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Swenson Family Flat Top Ranch - Jones
#TX245958
Jones, 
41,000.00 acres
This property has been recently reduced from $1200 per acre to $985. The Flat Top Division of the legendary Swenson Ranch was established in 1853 – 1854 and the ranch contains 41,000 ± acres. Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 1,600’ feet to around 1,750’. The terrain over the eastern portion of the Flat Top Ranch is described as nearly level to gently rolling and sloping towards several noticeable drainages, all draining to the northeast. A very prominent elevated mesa, known as Flat Top Mountain, is located on the west-half of the ranch. The elevation change from the country below the mesa top to the country on the upper edge of the mesa is approximately 100 feet. The east face of the mesa is steep and rocky, but much of the mesa top is level and gently sloping. Views from the mesa edge are very impressive. To the west of the large mesa top, the level country transitions to header draws, becoming deeper canyon drainages, all flowing to the northwest to the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. Native grass cover is considered to be good to excellent over much of the property. Principal native grasses include several varieties of bluestem, side oats grama, Texas winter grass, Arizona cottontop, blue grama, buffalo grass, tobosa, vine-mesquite, western wheat grass and sand drop seed. With favorable winter moisture, wildrye and filaree are abundant over major portions of the ranch. Approximately 6,300 acres are in cultivation, scattered over about a dozen fields throughout the ranch. All of the cultivated land is farmed on a dryland basis, principally farmed in wheat for seasonal grazing of livestock. With large areas of the ranch having very productive soils, it is estimated that an additional 10,000 acres could be broken out and farmed, if desired. With normal precipitation, this area of Texas is considered desirable wheat pasture country. LOCATION The ranch is generally located immediately west of Stamford, Texas, but two small non-contiguous tracts are located north and east of Stamford. Access to all major portions of the ranch are by paved highways and county roads. The ranch has an extensive network of well-maintained private ranch roads, making the property very accessible overall. Abilene, Texas is approximately 40 miles south of the ranch, with Fort Worth being approximately 180 miles to the east and Lubbock being approximately 140 miles to the northwest. The ranch is located on the Texas Rolling Plains, which is an area widely recognized for ranching, farming, mineral production, and in more recent years, outstanding hunting. HISTORY The historic Swenson Ranches trace their origin to Svante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to arrive in Texas, landing near what is now Galveston in 1838. The famous SMS brand, with two backward S’s was one of the first registered in Texas and was derived from Swenson’s initials. Swenson, a close ally of Sam Houston, played an active role in the state’s early history. He served as Travis County Commissioner in the 1850’s and as the first Treasurer of the State Agriculture Society. Swenson opened one of the first stores in Austin, introduced the Colt revolver to the frontier, and established the Swedish Pipeline which brought thousands of Swedish families to settle in Texas after the Civil War. A cabin from Swenson’s farm east of Austin, called Govalle, is enshrined today at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin as part of the Swedish Pioneer Village. By 1850 Svante had established himself in the general merchandise business in Austin. His large frontier trading post traded saddles, boots, blankets and many other supplies. Through his trading, Swenson began acquiring substantial amounts of land. Swenson also invested in railroad bonds and school bonds which entitled him to even more acreage. By 1860 Swenson had accumulated over 680,000 acres in Texas, much of it the unsettled territories on North Texas, north of Abilene. It was from these lands that the Flat Top Ranch was organized and is still owned by S.M. Swenson’s direct descendants. Because he was an ally of Houston’s and a vocal opponent of secession from the Union, Swenson was nearly assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. With continuing threats on his life, he fled to Mexico in 1863 hidden under straw in a covered wagon. After the Civil War he settled in New York City where his wife and children joined him. He sold off his holdings around Austin, but maintained ownership of the land in the northern parts of Texas. In 1882 these lands were fenced and organized by Swenson’s sons, Eric and Swen Albin, and the vast ranching operations began. Initially the sons leased the ranches from their father and when Svante died in 1896, they inherited the properties. At this time there were three ranches: Ericsdahl, Eleonora and Mount Albin. The Ericsdahl Ranch which was located 7 miles east of Stamford was split up and sold to Swedish immigrants in the early 1900’s. Eleonora became known as the Throckmorton Ranch because it was in that county. The Mount Albin Ranch became known as the Flat Top Ranch because of a prominent mesa on the property. This is the ranch that Chas. S. Middleton and Son, LLC, has for sale today. The Swenson brothers hired one of S.M. Swenson’s nephews as the first manager of the overall operations. He was responsible for stocking the ranches and overseeing the construction of the headquarters, barns, and corrals, as well as the drilling of water wells. The first herds were comprised of 1,800 high-grade Durham Shorthorns and 180 Hereford-Shorthorn crosses along with registered Hereford bulls. The original remuda was driven up the Chisolm Trail from Round Rock, Texas where many Swedes had settled. The horses were a mix of Spanish and Arabian stock. The first ranch hands were mostly Swedish immigrants who had settled first in towns around Austin, like Round Rock, New Sweden and Elgin and many others came directly from Sweden. The ranches continued to grow as the family purchased the Scab 8 Ranch in 1900, adding another 79,000 acres of land to their holdings and renamed it the Tongue River Ranch. In 1906 they purchased the Espuela Ranch with other partners which gave them access to over 200,000 acres more. This ranch became the Spur Ranch and while much of it was sold off in the 1920’s, the family still owned 65,000 acres of it until the 1970’s. In order to make it easier to get their cattle to market, the Swenson brothers convinced the Texas Central Railroad to extend its rail line from Albany, Texas, 38 miles to the east, to the place that is now Stamford, Texas. The family donated the initial 640 acres from the Flat Top Ranch for the town and helped lay it out. The present headquarters for the Swenson Land & Cattle Co, was built in the town, on Swenson Street, in the 1920’s. Some of the property that is part of the Flat Top Ranch remains inside or adjacent to the town limits, including a recent purchase of about 132 acres that contains substantial cattle pens for feeding, weaning, etc. The Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo grounds, still the largest working cowboy rodeo in the US, was founded in Stamford by the Swenson heirs in 1930 on land that they also donated from their Flat Top holdings. In 1902 the Swenson brothers hired Frank S. Hastings as manager of their far-flung ranches and over the next two decades committed to the breeding and improvement of the SMS cattle. Under Hastings’ supervision, SMS became among the first ranches to participate in the “mail order” calf business. The cattle won many awards and developed a reputation for quality that remains today. Eric Swenson, Svante’s oldest son, remained as president of the ranches until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by one of his sons, Swen R. Swenson. In 1978 the holdings totaling over 250,000 acres were divided among four family groups. Three of the groups have since sold their ranches. The remaining group, whose land includes the Flat Top Ranch, was headed by Bruce B Swenson, one of Swen R. Swenson’s sons, and included Bruce’s brothers, Rod and Perry Swenson. The three brothers have passed away and the company that owns the Flat Top Ranch is now the Swenson Land & Cattle Co. and is chaired by Steve Swenson, one of Bruce’s sons. All the board of directors and shareholders are descendants of Svante Magnus Swenson. In recent years Swenson Land & Cattle has continued as a strong cow/calf operator and almost always gets the highest price for its class of cattle at Superior Livestock Auctions and other venues. Cattle buyers for Whole Foods have purchased the ranch’s cattle over the last 5-6 years. As a result, the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Whole Food’s third party certification partner, has made on-site inspections of the ranch’s operations twice in the last 5 years. The ranch received a GAP 4 rating indicating it uses best practices for humane treatment of its cattle for an operation of this size. The ranch hands, now headed by Mark Voss, have won several ranch rodeo competitions over the past several years in places like Wichita Falls and Abilene. Wildlife is abundant at Flat Top and hunting leases have contributed substantial revenue in the past 10 years or so. The company sells a small amount of cattle to Svante’s Ranch Direct, a company owned by several S.M. Swenson descendants. They sell grass finished beef through farmers markets, a web site and food truck in the Austin area. As the years have gone by and the family tree continues to grow, shareholders have become more and more dispersed throughout the US and their interests have become more diverse. With many shareholders now in their mid-to late 60’s, the board reluctantly voted to sell Flat Top in order to provide some liquidity to those who wanted some. Selling Flat Top was not an easy decision for the family especially knowing that this heritage that traces directly to S.M. Swenson would pass from his great great-grandchildren and future descendants. However, the family has concluded that this the right time in their lives to do this. Sources: Clark, Mary Whatley - The Swenson Saga and the SMS Ranches (Austin, Texas: Jenkins Book Publishing Co. 1976); Baize, Wayne – Swenson Land & Cattle Company (2014); Anderson, H. Allen - SMS Ranches (Texas State Historical Association) WATER FEATURES The Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows in a northeasterly direction through the ranch for approximately seven miles. Large tree cover is common along the river bottom with cedar found along the ridgelines and canyon side slopes. This area of the ranch is considered very scenic and offers great recreational appeal. Additionally, there are a number of smaller seasonal creeks throughout the property. The ranch is well watered by over 40 water wells, being a combination of windmills and electric submersible wells. These water sources distribute water to an extensive network of approximately 25 miles of waterlines and over 100 drinking troughs. Other water sources include approximately 140 earthen ponds, some of which are seasonal, with others being very large and considered to be a desirable year-round source of livestock water. Overall, the ranch is considered to be well watered. LIVESTOCK/CATTLE OPERATIONS Historically, the Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch has been operated as a cow/calf operation. Depending on weather conditions, the ranch is typically stocked with 850 – 1,000 mother cows, plus bulls and replacements. The ranch