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Cottle County 320 is a beautiful piece of Texas Rolling Plains rangelands that lies north of Paducah, Texas and borders the immense 28,000-plus acre Matador Wildlife Management Area. This tract is an ideal hunting property that features two distinct rangeland types, water provided by a pair of windmills, nearly new fencing, and the vestiges of a shelterbelt that provides year round cover and travel corridors for Rio Grande turkey, whitetail, mule deer, abundant bobwhite quail, feral pigs, mourning and whitewing doves, and the occasional scaled quail.
*Paducah, Texas .............. 10 mi
*Childress, Texas ................ 24 mi
*Lubbock, Texas ...............122 mi
*Wichita Falls, Texas ...........128 mi
*Abilene, Texas ...............130 mi
*Amarillo, Texas ...............139 mi
*Fort Worth, Texas ..........242 mi
*Two wells with windmills
*Box car for storage
*Ranch roads throughout the property
*New perimeter fence with entry gate
*Approximately 24+/- inches of annual precipitation
*Average growing season is 202 days
*Average fall first freeze is November 5th
*Average spring last freeze is March 29th
*Rio Grande Turkeys
*Rolling Plains region of Texas with sandhills on the western side of the property
*Mesquite trees, shelterbelts, and shinoak covered sandhills
*Very accessible with trails throughout
Cottle County 320 is a beautiful piece of 320 +/- acre Texas Rolling Plains rangelands that lies north of Paducah, Texas and borders the immense 28,000-plus acre Matador Wildlife Management Area. This tract is an ideal hunting, small ranch, or horse property that features two distinct rangeland types, water provided by a pair of windmills, nearly new fencing, and the vestiges of a shelterbelt that provides year round cover and travel corridors for Rio Grande turkey, whitetail, mule deer, abundant bobwhite quail, feral pigs, mourning and whitewing doves, and the occasional scaled quail.
With easy county road access and electricity nearby, this property is ripe for developing into a hunting retreat. The soil types on the eastern side of the property are typical red dirt loam soils found in this part of Texas and makes an ideal building location for a cabin or home near the recently-built entrance gate. On the western side of the property, the soil type changes to sandhills that support an entirely different plant community than the eastern side.
On the east side, mesquite flats dominate and gives ample cover to the good number of whitetail and mule deer in the area. On the west part of the property, the habitat changes to sand shin-oak dominated hills whose mottes grow thick and provide ample cover for two species of deer as well as abundant bobwhite and the occasional scaled quail. On the properties south side, a 70+/- year old shelterbelt that was once planted to cease soil erosion is now used as cover for all sorts of wildlife and potential roosting sites for Rio Grande turkey. In all, this place has an impressive amount of edge and transitional cover for a property of its size.
Water in this semi-arid location is provided by a windmill on the southeast and northwest sides of the property. In addition, near the property's entrance is a vintage box car that's used for storage as well as a set of working pens for livestock.
While stocking rates in this area of Texas are about one animal unit per 25 - 30 acres, you can't stack a lot of cattle on this ranch. However, it would be a good place for someone to have a small herd of specialty cattle like longhorns or a startup commercial cattle herd. As a horse property, this place is well suited.
Perhaps one of the key features of this place is its location. On the western border is the Matador Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The WMA is managed by the State of Texas and offers hunts by drawing for whitetail, mule deer, hogs, and turkeys and walk in hunts for upland birds and teal. In addition, the WMA has fishing available as well as plenty of miles of roads and trails for backcountry exploration and horseback riding - all for a nominally priced permit. The hunting permit is $48 and the limited public user permit price is $12. Both permits are good for one year and the limited use permit allows you to hike, birdwatch, photograph, bike, camp, or other non-consumptive activities. Be sure to check current regulations and permit prices before you go.
Finally, this ranch has available minerals that can be conveyed to the new owner.