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Things To Know About Owning a Ranch
For many, the possibility of owning a ranch is simply a dream. But, for some, it can become a reality, if you are willing to do your homework ahead of time, and work hard once you purchase. Life on the ranch is a great place to raise a family, and owning ranch land is something that can be passed down to future generations. But, there are a lot of considerations to take in before you just go out and buy land on a whim! Examine why you want a ranch and what you expect out of it.
Time
Ranching is a full time job. Even if you choose not to keep livestock, there’s a lot of time invested just caring for the property, whether you want to farm field crops, have fruit or nut orchards, or log timber.

Furthermore, if you buy a ranch, but aren’t going to live there, consider time spent commuting. You might enjoy the drive at the onset, but it may become burdensome when you “have” to go out to the ranch.
Livestock
If you want to maintain some livestock, consider what type of animals. If you don’t have livestock experience, read up on their requirements. Consider the type and quality of the stock you may want to own, and where you may be able to purchase good, healthy animals. To learn more about livestock, check with the local farm bureau or university extension offices for some guidance.
6 Reasons to Consider Buying Land in Texas
by Laura Mueller
The Lone Star State is known for a lot of things, including great barbecue, live music, and of course, vast amounts of wide open land. Buyers who are interested in buying land in Texas have a lot of benefits on their side, especially those who intend to invest in agriculture, timber, or wildlife preservation. So if you’re still weighing your options, here are six reasons to take the leap and buy some Texas land.
Diversity of Topography
Texas has it all: mountains, lakes, arable fields, cities, burgeoning suburbs…. Simply put, whatever your intentions are with your land purchase, you should be able to find a plot that will allow you to do it .
Population is Booming
If you’re looking for Texas land as a residential or commercial developer, then you’re in luck. The state is the fastest growing in the entire nation, adding hundreds of thousands of new residents per year. That means a lot of opportunity for any land investor who wants to put their money into housing, commercial building, or other consumer-facing developments.
Tax Benefits
Texas land owners who use their properties for timber, wildlife preservation, or agriculture—including pasture and grazing land—are eligible to qualify for a property tax exemption courtesy of the state. Farming land in Texas also qualifies for a Schedule F exemption on federal income taxes, which allows land owners to write off expenses for things like interest and improvements on the land.
Our Hill Country Land Listings
El Ranch Escondido
+- 200 acres -- $659,000
Unusual opportunity to purchase a 200-acre fully outfitted turnkey hunting ranch in the rugged and picturesque terrain of southeastern Edwards County. The property is located about 15 miles south and east of Rock Springs, TX in the Cade Draw pasture of Eagle Ridge Ranch. It is ~145 miles west/northwest of San Antonio and 180 miles due west of Austin. The Edwards County airport is located a convenient 10 miles from the ranch.  The terrain is rugged and beautiful at the same time. It has a total relief of some 240 ft. from a high of 2360 ft. above sea level at the top of the high peak to a low of 2120 ft above sea level at the bottom of the canyon. This property is already set up as the perfect hunting getaway and includes everything needed to immediately enjoy everything it has to offer. It has all of the attributes needed for a hunting getaway spot. The property includes a completely furnished two-bedroom, 1 bath cabin with a loft for additional sleeping space. Expansive two-story deck, a fantastic covered pavilion with barbecue pit, smoker, fireplace, cedar table and bench seats, a two story 30’x45’ steel workshop/storage building, tractor w/attachments, ranch truck, Polaris Ranger UTV, five deer stands, five corn feeders, three protein feeders, three alfalfa hay racks, two hog traps and much more.  Read more...
Gaines Ranch
160 acres -- $319,000
Hunting ranch in the rugged and picturesque terrain of Southeastern Edwards County. The property is located about 15 miles south and east of Rock Springs, TX near the Cade Draw pasture of Eagle Ridge Ranch. It is ~145 miles west/northwest of San Antonio and 180 miles due west of Austin. The Edwards County airport is located a convenient 10 miles from the ranch.  The terrain is rugged and beautiful at the same time with a total relief of some 200 ft. from a high of 2280 ft. above sea level at the top of the highest peak to a low of 2080 ft above sea level at the bottom of the canyon. This rough and rugged property is perfect for a hunting getaway. Native wildlife abounds as well as numerous free roaming exotics. It has all of the attributes needed for a hunting getaway spot. The property includes electricity, water well, long distance shooting range (400 yard and 800 yard). Currently has a 1-D-1 Open Space Agricultural Valuation. The wildlife valuation significantly reduces the property tax burden – 2018 property tax ~ $106. The wildlife plan includes two supplemental wildlife watering systems, one utilizes well water, the other catches and stores rain water.  Cedar has been actively managed and strategically cleared over the years. An additional 200-acre turnkey hunting property, El Rancho Escondido is available for purchase. El Ranch Escondido adjoins the Gaines Ranch on the south side. Read More ....
Crystal Creek Ranch
831 high fenced acres | $2,250,000
Crystal Creek is an 831.3-acre high fenced turnkey commercial hunting ranch. The ranch includes an ongoing commercially successful hunting operation that was established in 2005. Located in Kinney County, Texas between Del Rio and Brackettville, approximately 16 miles west of Brackettville and 12 miles east of Del Rio at the end of Mud Creek Road. This area is classic Southwest Texas brush country. The ranch supports significant native wildlife as well as being stocked with numerous exotics. The entire ranch is high fenced and the game are closely managed for quantity and quality in order to maximize the hunting experience. Whitetail deer, turkey and dove hunting are done in season while wild hogs and exotics are hunted year-round.