maintains a quality cow herd and while the cattle are not included in the sale, they are available to be purchased at market price. Current livestock inventory is approximately 855 bred cows, 90 bred heifers and 70 bulls. HUNTING, WILDLIFE AND RECREATION The Flat Top Division offers great hunting opportunities, including white tail deer, quail, dove, feral hogs and seasonal water fowl. Fishing is available in the river and several of the larger ponds. IMPROVEMENTS The ranch owns a small grow yard located just west of Stamford. The pens are of pipe construction with complete working facilities, scales and some covered pens. This tract has some adjoining pasture and farmland, which compliments the grow yard. The property is adequately improved for the day to day ranching operation. In addition to the grow yard, other structural improvements include the main headquarters, the Taylor Camp, the Farm Center, and approximately 17 sets of livestock shipping/working/branding pens. The headquarter improvements consist of the ranch manager’s home, several employee houses, barns, horse stalls and a large set of livestock shipping pens, which are equipped with scales. The Taylor Camp is improved with a camp manager’s home, bunk house and shipping pens equipped with scales. The Farm Center improvements include a metal barn/shop with a fenced area for housing farm equipment and fuel. The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is fenced and cross fenced into many multiple pastures, and most all of the fences are considered to be in average to above average condition. Totally, there are approximately 166 miles of fencing on the ranch. RESOURCES There is scattered oil production on the ranch. The original oil production was first discovered in the early 1950’s and some of this original production is still producing. In 1978, as briefly mentioned in the History of the Swenson Ranches, the four Swenson Families agreed to partition all of the ranches into four separate family divisions. After the ranches were partitioned, the three other families began selling off their divisions. At the time of this partition, each division of the Swenson Ranches had all or most all of the minerals intact. Each of the four families received one-quarter of the minerals under each of the four divisions. That being the case, the Swenson Family members owning the Flat Top Division have approximately 25% of the minerals under this ranch. Current royalty income is fairly substantial. New drilling is now underway, and recent development would suggest the possibility of a substantial new income source from oil. Since it is very difficult to determine the present value and future potential of the minerals, the family has elected to negotiate on the mineral conveyance based on the final offering price for the property. Based on the family owning approximately 25% of the minerals under the Flat Top Division, current royalty income is approximately $200,000 per year on the original production and approximately $600,000 per year on the newly discovered production. In addition to the income derived from the cattle operation and farming income, other sources of income include hunting lease revenue, periodic surface damage income and income derived from oil and gas leases and oil and gas royalty production. The hunting is leased on a year to year basis and can be extended if a buyer is not interested in hunting, or terminated, if the buyer wants possession of the hunting. The ranch just negotiated a gas pipeline easement crossing approximately 7 miles of the ranch. This pipeline has just been installed and the utility company has re-seeded this easement with grass. The ranch collected $1,300,000 for this easement. While there are no major electric transmission lines currently located on the ranch, many large wind farm developments and transmission lines are located throughout this region of Texas. With this in mind, the owners of the Flat Top Division propose to reserve 25% of any future wind energy royalty income, but the purchaser of the ranch will have full control of negotiating any future wind energy leases. PRICE AND REMARKS The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is very reasonably priced at $985 per acre. It is very seldom that a ranch of this magnitude and history becomes available in this area of Texas. The owners of the ranch are currently in the process of surveying the entire property in order to establish the exact acres of the ranch. This survey is being paid for by the owners. Property taxes are approximately $63,000 per year or about $1.50 per acre. BROKER COMMENTS The ranch is generally operated with approximately eight full-time employees. In addition to the very knowledgeable ranch manager, there is clerical help at the office in Stamford along with additional farm/ranch employees, including the Taylor Camp manager. All together this efficient staff keeps the books, pays bills, manages the day to day farming and ranching operation, maintains the property and meets with the family on a regular basis. As the broker selected to market this property, it is apparent the current employees are a valuable asset to the ranch and a buyer of this property should strongly consider keeping everyone on board. All employees are anxious to remain with the ranch. This long-term ownership ranch has not been offered for sale throughout the 165-year history of the property. This first time offering of the Swenson Flat Top Ranch is an historic opportunity to own a quality working cattle ranch, which includes an extensive farming operation that can be expanded, if desired. In addition to farming and ranching, the property offers excellent hunting opportunities, potential future wind farm development, periodic surface damage income, and the potential to share in some portion of the mineral income.
$40,385,000

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Swenson Family Flat Top Ranch - Haskell
#TX245959
Haskell, 
41,000.00 acres
This property has been recently reduced from $1200 per acre to $985. The Flat Top Division of the legendary Swenson Ranch was established in 1853 – 1854 and the ranch contains 41,000 ± acres. Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 1,600’ feet to around 1,750’. The terrain over the eastern portion of the Flat Top Ranch is described as nearly level to gently rolling and sloping towards several noticeable drainages, all draining to the northeast. A very prominent elevated mesa, known as Flat Top Mountain, is located on the west-half of the ranch. The elevation change from the country below the mesa top to the country on the upper edge of the mesa is approximately 100 feet. The east face of the mesa is steep and rocky, but much of the mesa top is level and gently sloping. Views from the mesa edge are very impressive. To the west of the large mesa top, the level country transitions to header draws, becoming deeper canyon drainages, all flowing to the northwest to the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. Native grass cover is considered to be good to excellent over much of the property. Principal native grasses include several varieties of bluestem, side oats grama, Texas winter grass, Arizona cottontop, blue grama, buffalo grass, tobosa, vine-mesquite, western wheat grass and sand drop seed. With favorable winter moisture, wildrye and filaree are abundant over major portions of the ranch. Approximately 6,300 acres are in cultivation, scattered over about a dozen fields throughout the ranch. All of the cultivated land is farmed on a dryland basis, principally farmed in wheat for seasonal grazing of livestock. With large areas of the ranch having very productive soils, it is estimated that an additional 10,000 acres could be broken out and farmed, if desired. With normal precipitation, this area of Texas is considered desirable wheat pasture country. LOCATION The ranch is generally located immediately west of Stamford, Texas, but two small non-contiguous tracts are located north and east of Stamford. Access to all major portions of the ranch are by paved highways and county roads. The ranch has an extensive network of well-maintained private ranch roads, making the property very accessible overall. Abilene, Texas is approximately 40 miles south of the ranch, with Fort Worth being approximately 180 miles to the east and Lubbock being approximately 140 miles to the northwest. The ranch is located on the Texas Rolling Plains, which is an area widely recognized for ranching, farming, mineral production, and in more recent years, outstanding hunting. HISTORY The historic Swenson Ranches trace their origin to Svante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to arrive in Texas, landing near what is now Galveston in 1838. The famous SMS brand, with two backward S’s was one of the first registered in Texas and was derived from Swenson’s initials. Swenson, a close ally of Sam Houston, played an active role in the state’s early history. He served as Travis County Commissioner in the 1850’s and as the first Treasurer of the State Agriculture Society. Swenson opened one of the first stores in Austin, introduced the Colt revolver to the frontier, and established the Swedish Pipeline which brought thousands of Swedish families to settle in Texas after the Civil War. A cabin from Swenson’s farm east of Austin, called Govalle, is enshrined today at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin as part of the Swedish Pioneer Village. By 1850 Svante had established himself in the general merchandise business in Austin. His large frontier trading post traded saddles, boots, blankets and many other supplies. Through his trading, Swenson began acquiring substantial amounts of land. Swenson also invested in railroad bonds and school bonds which entitled him to even more acreage. By 1860 Swenson had accumulated over 680,000 acres in Texas, much of it the unsettled territories on North Texas, north of Abilene. It was from these lands that the Flat Top Ranch was organized and is still owned by S.M. Swenson’s direct descendants. Because he was an ally of Houston’s and a vocal opponent of secession from the Union, Swenson was nearly assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. With continuing threats on his life, he fled to Mexico in 1863 hidden under straw in a covered wagon. After the Civil War he settled in New York City where his wife and children joined him. He sold off his holdings around Austin, but maintained ownership of the land in the northern parts of Texas. In 1882 these lands were fenced and organized by Swenson’s sons, Eric and Swen Albin, and the vast ranching operations began. Initially the sons leased the ranches from their father and when Svante died in 1896, they inherited the properties. At this time there were three ranches: Ericsdahl, Eleonora and Mount Albin. The Ericsdahl Ranch which was located 7 miles east of Stamford was split up and sold to Swedish immigrants in the early 1900’s. Eleonora became known as the Throckmorton Ranch because it was in that county. The Mount Albin Ranch became known as the Flat Top Ranch because of a prominent mesa on the property. This is the ranch that Chas. S. Middleton and Son, LLC, has for sale today. The Swenson brothers hired one of S.M. Swenson’s nephews as the first manager of the overall operations. He was responsible for stocking the ranches and overseeing the construction of the headquarters, barns, and corrals, as well as the drilling of water wells. The first herds were comprised of 1,800 high-grade Durham Shorthorns and 180 Hereford-Shorthorn crosses along with registered Hereford bulls. The original remuda was driven up the Chisolm Trail from Round