Big 5 Ranch - McMullen County, Tilden, TX
Located 12 miles north of Tilden and great access, this South Texas gem will catch your eye. With new roads, blind and feeders, and a plethora of Tier 1 brush species that a whitetail needs, you won’t be disappointed in knowing this could be yours. McMullen county has long been known as a trophy-producing county and this ranch is sure to have the genetics and age structure to support a healthy population of great bucks.
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
The Big 5 Ranch is located in the brush country of northern McMullen County comprised of largely mixed brush species that are prime for wildlife health and nutrition. In viewing this property, you will note that it is some of richest and most diverse brush that you will find anywhere in the region. From old growth “Bull” mesquites to Guayacon, Texas Ebony, Lime Prickly Ash, Persimmon and Granjeno to an almost innumerable species count, the land thrives with the highly palatable flora to naturally grow and sustain healthy populations of trophy whitetails. The soils on the ranch lend to the healthy species count but also having roughly 40 feet of elevation change and a wet weather creek bed. You will notice great diversity while you traverse the ranch.
As stated above, the immediate area this ranch sits within has been known statewide as a trophy buck-producing area. McMullen County is Boone and Crockett producing county. There is no question that managed appropriately, this ranch will get you there. This ranch has been lightly managed over the past 20+ years for whitetail deer with MLD level 3 status and a conservative approach to harvest. With that in mind, you will have a great mature deer herd and the opportunity to manage how you see fit to grow the quality and quantity of deer you seek.
Aside from the excellent deer population, there are Turkeys, Bobwhite Quail, Dove, Hogs and Javelina consistent with the area. You will want to be on the pond during dove season for those storied south Texas tank hunts.
The Big 5 has newly constructed and maintained roads, 1 new 12’ Atascosa Blind and 2 new 600 lb spin cast feeders. With a blank slate of opportunity, you can choose your build site and get started on the ranch of your dreams.
Water will be provided by a shared water agreement from a large well on a neighboring property. There is also a recently cleared pond in the central and western portions of the ranch.
McMullen County is rich in history with famed cattle trails, routes to and from Old Mexico to San Antonio, Historic cattle ranches and founders. In 1870 Ralph “Rafe” Franklin settled on 40,000 acres in northern McMullen and southern Atascosa Counties to run sheep and goats and later to build a cattle operation. He built his ranch headquarters on SanMiguel Creek. To this day, the Franklin family owns an adjoining ranch while this ranch and several surrounding were part of the historic Franklin Ranch.