Mud Creek, also called Crystal Creek because of the clear water and hard bottom, flows through the ranch. It is a tributary to Sycamore Creek and the Rio Grande River. A dam and levee system near the main house create a fantastic 10-acre lake stocked with catfish, largemouth bass, goggle eyed perch and fathead minnows.
The ranch provides Texas hunting at its best and includes hunting for wild hogs, rams and goats, axis deer, blackbuck antelope, fallow deer, sika deer, aoudads, whitetail deer, and turkey. A full-time degreed wildlife biologist and hunting guide lives on the property and will consider working with any new owner to continue the successful operation.
The main house is a 1750-sqft 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch house originally built in 1936 and remodeled and updated in 2005, with all new windows installed in 2018. The main house area also includes a screened porch, well maintained yard, two car garage/workshop with small living area and bathroom, and carport. This is a perfect home for an owner/operator.
The hunting operation includes a recently renovated 30x 60 two story bunkhouse with kitchen facilities, living and dining area, storage area, washer and dryer, 7-bedrooms, 3-baths and bunk capacity for 15 people which provides lodging for hunting clients and guests. A small 750-sqft cabin provides on-site living quarters for the hunting guide/foreman.
Location: 4969 Mud Creek Road, Brackettville, Texas -- Between Del Rio and Brackettville.  Read more:
Recent Sales
Althaus Ranch - Sold!
+-1066 acres - $5,500/acre
Opportunity to purchase a very large ranch (+-1066 acres as per appraisal district) in the scenic area between Marble Falls and Burnet, TX. The ranch is located in south eastern Burnet County within an hour’s drive of the Greater Austin area. From the ranch entrance, it is 6 miles to Burnet (population 6355), 11 miles to the Highland Lakes town of Marble Falls (population 6514), 56 miles to downtown Austin and 97 miles to downtown San Antonio. This property has been in the same family for over 100 years and has been a continuous ranching and hunting operation during that time. The property is close to the Highland Lakes area in the Texas Hill Country and near the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The terrain is rugged and beautiful at the same time with a total relief of some 300 ft from a high of 1480 ft above sea level at the top of the high mesas to a low of 1180 ft above sea level on Hairston Creek and its tributaries. The high points on the property offer many potential building sites with fantastic views of the surrounding rugged and sparsely populated Hill Country area. Hairston Creek and numerous draws, tributaries and springs are all flowing significant volumes of water right now. This property is a diamond in the rough and has many potential uses including continuing with the current ranching and recreational use or alternatively, the property has significant development potential. Read More ..
Canipe Ranch
89 acres | $389,000
89 acre recreational property in Lampasas County near Kempner, TX. Currently used for cattle, bees and recreational hunting.
More info coming soon!
Hood Ranch -- 75 acre recreational property near Kempner, TX. Currently used for raising goats and recreational hunting. The goat herd maintains the agricultural tax exemption and helps keep the cedar growth under control. The property has rolling terrain with some nice draws and views of the surrounding hills. A comfortable 2 bed room / 1 bathroom house makes for an upscale weekend cabin for hunters or family. The cabin has a wraparound porch and a propane stove.
Other improvements include a goat barn with custom feeder and pens with a loading gate and a storage barn.
Featured Hill Country Land Listings
Enter through the imposing gated rock entry and into the finest community in the Hill Country. Once there you can just kick-back and enjoy the peace and serenity of this exclusive 81.4-acre recreational ranch. Placed high up on a ridge, the terrain is gently sloping with groomed areas dotted with enormous Live Oaks and Elms and, pockets of virgin wildlife habitat. Placed in the center of the property is an impressive 6,000 square foot rock and metal building, insulated and on a cement slab. The building is 24 feet in height, with 16’ eaves and 12’ doors, to accommodate almost any RV or farm equipment. There are both a 1,300 square foot living quarters, with a...... Read More ...
Courtesy of: Texas Ranch Brokers, LLC
Approximately 86 Acres located less than 10 minutes from Downtown Fredericksburg. This amazing property offers some amazing views of both downtown Fredericksburg and a large 6 acre lake next door. The property is currently fenced on 3 sides and offers a electric entry gate. The property carries an agricultural tax exemption. There is a water well on site. The land is made up of deep, rich soils and several mature scattered Live Oaks and Spanish Oak trees. The cedar has been cleared and the ranch provides a park-like setting. The owner will pave the gravel roads as soon as weather permits. Wildlife is abundant and includes Whitetail deer, Read More
Courtesy of: Topper real Estate
Beautiful vista views, panoramic, and hidden! You would never know from the county road, the hidden beauty and gorgeous elevations and peaceful breath taking views that await you on this ranch!! It has gorgeous home sites, really good grazing land, North Turkey Creek (with fish), pecan bottom with huge pecan trees, great deer hunting and a large stock tank with lots of water even in this dry weather! Bring a kayak or a canoe and have family fun here. Hamilton County Electric is close by, a Read More ...
Courtesy of: D H Land Company
Tract 2 - 106+/- hill country acre tracts on CR 404 in the "Deer Capital of Texas", Llano, Llano County. The soil is primarily sandy loam with a level to sloping topo. This tract has a functioning windmill, well and two stock ponds. A prime hunting ranch consisting of unimproved land with plenty of cover for the abundant wildlife. Scattered oaks and granite outcropping can be found across the ranch. The property is ag exempt and unrestricted. Tracts 1 & 2 are both $6500 per ac.
Courtesy of: Longhorn Realty
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