Rock, Texas where many Swedes had settled. The horses were a mix of Spanish and Arabian stock. The first ranch hands were mostly Swedish immigrants who had settled first in towns around Austin, like Round Rock, New Sweden and Elgin and many others came directly from Sweden. The ranches continued to grow as the family purchased the Scab 8 Ranch in 1900, adding another 79,000 acres of land to their holdings and renamed it the Tongue River Ranch. In 1906 they purchased the Espuela Ranch with other partners which gave them access to over 200,000 acres more. This ranch became the Spur Ranch and while much of it was sold off in the 1920’s, the family still owned 65,000 acres of it until the 1970’s. In order to make it easier to get their cattle to market, the Swenson brothers convinced the Texas Central Railroad to extend its rail line from Albany, Texas, 38 miles to the east, to the place that is now Stamford, Texas. The family donated the initial 640 acres from the Flat Top Ranch for the town and helped lay it out. The present headquarters for the Swenson Land & Cattle Co, was built in the town, on Swenson Street, in the 1920’s. Some of the property that is part of the Flat Top Ranch remains inside or adjacent to the town limits, including a recent purchase of about 132 acres that contains substantial cattle pens for feeding, weaning, etc. The Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo grounds, still the largest working cowboy rodeo in the US, was founded in Stamford by the Swenson heirs in 1930 on land that they also donated from their Flat Top holdings. In 1902 the Swenson brothers hired Frank S. Hastings as manager of their far-flung ranches and over the next two decades committed to the breeding and improvement of the SMS cattle. Under Hastings’ supervision, SMS became among the first ranches to participate in the “mail order” calf business. The cattle won many awards and developed a reputation for quality that remains today. Eric Swenson, Svante’s oldest son, remained as president of the ranches until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by one of his sons, Swen R. Swenson. In 1978 the holdings totaling over 250,000 acres were divided among four family groups. Three of the groups have since sold their ranches. The remaining group, whose land includes the Flat Top Ranch, was headed by Bruce B Swenson, one of Swen R. Swenson’s sons, and included Bruce’s brothers, Rod and Perry Swenson. The three brothers have passed away and the company that owns the Flat Top Ranch is now the Swenson Land & Cattle Co. and is chaired by Steve Swenson, one of Bruce’s sons. All the board of directors and shareholders are descendants of Svante Magnus Swenson. In recent years Swenson Land & Cattle has continued as a strong cow/calf operator and almost always gets the highest price for its class of cattle at Superior Livestock Auctions and other venues. Cattle buyers for Whole Foods have purchased the ranch’s cattle over the last 5-6 years. As a result, the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Whole Food’s third party certification partner, has made on-site inspections of the ranch’s operations twice in the last 5 years. The ranch received a GAP 4 rating indicating it uses best practices for humane treatment of its cattle for an operation of this size. The ranch hands, now headed by Mark Voss, have won several ranch rodeo competitions over the past several years in places like Wichita Falls and Abilene. Wildlife is abundant at Flat Top and hunting leases have contributed substantial revenue in the past 10 years or so. The company sells a small amount of cattle to Svante’s Ranch Direct, a company owned by several S.M. Swenson descendants. They sell grass finished beef through farmers markets, a web site and food truck in the Austin area. As the years have gone by and the family tree continues to grow, shareholders have become more and more dispersed throughout the US and their interests have become more diverse. With many shareholders now in their mid-to late 60’s, the board reluctantly voted to sell Flat Top in order to provide some liquidity to those who wanted some. Selling Flat Top was not an easy decision for the family especially knowing that this heritage that traces directly to S.M. Swenson would pass from his great great-grandchildren and future descendants. However, the family has concluded that this the right time in their lives to do this. Sources: Clark, Mary Whatley - The Swenson Saga and the SMS Ranches (Austin, Texas: Jenkins Book Publishing Co. 1976); Baize, Wayne – Swenson Land & Cattle Company (2014); Anderson, H. Allen - SMS Ranches (Texas State Historical Association) WATER FEATURES The Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows in a northeasterly direction through the ranch for approximately seven miles. Large tree cover is common along the river bottom with cedar found along the ridgelines and canyon side slopes. This area of the ranch is considered very scenic and offers great recreational appeal. Additionally, there are a number of smaller seasonal creeks throughout the property. The ranch is well watered by over 40 water wells, being a combination of windmills and electric submersible wells. These water sources distribute water to an extensive network of approximately 25 miles of waterlines and over 100 drinking troughs. Other water sources include approximately 140 earthen ponds, some of which are seasonal, with others being very large and considered to be a desirable year-round source of livestock water. Overall, the ranch is considered to be well watered. LIVESTOCK/CATTLE OPERATIONS Historically, the Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch has been operated as a cow/calf operation. Depending on weather conditions, the ranch is typically stocked with 850 – 1,000 mother cows, plus bulls and replacements. The ranch maintains a quality cow herd and while the cattle are not included in the sale, they are available to be purchased at market price. Current livestock inventory is approximately 855 bred cows, 90 bred heifers and 70 bulls. HUNTING, WILDLIFE AND RECREATION The Flat Top Division offers great hunting opportunities, including white tail deer, quail, dove, feral hogs and seasonal water fowl. Fishing is available in the river and several of the larger ponds. IMPROVEMENTS The ranch owns a small grow yard located just west of Stamford. The pens are of pipe construction with complete working facilities, scales and some covered pens. This tract has some adjoining pasture and farmland, which compliments the grow yard. The property is adequately improved for the day to day ranching operation. In addition to the grow yard, other structural improvements include the main headquarters, the Taylor Camp, the Farm Center, and approximately 17 sets of livestock shipping/working/branding pens. The headquarter improvements consist of the ranch manager’s home, several employee houses, barns, horse stalls and a large set of livestock shipping pens, which are equipped with scales. The Taylor Camp is improved with a camp manager’s home, bunk house and shipping pens equipped with scales. The Farm Center improvements include a metal barn/shop with a fenced area for housing farm equipment and fuel. The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is fenced and cross fenced into many multiple pastures, and most all of the fences are considered to be in average to above average condition. Totally, there are approximately 166 miles of fencing on the ranch. RESOURCES There is scattered oil production on the ranch. The original oil production was first discovered in the early 1950’s and some of this original production is still producing. In 1978, as briefly mentioned in the History of the Swenson Ranches, the four Swenson Families agreed to partition all of the ranches into four separate family divisions. After the ranches were partitioned, the three other families began selling off their divisions. At the time of this partition, each division of the Swenson Ranches had all or most all of the minerals intact. Each of the four families received one-quarter of the minerals under each of the four divisions. That being the case, the Swenson Family members owning the Flat Top Division have approximately 25% of the minerals under this ranch. Current royalty income is fairly substantial. New drilling is now underway, and recent development would suggest the possibility of a substantial new income source from oil. Since it is very difficult to determine the present value and future potential of the minerals, the family has elected to negotiate on the mineral conveyance based on the final offering price for the property. Based on the family owning approximately 25% of the minerals under the Flat Top Division, current royalty income is approximately $200,000 per year on the original production and approximately $600,000 per year on the newly discovered production. In addition to the income derived from the cattle operation and farming income, other sources of income include hunting lease revenue, periodic surface damage income and income derived from oil and gas leases and oil and gas royalty production. The hunting is leased on a year to year basis and can be extended if a buyer is not interested in hunting, or terminated, if the buyer wants possession of the hunting. The ranch just negotiated a gas pipeline easement crossing approximately 7 miles of the ranch. This pipeline has just been installed and the utility company has re-seeded this easement with grass. The ranch collected $1,300,000 for this easement. While there are no major electric transmission lines currently located on the ranch, many large wind farm developments and transmission lines are located throughout this region of Texas. With this in mind, the owners of the Flat Top Division propose to reserve 25% of any future wind energy royalty income, but the purchaser of the ranch will have full control of negotiating any future wind energy leases. PRICE AND REMARKS The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is very reasonably priced at $985 per acre. It is very seldom that a ranch of this magnitude and history becomes available in this area of Texas. The owners of the ranch are currently in the process of surveying the entire property in order to establish the exact acres of the ranch. This survey is being paid for by the owners. Property taxes are approximately $63,000 per year or about $1.50 per acre. BROKER COMMENTS The ranch is generally operated with approximately eight full-time employees. In addition to the very knowledgeable ranch manager, there is clerical help at the office in Stamford along with additional farm/ranch employees, including the Taylor Camp manager. All together this efficient staff keeps the books, pays bills, manages the day to day farming and ranching operation, maintains the property and meets with the family on a regular basis. As the broker selected to market this property, it is apparent the current employees are a valuable asset to the ranch and a buyer of this property should strongly consider keeping everyone on board. All employees are anxious to remain with the ranch. This long-term ownership ranch has not been offered for sale throughout the 165-year history of the property. This first time offering of the Swenson Flat Top Ranch is an historic opportunity to own a quality working cattle ranch, which includes an extensive farming operation that can be expanded, if desired. In addition to farming and ranching, the property offers excellent hunting opportunities, potential future wind farm development, periodic surface damage income, and the potential to share in some portion of the mineral income.
