Pivot Ranch - Brooks County, Encino, TX
Located 20 miles southwest of Falfurrias near the town of Encino lies The Pivot Ranch. With a great composition of open quail country, mixed brush canopy and a pivot irrigation system, this ranch is designed to be a wonderful combination hunting and livestock ranch. With the availability of 2 irrigation wells and improved coastal Bermuda in the pivots, there is a great opportunity for a livestock operator as well as the potential for planting dove plots.
Topography, Rangeland & Habitat
The Pivot Ranch is located in the South Texas Plains ecosystem in the middle of the sand sheet and is primarily grasslands with mixed brush, mesquites and oaks. The ranch is almost entirely made up of Nueces fine sand and Sarita fine sand complexes. This fine sandy soil is famous for creating what is likely the best bobwhite quail habitat in the entire country and the forbs produced in this country not only develop excellent seed banks for quail but also produce spectacular flowers in the spring. There is a combination of live oak and mesquites found throughout the ranch with majestic oaks dominating portions of the ranch creating beautiful scenery and excellent turkey roosts.
Portions of the ranch have thicker brush creating great deer habitat, while other portions of the property are more open Mott country excellent for running dogs for quail. Besides the oaks and mesquites, other brush species on the ranch include hog plum, guayacan, acacias and black brush. All creating excellent cover and food sources for the native wildlife.
Throughout the property there are tall native prairie grasses including primarily bluestems and paspalums providing great nesting cover for the wild Bobwhite Quail population. In and around the pivots is predominantly coastal Bermuda used for hay production and cattle grazing. Good clay can be found beneath the sand sheet for creating lakes and ponds.
The deer hunting on this high-fenced ranch is fantastic with a carefully managed deer herd that allows excellent aging of trophy deer and manages a 1.5 to 1 doe-to-buck ratio. Multiple large bucks were observed by us during visits to the ranch and 170” deer are annually taken from the property. The deer are well managed to create these trophies and prove the native genetics.
The ranch is located in the heart of some of the best quail country in the U.S.. With a great mix of natural motts and open canopy, this ranch has a wonderful feel for the bobwhite enthusiast that also wants to enjoy the season’s big game opportunities.
Turkey are abundant on the ranch. There are many huge live oaks all over the ranch which provide excellent roosting cover necessary for these majestic birds. The dove hunting here is superb with most hunting taking place at the water holes.