House Ranch - McMullen & Atascosa Counties, Tilden, TX
The House Ranch in Atascosa and McMullen counties is a one of a kind property featuring 2 large bodies of water, 2 huge water wells, diverse brush habitat, creek bottoms and plentiful game of all native varieties. You will have a hard time finding a property in this part of the state that has all the features it has to offer. With easy access from highway16 but far enough off the highway that you have no road noise, the ranch will provide solitude and the comfort of getting in and out with ease. You will be at peace on the ranch whether it be chasing trophy whitetails, dove, ducks on the lakes, turkeys on the creek or sifting through flint chips for the ample arrowheads that can be found here.
Located 1 hour south of San Antonio, 1 ½ hours northwest from Corpus Christi, 2 ½ hours south of Austin and 3 ½ hours southwest of Houston, you may not find a better offering with proximity to major cities while getting the opportunity to be in one of Texas most sought after wildlife regions. With Tilden being only 12 miles to the south and Jourdanton 18 miles to the north, you are close to great local cuisine, fuel, and groceries.
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
The House Ranch is located in the brush country of southern Atascosa and Northern McMullen Counties 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. The diversity is incredible on this property with old-growth “Bull” mesquites and Sugar Hackberry down on the creek section. Giving rise to higher elevation and different soil strata you will begin to see Guayacon, Texas Ebony, Lime Prickly Ash, Guajillo, Persimmon, Granjeno and several more top-end browse species the local game requires for nutrition.
With roughly 70 feet of elevation change throughout the ranch, there are areas with great vistas and bottoms that you can get lost in. The original home site has been picked, but there are several other areas if one desires to add further living accommodations.
As stated above, the immediate area this ranch sits within has been known statewide as a trophy buck-producing area. This ranch has been lightly managed over the past 20+ years for whitetail deer using TPWD’s MLD Program 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. The duck hunting on the 2 large lakes is excellent in the winter and the dove hunting is superb. It is important to note that the depth of the house lake is perfect for growing trophy bass and can be raised and lowered for duck water in the flat on the west end.
The House Ranch has newly constructed and maintained roads, multiple Tower Blinds and spin cast feeders. The house compound is located on the north end of the property comprised of 2 homes and 1 hunter’s cabin. All 3 homes have new roofs and are in great order. There are 2 barns as well for storage.
There is no shortage of water on the House Ranch with 2 large irrigation wells, 2 large lakes and over 1 mile of San Miguel Creek. The main well at the house is used to move water to the house lake which is an old frac tank with tremendous depth that is connected to another lake with great depths for waterfowl hunting or bass spawning. In wet years San Miguel runs constant and in dry times it will still have pools.
Electricity runs throughout the property in multiple points.
This is a surface only sale.
Atascosa and McMullen Counties are 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 San Miguel Creek. To this day, the Franklin family owns an adjoining ranch while this ranch and several surrounding were part of the historic Franklin Ranch.