$40,385,000

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12,000 Acres The Durando Yeehaw Ranch
#FL253395
Okeechobee, 
11,995.00 acres
Crosby & Associates, Inc. is proud to present The Durando Yeehaw Ranch in Okeechobee County, FL. Sprawling over more than eighteen sections of land, this fantastic ranch property is an investment and enjoyment opportunity of the rarest kind. Only minutes from access to the Florida Turnpike, the ranch presents the opportunity for multiple agricultural income pursuits, as well as some of the finest hunting in the state. Cattle operations, sod cutting, hunting leases, and multiple deep wells offer the prospective buyer many avenues for revenue. Home to a plethora of endangered species, and situated in the headwaters of the Everglades, this property is also very valuable as a land and wildlife conservation asset. With the continued development boom in the state of Florida, this is a very rare opportunity to own a contiguous +/-12,000 acres, with zero encumbrances, located within an hour of greater Orlando. +/-12,000 contiguous acres 5 mins from FL Turnpike Large scale cattle operation Abundant Wildlife Sod Harvesting Multiple deep wells Soils suitable for farming
$47,400,000

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5487 Acres | Montgomery County Transition
#TX257010
Montgomery, 
5,487.00 acres
Montgomery County Transition 1st time open market offering. Large tract in the heart of Houston metro expansion/development and Montgomery County, TX. Half way between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69 (US 59). North of FM 242, NE of The Woodlands, TX, SE of Conroe, TX. Transition forestry property with big frontage and multiple points of access. Managed timberland in excellent condition with ongoing management practices. Located in the Conroe ISD and Splendora ISD within a few minutes of schools. Residual out tracts scattered throughout, see Out Tracts Summary document below. Access can be obtained along Timber Switch Road Investors/developers, this property falls within an Opportunity Zone!
$43,868,565

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Blue Hills Elk Ranch
#NM262117
Catron, 
5,430.00 acres
Majestic mesas, a familiar landmark of southwestern New Mexico, covered in pinon, juniper, and cedar, along with open meadows of gramma grass and wildflowers make up the terrain and landscape of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Spectacular sunrises over the Sawtooth Mountains in the wee hours of the morning, distant views of the snowcapped, 11,300 foot, Mount Taylor in the winter months, along with the anticipation of seeing elk, antelope, mule deer, predators, small game, and a variety of feathered friends enhance the surroundings of Blue Hills Elk Ranch, making each day an adventure in itself. The Blue Hills Elk Ranch is located at a comfortable elevation of 7,200 feet, between Pie Town and Grants, in New Mexico’s largest county, Catron County. Situated in Game Management Unit 12 the ranch received 5 highly coveted rifle elk tags. Healthy gramma grass and numerous drinkers provide feed and water for 70 to 80 AUM year-round on approximately 5,430 acres of deeded lands and 640 acres of state leased lands. Unique to hunting in southwestern New Mexico, the Blue Hills Elk Ranch typically receives 5 rifle elk permits annually. Several trophy bulls scoring over 375 have been taken in Unit 12 over the past several years, and no doubt others will be taken in years to come. Other hunting in the area, and on the ranch, includes mountain lion, black bear, coyotes, and other small game species. Historically Blue Hills Elk Ranch runs a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year round, although this number can increase to 100 with good precipitation. The ranch is divided into 4 pastures with good water distribution throughout. The north portion of the ranch has one well and storage tank, and 2 dirt tanks. Natural lakes in the northeast corner provide additional water for livestock and wildlife. A very good, 480 foot well on the south portion of the ranch is solar powered with a 220 horse submersible pump. It supplies a 5,000 gallon water storage tank and pipeline to 3 large rubber tire tanks in 3 separate pastures. The south portion of the ranch has 2 dirt tanks. Heading north from The Blue Hills Elk Ranch to Grants and I-40 takes approximately 45 minutes and from I-40 east to Albuquerque takes approximately 1 hour. The famous little community of Pie Town is about 30 minutes south of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Blue Hills Elk Ranch experiences four splendid seasons. Rocky red bluffs covered in winter snow, the early warmth of spring, sudden summer thunderstorms, and fall pastures of green grass and wildflowers exemplify the beauty of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Located in a semi-arid climate, the ranch receives an annual precipitation of 11 inches. Average high temperatures are in the 70s and average low temperatures are in the 30s with the sun shining 275 to 300 days a year. Over 6,000 acres of magnificent country with scenic views in all directions, terrain that ranges from grassy meadows to rocky bluffs and rolling pinon juniper covered mountains, 5 rifle elk tags in an excellent hunting area, and the capacity to run a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year round, amounts to a fantastic ranch with a multitude of surrounding beauty and recreational
$4,300,000

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Double Nickel on the Niobrara
#NE457821
Cherry, 
34,617.00 acres
Located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, the Double Nickel on the Niobrara is one of the finest ranches in the Midwest. An extremely diverse landscape of Sandhills grasslands, pine covered hills and draws, irrigated production farmland and wooded river bottoms provide an amazing combination of beauty, production and recreation seldom seen in a single offering.This unique property is nestled in the beautiful Sandhills region of Northwestern Nebraska, tucked against the Niobrara National Scenic River. This diverse terrain totals approximately 34,617+/- deeded acres with the opportunity for approximately 22,607+/- leased acres. Traveling through the ranch, one will find open plains, rugged terrain and scenic trails through many wooded areas following the 7 miles of river. Excellent wildlife habitat with river bottom and Ponderosa pine covered hills, dramatic caprock views. This income producing ranch offers something for everyone including the cow/calf rancher, seasoned investor, or outdoors enthusiast. Ideal for operating cattle and crop production, this beautiful property could also make an amazing country gentleman’s ranch and getaway. Double Nickel on the Niobrara is that special place, perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.Cattle Operation:Featuring a capacity for carrying up to 4200 mother cows, the cash flow and the potential of this investment is unparalleled. The current owners operate the ranch with production on the pivots in various types of forage for cattle. Alfalfa, Sudan grass, sorghum and native grass are produced to continue the carrying capacity throughout the year. Across the ranch there are well designed and maintained cattle working facilities that include a 500 head feedlot, large calving shed and livestock barn, and multiple outbuildings.Water:The ranch offers an abundance of quality water. Water is pumped from multiple wells as well as pump stations along the river for livestock and irrigating crops. An extensive system consisting of windmills, solar wells, pipeline, and tanks provide water throughout the ranch. All irrigation pumps and pivots operate with electricity on both ranches. Currently, 13 Center Irrigation Pivots combine for over 2200 acres of irrigated crop land. There are also multiple lakes and ponds located on the ranch, 7 miles of the Niobrara River as well as several miles of Medicine Creek and Steer Creek. (Average rainfall in the area is 19”-22” annually.) Recreation:Double Nickel on the Niobrara is a hunter’s paradise. High quality habitat and readily available water make the ranch a diverse haven to all kinds of wildlife. Starting with the largest inhabitants, the ranch is home to over 200 elk with bulls averaging 310”- 360” Boone and Crockett. Large herds of Mule deer and Whitetail deer can be found both along the river as well as out in the Sandhills offering the opportunity for high quality trophy bucks. Huge flocks of Merriam’s Turkey can be found moving along the fields and tree lined banks of the river. Other wildlife that call the ranch home include Pheasants, prairie chicken, several kinds of ducks as well as Canada geese. Coyotes, bobcat, and the occasional Mountain Lion have all traveled the expanse of the property. There are fishing opportunities in the river and the many ponds on the ranch that include trout and a mix of warm water species. The river provides plenty of opportunity for float trips on tubes, canoe or as the locals like to travel….in a stock tank. Under current operations, the ranch is leased out for hunting. There are cabins on the ranch to accommodate guests, hunters, or fisherman. Other Agri-tourism revenue streams are possible to accompany the hunting operations.The Ranch Details:The ranch consists of 2 units, the East & the West. The West Unit being a mix of sandhills pastures and excellent sub-irrigated and irrigated bottoms. It also has multiple ponds, two lakes and Medicine Creek that flows through its entirety. The West unit also has two residences and multiple outbuildings for the cattle and farming operation.  The East Unit sits along the banks of the Niobrara River and lays adjacent to largest portion of the lease on the Sam McKelvie National Forest. Good feed production with sub-irrigated meadows and pivot irrigated fields. The East Unit has several nice homes, cabins, multiple steel Morton buildings, grain storage.Double Nickel on the Niobrara East:     15,300+/- Deeded Acres     16,500+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)      2,107+/- Leased Acres (State and/or Private Leases)     4 Houses & 4 Cabins     Additional Outbuildings: Shop, Machinery Shed, Calving Sheds, Fire Truck Garage     240,000-Bushel Storage Facility     9 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground & surface water rights (1,484+/- acres)     7 miles of Niobrara River FrontageDouble Nickel on the Niobrara West:     19,317+/- Deeded Acres     4,000+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)     4 Houses     500+/- Head Feedlot     4 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground water rights (764+/- irrigated acres)Location:< 1-hour drive from Valentine, NE3.5-hour drive from Rapid City, SD6-hour drive from Omaha, NE6.5-hour drive from Denver, CO Nearest Airports:Miller Field- Valentine Nebraska (VTN)Runway 3701’x60’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, Jet AHangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-26 milesAinsworth Regional Airport-Ainsworth, Nebraska (ANW)Runway- 6824’ x 110’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, Jet A.Distance to ranch-71 milesThomas County Airport- Thedford, Nebraska (TIF)Runway- 4400’ x 60’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, self-service credit card.Hangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-91 milesNorth Platte Regional Airport- North Platte Nebraska (LBF) Commercial service availableRunway- 8001’x150’ concrete/groovedRunway-4436’x100’ concreteFuel-100LL, Jet AHangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-157 milesOther Area Attractions:Smith Falls State Park, Forth Niobrara and Valentine National Wildlife Refuges as well as Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area which is some of the best Walleye fishing in northern Nebraska. Fredrick Peak Golf Course is a fantastic 10-hole course designed by the Lehman Design Group know for the Dunes course at the Prairie Club.Livestock and machinery: Not included in listing price. 
