvements: The ranch has been subject to vast improvements starting with a 6,800 square foot, custom built hunting lodge. Constructed in 1996 and surrounded by the ranch’s breathtaking views, the lodge has nine (9) bedrooms, seven (7) bathrooms, a master apartment within the lodge (with separate kitchen facilities and living areas), and a large great room with stone fireplace and tile floors. There is an open commercial kitchen, dining, and living area as well as large wrap around covered patio, with a grand fire pit and wildlife viewing area.
Already in place are equipment storage barns, as well as a fully functional wild game process facility with two walk-in coolers. Wildcat Mountain Ranch is enclosed by 26 miles of high fence and includes approximately 16 miles of interior fence. There are 3.5 miles of well maintained all-weather caliche roads that run throughout the property. With an existing caliche gravel pit located on-site. Functional cattle working pens, water wells and feed storage units are also found on the property. Working dog pens with water are in place. Also included on the property are four wheelers and all terrain vehicles, ranch trucks and other equipment to keep the ranch fully functional. (An additional ranch equipment list is available upon request)
In 1995, the current owners retained a wildlife biologist and began a strict game management program designed by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Rolling Plains Quail Research Institute. Wildcat Mountain Ranch’s complex approach to wildlife management and habitat improvement has led to the ranch being awarded the State of Texas Game Management Certificate, as well as additional awards for its outstanding native habitat management regeneration efforts. In place for hunting are food plots, 40 insulated tower blinds, 28 corn feeders, 16 protein feeders and 20 quail feeders.
Recreation/Hunting: Wildcat Mountain Ranch has been described as “game rich”, and is unmatched recreational hunting property. The ranch has been under a strict game management plan since 1995 and is under Texas’ MLD Program. Allowing flexible seasons and bag limits to help meet the goals the ranch has in place for growing trophy, native white-tailed deer. Recent helicopter surveys estimate approximately 600 white-tailed deer on the ranch. Under the current management plan only 2-4 trophy bucks are harvested per year. With a continued focus on culling management bucks and does to keep the current buck to doe ratio of 1:1. Leading to increased trophy quality on the ranch. Making the deer hunting on this ranch unbelievable due to the number of deer seen and the overall genetic quality of the deer herd itself.
Through a continued relationship with the Rolling Plains Quail Research Institute, the ranch has has one of the largest Bobwhite and Blue Quail populations per acre in Coke County. The ranch’s conservation efforts place an unparalleled focus on sustaining and growing the quail numbers 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, this continued management plan, including rotational grubbing and seeding, the ranch has reestablished native grasses, food sources and brush shelters that create cover for the birds. The ranch has previously hosted Dale Rollins Quail Appreciation Day and has 20 quail call stations that have been used for research by his students.
The ranch is also home to tremendous numbers of other species including turkey, javelina, hogs, ducks and dove.
In addition to the native wildlife, the ranch is also home to three (3) species of exotics, including axis deer, blackbuck and fallow deer, all being equally managed for high trophy quality.
The ponds on the property are stocked with trophy largemouth bass and channel catfish.
Minerals: Currently, the ranch has 8 windmill units on the back portion of the property. Which produces a substantial income for the ranch. To learn more about the minerals and mineral rights on the property, please consult the listing agent.
This Ranch is being offered For Sale and is Exclusively Listed by Watkins Ranch Group of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Please contact Asher Watkins for information.
Buyers Broker must be identified on first contact and must accompany buying prospect on first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If the condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of the Listing Broker. Prospects may be required to provide proof of funds prior to a scheduled showing.