$42,500,000

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Quinlan Ranch
#NM413953
Rio Arriba, 
17,072.00 acres
Chas. S. Middleton and Son (Sam Middleton) and Hall and Hall (Jeff Buerger) are pleased to announce that we have teamed together to exclusively offer for sale the Quinlan Ranch. The 17,072.12± deeded acre Quinlan Ranch is a superlative mountain hunting property located just three miles west of Chama, New Mexico. The Quinlan, as it is known, spans over 26 square miles in a single block of contiguous land with no private inholdings or public roads across it. In recent years, the nearby Overley Tract was purchased, making a great addition to the Quinlan. The Quinlan itself, comprises of 16,718 acres and the Overley, which is located approximately one-quarter mile south of the Quinlan, is an additional 353.6 acres. The Overley Tract contains a substantial amount of proven water rights, a major portion of which have now been transferred to the Quinlan, used to enhance the Quinlan’s large trout ponds. Offering an unequaled combination of size, privacy, accessibility, and scenery, the Quinlan controls the entire eastern slope of the 9,900 foot Chromo Mountain and is comprised of ecologically diverse and rich mountain and valley floor terrain. This large holding features outstanding big game hunting, expansive vistas, fishing, limitless recreational activities, and numerous water resources that are complimented by excellent infrastructure and quality accommodations. Thoughtful habitat and wildlife management ensures that the Quinlan is home to significant populations of resident elk, mule deer, black bear and turkey. Distinguishing the Quinlan from other western hunting properties is the fact that an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 head of elk from the San Juan Elk Herd migrate through the Quinlan and the neighboring 20,000 acre elk preserve – the Edward Sargent Wildlife Area, each fall. Ownership, family, friends, and clients can easily hunt the Quinlan as it currently receives 63 rifle bull elk permits, 24 bull elk archery permits and 29 cow elk permits from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Numerous trophy elk and mule deer are taken here every year and the ranch has been featured on many outdoor pursuit television shows. Additional trophy and management elk hunting opportunities exist within the on-site Rim Rock Elk Park which is a licensed 2,000± acre high-fenced Class A Game Park. Currently, the Game Park includes approximately 90 adult bulls, 85 cows, 10 yearling females, 7 yearling males, 21 female calves and 23 male calves. Well suited for both private and commercial use, the Quinlan has year-round access off of US Highway 84. Improvements include the 6,678± square foot Garcia Lodge, two “glamping” bathhouses and covered cooking and eating areas, a 10,000± square foot barn with sleeping quarters, office, garage, and state-of-the-art elk handling facilities, as well as several paddock areas for privately owned elk. The ranch also boasts an exceptional internal road network with over 65 miles of private roads, buried water and electrical lines, as well as approximately 40 ponds – several of which are stocked with trout. The listing price includes 100 percent of the appurtenant mineral rights*, all privately owned elk, and an extensive inventory of essential ranch equipment and rolling stock (See Quinlan Ranch Inventory). *Seller believes, but will not warrant, that it owns 100 percent of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership. LOCATION Situated in the mountainous country of the upper Chama Valley in northern Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, the Quinlan Ranch lies less than half a mile from the Colorado state line and just three miles west of the historic community of Chama. The western boundary of the majority of the ranch straddles the Continental Divide. The property is adjacent to the Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area and a short drive from the Carson and Rio Grande National Forests as well as the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation and Bill Humphries Wildlife Management Area. Driving time to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and the Stevens Field FBO is 45 minutes from the ranch headquarters. The Stevens Field Airport offers an 8,100 x 100 foot runway capable of landing larger private aircraft as well as new FBO facilities offering a full range of services and amenities. The Wolf Creek Ski Area is located just a few minutes outside of Pagosa Springs and is easily accessible from the ranch. Durango, Colorado and commercial air service at the Durango-La Plata County Airport is a two-hour drive from the ranch. Santa Fe and Taos, the arts and cultural meccas of the Southwest, are each less than two hours to the south and east, respectively. Albuquerque and the Albuquerque International Sunport/airport are a three-hour drive to the south. LOCALE The Chama Valley of northern New Mexico straddles the Rio Chama or Chama River and serves as a transition zone between the high peaks of the San Juan Mountain Range and the painted cliffs and bluffs of the lower elevation San Juan Basin. Located at an elevation of 7,800 feet, the valley floor is lined with lush meadows, willows, and ancient cottonwood stands. Elevations rise to the north and east with the 12,021 foot Chama Peak anchoring the northern head of the valley. The eastern backdrop of the valley is the San Juan Mountain Range with many peaks and mountain tops rising to elevations in excess of 10,000 feet. The valley opens to the San Juan Basin to the west. Relatively undiscovered, the Chama Valley is controlled by large private holdings and expansive tracts of state and federal lands. The general aesthetic is more in line with the mountainous regions of southern Colorado. Here, views are dominated by the snow-capped peaks, aspen and pine forests, and giant ponderosas that rise dramatically above the river bottom. From its headwaters just a few miles to the north in Colorado, the trout-laden Rio Chama flows through the community of Chama and continues south for nearly 130 miles to its eventual confluence with the Rio Grande. The nearby community of Chama, New Mexico, sits near the head of the Chama Valley and just south of the Colorado state line. An historic 1880s railroad town, Chama has long enjoyed a strong ranching and agricultural-based culture. Thanks to its mountain location and limitless recreation opportunities, the community has quietly gained notoriety as a four-season mountain destination. In addition to exceptional angling and hunting, Chama also provides hiking, trail rides, snowmobiling, proximity to excellent skiing at the Wolf Creek Ski Area and Taos Ski Valley. Chama is the home to the Cumbres & Toltec narrow-gauge railroad. The Cumbres & Toltec’s historic coal-fired steam engine provides scenic train rides through the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. In addition to the year-round activities, Chama and the greater Chama Valley have become a place where hunters arrive from around the world to pursue trophy elk and mule deer in what is arguably some of the best game habitat imaginable. HISTORY The Quinlan Ranch has been under only two ownerships since 1912 when the property was purchased and operated by Ed Sargent and later, his heirs, the Quinlan Family. A pioneering rancher in northern New Mexico, Mr. Sargent accumulated tens of thousands of acres of ideal mountain property in the region which he and his family members ranched for decades. The neighboring Edward Sargent Wildlife Area which borders the Quinlan to the east for over eight miles and was also previously owned by Mr. Sargent, is named after him. The Peters family from Santa Fe acquired the 12,000± deeded acre Quinlan Ranch from the Quinlan family in 2005. In 2007, the Peters family added over 4,000 additional acres to this holding through the acquisitions of the adjacent Garcia Ranch. The addition of the Garcia Ranch increased the size of the Quinlan 16,718± deeded acres. More recently, the Peters family added the nearby Overley Tract containing 353.6 acres. GENERAL DESCRIPTION Traveling west on US Highway 84 just three miles from Chama, New Mexico, one’s first glimpse of the Quinlan Ranch is of its lower elevation southern boundary and the Willow Creek drainage. This open valley sits at an elevation of just over 7,700 feet and rises in elevation to the north and west into rolling hills, ridges, and draws interspersed with open parks and stands of ponderosa pine and mountain oak. Following Willow Creek to the north, one encounters a series of large trout ponds, and a 100-acre food plot. To the east of Willow Creek is the Rim Rock Elk Park breeding pens, elk handling and facilities buildings, and the southern fence line of Rim Rock Elk Park. To the west of Willow Creek is the “Garcia” portion of the ranch which includes the aforementioned food plot and a side valley that is home to the horse camp, complete with a bathhouse, large-group dining shelter, as well as “glamping” sites. Comprised of rolling hills, the Garcia is a blend of open parks and large stands of oak with intermittent ponderosa and juniper trees. Situated at the southern end of the Garcia is the aptly named Garcia Lodge. Built for the purpose of housing and entertaining guests, the lodge is conveniently accessed from the highway. Set on a hillside overlooking the Chama Valley, Garcia Lodge sits in a location where it will not impact wildlife. Effectively separating the lower and southern portion of the ranch from the upper mountain country are a series of broad slopes and rimrock capped buttes that juts out dramatically above the landscape. Separated by a series of canyons and smaller drainages, these buttes top out at over 8,700 feet. From their respective summits, one can enjoy expansive views of the valley floor below. The easternmost buttes on the ranch are contained within the Rim Rock Elk Park. The game park runs along a portion of the eastern boundary of the ranch and is comprised largely of steeply timbered slopes that give way to benches and open meadows at the lower elevations. To the north and behind the buttes is the center of the ranch. Accessed by a number of internal roads, this portion of the ranch is defined by broad basins with large trout ponds and grass-laden meadows. The basins are intersected by a series of ridges and are ringed on all sides by mountain slopes covered with aspen groves, pine, and oak forests. Willow Creek winds down from its headwater at the north end of the ranch through one of the broad valleys here before dropping into a canyon and down to the southern end of the property. Water resources are numerous with a number of ponds scattered throughout the various drainages and small creeks feeding down from higher elevations. These open meadows and water sources are heavily utilized by the wildlife that bed among the surrounding ridges and mountain slopes. Elevations along the basin floors begin at around 8,100 feet and rise to the east to over 8,700 feet along the summit of the long ridge that serves as the eastern border of the property. From the top of this ridge one can survey the ranch’s undulating interior reaches back to the west and north and look down to the east upon the neighboring Edward Sargent Wildlife Area. Elevations climb more gradually to the west and top out at over 8,600 feet along a series of knobs along the western boundary line which is the North American Continental Divide. From the center of the ranch, elevations ascend to the north, with the terrain becoming more mountainous in nature and forested with large stands of aspen, spruce, and fir. Anchoring the northwestern end of the ranch is 9,900 foot Chromo Mountain. The Quinlan controls the entire eastern slope of this mountain which is heavily timbered and serves as a sanctuary for large numbers of elk. The High Camp is also located here and provides guests with a high-country destination from which they can relax and enjoy a meal or even a hot shower. Strategically located ponds and an eight-acre trout lake sit at the base of Chromo Mountain – all of which draw wildlife out of the timbered mountainside. A series of forested ridges separated by drainages with open valley floors define the northern end of the ranch. The origination point for Willow Creek is also located here and sits just within the property boundary. The Edward Sargent Wildlife Area is the neighbor to the north and east. Large, privately held ranches are the neighbors to the west and northwest. From the higher points of the upper or northern portion of the ranch, one can survey miles of the Quinlan Ranch to the south, or look north to Chama Peak and the San Juan Mountains. IMPROVEMENTS When the Peters family acquired the Quinlan Ranch it was a traditional livestock property with the only improvements being a tin-tack structure, a few horse pens, as well as a 1,500-acre game park that was lacking trophy genetics. There was some fencing in place, but no electricity, no water development or wells, no facilities for employees or guests, and no fishing. Internal roads were limited and those in the northern portion of the ranch were so impassable that all hunting was conducted on horseback. With quality habitat enhancement and thoughtful improvement and infrastructure development, the Peters family has molded the property into a destination sporting property – all while preserving the ranch’s native environment. GARCIA LODGE Conveniently located on a hillside overlooking the Chama Valley is the 6,678± square foot Garcia Lodge. This two-story lodge features 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a commercial kitchen and large dining area, as well as the ranch’s gathering place, a grand room with a river rock fireplace. Well-suited as a commercial or corporate lodge or personal retreat, Garcia Lodge is comfortably furnished and easily accessed off of Highway 64. HORSE CAMP The horse camp is tucked into a private valley to the east of Willow Creek in the southern end of the ranch. Primarily utilized during the ranch’s large trail riding events, the camp includes “glamping” sites, a large kitchen shelter with a hot water sink and grills as well as a dining shelter. Complete with propane lighting and views of the ranch’s rimrock outcroppings, the dining shelter accommodates over 70 guests. The third primary structure at the horse camp is a large bathhouse with a large storage area, four toilets, six showers and four sinks with hot water provided by two on-demand water heaters. HIGH CAMP Utilized as a destination for trail rides and rest and relief area for anglers and hunters in the northern reaches of the ranch, the high camp features a large shelter structure, water catchment system with storage tanks, as well as a bathhouse with a tub, showers and sinks with hot water, as well as toilets. FACILITIES BARN Sited in the southeastern corner of the property is the 10,000± square foot barn that serves as the base of ranch operations for the Quinlan. In addition to containing offices, the barn has living quarters with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a kitchen capable of housing a 12-member guide team. Included in the shop is a large garage or repair shop with a gantry, truck lift, and a walk-in cooler for game. The elk handling facility for the private elk herd is also housed within the barn. A series of handling pens, alleys, and a hydraulic chute with an overhead gangway ensures safe and easy handling of private elk for both herd health maintenance and artificial insemination purposes. A fenced alleyway links the barn to numerous paddock areas which are utilized by trophy breeder bull elk and cow elk. The barnyard has two large grain bins for the storage of alfalfa pellets as well as an additional elevated bin for Antler Max supplemental feed. Two double-walled 5,000 gallon tanks in the barnyard are used to provide fuel to hunting vehicles and heavy equipment. INFRASTRUCTURE In addition to constructing the improvements needed to sustain their operations, the Peters family has continually improved the Quinlan Ranch’s infrastructure. One of the first projects the family undertook was to open access up to the ranch by rebuilding the internal road system. Investing in a road grader and bulldozer, the family turned nearly impassible two-track jeep roads into nearly 65 miles of quality ranch roads. Road base materials have been placed on the most heavily traveled roads and two semi loads worth of culverts were put in place to divert runoff drainage. Along with the private road system, seven miles of buried power lines, as well as 15 miles of water lines, were installed. A well was also put in place as was a water collection system along Willow Creek that pumps water into two 10,000-gallon storage tanks with a radio controlled float system. This water system feeds over 50 water spigots that supply water to the barn, horse pens, elk pens, bathhouse, horse camp kitchen and potential future cabin sites. A solar powered radio system was also installed to ensure guides and staff can communicate from every corner of the property. In 2008 the Peters family initiated a multi-year water catchment and water feature improvement project. Signature lakes including the Honeymoon and Willow Creek Lakes as well as a number of stock ponds were first reconstructed. New stock ponds were constructed, and in each of the last ten years, additional fishing lakes were built or deepened in order to improve trout habitat. The ranch retained the services of Joe Urbani and Urbani Fisheries, LLC, a leading provider of aquatic habitat enhancement and stream, river, and lake reconstruction out of Bozeman, Montana to oversee and improve its trout habitat and development work. With Mr. Urbani’s oversight, the ranch added aquatic benches and agri drains to existing trout ponds. Aquatic bug and plant life quality were enhanced and the ranch now provides excellent still water trout fishing on a number of bodies of private water. These significant hydrological projects greatly benefitted wildlife, opened the door to an angling clientele base, and reshaped the ranch’s aesthetic look and feel. An eight-foot-high game fence contains the 2,000-acre Rim Rock Elk Park which is located in the very rugged and mountainous terrain in the southeastern portion of the ranch. The park has been improved through a series of projects including removal of underbrush, logging of key areas identified by a forester, extensive reseeding of grasses, and additional roads through and around the park perimeter. Wildlife habitat improvement practices continue to be implemented on the ranch. Along with a noxious weed control program, the ranch utilizes forestry management practices with logging conducted in key wildlife crossing corridors and other areas identified by a forestry consultant, as well as remediation of logging sites left from the prior owners. In addition to the forestry work, the ranch has tilled and seeded areas of the ranch that were previously overgrazed by cattle. These food plots, including a 100-acre food plot located on the west bank of lower Willow Creek, are now well-utilized by wildlife. CLIMATE Located at an elevation of 7,800± feet and receiving an average of 300 days of sunshine, Chama enjoys a favorable year-round climate. Summertime temperatures reach into the high 70’s and the mid 80’s, while average daytime winter temperatures typically range between the 30’s to mid 40’s. Boasting a remarkable year-round climate, the average snowfall is nearly 100 inches, with annual precipitation over 20 inches. HUNTING OPERATIONS The Quinlan Ranch stands alone as a property with a large-scale commercial hunting operation that provides high rates of success for trophy elk – year in and year out. The ranch also offers excellent hunts for trophy mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, as well as spring turkey. As a result of its location, land stewardship practices, professional staff, facilities, and quality game management, the Quinlan has become a top destination for hunters across the globe as well as a popular filming destination for a number of outdoor pursuit television shows. Indicative of the ranch’s rise to prominence in the upper echelons of the hunting world are the facts that the ranch can command a premium price for its hunts and that the hunts are booked well in advance of the hunting seasons. The ranch sells and conducts over 80 guided wild bull elk hunts each year. The following page has current pricing for various hunting and fishing packages. Contributing greatly to the success of the Quinlan’s hunting program is a professional and knowledgeable hospitality and guide staff. Both the hospitality and guide staff have been working on the ranch for years and their collective and individual knowledge of the operations, terrain, and wildlife is unmatched. Additional preserve elk hunts are also available within the ranch’s 2,000-acre Rim Rock Elk Park which is a Class A Game Park. This park or hunting preserve provides hunters with the ability to choose their own hunting dates and harvest trophy elk scoring up to and in excess of 450” SCI. Though the park is a destination hunt for some, it also provides hunters who have filled their wild elk tags with the opportunity to purchase and take a second elk during their stay. Hunters also have the opportunity to harvest bison while on the Quinlan. Ownership has invested significant resources into developing the genetics and health of their private elk herd to the point that Rim Rock Elk Park now possesses arguably the finest trophy quality of any game park in New Mexico. In addition to implementing an artificial insemination (AI) program, the ranch utilizes trophy bull elk as back-up breeders to ensure high conception rates. Further bolstering of genetics and trophy quality came through acquisitions of elk from certified elk breeders. Elk originating from a herd in Oregon as well as three loads of cow elk and trophy bulls with an average SCI score of 450” from Canada were brought to the ranch. The largest bull killed in the park scored 497 inches. The ranch typically conducts between 15 to 20 trophy elk hunts a year in the park in addition to a number of management bull elk and cow hunts as needed. Bison are a relatively new addition to the hunting options and a growing number of these hunts are being sold. ANGLING OPERATIONS The Quinlan and the Chama area in general are quietly emerging as a fly fishing destination for those looking to distance themselves from the crowds found to the immediate north in Colorado. As the ranch continued to acquire additional water rights and build and improve upon its stillwater fisheries, it realized another revenue stream in the form of a growing base of angling clients. These individuals and groups from Orvis-endorsed fly fishing shops from Huston to Phoenix are now making annual trips to the ranch. Anglers can book multiple-night or day fishing trips directly through the ranch. The Quinlan has partnered with Land of Enchantment Guides, a top fly fishing guide service in northern New Mexico, to provide a high-quality guided fishing experience for its angling guests. Most fishing is done from a fleet of ClackaCraft drift boats scattered among the larger lakes of the ranch. In all, the ranch features quality trout angling on eight private lakes and ponds. GENERAL RECREATION In addition to offering first-rate hunting and angling, the Quinlan provides guided ranch tours, horseback riding, nature and birding hikes, mountain biking, target shooting, as well as cooking classes. Large trail riding groups in excess of 70 people have also begun to gather on the ranch each summer. Utilizing the horse camp facilities and riding the endless trails within the property for days at a time, these guests trailer pedigreed horses to the Quinlan from across the southwest. The trail riding group includes a large contingent of riders from Aspen, Colorado who return to the ranch for multiple rides each year. AGRICULTURAL OPERATION The Quinlan Ranch has long served as quality summer pasture for cattle. Well grassed, the ranch has water resources throughout and is perfectly suited for cattle grazing. Though current management practices are focused on managing for wildlife, the ranch has easily supported in excess of 2,000 head of cattle during the summer grazing season. Current ownership has run up to 1,000 head, but currently limits grazing to 150 cow/calf pairs on the southern end of the ranch. WATER RESOURCES Willow Creek and its numerous tributaries are the primary sources of water for the property. During their tenure, the Peters family has extensively engineered, constructed, and improved the ranch’s water resources. The acquisition and transfer of additional valuable water rights to the ranch has greatly benefited all manner of animal life. These water rights have also allowed the ranch to irrigate food plots and build and fill a total of eight stocked trout ponds ranging in size from just over one acre to over eight acres in size. There are several springs located throughout the property as well as over 30 earthen ponds that hold water for wildlife and cattle. Domestic water is provided by three wells that have been developed to provide water for this purpose. New ownership will realize the benefits of the valuable water rights and development for decades to come. WILDLIFE RESOURCES New Mexico’s Game Management Unit (GMU) 4 is highly regarded as a trophy elk and mule deer unit. In addition to large populations of resident elk and mule deer, the entirety of GMU 4 serves as a massive migration corridor and wintering range for elk migrating south from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The unit is comprised nearly entirely of private land and borders the famed Jicarilla Apache Nation – which is arguably the top trophy mule deer destination in North America. With the exception of some areas of BLM lands, the vast majority of public lands found within GMU 4 are comprised of the Sargent, Humphries, and Rio Chama Wildlife Management Areas. Public land hunting licenses and access within GMU 4 are restricted to these Wildlife Management Areas. These licenses are very limited in number and only available to the public through the regular license application process. The Quinlan is located within GMU 4 and shares its eastern boundary with the Sargent Wildlife Management area for nearly eight miles. The “Sargent”, as it is known, is a non-motorized use area that is widely regarded for excellent elk hunting. Managed as its own game unit within the greater Unit 4, the Sargent is one of the few hunting units in New Mexico to receive a “Quality” designation from the Game and Fish Department. As such, hunting licenses for this neighboring property are highly sought after and difficult to obtain. The Quinlan’s location in the north central portion of GMU 4 places it in a literal sweet spot between high country summer habitat to the north and lower elevation wintering grounds to the south. Not only does the ranch lay in the path of thousands of migrating elk each fall, its favorable elevation and habitat ensure it is home to a large population of resident elk throughout the year. Because of quality land management, sound hunting practices, and the development of its food plots, the Quinlan is now retaining a higher number of the migratory elk throughout the hunting seasons that would have otherwise passed through the ranch. In addition to the elk, serious mule deer hunters will recognize that the ranch’s location in Rio Arriba County places it in one of the top trophy mule deer locales in North America. Mule deer drop their fawns on the property each spring and numerous bands of bucks and does reside on it until the snows in late November push them to their wintering range just a few miles to the south. Strong populations of Merriam’s turkey as well as healthy numbers of black bear and some mountain lions reside in and are hunted on the Quinlan. In addition to the big game, the ranch provides vital habitat for a wide range of wildlife. Mule deer populations are strong and the Quinlan Ranch has a demonstrated track record of producing trophy mule deer. With the exception of the occasional management deer, the smaller bucks harvested score between 170” and 185”. Deer scoring between 185” and 195” are taken each year and bucks up to 220” have been taken in recent years. Success rates on deer hunts are nearly 100 percent. FISHERY RESOURCES A total of seven impoundments on the ranch have been stocked with brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Professionally designed habitat within these fisheries promotes healthy aquatic plant life and trout populations that produce trout in the two to five-plus pound range. Fly fishing and spin fishing are excellent in these catch and release only waters and as a result, the ranch now has a loyal following of sportsmen and women who visit the Quinlan for the sole purpose of angling. Having the trout impoundments located throughout the ranch provides anglers with a diverse set of angling locations and opportunity. Fishing from the banks as well as the ranch’s fleet of ClackaCraft drift boats is enjoyed by anglers of all skill levels. The ranch’s fly fishing guides also have access to additional private water on the nearby Chama River as well as other private fisheries. MINERALS The Peters family recognized the importance of mineral rights ownership and has acquired mineral rights that had been previously severed from the land. A new owner will realize the benefits of these efforts both in terms of the potential future monetary value of those rights, as well as for the purpose of controlling future decisions related to land stewardship. The Seller believes, but will not warrant, that it owns 100 percent of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION To further preserve and protect wildlife habitat, the Quinlan Ranch granted a conservation easement on a small portion of the ranch to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 1998. This easement is limited to 900 acres of mountainous land located in the extreme north end of the ranch. Under the terms of the easement, the ranch retains the right to hunt these 900 acres, but agrees to preserve and protect them for the natural habitat and continued ecological benefit of New Mexico wildlife. Upon request, a copy of this conservation easement will be furnished. The balance of the ranch is not encumbered by any conservation easements. BROKER’S COMMENTS Property taxes on the Quinlan Ranch are extremely reasonable, being approximately $8,899 per year, or approximately 52¢ per acre. The Quinlan Ranch is a place where the timbered mountain slopes of the Southern Rockies meet the mesas, buttes, and dramatic cloudscapes of the American Southwest. Imbued with beauty, the Quinlan’s productive lands have become a gathering place where lifelong friendships are created, experiences are shared, and lasting memories are made. Well-suited for both private and commercial use, the Quinlan represents an opportunity to acquire 17,072.12± acres of gorgeous mountain property with unmatched privacy and big game hunting. The ranch has excellent access and is minutes from the historic mountain community of Chama and just south of the amenities, skiing, and FBO in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Recognizing the potential these lands held, the Peters family purchased the property and began transforming it into a top of the list ranch and recreational destination. This transformation included years of professional wildlife, habitat and water resource enhancement, the procurement of neighboring lands, as well as the securing of valuable water and mineral rights. Combined with quality improvement and infrastructure development, the Quinlan Ranch now offers something for everyone and can be easily acquired and enjoyed by new ownership for years to come. The Quinlan Ranch, with all of its amenities, is priced on essentially a turn-key basis at $39,950,000, or $2,340 per acre. This package includes all permanent improvements, all minerals, license to use the Quinlan Ranch name, all elk located within the Rim Rock Game Park, along with an extensive inventory of equipment/rolling stock.
$39,950,000

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Cimarron Valley Ranch
#CO261406
Baca, 
45,039.00 acres
Spreading over 45,000 contiguous acres in Southeast Colorado rests the Cimarron Valley Ranch, located between Elkhart, Kansas and Keyes, Oklahoma.  Over 70 square miles of cattle ranch includes approximately 22 miles of the historic Cimarron River running from Oklahoma into Colorado, coming within two miles of bridging the Comanche National Grasslands to the Cimarron National Grasslands in Kansas.  These two national grasslands, along with state land in Oklahoma, connects this ranch to almost a million acres of public land. The Cimarron Valley Ranch truly offers incredible diversity in regard to terrain, wildlife, livestock grazing, income opportunities and more.Overview: This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a ranch that currently supports 1,600 mother cows while managing some of the best hunting in the country.  The river bottom on this ranch averages just under a mile wide for the entire length of the ranch (22 miles) providing excellent soils, water, rotational grazing, excellent habitat and grass.  This mega-ranch is very diverse with wild game and is inhabited by Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk, White-tailed Deer, Rio Grande Turkeys, Bobwhite Quail, and Blue Quail.  It is not unlikely to hunt bugling elk with over-the-counter licenses the same day as working dogs on large coveys of bobwhite and blue quail. Cattle Operation: Currently the ranch has over 1,600 mother cows and there is abundant grass and excellent water. The cattle operation is under excellent management and the program is about stewardship and balance between the improvement of wildlife habitat and the management and improvement of cattle grazing resources. The ranch is very well-watered, and the fences and working facilities are in good condition. The river bottom and the diversity of the landscape allow for rotational grazing at its finest.  With an excellent mix of grasses during all seasons and access to running calves on wheat pasture and triticale, this operation will put excellent pounds of gain on cattle.  The turn-key headquarters has good holding corrals, ranch manager facilities, barns, sheds and cattle working facilities.Water: The ranch is rich in water and provides sustainability for game and livestock alike. Currently 10 pivots are in place with quality water supply, and 10 additional pivots are approved with permits for doubling the tillable crop ground to increase the carrying capacity to 2,000 head. Over 40 stock tanks are littered throughout the ranch and The Cimarron River runs underground through most of the property, with watering holes and ponds littered along the river bottom.Game Management: With over 18 square miles of tree covered river bottom, wildlife has year around protection, excellent nesting cover, ample water and plenty of room for habitual movement. The well-managed property has over 780 acres of food plots in the river bottom with 14 high quality shooting houses.  The plots are planted with wheat, triticale, milo, sorghum and some turnips.  This acreage is accretion ground and has excellent soils that make up almost 10,000 acres of very fertile grass and cropland in just the river bottom. Big Game Hunting: This area is famous for excellent quality animals with respect to mule deer and white-tailed deer, but also offers a resident herd of elk year around! It is expected that the next state record white-tail may come from this area or the Arkansas River drainage to the north. It is not uncommon to have free range white-tails over 175 inches and much larger.  The ranch has world class animals with many mule deer over 180 inches and an elk herd that is improving each year with great crop and habitat practices. The ranch receives a good number of deer tags as vouchers in Colorado and Oklahoma allows for two buck licenses.  Elk tags for bull elk are over the counter and the season runs from September to January with any legal method of take.  In Colorado, the elk licenses are classified as “C Tag”, which means you can harvest a bull and buy another tag! This works very well for game managers as this tool helps on taking inferior animals out of the herd.  Elk quality in this area varies, but with such a large tract, some management can improve quality.  There have been bulls killed on the ranch up to 370 inches. In a nutshell, this property holds excellent numbers of fine animals and the game laws in Colorado and Oklahoma for this area lend well for the serious hunters. Quail: The quail populations on the ranch are World Class.  Blue Quail or Scaled Quail inhabit the hillsides on the upper sides of the river bottom and present excellent sporting opportunities for wing shooting.  Bobwhite Quail are prolific along the river bottom and are currently in record numbers on the ranch.  It is not uncommon to bust 20 plus coveys of 25-35 birds per day on the ranch.  The mixed bag of Bobs and Blues and two states to hunt make the opportunity even better. Pheasants: There are pheasants finding the great habitat planted along the river.  A great spring will offer excellent hatches next fall! There are over 600,000 acres of public land adjacent to this ranch with excellent wildlife populations. Believe me when you plant food and provide water they show up! Waterfowl: Waterfowl hunting on the ranch is undeveloped, but the land is located in a good area for traffic of waterfowl.  Improvement of sloughs and some ponds could greatly enhance the waterfowl hunting. The Lesser Prairie Chicken: The Lesser Prairie Chicken can be found on the southern portion of the ranch. This area of Colorado, Oklahoma and adjoining Kansas Cimarron National Grassland hold and grow a good number of Lesser Prairie Chicken.  This area is considered one of the premier spots to observe the birds. The lesser prairie chicken is listed on the endangered species list so hunting is not allowed. Locally, the Lesser Prairie Chicken primarily inhabits sand-sage prairie south of the Cimarron River, a strip about two to five miles wide.The Lesser Prairie Chicken is similar in appearance to the Greater Prairie Chicken, although it is slightly smaller and its air sacs on its neck are red-orange in color, whereas the greater has yellow-orange air sacs. Lesser Prairie Chickens are dependent upon rangeland conditions. Sand-sage prairie, with its mixture of short and mid-grasses, sagebrush, and yucca components, provides the birds with nesting and brood rearing cover, and food.The Lodge: There is a 7,000 square foot lodge, which was built in 2005 and has 7 bedrooms and 7 baths and is in first class condition.  The lodge offers a commercial kitchen and excellent open floor plan with high ceilings and an indoor wood burning fireplace.  There is an exciting trap range just out the back door for owners’ enjoyment.  The main lodge sits overlooking the Cimarron River and some low water ponds in the river bottom.  Privacy is at its best on the Cimarron Valley Ranch offering good access with only one road in and one road out.  Cimarron National Grassland: The Cimarron National Grassland, located just 2.5 miles east on the river, is one of twenty National Grasslands administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Located within Morton and Stevens Counties in southwestern Kansas, the Cimarron National Grassland contains 108,175 acres.Comanche National Grassland: The Comanche National Grassland includes over 440, 000 acres in southeastern Colorado. On the Comanche National Grassland, you can explore southeastern Colorado’s rich history. The Grassland has many stories to tell, from dinosaurs roaming the shoreline of a vast lake 150 million years ago, to Mexican and American traders traveling the Santa Fe Trail 150 years ago.The Santa Fe Trail: The Santa Fe Trail goes through immediate area and across the ranch.  This rich historic trail offers many tails of long ago.  It truly signifies that the West is and was a great place!  This ranch, with its ability to connect two large national grasslands, is very rare.  We may never see another time to accomplish such an important task.Ranch Landscape: Rock cliffs, cottonwood groves, grassy fields, yucca and sage brush are scattered throughout the land. Elevation ranges from 3,150 to 3,540 feet. Seasonal variety is provided by native grasses and riparian vegetation along the Cimarron River. The geology of the area includes sandstone, shale, limestone, sand and gravel.Area Climate: The climate here is characterized by mild winters, hot dry summers and cool evenings. Spring and Fall seasons have moderate temperatures accompanied by an occasional windy day. Precipitation, usually less than 19 inches per year, is concentrated from April to September. Snowfall is minimal and short-lived. This ranch has such diversity it is hard to explain. Twenty-two miles of highly productive river bottom within 2.5 miles of connecting the Cimarron National Grassland with the Comanche National Grassland is truly amazing. Grazing, hunting, history, improvements, irrigation, cattle and wildlife!  The production potential and sheer vast amounts of highly productive land on this operation make it a very rare offering.  Please give us a call for a private showing of this fine ranch. *Listing excludes Cattle, Equipment & Land Minerals. 
$39,900,000

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Lakeridge Homestead 4000
#WA251971
Grant, 
4,000.00 acres
LHR4000 is one of the largest parcels of urban-proximity waterfront property in Washington State w/4000+ acres and approximately 5.5 miles of undeveloped lakefront. The property has existing water rights of 3,000 gallons per minute w/multiple withdrawal points. Zoning is RR1. Would be a great Master Planned Community. 3 Pivots for Farming on property. Part of land is leased to a livestock contractor. Please set appt to walk property.
$38,800,000

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Half Circle L Ranch
#FL458798
Collier, 
9,805.00 acres
Half Circle L Ranch is a 9824 +/- acre ranch and farming operation located near Immokalee Florida. This property is one of the last large contiguous land holdings available in southwest Florida. This property has been owned and managed by the same family for 4 generations and has great hunting, farming and ranching operations. The ranch land consist of improved pasture, oak and palm hammocks along with old world cypress strands. The ranch currently runs 800 cow calf pairs. The property has cattle pens, working chutes, and holding pens to support the cattle operations. The ranch land offers excellent hunting with all major species offered in Florida. Osceola Turkey, Whitetail Deer and hogs are abundant. There are two hunting lodge areas which have nice cabins, skinning rooms and walk in coolers. All these areas have back up generators to ensure power when needed.. . There are 1,528 +/ net farm acres on this property. The farmland is currently leased to excellent farm tenants. The leases are annual leases with excellent income potential for the prospective buyer. Other income sources consist of timber, sod and palmetto berry harvest. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a great working ranch/agribusiness in southwest Florida.
$37,897,000